Learn why we need the multicultural response, what must we do?
Why multicultural response?
It is a ministry focusing on stimulating the responses of the Christian community to the multicultural situation and trend in South Canterbury.
It is the host’s (New Zealand-based Christians) response to the guests who have come to work and live in Timaru and regions beyond.
It is an opportunity to get to know people coming from different places, fellowship with them in the spirit of Christian love.
The Christian mandate?
Jesus Christ commanded us to love God and love our neighbours as we love ourselves.
Who are our neighbours? How can we show our love to them?
What are the many ways and circumstances where we can testify how loving we are to our neighbours?
People from many nations are coming to New Zealand to live and work. Look around your neighbourhood.
In the church, take the time to see who’s sitting in the pews around you. New faces are coming and joining in the fellowship.
Migration Trend Features
Below are summary of key points from the Ministry of Business Innovation and Employment website:
- 40,448 people were approved for residence in 2011/12, compared with 40,737 in 2010/11. The United Kingdom remains the largest source country (15 percent), followed by China and India (13 percent each), the Philippines (8 percent), and Fiji and South Africa (6 percent each).
- Skilled Migrant Category (SMC) approvals (18,843 people) accounted for just under half of all residence approvals in 2011/12.
- In 2011/12, 3,345 principal applicants were approved for a work visa under Essential Skills for a job offer in the Canterbury region, an increase of 34 percent from a low of 2,499 in 2010/11 due to the February 2011 Christchurch Earthquake.
- The main source countries of Essential Skills workers in 2011/12 were the United Kingdom (15 percent), the Philippines (13 percent), India (10 percent), and Fiji and China (7 percent each).
- In 2011/12, 68,980 international students were approved to study in New Zealand, a 7 percent decrease from 74,097 in 2010/11. The number of full fee-paying students (50,662 people) decreased by 5 percent compared with the previous year.
What is your Multicultural Response?