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1994 Mission to Philippines

ph400 5It was decided to take the first team to the Philippines and to work mostly in Manila City. Contacts were first made through the Christian Missionary Alliance Church which had a hostel in Manila. The team also chose to work with a New Zealand-based missionary organisation working throughout south-east Asia called New Hope Christian Ministries. A meeting of students and parents endorsed the programme and training began. The drama, "The Tale of Two Kingdoms", was chosen as the main "crowd-puller" and a weekend camp at Piha Beach in February 1994 gave opportunity for the drama to be taught and practised, testimonies written out and dance items worked on.

On 4th May, twelve Year 11 and 12 students left Auckland Airport to visit and serve the poor in the Philippines. The team, accompanied by two teachers (Mrs Harford & Miss Griffiths), the School Principal, Mr Matthews, and a young evangelist, Kerry Robertson, spent 13 days in Manila City and surrounding provinces visiting two orphanages, slum housing areas and street children shelters. They also performed in a number of local churches, the Police Training Centre and a refugee camp in Northern Manila.

The students visited the infamous Smokey Mountain Rubbish Dump where they not only performed to the locals but met the 10 year old girl that the school had been sponsoring. After leaving Manila, the team went onto Hong Kong where students were billeted for three days before returning to New Zealand.

The mission was judged to be an outstanding success by the attending staff and students and it was decided to continue with the programme every two years.