The 3rd National Our Neighbours’ Conference

From 23 – 26 January 2020 we meet at Woodend Christian Camp, near Christchurch

The programme

  • Thursday 23 January arrive by 3pm
  • Sunday 26 January depart by 3pm

Further details will be sent with your registration confirmation.


Click to register further down this page in two steps.

What will you learn and experience?

  • What God is doing in migrants lives in Aotearoa/New Zealand.
  • Meet like-minded people.
  • Observe servant leadership in action.
  • Experience the taste of dishes from the Middle East, Africa and Asia.
  • Enjoy great hospitality and generosity.
  • Strategise about how you can help migrants come from some of the most challenging cultures on earth.
  • Consider reading the Bible from the perspective of a stranger, refugee or marginalised person.
  • Learn story-telling techniques that have the potential to make your communications with your new neighbours interesting for them.
  • Engage with contextual considerations which will make your interactions with your new neighbours more easily understood.
  • Think about the dynamics of honour and shame in other cultures.
  • Prayerfully consider mobilising yourself and your friends to reach out in love to the Neighbours in your community.
  • Think, ponder and pray about how Christ’s unconditional love can be experienced by your new Neighbours through you and your community.
  • Meet people who are working among our Neighbours around Aotearoa/New Zealand, hear their stories, and learn from them.


Conference Fees (applying after 30 July 2019)

Adult $300
Child (5 – 12 years) $245
Infant (under 5 years) Free

Secure your registration by an initial deposit paid IMMEDIATELY (to ensure your place), of $80 per adult plus $60 per child (non refundable).

The balance is payable on or before 28 December, 2019.

Registration confirmation
Upon registration you will receive and email from our Treasurer confirming your place at the Conference.

Late Registrations (After 28th December 2019 and up to the 10th January, 2020)
An additional late registration fee of $50 per adult will apply to the Conference Fees.

No registrations can be accepted after the 10th January, 2020 – this is a requirement of the caterers.

Donations for sponsorship

Sponsors for our overseas guests and local refugee-background believers would be most welcome. Sponsorship donations can range from $10 to $1,000. Please identify clearly what part of your payment is for sponsorships. Thank you. If you can offer to be a sponsor, please add your donation to your deposit prior to the 30th October 2019 so we will have time to invite our overseas guests. Thank you for your generosity.

Please help us – inform your Christian friends

Everywhere we have been so far with Neighbours’ Conferences, people said they were disappointed that more people did not attend. As hard as we tried to inform as many people as possible we cannot reach those special friends you know who are wanting to engage in cross-cultural ministry to people from the hard to reach places. Please send your friends a link to this website page and encourage them to attend.

Our earlier conference was attended by people from Napier, Whangarei, Auckland, Hamilton, Tauranga, Palmerston North, Wellington and Christchurch, with guests from Pakistan, Afghanistan, Iran, Sudan, Australia, Indonesia and Nigeria.

The goals of this Conference were not just informative, but also relational, cross-cultural, contextual, heart changing and transformational. Afterwards there was a chance to get on-going training after the Conference and join a team ministering in other centres in the future. Opportunities were announced to join short-term mission trips to Western, Central and Southern Asia, North Africa and China.

After the conference there will be an opportunity to join skype-based, Advanced Training Course on Understanding Islam and Reaching Our Neighbours.

Highlights of the 2018 National Neighbours’ Conference

  • The Christchurch Friends of Friends team sharing about their ministry.
  • A Hamilton couple from Friends of Friends presented experiences from their time in Niger.
  • A researcher with graduate experience in story-telling in Afghanistan, enthralled us with remarkable stories based on life in Central Asia.
  • A kiwi from Whangarei played a Parsi song the The Lord’s prayer in Turkish when we took communion.
  • Early morning contextual prayer, followed by prayer for our neighbours’ nations led by people who had lived in those countries.
  • Lectures, discussion groups, small group prayer focused on skills and knowledge appropriate to understanding and communication with our neighbours.

Feedback forms were returned by 43 attendees. Comments included:

  • Wonderful variety of speakers and topics.
  • Great testimonies.
  • Very inspirational.
  • Well Done.
  • Great to hear from people with different backgrounds and different insights.
  • Very competent. Very blessed, Excellent conference.
  • Genuine people and amazing testimonies. Good to know that there is such an event presented by such a variety of people in New Zealand.
  • It was eye-opening, challenging and inspiring. Thank you.
  • It was very inspiring to see people’s commitment and love for God and their neighbours in each person.

Guest Speakers 2020

Profile: Navigators Malaysia, Author, Disciple-maker, Crossing Boundaries
Topic: How to rise above denominational interests in working together for Our Neighbours

Profile: Apologist, Consultant, Activist
Topic: Free speech, hate speech, Inter-faith dialogue and apologetics

Profile: Missional worker in Central Asia, disciple-maker, team leader
Topic: Lessons from the history of Central Asia

Profile: Medical Doctor in Northern Sumatara
Topic: God’s Promises to Abraham concerning Ishmael, Women in Islam, A workshop on Sura 3 with a role model, The Gospel in Honour-Shame Contexts.

Profile: Full-time regional leader of the Our Neighbour Movement in Manawatu
Topic: Islamic activity in Sydney, NSW, Australia

Topic: The ministry of hospitality

Profile: Consultant, Central Asia and Muslim World
Topic: Understanding Hazara and Dari social networks

Profile: Co-founder Friends of Friends Auckland
Topic: ‘Experiencing Ummah’ in the Middle East

Profile: Pastor of a local church exploring an FFF strategy in NZ
Topic: My friend the Imam?

Profile: Servants of the Lord Jesus Christ in the Middle East
Topic: Storytelling and teaching English

Profile: Missional worker among Our Neighbours’ in South Auckland
Topic: Witnessing to Our Neighbours’ on the street

Profile: A nomadic underground ambassador for the Kingdom
Topic: Storytelling among the Ummah

Profile: Volunteer workers in FFF ministry sharing their stories
Topics: Workshops, panel discussions and presentations about FFF ministry

Proposed 2020 timetable

Thursday 23 January
11.30am – 5.00pm Transfers from Christchurch Airport + Registration etc
3.30pm to 4.00pm Welcome
4.00pm to 4.30pm Ice-breaker – Treasure hunt
4.30pm to 5.00pm

5.00pm to 5.20pm

Session 1

Discussion groups

5.30pm to 6.20pm Dinner
6.30pm Prayer and Worship
7.00pm to 7.45pm Session 2
7.45pm to 8.30pm Session 3
8.30pm to 8.45pm Discussion groups
8.45pm to 9.00pm Reflections on the day
9.15pm Supper
10.00pm  Lights out
Friday 24 January
6.30am – 7.00am Prayer
7.00am – 7.15am Personal time
8.00am – 8.45am Breakfast
9.00am – 9.30am Worship
9.30am – 10.10am Session 4
10.10am – 10.40am Session 5
10.40am – 11.05am Morning Tea
11.05am – 11.45am Session 6
11.45am – 12.30pm Workshop 1
12.30pm – 1.15pm Lunch
1.15pm – 3.00pm Siesta
3.00pm – 4.30pm Free time
4.30pm – 5.00pm Corporate Prayer
5.00pm- 5.30pm Workshop 2
5.30pm – 5.50pm Reflections on the day
6.00pm – 6.50pm Dinner
7.00pm – 7.30pm Worship
7.30pm – 8.15pm Session 7
8.15pm – 8.35pm Discussion groups
8.35pm – 8.50pm Testimonies
8.50pm – 9.00pm Prayer
9.15pm Supper
10.00pm Lights out
Saturday 25 January
6.30am – 7.00am Prayer
7.00am – 7.15am Personal Time
8.00am – 8.45am Breakfast
9.00am – 9.30am Worship
9.30am – 10.10am Session 8
10.10am – 10.30am Discussion groups
10.30am – 10.50am Morning Tea
10.50am – 11.30am Panel Discussion
11.30am – 11.50am Drama
11.50am – 12.20om  Workshop 3
12.30pm – 1.15pm Lunch
1.15pm – 3.00pm Siesta
3.00pm – 4.30pm Recreation
4.30pm – 5.00pm Corporate Prayer
5.00pm – 5.40pm Session 9
5.45pm – 6.45pm Dinner
7.00pm – 7.30pm Worship
7.30pm – 8.30pm Session 10
8.30pm – 8.50pm  Discussion groups
8.50pm – 9.00pm  Reflections on the day
9.15pm  Supper
10.00pm Lights Out
Sunday 26 January
6.30am – 7.00am Prayer
7.00am – 7.15am Personal time
8.00am – 8.45am Breakfast
9.00am – 9.30am Worship
9.30am – 10.15am Session 11
10.15am -10.35am Morning Tea
10.35am – 11.15am  Session 12
11.20am – 12.00pm Poroporoaki – Thanking God
12.30pm – 1.30pm Lunch
1.30pm – 2.30pm Clean, pack up
2.30pm to 5.30pm Leave 4 home – shuttle service

Key topics included in the 2020 programme

  • What’s God doing in the world – His Mission?
  • Stories of supernatural encounters with Christ
  • Justice for those facing death for their faith
  • What does a community of disciples look like in a Central Asian or Middle Eastern context?
  • What is a ‘Friends of Friends Fellowship’?
  • Principles in making disciples across cultures
  • The aspirations of our migrant neighbours?
  • The struggles of conversion to another religion?
  • Honour and shame cultures – their behaviour?
  • Prayer, food, fasting, cleanliness and hospitality?

The warmth and generosity of our neighbours’ cultures was demonstrated during the weekend.

A Friends of Friends Fellowship meeting was role modeled for attendees to gain an idea of how this type of Fellowship operates.

Register – in 2 easy steps



On the same day you fill in the form in Step One, please deposit the conference fee deposit into the bank account of the Asia Pacific Discipleship Trust

Bank deposit details:

The Asia Pacific Discipleship Trust
Bank Account – 02 0240 0030890 097
Reference – Your first name, the first letter of your surname, then ONNC20
Reference Example – OmarBONNC20

The Asia Pacific Discipleship Trust website:

Thank you for registering. We look forward to seeing you!