Interserve is an interdenominational and truly international community of Christians,bringing God's love to the people's of Asia and the Arab World through word and action.Our mission Partners use their professional skills, such as medicine, teaching or business, to share the love of Christ with the people with whom they live and work, acting as salt and light in some of the hardest places in Asia and the Arab world. Wherever people are cut off from the Good News by barriers of gender, culture, religion or nationality, Interserve works at bridging the gap.
Our historyInterserve was formed in 1852 by visionary British women who challenged the norms of their own society in order to help alleviate the suffering of Indian women, many of whom lived their entire lives in seclusion in women’s quarters with no access to education, medical care, or the message of Christ. Interserve was the first interdenominational mission society in the United Kingdom, a pioneer in women’s medical missions, and was instrumental in convincing Queen Victoria to grant official sanction to the training of women doctors in the United Kingdom. Click here to learn more about our history.
Our approach to missionInterserve works in a wide variety of partnerships where we share similar values: with local and national churches; with ministries, other mission groups, and increasingly, with emerging mission movements in the majority world; with educational and medical institutions, social and development agencies, non-governmental organisations (NGOs); and with the business community. Throughout its history Interserve was instrumental in developing, and partnering in, joint agencies working with a common goal in places like Nepal (UMN), Bangladesh (HEED), Mongolia (JCS), and others in various nations of North Africa, the Arab world and Asia.
An incarnational, integrated (holistic) approach is at the heart of our mission call. The Bible explains how God became one of us by being born in human form – Jesus – who revealed His Father to us through His life amongst us (incarnation); and through His actions, His words, and powerful and often miraculous intervention, helped those living in need, in brokenness and strife. He also showed us how to live in genuine relationships, modelled around the rest, loving grace, and truth found in the Trinity of the God we believe in – Father, Son and Spirit. As people and as a fellowship we are sent into the world in the same way, bringing the Good News of forgiveness, redemption, reconciliation, and care for God’s creation.
Diaspora ministriesAlthough Interserve has traditionally focused, and worked, cross-culturally within communities in Asia and the Arab world, globalisation has meant that people from those regions often find themselves scattered far from their original homes and cultural context. Many now live in western nations such as Australia, Canada, the United Kingdom and New Zealand, but positive integration is often far from accomplished.
Interserve, with its long history and rich tradition of work amongst such peoples, is ideally placed to engage with these new diaspora communities, and there are increasing opportunities to serve for appropriately trained and experienced personnel, available at this stage through Culture Connect (Australia) and Urban Vision (UK). If you would like to explore opportunities for New Zealand, please contact us by phone on 0800 446464 or by email, and ask for our National Director.
Interserve InternationalOur international office is located in Malaysia, and we have 19 national offices located in Australia, Brazil, Canada, England & Wales, Europe, Germany, Hong Kong, India, Ireland, Malaysia, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Scotland, Singapore, South Africa, South Korea, Switzerland and the USA. Click here for their contact details and websites.
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