History and Timeline
Livingstone Evangelism Ministry, originally called Samoan Evangelism Ministry (Church), started with 3 families (including ours) from our humble home in Auckland. From there, we moved to Sandriham Intermediate School hall in Mt Roskill for Sunday services only. Due to the rapid growth, God provided us with a renovated old factory at Stoddard Road, Mt Roskill which held up to 250 people. This was leased as our place of worship for 7 years. Various programmes were held throughout the week, such as prayer meetings and Bibles studies.
The Ministry was officially registered with the government in February this year.
In 1993 God put the desire in our hearts to extend the ministry to our people in Samoa. This started off as a Bible Study in the village of Saina Faleata. As we have experienced, “God’s ways are higher and His thoughts are wiser” (Isaiah 55:9) and He opened a door for us in 1995 to launch a church in the village of Leauvaa.In 1996 a second church was also established in Vaitele Fou and both these churches are currently still running.Vaitele Fou Ps. Luamanuvae Lene & Aiaraisa MasuigamalieLeauvaa Ps. Tunai & Akenese SenifiliGod continued to lead us to higher dimensions and we were given the opportunity for an extension of the Church to Australia, starting in Sydney, New South Wales later on that year.Sydney Ps. Tavui & Fatuvalu Tevita
As the overseas churches grew, so did God’s love and faithfulness for us with our mother church in Auckland. As time went on God continued to provide for us and moved us out of the old factory in Mt Roskill to a bigger building at Mahunga Drive, Mangere Bridge which can seat up to 800 people. We leased this building as our place of worship for 13 years.
2005 – 2009
During this period three more churches were established in Australia, one in Gold Coast in 2005, another in Brisbane 2008 and recently in Melbourne in 2009. These are in addition to our Sydney branch and they are all currently running to date.Goldcoast – Ps. Louis & Caroline Epa.Brisbane – Ps. Poamo & Folole Savaiinaea.Melbourne – Ps. Tautai & Lupe Taeoalii.NAME CHANGEAs a result of the growth of the ministry, in the year 2007, the name of the church was officially changed to Livingstone Evangelism Ministry (1Peter 2:3-6) with the purpose to fulfill our God-given vision to reach out to all ethnic groups and bring them into the family of God and to build His kingdom.
Proverb 29:18 God continued to reveal His will to us and from this, the Zone Churches around Auckland were born. There are currently 5 different locations where these evening services are held, in order to be more accessible for members to participate in as well as to reach out to the wider community. Each Zone is pastored by one of our Assistant Pastors as listed below:Central Zone Ps. Mikaele & Miriama TuilataSouth 1 Zone Ps. Tiatia & Elisapeta Peseta.South 2 Zone Ps. Pofa & Kometa IpiniuWest Zone Ps. Tupe & Alofa Chen-PeuEast Zone Ps. Taualai & Sosefina Salanoa
Through-out this journey, Jehovah Jireh our provider, was with us every step of the way. After 13 years of leasing, the building in which our services are held is now under the ownership ofLivingstone Evangelism Ministry.