Focus

If you are an international student we would love you to join us for NTE in December! NTE provides a unique opportunity for you to meet with other international students studying at university in Australia. Together you will hear what the Bible says about issues that you're thinking about.

FOCUS TALKS

As part of the FOCUS Program, you will participate in a talk every morning of NTE. This year we will be joined by Tim Nicholls from Malaysia who will speak from the book of Phillipians.

Tim Nicholls

Tim was born in Australia, and came to know Christ as a child. He studied at the University of Wollongong, where his faith grew, serving  as an AFES ministry apprentice (2008-2009), largely with international students. During this time he attended NTE. He went to Malaysia in 2010 to serve as a ministry apprentice. After studying at Moore College in Sydney, he has returned to serve in Malaysia long term. Tim is currently a Pastor at St Mary’s Anglican Cathedral as well as the Ministry Director of Equip Gospel Ministries. Tim is married to Siew Mun, who is Malaysian Chinese. They have a 2-year old daughter, Charissa, and are expecting a baby boy in September! Tim loves Malaysian food and weather, and is learning to speak Malay and Mandarin. But most of all he loves Jesus and seeing people from all nations come to know Christ as their Lord and Saviour and live joyfully for his glory.

FOCUS STRAND GROUPS

Strand groups are small groups in which you will look at a particular passage of the Bible, or biblical teaching and learn the skills to be able to explain the passage to someone else.
There are four strands that have been written in easy-to-understand English:
Strand 101
Investigating Christianity
Strand 1
Understanding the New Testament
Strand 2
Understanding the Old Testament
Strand 3
Systematic Theology
Strand 1 and Strand 2 have also been translated into Mandarin and Japanese.
When you are registering for NTE, make sure you select a FOCUS English, Mandarin or Japanese strand. Where possible, we will place you in a strand group with students who speak the same language as you.

FOCUS ELECTIVES

There are also electives for international students for whom English is a foreign language. Please choose one of the two electives below when you register.
Moving from Uni to Work
When you finish study, what will working-life be like? What expectations will there be? How can we adjust? Maybe you’ve become a Christian! This changes how we think about life and all other things. How can work to fit into God's plans for our world? Come and find out! 
Returning Home to Family and Church
Many things have changed since you left home and came to study in Australia. Perhaps the biggest change is becoming a Christian! What will it be like to return home? How will you honour your parents as a Christian? What will church be like back in your country? Come and find out!