Testimonials

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If you want to testify to something God has done in your life, something that you believe may encourage others, please email your testimony to info@elevatecdt.org.nz

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The worship time is great

The drop in centre is a great place to make friendships and to meet the greatest friend of all – Jesus!

The worship time is great and everyone enjoys it. It’s a place where we can all get together, those who are Christians and those who are yet to become Christians. The staff are …not bad… at a pinch LOL… If I didn’t have the Drop In centre to come to, it would be an enormous loss – it gives me a purpose, I am useful. I feel I have achieved something when I go home from here. I know I belong here and feel I can contribute.

 John

I get a chance to meet new friends

I like coming to the drop in centre because I get a chance to meet new friends and help other people. I have had a chance to help out in the office and also in the drop in centre. I have helped with putting together manuals and booklets as well as binding. In the centre, I take around tea and coffee to the staff and collect their cups for them.

Ji –Aea

I get a chance to help out others

I love coming to the centre as I get a chance to help out others. The people here are really awesome, they’re really fun to hang out with. We have young people here and that is cool but we need some more young people, that would be cool too.

Lara

It’s fun

It is fun for me to meet different people. It helps me to remember that there are people worse off than myself.  I like that there is variety at the centre, mixing with new people.

Janice

A great place for people with disabilities

It’s a great place for people with disabilities to be able to come to. For myself, I have found it has helped me to take my eyes off myself and give love to others. What I have freely received, give out to others. It has taught me how to show love and, I have been accepted here. People here are on different levels, different disabilities and, I find I can be a friend to them and learn what love is – unconditional love. As a young Christian, I have had to learn to give to others and to look up. For a long time I had been self-absorbed and it has helped me to learn to take my eyes off myself, letting Jesus be the centre of my life. It has gotten the ball rolling on my Christian walk, being able to soak in the Word and giving out the love of God.

Nick

I feel accepted and welcome

The drop in centre means a lot to me because it is a place where I feel accepted and welcome, there is no other place like this for me. You meet so many different people, different nationalities – but especially, meeting Gods people.

Matelina

I have made some new friends

The drop in centre for me is a very special place, because sometimes I can get quite lonely. When I go to the Drop in centre there’s always a lovely atmosphere there and people are always willing to talk to you. You can sit down with a nice cup of tea or coffee and a biscuit and soon make friends. I find it really easy to talk to people and meet my own little circle of friends there.

Mike

I was hooked!

Twenty years ago, as a new Christian, I was asked at my church to attend a CFFD meeting. It was a square dance afternoon and I was intrigued as to how people in wheelchairs would be able to dance like that, so went along. Well, that was it, I was hooked! I started to visit the Centre, go to the meetings, camps and other activities. When I found myself out of work, I volunteered at the Centre. It was a great place to work, everyone was so friendly, helpful and caring. I had a wonderful opportunity to find out more about the Bible, God and a better way of life. I learned that we can all be confident in loving one another, reaching out to others and becoming more Christ-like. I know that while I am not able to come in as often as I used to, I am always welcome, I am still in their prayers and they are in mine.
Chrystal – volunteer

I have learned many things.

The first time I came here I was very nervous. I didn’t  know anything about this place or what I would be doing. My anxiety quickly left after talking to Di and Joy. They were so kind and lovely, they made me feel very comfortable and so I adapted well. I have done my very best as a volunteer to serve them as they have been so kind to me. I made a good choice when I volunteered here and have learned many things about people with disabilities. I have been very fortunate to have this time with everyone here at the Centre and will not forget the wonderful people I have met.             
Choi- Korean Student

Testimony from Steve M – National Camp 2010 – First Timer!

I’m really glad that I stayed at the camp as God use my coming to camp to shift my focus off myself and on to others and yeah, a massive work was started in my heart. On Sunday night I went up for prayer to receive the Holy Spirit and felt nothing, then asked for prayer for fear, felt nothing, then decided to get someone to take me up to see Pastor Geoff as I knew God would use him to speak into my life – He did just that!
I wanted to be delivered from fear and Pastor Geoff said God’s love will drive out all fear, and then he told me that I have problems with wrong thoughts because it’s in my heart, but God’s perfect love will clean that out too. He prayed for me and I felt Gods touch yet again.
Since I have been back home, I have made some radical changes, I have gotten rid of CD’s that were not really very uplifting, have stopped watching some TV programmes ‘cos they weren’t very uplifting either and am getting into the Word of God! I want ALL God has for me and more!
All in all, God used the camp to start a brand new work in me; He placed in my heart a love for people with disabilities. I have always accepted people for who they are, but have never been around disabled people before. Now, self pity is gone, pity parties are a thing of the past and are gone out of my life too. God is GOOD!!