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Welcome! Whether you or a loved one has a disability, you are a leader of a church or Christian organisation, a ministry worker, or you are simply interested in disability issues, the articles and stories below have been written to equip, encourage, inspire and even challenge you.

A Note From The Director: a reflection on National Camp & looking towards the future

November 28, 2023
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National Camp group photo

Recently, I have been thinking about the significance of this season we are in as an organisation. We have an amazing opportunity to honour the rich history of Elevate and prepare for the next forty plus years. Celebrating forty years of Elevate National Camp at Totara Springs Christian Centre highlighted this again to me. Our […]

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Di’s Video

November 28, 2023
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A black and white photo of Di & Hugh Willis as a young couple with the words 'Founders Story: Elevate' one the right

  We are delighted to let you know that the video of Di Willis’ story is now online! It was great to work with Joy Inc. again to produce this high-quality short film titled, ‘Founders Story: Elevate’. Throughout the process people have been touched by Di’s story. It is clear to see the significance of […]

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Elevate Literally Saved Me

November 28, 2023
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Bonnie (a young woman with short dark hair and using a wheelchair) beside a friend (a young man with a full, dark beard using a wheelchair) at National Camp 2023

I attended the 40th Elevate Christian Disability Trust National Camp. Since 40 years is such a significant milestone, I thought now would be a great time to share with everyone the impact this organisation has had on my life. I was first introduced to Christianity at 7 years old. My neighbours at the time took me […]

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From A Mountain Climbing Accident to The Power of Vulnerability

November 28, 2023
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Ps Jack O. smiling at the camera in his wheelchair holding a basketball on a basketball court

I was born into the tribal culture of the indigenous Native American people. My parents taught me the indigenous plants, how to catch a wild horse, and the value of Creation Care. My grandparents immigrated 100 years ago from the Netherlands to the Navajo Reservation. They were beloved cross-cultural bridges to the Navajo and Zuni […]

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Auckland CFFD Camp – Building Friendships and Community

July 25, 2023
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It’s been three years since the last National Camp was in Matamata and last year, we had to cancel Auckland CFFD Camp. So, with much anticipation as the committee began planning for the 2023 camp at Carey Park, there was also much prayer for it to go ahead. With all the work involved in preparing […]

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CBM Kids Connect Camp

July 25, 2023
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Being an Archaeologist for a Day Kids Connect camp looked a little different this year with a change of location and a change of format. After 13 years of using the local scout camp for a weekend, we found ourselves in the position of having to choose between no camp at all or a day […]

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Hebron Disability Services

July 25, 2023
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Praise God for His goodness and faithfulness to Hebron Disablity Service. Praise God for the passion, compassion and faithfulness of all staff and volunteers in the ministry. “I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do […]

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