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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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Margie Willers – From Pain to Pearls

March 13, 2023
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Please note that since this article was written Margie has passed away. We are deeply grateful for all she gave to this ministry and to the Kingdom of God. Sitting with Margie in a Care Home in Mt Maunganui I am deeply moved. The co-founder of CFFD (now Elevate Christian Disability Trust) is completely bedbound, […]

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Technology opens up new world for Marci

March 13, 2023
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Musician and busker Marci Rota loves looking up song lyrics online and using YouTube to make her own playlists. But rewind a year, and Marci didn’t even have a mobile phone. A friend asked her how they could keep in touch, which started the ball rolling on her technology journey. She began working with Blind […]

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Volunteer Spotlight: Heather Major

March 13, 2023
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I have been involved with CFFD Waikato since the lovely late Edith Morris and her husband Noel hosted a hui* at their house in February 2012 with Di and Hugh about CFFD Waikato being resurrected. The group had been in recess for 10 years as I recall and Athaline Morris (no relation) was the previous […]

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