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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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Blair Woolley and Viti Dranica

An Experience I Will Never Forget

November 29, 2022
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In July this year, I went on a ministry trip to Fiji, which had a profound effect on me. Pastor James and Viv Anson from FaithPointe Church in Auckland led this amazing mission alongside Atawhai Morgan and myself. During our stay, we were hosted by Pastors Samu & Radini Susana who set up FaithPointe South […]

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God Calls Us to Work Together

November 29, 2022
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In Nehemiah we see that God always keeps his promises. Nehemiah prayed trusting that God wanted the walls rebuilt. Nehemiah chapter three onwards tells us that the people worked next to each other. Cooperating and working as a team. Some couldn’t do the building as they weren’t physically able. I know I would have problems […]

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Two hands clasped together with the words 'Strong Together' and 'Nehemiah 3'

Stronger Together

November 29, 2022
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Keynote speaker of National Camp Online 2022, Reverend Timothy Lee spoke about Nehemiah and people rebuilding the city walls and gates of Jerusalem. This is an edited summary of his presentation. God’s people had spent time in captivity with the Babylonians. It was about 100 years before they were allowed to return to Judah, their […]

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