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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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Giving Gifts Glorifies God

July 26, 2022
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Sometimes we think too easily about our inabilities, when actually God has given us so many abilities and gifts. If we leave them on the shelf we are not glorifying God. By taking them down and putting them to use we give Him praise. When we use our gifts we honour God, the One who […]

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LOVE IS, LOVE ISN’T, LOVE ACTUALLY 

June 18, 2022
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Written by Wes Walter* JACK*   A large, ‘successful’ church: good-looking successful people. And if you’re female, being blonde (whether by birth or by bottle) helps. If you’re popular in the media, so good. We love you!   But you? You’re in a wheelchair? We’ve got a ramp, and a wheelchair loo [good for storing gear in] […]

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Contributing to the Transformative Work of the Body of Christ

June 16, 2022
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Written by Coralie M. Bridle  Introduction  My eldest son, Samuel, gently led me into the world of sustained theological enquiry. In doing so he has made extraordinary contributions to my life without leaving the confines of his wheelchair. As catalyst for questions, he does not have the vocabulary to pose, he has beckoned me to […]

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