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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.

An Experience I Will Never Forget

November 29, 2022
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Blair Woolley and Viti Dranica

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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Stronger Together

November 29, 2022
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Two hands clasped together with the words 'Strong Together' and 'Nehemiah 3'

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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Reflections on Prayer

November 29, 2022
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Di Willis

This is a written summary of a workshop about prayer by Di Willis. The workshop was part of Elevate National Camp Online 2022. Di says she is not an intercessor, nor an expert on the subject of prayer. Nevertheless, she loves talking to God and hearing His voice. There are so many different ways of […]

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My First Encounter with Jesus

July 26, 2022
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I was about 10 years old when I went to National Camp. My reading teacher, Cherry at my school in Auckland offered to take students to camp. I leapt at the opportunity to go on a weekend trip. My best friend in primary school, Hudson, was one of the other students who went. That made […]

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Volunteer Spotlight

July 26, 2022
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Jan Bridgeman, Joy Ministries National Coordinator   Jan Bridgeman shares how ‘looking neither to the right nor the left’ has led to her remarkable 27-year involvement with Joy Ministries. My husband and I were at Bible college. We didn’t know why we were at Bible college; God had just sent us there. At the end of […]

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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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