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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.

46 Years in Ministry: Hugh and Di Willis

July 26, 2022
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Hugh and Di Willis have stepped outside of the spotlights, but don’t call it retirement. The couple is still very much part of the ministry. With Kirsty Armitage at the helm in the role as ‘National Director’ of Elevate Christian Disability Trust, Hugh and Di continue to give her their full support, with all the […]

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What is in your hand?

July 26, 2022
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So the Lord said to him, “What is that in your hand?” He said, “A rod.” Exodus 4:2 (NKJV) God had chosen Moses to deliver the children of Israel from Egypt. But Moses immediately began to enumerate all the reasons why he was not qualified to assume such leadership. Then the Lord asked him, “What […]

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Hawkes Bay’s Hallelujah Lady

July 26, 2022
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Joan Parker’s first introduction to Elevate was in 1986 when she attended our National Camp. Her church had heard about the camp and felt it would be good for her. It wasn’t a typical camp introduction though, as her buddy Ruth Jones (now Beale) had injured her back and Joan stayed with her in their […]

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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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Our Family Story – Three Generations of Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy

June 9, 2022
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“We will tell the next generation the praiseworthy deeds of the Lord, His power and the wonders He has done.” Psalm 78:4 “My grace is sufficient for you, for my strength is made perfect in your weakness.” 2 Corinthians 12:9 “This sickness is not unto death but for the glory of God.” John 11:4 Left […]

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The Difference Between Inclusion and Belonging

December 21, 2021
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We often hear the words ‘inclusion’ and ‘belonging’ when talking about welcoming more people with disabilities into our churches and ministries. But the difference between these two is not always clear. As it’s December, let me use a Christmas example to try and explain.  Most of us will have different Christmas traditions, such as a […]

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Stop, Wait, Go – but have we forgotten anyone?

November 29, 2021
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We’ve all done it, or had it done to us, at some stage. Many parents have accidentally forgotten their child somewhere (home, school, shops). Many of us have accidentally forgotten to invite a friend or family member to a party. It’s not that we do it intentionally, nor does it represent a lack of love […]

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