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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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Different hands holding 4 pieces of a puzzle

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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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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Honouring One Another

June 15, 2022
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Written by Fiona Sherwin  In recent years I’ve been doing a lot of thinking about inclusion and belonging. While the two terms are used synonymously at times, there are notable differences between them. Including others is an important practice. It’s an act of kindness and hospitality, but to include others only scratches the surface. When […]

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