Why is Forgiveness Important

By Michael Smith Kia ora, Elevate whanau. My name is Michael for those who don’t know me, and I’ve been involved in supporting people with disabilities since 2015. I hope you are all doing well. I’m talking about forgiveness. In the parable of the unmerciful servant, Jesus said to Peter to forgive a brother/sister 77 […]

Get The Sticker!

By Manuele Teofilo  Many of us who use a wheelchair or mobility equipment here in New Zealand are familiar with a sticker. A sticker on the equipment we use daily, and we call our own, that says “Equipment of MOH” or equipment belonging to the Ministry of Health. Or something to that effect. We use […]

Find God’s Peace this Christmas

By Sarah Houston  Happy Christmas Everyone   Luke 2:14 “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.”   Many of you may be sitting down very soon to write your annual Christmas newsletter to send out to friends and family, sharing all the news about the happenings in your […]

Relationships Are Central to Being Human

By Kirsty Armitage  This year our devotions have focused on the theme of connection. Relationships and connections are an essential element of being human. It doesn’t take much to find proof of our need for genuine connection. One search online will bring up a multitude of articles and personal accounts of loneliness and isolation. Scroll through any […]

Finding God in Unexpected Places

By Manuele Teofilo  Many stories in the Bible are of people finding God in unexpected places. Just like we have many stories in our lives of unexpected blessings and God revealing Himself in ways we don’t expect. One story that stands out to me is Exodus 3:1-4 when the angel of God appeared in the […]

Loving Yourself and Others – Part 2

By Michael Smith In my last devotion I talked about connecting with God, and now I want to talk about connecting with others. What came to my mind when I thought about connecting with others was my men’s group, my recovery group, and my Church, and each of these groups have played a positive impact […]

Loving God – Part 1

By Michael Smith Today, I want to share some thoughts around connecting with God. Luke 10:27 in the NIV says “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind.”   There are a few ways that we can do this. The […]

The Curtain is Torn!

By Kevin Park Don’t we love connecting with people? I do. I love connecting with people because I receive encouragement from them and I give encouragement. It also gives me a sense that I’m not alone. Because of our fast-paced culture, people may forget the importance of meeting others and carry on doing their tasks […]

Connecting to Jesus

By Jean Griffiths I have heard from people that on waking they must have their first cup of coffee before they can start the day. That zap of caffeine is what seems to connect them to become fully awake. No doubt while they’re having that stimulus, they turn on their devices to connect to the […]

We Need Each Other

By Manuele Teofilo  I enjoy meeting up with other Christians. Either at a small group, connect group or even just a coffee catch-up. These are always wonderful opportunities to share encouragement to build each other up. Or to listen to the hardships that our friend is going through and to pray for them. In my […]