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Huhu Studios – From Sleepy Hollow to Bustling Beijing page 04

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From Israeli Paratrooper to Evangelist to Israel Omri Jaakobovich’s full story page 6

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Trevor Yaxley, founder and CEO of Huhu Studios An animation artist at work at Huhu Studios

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The new Huhu China Studios building in Beijing which was opened last month by the NZ Ambassador to China, Rt Hon John McKinnon

Huhu Studios –

From Sleepy Hollow to Bustling Beijing A New Zealand digital media company has made a gigantic leap from the tiny village of Snells Beach to China’s capital city, Beijing. Huhu founder and CEO Trevor Yaxley talks to Marie Anticich about exciting new trade developments with China.

uhu Studios has gone into a number of deals with Chinese partners and has set up joint ventures in Beijing, Trevor Yaxley said in a recent Skype interview from Beijing. The Snells Beach-based entrepreneur and his team have signed a multi-million deal with Chinese partners to produce two animated movies and five television series over the next three to four years. “The dollar value of our latest venture is far larger than anything we’ve done before in China,” says the digital media pioneer. “We’re building up to 250 staff at Huhu China in Beijing – we’ve already got some Kiwis working here and more coming – and we’ve hired another 45 people to do part of the project at our Snells Beach facility.” Staff numbers have almost doubled at Huhu Studios which is situated behind locked gates on the campus of the former Lifeway College in Snells Beach near Warkworth. While Trevor is in China the studio is managed by a team of professionals who have been with the company for many years. China has become New Zealand’s second largest trading partner with two-way trade reaching a record high of $23 billion last year. Huhu has become a major stakeholder in the digital media industry and now has two studios in Beijing; Huhu China Studios and Huhu PF, with partners in Singapore and Canada. Huhu China is developing a creative media centre which includes an animation studio, an IP development hub, retail stores, a pre-press and design facility and a future training academy. Trevor conceived the idea for an animated children’s TV series called Buzz & Poppy when a huhu bug flew into a window of his home one night. He set up Huhu Studios in rented office space in Warkworth in 1996 and he and long-time partner Bill Boyce hired nine 3D artists to create the first TV series. Since those early days Buzz & Poppy has sbeen seen by more than 100 million children in 58 countries. “It’s amazing what God can do,” Trevor marvels. Today his firm uses state-of-the-art technology to create original content and computer-generated animation and employs a growing team of animators, concept artists, modellers, rigging, texturing, lighting and technical experts. Nowadays Trevor spends about half of his time in China and his wife Jan and family members often join him. Their apartment in Beijing is near the cultural tax-free zone of Beijing and adjacent to the new Huhu China Studio which was officially opened last month by New Zealand’s Ambassador to China, the Rt Hon John McKinnon. In the early 2000s Huhu did some research into the growth of the Chinese movie industry and predicted it would become the world’s number 1 box

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office. This prediction was fulfilled in one month of last year, when China topped world box office takings, ahead of North America for the first time. “Animation is a hugely developing industry in China,” Trevor comments. “Where-ever you look, on television in advertising and movies, there’s some form of animation. New Zealand is a tiny nation but we’ve got a lot to offer China. We’ve got a phenomenal creative bent and we’ve got technology.” Success didn’t come overnight. Trevor has made more than 100 trips to China over the last 16 years and during the first six years of his travels he had more than 100 meals with prospective partners, but they never talked business. “Then one day a representative of one of world’s largest media companies said, ‘Let’s make a deal. The Chinese won’t talk business without getting to know you first at face-to-face meetings,” he observes. In 2014 Huhu was part of the New Zealand Film Commission delegation to Guangzhou, Shanghai and Beijing, and at the 2015 Beijing Film Festival, a co-production was announced between Huhu Studios and China Film Animation which is part of the state-owned China Film Group. In 2016 Huhu signed several more film and financing deals which were witnessed by former Prime Minister, John Key during his visit to China. Production is well underway on Beast of Burden, the first official animated co-produced feature film between New Zealand and China. The movie features four-footed animals called Thoriphants who escape from a life of servitude to humankind and set out on a dangerous journey to learn how to stand upright again. The film is due for release in 2018 and is the first of several co-productions planned with China Film Animations. Huhu is NZ’s longest running specialist 3D digital media studio and is renowned for producing values- themed TV series like Vege Tales for USA-based creator Big Idea/DREAMWORKS Entertainment, and films like Noah and The Ten Commandments (2008). The Ten Commandments is first full-length 3D animation movie made by a New Zealand company, in conjunction with Singapore partner STDM and Promenade Pictures USA. It took 250 man-years to make: “Animation is an intense process,” says Trevor. “On a good day the studio may produce four to six seconds of finished animation.” Beginnings Emigrating from the UK with his family at age 16, Trevor started a painting and decorating business in Auckland. He took older workers with him when he went to see clients: “they thought I was the team


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‘boy,’” he laughs. At age 17 Trevor met his future wife. “Jan was sweet 16 when we met,” he recalls. “We went to church together and both responded to the salvation message on the same night.” They married 18 months later at the Methodist Church in Mt Roskill, aged 19 and 18 respectively. Busy family years followed and they had three children, Mark, David and Rebecca. Mark is prayer warrior with Downs Syndrome and lives part-time at the Yaxley’s home and part-time at the Lifeway Home in Warkworth, which was founded by the Yaxley family. Tragically, Trevor and Jan lost their second son in a car accident at age 16. Rebecca survived the accident and she and her husband David have one son and three daughters, the eldest of whom was recently married. Inspired by the work of Salvation Army leader William Booth, Trevor and Jan set up Lifeway College in 1986 and ministered the thousands of students over the next 20 years. Trevor also wrote two books about the Salvation Army which were published locally and internationally, and he is now recognised as an Army historian.

Lifeway College ran diploma courses in Christian studies, counselling, business and digital media for many years, and in 1989 it merged with Paul de Jong’s LIFE Leadership College. The Lifeway School of Animation continues to deliver animation and film curriculums under the Edenz brand, and many of its graduates are employed in New Zealand and international studios. The Lifeway campus has now been acquired by Kingsway School in partnership with the Yaxleys for future development as a training facility. In 1990 the enterprising couple launched the Rise Up campaign and travelled around New Zealand with a large team of enthusiastic young and not-so-young people, supporting churches in their work in local communities, schools and prisons. Trevor has started many businesses and he and a long-time friend pioneered the development of plastic bubble-wrap machinery. More recently he set up a plastics factory in Warkworth to re-use waste plastic and produce recycled and bio-degradable rubbish sacks, bags and industrialagricultural film. The business was been sold and his main focus is on

trade developments with China. “From a Christian perspective, China has totally opened over the last five years,” says Trevor. “The state church I attended in Huangzhou is alive and thriving and has 10,000 people. Beijing Worshippers at a church in China also has a growing Christian population hand experience: in one two-week and the church I go to on Sunday trip I’ve been smiled at and greeted mornings has 7,000 people.” by more strangers than in the past He finds the Chinese ‘amazing’ to 10 years in my own nation. And if I’d work with and is impressed by their listened to all the warnings I was been hospitality. given years ago about doing business “It’s the kindness of strangers that in China I would have been robbed mirrors to me the true heart of China. of some of the greatest experiences My long-term friend Henry Wong and locked between the book-ends of this I were recently walking through the delightful adventure called life.” market in 30 degree temperatures, amidst throngs of people and vendors Highs and lows? “A low was conjuring up exquisite foods, with when our son David went home beads of sweat trickling down our in 1986. A high was when I faces,” he recounts. “Two teenagers married my wife Jan 52 years noticed we were sweating and came ago,” says Trevor whose home to our aid with a packet of tissues. is still on the campus in Snells This thoughtfulness by strangers is Beach. unheard of in other countries. “To encapsulate 16 years of first-

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Omri Jaakobovich From Israeli Paratrooper to Evangelist to Israel with JANET BALCOMBE

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This page top: Omri Jaakobovich; Middle: In Sinai, 1993; Below: At the end of the 120km walk Omri receives the Red Beret from his commander

orn and raised on a secular kibbutz in Israel, Omri dreamed of serving in an elite army unit; the best of the best. So let’s find out what happened and how a middle-aged woman brought this hardened Israeli paratrooper to his knees at the feet of the Jewish Messiah, Yeshua (Jesus). The kibbutz offered communal housing so Omri didn’t grow up in a house with his parents. He was just 3-years old when he first understood that one day he was going to die. “Why was I even born if one day I have to die?” It made no sense to him at all. He preferred to have never been born than to be born, to live, and then to die. Between high school and the army, he served for a year with a youth movement. He was strong and fit and nothing was going to stop him. The Paratroopers offered the hardest training you could possibly get and he tackled it head-on. Six months basic training followed by basic infantry training; the hardest two months of his life. He had almost no sleep and had to walk 120km at the end. On a physical level, he was one of the very best. Nothing was too difficult. But he had a weakness: he always had to prove that he was better than everyone else; he had to be the star of the team. “I was trying the whole time to show my officer; I’m better than you, and you can’t break me”. In 1990, at the end of training, Omri’s officer said to him, “Omri, I’m sorry to tell you... although you’ve got some amazing abilities, you are undisciplined and I’m forced to dismiss you from the team.” He felt like a fully inflated balloon that had just burst into millions of pieces. In 1996 he bought himself a round-the-world ticket to Thailand, Sydney, Fiji, Tonga and Hawaii; for the beaches, sunbathing, girls and full-moon parties. In New Zealand, Omri went unshaven for a couple of months and wore a hat like the ‘Druze’ men. He rocked up to the counter in a hostel in

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Kings Road, Paihia in the Bay of Islands. The receptionist said to him, “You’re an Israeli!” When he asked her how she knew, she said, “I know you’re an Israeli. You’re God’s chosen people. You’re very special people to God!” He thought, “Oh boy, what have I walked into?” In 1995, a year before he’d left Israel, Itzhak Rabin had been murdered, which had deeply affected Omri. Rabin was the Israeli Chief of Staff during the Six Day War of 1967, in which the Israeli army recaptured the most holy place of the Jewish people – the old city of Jerusalem, including the Western Wall. Almost 30 years later a religious Jew murdered Rabin in the name of God. As the lady talked, she kept repeating, “You are the chosen people of God. You are a special people.” He decided to tell her the story of Izhak Rabin and how, for the first time in history, a chosen leader of Israel had been murdered by a religious Jew, in the name of God. Then she said, “But it’s not the first time in the history of the people of Israel that a Jew killed your chosen leader.” Omri was shocked, “Excuse me? What are you talking about?” “This is what you did to Yeshua!” she said. “Who is Yeshua?” asked Omri. “Yeshua was the chosen leader of the Jewish people. He was chosen by God, and the people of Israel didn’t want to have Him as their leader.” Omri was stunned. In school he’d learned about all the people who really influenced humanity; like Alexander the Great, Julius Caesar, Napoleon and Hitler, but none were Jewish and none had grown up, or lived, in Israel. None of them had the influence on humanity that Yeshua of Nazareth had. Like all Israelis, Omri wasn’t taught anything about the New Testament; it was completely ignored. “How in the world can it be, that they make no mention of Him whatsoever in Israel?” Omri thought. Omri remembered when as a teenager, he ran-


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Omri remembered when as a teenager, he randomly opened a Bible in the school library at Jeremiah 31:31, “The days are coming, says the Lord, when I will make a New Covenant with the house of Israel and with the house of Judah.” He was so frightened that he shut the book and forgot all about it. domly opened a Bible in the school library at Jeremiah 31:31, “The days are coming, says the Lord, when I will make a New Covenant with the house of Israel and with the house of Judah.” He was so frightened that he shut the book and forgot all about it. He understood that there were just two possibilities. Either Yeshua of Nazareth rose from the dead, or He didn’t rise from the dead. If He didn’t rise from the dead, what’s the big deal? He could continue the path he’d been walking till this day... “Eat, drink and be merry, for tomorrow we die.” But if Yeshua did rise from the dead, maybe he could also rise from the dead. Omri remembered when he was little and wondered why he had to be born if he had only to die one day. He began to read the book of Isaiah. On every page of the Jewish Scriptures he could see the Messiah, and was convinced beyond all doubt that Yeshua from Nazareth was indeed, the Messiah of Israel. The contrast between what he expected from the New Testament and what he found out reading it was huge. When he came to faith in Yeshua, he thought he was the only Jew in the whole world that believed Yeshua was the Jewish Messiah. To this point, Omri had never experienced a more terrible feeling, than his dismissal from the Paratroopers. For years, he’d hated that officer. And now, seven years later, coming to faith in Yeshua ‘in the blink of an eye’ he understood the whole story. He saw that he’d just been trying to prove to that officer how he didn’t need him;

how much better he was than him; and that this was how most people behave with God. Many people live their lives thinking they don’t need God and they don’t want Him. But, just like the officer in the army, so it is with God – He always has the last word. Omri has made his home in New Zealand, and sees his role training the Gentiles (non-Jews) how to share the Messiah with the Israelis, through hospitality. As he was touring New Zealand with Jacob Damkani, founder of Trumpet of Salvation to Israel; Omri had divine inspiration to ask people after the meetings, if they would like to host Israeli travellers in their homes. In February 2000, Omri founded HIT (Hosting Israeli Travelers); an exclusive travel club for Israelis around the world. The response was fantastic and by the end of their tour they had around 350 names of evangelical Christians happy to host Israeli travellers. It was a great start. The HIT network enables Christian lovers-of-Israel to show their support to His people through the simple act of hospitality. Now, 17 years later, Omri continues to blaze trails across the world, building new networks with the launch of HIT International.

Above: Omri and Yosef (Yossi Livne) Israel Ambassador in New Zealand; Left: After Omri’s military service.

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being through such a sad time. She decides she will send him a nice card with muffins when she gets home. Liz likes the preacher’s sermon because he uses lots of stories and pictures. Sometimes he brings in props or gets the kids to act something out for him. Whenever he uses big words, he explains them and reminds even the kids how they can apply the truths he is sharing. In the discussion time after the sermon, Liz gets to ask some questions and hear what others have been challenged or encouraged by. It always amazes her how everyone seems to get something slightly different out of the same sermon. Others seem so interested in what she is thinking and she feels comfortable enough to say a short prayer thanking God. Even a couple of five-year-olds, who really look up to her, follow her lead and say a sentence prayer too. After the “Amen” she looks up and wonders why some of the adults are wiping their eyes. During communion, it is clearly explained what it all means, and why they share it as a church family. On the way home, she and her parents chat about the service, testimonies and sermon. They discuss some ways they could serve and encourage others in the church as a family. Liz shares about the card she wants to send to Mr Simpson. I wonder how these two tales will end? Who do you think will still be going to church when they are an adult? Where is the deeper and richer faith formation happening? “…the frequent and regular cross-generational opportunities for worship, learning, outreach, service and fellowship offer distinctive spiritual benefits and blessings.” 1 Where do you see the benefits of intentional intergenerational faith formation happening at your church on Sunday morning and the subsequent growing of deeper relationships?

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1 Intergenerational Christian Formation – Bringing the whole church together in ministry, community and worship. Holly Catterton Allen and Christine Lawton Ross, InterVarsity Press 2012, p 47


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The Case For Christ T

HE CASE FOR CHRIST, based on Lee Strobel’s bestselling book about his own journey as an award-winning investigative journalist and resolute atheist who sets out to disprove Christianity, comes to life in its big screen release on May 4th, 2017. “The book The Case for Christ lays out the overwhelming foundation of evidence from which personal faith can rise,” Strobel said. “The film gives the dramatic story behind the story of a man with personal animosity for Christianity who used journalistic and legal techniques to evaluate its claims. THE CASE FOR CHRIST takes audiences on an exciting journey from skepticism to belief.” The film draws on the true story of Lee and Leslie Strobel, whose marriage struggled mightily as her growing faith collided with his determined atheism. The dramatic retelling of their journey offers heart and a human touch on the in-depth research Lee Strobel conducted.

THE CASE FOR CHRIST is a moving story that will inspire everyone who sees it: believers, those who are searching for answers, and even those who are where Lee Strobel once was. THE CASE FOR CHRIST stars Mike Vogel (THE HELP), Erika Christensen (Parenthood), Academy Award®winner Faye Dunaway (BONNIE AND CLYDE, CHINATOWN), Academy Award®nominee Robert Forster (JACKIE BROWN), L. Scott Caldwell (Lost) and Frankie Faison (The Wire). Jonathan M. Gunn (DO YOU BELIEVE?) directs THE CASE FOR CHRIST, written by Brian Bird, (When Calls the Heart, Touched by An Angel) and based on Strobel’s book, The Case for Christ. In 1980, after he won prestigious awards for investigative journalism, Strobel (Vogel) was promoted to legal affairs editor for the Chicago Tribune. When his wife, Leslie (Christensen) became a Christian, Lee utilized his journalistic and

legal training to disprove the claims of Christianity. Working as an investigative reporter would, Strobel interviewed leading scholars on Evangelicalism and Christianity, offering them an opportunity to defend their views. Contrary to his intent, Strobel’s investigative efforts convinced him of Christianity’s reliability. The book became a worldwide best-seller and launched Strobel in a new direction –defending Christianity himself. THE CASE FOR CHRIST is distributed by Five Loaves Media and produced by Michael Scott, David A.R. White, Karl Horstmann and Brittany Lefebvre, and is set to release theatrically May 4th, 2017

Top Left: The Case For Christ movie poster; Top Right: Actor Mike Vogel portrays Lee Strobel in the movie ‘The Case For Christ’; The real Leslie and Lee Strobel.

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a movie? Lee Strobel: I was shocked initially because the book came out in 1998, so it’s been around a long time. Yet a year ago, in about the same week, I got phone calls from two studios, Pure Flix and another one, saying we would like to do this film on your life, on your story, which really struck me as odd coming out of the blue after all these years. It’s not something I pursued, but as soon as I brought it up, I thought, ‘Duh! That’s a great idea, because there are a lot of people who won’t read a book but they will go to a film, especially young people.’ So if you want to speak their language, the language of film, is the

language of the millennial generation and a lot of my generation. So I thought here’s a great opportunity to bring this message of hope and redemption and evidence and faith to a new audience and hopefully people who wouldn’t be exposed to the book because they wouldn’t pick up a 300page tome. What was it like seeing the first footage? The conversion scene, where Lee finally accepts that Christianity is true, is especially memorable. Lee: That was a very moving scene. We were then on set when they filmed it. We had seen it filmed. It

was so moving that after it happened that Mike came out after the scene was filmed and I went up to him to say thank you for being honest and authentic in the scene which can be so hokey if it’s not done right, if it’s not done authentically. I went up to thank him and I just burst into tears. I said, ‘Thanks, Mike, for being honest and getting it right.’ It was very moving to see and other scenes are hard to see. The arguing, the conflict, the drinking and so forth. Those were hard to relive, but they’re honest, they’re true. In fact, one scene in particular with my dad… Leslie: Robert Forrester played his dad, who by the way, looked like Lee’s dad, so that was shocking. We arrived, the week prior to this week. They were filming where his dad finds the motorcycle. They stopped filming, it was at night, we had just arrived. John Gunn wanted to introduce us. Robert Forrester was still in character and he came up to Lee and just his hand on him and said, ‘I’m really sorry.’ And Lee never got ‘Sorry’ from his dad. There was never any

reconciliation. Did that help? Lee: It did help. It was cathartic. It was totally unexpected, because I didn’t realize he was still in character. To get that from him, it was heartfelt. He’s a very tender man. He plays bad guys a lot in films, but he’s great. He gave everybody a gift of a letter opener on the set, just a sweet, sweet man. But it seemed just unplanned on his part. Leslie: He said later, ‘I just felt that you needed that.’ It was like ‘Yeah, didn’t realize it but yeah.’ It’s just been an amazing experience. Lee: To see it on the screen for the first time, it was just amazing. Leslie: I don’t know how I’m going to get through the premiere. I’ll need a box of tissues. For more information, including screening locations, on the release of The Case for Christ movie please visit www.fiveloavesmedia.com

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ANZACS In The Holy Land with IAN W JOHNSON

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he place of our greatest loss will become the place of our greatest breakthrough”. A total of 17,723 New Zealanders served in WWI, in the battle against Ottoman-controlled Palestine from 1916 to 1918. 1,446 were wounded and 640 lost their lives and are buried in the land of Israel. My father’s Uncle Albert was a member of the Waikato Mounted Rifles Ambulance Corp. I can remember, as a young boy, listening to him speak of the hardship of the campaign to free the Holy Land. Many were killed in action and many also lost their lives to malaria. Most were aware, from what he said, that they were in the Holy land, and seemed to understand that God’s plan was somehow unfolding before them. When the NZ Mounted Rifles arrived at El Arish (near modern Nizana in Israel and the most likely site of the biblical Kadesh Barnea) in 1916, the commander of the New Zealand forces, Brigadier General Edward Chaytor dismounted, took off his hat and kneeled; giving thanks before the Lord that, in his lifetime, he had seen the holy land. He was deeply moved,

even though most of the land was just a barren wilderness at the time. Many died in the days that followed and many were scarred physically and emotionally, in the next 2½ years of hard battle, to gain the prize. The blood of those who died in the land remains in the ground to this day. The promise to Abraham in Genesis 12: 3a; “I will bless those who bless you”, is their reward. Many may forget their names but the covenant-keeping God of Israel will never forget their sacrifice to free the land, in preparation for the miraculous reformation of the land of Israel. Following monumental battles of ‘biblical’ proportions for Tel El Saba (NZ) and Be’ersheba (Aust) on 31st October, 1917 by various regiments of the Australian Light horsemen and the New Zealand Mounted rifles; the ANZAC forces made their way to the Holy City of Jerusalem, experiencing many more battles on the way. The goal was Jerusalem, and on 9th December, 1917 the Turkish Army surrendered the city unconditionally, to the British Expeditionary forces, which included the ANZACs. On the

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“It is my opinion, that God will before long visit New South Wales (NZ was part of NSW at the time) with His heavenly grace and out of these stones will raise for Himself children unto Abraham. There will be a shaking among the dry bones and the Son of man is commanding a shaking. I hope, by and by, the Lord will command a wind to blow and stir up his strength amongst us,” (S M Johnstone, Samuel Marsden: A biography) nant of His people who are left, from Assyria and Egypt, from Pathros and Auckland Mounted Rifles Cross Yakron River 1917 Cush, from (Modern Tel Aviv) Image courtesy: His Amazing Glory Ministries Elam and Shinar, from Hachosen you’, says the Lord of hosts.” math and the All Hebrew days start at sunset and islands of the sea. He will set up a flag in 1917, the 24th Kislev fell at sunset for the nations, and will assemble the on the 8th December. All through that outcasts of Israel, and gather togethnight, Turkish troops were evacuating er the dispersed of Judah from the the holy city of Jerusalem. By early ends of the earth.” morning all the Turks had gone and The action of raising a banner by soon after 8am on the 9th December, Corporal Selak triggered several waves (24th Kislev) the Ottoman mayor of of Jewish immigration from every corJerusalem, under a white flag, surren- ner of the earth following the Balfour dered the keys of the city. The ANZAC declaration, in November 1917 and the forces were part of the action, and it formation of the modern state of Israwould be two more days on 11th De- el, in 1948. The flag raised by Corporal cember, before General Allenby final- Selak is still on display in the Citadel ly entered the city. Museum in Jerusalem. Many criticise In the two days leading up to Al- the flag of Israel; but it is the banner lenby’s arrival, a New Zealand Jewish of David, representing a powerful soldier, NZMR Corporal Louis Selak, Messianic symbol, that many Jews started what I believe was a prophet- from around the world are assemic timetable to the Messiah’s return. bling before. When General Allenby General Allenby had given strict in- arrived on the 11th December, 1917 he structions that no flag be raised in the approached the city, up the Jaffa road city until he arrived. However, Corpo- on a beautiful white horse, with the ral Selak had been given a Zionist flag ANZAC forces forming his ‘guard of (the modern flag of Israel) by a Jew- honour’. He dismounted, knelt down ish family in Alexandria, Egypt. He and declared, “I will not ride into the scaled the citadel of David and raised city. Only the Messiah is worthy to do the banner of David (a Messianic sym- so.” He entered the city on foot, where bol).This was the first time the banner he was received with cheers and tears of David had flown over the City of of joy, by the small Jewish population. David for nearly 3,000 years. For two In an unusual but highly prophetic full days the flag flew over the citadel. twist, a young British soldier (AllenThe actions of Corporal Selak were the by’s aide) described in a letter to his fulfilment of the following prophetic mother, (contained in the Auckland word in Isaiah 11:11-12 (NKJV): Museum) how an unknown Jewish “It shall come to pass in that day woman came out of the city and apthat the Lord shall set His hand again proached Allenby, saying with tears, the second time to recover the rem- “where are the boys of the Auckland

Mounted Rifles? For they are my sons and I am their mother”. This was a word from God and sealed a prophetic link between Jerusalem and New Zealand: A mother from Jerusalem declared that these NZ boys were her sons and she, their mother. Jerusalem adopted us that day. The ANZAC victory set in motion the unstoppable will of the Lord, which will ultimately lead to the second coming of Jesus to rule as King and Messiah in Jerusalem. In Israel in 2009, we met an Israeli man who lives in Be’ersheba, who said: “I don’t understand you ANZACs. There are always spoils of war,” he said. “Britain got all the glory for the liberation of the Holy Land, but you ANZACs just went home. You seem to have no reward.” I believe our reward is yet to come and we will reap our father’s sacrifice in a great end time revival. Samuel Marsden, an early Christian pioneer in Australia and New Zealand, made this statement: “It is my opinion, that God will before long visit New South Wales (NZ was part of NSW at the time) with His heavenly grace and out of these stones will raise for Himself children unto Abraham. There will be a shaking among the dry bones and the Son of man is commanding a shaking. I hope, by and by, the Lord will command a wind to blow and stir up his strength amongst us,” (S M Johnstone, Samuel Marsden: A biography). We are the south wind here in the ANZAC nations and the promise to the dry bones in Ezekiel 37, which Marsden was referring to, is a promise to restore Israel. Marsden had a good understanding of the restoration of Israel as he had trained in London with, and become good friends of, the first Anglican minister to Jerusalem;

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a Jewish believer and former Rabbi, named Rev Solomon, who established Christ Church in Jerusalem. The south wind has been blowing since 1917. The bones of Israel have been gathered from every corner of the earth and there is life in the land once again. But Ezekiel was commanded to blow again, so that the Spirit (Ruach haKodesh) would come into the army. The revival, coming to the ends of the earth and the islands of the sea, will bring the double portion of Elisha back to the land of Israel and all the nations of the earth. Once again we will hear in Israel: “Blessed is Yeshua, the one who comes in the name of the Lord.” South wind blow, not as a gentle breeze, but as a mighty hurricane of praise to the living God. I join Marsden in saying, “Come amongst us, Lord. Stir up Thy strength and blow”. To the ANZACs I say, the job is not yet finished. There is a revival that will come from the ends of the earth, which will, once again cause ANZAC brothers to mount up in unity; to open a way to revival in Israel that will fulfil the word of Jesus when he said: “You will not see me again (speaking to Jerusalem) until you say, ‘Baruch Haba B’shem Adonai!’” (Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord). Matthew 23: 37-39 (NKJV): “O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, the one who kills the prophets and stones those who are sent to her! How often I wanted to gather your children together, as a hen gathers her chicks under her wings, but you were not willing! See! Your house is left to you desolate; for I say to you, you shall see Me no more till you say, ‘Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord!’”

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FAMILY FIRST

DAYCARE DILEMMA: Babies in Daycare Longer Than Adults at Work Diagram 2

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overnment statistics reveal that there has been a significant increase in the numbers of babies and toddlers in childcare and the length of time they are spending there. Some babies are in daycare longer than a normal working week for adults, yet the government is ignoring the real concerns of whether this is good for very young children and babies. Please note - I’m not against childcare per se. My own children attended a pre-school for a couple of mornings each week. Every parent needs a break – especially single parents. But the kindergarten model and the Parents Centre model was based on both the best interests of the whole family and the child. In the discussion on what is best in the area of childcare, let us not forget the children. Has the church asked this question - why do we really want extended periods of childcare for our children? And don’t be fooled by the labels. In the 70’s it was called ‘child-minding’, the 80’s ‘child-care’, the 90’s ‘early learning centres’, and today it’s ‘early childhood education’. But ultimately, it’s still childminding. According to the latest stats, approximately 25% of 0-2 year olds in daycare attend for longer than 30 hours per week, with more than 10% being there longer than 42 hours each week – longer than a 40hour 8-hours-per-day working week. See table 1. But the trend over the past decade is also alarming. The proportion of babies and toddlers in long periods of childcare has, on average, tripled since 2000, with the proportion of 0-1 year olds

attending for longer than 42 hours - higher than 3 year olds. These statistics are concerning. Some babies are spending more time in daycare than primary age children are expected to spend at school when they first start. With government spending on early childhood education being more than $1.7b per annum, it is essential that the benefits of the investment in ECE are weighed against the real needs of very young children & babies and their families. Why does the government pay billions for professionals to care for our children, but offer no tax breaks or financial recognition for parents who sacrifice careers and income to do it? It has been argued that childcare is simply a reflection of changing working patterns and family arrangements. However, it could also be argued that work patterns have changed because of the availability and government subsidising of childcare. Our 2012 report WHO CARES?: Mothers, Daycare and Child Wellbeing in New Zealand argued that attending daycare for an extended time and the consequent separation from parents is a significant source of stress for many young children which could have potential long-term consequences for their mental and physical health as adults. See diagram 2. As stated in “WHO CARES?” daycare continues to be evaluated by later child outcomes in terms of ‘skills’ such as language or ‘school readiness’. But what has proved elusive is an understanding of

Table 1 % of Roll 2014

under 1

Age 1

Age 2

Age 3

Age 4

Age 5

Total

6 hours or less

33.2

17.0

16.1

10.7

6.8

11.6

12.4

More than 6 hours to 15 hours

16.9

23.2

28.6

25.0

18.3

19.4

22.9

More than 15 hours to 21 hours

10.1

13.9

15.5

26.7

31.9

22.8

23.6

More than 21 hours to 30 hours

17.1

18.6

16.5

19.3

25.1

29.4

20.5

More than 30 hours to 42 hours

11.8

14.8

13.0

11.2

11.0

12.8

12.0

More than 42 hours

10.8

12.5

10.4

7.1

6.8

4.0

8.5

Provided by ECE Analysis

how the young child is affected emotionally and physiologically, and how he/she experiences daycare while actually there. Babies can’t speak and toddlers have limited verbal abilities. However, a new generation of research from the biosciences, is starting to provide an insight into the real-time effects of daycare. These findings are at odds with the information most policymakers and members of the public have been exposed to. Moreover, there is no mention of this evidence, by either the Ministry of Education or the Education Review Office (ERO), which regularly monitors New Zealand’s childcare centres. There is growing evidence of the profound beneficial neurobiological effects a mother’s physical presence has on her young child that cannot be achieved by anyone else, including paid childcare workers. Mothers have been undervalued, and many parents use daycare because they simply can’t afford not to. Our babies and toddlers are being used in a massive social experiment and policymakers are too scared to ask the hard questions around whether this is in the best interests of both the child and the family. As stated in our 2012 report, full-time parenting should be seen as a child’s right, and any discussion of daycare should cease communicating what is ‘assumed’ adults are interested in, and instead, make judgments about what is likely to be in the children’s best interests. New Zealand should also undergo a timely and long overdue re-evaluation of motherhood. Is the church fighting for this? Or has it been blinded by culture, ideology and perhaps, most invasively, funding?

Bob McCoskrie is the National Director of Family First NZ. Visit www.familyfirst.org.nz for more information on how you can become involved.

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es, yes, we know this should have happened years ago, and as we even have our own digital agency within our four walls, we have been pretty tardy. But without further ado... Introducing www.christianlife.co.nz. You’ll also notice that, for the first time in our history, we are now accepting subscriptions. We are so thankful for the partnerships we have between the Christian Booksellers Association, Manna Bookstores, plus churches and

conferences throughout this great nation. Yet at the same time, as there are people who live in many areas where they cannot access a hard copy, we cannot hold off being able to service those busting to read each month, but cannot access a copy. We’ve been receiving mail for years requesting this, so for those who keep asking for a personal subscription, your wish is finally granted And we are pretty proud to say

that christianlife.co.nz was built by our own Initiate Agency, our specialist creative group that helps Christian organisations and businesses with all things web and branding (and print management, come to think of it). We are so thankful for the support that Christian Life receives from you, our reader, and please note that we will continue to refine and improve this new site. We also know that a month can be a long time between

news, as this is a fast-moving world and there are issues happening daily. To this end don’t forget to check out Christian Life’s sister website, mychristiandaily.com. With a team based all over the globe, My Christian Daily is also here to serve those who need more than just a once-a-month news fix. A free email subscription is also available, so you can receive your news daily in your inbox.

Remaining On the Edge WEC International is showing its commitment to staying on the edge and in tune with God in a world that is in a constant state of flux. After over 100 years WEC remains committed to engaging the church in spreading the gospel where it’s thinnest. Recognising the changing face of NZ, WEC was amongst the first to offer its expertise to the NZ church through workshops in cross cultural relationships and engaging people of other faiths. Over 200 workshops have taken place, each one enhancing the local outreach of a Kiwi congregation.

In our ever changing world, WEC International is at the forefront of mobilising labourers from places that until recently were considered the harvest fields. This includes sending Christian workers from the Pacific, Africa, India, and even the Middle East. With workers from about 60 different nationalities WEC is demonstrating its commitment to mission being from anywhere to everywhere. To hear more of such stories or to host a workshop see wecnz.org or phone 0800 46 46 86

Women on the Frontlines

Orphans Aid is branching out

The Women on the Frontlines Conferences were the vision of James Goll and his late wife Michal Ann. Together they desired to gather women trail-blazers of the faith to impart the life and power of Christ into an emerging generation of women who would become women of influence. We want to gather Christian women from any denomination to worship, receive teaching, have fellowship and receive encouragement to follow the call and dreams God has put in your hearts. The conference carries a dynamic prophetic and apostolic flavour, the theme being “A Call to Courage – Let God release who he made you to be.” As

Pulling resources together for those who are in poverty, while providing quality goods locally, is proving to be a real hit for Orphans Aid. Late last year Orphans Aid launched an online shop www.orphansaidonline.com “So many of our handmade products are providing a way; in places such as, Kolkata, for women to leave a life of working on the streets. They are beautiful items bringing real freedom. We are then able to sell the items and turn around and invest more into projects with children and orphans on the streets. It’s a very rewarding area to be involved in.” reports Sue van Schreven, Founder and Chief Executive of Orphans Aid. Orphans Aid is also launching some additional op shops. An extra shop is planned for Dunedin and plans are also in place for a Waikato shop; adding to their current shops in Invercargill, Dunedin, Hawkes Bay and Queenstown.

well as the four keynote speakers from Australia, India and New Zealand, we also have four testimonies from NZ women speaking briefly from their area/sphere of influence. We would love you to join us at Claudelands Event Centre, Brooklyn Road, HAMILTON 25th to 27th May. Sorry no childcare facilities are available so leave your littles at home and come to enjoy some time out with a company of women who proclaim the good news. (Psalm 68:11). Info and to register www.womenonthefrontlines.nz or phone Anne King 0800 432 484.

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PRAYER

Islam: The global prayer movement with BAPAK PENGAJAR ROHANI

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trocities done in the name of Islam by irrational fanatics fill the news media. Many people have become fearful of Islam and Muslims. Christians can choose how they react to these events. Should our response be one of fear or faith? If faith is our response then we should ask ourselves what does our faith teach us about world events? The Bible is not silent on the subject of evil, wars and calamities. These will increase as the end draws closer. Jesus taught his disciples in Matthew 24 vs 4-14 that false prophets would arise claiming to be the Messiah (vs 4-5), and mislead many during a time of wars and persecution (vs 6-9). His instruction to us was; ‘do not be frightened’ (v6). The Gospels state that many will ignore this teaching, and their faith will grow cold. Strong faith will enable the disciple of Christ to endure (be patient and persevere Romans 5 vs 1-5) until the end (v13). While all these calamities are taking place ‘this gospel of the Kingdom will be preached in the whole world for a witness to all nations (literally - ‘ethnic people groups’), and then the end shall come’ (v14). Whether our hearts are filled with fear or faith during these troubling days, depends on whether we trust in God the Father deeply. Scripture reveals to us that God definitely has a plan for the world and He will not be

diverted from accomplishing His mission. The question we face, is will we align our lives by faith with God’s mission and trust Him to be part of His plan? If we have a deep abiding trust in Him we will cease from worry and fear and express our trust in Him through prayer. Prayer changes things, events and people. In James 5 v 16 it states that ‘the effective fervent prayer of a righteous person can accomplish much.’ What has prayer accomplished in the Muslim world in the last 25 years? The evidence that prayer is changing our world in these last days can be observed if we study the rise of global prayer movements for Muslims over the last 25 years. By God’s grace and the Holy Spirit’s beckoning, millions of Christians are now choosing not to fear but to pray. Commencing in 1993 one global prayer movement for Muslims have risen from its tiny beginnings to an estimated 1 million people around the world using the ‘30 Days of Prayer’ guide during Ramadan to pray for Muslims in 2016. Ramadan this year is from 27 May - 25 June, 2017 and you can obtain a copy of this prayer guide from MARN at www.marn.org.nz. In addition to the ramadan prayer movement there is another movement called the ‘Praying for Muslims’ published by Sheikh Abdullah at Pray4Ms@ SharifBible.com. This movement prays every Friday, the Muslim holy day, using an effective prayer

Mokos Against Meth Addiction A group of Gisborne Christians are organising a march on Easter Monday to highlight the growing meth addiction problem in their region. They are gathering at the Marina in Gisborne 9.30am on Monday 17th April. Opening with karakia/prayer by Richard Rangihuna and speech by Mayor Meng Foon, the march will head along Peel St to Gladstone road, along Wainui Rd and Delatour Rd to Saint David’s Church Hall. A Blessing and opening of the walk in centre for meth users and families will take place. The support centre will provide information, booklets, help resources and free detox packages offering alternative healing methods and prayer. The main thrust of the March is to highlight and promote the urgent need of an​addiction rehab centre Gisborne. Methamphetamine use in the East Coast area has soared to epidemic proportions just as it has spread throughout New Zealand. It is a call to churches in the region (and NZ) to rise up and intercede in prayer. Inquiries to Nancy 0220340765.

booklet featuring a topic, a prayer, and a scripture promise each Friday throughout the year. This prayer booklet is also available from MARN. It empowers effective intercession. Another prayer movement is Window International Network (WIN) which focusses on praying for the countries of the 10/40 window. It was birthed in the 80’s out of the AD2000 movement and has continued past 2,000 and become an effective mobiliser of prayer for the unreached people of the 10/40 window. The countries in this window are mostly Islamic countries and the prayer needs shared highlight the desperate needs of so many poor and troubled Islamic states and peoples. Christians can subscribe to this prayer network by emailing win@win1040.com. In the last twenty-five years a rapidly growing movement of Muslims turning to Jesus Christ as a result of dreams, visions and the witness of family members who have encountered Jesus Christ through radio, scriptures and even the redemptive verses about Jesus the

Messiah in the Koran (see K 45 ayah 45-55). Indonesia the most populous Islamic country in the world, and our near neighbour estimates that two million Muslims a year are becoming disciples of Jesus Christ. At this phenomenal rate Indonesia could be a majority Christian country by 2035. In 1977 the percentage of Christians in Indonesia was less that one percent, and half of this number were Roman Catholic, and half were protestants. Typical Indonesian churches today are notably marked by well attended daily prayer meetings because the converts from Islam filling the churches expect to pray several times every day. Every week pastors encounter people coming to them asking for the interpretation of dreams they are having about Jesus Christ and angels. Iran is experiencing a similar phenomenon as recorded in the book by Mark Bradley ‘Too many to Jail’. Check out www.apdiscipleshiptrust.org.nz or contact via email ulftrainer@yahoo.co.nz

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PROGRAMME GUIDE

Watch Shine on Freeview 25 / SKY 201 Online shinetv.co.nz

May 2017

Details correct at time of printing at the beginning of April. For up-to-date 24-hour listings and programme information go to shinetv.co.nz

SUNDAY

MONDAY

TUESDAY

WEDNESDAY

Living Truth: Charles Price

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In Touch: Charles Stanley

Living Truth: Charles Price

Turning Point: Dr David Jeremiah

Lakewood Church: Joel Osteen

P

Hour of Power: Bobby Schuller

P

8:00

Harvest TV Rotorua: Dave and Jill Moore

8:30

5:00 6:00

P

P

P

THURSDAY

FRIDAY

SATURDAY

Lakewood Church: Joel Osteen

Hour of Power: Bobby Schuller

P

Life Questions / Kingdom Connection

P

5:00

P

Hillsong Kids

C

6:00

P

Quick Study with Ron Hembree (Mon-Fri) Unlocking the Bible: David Pawson

P

Leading the Way: Michael Youssef

P

Kingdom Connection: Jentezen Franklin

P

Derek Prince

P

Harvest TV Rotorua: Dave and Jill Moore

P

Superbook Season 3

C

6:30

Hillsong Kids: Cubbyhouse

C

Captain Chuckleberry

C

Superbook Season 3

C

Hillsong Kids: Cubbyhouse

C

Paul the Little Missionary

C

Captain Chuckleberry

C

7:00

Jovis Bon Hovis

C

Friends and Heroes

C

Paul, Little Missionary

C

Captain Chuckleberry

C

Superbook

C

Paul, Little Missionary

C

7:30

P

Blello TV / Theo: Teaching God’s Word

C

Hillsong Kids: A Big Life

C

Jovis Bon Hovis

C

Super Simple Science Stuff

C

Hillsong Kids: A Big Life

C

Jovis Bon Hovis

C

8:00

Running with Fire: Tak Bhana

P

Impact for Life: Peter & Bev Mortlock

P

Word For You: Terry & Jayne Calkin

P

LIFE TV: Paul de Jong

P

Running with Fire: Tak Bhana

P

Life Questions: Jeff Vines

P

Super Simple Science Stuff

C

8:30

In Touch: Charles Stanley

P

Scaly Adventures

C

9:00

P

P

What’s Cooking with Young & Free

C

9:30

Word For You: Terry & Jayne Calkin

P

10:30

Songs of Praise

M

11:00 11:30

Turning Point: Dr David Jeremiah

P

Noon

LIFE TV: Paul de Jong

P

Roots and Reflections

D

Coop Dreams

D

Christian World News

N

Joni and Friends

D

Jerusalem Dateline

N

Noon

12:30

100 Huntley Street

D

Creation Magazine Live

D

100 Huntley Street

D

WWII Military Chaplains / Going on Vocation (24 May)

D

What Do You See?

D

Live at Psalter Studios / Godsong Cafe (19 May)

M

12:30

13:00

The Restoration Road

D

6:30 7:00 7:30

9:00 9:30 10:00

Give Me An Answer /

13:30 When Calls the Heart D Season 2 starts 21 May 1.30 - 2.15pm

14:00 14:30 15:00 15:30 16:00

Destined to Reign with Joseph Prince (Mon-Fri) Bobby Schuller

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The Restoration Road

D

The Exchange

D

Be Amazing

D

P

Answers with Bayless Conley

P

Leading the Way: Michael Youssef

Brian Houston @ Hillsong TV

P

The 700 Club (Tue-Fri) Full Circle (Tue-Thu)

Be Amazing

D

FEATURE:

When Calls the Heart Season 2 starts 16 May

P

The Find: India (16 May)

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The End of Me (16 May)

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Running with Fire: Tak Bhana

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Give Me An Answer

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When Calls the Heart Season 2

Starts Monday 15 May at 8.30pm

NEW

Liberty University Convocation Starts Thu 11 May at 8.30pm NEW

FEATURE SERIES IN MAY

NEW

NEW

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The End of Me (4-part series)

Knox

Long Story Short

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Sironia (2011) (100 min) Frustrated by his failed music career, When Calls the Heart (Season 2) (2015) Thomas impulsively moves his family The continuing saga of Elizabeth to Sironia to live a more authentic life. Thatcher, a young teacher from high Fri 5 @ 8.30pm; Sat 6 @ 12pm society, who receives her first classroom assignment in a small coal mining town. The Messenger’s Box (2015) (87 min) NEW season, starts Mon 15 May Jake Casper finds a small wooden box Mondays @ 8.30pm; Tuesdays @ 1pm; in the attic of his grandpa’s store, and Sundays@1.30pm his life is forever changed. Sat 6 @ 2pm Liberty University Convocation (2014) North America’s largest weekly gathering The Secret Handshake (2015) (96 min) of Christian students, host to more than A comedy of men and boys learning 80 speakers from every sphere of society. together what it takes to be a man on NEW. Starts Thu 11 May a trip from suburbia to the deep woods. Thursdays @ 8.30pm; Fridays @ 1pm; Sat 6 @ 7pm; Sun 7 @ 2pm; Sat 27 @ 2pm Saturdays @ 10pm My Why (2014) (30 min) The End of Me (2012) (90 min) A project designed to bring the message What does it mean to ‘pick up our cross of Jesus to pop culture conversation and die to self’? Kyle Idleman explores through the art of storytelling. the many paths that lead us to Jesus. Sun 7 @ 8.05pm; Mon 8 @ 1pm (Part 1) NEW. Starts Sat 13 May Sun 14 @ 8.05pm; Mon 15 @1pm (Part 2) Saturdays @ 9.30pm; Mondays @ 10pm Mother’s Day Off (2014) (82 min) Godsong Cafe (30 min) A happily married woman learns some From Shine’s Kiwi Classic archives, Kiwi valuable lessons while spending Mother’s poets and musicians share their talent Day weekend away from her family and stories before a live audience. Sun 7 @ 8.35pm; Mon 8 @ 1.30pm Thursdays @ 8pm; Fridays @ 12.30pm Catching Faith (2015) (84 min) Long Story Short (2014) (30 min) When the community turns its back on A Kiwi series that strips the Bible to its them, the Taylor family must prove that core and then presents it in a way that’s faith and family really matter. accessible to everyone. Mon 8 @ 8.30pm; Tue 9 @ 1pm NEW. Starts Sun 28 May Knox (2015) (78 min) NEW Sundays @ 8.05pm; Mondays @ 1pm; Five centuries after his birth, the Tuesdays @ 9.30pm influence of John Knox can still be felt Love’s Resounding Courage (2011) (85 min) throughout the world. After his wife passes away, a young Tue 9 @ 8.30pm; Wed 10 @ 1pm father learns to deal with the loss and Uncommon (2015) (100 min) the threat of losing all they worked for. When Rosewood High School loses its Mon 1 @ 8.30pm; Tue 2 @ 1pm arts departments due to budgets cuts, the students create their own. John Bunyan: The People’s Pilgrim Wed 10 @ 8.30pm; Thu 11 @ 1pm (2016) (50 min) NEW The story of John Bunyan’s life, his Adrenaline (2015) (90 min) personal struggles, his triumphs and his A drag racer’s life comes to a remarkable legacy. screeching halt when he realises that Tue 2 @ 8.30pm; Wed 3 @ 1pm; not all races end at the finish line. Sat 28 @ 8.35pm Fri 12 @ 8.30pm; Sat 13 @ 12pm Trailer Made (2015) (78 min) A scriptwriter from Los Angeles takes To watch Shine his estranged son on an expedition to Freeview 25 South Africa to research a film script. Sky 201 An adventure to find the perfect story. or online at shinetv.co.nz Wed 3 @ 8.30pm; Thu 4 @ 1pm

Tue 9 May at 8.30pm NEW

Starts Sun 28 May at 8.05pm NEW

Last Brickmaker in America (2001) (84 min) Henry Cobb mentors 12-year-old Danny to cope with his wife’s death and fear of becoming obsolete in his profession. Sat 13 @ 2pm

Polycarp (2015) (89 min) A young slave girl struggles to reconcile her beliefs with those of the Christian family that saves her. Sun 21 @ 8.35pm; Mon 22 @ 1.30pm

My New Best Friend (2014) (89 min) It takes courage to bring about a happy new life for a mismatched trio who just might be perfect for each other! Sat 13 @ 7pm; Sun 14 @ 2pm

Pocahontas: Dove of Peace (2016) (30 min) The true story of an amazing young woman who became an ambassador between two nations. Tue 23 @ 9pm; Wed 24 @ 1.30pm

The Bible and You (2012) (48 min) Tony Campolo and Craig Evans delve into questions about the origins and influence of the most famous text in history. Sun 14 @ 8.35pm; Mon 15 @ 1.30pm

BGEA: Always Good News (2015) (30 min) Travel around the globe with Franklin Graham as his team witnesses the impact on lives at the Festival of Hope. Tue 23 @ 9.30pm; Wed 24 @ 2pm

Love Thy Neighbour (2014) (84 min) A behind-the-scenes look at the ‘Love Thy Neighbour 2014’ community project hosted by Centrepoint Church in Perth. Tue 16 @ 8.30pm; Wed 17 @ 1pm

Apple Mortgage Cake (2014) (90 min) Angela decides to sell her amazing apple cakes to save her family and home from foreclosure. Wed 24 @ 8.30pm; Thu 25 @ 1pm

Saving Westbrook High (2015) (84 min) The staff, students and parents of Westbrook High decide to fight back against a planned closure. Wed 17 @ 8.30pm; Thu 18 @ 1pm

For the Glory (2013) (90 min) Behind closed doors, Kurt’s life is far from perfect. Buoyed by friends and his new found faith in God, Kurt discovers courage and his true calling. Fri 26 @ 8.30pm; Sat 27 @ 12pm

The Perfect Wave (2014) (87 min) Based on the true story of Ian McCormack, a young surfer who is left fighting for his life after being stung by a box jellyfish. Fri 19 @ 8.30pm; Sat 20 @ 12pm The One I Wrote For You (2014) (110 min) Ben must decide if he’ll pick up the microphone to pursue the life he was meant to lead. Sat 20 @ 2pm

Black Beauty (2015) (90 min) A 15 year-old girl convinces her grandfather to adopt a horse rescued from an abusive owner. Sat 27 @ 7pm; Sun 28 @ 2pm John Wesley: The Man and His Mission (2012) (55 min) Journey throughout England with Keith Garner, following the story of one of the most influential people who ever lived. Sun 28 @ 9.30pm; Mon 29 @ 2.30pm

Unshakeable (2013) (89 min) After brain surgery, Hoovey learns to play basketball again, and takes another Finding Normal (2015) (90 min) Dr. Leland is sentenced to serve three shot at his championship dream. days as doctor of the town called Normal Sat 20 @ 7pm; Sun 21 @ 2pm - her world is turned upside down. Revival School Aotearoa (2017) (30 min) Wed 31 @ 8.30pm Revival School Aotearoa is based at Fiordland New Life Church. Its aim is to Details up to date at time of printing. steward revival in NZ and beyond. For a full and up-to-date Sun 21 @ 8.05pm; Mon 22 @ 1pm; 24-hour programme Tue 30 @ 9pm information go to shinetv.co.nz

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