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JULY 2017 • Issue FORT Y-SEVEN • www.christianlife.co.nz

INSIDE THIS ISSUE: • Christian Camping in New Zealand • Spotlight on Local Missions • Empowering Churches To Be Salt and Light in Their Neighbourhood • Gini Shepheard Testimony • and more... PROUDLY SUPPORTED BY NZ CHRISTIAN BOOKSELLERS ASSOCIATION AND MANNA CHRISTIAN BOOKSTORES


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04 03. Why would anyone want to be a Pastor? 04. Gini Shepheard: Testimony 05. Experience SUMMIT at City Impact Church 06. Empowering Churches To Be Salt and Light in Their Neighbourhood 08. Introducing Te Whakaora Tangata 09. Miracle in a Bulgarian Prison

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FOOD FOR THOUGHT

Why would anyone want to be a Pastor? by Stephen Allen

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hildren want to be superheroes, teenagers want to be crime scene investigators, parents want their children to be lawyers or doctors. Few seem ambitious to pursue pastoral ministry. And yet few other occupations promise so much potential for joy. The three parables recorded in Luke 15 provide opportunity to reflect on pastoral ministry. They are the parable of the lost sheep, the lost coin and the lost son/elder brother. Each parable reflects God’s heart for lost people. At the heart of pastoral ministry is seeing lost people found. In the first parable the shepherd leaves the flock in search of the one sheep that had gone astray. We imagine him struggling through a storm, poking his staff into

the thicket, peering into ravines, listening for a cry of a distressed sheep. There is a loneliness about the task, the sheep huddle in the fold, the shepherd alone in the wilderness his voice hoarse against the wind. Such experiences can be common in pastoral ministry. The task can be lonely when they are few that share your concerns. At times our preaching seems futile – words swept away by the worldview of a society for whom they are foolishness. Pastoral care is no business where we cut out losses to protect the bottom line. Everyone is worthy of our time, our inconvenience and our labor of love. The second parable is set in a house. A coin is lost, its value significant. The woman

engages in the mundane tasks of lighting a lamp and sweeping in search of the coin. Activities reflective of the daily disciplines of ministry. The careful search reflects the need to pursue the pastoral task with often unsupervised diligence. Many of the greatest challenges in pastoral ministry come inside the house. Those we have mentored and discipled are not insusceptible to being lost. The third parable concerns a father with two sons. We imagine him patiently waiting for the prodigal to return. The offense of the son’s request, the squandering of property, the dissolute life, all sins covered by an overwhelming grace. The Father is aware that the return of the prodigal son will not be

without conflict. There is a community offended at his behaviour. There are relationships to be restored. In the fields the estranged elder brother is harboring a well of resentment and bitterness ready to explode with unfounded complaints. But the father figure in Christ-like action is ready to gather his robes and run the gauntlet of the village’s abuse to welcome his son back home. Perhaps the celebration is already planned. The fattened calf is kept ready. Who would seek such a role? What person could want to be a pastor? Who would want the task of seeking the lost, many of whom do not want to be found. The question reflects that of the Pharisees towards Jesus, and the

context of the parables: “This fellow welcomes sinner and eats with them.” The irony is that the Pharisees fail to recognize that they too are lost. There is no dualism here, we are all lost and on the way back to the Father’s heart. Why would anyone desire to be a pastor? Of course, pastoral ministry is a calling, a journey of obedience and not just a career move. But more than that, and what is often forgotten, is that it promises joy, genuine, life motivating, joy! Heaven and earth rejoice when the lost are found. Houses are filled with the joy and celebration. Pastoral ministry is the key to changing lives for all eternity.

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Stephen Allen is Dean at Alphacrucis NZ. He pastors a local Assembly of God church and teaches pastoral theology and spirituality at ACNZ.   

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TESTIMONY

Clockwise from top left: Mum and the kids (Gini left); The patches handmade in 1977; Gini’s Nomad salute; Gini Shepheard in front of the Lord’s prayer in Maori.

GINI SHEPHEARD FROM ONCE WERE WARRIORS TO MORE THAN A CONQUEROR IN CHRIST by Janet Balcombe

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ini Shepheard isn’t defined by a life that could have come straight out of the movie, Once Were Warriors. What defines her is her love for Jesus and her heart to help others. This transformation from gang life to community social worker didn’t happen without a divine intervention and the power of forgiveness. Gini’s grandmother was of Nga Puhi and Tainui heritage and she left the whanau a Godly legacy. Church was also part of Gini’s early family years in Titahi Bay, Wellington but was memorable only for the food and was the only time the family was seemingly happy together. Her mother’s Ratana services were all in Maori and her father’s Presbyterian services were all in Niuean. Outside of church, family life was harsh and regimented. Her father was a hard man from his early life in Niue, a hard worker and a hard drinker. Gini’s mother was the glue that held the family together. She took the brunt of his violence while she was still alive, but it was unleashed on the kids at mealtimes. If anyone spoke they were backhanded off their stool. Gini’s mother taught her to cook,

clean and sew. There were toys and times of play. There was Christmas and birthdays when Gini’s mum was alive, but then one day she wasn’t. When Gini was aged 13 a drunk Pakeha hit her mother in a hit-and-run. Her mother’s death didn’t sink in until after she was buried, and then it seemed too late to cry so she shoved the grief down deep. Gini’s childhood was over. In time her older sister ended up in a psychiatric hospital and her older brother in borstal. She assumed the duties of a mother to her five younger siblings, while her father began to abuse her in every way, inflicting beatings that left her blackand-blue all over, except her face. Gini became an emotional zombie. It was difficult to focus on schoolwork and she became a bully. After a failed attempt to run away, she survived a terrible beating. After two years of living in hell she told the police about the incest and testified against her father in court. It was a relief when her father was deported. Her family was split up. Gini and her sister were sent to Miramar Girls Home. I appreciate the miracle of sitting with Gini hearing her story as she’s

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overcome a serious hatred of Pakeha because of the one who killed her mother. She also hated every Islander because of her father. She’s come a long way. As a teenager in Wellington Gini found acceptance in the realm of the street kids – and drinking, drugs, violence and crime. In 1977 she was part of the breakaway gang the Nomads and was considered trouble even by Black Power standards, but Gini was tiring of drinking, drugs and gang life. She became part of the first women’s government Temporary Employment Programme, Aroha Trust, along with a mix of women from other gangs. She was quite suicidal, didn’t understand why life was so hard and wondered if there was any other way. It was August 1987 in Ngawha, while pregnant with her youngest child she lost her temper badly and hit her son in a murderous rage. She knew she was in a bad way. She ran outside and screamed at the sky, “If you’re (expletive) up there, you’d better help me!” God heard her cry. A couple of weeks later she visited her friend whose baby had died to pay her respects. She was shocked that the house was filled with people singing, “Hallelujah, praise the Lord...” She was stoned and couldn’t understand what was going on. Gini told her friend she was all packed up and ready to move to Whanganui to give God a go with her Christian sister. Her friend told her she didn’t need to go to Whanganui to do that, she could meet God right there. Kaikohe pastor Ned Jack led Gini in the salvation prayer then and there. She asked Jesus to forgive her sins and received Him into her heart. Although she was serious about receiving Christ, she didn’t feel any different and didn’t understand what the people meant by saying, “You’re now a new creation in Christ.” Walking home around midnight, Gini looked up at the clear, starry sky and felt her heart literally summersault. She started jumping and praising the Lord, saying “Thank you Jesus! Praise you Lord!” She knew something had changed. She told her friend when she got home, “I’m a Christian, I’m born again, I’m a new creation, the angels are rejoicing!” When Gini told her story in Pip Desmond’s 2009 book, ‘TRUST’ – True Story of Women in Gangs, she used her real name to make a stand against abuse, and let people know that she

didn’t just survive it, she came through more than a conqueror with God – and that they could too. “It’s the Christ within that brings the transformation, not the counselling, not the rehabs etc… but Christ within, the hope of glory.” At church the pastor invited people to be filled with the Holy Spirit and Gini wondered who was pushing her forward but there was nobody there. She found herself standing at the front and didn’t know how she got there. As she was prayed for she began to cry and it felt like there were buckets and buckets of tears lined up at the front of the church. She cried out all her hurt, all her past, all her dysfunction. She went home and felt really light. She learnt that when someone was sick you lay hands on them and pray for them to be healed. When her son had an asthma attack she prayed and he was healed when she saw what must have been a demon spirit leave him and go out the window. Gini’s strong faith was rewarded as she prayed and saw God miraculously answer her many prayers. Not one to let being robbed of her childhood hold her back, Gini gives it all she has to give God her best and see Him write a better future. Forgiving her father was hard but it was a key to her healing and going deeper with God and stopping the generational cycle of abuse. Gini’s definition of peace changed from a truce between gangs to the deep peace of God in her heart. Her definition of love changed from getting the bash to receiving the unconditional love of her heavenly Father. Her desire is to minister to Maori people, the abused women, the prisoners and the ones caught in the system. She has worked in schools supporting kids who became Christians but live in families still immersed in gang culture. Gini is happily married to Mike, lives in Whangarei and has 7 children and 9 grandchildren. She loves her job as a community social worker and facilitator at Building Awesome Whanau – A Without Walls Community Trust Initiative. She is a true example of how God can restore a shattered life and use it to make a real difference in the world. Gini’s life truly shows that no matter how bad things are, there’s hope. Gini is on Facebook.


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Experience SUMMIT at City Impact Church C

ity Impact Church is counting the days until their annual conference, SUMMIT, which is running from the 12th to the 16th of July. With epic guest ministers Reverend Samuel Rodriguez, Doctor Dharius Daniels and Pastor Bill Wilson from the United States, as well as City Impact’s very own Senior Pastors Peter and Bev Mortlock, the church is expecting record numbers and planning for overflow at all sessions. SUMMIT kicks off on Wednesday the 12th of July for 3 huge nights and includes Real Talk day sessions on Thursday the 13th and Friday the 14th. The Real Talk sessions will be full of punchy teaching and an uncut question and answer time. Expect to hear some of the inspiring background stories that have made these preachers who they are today. With every session open to all, no conference fee, and SUMMIT Kids running throughout, SUMMIT is a unique conference hosted by Pastors Peter and Bev Mortlock to be a blessing to the churches of NZ and beyond. Christians are travelling from all across the globe to attend, including Pastors from the largest church in Paris and from City Impact Churches in Mexico, Canada, India, Tonga, the USA and the Philippines. Everyone is welcome at SUMMIT. With the church café open all day and a dedicated diner for Youth, City Impact Church will ensure everything you need is catered for. SUMMIT Kids even has its own International Guest Speaker – SQUIRT the clown from Australia. This year’s guest speakers all have

a wealth of knowledge and experience in Christian Ministry, and are guaranteed to challenge and inspire. Reverend Samuel Rodriguez All the way from Sacramento, California, Reverend Samuel Rodriguez comes with a passion to see people encounter the presence and power of Jesus Christ. This dynamic communicator is impacting lives around the world. He led the prayer at the Inauguration of US President Trump and has been named by the Wall Street Journal as one of America’s seven most influential Hispanic leaders. Rev Samuel’s infectious faith and passion for the Word can be heard in his fiery sermons and is evidenced in his longevity and commitment to the local church. He has a gift to stir faith, raise vision and inspire action. Reverend Samuel Rodriguez was nominated by Time Magazine as one of the world’s 100 most influential people. He is President of the National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference, representing more than 40,000 U.S. churches, and he and his wife Eva also pastor New Season Christian Worship Center in California. Samuel Rodriquez is passionate about preaching the gospel while simultaneously addressing social justice issues such as poverty, human trafficking, and religious freedom. He blew the roof off at SUMMIT in 2016, his first ever visit to New Zealand, and loved it so much that he’s back for more! Doctor Dharius Daniels Founder and Senior Pastor of King-

dom Church in New Jersey, Doctor Daniels’ vibrant ministry has grown the church to a congregation of several thousand over two locations since it was planted in 2005. He is an innovative leader, strategic thinker and passionate preacher. An accomplished scholar, Doctor Daniels holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Millsaps College in Jackson, Mississippi, a Master of Divinity degree from Princeton Theological Seminary in Princeton, New Jersey and a Doctorate of Ministry from Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena, California. He also speaks frequently in seminaries and churches across the USA and serves on the Board of Directors for the National Association of Evangelicals. Pastor Bill Wilson Abandoned on a street corner by his mother at the age of 12, Pastor Bill sat and waited there for her for three days. She never came back. A Christian man did stop. The man fed him a hot meal and paid for him to attend a Christian camp where he gave his life to Christ. This was the start of Pastor Bill’s incredible life with God, one that has impacted thousands of lives. In 1980 Pastor Bill established Metro World Child in what was one of Brooklyn’s roughest neighbourhoods, known for its gang violence, crime, drugs, and poverty. Pastor Bill has been beaten, stabbed and shot in the face. Despite these setbacks and many more, Metro World Child has grown into an International Ministry that reaches over 150,000 children around the world every week.

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Pastors Peter and Bev Mortlock Pastors Peter and Bev Mortlock pioneered City Impact Church in 1982 with a handful of people meeting in a local community hall. Ever since then, they have had a passion for building strong churches and helping people encounter Christ. Over the years, God has been faithful and Pastors Peter and Bev have seen miracle after miracle as the church has grown and extended to become a network of churches across the globe. Both Peter and Bev are sought after to minister at churches and conferences around the world, but their heart is with City Impact Church. They have committed their life to building a church that fulfils the original vision they had from God - to see people saved, growing into maturity and wholeness, and worshipping and glorifying God. Both Pastors Peter and Bev bring a wealth of wisdom and experience to their preaching styles. Pastor Peter knows how to challenge and inspire while bringing humour and keeping it real. Pastor Bev is a gifted Bible teacher who has a way of opening the Scriptures to people in a fresh and relevant way. This is a couple who has stood the test of time, and are still brimming with vision for the future. Pastor Peter says, “If ever there was a day the world needs the gospel, it’s today.” THE NEXT WAVE City Impact Church is thrilled to invite everyone to be part of “The Next Wave” as the theme of SUMMIT 17. For more information go to summit. cityimpactchurch.com.

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LOCAL MISSIONS

Above left: The Love Your Neighbour team, from left, Howard and Lynette Webb and Bruce Edmonds; Right: Students paint a fence at the ‘I LOVE Pt Chev’ community outreach in Auckland last summer

Empowering Churches To Be Salt and Light in Their Neighbourhood Howard Webb talks to Marie Anticich about Love Your Neighbour, a ministry which is helping New Zealand churches befriend and adopt their local community.

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ur mission is to help churches engage with their neighbourhood for the sake of the gospel,” says Auckland-based Howard Webb who founded Love Your Neighbour (LYN) in 2005. “Many churches are reaching their neighbourhoods in a variety of creative ways, but there’s room for more outreaches,” says the Auckland-based father of three. Howard, his wife Lynette, and Bruce Edmonds are directors of LYN, an offshoot of Tandem Ministries (formerly called Campus Crusade for Christ.) LYN was birthed out of CCC’s ‘Jesus-Gift to the Nation’ initiative which aimed to offer every home in New Zealand a gift pack containing the ‘Jesus’ video, a booklet for children and the Gospel of Luke. The project ran from 1998 to 2005, and 220,000 gift packs were distributed to homes nationwide. “We encouraged churches to buy the gift packs and offer them to homes in their local area,” says Howard who was director of operations. “We had

success rate of around 50% – half those were offered the gift pack accepted it and half refused. But we saw acceptance rates of up to 90% in areas where churches had already built relationships in their community. “We realised that success doesn’t come from a product or strategy but from building relationships. It was a watershed moment. At that point Lynette and I committed our lives to helping the New Zealand church do better at adopting and befriending its local neighbourhood. “So we formed the Love Your Neighbour Trust and from the beginning we’ve had a partnership network with other organisations – Alpha came on board from the start and Christians Against Poverty, Scripture Union and mainly music soon joined us.” Howard began gathering and stories of churches that were successfully engaging with their community and published them on LYN’s website and in a monthly e-zine. At first he felt like an investigative reporter, but after a while church outreach stories started coming to him. “A few years down the track we followed up some of these ‘poster’ churches and we were shocked to find that most of them were doing nothing,” says Howard. “We discovered that when the church ‘firebrand’ who made things happen stopped or moved away, everything ended. “So, in 2010 and 2013, we organised two huis and invited all the com-

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munity pastors, chaplains and leaders we knew – we called the huis ‘Bright Spots Summits’ because these people were the ‘bright spots’ we could learn from. After squeezing the juice out of them, we used that data to build a training course for ‘community links’– those people who seek to lead their church into community engagement. Over the next two years we saw some amazing people come through our training programme and gain fresh vision, excitement and ideas about how to take their church into the local community.” More recently LYN has pivoted to helping whole churches find ways of reaching people in their everyday world. Today LYN helps churches by: • Running workshops to help churches find ways of meeting community needs • Publishing stories of successful church outreaches • Training and equipping community ministry leaders • Providing tools and resources to encourage community engagement • Organising forums where leaders can network and share their ideas Love Your Neighbour trustees include John Eccles, who is also a board member of Alpha, Bruce Edmonds who is also chairman of Christians Against Poverty, Andy Banks

from Scripture Union and Pastor Steve Worsley from Mt Albert Baptist Church. Inspiring Stories Stories of successful church outreaches abound, and now the LYN directors have a story of their own. Last summer they ran a community outreach in Point Chevalier, Auckland where Howard, Lynette and Bruce Edmonds planted a church a little over a year ago. Called ‘OneTwoSix’ (its address is 126 Point Chevalier Road,) the church has a growing congregation, and Howard and Bruce preach on a three-week rotational basis, along with ‘retired’ Baptist minister, Murray Cottle. “We decided to plant a church in this largely unchurched suburb so we could test our ideas about community outreach – it’s a laboratory where we’re trying out the principles we’re teaching other churches,” Howard adds. “We’re striving to create a culture in which hospitality and inviting people to share friendships, inside and outside the church, are the norms.” Last summer the Pt Chevalier ran its first community outreach by partnering with Studentlife, a university campus ministry and Youthserve, a Scripture Union ministry to high-schoolers. Thirty enthusiastic young people descended on the suburb for a ten-day summer mission. called ‘I LOVE Pt Chev.’ They ran free car washes, tidied


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A Love Your Neighbour huddle discuss ideas for community outreach up a local creek, helped elderly folk at Selwyn Village, made pallet gardens for the community centre and conducted a door-to-door survey to find out about community needs. The outreach culminated in a fun afternoon at the local park with free sausages and ice blocks, a bouncy castle, face painting, and a ‘Who is God?’ soularium in a gazebo so people could ask questions about faith. Students had spiritual conversations with many people, prayed with some and shared the gospel with others. “Through the ‘I LOVE PT Chev’ outreach hundreds of locals experienced acts of kindness and learnt about the new community-minded church planted in their neighbourhood,” Howard observes. “Several folk have since visited the church and some are now in regular attendance.”

A hard-working volunteer at a community outreach in Point Chevalier, Auckland last summer

Profile Howard and Lynette Webb emigrated to New Zealand from South Africa in 1996, and joined the staff of Tandem Ministries in Auckland. “Lynette and I were both students at the University of Witwatersrand in Johannesburg and we met through our involvement in CCC’s campus ministry,” says Howard, who studied part-time for a theology degree while pursuing a legal career. “We decided to come to New Zealand when I finished my Bachelor of Theology degree in 1995,” he recalls. “At Tandem I wore a number of different hats, including office boy and director of operations for ‘Jesus - Gift for the Nation.’ “Through the ‘Gift’ project we realised that success doesn’t come from a product or strategy, but from building

Students paint a fence at the ‘I LOVE Pt Chev’ community outreach in Auckland last summer

relationships. We saw that churches who were successful in distributing the ‘Jesus’ movie had already established relationships and credibility in their community. We realised that evangelism needs to run on the back of relationships, and so we started LYN and began training Christian movers and shakers.” Today LYN focuses on helping whole churches find effective ways of reaching their neighbourhood: “Our goal is to provide a ‘big picture’ perspective and ideas about how people can reach their communities together,” says Howard. “Some churches lower their drawbridge to run an annual event and then withdraw back again, but one-off projects seldom lead to substantive change. We’re talking about churches that say, ‘We’re going to be here

HISTORY Tandem Ministries is the New Zealand ministry of Campus Crusade for Christ International (CCCI), a multi-faceted, interdenominational organisation which aims to reach people with the good news of Jesus Christ. CCC was started by Bill and Vonette Bright who began working with university students in Los Angeles, USA in 1951, and the movement is now established in more than 190 countries. In New Zealand, Tandem Ministries continues CCC’s legacy through its Studentlife, Familylife, Worklife, Militarylife, Athletes in Action and Love Your Neighbour ministries.

for the long term, and we’ll keep on reaching out until we see our community changed.’ Churches are encouraged to run a small group course based on Doug Pollock’s ‘God Space’ book and DVD series. (USA-based Pollock works for CCC’s Athletes in Action.) the sixweek course provides training in conversational skills and ‘how-to’s’ for personal evangelism. At the end of the course, the small groups are invited to attend a church-wide workshop to explore ways they can reach people in their neighbourhood. At the workshop participants discuss questions like, ‘What single thing could our church that would cause everything else to change?’ and ‘How can we design our community ministries so that we actually get to tell the gospel?’ “We believe the future of the church comes down to each of us playing our part in bridging the gap between church and community,” says Howard. Inspiration comes from Mark 12:30-31: ‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength. The second is this: ‘Love your neighbour as yourself.’ There is no commandment greater than these.’

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Introducing Te Whakaora Tangata A

local Kaumatua gifted the name Te Whakaora Tangata to this South Auckland, faith-based charity when it was established in 2010. Te Whakaora Tangata means “Life Restoration for the People” – a fitting name for an organisation on a mission to restore, resource and reconnect South Auckland’s most at-risk families. However the story of Te Whakaora began 9 years earlier; with one family’s faithful commitment to making their community better by supporting it’s most vulnerable families. Founders, Cliffy & Indranee Reddy (who emigrated to New Zealand from South Africa in 2001), sold their business and home in 2005 to establish faith-based community outreach programmes funded through their own savings. In 2010 the Te Whakaora Tangata Trust was established, and began working closely with the Manurewa Marae and other social service organisations working in the wider South Auckland area. Te Whakaora now works out of its own premises in Manurewa and has a total of 13 full and part-time staff. They work intensively with 100-150 high-risk parents every year, directly impacting 300+ of our nations most vulnerable children. The families Te Whakaora work with (predominantly Maori and

Left: Cliffy & Indranee Reddy

Pacifika) struggle with complex issues, including depression, prostitution, serious criminal activity and welfare dependency. Around 90% of the people they walk alongside have experienced physical and/or sexual abuse. Many have court cases pending and have had children removed from their care by Child, Youth & Family (now the Ministry for Vulnerable Children). Intergenerational cycles of dysfunction are prevalent and the emotional trauma families have endured is immense. People come to Te Whakaora when they have lost all hope. “For so many, we are all that stands in between them or their loved ones taking their own life”, says Indranee Reddy – Director and Co-Founder of Te Whakaora Tangata. That may sound like a ton of weight to put on the shoulders of a small charitable organisation, but they don’t carry that weight. God is at the centre of everything they do. “Te Whakaora is not your typical social service agency. The gospel message is at the core of our work and relationships, and we rely completely on the transforming power of the Holy Spirit to restore these families – spirit, soul and body”, Indranee explains. Tamati was one of those people – an out of control gang member who had been in and out of jail since the

age of 17, and in the parole system ever since. None of the 300+ courses he’d done (either inside or outside of prison) had helped. Tamati had been addicted to and dealt class-A drugs and committed almost every crime imaginable. He was listed as one of the top 10 most violent and dangerous criminals in New Zealand. Two of his children were headed down the same dangerous path, and his grandchildren were destined to follow as they too were caught up in this tragic cycle of dysfunction. But Tamati himself was just part of that cycle. He was conceived when his own mother was gang-raped. He doesn’t know who his father is and his mother adopted him out as a young boy – only to be physically and sexually abused by his adopted mother. “It’s impossible for parents to create a safe, nurturing environment for their children when their own emotions are spiralling dangerously out of control”, says Indranee. Te Whakaora’s Family Restoration Course addresses the root issues and trauma which people have endured in their lives and ultimately points people to the solution – Jesus Christ. “At the end of the course, almost everyone who consistently attends makes a faith commitment”, says Indranee.

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Those who attend every week are invited to have an intensive one-onone counselling session. Te Whakaora also provide 24-hour in-home support for families at this stage of their journey. Te Whakaora then resource whanau with the tools they need to live well. They run a weekly group mentoring session called Kia Kaha – which uses biblical principles to encourage and counsel parents around critical personal, relational and parenting issues. Whanau Coaches also carry out regular in-home visits and address issues like addiction, budgeting, home management and coping strategies. Te Whakaora also reconnect parents with opportunities to study, work and give back to their community. They run an employment programme in partnership with Griffins Foods and themselves employ four people from the community who have been through the programme, had their own lives transformed and now effect long term change in the community. Tamati attended Te Whakaora’s Family Restoration Course and went on to have a one-on-one counselling session. At that session, he received Christ, supernaturally forgave his abusers and was freed from the demons that tormented him for much of his life. “He experienced God’s peace for the first time in his life”, explains Cliffy Reddy. Tamati recently came off parole. The Parole Officer who managed his case for 20 years, wrote to Te Whakaora saying that he has never witnessed such a change in a person as he’d seen in Tamati since Te Whakaora started working with him. Tamati himself testifies to the dramatic change in his life… “I was on a suicide mission that never succeeded, but now I believe I have a purpose in life. If I can turn things around at my age, anyone can”, says Tamati. For more information about Te Whakaora Tangata and how you can support them, please visit tewhakaora.org.nz or call (09) 269 4083. Note: some of the names and details of the story shared in this article have been changed for privacy reasons.

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LOCAL MISSIONS

Miracle in a Bulgarian Prison “L

ife in prison is dirty and depressing,” Angel, now 52, explains. Growing up in poor southern Bulgaria, Angel suffered from jaundice as a child, and he turned to God for help. Later under the influence of his father, his priorities changed: partying, alcohol and short-term relationships. Spending more time in bars than at home with his family, Angel’s marriage fell apart. He moved from woman to woman, then turned to a life of crime and ended up in prison. “In prison, I became deeply depressed, and I caught tuberculosis,” he tells us. “Only then did I reach out for God again. I begged an inmate who had a Christian sister to get me a Bible. After I read it, I prayed that God would heal me. My prayer was answered and my next medical check revealed that my lungs were clean.” Encouraged and amazed, Angel shared his experiences with other inmates and began organising meetings with them to discuss the Bible. Angel’s group began to grow, but then each member was sent to a dif-

“I would like to encourage those who financially support the prison ministry,” Angel said. “You made my story possible. Please do not be discouraged and don’t stop. One day you will see the great results and the number of lives and souls that have been saved through this work in Bulgarian prisons.” Conditions in most of Bulgaria’s prisons are harsh and do not meet European human rights standards, with over-crowding, inadequate toilet facilities and insufficient heating and ventilation. According to the Bulgar“To encourage those who financially ian government, at least 12% of the prison population is drug support the prison ministry… dependent. The majority of inPlease do not be discouraged and mates come from extreme povdon’t stop. One day you will see the erty and their families cannot provide the clothing and hygreat results…” giene articles that the prisoners space where I was empty. Since that need, and often abandon them. moment, God has never abandoned me.” After six and a half years in prisMission Without Borders works on, Angel was released and now has among the poor in six countries in a job to support his family. His faith Eastern Europe through specialist keeps him going. staff, local churches and volunteers. ferent prison, splitting up the group. “I was sent back to my home town’s prison,” Angel said, “and here I met a local minister involved prison ministry, supported by Mission Without Borders, Rev. Rangel Kalvachev. I began volunteering for him giving out Bibles and preaching to prisoners. “The reality is that despite our best efforts, life in prison is cruel and violent. So many people’s spirits are crushed, they become empty and many simply want to commit suicide to escape it all. At that low point, I turned to Christ, and he filled the

UPDATE: In 2017, Mission Without Borders has expanded its prison ministry into the only women’s prison in Romania. Women can now attend a regular sewing class facilitated by the Mission. The group also receives counselling including lifeskills and parenting training, and visits between children and their mothers have been made possible.

Orphans Aid International Were a Kiwi Charity whose mandate is to care for the orphaned and abandoned. Our mandate is James 1v27. We’re seeing many children loved and cared for and given homes. We care for children in Romania, Russia, Uganda, India and Nepal. We’d love you to help us in this effort. Phone: 0800 (orphan) or 03 4414109 Website: www.orphansaidinternational.org

Mission Aviation Fellowship Millions of people in remote places around the world are cut off from the help they need. MAF partners with hundreds of churches, aid and mission agencies in a global effort to overcome barriers of poverty, isolation and disease. With a fleet of 135 aircraft in over 30 countries, MAF flies in some of the most challenging places in the world to transport the sick and injured, deliver emergency food and doctors and bring resources, seeds and livestock to people in remote communities so they can build better lives for themselves and their families. Website: maf.org.nz

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CHRISTIAN CAMPS FEATURE

Narrows Park - a place that needs to bring forth life longest river, the Waikato where it both hosts groups and runs events. Over the last five years Narrows has developed a number of great camps

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arrows Park was established in 1953 and operates as a non profit camp. It sits on 27 acres of beautiful land on the banks of New Zealand’s

including a Father and Son Weekend, a Mother and Daughter Weekend and a number of youth leadership events. They run the BMX Dirt Jump Nationals

and even host the Waikato Chiefs from time to time. The aim of Narrows is to develop young leaders, strong families and greater community through a camping platform and to do this, they know they have to be invested in the community where they are planted. Each year they invest in over 150 leaders who are encouraged and trained to run camps and events. They don’t believe that youth are seeking more theory about leadership so they offer a hands on experience where they can work along experienced leaders to learn what it is to build up others, lead by example and perform under pressure. An extension of this is an internship program and work experience that is offered as a perfect gap year experience. Youth and young adults can join the team short term and experience working alongside the team running camps, working with the grounds and maintenance crew or learning culinary skills in the Narrows kitchen, creating what is fast becoming the best food experience in

the business. When you drive in to Narrows there is a peace over the place. It is only ten minutes from Hamilton city but it feels like it’s miles away. A horse or two give you a welcoming glance on the way in, chickens scatter and the native birds fill the trees with beautiful sound. The camp dog Honey usually greets the bus, tail wagging and sniffing for snacks. It’s like you’ve come home, and that’s the feeling they hope you get. You’re welcomed as a guest in your home away from home. Scribbled on the wall of the director’s office is a quote that reads, “The fruit of the righteous is like a tree producing life.” It comes from Proverbs 11.30 and is a constant reminder that Narrows is God’s place and it’s a place that needs to bring forth life. If your group could use the Narrows experience you can book in to stay or enjoy the full service camp experience their wonderful staff provide, it’s all online at www. narrowspark.co.nz .

The Legacy of Christian Camping in New Zealand

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hristian Camping has a long history within New Zealand, having made significant impacts on hundreds of thousands of children’s lives over decades. In no uncertain terms, the eternities of many New Zealanders have forever been altered because of how God has used Christian camping. Through the foresight and generosity of, what is now a past generation, over 60 camps have been established, with land and assets totalling over $100 million dollars. The locations of these camps cover the length and breadth of New Zealand, and some represent, the most iconic scenery we have to offer. (Many camps were established after the 2nd World War, when many Grandfathers, Fathers, Uncles and brother never returned or were injured), churches wanted to help women with their children in the holidays). The organisation, Christian Camping NZ, is committed to the ongoing ministry of Christian camps in our nation.  80% of New Zealanders believe that camping is part of their DNA, 55% call themselves regular campers and around one third would frequent a camping environment four or more times a year.  Over 600,000 attend CCNZ sites each year.  Camping is about the environment and culture that people come to, away from their usual routine, significant memorable

moments and God encounters happen. Christian camping and conferencing provides an experience in a temporary community, using an outdoor setting, and trained leaders, to meet spiritual objectives. The real and unique value of Christian camping can be described by 7 value points: 1. It replaces one reality with another of greater importance- that is it takes a real environment and models hope for people to see that there is an alternative for their situation 2. It simulates ‘ all of life’ – it takes in all of life’s functions of eating, sleeping, hygiene functions, working and playing. Educators say that diversity of experience is necessary to produce learning. Due to the diversity at camp, learning occurs at a much greater rate, so that the potential for behavior change is increased exponentially. 3. The camping environment “lets the outside in”… so that the spirit of openness is achieved quickly. Beautiful outdoor settings and experiences provide a powerful environment that impacts people’s hearts 4. The camping environment “lets the inside out”… so that one engages in authentic participation. It creates a safe place for people to recognize what’s going on inside, so that they

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can deal with it and let it out. It creates an opportunity for a sense of awe and transformation. 5. In a good camping experience, people’s heads will get together with their hearts, so that there is an integration of ones thoughts with one emotional psyche. Ie Knowledge needs to touch emotion. The application of knowledge is displayed and people can see the gospel lived out in a practical way 6. Camping produces new beginnings for people. So often camping is a birthplace for hope and new perspective. 7. Camping gives impetus for long term behavior change, so that the effect can last a life time. Camping by its very nature, in a natural setting, by providing consecutive teaching and whole of life experiences, is in the business of changing lives.

“We encourage all churches and schools to check out our website and make contact with the camp nearest you.” Jenni Davies, Chief Executive Officer, Christian Camping New Zealand www.christiancamping.org.nz


LOCAL MISSIONS

How NFT rescues the disengaged of South Auckland

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n 2008 a group of passionate people established New Foundations Trust because of the concerns they had following a number of serious crimes committed by young people in Manurewa. One of the groups was the school chaplain at the local high school; they saw these young people were so badly damaged emotionally that only a few were ever able to be redeemed sufficiently to reach their full potential in life. From this insight we committed ourselves to be “a fence at the top of the cliff” – rescuing them from hopelessness. Story of SN, 13years old – Before the programme, I was always wagging, doing drugs, not listening, doing what I want. Only caring for my mates, getting drunk, stealing stuff,

getting in trouble, breaking the law, fighting, swearing at people, wearing gang colours and hanging out with them. After the mentoring- I had learned not to be rude to others and respect them and now recognize that there’s more to life than fighting, getting wasted and breaking the law. I’d rather get a good education and not be silly but enjoy life to the fullest and hang out with positive people and think positive. Our heart’s desire is not only to rescue them but to empower them to change their future from hopelessness to reaching the potential that God created them to have. Our long term objective is to break the intergenerational poverty of low educational achievement leading to a lack of career expectations and low self-esteem. So we created a new way to help, Transitional Educational Mentoring: Transitional – encouraging youth to move from a negative view of themselves to developing positive self-belief and build hope for the future Educational – helping youth understand who they are and give them the opportunity and resources to gain the experience and knowledge to recognise and reach their future potential. Mentoring – to provide guidance, nurturing support and mutual respect while providing valuable feedback which allows the young person to determine their own path and self-determined goals. “In 2008 New Foundations Trust started the BRIDGE programme at James Cook High School and this targeted students in year 9 and 10

who were ‘wobbling’ on the edge of disengagement. The students were re-engaged through a combination of group dynamic and confidence, raising of self-esteem activities for an hour a week, on site, and the building of relationships with whanau via home visits.” Past Principal . As NFT has grown, God has connected us up with people who are passionate for Him and for the youth of their community. NFT trains them, resources them and supports them to go into the local school and homes of the at risk youth in their community to mentor them and be God’s vessels of hope to these vulnerable young people. The result of this is NFT now covers Manurewa, Papakura and the Franklin area. Last year we mentored

ly 60% will leave school before they reach Year 13 (Ministry of Education, 2009a). Poor educational results for Maori have been described as a wastage of human potential which affects the nation as a whole, not just Maori alone (Hoani Waititi 1961, cited in Metge, 2001). This has resulted in intergenerational poverty due to lack of educational qualifications, connected to low-paid employment; unemployment; benefit dependence and even crime and imprisonment (Department of Corrections, 2007). “If just one of these young people goes off the rails the cost to society is huge, especially if you have incarceration costs. The Trust is playing their part in reducing young people getting into acute difficulties. The more

“I’m passionate about the youth of New Zealand. A lot of young people have no hope and it’s our responsibility as adults to pass it on. Showing them someone believes in them; they are worth something. When one of them comes up to me – who had everything against them – and says, “Miss, I’m still here. Do you remember me?” They’re now Year 13 and I see the joy and hope in their face. They feel success. That’s what it’s all about.” Sue Dickens, General Manager of New Foundations Trust. 567 young people. It has been widely documented that there are a higher number of youth in this country that are viewed as “at risk”. They are vulnerable to truancy, suspensions or exclusions, gang connections, substance abuse, and usually come from high-needs families. Demand for our programmes is increasing as schools and the community sees the results we’re getting. 80% of the young people referred to the programmes are Maori and research has shown that for each cohort of Maori students that are in the first year of high school, approximate-

we can support that work the better for the entire community.” P.Green Principal. Our specialized support can break the intergenerational cycle, reduce truancy, increase student self-identity and respect with improve academic results. Our involvement helps create stronger connections between schools, families and support groups and sense of unity that encourages struggling young people. For more info check out www.newfoundationstrust.org.nz

To turn the tide in youth outreach - let youth reach youth

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t is said that more than 80% of those who come to faith do so before the age of 20. So how well is the NZ Church doing in it’s outreach to youth? Our AllTogether teams’ discussions with pastors groups around NZ over the past two years revealed some significant gaps in outreaching efforts. In place after place we heard from pastors who confirmed that youth ministry attendance in their cities or towns was only half, a third, or a quarter of what it was 25 years ago. While there are some amazing things happening amongst young people in our nation like the 24-7 initiative, Youth Alpha and also through the various denominational youth networks, this sounded an alarm for

us. In particular, we saw that many young people were often not being adequately empowered with the gospel to be able to it pass on themselves. As a result two simple goals are now being proposed to NZ churches, purposed at empowering youth to reach youth. The first vision is to see outreach training happening in every youth ministry in the nation every year. This is needed because it isn’t happening in most youth ministries. And the second to see a student Christian group started again in every secondary school in the country, with a goal of representing Christ well in the school. These are goals we believe all churches could easily support. But a goal has to be practical – so we’ve created a digital resource to

support these two goals because, with a bit of training, young people really can do some amazing things. The new Godtalk.nz resource is the result, with three categories of concise training videos. There are outreachtraining videos, with studies, for youth groups. There will soon be 12 short leadership training videos, so new youth leaders can start in their role already knowing a few things about how to equip and release youth into their mission. And early next year there will be 10 short videos for students on how to start and run an effective school group. If these groups then network together in their regions, I suggest that the results could be very encouraging. An amazing precedent for this exists in Taranaki, called

Fusion. As an example, a teenage girl in Northland who heard the school groups’ vision a month ago arranged a Bible study at school with two friends. When they didn’t show up she sat doing some math homework with her Bible next to her, feeling disappointed. But then she felt God saying to go outside with her Bible. Doing this, two girls asked her what the book was. The end-result was that she is now doing a Bible study with 4 non-Church girls in her school. This is the kind of thing that God can do – and with increased outreach-equipping and empowering in local churches, this could be happening all over New Zealand!” The God-talk resource can be found at www.godtalk.nz

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Programme Guide

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

AUGUST 2017

Details correct at the time of printing. During Shineathon (Aug 14-18), normal programming will be interrupted. For up-to-date 24-hour listings and programme information go to shinetv.co.nz

SUNDAY

MONDAY

Living Truth: Charles Price

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Lakewood Church: Joel Osteen

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Hour of Power: Bobby Schuller

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8:00

Harvest TV Rotorua: Dave and Jill Moore

8:30

5:00 6:00

In Touch: Charles Stanley

TUESDAY P

Living Truth: Charles Price

WEDNESDAY P

THURSDAY

Turning Point: Dr David Jeremiah

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Lakewood Church: Joel Osteen

FRIDAY P

SATURDAY

Hour of Power: Bobby Schuller

Quick Study with Ron Hembree (Mon-Fri)

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Life Questions / Kingdom Connection

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5:00

P

Hillsong Kids: Cubbyhouse

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6:00

Unlocking the Bible: David Pawson

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Leading the Way: Michael Youssef

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Kingdom Connection: Jentegzen Franklin

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Derek Prince

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Harvest TV Rotorua: Dave and Jill Moore

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Superbook

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6:30

Hillsong Kids: Cubbyhouse

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Captain Chuckleberry

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Superbook

C

Hillsong Kids: Cubbyhouse

C

Superbook

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Captain Chuckleberry

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7:00

Veggie Tales

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Friends and Heroes

C

Veggie Tales

C

Captain Chuckleberry

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Veggie Tales

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Pahapahooey Island

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7:30

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Blello TV / Theo: Teaching God’s Word

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Hillsong Kids: A Big Life

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Theo: Teaching God’s Word / Blello TV

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Super Simple Science Stuff

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Hillsong Kids: A Big Life

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Children’s Heroes of the Bible

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8:00

Running with Fire: Tak Bhana

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Impact for Life: Peter & Bev Mortlock

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Word For You: Terry & Jayne Calkin

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LIFE TV: Paul de Jong

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Running with Fire: Tak Bhana

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Life Questions: Jeff Vines

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Super Simple Science Stuff

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8:30

In Touch: Charles Stanley

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Scaly Adventures

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9:00

P

P

Hillsong Kids: A Big Life

C

9:30

Word For You: Terry & Jayne Calkin

P

10:30

Songs of Praise

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11:00 11:30

Turning Point: Dr David Jeremiah

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Noon

LIFE TV: Paul de Jong

P

Roots and Reflections

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12:30

100 Huntley Street

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Long Story Short / Magna Carta Unlocked (14 Aug)

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13:00

The Restoration Road

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6:30 7:00 7:30

9:00 9:30 10:00

13:30

When Calls the Heart D

14:00

FEATURE:

14:30 15:00

(Season 3 starts 27 Aug)

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15:30 16:00

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

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The Restoration Road

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The Exchange

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Be Amazing

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Leon Fontaine

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Answers with Bayless Conley

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Leading the Way: Michael Youssef

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Brian Houston @ Hillsong TV

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

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Be Amazing

100 Huntley Street (22 Aug)

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When Calls the Heart D (Season 3 starts 22 Aug)

FEATURE:

The Find: Nicaragua (22 Aug)

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FEATURE:

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Hillsong Kids: Cubbyhouse

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Veggie Tales

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LivingTruth: Charles Price

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Joni and Friends

D

See adjacent or go to shinetv.co.nz for more detail

FEATURE:

See adjacent or go to shinetv.co.nz for more detail

Sister Religions? (23 Aug)

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Everytown Downunder

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Noon

Masterstroke with Neal Schofield

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12:30

Liberty University Convocation

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Worship by Hillsong

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SERIES

P

Hour of Power: Bobby Schuller

P

Friends and Heroes

C

Pahapahooey Island

C

Captain Chuckleberry

C

Superbook

C

Leading the Way: Michael Youssef

P 16:00

Hillsong Kids: A Big Life

C

Veggie Tales

C

Super Simple Science Stuff

C

Veggie Tales

C

Jerusalem Dateline

N 16:30

M

Studio 5

D 17:00

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Creation Magazine Live

D 17:30

N

Lakewood Church: Joel Osteen

Joni & Friends

18:30

Jerusalem Dateline

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19:00

Roots and Reflections

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Impact for Life: Peter & Bev Mortlock

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Word For You: Terry & Jayne Calkin

P

LIFE TV: Paul de Jong

P

Running with Fire: Tak Bhana

P

Life Questions: Jeff Vines

P

19:30

Songs of Praise

M

Drive Thru History: The Holy Land

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Christian World News

N

Joni and Friends

D

Jerusalem Dateline

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Studio 5

D

20:00

Long Story Short / Magna Carta Unlocked (13 Aug)

D

Masterstroke with Neal Schofield

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Jeni: Seeking the Extraordinary / Aussie Dreamlivers (25 Aug)

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21:00 21:30

Full Circle (Tue-Thu)

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D

(Season 3 starts 21 Aug)

FEATURE:

The Find: Nicaragua (21 Aug)

See adjacent or go to shinetv.co.nz for more detail

FEATURE:

Bobby Schuller

FEATURE:

See adjacent or go to shinetv.co.nz for more detail

FEATURE:

Long Story Short /

Liberty University Convocation

See adjacent or go to shinetv.co.nz for more detail

D

See adjacent or go to shinetv.co.nz for more detail

22:00

D

Be Amazing

The 700 Club (Mon-Fri)

When Calls the Heart D

Sister Religions? (22 Aug)

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Everytown Downunder

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Leon Fontaine

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SERIES

Worship by Hillsong

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P

P

Creation Magazine Live

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Lakewood Church: Joel Osteen

The Exchange

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Destined to Reign with Joseph Prince (Mon-Fri)

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Midnight

Harvest TV Rotorua: Dave & Jill Moore

P

00:30am

Roots and Reflections

D

1 am

Songs of Praise

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1:30am

The Restoration Road

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Derek Prince

P

P

Harvest TV Rotorua: Dave & Jill Moore

Quick Study with Ron Hembree (Mon-Fri) In Touch: Charles Stanley

P

Living Truth: Charles Price

2 am

P

Turning Point: Dr David Jeremiah

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Lakewood Church: Joel Osteen

Hour of Power: Bobby Schuller

SERIES

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D 21:30

LIFE TV: Paul de Jong

23:30

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What Do You See?

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The Catholic Guy: Bruce Downs

Hillsong TV

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Enjoying Everyday Life with Joyce Meyer (Mon-Fri)

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Drive Thru History: The Holy Land

Worship by Hillsong

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P

Aug 14-18

20:00

Brought to you by

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The Catholic Guy

Leading the Way: Michael Youssef

18:30

19:30

Liberty University Convocation

23:00

P

Give Me An Answer

18:00

19:00

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FEATURE:

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P

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FAMILY FEATURE:

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Impact for Life

Unlocking the Bible: David Pawson

Bayless Conley

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20:30 D

22:30

P

15:00

Lakewood Church: Joel Osteen

18:00

20:30

14:00

P

17:30

(21 Aug)

13:30

Turning Point: Dr David Jeremiah

Shine Worship (Mon-Fri)

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See adjacent or go to shinetv.co.nz for more detail

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P

100 Huntley Street

13:00

FEATURE:

14:30

Turning Point: Dr David Jeremiah

Be Amazing

D 11:30

N

P

17:00

Studio 5

Jerusalem Dateline

Living Truth: Charles Price

16:30

Y 10:30

11:00

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FEATURE:

Long Story Short /

See adjacent or go to shinetv.co.nz for more detail

In Touch: Charles Stanley

Christian World News

Life FM Presents

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Enjoying Everyday Life with Joyce Meyer (Mon-Fri) Drive Thru History: The Holy Land

10:00

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22:00 22:30 23:00 23:30 Midnight

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1 am 1:30am

2 am

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Preaching

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Children

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Music

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News

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Youth

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SHIN E FEATURES AUGUST 2017

SHINEATHON 2017

Speaking HOPE into a broken world People in our communities are hurting. There is pain, fear, confusion and loneliness. Relationships are strained and hearts are broken. We live in a fallen world.

NEW EPISODES

NEW MOVIE

NEW MOVIE

When Calls the Heart SEASON 3 Starts Mon 21 Aug @ 8.30pm

Summer Snow Sat 19 @ 7pm

Wildflower Fri 25 @ 8.30pm

But there is HOPE. In Jesus! In a Still, Small Voice (2009) (30 min) Challenging questions about art and life in the context of what it means to be truly human. Wed 2 @ 8pm; Thu 3 @ 12.30pm

A Prevailing Hope (2012) (30 min) Come to Fortaleza, Brazil and witness the work of Compassion in the notorious slum district of Farol. Wed 9 @ 8pm; Thu 10 @ 12.30pm

Find Me (2015) (80 min) Stories of those who adopt children from China as well as from those who loved them first; the biological parents. Tue 22 @ 8pm; Wed 23 @ 12.30pm

Camp Harlow (2014) (90 min) Will a chance encounter at a Christian summer camp be enough to turn Alex’s life and bullying ways around? Wed 2 @ 8.30pm; Thu 3 @ 1pm

Catching Faith (2015) (90 min) When the community turns its backs on them, the Taylor family must prove that faith and family are what really matter. Wed 9 @ 8.30pm; Thu 10 @ 1pm

The Umbrella (2014) (93 min) What if an umbrella could do more than protect its user from sun or rain? What if it could protect its user from pain? Wed 23 @ 8.40pm; Thu 24 @ 1.10pm

Freedom (2014) (90 min) The Wedding Dance (2009) (90 min) You can help bring HOPE to every Kiwi Two men separated by 100 years are As well as planning her wedding, Cyd, home by supporting Shine. united in their search for freedom. a dance teacher, has the opportunity Fri 4 @ 8.30pm to sell her family’s dance studio. Fri 11 @ 8.30pm; Sat 12 @ 12pm Soldier of Destiny (2012) (100 min) A marine is determined to fulfill his Yellow Day (2015) (98 min) promise to deliver the news of the A young man has a life-changing death a fellow fallen soldier to his sister. experience at a camp and begins a spiritual journey of faith, hope and love. Sat 5 @ 12pm Call 0508 003 003 to donate Sat 12 @ 2pm or donate online shinetv.co.nz Believe (2013) (90 min) A legendary football manager comes Wish You Well (2013) (100 min) Mon 14 - Fri 18 August out of retirement to help a wayward After a tragic accident, Louisa Mae and her brother move to live with their boy fulfil his dream. great grandmother on a small farm. Sat 5 @ 2pm FEATURE SERIES IN AUGUST Sat 12 @ 7pm; Sun 13 @ 2pm Until Forever (2016) (100 min) Magna Carta Unlocked (2015) A powerful, true account of one young Ravi Zacharias in Auckland (2017) (60 min) (50 min) NEW SERIES starts 13 August man’s courageous battle with leukemia Shine presents the visit of much-loved The Magna Carta, first written in 1215, and his journey of faith. apologetic Ravi Zacharias in early 2017. is still widely respected as foundational Sat 5 @ 7pm; Sun 6 @ 1.30pm; Sat 26 @ 2pm Sun 13 @ 9pm; Mon 14 @ 2pm to the UK and US consitutions. But, how relevant is it today? The Climb (2002) (100 min) Puppy Love (2012) (90 min) Sundays @ 8.05pm; Mondays @ 12.30pm A test of wills, character and sacrifice When single mum Megan moves to a that pushes two climbers to their limits. new town, she feels guilty for uprooting When Calls the Heart (2015) (45 min) Sun 6 @ 8.35pm; Mon 7 @ 1pm her 10-year-old daughter. She decides NEW SERIES starts 21 August to adopt her a shelter pet. The next exciting season of the story of Love Under the Stars (2015) (85 min) Sat 19 @ 2pm Elizabeth Thatcher, a young teacher from When his shy 9-year-old daughter high society on teaching assignment in asks for a playdate, Nate doesn’t Summer Snow (2014) (90 min) NEW a small milling town. expect Becca, a teacher’s aide, who is When Dan’s wife dies, he and his three Mondays @ 8.30pm; Tuesdays @ 1pm children are left picking up the pieces. struggling to find her own life path. They receive an unexpected surprise Mon 7 @ 8.30pm; Tue 8 @ 1pm Liberty University Convocation that encourages their faith. North America’s largest weekly gathering The Master Designer (2013) (75 min) Sat 19 @ 7pm; Sun 20 @ 2pm of Christian students, host to speakers A glimpse into the blueprint of creation from every sphere of society. reveals purpose, meaning and love, all Discoveries of Israel (2010) (48 min) John Hagee explores the archaeological Thursdays @ 8.30pm; Fridays @ 1pm; crafted by the Master Designer. traces of ancient Israel in Jerusalem. Saturdays @ 10pm Tue 8 @ 8pm; Wed 9 @ 12.30pm Sun 20 @ 9pm; Mon 21 @ 1.30pm

Wildflower (2016) (90 min) NEW Chloe’s search for answers forces her to confront her past and helps her unlock a mystery that brings a killer to justice. Fri 25 @ 8.30pm

Shine plays a key part in Rhema Media’s vision ‘to make it possible for all people in New Zealand to access content that encourages a personal relationship with Jesus Christ, in the right format, at the right time.’ To operate Shine and make it available to every home in New Zealand takes $2.5 million a year. The aim of this year’s Shineathon is to raise a quarter of that, which equates to $625,000.

#standwithme (2014) (73 min) After seeing a photo of two enslaved boys in Nepal, Vivienne Harr is moved to help in the only way she knows how: by setting up her lemonade stand. Tue 1 @ 8pm; Wed 2 @ 12.30pm

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Freeview Satellite 25 Sky 201 or online at shinetv.co.nz

Love Finds You in Valentine (2016) (90 min) Kennedy inherits a ranch in Valentine. Before she sells the property, she decides learn more about her family. Sat 26 @ 12pm My New Best Friend (2014) (89 min) Penelope finds a friend in Officer Cooper and his partner, a bloodhound. Sat 26 @ 7pm; Sun 27 @ 2pm Faultless: American Orphan (2012) (45 min) The challenges facing children in foster care and how the Bible instructs us to act in light of those challenges. Sun 27 @ 9pm; Mon 28 @ 1.30pm About Miracles (2013) (60 min) Four true stories of modern day miracles, with gripping reenactments. Sometimes the only logical explanation is God. Tue 29 @ 8.30pm; Wed 30 @ 12.30pm If I Had Wings (2014) (93 min) 17-year-old Alex dreams of running for the cross-country team. His dream seems out of reach as Alex is blind. Wed 30 @ 8.30pm; Thu 1 July @ 1pm Details up to date at time of printing. During Shineathon (Aug 14-18), normal programming will be interrupted.

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Peter Snell Youth Village is situated on 27 acres of native bush and parkland about 45 minutes north of Downtown Auckland. With amazing sea and island views towards Waiwera and the Mahurangi. In recent years the facilities have been updated to meet the needs and comfort of the many school and community groups that take advantage of this beautiful site. Excellent catering and friendly hosts enable guests to focus entirely on getting the most out of their stay. Onsite activities include an initiative course, burma trail, horizontal bungy, water slide and trampolines, as well as an abseiling tower. Kayaking and sailing is also available but needs to be booked with an outside provider. The beach track gives access to a rocky shore as well as a sandy beach for beach games and swimming if desired.

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The latest issue is out now featuring: Christian Camping in New Zealand; Spotlight on Local Missions; Empowering Churches To Be Salt and L...