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Norm didn’t believe in God or Satan, but in what seemed to be the closing moments of his life, his world-view was about to be severely rocked. He heard footsteps approaching and willed them to stop and help him; to roll him over so that he could breathe. Norm McLeod: Warrior Pastor page 3

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NORM MCLEOD JANET BALCOMBE CATCHES UP WITH THE WARRIOR PASTOR WHO KNOWS NO LIMITS

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hank God for the guy who told Norm McLeod that “One day, in the deepest darkest moment of your life, you’re going to need to call on the name of Jesus – and He will help you.” That guy was Norm’s best mate, expimp and drug dealer turned Jesus freak – and this was that day. Overdosing and paralysed, Norm lay facedown, drowning in a pool of his own vomit. He was in trouble. His mouth and one nostril were submerged and his remaining nostril would soon be blocked, as he couldn’t stop vomiting. Norm didn’t believe in God or Satan, but in what seemed to be the closing moments of his life, his world-view was about to be severely rocked. He heard

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footsteps approaching and willed them to stop and help him; to roll him over so that he could breathe. The footsteps did stop. However what he heard as the person laughed at him, was straight from the pit of hell… “I’ve got you this time!” At that moment he knew beyond a shadow of a doubt that Satan and hell were real – and that’s where he was headed right now. Norm had seen his best mate’s life totally transformed by a miracle healing and had heard all about his Jesus. Norm was happy for him, but wasn’t ready for religion. He was enjoying his lifestyle of sex, drugs and rock ‘n roll. But Norm’s deepest, darkest moment

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Clockwise from top left: Norm (2nd from left) with his father, mother and brothers; Norm speaking at prayer meeting of 25,000 in Pakistan; Norm before Christ; The McLeod whanau today (Jess in front of Norm).

had arrived. He couldn’t call out with his mouth because it was literally submerged in vomit, so he cried out to Jesus in his mind, with all his heart, “JESUS, HELP ME!” Instantly his head stopped spinning and the vomiting ceased. It took an hour for the paralysis to subside and finally he was able to get up and slowly but surely make his way home. Norm had grown up in Oamaru, his father European, his mother Maori. In spite of a loving family background, the biker lifestyle, along with violence and martial arts, had sunk their claws deeply into him. Norm knew Jesus had saved him that terrible day – but it wasn’t until 1979, two years later that he and his wife Jess, totally dedicated their lives to Him. For the next ten years Norm served under Pastor John Ballantyne in Oamaru until receiving a supernatural mandate to go to Gisborne and start a warrior church. In 1989 the Spirit of God, suspended him in mid air over Poverty Bay – a place he had neither been to or seen, took Norm up in an open vision. As he looked down he saw many unmanned waka (Maori war canoes) sitting still on the shimmering sea. He heard the audible voice of God say to him, “You will come to this place and raise up for Me a warrior church.” As he heard the Lord’s voice he saw people coming up out of the earth as he spoke of Christ to them, and they went and took their places in the waka.

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The Lord’s voice continued, “When it is time I will send these waka forth by the wind of My Spirit into the city, the coast, the nation and to distant shores of other lands. These waka will take My warriors who will share My message of hope in My power.” Then Norm saw the fully manned waka moving into the places that God’s voice commanded them to go. In 1991 Norm and Jess moved to Gisborne in obedience to God. They knew no one, but when they planted the House of Breakthrough, it grew strongly. There were new converts from the first service attendance of 31, to 500 in the first four years. Revival and miraculous signs and wonders followed them right from the start with a girl healed of AIDs. Tumours and cancers were healed, arthritics walked into services with sticks – and walked out without them. Abuse victims, addicts, gang members and the broken, flocked into the presence of God and received healing and salvation. The church’s phenomenal growth and involvement in helping gang members find a better way of life caught the attention of national television that featured them on TVNZ programmes (Assignment and Extreme Close Up). As God promised, he gave them the nations as well. Over the last two and a half decades Norm and Jess have led ministry teams nationally and internationally. Many of the team members are people who were once captives but are now free

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of addictions, fears and dysfunction and now encourage and help others find freedom in Christ. Kapa Haka and healing teams have gone out from the House of Breakthrough to Fiji, Vanuatu, Cambodia, Malaysia, India, Austria, Germany, Switzerland, Slovakia, the United States and England. Today, House of Breakthrough churches in India are experiencing ongoing revival in the supernatural manifest presence of God, resulting in thousands coming to Christ. Norm and Jess equip, empower and deploy God’s people to go beyond just academic theology and operate in “realogy.” This year alone Norm has ministered in Chile, Fiji, Australia, Pakistan, India and Singapore, seeing thousands saved and hundreds of God’s people encouraged, empowered and deployed. From one extreme to the other, Norm and Jess have been serving God now for thirty-six years. So thank God for Norm’s mate! Let’s be that guy. The one who tells someone else the one thing that will save his or her life. That Jesus saves. “For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.” Rom 10:13

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Christian media entrepreneur MATT DANSWAN who publishes Christian Life and numerous other publications, recently launched a free, online, on-demand Christian TV channel. He talks to MARIE ANTICICH about the everchanging world of modern media.

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ueensland-based Matt Danswan and his wife Nicole entered the Christian media arena twelve years ago with their company, Initiate Media. Today the multi-national company produces 31 publications, including the daily online newspaper My Christian Daily, the glossy Christian Woman magazine, ‘Find-a’ magazines – find a Christian school, college, mission or business, and now Channel C. The enterprising couple publish New Zealand’s own Christian Life news-magazine which is freely available at Christian bookshops, and at churches and conferences, on request. “We see Christian Life as a blessing to New Zealand,” says Matt who launched the monthly trans-denominational newsmagazine in 2013, after Challenge Weekly (CW) closed down. When he heard that CW was closing he suggested – through their shared advertising representative Ray Curle – that CW change to a free monthly magazine. “But they decided to close, and so

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we introduced Christian Life to the market to fill the void,” says the former surf champion and father of three. He felt the free model – with no subscriptions or postal costs – was best for New Zealand. “Paid subscribers tend to be the 50-60 age group, and so being a free publication gives us a wider demographic and we can cater for readers 30 to 80 years old.” Christian Life publishes 11 issues a year and aims to give readers a wide and varied view of the Christian world” “We don’t want a ho-hum publication - we want to be the light and publish inspiring stories of lives transformed by the Gospel.” Initiate Media also produces a daily online newspaper called My Christian Daily (MCD) which can be viewed on email or via www.mychristiandaily. co.nz. Christian Life can also be read on the MCD website, but Matt doesn’t see CL going totally digital. “The heart of My Christian Daily is that we cover general news and issues the mainstream media isn’t as quick to

cover,” says Matt. “Mainstream media often becomes a menu for celebrity fodder and tends to breeze over massively important issues like gay marriage and abortion. So we mix it up for readers and ensure we’re covering the key elements of news and issues that really matter to Christians.” MCD is produced by an in-house editor and supplements news aggregated from other news sources with feature articles from leading Christian bloggers, many of whom are pastors and authors. CONSTANT CHANGE Last year the Danswan family moved their base from Sydney to Queensland, to lower their overheads and free up capital and expand the business. Matt and Nicole work closely together: “We talk and strategise and make sure we’re doing all the ‘one percent’ things to keep things running smoothly across our diverse range of products.” As Initiate’s Art Director, Nicole oversees creative processes across all

print and digital media, and designs Christian Life and the glossy Christian Woman magazine (of which she is editor) and designs book covers under their Ark House imprint (www.arkhousepress.com) “Book publishing is one of our biggest and most robust divisions,” says Matt. “Since we started Ark House we’ve published nearly 300 books, won Christian Book of the Year awards in Australia, and we’ve published close to 30 news books this year.” Initiate staff have worked hard over the years to navigate the difficult transition from being a one-magazine, print-based operation, into a multi-media company which now incorporates digital television. Technology like the internet, iPads and e-books has turned the business world upside down and allowed media companies to enter unprecedented new markets, he observes. “There’s a whole new world out there with opportunities galore. Some people are hopping into the market and some are

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hopping out. But if you’re going to play in the media space, you’ve got to realise the pace of change won’t abate.” Not knowing what’s around the corner makes it hard to plan staffing levels, budgets and forecasting, he adds. “There aren’t a lot of Christians actively trying to grow this space,” he remarks. “The harvest is plentiful but the labourers are few. Our success is due to the fact that we put up our hand and take opportunities as they come. I say ‘God, I’m going to do this, unless you stop me.’” Three months ago Matt launched Channel C, a free online on-demand Christian television channel, which is accessed via the internet. Christian ministries pay a small monthly fee to screen their programmes on the Channel C website, and viewers can watch what they want, when they want free of charge. “It’s a new concept in Christian TV, and I believe it’s going to be a game-changer,” he predicts. “With all respect, I think Christian TV has been doing the same thing for a long time. Television is mainly restricted to running 30-minute programmes of high definition quality, and only big American ministries and a few local ones can produce footage at this level. “Channel C isn’t restricted to 30-minute time slots so we can screen lots of amazing shorter film clips, videos and testimonies. So we’re offering something different.” By just clicking on www.channelc.net, viewers can watch videos, preaching and podcasts on their computer, laptop, smartphone or iPad. “This is only the start,” he promises. “As technology continues to change you’ll soon be watching Channel C on your smart TV. This is possible right now for early adapters who already have smart TV’s.” PERSONAL TESTIMONY “My parents got divorced when I was four years old,” says Matt who has one sister and a few step-brothers and sisters. “While that made for a testing upbringing, it also led to my mother becoming a Christian. So I was brought up in the church, went to Christian School (he later became School Captain) and ultimately grew up in a great Christian environment. “I built my foundations on the rock of God, and so my life has been ‘steady as she goes,’” he reflects. Surfing was a major passion: “My dad had a house right on the beach and so I surfed mornings and afternoons and entered competitions on weekends. Like his father, a retired businessman, Matt has been self-employed for most of his working life: “During my school years I managed to save just under $20,000 from my part-time job as a milkman, and from selling all my surfing prizes. So, pretty

much the day after I left school, I had the money to start my own lawnmowing business.” Later he launched into the publishing world and produced Triathlon Monthly and secular business magazines through his Ink Publishing company. He and Nicole were married in 2002 and made their first foray into Christian publishing five months later. “I heard that Alive magazine was closing down and wrote to the publisher. He suggested we meet so I flew down to Melbourne and by the end of that day we’d taken on the magazine.” Nicole left her job at their church to design and run Alive, while Matt took care of his other business interests. “At that time Alive was Australia’s leading inter-denominational Christian magazine, but it has now essentially been superseded by our online newspaper My Christian Daily. Now the Australian market has a print equivalent in The Christian Pulse magazine.” After their first child was born in 2004, Matt sensed a shift in his vision: “I went from being excited about the secular business world to losing interest in it.” Looking back, he believes the Lord was showing him a new vision for the future: “I never expected to be in full-time missional ministry – I always felt I’d be a mainstream businessman, and help support churches and missions. “But one night at church the preacher said, ‘Someone here needs to do one thing differently. Do that, and everything will change’ and it struck me like lightning that God wanted me to go into fulltime Christian publishing. From that moment I absolutely committed to Him to set about creating a vibrant Christian media company.” Soon afterwards they put in a successful bid for Christian Woman, and the Christian Business Directory and further launches soon saw Initiate Media become one of the leading Christian publishers in the Southern Hemisphere. While walking the dog one night, Matt felt the Lord say, ‘Don’t ask for money and don’t borrow money.’ So basically I did a deal with God that night, saying: ‘We’ll run this business by faith if You’ll give us business strategies and ideas.’ That’s what provides our needs to this day. God gives me ideas, we act upon them, and they bear financial fruit. “It’s a massive walk of faith and not for the faint-hearted – paying staff and raising three children in a private Christian school– I wouldn’t want do it off my own bat, but I’m happy and proud to say that’s how we run our business. It’s been close to the bone at times, especially during the Global Financial Crisis, but we continually hold onto God and when things get difficult, the vision carries you. “This makes Christian Life a very unique mission in the way we feel called to run it. Publishing a standalone magazine has its challenges, but Initiate Media’s strength is that we have other income streams, and it’s this point difference that has allowed us to succeed,” he asserts. “Our strength lies in diversity – we have a number of publications and that gives us a wider income stream. That’s our funding

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model. We never ask people or organisations for money but we totally rely on God giving us commercial ideas to support what we do. “It would be easier to be a not-for-profit organisation and apply for funds from trusts, and run a donation drive for readers. But we don’t do for that because we feel donations should go to churches, charities and missions. Even though Christian Life is a mission, we don’t go to our market looking for funding.” 2009 WAS A MEMORABLE YEAR “The change towards digital was hitting the publishing world hard, and we were under pressure at work. In the middle of that year our third child was born in the front seat of the car in a petrol station. We were trying to get to the hospital. “Our other two children were in the back seat when the baby was being born. It was stressful but now we look back and laugh – it was such a special moment and we felt it was God’s way of saying ‘I am with you.’” When the Global Financial Crises hit, they realised they needed to ‘up the ante’ on their digital strategy. “It’s a different world now,” Matt states. “The digital era is changing the marketplace and affecting every industry. I think people need to rely on God now more than ever in this tumultuous world.” Today Initiate Media is a global company: “Nothing is just based in Queensland. We operate globally with a global workforce. We have staff in the USA, India, Australia and New Zealand – in this digital world you can be based anywhere and so we’ve pushed out our boundaries – and America is starting to become a major market for us. “When you’re doing this kind of missional work, the further you can spread the message the better. It’s a bit of a no-brainer – we want to impact as many people as we can – so we have a huge vision to keep expanding at the pace we’re at. It’s exhausting and I just fall into bed most nights, but God has given us the energy and the vision, and so I want to play a part in using media to spread the Word to the ends of the earth. “Once upon a time companies had to set up individual offices, but the digital age allows us to operate with virtual staff from virtual locations. We’re using modern technology to create the best possible media company we can – we stay connected with staff via the internet (cloud-based computing systems), Skype and our shared telephone systems. We’re all connected, all over the world.” Says Matt Danswan: “We look forward to continuing to leverage cutting-edge technology to make God’s name famous throughout the world for decades to come.”

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Summer is Prime Harvest Time for OAC Evangelists Harvest time in the fields may be autumn, but in the schools and motor camps and Christian camps it is in the summer. OAC National Director, Lew Meyer, reports that they have had exceptional opportunities in Bible In School Assemblies with their Waikato/ Auckland team (see photo) and their Christchurch teams programming in over 50 schools to combined class assemblies The Auckland team, along with music and ventriloquism, featured a play where Dr Who arrives at zero BC and meets Mary, Joseph and Jesus. Say’s Lew, “Our Tardis got a bit time warped, but the children and adults loved it, and we got great reviews from teachers. Bible in schools might be falling out of favour with some atheistic adults, but is certainly isn’t with the children, nor with most teachers.

Beach missions are still part of the OAC strategy with amazing results in the discipleship and equipping of so many young people. Teams this year are full. The photo features the Easter Bay of Plenty teams in training for coming action. Christian camps also get into full swing in January with OAC providing a lot of their children’s evangelists. Lew says “We’ll preach the gospel, but can believers please do the praying, that we can work in partnership for the glory of God and the extension of his Kingdom.” Team photo: Tania Payton (Mary), Tim Toehemotu (Wise Man), Lewis Bacon (Joseph), Alistair Carter (Santa) and Lew Meyer (Dr Who).

‘Out of the Black Shadows’: Stephen Lungu to visit

Stephen Lungu

Over the 2 weeks from 26th Nov to 10th Dec., African Enterprise is bringing Stephen Lungu to churches and supporters in Auckland, Palmerston North, Nelson and Christchurch. For a list of churches please visit www.africanenterprise.com.au Stephen is one of the most influential evangelists in the world today having preached to millions of people since his con-

version at the age of 19. The first born to a teenage girl in Rhodesia, Stephen was around six years old when both his mother and father ran away leaving him to fend for himself on the violent streets of the Capital. He grew into a teenager who had no hesitation to steal, kill or destroy to get anything that pleased him and nothing brought him more joy than hurting or killing people who believed in God. Fortunate-

New Chair for FEBC The Far East Broadcasting Company has announced the appointment of David Hammond (pictured) as its new board chair. David replaces Tony Arcus after 13 years of service. David is the CEO of the Thames Coromandel District Council, and says he was attracted to FEBC by its history and its model. “Started by WW2 soldiers whose hearts stirred deeply to rebuild the Orient on the Good News of Christ by radio, FEBC became a lifeline to many, especially in China during the ensuing Mao years. The Model today is one of least Western involvement to support local Christians to reach local communities. The work of FEBC in emergency response after the Boxing Day Tsunami, and through to the Nepal earthquakes this year, makes me proud of the balance the mission has.” Executive Director, Matt Perry, says he is looking forward to David’s expertise building on the strong foundations of the mission in New Zealand. Contact FEBC 0800 433 226 febc.nz

ly, he had an encounter with God at the age of 19 that radically changed his life and has now impacted the lives of millions. 55 years later Stephen is still travelling and testifying to God’s remarkable power to change lives. He preaches about reconciliation, forgiveness and God’s amazing grace. His exceptional life is captured in the book, “Out of the Black Shadows” which is available online.

Catching youth who are falling through the gap Young people in the notorious Palmerston North suburb of Highbury have big dreams, and former teacher Julene Kapao is determined to enable them to realise these as one of six inspiring New Zealanders, plus one fellow, to receive a 2016 Vodafone World of Difference Award. Julene, the former head of religious education at Longburn Adventist College, will receive financial and professional support from the Vodafone Foundation for one year while she works for Te Aroha Noa Community Services (TANCS) to support young people as they strive to reach their goals. Over the past 13 years, the Vodafone Foundation has contributed more than $20 million towards helping youth in communities throughout New Zealand. Julene says, “I believe education is vital, but so often the barriers outweigh the potential of

a young person. These kids are dealing with extremely challenging circumstances and the current education system just doesn’t fit them.” These young people have great ambitions, she says. “One wants to be a dancer, another a NICU (Neonatal Intensive Care Unit) nurse and one an artist. One of my guys is even teaching himself to play guitar using YouTube.” At Christian-based organisation Te Aroha Noa Community Services and with the help of the Vodafone Foundation World of Difference grant, Julene will lead ground-breaking work to re-engage young people in employment, academic and sporting opportunities. An official awards evening led by His Honour Judge Andrew Becroft, Principal Youth Court Judge of New Zealand, in Auckland on Tuesday December 8 will see Julene presented with her award.

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VOICES OF PAIN AND THE VOICE OF HOPE By Alexis Waterhouse Price: $24.95 + postage

Voices of Pain and the Voice of Hope is a visual, textural and emotional journey through pain to hope. It is designed to expose the lies (or patterns of negative thinking) that entrap people suffering through emotional pain or mental health issues. It uses poetry, art, photography and reflection to expose and normalise the common patterns of thinking in emotional pain. For example, one of the biggest lies is that the individual is alone in their pain and that no-one will understand them – or if others knew they would be rejected. This causes them to isolate and withdraw from those around them that can help. Finally it encourages the reader to continue on their journey of healing; and to seek help and community. The book also teaches mindfulness

and grounding techniques which teach skills that empower the reader to pause, breathe and reflect in the moment (so they can make powerful and positive decisions) regardless of whether the situation is encouraging or challenging. All profits from the sale of this book go directly to A Girl Called Hope www.agirlcalledhope.org Author Alexis Waterhouse is a counsellor and Cognitive Behavioural Therapist from Auckland, New Zealand. For more information or to purchase the Voices of Pain and the Voice of Hope please visit: www.voiceofhopecommunity.com

Anna Hawkins releases new album ‘Divine’ Recorded in Poland and Israel and co-produced by Anna, this latest album brings to life classic and inspirational songs influenced by the ‘Divine’  theme. It features arrangements of well-loved hymns such as, Amazing Grace, inspirational numbers, You Raise Me Up, the single Hallelujah  plus stunning Christmas bonus tracks, including  O Holy Night and  Mary Did You Know. Of the more unique choices are a song in Hebrew, Avinu Malkeinu  (which she first performed to the Israeli Ambassador)  and a haunting rendition of  O Come, O Come Emmanuel set to a music video

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In his book As It Is, Gordon Copeland writes with clarity about the restoration of Christian values as the key to our nation’s future. “I believe that this land of ours can do better and be better, if political polices flow from and are based on those values”. Gordon covers a wide range of issues including abortion, euthanasia, housing affordability, the breakdown of the family, the importance of marriage and reducing inequality through a fairer tax system. He sets out a passionate vision for New Zealand’s future drawing on both his six years in Parliament and his background in business and the Church. He also writes about conscience which is hardly prominent in books by ex-parliamentarians! For Copeland conscience is paramount. For him the

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validity of arguments for and against Bills, are considered in the light of the common good and adherence to enduring principles and moral standards. This book is a most read for all who are concerned about New Zealand’s and their families’ futures and long to see change based on the restoration of biblical principles and values. Every three years we get to choose which Party to vote for and As It Is is well worth heeding by all interested in parliamentary processes and party positions. Given that relativism and permissiveness currently dominate politics and the media, this book also offers hope to all who love the people of our nation. Email gordon.copeland@xtra.co.nz for your copy today. And I will give him the morning star.

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REVIVAL

BLOWING THE TRUMPET FOR REVIVAL PRAYER CHRISTAN LIFE CAUGHT UP WITH LLEON DOWNES – WELL KNOWN WORLD VISION REPRESENTATIVE FOR MANY YEARS – NOW SHARING A NEW VISION. After retiring from World Vision in 2001 God has placed me in various occupations – Christian Broadcasting Association, 5 years Property Manager at KingsWay School, 4 years as Truancy Officer working with Coast Community Trust, a ministry of Whangaparaoa Baptist Church. In the Hibiscus Coast we are encouraged by the increase in number of churches, now 23, and generally all are growing. I believe it is the result of strong prayer groups that have developed over the past 10 years or more. • Men of Prayer group was formed after 80 men went to Promise Keepers Conference in 2002. P.K. encourages men to meet regularly and we meet 1st Monday of the month at a different church, worship and prayer for 2 hours, then enjoy a shared meal at 9pm. We continually pray for unity of churches, and now Pastors meet regularly socially and last year some meet weekly for prayer – praise God. • Graham Braddock initiated a “Half Night of Prayer” held on the 3rd Friday of each month when God takes us through NZ and around the world in prayer. • Tim, a NZ missionary in China for 22 years had a dream of a huge tsunami descending on NZ – a physical one! He made contact with Graham Braddock and another strong intercessory group was formed, headed by Tim

and wife, Faith. They committed themselves to 10 weeks in Hibiscus Coast and what a wonderful blessing they were to us, and we felt a break through in the heavenly realms over NZ. • I had a call from Joy, one of our group the morning after the 5th meeting. “Lleon, I have a word for you – Joel 2:1 – Blow the trumpet Sound the alarm Let the people tremble The day of the Lord is coming” Back in the days, when I was working for World Vision, I did many trips throughout Northland, promoting the 40 Hour Famine to many schools, working with about 120 very committed volunteers and preaching to churches as I was invited. I developed a brochure for churches, encouraging them to “Fast and Pray” for 40 hours during the Famine weekend, not necessarily raising funds for World Vision, but to focus on praying for their church, community and New Zealand. Part of my message was the time Jesus was baptized, went into the desert for 40 days, came out not only full of the Holy Spirit but began His ministry in the Power of the Holy Spirit. Then the Holy Spirit began to whisper to me “Lleon, when are you going to Fast for 40 days for me” Eventually, I relented and carried on fasting in March 1995 after the 40 Hour Famine had finished. To keep

my wife Mary happy I was monitored by my doctor, and in faith carried on with my work up to a few days before the end. I decided to go away on my own so traveled to Ohope Beach, out from Whakatane,staying with my sister. On the 3rd May, my last day, I walked onto the beach, and sat on a log. The waves were tremendous after an easterly storm. My then non-Christian brother, Richard, had advised me to take a note book because “God will probably speak to you, so take notes”. I still keep that notebook in my Bible. Excerpts from the vision I believe God gave me for N.Z. • Holy Spirit coming over NZ like a giant wave • Cleansing the land of innocent blood shed • Reuniting families – children to their parents • Bringing people from all ethnic groups to Christ • Raising NZ as a model multicultural society • Critical preparation: Communities to gather together and intercede in preparation 2 Chronicles 7:14 “If my people – I will heal the land” Generally, I have kept my vision to myself except for special occasions, but I now believe God wants me to “Blow the trumpet, sound the alarm”, call God’s people to take 2 Chronicles7:14 on board and form intercessory groups throughout NZ in preparation

of revival to descend upon NZ, as has been prophesized for so many years. I remember Tom Marshall’s words to me over 30 years ago… “Revival will begin in small rural areas then spread to major towns”. So there are many “flickering flames” of strong prayer groups, building up more powerfully, waiting on the Holy Spirit to join them together and sweep through NZ like a roaring fire – or like a “giant wave” as the Lord has shown me. I met up with Ray and Jan Curle at the May Northern Leaders’ meeting at Moerewa where I shared with them the “Blow the Trumpet” concept”. They invited us to their church in the small rural town of Ruawai and were very encouraged by the number of their congregation who came forward to join their intercessory group. Last month Pastor Graeme Baucke of Virtue Christian Centre, Kaitaia, invited me to “Blow the Trumpet” at their Sunday service. Again I was greatly encouraged by the number who committed themselves to pray for their church and community – to be the hub of prayer for Northland.

If you would like to invite Lleon and Mary to “Blow the Trumpet” at your church you can contact him at lleonmary@xtra.co.nz Ph 09 426 0355

BILL SUBRITZKY, 90 AND STILL GOING STRONG Many of New Zealand’s leading pastors and evangelists gathered on Sunday 22nd of November to help Bill Subritzky celebrate his 90th birthday along with friends and family. Apostle Viliamu (founder and head of one hundred Samoan churches worldwide) shared how his nation has changed since Bill preached the gospel and ministered in God’s power to them. Christian Life wishes you a very happy birthday, Bill. Left: Peter Mortlock, Brian France, Paul de Jong, Max Legg praying a blessing on Bill

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PROGRAMME GUIDE December 2015

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Leading the Way: Michael Youssef

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The Catholic Guy: Bruce Downs

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Derek Prince

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Hope Centre: Wayne Alcorn

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Jovis Bon-Hovis and the Creation Crew

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Joni and Friends

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The Exchange with Ed Stetzer

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Give Me An Answer: Cliffe Knechtle

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Renewal TV: Symon Drake

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Your Best Life: Phil Pringle

P

Adventures in Booga Booga Land

C

6:30

Jovis Bon-Hovis and the Creation Crew

C

Scaly Adventures

C

What’s in the Bible?

C

Bed Bug Bible Gang

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What’s in the Bible?

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Bed Bug Bible Gang

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7:00

Spoon TV

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Bed Bug Bible Gang

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Superbook

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Jovis Bon-Hovis and the Creation Crew

C

Adventures in Booga Booga Land

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What’s in the Bible?

C

7:30

Hour of Power: Robert Schuller

P

8:00

Harvest TV Rotorua

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Bed Bug Bible Gang

C

Jovis Bon-Hovis and the Creation Crew

C

Scaly Adventures

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Spoon TV

C

The Lads TV

C

Superbook

C

8:00

8:30

Running with Fire: Tak Bhana

P

Impact for Life: Peter & Bev Mortlock

P

Word For You: Terry & Jayne Calkin

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LIFE TV: Paul de Jong

P

Running with Fire: Tak Bhana

P

Harvest TV Rotorua

P

3-2-1 Penguins!

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8:30

In Touch: Charles Stanley

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Spoon TV

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9:00

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The Lads TV

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9:30

Word For You: Terry & Jayne Calkin

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Songs of Praise

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Turning Point: Dr David Jeremiah

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LIFE TV: Paul de Jong

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7:30

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Precious Memories

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The Exchange

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Answers with Bayless Conley

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Leading the Way: Michael Youssef

Brian Houston @ Hillsong TV

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10:00

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Enjoying Everyday Life with Joyce Meyer (Mon-Fri)

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Signed, Sealed, Delivered

Life fm Presents

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The Exchange

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Christian World News

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The Restoration Road

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Everytown Downunder

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Living Truth: Charles Price

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Turning Point: Dr David Jeremiah

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2:00 2:30

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Living Truth: Charles Price

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Turning Point: Dr David Jeremiah

P

Joni and Friends

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In Touch: Charles Stanley

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Bed Bug Bible Gang

C

What’s in the Bible?

C

The Lads TV

Spoon TV

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Superbook

C

Scaly Adventures

Lakewood Church: Joel Osteen

P

C

Adventures in Booga Booga Land

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Bed Bug Bible Gang

3:00

Hour of Power: Robert Schuller

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3-2-1 Penguins!

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Leading the Way: Michael Youssef

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4:00

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The Lads TV

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The Catholic Guy: Bruce Downs

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4:30

Rhema Worship (Mon-Fri)

M

100 Huntley St

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5:00

Full Circle (Mon-Fri)

D

Creation Magazine Live

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5:30

The 700 Club (Mon-Fri)

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Lakewood Church: Joel Osteen

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3:30

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Exchange Ed Stetzer

7:00

Precious Memories

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7:30

Songs of Praise

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Impact for Life: Peter & Bev Mortlock

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What’s on Shine

Signed, Sealed, Delivered

8:00

9:00

HarvestLite (Highlights from the Harvest Show)

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6:30

8:30

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Give Me An Answer: Cliffe Knechtle

Creation Magazine Live

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2:00 2:30

Destined to Reign with Joseph Prince (Mon-Fri)

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Word For You: Terry & Jayne Calkin

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Christian World News The Revolutionary Life

Running with Fire: Tak Bhana

Harvest TV Rotorua

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100 Huntley St

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Jeni: Seeking the Extraordinary

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TUESDAY FEATURE:

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LIFE TV: Paul de Jong

FRIDAY FEATURE:

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9:30 10:00

Brian Houston @ Hillsong TV

P

The Restoration Road

D

Everytown Downunder

D

10:30

Your Best Life: Phil Pringle

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Give Me An Answer: Cliffe Knechtle

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The Exchange

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11:00

The Catholic Guy: Bruce Downs

P

11:30

The Exchange

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Midnight

Hope Centre: Wayne Alcorn

P

Unlocking the Bible: David Pawson

P

Answers with Bayless Conley

P

Your Best Life: Phil Pringle

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Enjoying Everyday Life with Joyce Meyer (Mon-Fri)

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SH IN E FEATURES December 2015

The Christmas Candle In the village of Gladbury, legend has it that every 25 years an angel visits the candlemaker and touches a single candle. Whoever lights this candle receives a miracle on Christmas Eve. But in 1890, at the dawn of the electric age, this legend may be ending. Featuring Susan Boyle

Sat 19 @ 7pm; Sun 20 @ 2pm Christmas Eve @ 8.35pm Running the Rift (2014) (100 min) Experience the incredible scenery of East Africa, and be moved by powerful stories of hope and transformation. Tue 1 @ 8.30pm; Wed 2 @ 1pm

Proof Through the Night (2011) (56 min) The story of Francis Scott Key, who wrote ‘The Star-Spangled Banner’, America’s national anthem. Sun 6 @ 9pm; Mon 7 @ 2pm

Journey to Christmas (2011) (60 min) Follow the journey of five diverse people as they experience the Holy Land for the first time. Their goal? To see if there is more to Christmas than what we typically experience in the Western World. Wed 2 @ 7.30pm; Thu 3 @ 12pm Wed 9 @ 7.30pm; Thu 10 @ 12pm Wed 16 @ 7.30pm; Thu 17 @ 12pm Wed 23 @ 7.30pm; Thu 24 @ 12pm

Home Run Showdown (2012) (90 min) Two Little League teams feed off the two coaches’ sibling rivalry and do battle in the outfield of the home-run derby. Mon 7 @ 8.30pm; Tue 8 @ 1pm

Set Apart (2009) (97 min) Four troubled city kids get a shot at redemption when a pastor invites them to his country ranch and offers them a chance to put their lives in perspective. Wed 2 @ 8.30pm; Thu 3 @ 1pm

The Line: Poverty in America (2014) (45 min) One in four children in America is below the poverty line. What is poverty? What defines ‘the line’ and how can the church and community make a difference? Tue 8 @ 8.30pm; Wed 9 @ 1pm Helping Hands (2013) (30 min) Anyone with a pair of hands can use them to help another human being in need. Tue 8 @ 9.30pm; Wed 9 @ 2pm

Goal of the Century (2013) (45 min) September 28, 2012 marked the 40th anniversary of arguably the greatest sporting moment in Canadian history. Thu 3 @ 7.30pm; Fri 4 @ 12pm

Diamond Dog Caper (2008) (111 min) A courageous boy battles a gang of bumbling thieves to rescue a dog carrying a fortune in stolen diamonds. Wed 9 @ 8.30pm; Thu 10 @ 1pm

Undaunted (2011) (70 min) The true story of how Josh McDowell set out to prove Jesus never existed - but ended up face to face with God. Thu 3 @ 8.30pm; Fri 4 @ 1pm

Remembering 59 (2009) (60 min) Over 106 days, in 1959, an estimated three million people attended Billy Graham crusades across Australia & New Zealand. Thu 10 @ 7.30pm; Fri 11 @ 12pm

Abel’s Field (2012) (104 min) Abel, the solitary grounds keeper of a high school football field, becomes the unlikely mentor for a struggling teen. Fri 4 @ 8.30pm; Sat 5 @ 12pm Saving Westbrook High (2013) (85 min) Can Elijah Bennett rally everyone to keep their beloved school from closing? Sat 5 @ 2pm From the Rough (2013) (90 min) Catana Sharks overcame great odds and prejudice to guide a rag-tag group of golfers to a record championship season. Sat 5 @ 7pm; Sun 6 @ 2pm Mon 28 @ 8.30pm; Tue 29 @ 1pm Signed, Sealed, Delivered: Pilot (90 min) A group of postal detectives tracks down people who never received their post. They deliver mail that saves lives, reunites old loves & changes futures. Sat 5 @ 9pm A History of Christian Music: The Music (2010) (53 min) Explores how liturgy and music have enriched the celebration of God’s story throughout centuries of Christianity. Sun 6 @ 12.30pm John Wesley: The Man & His Mission (2012) (55 min) Keith Garner visits various locations to discover the impact of the work of John Wesley, 200 years after his death. Sun 6 @ 8.05pm; Mon 7 @ 1pm

The Nutcracker (2012) (72 min) Delight in the beauty and elegance of this timeless ballet, showcasing the National Ballet of Cuba and featuring the Canadian Ballet Youth Ensemble. Sun 13 @ 8.05pm; Mon 14 @ 1pm Love’s Christmas Journey (2011) (85 min) From the Love Comes Slowly series: Through love, faith and forgiveness, a family reunion will become a very real Christmas miracle. Part 1: Mon 14 @ 8.30pm; Tue 15 @ 1pm Part 2: Tue 15 @8.30pm; Wed 16 @ 1pm Silver Bells (2013) (90 min) Bruce is sentenced to community service, collecting for the Salvation Army during the holidays. Will something as simple as ringing a bell transform his life? Wed 16 @ 8.30pm; Thu 17 @ 1pm Stagecoach Santa (2011) (60 min) After a mysterious stagecoach rider visits on Christmas eve, John must believe that his troubles are temporary, and miracles can happen. Thu 17 @ 7.30pm; Fri 18 @ 12pm

Horses of McBride (2012) (90 min) A true story of a community pulling together to rescue two horses trapped in the Rockies in Christmas 2008. Wed 23 @ 8.30pm; Thu 24 @ 1pm The Ride: A Christmas Eve Parable (2012) (33 min) The lives of a bored, disengaged taxi driver and a troubled passenger are changed forever in a Christmas Eve ride. Thu 24 @ 7.30pm; Fri 25 @ 12pm Christmas Oranges (2013) (100 min) Share a slice of Christmas sweetened with friendship in this poignant Christmas story based on a classic holiday tale. Christmas Day @ 8pm; Sat 26 @ 12pm Ring the Bell (2011) (96 min) When high-powered sports agent Rob Decker arrives looking for his next major league prospect, he finds more than he bargained for at the Cooke Boys Ranch. Sat 26 @ 2pm Mercy Rule (2014) (117 min) When the game is on the line, you want people you can count on, in baseball and in life. There is no quit in family. Sat 26 @ 7pm; Sun 27 @ 2pm

A Golden Christmas (2009) (85 min) Jessica returns home for Christmas. When she hears that the house she grew up in has been sold to a stranger, she looks for The Painting (2001) (100 min) In the midst of racial tension in 1960s ways to buy it back. America, a white boy and a black girl fall Thu 17 @ 8.30pm; Fri 18 @ 1pm in love. A story of a father’s love, sacrifice Corrie Ten Boom (2010) (58 min) and acceptance. Christmas Grace (2013) (90 min) The story of one courageous woman’s Two rival toy store owners compete for Sun 27 @ 8.05pm; Mon 28 @ 1pm triumph over Nazi imprisonment. business over several Christmas seasons. Thu 10 @ 8.30pm; Fri 11 @ 1pm But, God is at work in the lives of both men. NZ Hospital Chaplaincy (2009) (45 min) A look at the history and vital role of Fri 18 @ 8.30pm; Sat 19 @ 12pm Robber of the Cruel Streets (2006) (59 min) chaplaincy in NZ, with an interview with George Muller, a German playboy, found Camp Harlow (2014) (85 min) the film’s producer, hospital chaplain Christ and gave his life to rescue orphans Alex tries to shut out the world until she Rev. Barbara Walker. from the wretched street life of so many forms an unlikely friendship with a horse Tue 29 @ 8.30pm; Wed 30 @ 1pm children in 19th Century England. at summer camp. Thu 10 @ 9.30pm; Fri 11 @ 2pm Jock Troup and the Fishermen’s Sat 19 @ 2pm Revival (2011) (48 min) Sironia (2011) (105 min) The story of of barrel maker Jock Troup, Silent Night (2013) (95 min) A singer-songwriter beat up by the L.A. The true story behind the most popular known as the ‘Revival Man’ and the music machine moves his family to Sironia, Christmas carol of all time, Silent Night. remarkable ‘fishermen’s revival’ of 1921. Texas, where he learns what he loved Sun 20 @ 8.05pm; Mon 21 @ 1pm Tue 29 @ 9.30pm; Wed 30 @ 2pm about music and Molly in the first place. Fri 11 @ 8.30pm; Sat 12 @ 12pm Tomorrow Comes (2014) (45 min) Signed, Sealed, Delivered: Christmas Sons of missionaries tragically killed in (2013) (90 min) The Perfect Game (2009) (120 min) With guidance from a mysterious post Mexico in the 1950s hold a reunion to A rag tag gang of boys from a rural area office volunteer, the Postables discover celebrate the rich legacy of their parents. of Monterey, Mexico have a dream of they’ve been a part of more than one Wed 30 @ 7.30pm; Thu 31 @ 1pm playing Little League Baseball in America. miracle on this Christmas Eve. Sat 12 @ 2pm Catching Hearts (2010) (75 min) Mon 21 @ 7.30pm; Tue 22 @ 1pm Professor Mark Gavin makes his living Sat 26 @ 9.10pm Finding Normal (2013) (90 min) by disproving the existence of God. But Sentenced to serve three days community Christmas with the Annie Moses Band what happens when extraordinary life service as the doctor in the town of Normal, (2014) (60 min) events shake his faith in atheism? Lisa has her world turned upside down. This live concert includes classic Christmas Wed 30 @ 8.30pm; Thu 31 @ 2pm Sat 12 @ 7pm; Sun 13 @ 2pm songs as God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen, NEW YEAR’S EVE Movie Marathon and When the Christmas Baby Cries. A History of Christian Music: Keep watching Shine or visit shinetv.co.nz Mon 21 @ 9.30pm The Embrace (2010) (53 min) to find out more detail. Explores the inward worship practices The Christmas Experience (2012) (90 min) of prayer and contemplation and the Kyle Idleman emphasises how God chose outward acts of worship found in service each individual in the Christmas story for Details correct at time of printing. and ministry. a specific purpose. For up-to-date 24-hour listings and programme Sun 13 @ 12.30pm Tue 22 @ 8.30pm; Wed 23 @ 1pm information go to shinetv.co.nz

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Drawing on his life experience and time as an MP, Gordon Copeland sets out a passionate vision for New Zealand’s future Email your postal address to gordon.copeland@xtra.co.nz for a copy and an invoice See review inside editorial pages of this issue of Christian Life

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VOICES OF PAIN AND THE VOICE OF HOPE by Alexis Waterhouse

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A journey through pain to hope by exposing the lies (or patterns of negative thinking) that entrap people suffering through emotional pain or mental health issues. Poetry, art, and photography encourage readers on their journey of healing with positive reflections from people who contributed artwork and are walking through their journeys of emotional healing.

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LOCAL EVENT

GISBORNE’S GOSPEL ROOTS FESTIVAL, 15-18 JANUARY It’s hard not to have fun in the sun in stunning Gisborne, and the Gospel Roots Festival definitely guarantees it! The star-studded lineup includes Kirk Franklin from the USA, Ginny Blackmore, Annie Crummer, Rob Ruha, Maisey Rika, Ria Hall, Seth Hapu and Adeaze plus many more top acts. Speakers and workshop leaders include Ps Norm McLeod, Cindy Ruakere, Frank Naea, Dr Jenny Te Paa Daniel, Sam Chapman just to name a few. Gospel Roots also brings together some of the most outstanding Kapa Haka champions and pioneers on the planet. Gospel Roots is an initiative of Te Pīhopatanga o Te Tairāwhiti (The Māori Anglican Church in Tairāwhiti) alongside the Anglican Diocese of Waiapu. Supporting partners include Te Rau Theological College, The Tamararo Kapa Haka Festival, The House of Breakthrough (Gisborne), and Equippers Church (Gisborne). The Tairāwhiti region has a proud Gospel heritage that stretches back almost 200 years. Over that time generations of our people have been inspired by the Gospel to develop their whānau and communities, express themselves through art and music, build churches, schools and marae,

develop charitable organisations and businesses, and make positive contributions locally and globally. The Gospel Roots Festival is a celebration of the rich gospel heritage of Tairāwhiti, of Aotearoa-New Zealand, Polynesia and beyond and the positive principles of the Gospel – aroha, peace, and joy. Festival organisers have sought to build an alcohol-free event that is open, safe, and welcoming to all people whether they are church-fanatics or not. The beachside camping has free access to the Olympic Pools and hydro slide for those staying in the family camping area. There’s a dedicated play area for preschoolers, a surf school, and an onsite Theme Park! “We’re also not ashamed of our Gospel heritage – we’re proud of the incredible joy, healing, creativity, and sense of purpose that it’s brought to so many people over so many generations. That’s why we’re taking the time to celebrate the best that our Gospel heritage has to offer, and to let the Gospel speak for itself,” says Marketing & Communications Manager, Emma Marino.

For more information/the full programme go to www.gospelroots.nz Email: emma@gospelroots.nz

Living Word Bookcentre

Thames Christian Bookshop

Living Word Bookcentre opened in December 1978 in Alexandra St, Hamilton. Fourteen years later, having outgrown the premises, the shop moved to much larger premises in Collingwood Street where it traded for 22 years.

Thames Christian Bookshop has been serving the Coromandel for over twenty years. The shop is managed by Lisa Hollis with the help of four wonderful volunteers. Prior to this, Lisa was a loyal customer who didn’t want to see the shop close when previous managers, Chas & Frances Ladbrook, retired.

A third move was necessary in 2013 when the landlord in Collingwood St wanted to demolish the building. 634 Victoria St, with a lighter brighter central location close to Centre Place and more parking nearby, was perfect.

Situated in the historic Grahamstown end of Pollen St, the shop has a lively market each Saturday and has drawn cafes and speciality shops to this end of town. Many loyal customers have become our friends and we love our chats and cuppas!

Now in it’s 38th year, Living Word remains committed to providing life-changing Christian resources and a great range of DVDs and gifts to build up the body of Christ and equip believers to share the Good News. Lynn and Anita will assist with sourcing all your needs.

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We do our best to source books for our customers, and Tamryn (pictured with Lisa) keeps our customers up to date with latest on Facebook. We have a beautiful range of gifts and nativities.

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Ask about our customer loyalty programme

Living Word Bookcentre 634 Victoria Street, Hamilton 3204 Manager, Lynn Hooper 07 868 9115 E. shopatlivingword@gmail.com www.livingword.net.nz

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Thames Christian Bookshop 732 Pollen St, Thames 3500 Manager, Lisa Hollis 07 8689115 E. thameschristianbooks@xtra.co.nz

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