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Kayla Norris

Kayla Norris

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What Life After Lockdown Really Feels Like | YFNZ Story

Posted on Jun 25, 2020, in the categories: YFNZ Story
What Life After Lockdown Really Feels Like | YFNZ Story

I held my breath.  The whole nation waited for the 4PM announcement—would the Prime Minister and the health advisor really say it? New Zealand shut down hard and fast, closing borders and ordering one of the strictest lockdowns in the world. Could it actually end? "We did it." And with that, lockdown in New Zealand was complete.…

When My Mess Became My Song | YFNZ Story

Posted on Jun 11, 2020, in the categories: Post-DTS, School of Worship, DTS, Worship Track, YFNZ Story
When My Mess Became My Song | YFNZ Story

It was my second week of School of Worship. First-thing Tuesday morning, Wendy asked one question. "What do you really think of God?" I squirmed. Growing up in the church, we didn't talk about this stuff. But here was a Christian teacher, pushing me to be honest. I mean, I knew the Psalms were littered with raw, messy lyrics. So I couldn't keep sugar-coating my theology. After class, I walked straight to the Prayer Room. Armed with my journal, I settled in to two hours of live worship and prayer. Time to be honest. Messy, even. Hesitant, I started to write: You are disinterested. You don't really care about me.…

19 Verses to Fight Fear and Give Courage in Global Crisis

Posted on Mar 28, 2020
19 Verses to Fight Fear and Give Courage in Global Crisis

Do you really believe the word of God is powerful? Well, crisis is the perfect time to find out. Two months ago, I was throwing up my guts from a random virus. I was in the South Island of New Zealand, supposed to be flying back north to Tauranga that week. I'd already been sick longer than I expected, and I was freaking out I wouldn't make my flight. So I did what all wise twenty-something singles do: I texted my mom.…

5 Ways to Fight Fear in Face of Global Crisis

Posted on Mar 19, 2020, in the categories: Devotional
5 Ways to Fight Fear in Face of Global Crisis

You've heard hundreds of sermons on the “do not fear” verses, and you know you shouldn’t be afraid. Even when you’re facing a global crisis. But really, how do you get things from your head to your heart? “Well, what’s between your head and your heart?” my dad often asks, and points to his mouth. What you say out loud has the power to change your mindset and situation, and it’s the first step in fighting fear. But what does it look like in today's chaos?…

9 Ways to Keep Your Sanity When You Travel Often

Posted on Jan 23, 2020, in the categories: DTS, Travel Tips
9 Ways to Keep Your Sanity When You Travel Often

Travel. We love your Instagram shots when you arrive, but it's easy to brush over what you went through to get to that perfect picture. Sometimes travelling is so crazy, tiring, or just plain boring—so by the time you've got to your destination, you've just about lost your sanity. From places like Hawaii to the Himalayas, I've experienced some insane travel as well. So with help from my team and a few of my own mishaps across 15 countries, here's eight tips on how to keep your sanity when you travel often. …

An American’s Guide to Kiwi English | Tips on New Zealand Culture

Posted on Sep 26, 2019, in the categories: New Zealand Culture
An American’s Guide to Kiwi English | Tips on New Zealand Culture

You've booked your flights, watched every movie ever filmed in New Zealand, and you can't wait to arrive. But what language do they speak? Okay, okay, you have done your research—they speak English and some te reo Māori. Maybe you even know "Kiwi" refers to New Zealanders and the national bird—NOT the fruit (my rant about that is here). …

13 Reasons Why You Shouldn't Be a Missionary

Posted on Sep 12, 2019, in the categories: DTS
13 Reasons Why You Shouldn't Be a Missionary

You shouldn’t be a missionary.   Everyone's giving you the reasons why, right? Whether you’re still in school, or your family doesn’t agree with you, or you don’t have the money to travel—it makes sense why you shouldn't do it. Or should you?…

What's the Weather Like in Tauranga, New Zealand?

Posted on Aug 2, 2019, in the categories: Discipleship Training Schools
What's the Weather Like in Tauranga, New Zealand?

So, what’s the weather like in Tauranga?   It's not too shabby, but that's an understatement. The Bay of Plenty region is known across New Zealand for its gorgeous weather and breathtaking coastal scenes. Even the winter can have tropical-feeling days that are perfect for a stroll down Papamoa Beach or a hike up Mount Maunganui. But because I know you want to pack more than just a swimsuit, here's some specific temperature ranges in Tauranga.…

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