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How Jesus Met a Girl on a 90 Minute Flight | YFNZ Story

Posted on Sep 5, 2019, in the categories: Leaders Internship, Testimony, DTS
How Jesus Met a Girl on a 90 Minute Flight | YFNZ Story

As I was sitting in the plane ready to take off, I looked out the window over Queenstown, New Zealand. The sun was just starting to peak over the mountains and the snow began to turn from pink to white. I sat there and reminisced about the last three months. God had met me through His word on a three-month Bible course, and I had come to understand the greater story we are all a part of. …

The Day I Didn’t Want to Tell People About Jesus | YFNZ Story

Posted on Aug 29, 2019, in the categories: Leaders Internship, Testimony, DTS
The Day I Didn’t Want to Tell People About Jesus | YFNZ Story

I thought that I’d already given everything to Jesus because I moved to New Zealand. This month I was shown that I couldn’t have been more wrong. At the start of July, I moved to Tauranga to do the Leaders Internship with YWAM Furnace NZ. One of the main themes of the internship has been intimacy with Jesus—I didn’t realise how much I needed it.…

When My Hobby Became My Mission | YFNZ Story

Posted on Aug 23, 2019, in the categories: Testimony, Hospitality
When My Hobby Became My Mission | YFNZ Story

Have you ever thought of the impact that a bouquet of flowers can have in a person's life? I certainly hadn’t. Until recently, floral design was just a hobby that I enjoyed. It was a surprise when one of my students approached me after I taught at a hospitality workshop in Townsville, Australia.…

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.…

Why God Always Seems to Wait Until the Last Minute

Posted on Jul 25, 2019, in the categories: Campus Life, Post-DTS
Why God Always Seems to Wait Until the Last Minute

“Last minute Helen” is a nickname that my dad has called me since childhood. I like to think of it as being “time challenged”.  It is very true that I am sure I can do 10 minutes worth of activities in two minutes, that the pressure of teaching or assignment preparation needs to be a ‘code red’ before I feel the urge to move, and I hate to be early to anything.  But I have noticed over the years that God also seems to do things the last minute.…

Why a Kiwifruit is Not a Kiwi | Tips on New Zealand Culture

Posted on Jul 18, 2019, in the categories: Community Living, New Zealand Culture
Why a Kiwifruit is Not a Kiwi | Tips on New Zealand Culture

“You wouldn’t call a passion fruit just a 'passion', would you?” I've always known that green, fuzzy snack was a “kiwifruit”, not a kiwi—my brothers made sure of it. We all grew up in the USA, but our parents are originally from New Zealand. So when I moved to New Zealand as an eighteen-year-old to go to university, there were many cultural mishaps I avoided, just because I grew up between these two worlds.…

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