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Our People, Our Stories

Stories from our people who are experiencing life changing opportunities through our work and services.
John Maeva

I was ready for change

12 Apr | 2017

A fortune teller once told John Maeva he would die at 51—and John says that’s what happened.

Jamie sits in his back yard

Living with a brain tumour

28 Mar | 2017

God has taken Jamie on a journey, teaching him the strength that comes from faith.

Mike Bryan in the library of Booth College of Mission

The day I cracked

28 Feb | 2017

School teacher Mike Bryan tried to be a Buddhist, Taoist, pagan and Catholic before declaring himself an atheist. So when God met him one day, ‘it was really embarrassing’.

Bernie and Helen Knowles

Only the name of Jesus

23 Dec | 2016

When Bernie Knowles woke up from a coma, he couldn’t remember who he was. The only thing he could remember was a single name. And that name was Jesus.

Malcolm Herring and Soloman Islander

Oh, the places you'll go

28 Nov | 2016

The life of officership is a life of being surprised by God. In retirement, Malcolm and Laurel Herring have just spent 16 months heading up the work of The Salvation Army in the Solomon Islands.

The social cup

3 Nov | 2016

The fascinating story of what may well have been the world’s first fair trade beverage, Hamodava tea and coffee, started by Herbert Booth in 1897. And how a unique Salvation Army partnership in New Zealand is bringing it back to life.

Ross Richards of Manukau Community Ministries

Over 30 years of service in South Auckland

12 Oct | 2016

Senior Salvation Army staff have paid tribute to an ‘unsung hero’ of The Salvation Army in Auckland after more than three decades of work.

Steve Logan supports 14 Hours Homeless

Sleep out to help out

2 Oct | 2016

Well-known restaurateur Steve Logan and CQ Hotel manager Olivier Lacoua are challenging other restaurant and hotel owners to join them in sleeping out in Wellington for 14 Hours Homeless, on 7 October

Stand Without Fear

25 Sep | 2016

Fiji’s Family Care Centres provide a place of safety for women fleeing domestic violence, but staff say it’s just as important to make sure these women can stand on their own after they leave the Army’s care.

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