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Our People, Our Stories

Stories from our people who are experiencing life changing opportunities through our work and services.
Jo Wardle in a flying fox at Blue Mountain Adventure Centre

From strength to strength

16 Mar | 2015

Last year was the busiest year yet for The Salvation Army Blue Mountain Adventure Centre and this year the centre is marking 25 years since it opened.

Tau and Trish Mataki

New Māori Ministry Leaders

5 Feb | 2015

Meet Lieuts Tau and Trish Mataki, The Salvation Army’s new national Maori Leaders.

Robert Adams and family

Living the dream

26 Jan | 2015

Becoming a Salvation Army officer (minister) was a dream Robert Adams thought had gone, until God stepped in.

Lt Shaun Baker taking a bungee jump in Queenstown

The leap of faith

21 Jan | 2015

On Saturday the 12th of May last year, I woke up and said to myself, ‘Today is the day!’ I caught the AJ Hackett Bungy shuttle with a group of other would-be adrenalin junkies to the Nevis bungy....

Wi Pirihi

Changed by God's love

17 Dec | 2014

Salvation Army music lured Wi Pirihi through The Salvation Army’s door. It was the best change of direction he’s ever made.

Ivan and Glenda Bezzant

Invading the impossible

5 Dec | 2014

After 33 years as Salvation Army officers (ministers) and nine appointments, Majors Glenda and Ivan Bezzant have been through most things the job can throw at them. They say seeing God’s kingdom growing and lives changed is an amazing privilege.


Not all streets are paved with gold

13 Oct | 2014

Hollywood may not sound such a bad place to be homeless. But for one man who was pitched into life on the streets of Los Angeles, the reality was a nightmarish journey that tested his sanity and his faith to their limits.

Daryn and Jess Bishop

10 Years Healed

26 Sep | 2014

From the time she was nine, Jess suffered from a debilitating form of illness called fibromyalgia. This year, she celebrates 10 years since she was miraculously healed. Now a Salvation Army officer (pastor), Jess tells her story of fierce faith and freedom.

a man with an axe chopping wood

The downside of staunch

15 Sep | 2014

When I left school, I entered the ‘hard man’ culture of the forestry and freezing works industry. All my life I wondered: What does it mean to be a man? But God took my heart of stone and gave me back a heart of flesh. He taught me how to be a real man.