SUNZ Scripture Union NZ are committed to our camp ministry for children and young people to find and explore their Christian faith in the great outdoors.
Our camp ministry is run by paid staff and an army of volunteers who financially and prayerfully support camps, assist with logistics, cook, clean, and help lead camps.
Oversight of camps has been managed by our SU Youth Team Leader, who is needing more time to focus on other youth ministry needs.So, after many hours of discussion and prayer, this work has been restructured and shaped into a new role of National Youth Camps Team Leader.
The process of planning this new role has been challenging and exciting.So much, that one of the planners has decided that “hey, I’d love to do that!” SUNZ agree, we’d love Natalie to take on this work, and affirm that God has called Natalie Duchesne into this national leadership role.
Natalie is currently the North Island Camps Facilitator (with occasional camping on a South Island camp!) and she is boldly and prayerfully stepping up to team leadership of SU Camps. She has been with SUNZ since 2019 and has shown incredible relationship-building and discernment of what our young people are wanting and needing. She has shaped SU camps as nurturing times for youth to explore their personal faith journey while exploring the wonder of God’s creation.
‘Camps provide so much to young people - safe spaces to ask questions and wrestle with hardship, the opportunity to encounter God in unexpected places, being exposed to different expressions of faith, all while having the chance to be challenged physically and grow socially. To be able to do this all in the context of creation just makes it all the greater.’ – Natalie
We recognize the enormous amount of administrative, regulatory and relationship work needed to run our camps across the North and South Islands. We need this position to be visual and the work to be centralized. We want to increase our camper numbers and introduce exciting new camps.
Prayer, practical support, and financial support.
We need RIMA-TEKAU!, fifty generous donors to give $50 per month for Natalie to step up into this leadership position, to help grow SU camps.
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It is my privilege to be youth consultant for Otago & Southland while Lizzie Moore is on maternity leave. I have been working with young people for many years (from preschoolers right through to teens and young adults). Most recently I have been a community youth worker in Taieri/Mosgiel employed by a local trust in youth leadership. This role will continue alongside the work I'll be doing with SUNZ. I am also mum to two teenagers, so have a wealth of experience from a personal perspective as well as the professional. Seeing people grow and develop is my passion, and I am amazed by the many ways God works in and through people. Faith in God has carried me through many trials and tribulations, and I know He continues to guide my steps and light my path. While God is my rock, family are my reality check - they keep me grounded!
A note from SUNZ:
Larissa is working 3 days a week for Scripture Union (Tuesday, Thursday, Friday). You can email her on email@example.com
What are your biggest questions about Jesus and the Bible right now?
WILL: When Jesus touches someone, how does he magically heal someone?
What Bible stories have you learnt about? What did you like about that story?
WILL: When Jesus healed the two blind men. The two blind men are healed now.
What have you learnt about God?
WILL: That he is magical in every way!
ARABELLA: I didn’t forget this, but I needed this as a reminder – that he loves us no matter what. And that God created the whole universe, and he cared enough to create me too.
What’s been the best part of camp so far?
ARABELLA: Meeting people and getting to know my campers and other campers, also getting to know more people.
Would you come to another camp like this?
ARABELLA: Yes, definitely! The people here are amazing and so kind, the other campers are so easy and fun to be around.
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