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Lives of children and young people are changed as they are given the opportunity to discover Jesus and grow in faith. Check out the stories below to read about the young lives impacted through SUNZ ministries.


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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 peopleFaith in God has carried me through many trials and tribulations, and I know He continues to guide my steps and light my pathWhile 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  



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Q&A from Exodus Prime in Waikanae

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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