Freedom in God’s love

Hine Tihore didn’t know any other Christians on campus, so she would head to the smokers’ area by herself to pray. Each day she sat on a wooden bench sheltered by kowhai and pohutukawa at the Massey University campus in Wellington, and she talked to God. “I was...

Stewarding creation

“I’m not embarrassed for people to know that I’m a Christian.” Amy Harrison, a third year engineering student, wasn’t always bold about her faith. She became a Christian at the age of 6, when her family lived in rural Taranaki. Her family moved to Waikato, and a new...

Death of a perfectionist

Very rarely will anyone die for a righteous person, though for a good person someone might possibly dare to die. But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us. (Romans 5:7-8) I was born into a Christian family, but I...

Leaving home to find it

I am Kotaro Sugimoto. This is the story of how I became a Christian. My first contact with Christians was 6 years ago. I was living alone at the time. I really felt lonely because it was the first time I lived alone. One day, while I was working at a hotel in Japan,...

Unexpected beginnings

Friendship, food and a trip to Wellington took Benji’s explorations further than planned. Like many uni students, Benji Barry arrived on campus carrying the assumption that the Bible was simply “a lot of rules.” Last year, his first studying Agribusiness and Food...

Caesar’s faith journey crosses cultural divides

Tian Xia had a plan to leave China to continue his studies. Even in high school he enjoyed learning about Western culture, so he read quite a bit about Roman history. That’s the main reason for his English name – Caesar. “At the time, I said, ‘This guy’s quite cool,’”...