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Church chips in for Te Nikau wheels

Addiction service now has a new van thanks to locals’ generosity


When Freedom Life — Te Nikau put the word out that it was in need of a new mini-bus, Connect Church’s congregati­on knew they had to help.

Operating since 1999 and run by Peter and Mary Carrington, Te Nikau is a residentia­l addictions recovery programme that aims to facilitate change in men and women struggling with dependent and/or addictive living, to constructi­ve living. It uses Christian principles, a therapeuti­c family environmen­t and profession­al applicatio­n of recovery principles to help individual­s create a lasting change, free of addictive and compulsive behaviours.

A mini-bus is kept on the premises and used to transport students as needed.

Te Nikau has never had a brand new vehicle and the one it had been using was very old and on its last legs.

Connect Church has financiall­y partnered with Te Nikau for many years and decided this was an area it could really help the service in, but additional support would be needed from the church congregati­on to do so.

With a goal of being in the position to purchase a brand new mini-bus, the church put forward $25,000 and asked for any donations people felt they could give.

Through an outpouring of generosity $40,000 was raised in total and a brand new, 11 seater mini-bus was purchased.

“It was so exciting to help make the dream a reality” Pastor Adam White said.

Peter said: “As a charity, dependent on donations to accomplish the work we do, we are so grateful to Connect Church and its congregati­on in supporting us for many years, but particular­ly so with this mini-bus, as at this time we had no funds at all available to replace our 20 yearold van that was no longer useable.

About Connect Church

Connect Church is a Christian church located in Paraparaum­u on the Ka¯piti Coast.

Founded in 1985, Connect is led by husband and wife team Pastor Adam White and Pastor Anita White.

One of Ka¯piti’s largest churches, Connect has an active congregati­on of more than 500 members and is part of the 70 New Life churches that have a combined membership of 10,000 people across New Zealand.

 ?? ?? Peter and Mary Carrington (left) with Pastors Adam and Anita White of Connect Church in Paraparaum­u.
Peter and Mary Carrington (left) with Pastors Adam and Anita White of Connect Church in Paraparaum­u.

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