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New Zealand 2016 Photos

by Kate on September 11, 2016

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HOUSE REBUILDING PROCESS

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Outside almost finished!

 

 

MINISTRY PHOTOS

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Anna and I heading up the DEEP musician and intercessor meeting before our April event!

 

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Our third DEEP gathering! 15 Hours of awesomeness!

 

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Some lovely friends within our DEEP community.

 

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Heading up the Prayer Collective Think Tank gathering. Love all the fantastic people we get to work with!

 

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Matt of the Tribe sharing in Norway. Noah was originally planning to go on this trip but at the last minute we felt not to go. Noah has been a part of the preparations and building the content that was shared by the Tribe team that did end up going. They spent part of the time promoting the upcoming Tribe Leadership Camp to be held next year.

 

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Noah designed the content/visuals and worked on the manifesto with the team that debuted at the YWAM Together Conference in Kansas City in September.

 

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The Justice DTS. Noah and I both spoke on this school for different weeks during their lecture and post-outreach phases.

 

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Attending the YWAM Oxford staff retreat.

 

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Attending the graduation of the JDTS we spoke on.

 

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Some of our core Prayer Collective Christchurch team at a staff retreat.

 

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Sussing out the venue for our next DEEP gathering.

 

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Ministering alongside some of the DEEP community folks for an Anglican small group

 

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Saying bye to Anna, one of my core teammates with Prayer Collective. She was heading out for a 3 month trip and will attend the 24-7 Prayer Global Conference!

 

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Working on editing the Tribe devotional while Sparrow has a playdate.

 

COMMUNITY LIFE

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FAMILY MOMENTS

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STACEY’s VISIT to CHRISTCHURCH

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PRESCHOOL SNAPSHOTS

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Recap of Bonfire, 2015

by Kate on April 4, 2016

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BONFIRE September 2015

We flew to the University of the Nations to help run the first BONFIRE, an annual Tribe gathering that brings together lifestyle missionaries from around the globe. Bonfire is a Tribe family gathering for practitioners, leaders, pioneers and partners from around the world.

Lifestyle missionaries are people who intentionally integrate the call of Jesus into whatever work they do. We had a variety of people attend, from Korean pop music producer to Chinese megachurch pastor to Snowboarder’s for Christ president and missional community leaders from Norway.

It was an amazing time walking alongside these amazing people! We spent a week preparing for the gathering, a week running the gathering, and a week debriefing with the team and exploring the island.

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Kate’s highlight: Getting to know the Tribe staff better & connecting with missionaries, pastors & pioneers from around the globe. 

Noah’s highlight: Bonfire turned out great! It went from a one-time event to something that will be central to the Tribe family for years to come. So my highlight was that it went well enough that we are going to run them again and again.

Sparrow’s highlight: Making new friends at the YWAM base!

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UP NEXT:

The next BONFIRE will be YWAM University of the Nations campus in Kona, Hawaii from 19-23 September. Our desire is to build deeper friendships, share stories, exchange ideas, dream new dreams, and discover what God is doing among us now and in the year to come.

We believe Bonfire is a Tribe family gathering for practitioners, leaders, pioneers and partners from around the world. is summoning a legion of adventurous pioneers and spiritual homesteaders that carry the call to ignite communal fires and gather the wanderers to His welcoming warmth. He is raising up a new breed of missionary from every nation whose unflinching purpose is to make disciples wherever they go, bring restoration to whatever they touch and incarnate the transformative life of Jesus right where they live.

This clarion call has echoed across the nations and it is being answered by a new generation of lifestyle missionaries and missional pioneers. A generation who believes that every follower of Jesus is created with a purpose, equipped with spiritual skills, guided by the Holy Spirit and called to bring restoration into specific areas of society. A stealthy and unstoppable surge of ordinary people obsessed with radical obedience.

Because our emphasis is on building a global family, this gathering isn’t going to be about pulling in big name speakers, hearing lectures, doing workshops, or getting hyped up. Instead we’ll spend most of our time sharing meals, going on adventures and telling stories.

Get in touch if you’re a practitioner, leader or pioneer in the areas below & are interested to know more about attending this year’s Bonfire!

Business and Entrepreneurship
Church Ministry
Arts and Entertainment
Lifestyle Sports

 

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January – April Kona Photo Recap

by Kate on March 1, 2016

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Life was FULL ON at the University of the Nations / YWAM Kona. While it took time to adjust to this many people and ahem… noise, it was really rad to be surrounded by so many amazing people & experience doing life together! We had heard about YWAM Kona for so many years and we couldn’t believe we’d actually be living there for a season.

What’s life there like? It’s hot and sunny everyday. And every building is open-air style. On base, you’re living outside most of the day. It’s hard not to be happy, with all that vitamin D. There is always someone to talk to or someone to pray for you. It’s common to see people praying together at any point in the day, at any random place around campus. Meals are in a huge group. Corporate worship gatherings happen on average 3 times a week as a base. There is a prayer room you can pop into at any time. You’re surrounded by amazing people with vision and heart. From new students from around the world, to the seasoned pioneers who helped start the base. To inspiring lecturers and well-known names. All over base are new moms, seasoned moms. There are kids everywhere, attending the base schools or kids-based DTS’s while their parents are staffing or students themselves. Sparrow made to many new little friends! It’s really like living in a thriving, busy village. Here are snapshots from our time on base!

 

The wider Tribe community here at Kona has put on several fundraisers while we were here. Read more about them in the captions.

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The Tribe & Restorers DTS worked together to raise money for a missionary’s furlough. Rocky and Nimmy are based in India. Rocky is featured in the documentary, Blood Brother, & after many years of emotional and draining work working with HIV and AIDS children, the Tribe wanted to pay to give them a break. Fundraising was a success & his family spent one month here surrounded by all the positive goodness that can be found on base & in Hawaii.

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Fundraising for the Tribe’s Ohana Fun Day we threw at the next door neighborhood.

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Ohana Fun Day. The Tribe team’s aim was to spread aloha, help people meet their neighbors, and show others that you can do random acts of kindness for their neighbors.

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Free mini manicure at the Ohana Fun Day

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Students serving the locals a meal at Ohana Fun Day

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ROCKY & NIMMY of DOCUMENTARY, BLOOD BROTHER, VISIT  

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Rocky & Nimmy Bratt joined the Tribe family for a few weeks to take a break from their missionary work in India. Rocky met Nimmy when he volunteered at an AIDS/HIV orphanage near her town. He was featured in the documentary, Blood Brother. Here he is sharing with some of the Tribe staff.

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Rocky Bratt (left) signing his photo books to raise funds for their work! (Documentary: Blood Brother) Link to trailer.

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Helping Nimmy sell their photo books of their work in India!

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Rocky sharing at an open night about his and Nimmy’s work in India.


 

OTHER TRIBE INVOLVEMENTS 

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We joined a panel of married couples to share about relationships with the Restorer’s DTS on campus.

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Tribe staff hangouts!

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Noah facilitated Europe Night, where our Norwegian neighbors shared about all the amazing work they are doing in Norway and around Europe in the area of politics, media and business.

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Matt & Noah sharing with Tribe staff about the new Tribe website & how it will connect & equip lifestyle missionaries around the globe. Good work Noah!!


LIFE AROUND THE BASE & KONA

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Sparrow and I have had a lot of time together to explore the base and Hawaiian flora and fauna.

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Amy and I really connected during her month stay on base. She and I know each other from New Zealand, at our YWAM Oxford base. I was so thankful to have an instant friend when I arrived who was available to hang out at any point, because she wasn’t tied to any school or responsibility. She is helping lead an Oxford DTS and was on furlough, recovering from some health issues. It was a great time of mutually encouraging one another.

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Co-founder of YWAM, Darlene Cunningham, shared with the whole base about being free to be yourself in ministry and embracing your own gifts, not longing for the gifts of others.

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It was an honour to listen to Darlene Cunningham share at the mom’s group! Photo by Tasha Hakeem

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Kate’s been helping with Sparrow’s preschool & has enjoyed getting to know the moms and kids! Six nationalities represented (and a few kids missing from this photos.)

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Meals were held here at the new cafeteria, lanai style! Gorgeous!

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Monday & Friday nights were ministry nights. Loved the worship & prayer time!

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Sparrow made so many amazing little missionary friends!

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Listening to Dean Sherman’s lecture.

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Selfie with Todd White. To save him time doing selfies with 100s of students… Everyone get up and take a pic!

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Todd White was on base for a week sharing his heart with the students.

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Without a car, we were reliant on the kindness of others and reliant on our own two feet! We often walked the 2 mile round trip into town and enjoyed the sights and sounds of local food, markets and cafes.

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A Thursday night base-wide gathering. On a base of 1,000 or so people (students, staff, visitors, speakers, mission builders, etc.), there are huge gatherings for worship, guest speakers and meals.

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So many people crossed our paths in three months, including this amazing Norwegian family. The girls got along so well!

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Our former MCX student headed to Kona for a short season while he waited to renew his New Zealand visa. He is working as a mission builder here before he returns to Christchurch to work with us! He lived with us for many months and housesat for us. He’s become one of Sparrow’s many uncles!

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Borrowed a car to catch the sunset! Yes, did I mention we were carless? 

 


 

Supporting the Fiji Outreach Team

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Initial Tribe meeting to help organize a Fiji relief team for the Winston Typhoon.

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Helping the Fiji outreach team sell baked goods to raise money!

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Goodbyes are hard!

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My friend Haley is heading up this awesome team & taking her four boys with her! Homeschool!

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Sending them out!

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Goodbye Fiji Team!

Kate’s highlight: Experiencing the “heavenly” culture & atmosphere of the base. She also enjoyed the season of growing in God and receiving personal breakthrough.

Noah’s highlight: Being productive and working in team. Spending quality time with Tribe friends & partners from around the globe. Being in the thick of where Tribe core is and feeling we’re a part of a bigger team.

Sparrow’s Highlight: Living next door to a new Norwegian friend (a darling little girl). They didn’t speak the same language but were so adorable to watch play together. Sparrow also gained confidence with swimming during this trip.

Noah continues to work with the Tribe from afar and will return to the base in September for the next Bonfire gathering. As mentioned in the Mail Chimp update, he is helping run a Tribe Leadership Camp in August in Norway. In the meantime, Kate has been editing a Tribe Lifestyle Missionary Devotional that will be available later this year.

Thanks for catching up on our time with The Tribe!