Before neighbours’ night on 31st May Kelly Cleave organised for the youth group to come over and record some waiata for use as the sound track on a video she is producing the group’s activities. This was a first for most of the kids and it took a bit to get them focused but once … Read More
We love having short-term volunteers and in May we had Sylvia Marshall come and stay for a month. Sylvia is an Office Administrator working at Gateways Christian Fellowship (formerly Palmerston North Christian Fellowship) and chose to come to Orama for a short sabbatical – a time to rest – but also to work. And work … Read More
There’s nothing like a calm, sunny autumn afternoon on the front lawn at Arthurs Bay – with the pizza oven in full flow, music, children playing, people sharing and having a good time. Andrew and Tom built this oven and it has proven itself many times capable of producing excellent pizzas. Here the kids are … Read More
Please pray for Jordan, David and Kim Hollis. Jordan has spent the last three weeks in and out of hospital with an infection and whilst he is putting a brave face on it, it is taking it’s toll on the family.
Fae Pratney and her brother Paul paid us a surprise visit this week when they sailed into the bay on a beautiful catamaran. Fae is the wife of Winkie Pratney (youth evangelist) and long-time friend of Orama. Winkie had a great impact on Orama’s ministry back in the day. Norm and Fleur were also visiting … Read More
What a wedding! About 100 guests climbed up to the lookout for Tom and Zoe’s wedding. Blessed by beautiful weather and a stunning view they were officially married by long-time friend Ang Worthington who had obtained her marriage celebrant’s license especially for the occasion. It was a lovely and moving ceremony. Refreshment stations were thoughtfully … Read More
We are so blessed to have people in the community like Kim Hollis who have a special ministry with the kids. Here she is with Olin, Hunter, Zara and Layla. Kimmy loves to just sit down and play with them – and in the process grows a special bond with these young ones – who … Read More
Work is continuing to strengthen the banks of the stream with gabion baskets. Arnie and David are getting the next section of the stream done before the winter hits. This project has been ongoing for three years as we work to address the risk of another flooding event like the one in July 2014.
Kerry, Liz and the boys have just left for a 5 month sabbatical during which they will attend a YWAM Family DTS at Kona in Hawaii followed by an outreach in Mexico or the Philippines. This has been a real leap of faith for them. They will be back in August – just in time … Read More
Each year we look to refresh our first aid certificates and this year had about 8 staff do the refresher. The trainer was excellent and made the course very real – with lots of sobering stories from his broad experience as an emergency medical technician with St Johns and the army. We practiced emergency scenarios … Read More