Helping People to Meet God • Make Friends • Grow in Faith


I wonder if you, like me, have been having times of tiredness. Not only physically speaking, but also with all the negativity and stress coming to our attention through the various media of our day. I sometimes say to my wife during a news broadcast: “When is the GOOD news coming?”

Yes, it is so important that we can find or make times when we can be encouraged and refreshed –
in body, mind, and spirit. This past week, my wife and I went walking on the Brighton beach; the sun shone brightly, there was no wind, and the waves were rolling in. It was a God-given time for refreshment and a lifting of our spirits. We were so grateful. How do you go about finding rest and refreshment ?

For many years, I was involved on the Trust Board for the Hororata-based TE WAIORA HOUSE. 
Earthquake-hit, a new purpose-built dwelling was established, and has been popular as a place for individuals and small groups to spend time being cared for by the Hosts, Wendy and Neil Wanhill.

In the Trust’s words:  The home comprises five bedrooms, spacious living areas, a small library and a chapel, set in extensive grounds . Te Waiora exists to provide a peaceful and quiet place to which anyone may come, away from the stress and strain of daily life, to rest and to seek physical, emotional and spiritual renewal. Guests can spend time alone, chatting with other guests, or sharing with the Hosts. While there is naturally a charge (approx. $145 per 24 hours, all meals etc provided), cost should not keep anybody away, so you may contact the Hosts to see if you may be able to receive financial assistance.

From its beginnings, Te Waiora’s theme verse has been in the words of Jesus: “Come to me, all you who are weary and heavy laden, and I will give you rest.”  What a lovely invitation!
See website;, phone Te Waiora – 027 406 0503.

Graham Button