Hope. Freedom. Rescue. Advocacy. Restoration. Value. These are words close to our heart, because as Believers, we hold the KEY to truly setting people FREE who are trapped in areas of injustice around the world. With an estimated 35 million slaves internationally, how can we ever hope to make a dent in that horrific statistic? The truth is - we can't, but God absolutely can, and has asked us to partner with him! How awesome is that?!
During this DTS we will bring awareness to a number of different injustices affecting our world today, and see how the truth of Jesus can impact the most vulnerable around us - both globally, as well as in our own back yards.
The Bible says in Micah 6:8 that we are REQUIRED to actively DO justice, with a heart of mercy and a spirit of godly humility. It's not an optional extra. Are you ready to stand up for those who can't stand up for themselves? Are you ready to go deeper in God, and to allow Him to break your heart for what breaks His?
In The Mornings...
Our daily classroom time in the mornings will cover topics like Hearing God's Voice, the Father-heart of God, Relationships, Identity, Worship and Intercession, to name a few. This time is set aside for you to dig deep into the things of God, and his character and nature. This is usually a very transforming time, and can bring new depths of revelation into how much God really loves you! It's only when we have a good grasp of God's love for us personally that we can offer hope and healing to a hurting world.
In The Afternoons...
We will be spending focused time twice a week in the afternoons talking about justice issues like human trafficking, poverty, genocide, child soldiers, gender inequality, the persecuted church, and refugees - to name a few. We will also dig into the Bible in order to understand God's heart for justice. This is one of our favourite times of the week, because our hope is that you will learn about injustice, but more importantly, understand how you can be an active part of the solution!
This DTS is your opportunity to learn more about yourself, about God, about social injustice, and about how YOU can change your world… one person at a time. Are you in?
Here's what one of our students had to say at the end of lecture phase: "Being in a Justice DTS, I am also more disturbed by the injustices that scatter this earth than I ever have been before. Each week we have been studying various injustices. From child soldiers to sex slavery, to fair trade products and genocides. These last 3 months have challenged me in a way I never would have imagined. I have been stretched, broken, ripped apart by all of these things. But if anything, it has birthed a fire, a burning passion within me to pursue justice and bring hope to those without hope. Because at the end of the day, I don’t know if I would be satisfied doing anything other than pursuing justice."
Outreach is an amazing time!! In Justice Reach we do outreach a little differently than you might be used to. We are 100% committed to making a lasting difference in the lives of those who are the most vulnerable; those who are being exploited and abused. How we do that is where we are a bit different.
We focus our efforts coming along-side those who are the ministry front-liners committed to fight against injustice within their particular nation. Our goal is to practically support them so they feel encouraged and energised to do what God has called them to do for the long haul. It's so awesome to be able to hear first-hand what their work is like, and how God is making a difference through them tangibly to those trapped in the web of injustice and abuse. By making a difference for THEM -- we make a difference in the lives of those they minister to every single day.
So don't expect to get some "amazing selfies with poor children" that will look good in your newsletter -- but expect to invest in a way that is long-lasting and meaningful by simply being obedient to what God is asking us to do to help. THAT is radical. THAT is what outreach is all about.
*Main outreach focus areas are: Southeast Asia and Europe.
Please go to the "Pay" tab at the top of the page to pay DTS fees.
Fees are quoted in New Zealand Dollars. You can check the amount at xe.com to see the approximate amount you would be charged on that day in US Dollars, or your local currency. *The exchange amount will be dependent on the exchange rate of the day payment is received. Any adjustments to the amount you owe will be made when you arrive.
Lecture Phase fees are INCLUSIVE of tuition, accommodation, food costs, one school trip and all school-related transportation.
Outreach Phase fees include air tickets and ground fees (accommodation, meals and outreach transportation). The outreach fees may vary depending on the cost of air tickets. Any travel outside of the Southeast Asia areas may require a higher amount to be paid for the air tickets.
Please note for couples, all fees are per person.
Once a week we will watch a justice-based movie or documentary directly related to our justice topic of the week (if possible) and process it together afterwards. These are great times of discussion, taking on some hard issues that don't have easy answers or solutions.
We also have some fun times planned! We have a couple of school trips that we will be going on all together to see a bit of this beautiful nation of New Zealand!
We will also be doing various things during the lecture phase of the school to help it be more... memorable. :) We can't tell you more than that or we would spoil the surprise.
Hi everybody! I'm Patty and I'll be leading this DTS. I'm an American, but have lived in NZ for about 18 years, and this is HOME. I can't tell you how excited I am for this coming school!! We have some great adventures in store for you, and hopefully you'll have some unforgettable moments with God!! I'm really looking forward to jumping into this journey with you! See ya soon!
Hey everyone, my name is Ben. Myself and my beautiful wife Nai(Naomi) are from a city called Gloucester in the UK and are so excited to be in New Zealand, staffing with Justice Reach, and getting to meet all of you! We completed the Justice DTS here at the end of May 2015, and staffed the last three Justice DTS's. We've spent the last few months working hard, preparing for this coming DTS! I have a heart for worship and recently God has also been increasing my heart for justice, for prayer, and His Kingdom. I'm really looking forward to exploring with you all how worship, prayer and justice can all work together. Come ready to make the most of every opportunity!
Hi! My name is Naomi, most people call me Nai. Myself and Ben, my wonderful husband of 8 years are from England. We had a crazy adventure in January 2015 doing the Justice DTS here in Tauranga. And we've not left since! I'm passionate about God and as a result Justice! My heart is particularly for the prevention of trafficking and for vulnerable young women to know their identity and worth in God. I also long to see the church envisioned and equipped to bring justice to their communities. I love travelling, tasty food, and worship/music sessions with Ben. I'm so looking forward to meeting you and sharing this journey with you. Get ready, it's gonna be wild! Praying for you and supporting you all the way!
Debbie Ussery: Avid sock wearer, prayer and worship enthusiast, ice cream connoisseur, activist for freedom,teller of stories, wanderer of earth, winner of numerous participation ribbons, and lover of grace! I'm from the United States and did my Justice DTS in 2015. I'm assuming and hoping you're doing yours whenever next available. If not, you should pray on that; the application is certainly only a few clicks away. God did, and is still doing, so much in and through me as a result of the five months dedicated to knowing Him and making Him known. He will, without a doubt, do so with you as well! I am excited to meet you, walk in that journey, and see God's kingdom expanding with you soon!
Hello! My name is Rachel Haas and I’m from North Dakota. I went to undergrad for psychology after learning about the need for mental health professionals in the field of trauma, primarily with individuals who have been trafficked and sexually abused. Instead of pursuing a master’s degree, God lead me to Justice Reach where I immediately fell in love with the vision and heart behind the school. I cannot tell you how blessed, thrilled, overjoyed and expectant I am as I return to staff this next DTS. I love seeing how God radically changes students’ lives as they experience His presence in a new way. I can honestly say coming to NZ to learn more about God, who He says I am and to dig deeper into His heart for justice has been one of the best decisions of my life. I hope to see you there!
My name is Jolanda and I'm from the Netherlands. Best decision ever: coming to NZ a few years ago! My passions in life are fighting injustice, traveling, board games, tennis, admin stuff, chocolate and full cream milk :) Are you ready for the adventure of your life? I'm excited to see what God has in store for you!