A Night of Hope

Starts: 7/07/2017   |   Ends: 1/10/2017
Cost: Free   |   Status: Open


A Night of Hope

A remarkable story. Live music. All welcome. 

In partnership with churches across the country, we’re so excited to invite you to the 2017 Night of Hope Series.

This September come along and meet Charles Kabena, a former sponsored child from Malawi. This is a special and unique opportunity to hear Charles recount his inspirational story of hardship, courage and transformation, alongside live music by award-winning Kiwi artist Nathan King. 

A Night of Hope is a FREE community event for all ages. Find an event near you, invite your family and friends and celebrate these powerful stories of hope! 


September Series with Charles and Nathan

Friday 22 September at 7pm | Auckland
Henderson Baptist Church: 325 Great North Road, Henderson

Saturday 23 September at 7pm | Auckland
Helensville Christian Life Centre: 118 Commercial Road, Helensville

Sunday 24 September at 10am | Auckland
Central Vineyard Church: Epsom Girls Grammar Hall, 13 Silver Road, Epsom 

Sunday 24 September at 6pm | Auckland
Shore Vineyard Church: 2/252 Forrest Hill Road, Forrest Hill

Monday 25 September at 7pm | Auckland
Church of the Good Shepherd: 6 Moire Road, Massey

Tuesday 26 September at 7pm | Auckland
Forrest Hill Presbyterian Church: 151 Forrest Hill Road, Forrest Hill

Wednesday 27 September at 7pm | Taupo
Elim Christian Centre Taupo: Rotary House, 12 Story Place

Friday 29 September at 7pm | Auckland
St Heliers Presbyterian Church: 100 St Heliers Bay Road, St Heliers

Saturday 30 September at 7pm | Auckland
Mt Roskill Baptist: 485 Richardson Road, Mt Roskill

Sunday 1 October at 10:30am | Auckland
St Columba Botany: 480 Ti Rakau Drive, Botany

Sunday 1 October at 7pm | Auckland
Valley Road International Church: 1 Valley Road, Mount Eden


September Series host and special guest

Nathan King

Nathan King, a gifted and passionate Kiwi singer-songwriter began his musical career with his band Zed. The band released two multi-platinum albums, with their debut album shooting to number one. Nathan found himself honing his craft in front of thousands of fans in Australasia touring with Robbie Williams and Coldplay and in the US and Europe with The Calling, Ash and Seal.

In 2001, he was nominated as Best Songwriter and won the Best Male Vocalist award at the New Zealand Music Awards. In 2008, Nathan released his first solo album and has most recently been working with his new band, Twin Cities. Nathan is also a great friend of World Vision, and has travelled with us to India, Tanzania and Rwanda.

Charles Kabena

Charles was born into extreme poverty, and like most poor children in Malawi, his family could not afford to send him to secondary school, especially after his father died from tuberculosis. But thanks to Child Sponsorship, World Vision was working with his community. Charles received a pair of school shoes, a school uniform, and a full scholarship to pay his school fees.

Charles passed his secondary exams with flying colours, gained the confidence to go on to university, and worked as a web and radio journalist. He now works as a Communications Officer at World Vision Malawi. His passion is to encourage young people to stay in school so they can become professionals like him. He buys a newspaper for the children in his former primary school to read every day, and partners with others to pay school fees for children who can’t afford it.


Thank you to everyone who joined Levi and Grace for the August Night of Hope Series. We loved having the opportunity to share their passion and story of hope!

Levi McGrath

From working with former child soldiers, to his role as Assistant Music Director with Melbourne Street Choir Inc. and the School of Hard Knocks, Levi McGrath is committed to music and social justice.  He wants to motivate and inspire a new generation of people to stand up and help turn the tide of poverty, apathy and human suffering. 

In 2009 Levi spent six months living in Uganda working with former child soldiers, leading to his critically acclaimed album Children of War – rich in passion for social change and heart-rending stories of suffering, hope and dignity. As an Independent Singer/Songwriter, Associate Artist for World Vision, and Assistant Musical Director of choirs for the disadvantaged and marginalised, Levi continues to reach out with his message of positive social action. Find out more about Levi.

Grace Arach

Grace was 12 when she was captured by the Lord's Resistance Army, the rebel group that abducted between 30,000 and 50,000 children during its 20-year conflict with the east African nation's government. After five years of working as a child soldier under the rule of the LRA, Grace managed to escape and began her journey to recovery at a World Vision Rehabilitation Centre. 

Through the support and help of a World Vision sponsor, Grace completed the years of education she missed and in 2010 went on to be named Ugandan Woman Achiever of the Year. Grace will be joining us to share her remarkable story of triumph over extreme adversity.


About World Vision's work

We are on a mission to make a difference to the lives of the world’s most vulnerable children. We have faith in the potential for transformation in the toughest situations. We have hope that everyone might experience a ‘full life’. We believe that love has the power to overcome all.

World Vision is an international Christian emergency relief, advocacy and community development, organisation working to overcome poverty and injustice. Five generations of Kiwis have stood with us, working together to overcome poverty and build brighter futures. Together with communities we identify, prioritise, design projects and prepare budgets. While we provide a safety net, technical support and finance, it is people from the communities themselves that work towards their own development. Read more about our mission.


Keen to inspire your local community with A Night of Hope?

​If your church is interested in partnering with us in sharing hope, we would love to hear from you. We provide the music, stories, and inspiration; you provide the crowd, venue and a cup of tea after the event. World Vision will support you with ideas and materials to promote the event at your church. 




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