A Night of Hope

Starts: 7/07/2017   |   Ends: 16/07/2017
Cost: Free   |   Location: Churches around the South Island   |   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 July you have a unique opportunity to come along and meet Charles Kabena, a former sponsored child from Malawi. Charles will be recounting his remarkable story of hardship, courage and transformation, alongside live music by award-winning artist Levi McGrath. 

This is a FREE event for all ages. Bring your family and friends and celebrate Charles’ story of hope! 

The Night of Hope Series will be touring New Zealand with an incredible line up of award-winning musicians and special guests from around the world. Save the dates now so you don’t miss out on a Night of Hope near you.

Friday 7 July at 7pm Gore
Gore Baptist Church: 23 Ardwick Street, East Gore

Saturday 8 July at 5:30pm | Dunedin
Caversham Baptist Church: 10 Surrey Street, Caversham

Sunday 9 July at 10am | Mosgiel
East Taieri Church: 12A Cemetery Road, East Taieri

Sunday 9 July at 6pm | Invercargill
Invercargill Christian Centre: 165 Leet Street

Monday 10 July 7pm | Invercargill
Windsor Community Church: 19 Windsor Street

Tuesday 11 July at 7pm | Wanaka
Wanaka New Life Church: 50 Reece Crescent

Wednesday 12 July at 7pm | Cromwell
Church Untamed: Cromwell College Auditorium, off Barry Avenue

Thursday 13 July at 7pm | Christchurch
St Augustines Church: 5 Cracroft Terrace, Cashmere

Friday 14 July at 7pm | Christchurch
Sumner Redcliffs Anglican Church: St Andrew’s Church, 148 Main Road, Redcliffs

Saturday 15 July at 7pm | Christchurch
Riccarton Baptist Church: 80 Rattray Street

Sunday 16 July at 10am | Christchurch
St Martins C3 Church: 144 Wilsons Road

Sunday 16 July at 6pm | Christchurch
South City C3 Church: Corner Colombo Street and Moorhouse Avenue

COMING SOON! North Island Tour: August 4th – 13th 
COMING SOON! North Island Tour: September 22nd – 1st October 


Our special guest: 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.


Our host and award-winning artist: Levi McGrath

From working with former child soldiers in Uganda, 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.


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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