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 August Grace Arach will be sharing her remarkable story of being abducted and forced to work as a child soldier in Uganda, her escape and her journey to recovery at a World Vision Rehabilitation Centre. Grace will be joined by social justice musician Levi McGrath, who will perform his beautiful and powerful songs and share stories from his experiences in Africa. 

In September come along and meet Charles Kabena, a former sponsored child from Malawi. This is a unique opportunity to hear Charles recount his inspirational story of hardship, courage and transformation.

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! 


North Island August Series

Sunday 6 August at 10am | Tauranga
St Luke’s Church: 146 Devonport Road​

Tuesday 8 August at 7pm | Whanganui
Wanganui Central Baptist: 285 Wicksteed Street

Wednesday 9 August at 7pm | Wellington
Abundant Life Church: 71 Abel Smith Street, Te Aro

Thursday 10 August at 7pm | Wellington
Blueprint Church: Level 2, 138 Wakefield Street, Te Aro

Friday 11 August at 7pm | New Plymouth
St James Presbyterian Church: 24 Lawry Street

Sunday 13 August at 8:30am, 10am & 11:30am | Auckland
Elim Christian Centre South: 198 Mahia Road, Wattle Downs

Sunday 13 August at 7pm | Waiuku
Waiuku Combined Service, St Andrew’s Centre: 85 Queen Street 

COMING SOON! North Island Tour: September 22nd – 1st October 



Our August series host and award-winning artist: 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.

Our special guests

North Island August Series: 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.

North Island September Series: 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.



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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