Christina Tyson

Press Service International

Christina Tyson has been a Salvation Army officer (minister) for almost 30 years.For 16 years she was involved in Salvation Army communications, and now works with her husband as pastors of a Salvation Army church and community centre in Newtown, Wellington.

  • The risky business of nativity plays

    One of my favourite nativity plays has no shepherds, no angels, no Mary or Joseph and no wise men.

  • Tap into God’s Autocorrect for Life

    Predictive and autocorrect on smartphones are supposed to help us out. But they’re not always right—and sometimes they’re laughably wrong. Like when you say you’re ‘auditioning your kids’, only to have autocorrect change that to ‘auctioning your kids’. Or when you text your sister that ‘Grandma is in the grave’, when you thought you were typing ‘Grandma is in the garage’!

  • Work together for NZ’s mental health

    Last week, 10 October was World Mental Health Day, but just how mentally well are we? While New Zealand is the eighth happiest country in the world, it’s an indictment on our society that we have the highest suicide rate for 15- to 24-year-olds, five times that of Britain and twice that of Australia.

  • Timely Lessons from Tough Times

    How do you answer a 15-year-old who wants to know why God doesn’t help people in a pandemic?

  • Let it Go

    ‘Let it go!’ – of course, it’s the Frozen movie anthem, but it’s also a great line from the iconic the Vogel’s bread advert ‘New Zealanders overseas’: ‘It was a year ago, okay Michael? Let it go!’

  • The Calm Before the Storm

    It started with toilet paper hoarding, and perhaps we laughed a little. But it was a nervous laugh. Because quickly things became far more serious as people all over the world were called home and required to self-isolate, as we saw empty streets and straining hospital systems, and more and more deaths, and as we started to feel the social and economic realities of COVID-19.

  • No parent is perfect

    When I was around 10 years old, I decided to write down all the things my parents did that annoyed me. My intention was that I would refer to this when I had children so I wouldn’t make the same mistakes.

  • To Weed or Not to Weed?

    A month-and-a-half before Christmas we moved into a new house. Those living here before us kindly tidied the garden before they moved on, planting strawberries, rhubarb, tomatoes and lettuces.

  • Trusting in times of transition

    ‘Turn and face the strange,’ is David Bowie’s challenge in his 1971 song ‘Changes’.

  • Royal Commission Learnings

    At the time of writing, I am in the humbling position of being one of two Salvation Army representatives at the first public hearing of New Zealand’s Royal Commission of Inquiry into Abuse in Care.