Feilding Herald : February 9th 2012
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For full terms & conditions see www.flightcentre.co.nz/lowestairfareguarantee FC127FH130111 4339205AA Saturday 11t h February 9am - 2pm L-R Jamie Ardell(Manager), Audrey Grinter, Allison Fairless, Jo Amner Feilding Flight Centre Expo -- covering Worldwide Come in and meet the team - Our vision is to be "The first for travel in the Manawatu" Shop 3, 25 Manchester Square, Feilding Call 06 323 3491 EUROPE "IN STORE" 4354011AA Ratana Ouk and his partner Rachina have recently moved from Auckland to Feilding. Ratana is originally from Cambodia. He and Rachina have worked in the catering industry from a very early age. They are excited to be living in Feilding and proud to be the new owners of Empire Bakery. They are on a mission to feed Feilding. They bring with them a wealth of innovative ideas and plenty of creative choices to make your mouth water with breakfasts, lunches and take-aways. They offer a much wider selection of healthy and tasty sandwiches, bread rolls, tempting slices and cakes. Delicious breads and pies are prepared and baked on the premises. For those that want comfort food Rachina is currently perfecting a new menu of combination burgers, exciting pies, fish & chips, all day breakfasts and meals to go. Take-away coffee will be available. They will do school lunch orders. Open from 5.30am until 4.30pm You will never go hungry! EMPIRE BAKERY Open: Mon -- Fri 5:30am -- 4:30pm • Sat & Sun 6am -- 3pm 115 Manchester Street • Feilding • Ph: 324 0333 (next to Edelweiss Butchery) NEW OWNERS -- EMPIRE BAKERY Chaplain's healing touch enriches lives Former medic moved by a 'nudge' Fruitful relationships: Nga Tawa's new chaplain, Amy Houben, looks forward to working with pupils to help them build new relationships, which she likens to the fruit on a grape vine. Photo: LAURA WALTERS By LAURA WALTERS The new chaplain at Nga Tawa is not what most people would expect: a former defence force medic -- with blonde hair, killer clothes, and tattoos -- does not fit the traditional mould; but the 31-year-old farm girl is ada- mant she is just walking the path laid in front of her. The Rev Amy Houben started as the girls' boarding school's chaplain a couple of weeks ago after being offered the position at the end of last year when she finished her degree in Theology. The former defence force medic decided to take a step of faith'' and accepted the position. Amy, an army brat'' who grew up in Waiouru, decided to join the priesthood after experiencing a profound God moment'' during a deployment to Afghanistan. It wasn't like a lightning bolt. It was much more subtle and gentle, but profound nonetheless,'' she said. When Amy was on deployment with her 15-man patrol about six years ago she was constantly approached by sick civilians who recognised her medic patch. During her time in the armed forces she worked beside the soldiers; driving, cooking, treating them, and helping out in any way possible. You get out there and you get in the mud, you get in the dirt, you get in the cold, and you work beside the soldiers each step of the way. You go where ever they go,'' she said. However, as a defence force medic on deployment she was not allowed to treat civilians. Amy would take the blood pres- sure of local villagers and write it on their hand to make them feel better. One day a young man with an infected tumour on his face approached her. He was very unwell.'' But she was not allowed to administer any medication or treat- ment to the Afghan native. It broke my heart,'' she said. In this moment I thought it's not enough for me anymore.'' She was frustrated that she had the ability to help the sick, but pro- tocol did not allow her to. I wanted more. It was like I had outgrown the position itself.'' From there Amy started to con- sider her options after she felt a nudge.'' A lot of people call it a calling, I call it a nudge.'' In the end Amy thought she would give life as a minister a go. What's the worst that can hap- pen?'' she said. From there Amy moved to Auck- land with her husband, Tony, and gained her degree with a scholar- ship behind her. She came out the other side as a reverend. Amy, who lives on Nga Tawa's grounds with her husband, said her move to Marton was like a homecoming. The rural girl in her, who grew up in woolly jumpers and gumboots, conducted her first funeral service for a lamb that did not make it. Tolookathernowitishardto believe Amy was in the armed forces, or grew up on a farm. Now I celebrate my femininity,'' she said. After living in uniform every day she said she wanted to embrace what it meant to be a woman. I thought: bring on the nail pol- ish and lipstick'.'' Amy said she believed the world needed more strong women who knew who they were. It was this sense of being that Amy hoped to instil in the students at Nga Tawa. Her primary job was to focus on the relationships in the girls' lives, she said. When asked about her daisy chain tattoo or long blonde hair Amy said it was just her being her. I can only be myself.'' Amy said her position in the church was not about following a stereotype or the power that comes with it. It was about caring for others; like she did when she took a punch in the face from a bully after stand- ing up for her friend as a child. And it was about becoming less so others can become more''. Despite her unconventional pass- age Amy said, like her father, she believed in giving everything 100 per cent the first time around.
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