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Refugees

03 November 2019

My mind has been much on the plight of refugees over the last few weeks after the deaths of the 39 in the truck in England... Continue Reading →


Cathedral

27 October 2019

During our time in the UK we visited 4 cathedrals. Westminster Abbey, Lincoln Cathedral, Metropolitan Cathedral in Liverpool and Liverpool Anglican Cathedral. All of them are spectacular buildings with amazing architecture and stunning stained glass. The metropolitan cathedral is Catholic and under it is a crypt that holds treasures and vessels, encrusted in gems and made of silver and gold... Continue Reading →


Kenya

24 November 2019

And then they were off! Russell, Abbey, Ben & Siobhan, Kylie and Luana. Off to Lesvos. It was good to see the whole team at the airport and for us to be able to pray for them as they ventured off. Let us continue to pray for them while they are away (you don't have to stop praying when they get back though). Abbey will join us in Nairobi on the 1st of January. Continue Reading →


Advent

01 December 2019

Recently I helped my mum declutter her five-bedroom house. Amongst the books I found a treasure from my childhood... the Advent book our family read every December in preparation for Jesus’ birthday. The Advent calendar that went with it has gone missing but I still remember the magic of opening a door on the calendar each day in December to reveal a picture that formed part of the nativity story. I always longed to be the child who opened ... Continue Reading →


Cardboard

08 December 2019

Cardboard. It’s a pain – something to put in the recycling. Something to discard. But not here at the camp. Here cardboard is a precious commodity. I have seen fist fights over a carton that the food comes in. Cardboard!... Continue Reading →


Brave

15 December 2019

Kia toa! Kia maia! | Be bold! Be brave! In my last comment I mentioned how the team I lead at work needed a vision. How true that is! Since then, I have discovered that one of the keys to realising that vision is bravery. There is much mahi to be done, and many conversations needed to be had to ensure that vision could be realised. Continue Reading →


Wonder

22 December 2019

Have you stopped to wonder at the wonder of Christmas, or have you been so busy wandering that the wonder of Christmas has been forgotten? Is Christmas day only for eating, presents and an afternoon sleep after all the food. Continue Reading →


Rudderless

02 February 2020

Recently the Herald (January 22) carried a thought- provoking piece entitled Religion opens door to humanity. It was by Bruce Logan, founder of the Maxim Institute... Continue Reading →


Vine

20 October 2019

As a church, and as individuals, we face many challenges. Some seem hard to cope with, or like they require more resources than we have to give. John 15:5 says: “I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing." Continue Reading →


Foundation

13 October 2019

Sometimes life feels stable and certain - other times it's unsettling and hard to find that stability. Sometimes life throws things at us that we never expected that make everything different, whether for better or worse. Continue Reading →


Bangalore

06 October 2019

मैं अभी दूर हूँ, जल्द ही मिलते हैं (Main abhee door hoon, jald hee milate hain) which according to Google translate is “I’m off now, see you soon”... Continue Reading →


Disciples

29 September 2019

Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age. - Matthew 28:19-20 Continue Reading →


Ataahua

22 September 2019

There is absolutely no doubt that we live in a beautiful country; we are truly blessed to believing here. Most of us had no direct say in this as we were born here, but others have chosen to move here and make a life here. As a family we had the opportunity to travel a little way around the South Island through North and Central Otago for 5 days, returning to Tamaki Makaurau last Wednesday. Tino Ataahua! Continue Reading →


Anniversaries

15 September 2019

This week my in-laws celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary with family, friends and our church community. Occasions like this bring people together to feast, reflect and celebrate. Continue Reading →


Skuxx

08 September 2019

“I didn’t choose the skux life, the skux life chose me” said Ricky Baker of ‘Hunt for the Wilderpeople’. I agree with him. The life I have in Christ is skuxx (with two! exes). Continue Reading →


Fathers

01 September 2019

It is likely that there have been almost as many different variations of father as there have been fathers. What is, or was, your father like? I suspect that whatever the answer, however much we might have admired ours, none of us is an exact clone (copy) of our father (and may well not want to be). That will be, at least partly, due to the world changing from generation to generation. Whether, at one end of the spectrum, we greatly admired our fathers or, at the other, considered that they left a great deal to be desired, inevitably we will have... Continue Reading →


Tarore

25 August 2019

At Bible-in-schools recently I did the story of Tarore. (If you have not heard of the story please look it up and learn it. It is a profoundly important story in the history of NZ and the spread of the Gospel among Maori.) It is an incredible story of how the simple application of the ‘Jesus way’ can have life changing and long lasting effects... Continue Reading →


Vision

18 August 2019

In my last comment I mentioned how the team of people that I work with have lots of challenges, and their inability to respect each other was affecting the dynamic of the group.  A couple of months ago I took on the leadership of our team, and over that time I have been challenging... Continue Reading →


Newton

11 August 2019

I know that hymns are not popular these days but so many of them are written from experiences that people had. John Newton for instance and the well-known hymn Amazing Grace. He was a slave trader and during a storm out at sea when he was at the helm... Continue Reading →