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29 March 2020

On March 3rd we confirmed that we would move house in three weeks. On March 14th, while most of us were at camp, the NZ government took the extremely unusual move of beginning to close NZ's borders. Nine days later, on March 23rd... Continue Reading →


22 March 2020

One week ago we were off at a church camp, and were working on plans to run a combined service with Tamaki Community Church before the end of the month. We were lucky to get the camp in, and the TCC plan is postponed indefinitely. A lot can change in a week... Continue Reading →


08 March 2020

Last week I began a course called CPE (Clinical Pastoral Education) that runs alongside my pastoral work. It's not so much the kind of course where you sit and learn information, but one where you reflect in a group on how you're caring for people. While this training is intended for Pastors, Chaplains, and other spiritual care-givers, many of its lessons have relevance to all of us as Christians in community with each other... Continue Reading →


01 March 2020

One of the highlights of my morning routine is cycling through Cornwall Park on my way to work. Riding along Twin Oak Drive I regularly marvel at the towering, majestic trees that form a grand canopy over me as I pedal along. This week as I rode I wondered what it would be like if someone managed to create an artificial reconstruction... Continue Reading →


23 February 2020

School is back! (I hear parents saying, “Praise the Lord!”) Well it’s been nearly a month already and school is back in the flow. The rhythm of school life is back in full flow. This time of the year there is such a great hum of enthusiasm and expectation. It is such an encouraging atmosphere to be around. Okay, okay, I realise that it is only the beginning of the year and the reality of life may set in at some stage... Continue Reading →


16 February 2020

Last week I read an article from CBN News titled “Christians Boldly Share the Love of Christ on the Streets of China’s Coronavirus Hot Zone”... Continue Reading →


09 February 2020

We are created beings, but why? I’m guessing most of us have asked this at one point. Was it because God was bored? One book suggested he had to put up some shelves but procrastinated and made us instead... Continue Reading →


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 →


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 →


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 →


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 →


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 →


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 →


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 →


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 →


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 →


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 →


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 →


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 →