Tuesday, 30 November 2010

Pacific Rim

Nicky and I had the privilege of meeting up with some great folk for a week just outside Sydney.

Peter & Susan Brooks had gathered together the leaders of the newfrontier churches in this part of the world: people came from Australia, New Zealand, Japan, Cambodia & the Philippines.

The 60 folk gathered represented 9 Newfrontier churches that are working into a combined population mass of 258 Million people (with a further 1.6billion people on the doorstep!)

There is a huge task to be done and to take the words of Jesus please pray for more workers for the harvest.

Charles Spurgeon when asked 'will the heathern who have never heard the gospel be saved? answered 'It is more a question with me - whether we- who have heard the gospel and fail to give it to those who have not - can be saved.'

Come join us!!!

Saturday, 27 November 2010


Last night I travelled with Suzanne & Nicky to Perth airport to pick up their parents who have arrived from Sydney.

Roger & Jean left the UK at the start of September (on their retirement world tour) and have just made it here to Perth.... via the USA, Peru & New Zealand.

The in-laws are due to stay with us for 2 months and then head off to Melbourne & Adelaide before coming back for another 2 month visit next year.

I know they will enjoy time with the grandchildren and I am sure there will be lots of fun in the house.

Anyne got any tips on looking after old folk - suggestions would be appreciated!

Thursday, 25 November 2010


As a family for the past 3 years we have attended the fantastic youth event in the UK called Newday. Without doubt a highlight of our year as we gathered with 7,000 others for a weeks camping, fun and bible teaching. Every time was so inspiring which meant it was something we constantly talked about and looked forward to.

Newday UK takes place in August and as we moved to Perth at the end of June we missed out this year (The kids did suggest we stay and move to Oz in September).

The great news is that there is a smaller version of Newday here in Australia.

I am really looking forward to flying across to Sydney for the middle of January and gathering with the 100-150 that will be there. This time we do not camp but live in cabins and can go quad biking!
Can't wait!!!

Tuesday, 23 November 2010

The Crown Church

I had always thought that James Hunting would be the guy to take over the leadership of The Crown Church from me.

It has been thrilling to watch from the other side of the world and see what an excellent job he is doing:
Updating the website
Reaching into the local universities
Bringing on new leaders
Making plans for Christmas

Having Lex from South Africa for the weekend.

James- you're the man!

Wednesday, 17 November 2010

The Wombles

When I was a kid I used to love watching the TV programme 'The Wombles of Wimbledon Common'.
I couldn't help but think about them with all that has been going on here recently.

In Perth you get charged $20 to take any rubbish down the dump, so we try not to do it.
However once a year the council come round with a truck and digger to collect any rubbish that you leave outside your house. In trying to fit in with the locals on Monday I have left out a suitcase that the wheels had broken off of.

You can imagine my surprise when I went outside on Tuesday morning and discovered the collection had not been but the suitcase was gone. It was then that I noticed the piles outside homes around me were changing all the time. My neighbour left a freezer that grew legs and walked away. Another neighbour dumped a washing machine outside their house only for it to disappear.

I started to think that I was living on Wimbledon Common and that the wombles were taking the everyday rubbish we leave behind and making something useful from it....until my eldest son Josh came home with a spare bike tyre he had lifted off a bike dumped round the corner! (He assures me lots of people cruise round and pick up items off other peoples piles....shame I did not realise sooner it would have made Christmas cheaper!)

The truck has still not been but the whole game is certainly encouraging a lot of recycling!

Tuesday, 16 November 2010


The idea of cutting things fine - of giving the train or whatever it is starting on time - a fighting chance, I have always found exciting and adds to the thrill of life.

I agree with Calvin & Hobbes that creativity is not like a tap that can just be turned on or off - it needs the right conditions - often last minute panic! (This is why preachers are often finishing off their sermons on Sunday morning)

However this can backfire....

After a great time in Sydney last week Nicky and I were heading to the airport when we got caught up in some traffic.... the minutes ticked by. We got to terminal 3 and ran for the gate - but it was too late. The last Qantas plane to Perth that day had just left!

We ended up staying in a hotel for the night and had a lovely meal with a great couple from Auckland, Steve & Heather (thanks) before boarding a plane at 8am and jumping into a taxi at Perth airport which meant we were only 10 minutes late for church!

When have you been late and missed something important?

Monday, 15 November 2010


Last week Nicky and I went across to Sydney to meet with the other leaders from the Newfrontier Pacific Rim churches: people were there from Australia, New Zealand, Japan, Cambodia & Philippines.
We landed on Tuesday and were due to meet the others on Wednesday so Nicky and I decided to go for a run together Wednesday morning.

We made a few mistakes:
We did not remember the address of where we were staying
We could not remember the route we took
We did not have a mobile phone with us

It did make the exercise more stimulating - fear is a stimulant!

We stopped a motorist who had no idea
Another motorist had a map book - but it was then we realised we had no clue where we wanted to go
We stopped in a shop and found our friends house number from the phone book
We asked in another shop where the road was - they had no idea
We asked another guy directions to the street - again blank

We did eventually get back.
Amazing how the mind can panic despite actually being quite close to home (I thought we had run miles!)

Have you ever been lost?

Monday, 8 November 2010

Junk Mail

I like the idea of my kids having a job and appreciating the value of work and money.
Since we have arrived in Perth Isaac and Lois share 2 paper rounds and Josh delivers junk mail twice a week.

To show my support I often help sort the leaflets and stuff the papers (Nicky tells me that I am too soft!)

With Christmas coming there have been more and more leaflets. Last night I was sorting them until 11pm. A small forest must have been brutally murdered to provide the paper for the 17 different magazines and leaflets that I collated. I honestly think I got through more paper last night than an American presidential election.

I often wonder who reads the stuff?
How many sales do the companies achieve as a result?

On the bright side the junk mail delivery does save me paper - I don't have to give my son pocket money!

Saturday, 6 November 2010

Dan Dark

I got to bed at 3:30am having picked Dan up at Perth airport following his flight here from Gatwick UK.

I feel really excited about him being with us... he seems a great lad and already the kids have adopted him as their older brother (they are all in the pool now - having been down the park to shoot some hoops!)

The sacrifice of my office for his bedroom is not a problem.

The fact that I used to lead a youth group with his mum and dad and remember Dan as a little lad in shorts is a tad more worrying.

Really looking forward to getting to know him more and believe he will be a tremendous blessing to our family and the church here

Friday, 5 November 2010

Future Hope

This week we decided to move Isaac to a new school (He worked so hard at the last one but in the end we thought a change was best)

Our youngest son now catches the bus each day to and from his place of learning. He will be there for the next 15 months before moving on to secondary school.

The name of his new school is New Life Christian College and the logo is Christ our Hope.

Each morning over breakfast I find it helpful to look at my son and see embroidered on his school T-Shirt, across his heart, Christ our Hope!

It reminds me again that I believe the hope for the future is not better housing, scientific discoveries or even education but Jesus Christ. He offers me forgiveness, the removal of my guilt and eternal life.

What is your future hope?

Wednesday, 3 November 2010

I hate running

I have decided that I hate running: it has probably taken me 5 hours to recover from my exercise this morning.

To give you some insight to the story:

I blistered the soles of my feet playing basketball bare foot about 10 days ago and have not run since.
Today I put on my trainers and did 12kms. I did not wear a hat or take a drink. It was only when I got back that I discovered it was 29degrees.
It was the nearest I have ever got to stopping, was surprised that I was not sick and I had to sit with my feet above my head when I got home just to stop the dizziness.
Things were so bad that I choose to have a cold shower for the first time in my life!

So why do I do it?

I guess there are lots of reasons:
I want to be fit so that I can dance in church (for more than 1 song)
My wife runs and I do not want to be left behind.
I want to enjoy sport with my kids
I feel stimulated afterwards
I am mad
I am offically 'mid-life' and trying to prove that I still can
I enjoy eating too much and do not want to cut back.
I suppose that means I will have to find those trainers and go again this week!

Tuesday, 2 November 2010

A weekend never to forget!

Terry & Wendy Virgo came to Perth!

I collected them from the airport on Thursday afternoon having arrived from South Africa and we were back at an airport Monday morning as they took off for Sydney....but the time in between was great!

As a family we loved having Terry & Wendy stay in our home.It was good to show them a glimpse of the city and spend time talking over food!

They both served the church so well:

Terry was so inspirational as he spoke on Saturday morning from 1 Samuel 14 :'Expect great things from God and attempt great things for God' . He also wonderfully unpacked John 14 on Sunday and shared about the privilege of knowing God with us. On top of this Wendy addressed the ladies on Saturday evening, we had the young adults meet on Sunday afternoon for tea and Terry told his story and took questions on the Sunday night!

We saw people healed over the weekend and I am sure that all would have been hugely impacted by what Terry said but also the way he said it. Terry really is a humble man who loves Jesus, the church and is full 0f wisdom and grace - I am sure the weekend with him will impact me for the rest of my life.