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When churchplanting stinks…

by on March 13, 2011

Wow, a lot’s happened in the last week! Here are some highlights (and lowlights):

Prayer meetings just seem to get better and better, I feel we are learning a bit of how to pray. Early days though…

On Saturday Christian had a housewarming party for his block of flats, met some of his new neighbours. Good on you Ando. He also got to know a family of Lebanese neighbours this week, by crashing into their car! Now they’re firm friends.

On Sunday we joined a local Korean society to do Clean Up Australia at the Cooks River, which is just down the bottom of the hill we’re on (rivers often seem to be at the bottom of hills…). Anyway, the turned out to be ex-military from the Korean Navy. All of them – even the young women. They collected rubbish with military vigour! It was hard to communicate with them, but there was plenty of goodwill on both sides. I’ve never seen so much rubbish in one place before as we saw on those mudflats.

We all came back muddied and stinking of mangroves. It was nice.

It’s been great to have the rector of St Paul’s, Campbell, join us for many of our Sunday gatherings. He’s an encouraging presence. This Sunday our gathering was led ably by Lisa B, who introduced us to some easy English material. That was helpful for us. Continuing our series in Luke’s Gospel, we looked at how Simeon and Anna had been prepared through the Jewish Scriptures, filled with longings, so they were ready to welcome and love Jesus. Jesus is the one all the stories and prayers and prophecies point to. Those same Scriptures (the ‘Old Testament’) are a great resource for us – they can prepare our hearts too, and fill us with longings, teaching us to appreciate and love Jesus. That’s the reason to read them.

I managed to harass the team into going home after the gathering, instead of hanging together all evening like they normally do on Sunday. These guys need some rest occasionally!

The bread ministry at the school went better this week than last. Lots of interest, nine bags of bread moved, some good coversations. Now when I see some of those parents in the playground other days, we have a good chat, there’s some trust there.

Mike and Christian have joined the local soccer team, and they’ve been playing together mid-week. This week Karen and I joined them for a game, and so did two local young-fellas. A good game of three-a-side. I’m hoping we’ll continue and develop this – it’s a great way to meet people.

Lisa B is enjoying a four week course on helping immigrants, teaching ESL and stuff.

There are so many needy people in this community. Elise met a young Nepalese mum at the school playgroup who needs some serious support and friendship. Just the sort of thing Elise loves doing!

Thanks so much to all of you who read our updates, and pray for us. You mean a lot to us.


  • That some of our new friends will come along to a BBQ lunch on Sunday to meet the rest of the team.
  • That our finances for the year will firm up
  • That Elise’s headaches will clear up

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