A Place to call Home

10 September 2015

In despair and far from home I call to you. Take me to a safe refuge … Psalm 61:2 (GNB) It’s so easy to get caught up in our own safe and comfortable existence and become desensitized to the world in which we live. But when I saw the photo doing the rounds on social…

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Overflowing Generosity

5 September 2015

You will be enriched in every way so that you can be generous on every occasion, and through us your generosity will result in thanksgiving to God. 2 Corinthians 9:11 Standing on the edge of a rice paddy at the edge of a small village in rural Cambodia, the sun was shining as the Pastor’s…

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It’s Taking Over!

26 August 2015

… the word of the Lord spread widely and grew in power. Acts 19:20 ‘Pastor Mark, do you remember that plant you gave us two years ago when we first started this journey?’  ‘Without waiting for my reply, she continued, ‘Well I have to tell you the story of that plant’ which she proceeded to…

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When Walls Speak…

15 August 2015

The LORD your God is in your midst, a mighty one who will save; he will rejoice over you with gladness; he will quiet you by his love; he will exult over you with loud singing. Zephaniah 3:17 It only took two rooms for the chest to tighten, the stomach to churn and the sorrow…

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‘What more do I need?’

5 August 2015

‘Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life.’   John 6:68 I couldn’t take my eyes off her as she stood at the left end of a group of Cambodian women at the front of the Church.  She was a slim, older lady, with gray hair, wearing a simple white shirt…

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Simple Pleasures received with joy

27 February 2015

Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good.  His love endures forever.  Psalm 107:1 They must have thought the Mission Team were big eaters, for at the end of lunch there were still 8 full boxes of pizza remaining after we had all had our fill.  ‘Do you mind if we take the leftovers…

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It’s not a Human Zoo

7 February 2015

 If anyone has material possessions and sees a brother or sister in need but has no pity on them, how can the love of God be in that person?  Dear children, let us not love with words or speech but with actions and in truth. 1 John 3:17-18 ‘You see all these cyclists?’ Pastor Ant…

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The Girl in the middle seat

23 January 2015

…make the most of every opportunity. Let your conversation be always full of grace, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how to answer everyone. Colossians 4:5b-6   It all started at the check-in counter.  The Mission Team was checking in for our flight to Thailand and the woman, noticing our purple T-shirts enquired,…

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A Gentle Push

6 November 2014

“When he arrived and saw what the grace of God had done, he was glad and encouraged them all to remain true to the Lord with all their hearts” Acts 11:23  ‘Dad, can we go for a bike ride this afternoon.’  It was my youngest asking the same enquiring question of me that she had…

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A First World Problem or Addiction?

3 October 2014

“Be still, and know that I am God…” Psalm 46:10   As I ducked down to the Post Office to send some mail yesterday, I witnessed something that would not have been out of place in a Three Stooges slapstick comedy.  Two young women, walking in opposite directions on the footpath, their thumbs busy tapping…

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