Nov 012014
 

Last weekendIMG_0449 the blokes and boys enjoyed a weekend with Dan Bigg former Butcher come Bible teacher. But the weekend wasn’t all over, we still needed to hear who won the ‘meat tray’. The winner was the bloke or the boy for that matter, to guess the weight of a young steer, as it went off to market.

Coming in second place was the bloke, no boy, Jed Mc Pherson, but again the boy who came in first place was Hamish Thompson, with his guess of 195 kg with the actual weight being 190.4kg

Congratulations Hamish!

 

 

Oct 312014
 

enjoy-your-prayer-lifeAnother delightful book from Michael Reeves. Super short, only 46 pages! Simple enough to gobble up in just one sitting, but rich enough to chew on for many many sittings.

Reeves starts by defining prayer. For him, following Calvin, prayer is the chief exercise of faith, so we express our belief in God, in his power and love towards us, primarily through the act of praying. Then naturally he goes on to remind the reader of how good and generous and gracious our God is, so that our faith in him grows and with it our prayer. This is the most delicious and tasty section of the book as Reeves explains the intimate relationship we have been brought into through the cross.

He says, ‘Prayer is enjoying that the Father really is our Father. But what exactly does it mean that God is a Father? First it means that he is eternally begetting his Son. Always he is giving life to and lavishing his love on his Son. So, as Father, he is the source of all life, love and blessing. and what does it mean to be the Son? Eternally the Son is characterised by receiving from the Father. Now if that’s the relationship we’ve been brought into, the praising the Father as Jesus did, asking the Father for things as Jesus did and depending on the Father as Jesus did are going to be staple parts of our communion with him..’

It’s great stuff, expounding on great truths. The best thing is that since finishing I’ve been praying heaps more, not because Reeves gives some handy tips or strategies, but because my faith in God’s goodness has grown, so I’ve been exercising that faith – and praying!

Oct 262014
 

1 John 2:18-27Confident_web

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Oct 252014
 

Well today we said goodbye to our motel, goodbye to the Scott’s, hopped on a plane and flew over the big blue ocean. It is sad to say goodbye, we’ll miss everyone!

We started reflecting as a team and thinking about getting back into life at home and making the most of the experiences we’ve had.

We’re excited to get home and share with you all!

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Oct 242014
 

10743805_10203934976868195_160684180_n We made it!

By God’s grace we have reached the end of our last full day!

The men started the day with a debrief with Marshall (the girls debriefed with Julie). This was a great time of sharing our high points and struggles. We also got to hear more about how God brought the Scott’s to Taiwan.

We then did some group debriefing together and at the Scott’s request had some praise time through singing…in English.

After cramming 8 people into the car It was off to the country for lunch at a haka (local minority group) restaurant…(if you consider soup with a full chicken head floating in it food) followed by gift shopping.

We were pleasantly surprised then to have Linda make the trip to join us, the Scott’s and Hsu’s for dinner and our final night together.

unnamedAfter much sharing of pains and praises we ended with much singing and rejoicing in our Lord and God.

Now its time to rest for the long trip home. Please pray God would give us wisdom, insight and discernment as we consider All we have experienced.

Oct 232014
 

9781908762351-Hindley-Serving-without-sinking-How-to-serve-Christ-and-keep-your-joyContrary to the belief of some the title is not ‘serving without stinking’, nor is it ‘serving without thinking’ and its definitely not ‘sinking without serving’ (although quite often we do see this one lived out in practice), the book IS in fact entitled ‘serving without sinking’!

Hindley’s little book is worth five stars for the key premise alone, essentially that the heart of Christian service is not primarily about finding your identity as a servant of Christ, but instead coming to see that first and foremost you are someone SERVED by Christ. Served before servant. His primary text is Mark 10:45 where Jesus says ‘the son of man did not come to be served, but to serve and give his life as a ransom for many.’ Hindley then goes on to show how Christ’s service of us is to shape our own service, providing us with abiding joy and security.

Hindley also spends some quality time revealing reasons why we might find serving difficult, as well as delving into the richness and results of Christ’s sacrifice on the cross for us and connecting it to our service, but the book is worth the twelve dollars and fifty nine cents just for his teaching on our new identity as people served by Jesus, rather than servants of Jesus.

Read it. Enjoy it. Enjoy Jesus our servant. And- serve without stinking, ah sorry.. Without sinking..

Oct 232014
 

This morning we made a visit to a local Christian orphanage for babies who have been abandoned. The Scott’s had fostered a child from there recently. It was an emotional time for me as I’m expecting a baby early next year. The American director gave us a run down of the history and vision of the orphanage. She mentioned that for every 1 child born in Taiwan there are 3 aborted. We sat for an hour and played with newborns to 2 year olds. A number of them had special needs like Down syndrome, head tumours and other heath issues. I prayed for a number to go longterm to Christian families and eventually be saved through Jesus. I left their feeling a deeper desire to love my child irrelevant of any health issues. I believe God loves all people and offers all people salvation so I want to love all people and offer all people salvation including my child and any other child irrelevant or the health status. image image

After lunch we went to the local school we attended last week. The highlight for me was seeing a boy named Jack (English name). He was a Taiwanese boy possibly from a broken family. I wish I could stay here and mentor him, but not right now as I need to go back to Australia. Lucy told them a Bible story and they listened intently. Marshal will continue on the story next week from where she left off.
Tilley and I took Bill (the Scott’s middle son) out for a birthday treat. We went and got ice tea. We talked about our relationships with Jesus and weather we trust him as saviour or not. We also prayed for him.
We finished the night with going out to dinner with Marshal. We went to Love River in the centre of the city. There was a nice breeze. I’m not sure if you realise this but it’s been so hot that many of the team has often  felt dizzy and sick.
Mark
Oct 212014
 

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imageThis morning we spent time at the Eden community centre which has a Christian early childhood section that helps at risk children. It was good to be able to interact with them and also their parents and grandparents. We had a talk to an interesting man who said he was Buddhist but said the rest of his family were Christians. Please pray that Jeremy and the Scott’s can keep growing the relationship with him.

For lunch we met with a Presbyterian minister who the Scott’s try to encourage as he’s new to the role and seeking to have more of a missional focus. He shared a bit about his life and we prayed for him.
This afternoon and tonight we had off to relax a bit.
Estelle
Oct 202014
 

IMG_0639This morning we went prayer walking with Marshal and his TEAM mate Jeremy. We made two new contacts with local men in the markets. Jimmy is a young man who sells fruit and Ian has a fresh fish stall. Please pray that Marshal will be able to continue to talk to these men and ultimately that they’d be saved by Jesus.

We then visited a temple that houses the ‘god’ of agriculture. They always feel like spiritually heavy places, so dark and desperate.

This afternoon we went to a high school to teach about Jesus. Mark showed a set up piece video of Bon Jovi’s ‘It’s My Life’ and then shared his testimony about how he used to live like this but now that Jesus saved him his life now belongs to Jesus. We also broke into six discussion groups with each of the team members leading a group. IMG_0625My group was particularly hard as no students would speak or even answer a question I’d ask. Pray that Julie would have opportunities with these girls in the future. Pray I won’t be discouraged about this, but trust God to use all I can give. It’s hard being here as a mum as I am so far from home and the family I love.

Alice

Oct 202014
 

Church today! We went to Jia Chang church and ran the service. Alice gave her testimony, Mark told a bible story and we sung some songs with them! That was a wonderful time of encouragement being part of a church in Taiwan.
We then spent some time relaxing and drinking cold coffee (Taiwan specialty), followed by a social night with the Scott’s and others from church, playing board games and having dinner together.
We had a great time relaxing with the Scott’s before of a big day tomorrow!
Dan

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