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A great bunch of teenagers

I was really impressed by the campers at The Crossing, in Geraldine last week. Seventeen homeschoolers between 14 & 17 yrs of age gathered from as far away as Cambridge in the North Island to Dunedin in the South. It was all the accommodation could hold and there were 2 other speakers besides me. I had 6 lectures on ‘Developing a Biblical Worldview’ and the interaction was great. The young people were courteous to this old bloke and not afraid to put forward their views on a wide variety of topics. I was particularly impressed at the way they sang – particularly the boys. Most boys I’ve encountered of that age are shy about singing too loud in worship but these ones did not hold back. They sang very enthusiastically and they all showed great talent on ‘talent night’. I was so blessed to be part of their scene for those few days.

Some of the campers at Jumpstart 2011

The campers were an enthusiastic group in all they did

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Posted by on 7 June, 2011 in Devotional, Family, Personal


Crossing the generations!

I’m thoroughly enjoying speaking and interacting with young people at a Jumpstart camp at Capernwray Bible College in Geraldine, South Canterbury this week. Interestingly, all seventeen of the young people are home-schoolers from as far away as Cambridge in the North Island to Dunedin in the South. I was a bit nervous as the age range is 14yrs to 17yrs and I’m an old fogey who sometimes thinks that generation speaks a different language with different idioms, etc. BUT, we’re getting on fine.

The weather is cool but the log fire burns brightly in the beautiful old homestead where the Capernwray campus is situated. I return to Nelson on Friday afternoon.

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Posted by on 31 May, 2011 in Family, Personal


Another little miracle!

Over the past 3 years God has given us many little evidences of His presence with us.

Yesterday we got a phone call from our daughter, Philippa, in Winchelsea, Australia about a miracle she received.

While I was in Hobart recently I had to have a blood test. The account for $50 was sent to me at Pip’s Winchelsea address and she paid it without letting me know she had done so. Two days later she was in the Geelong Public Library browsing and came across a book on amazing recoveries from cancer. With me in mind she decided to read it and while she was doing so, out popped a blank envelope with $200 in it!

In that particular book, after she had just paid an account she could not really afford to pay, was this another sign of God’s smile on our lives? Another watering of the seed of hope?

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Posted by on 20 May, 2011 in Family, Personal


What a difference a pint makes!

On Thursday I received 2 units (about 600ml) of blood at the Day Stay Unit, Nelson Public Hospital. As appears usual, Friday was a wipe-out: it seems the body initially tries to fight the new blood. On Saturday I watched Abraham play soccer in the morning, then flew to Wellington in the afternoon to stay with my ‘spiritual son & daughter’, Andrew & Hannah Gan and their lovely family.

With Andrew, 'Lulu', Vicky & Hannah at 'The Beijing'

We enjoyed a scrumptious meal at a chinese restaurant in Wellington on Saturday evening, endured a Wellington gale and storm on Saturday night before preaching at the Chinese Baptist Church in Newtown on Sunday morning. There was a church lunch, and then I met with the young people in the afternoon.

When I got to the airport to return to Nelson I was met after check-in by a family delegation from Tawa. Shona & Bruce, Helen & Peter and my neice, Amanda, Aubrey and their children. Helen is celebrating her 60th birthday today so it was nice we could get together.

Helen, me and Shona

the family delegation from Tawa

Last weekend, one service on the Sunday morning exhausted me. This weekend I had 2 flights, and 2 services over 36 hours and still felt quite well at the end of it. What a difference a couple of units of blood makes!

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Posted by on 16 May, 2011 in Family, Personal, Photos


Latest Oncology report

Had my two-monthly visit with the oncologist today.

I recounted the fun and games I’d had while in Australia and asked why the duodenal ulcer keeps bleeding when I’m on a high dose of Omeprazole. She said that my ulcer is not a typical ulcer and therefore does not react or respond as ‘normal’ ulcers would. Mine is more like an injury or ‘disease’ caused by the leakage of the first dose of radio-active spheres I received into my liver (December 2008). The CT scan taken in Geelong a couple of weeks ago, at the time of my last big bleed, showed no evidence of small or large bowel obstruction or anything that might suggest a cause for the large bowel bleeding. No ‘pooling’ was evident either that would suggest a site for the bleeding and no focal aggressive bone lesion could be seen.

The CT Scan did show large multiple hepatic metastasis and lower lobe lung metastases but we knew that already. The Oncologist palpated my stomach and noted that my liver is distended (enlarged) and tender in places but from the blood test results affirmed that the liver function is holding its own.

Any pain is still being controlled by Panadol only, so the Oncologist does not believe any further intervention is warranted at this stage. She encouraged me to continue to accept speaking engagements as I feel able, but to ensure I also get adequate rest.

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Posted by on 10 May, 2011 in Family, Medical, Personal


No wonder I’ve been feeling exhausted!

I thoroughly enjoyed preaching on Sunday but was totally exhausted on Sunday afternoon. Monday was no better and in the evening I was running a temperature of 98.4.

On Monday when I phoned for the results of blood tests taken last Thursday I was given the wrong reading. The numbers I was given were very encouraging and higher than they’d been for a long time. I could not understand why I should be feeling so lethargic. When I visited the Oncologist today the physician mentioned that my haemoglobin was very low. She has scheduled me into the Day Stay Unit at Nelson Hospital for a blood transfusion this Thursday.

At least the levels will be topped up in time for me to fly to Wellington this weekend where I am preaching at a Chinese church.


Posted by on 10 May, 2011 in Family, Medical, Personal