Thoughts, news and sermons from our Clergy and Missions
Heather New - Zambia Mission - May 2013 : 18 May 2013
After a very long trip I arrived 8.30pm by truck on Thursday. I figured it would be 5am in Aussie. No wonder I was very tired.
Everyone here great 3 other Aussie girls. The accommodation is beautiful on the river a branch of the Zambezi River. The feeding program is amazing 280 mostly young children first hear a story with a positive message then sing then eat.
Africa Air Aldom - 15 May 2013 : 17 May 2013
The last weeks of Term 2 kept us all flat-out with the big Primary Camp. That was also the end of Term 1, so then we could all slow down. Took us all a week to re-energise! And most of the team is half my age …
This Camp to the coast happened better than ever. 209 children plus 30 leaders piled into the train,
Africa Air Aldom - 14 March 2013 : 17 March 2013
The first term is always the busiest, with 2013 being normal. SU Groups are active and changing lives in many schools. SU staff are busy with ministry, often arranging wonderful events that reach kids with the Gospel, and train others to do likewise. We have some unexpected staff changes…….
Jesus is tempted, we are tempted. Grace prevails! : 19 February 2013
Anointed to proclaim Good News to the poor and release to the captives : 27 January 2013
The really difficult news in the Gospel reading today is that we want to know Jesus and make him know as long as it does not impact on our lives too much.
May be that sounds a bit harsh. Most of us have within us a desire to do more. I suspect our conservative Anglican Culture gets in the way. But we can change.
It is time for us to pray earnestly that the anointing on Jesus will be poured out upon us.
Yes we want to know Jesus, yes we want to make him know to others
But let us pray that Jesus’ mission will be our mission to bring good news to the poor.
to proclaim release to the captives and recovery of sight to the blind, to let the oppressed go free,
to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favour.’
Africa Air Aldom - 21 January 2013 : 22 January 2013
SU Namibia is in action for 2013. Learners started school last week, so SU Groups across Namibia will be underway in coming weeks. Summer is here, but the rain is little. We rely on rain in January & February to fill dams for the
year, in this arid country. Please pray for rain, as the showers are few at present.
Wine that gives Joy, Life and Light : 20 January 2013
The psalmist has given us imagery to draw on.
_8 They shall be satisfied with the good things of your house:
and you will give them drink from the river of your delights.
9 For with you is the well of life:
and in your light shall we see light._
It is God who provides drink that brings real joy, that gives life, that brings us into the light of God. At a wedding we consume wine and it helps us to relax, to laugh more. We enjoy ourselves. It is good. But this wine in this story is pointing us to a deeper level of meaning.
When we enter into relationship with God in Jesus Christ we are caught up in Jesus death and resurrection. As such we become the bride. Not even the best wine at the finest wedding can compare to the joy of communion with our Lord.
Africa Air Aldom - 17 November 2012 : 19 November 2012
Spring sprang, but as someone said lately here, we have 4 seasons, but spring and autumn are 2 weeks each. It’s now hot and very dry. Rains are a bit slow. But the jacarandas have finished and the flame trees are out, and the pool at home is well in use. Shalom pool? Cooommmmiiiing…
All Saints Day 2012 : 04 November 2012
We are saints, all of us, whether we are from community-conformist societies or from highly individualistic societies. Becoming a Christian changes you in the image of Jesus, whatever society you come from. Believe me, a Christian working overseas has much more in common with local Christian folk, of whatever race, than they have with non-Christian members of their own race who happen to be living in the same overseas environment. It is a wonderful thing to realise that all saints, regardless of culture or race, are family; and wonderful to realise that being family transcends race and culture. Heaven has the potential to be a fantastic party.
All Saints Day: The hope of all the Saints – A New Heaven and A New Earth : 04 November 2012
The great hope of all the Saints is that we are caught up in the New Heaven and the New Earth because of God’s amazing grace. We continue to have faith because we see glimpses of that love at work when we see people’s lives changed from fear to joy and their tears turned to laughter.