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December 31, 2016

India – The Next 3 Days

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The next 3 days were all spent teaching at the school. The timetable is pretty tough, the students don’t get a lot of free time, as it is all very structured. I’d spend a few hours in the morning teaching and in the afternoon the girls were with Heather doing their sewing. Heather had been there for about 3 weeks before I got there, she’d done an amazing job with the girls in that time. While I was there I was talking about tithing, offerings and giving – topics I quite enjoy, so that was fun.

On the first day I had 2 sessions, which I thought were 1 hour each. An hour had ticked passed and I said quietly to my interpreter “isn’t it break time, aren’t we meant to finish now” to which he responded, while looking at me strangely, no we have an hour and a half – followed worryingly by the question “is that going to be ok?”. It was kinda funny, but you learn to work with those things when you’re in a different country!

Tuesday arvo I was given an “ask anything” question session to lead. All the local leaders deserted me and I was left wondering what I’d got myself into. It turned out to be not too bad, I can imagine if something like that was held here in Aus, the questions would be rather different!

Most evenings we were in bed early. The hot humid weather made it pretty easy to go to bed early and with a fan in the room and the breeze coming in, it was as good a place as any to be.

Wednesday I took the chapel service and talked a little bit about Uganda and what’s happening there and encouraged the students with Dan 11:32. Had heaps of fun preaching at the chapel service, especially as I managed to do it all with pretty much no notes.

From the roof of the girls building, you can see the mountains. The mountains are sort of the foothills to the Himalayas in Nepal. It’s a nice setting.

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December 30, 2016

India – Day 2 2/10/16: Siliguri

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Departed hotel for airport, for the connecting flight to Bagdogra. They have Pizza Hut in the departing area of the airport!
Had an exit row seat on the plane, which is normally good, but it meant I didn’t see a thing out of the window (there was none!).
Heather, Liza and Mary meet me at the airport. Was good to see Heather. Drive back was very similar to what you would see driving in Africa. Had afternoon tea at the school, went to the guest house where I was staying, then back for an evening meal. In bed early.

December 29, 2016

India – Day 1 1/10/16: Arrival In India

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I was in India back in October, for a combination of missions, where I was doing some teaching, and a holiday. Over the next few weeks I’ll update my blog with a combination of some photos and my diary that I kept while I was there.

Left about 10am from Melbourne on Air India, 12 hour daytime flight, 10200km, which works out at 850kmh.
Flight was ok, plenty of food, the girl sitting next to me was not too worried about space issues and was happy to impose on mine. Couldn’t even move my tray properly as her knees were there.
Arrived at the airport and got a prepaid taxi, and then the guys who pushed me out of the way to wheel my cart got mad at me coz I didn’t tip them. Bit of courtesy works. Checked into the hotel, Airport Hotel Delhi Aero City. Comfortable enough, hot water, although no shower (bucket) and noisy air con. Wifi worked well. Towel rails were really high though!

December 28, 2016

Recap

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I haven’t updated my blog much this year, but there’s been good reasons for that. This year has been an interesting year, but really, not much out of the ordinary. I’ve spent the last 15 months attending church in Geelong, I’ve managed to get a fair chunk of my backyard landscaped and the pergola built (finally) and I had a tour to India back in October for 3 weeks. The year started off when I officiated at a surprise wedding in January which was a heap of fun. In February our family attended the Edinburgh military tattoo in Melbourne, which was really good.  It’s always stirring hearing massed pipe bands playing traditional Scottish tunes and I think my other highlight from there was the Shetland Fiddle Band who did an awesome job making those strings sound good (it sounded much, much better live).  Spent some time on the Geelong foreshore at Christmas time (I may visit Geelong a lot, but I rarely get to look around) and it’s great how they’ve turned it into a nice place for people to enjoy.  Otherwise, my backyard really did take up a lot of time. Oh that and travelling to Corowa every Monday since May. That was a hard slog getting up early on Monday’s after getting home from Geelong the day before.  I haven’t had much of a chance to do much cooking or photography, but I’ll update what I can over the next couple of weeks, with my India trip and possibly some cooking updates.

Anyway, not sure what this year will bring, but it would be good to use the pergola a lot more and hopefully have some new adventures!

December 27, 2016

Christmas Haul 2016

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Here’s my Christmas haul this year, just because I can I guess!

  • Photo collage of Mum and Dad’s Cape York trip
  • 2 Storage containers (for the outdoor kitchen when it’s built)
  • Assortment of plants: Grevillea – Mt Tamboritha and Superb, 6 Photinias, Statice, 2 unknowns, Ring a ding dong, Fairy Bells, Westringia Zena and others
  • Roundup
  • Assortment of chocolates, nuts and shortbread
  • Mortein surface spray
  • Outdoor broom
  • 10m Hose
  • Calendar, magnetic to do notepad and glue stick
  • Outdoor metal ant with citronella candle
  • Lemon Balm plant seeds
  • Tea towel and small handmade purse
  • Moisturising cream
  • One day – an outdoor blind for the pergola

This year we christened my pergola, enjoying Christmas lunch (on Christmas Eve) under the shelter and in the surrounds of the newly landscaped backyard!  (Which is almost finished.)

And I finally got those photo frames from last year hung…

Update: I forgot one thing!  There was a couple at church who kept telling me how good their slices were.  Finally I said – it’s cruel to keep telling me this and not bring any in.  So I made a little deal – some slices for some biscuits.  I crazily baked a few different varieties in the lead up to the week before Christmas.  The plate I received had 13 different types of slices!  Thirteen!  I’m still eating my way through them!

Christmas Plate

Christmas Plate

December 26, 2016

The Song Of Mary

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Christmas is a time to reflect on what happened that first Christmas day and the events in the lead up to that first Christmas.

In Luke 1:46-56, Mary comes before God and pours out her heart in praise. To put that into context though, we need to understand a bit about Mary.

Mary was betrothed to Joseph, but was still a virgin. She was then visited by the angel Gabriel, who told her she was highly favoured, the Lord was with her and she was blessed.  By that we can determine that Mary knew her God and that He was pleased with her.

Mary was told that she would conceive and give birth to the saviour of the world, even though she had not known a man. God also gives her a way of confirming it – by saying that Elizabeth was also with child.  As all of us would, the first thing Mary did was take off to see Elizabeth.  It’s here that we pick up Mary’s song.

The Song of Mary

46 And Mary said: “My soul magnifies the Lord, 47 And my spirit has rejoiced in God my Savior. 48 For He has regarded the lowly state of His maidservant; For behold, henceforth all generations will call me blessed. 49 For He who is mighty has done great things for me, And holy is His name.  50 And His mercy is on those who fear Him From generation to generation.  51 He has shown strength with His arm; He has scattered the proud in the imagination of their hearts.  52 He has put down the mighty from their thrones, And exalted the lowly.  53 He has filled the hungry with good things, And the rich He has sent away empty.  54 He has helped His servant Israel, In remembrance of His mercy, 55 As He spoke to our fathers, To Abraham and to his seed forever.” 56 And Mary remained with her about three months, and returned to her house.

Mary had a few things going against her. Her song alludes that she is from a lowly state, or low standing, or low class in the community.  She would have been looked down upon as she wasn’t married and had no child.  She was from a dodgy little outpost town with nothing more than maybe a pub or church (think of our little Aussie towns where you blink and you’d miss it).  She was also of Jewish descent – not a Roman citizen and the area was controlled by Rome.  But yet, God chooses this most unlikely person to work through.  Why?

There’s a few reasons.

Mary was someone who knew her God, not just knew of Him.

Luke 1:49-52 For He who is mighty has done great things for me, And holy is His name. And His mercy is on those who fear Him From generation to generation. He has shown strength with His arm; He has scattered the proud in the imagination of their hearts.  He has put down the mighty from their thrones.

Mary knew God’s character: that He was worthy of her trust, was honest, fair, truthful, just, consistent and that He is who He says He is. She knew that He had done mighty things.

Mary was obedient and willing to trust God. “Let it be to me according to your word” – Luke 1:38.  She didn’t protest, reason or make excuses.  She just willingly cooperated and was willing to ignore any opposition that may come her way.  The Father knew that He could trust Mary and Joseph to bring up His son, even though she was inexperienced.

Mary was willing to pay the cost. “All generations will call me blessed” – Luke 1:48.  She gave up her reputation, endured ridicule and scorn and risked potential death by being stoned for adultery.  She was willing to pay the cost for future generations.

The interesting thing about Mary is, that if she had of declined, God would have found somebody else. It was the appointed time for the saviour.  The conditions were right in the world at the time.  Mary had some idea that her part to play was to have a larger influence, by acknowledging that all generations would cause her blessed.  But I don’t think she fully understood how her small part fitted into the bigger picture.  None of us do.  We need to be obedient without delay, because we don’t know the full effects.

God doesn’t take into account your standing or what class you are. It doesn’t matter if you’re looked down upon by others around you or if others have told you that “you could never do that”.  God looks for those who are available, obedient, who know Him and are willing to trust Him and pay the cost.  Be inspired – you can make a difference.  And the time is now!

Have a great Christmas.

 

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