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Girls Brigade Shines


									                                     Leavers 2009:                                                                                                                                                           Winter
                                     Life in the Zone
                                                                                                                                                                    A Samoan

                                       WESTERN AUSTRALIA’S NEWSPAPER FOR CHRISTIANS
                                                                                                                                                                                                                             January 2010

                                Girls Brigade Shines                                                                                                                                                         WA Baptists’
                                                                                                                                                                                                             heart for
                                                                                                                                                                                                             400 years after the inception of
                                                                                                                                                                                                             Baptist ministry, the WA church is still
                                                                                                                                                                                                             showing its commitment to reach out
                                                                                                                                                                                                             to the farthest corners of the world
                                                                                                                                                                                                             with the message of God’s love.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                 At the recent quad-centennial
                                                                                                                                                                                                             celebrations local Baptists gave
                                                                                                                                                                                                             generously, contributing more than
                                                                                                                                                                                                             $10,000 towards Global Mission.
                                                                                                                                                                                                             The funds were allocated towards
                                                                                                                                                                                                             supporting John and Angela Wilmot,
                                                                                                                                                                                                             and Andrew “Bus” Main.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                 The Wilmots have been
                                                                                                                                                                                                             instrumental in spreading the Good
                                                                                                                                                                                                             News about Jesus to the Yao people of
                                                                                                                                                                                                             Malawi. In fact, John and Angela were
                                                                                                                                                                                                             amongst the first Australian Baptists to
                                                                                                                                                                                                             respond to the call to help ‘empower
                                                                                                                                                                                                             the Yao to develop their own distinctive
                                                                                                                                                                                                             ways of following Jesus’. As a result
Photo: Shaggy Dog Productions

                                                                                                                                                                                                             of God’s work through them, many
                                                                                                                                                                                                             Yao have expressed their own trust
                                                                                                                                                                                                             in Jesus through baptism, publically
                                                                                                                                                                                                             acknowledging their new life in Christ.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                 The Baptist Churches of Western
                                                                                                                                                                                                             Australia have also significantly
                                                                                                                                                                                                             contributed to the missionary work
                                    2009 Girls Brigade Queens Award recipients of various national and international awards for their achievements in the Girls Brigade.                                     amongst the Yao in Mozambique.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                 “Bus” Main is helping to enable a
                                Twelve girls from WA Baptist              Queen’s Award recipients. “Over               through all Christian denominations         environment and the majority of girls    new stage of ministry amongst the Yao
                                churches are among this year’s            the past 15 years, Girls’ Brigade             and provide a way for churches to           join in their younger years, from pre-   as he seeks to promote discipleship
                                Annual Brigades award recipients.         has developed me into a leader                offer a program for pre-primary aged        primary to Year 4 and many remain        amongst them. It is hoped his work
                                     The girls have been presented        with goals, creativity, confidence,           children right through to year 12.          until they finish school.”                with them will lead towards their
                                with various national and international   perseverance and faith. God has                   “The Brigades enable churches to             Reaching the highest level          becoming mature followers of Jesus.
                                awards for their achievements in the      blessed me with a serving heart and           impact generations of young people          takes time but there is plenty of            Looking to the future, local Baptists
                                Girls Brigade, three of them received     a passion to follow Him.”                     with the message of Christ. The             encouragement and help along             continue to support John and Angela
                                the Queen’s Award.                             Shirley Brindley believes Jessica is a   organisation is structured in such a        the way.                                 Wilmot as they reach out to WA’s
                                     “The Queen’s Award is the highest    great example of what the organisation        way that both Christian families and             “It’s a step by step process.       indigenous people — the Martu in
                                award in the Girls’ Brigade and is        is all about. “Our vision is to see girls     non-church families are able to let their   Girls have to be 15 years of age to      Newman.
                                designed to encourage girls and young     come into a relationship with a living        children take part. Brigades are a great    begin their journey towards attaining
                                women to a personal commitment to         God and to be able to actively and            evangelical tool and form bridge to the     the Queen’s Award and the final
                                follow Jesus, while respecting other      enthusiastically express their love           community,” Mrs Brindley said.              assessment or interview is taken
                                faiths. They are inspired to greater      for Him and others through their                  The State Development                   between the ages of 17 and 25. The
                                endeavour in service within the           communities. Girls learn the motto —          Coordinator also said involvement           process involves doing voluntary
                                general community and to make             “Seek, Serve and Follow Christ”. The          in the Brigades is sustainable for          service, initiative tasks and an
                                a contribution to the worldwide           leadership training they receive through      so many children because it is a            assignment. There’s also a written
                                concept of the Girls’ Brigade,” WA        the Girls’ Brigade enables them to take       low cost, ‘term-time’ activity. “The        examination and finally the Girls’
                                Development Coordinator, Shirley          leadership roles in churches and in           Brigades offer friendship, fun and          Brigade Assessment.”
                                Brindley said.                            their communities.”                           structured activities in a Christian             Other awards presented to local
                                     Jessica Howell, from Parkerville          The Girls’ and Boys’ Brigades            setting. In the case of the Girls’          girls this year included Pioneer Pins
                                Baptist Church was one of this year’s     are ministries designed to work               Brigade it is obviously an all-girl         and the Duke of Edinburgh’s Awards.          Local Newman Artist.
                                       news                                                                                                                                                                         theadvocate January2010

               End of Scripture classes?
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Churches bombed
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      in Iraq
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Two Christian sites in the northern
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      city of Mosul in Iraq were bombed
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      on 26 November. A group of 10
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      gunmen entered the Church of
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Saint Ephrem, ordered those inside
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      to leave and placed explosives
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      around the premises, destroying
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      the building upon detonation.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Half an hour later the attackers
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      targetted the Mother House of
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      the Dominican Sisters of Saint
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Catherine. Thousands of believers
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      have reportedly fled Mosul and
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      other areas of Iraq in recent

                                                                                                                                                                                                                Photo: YouthCARE WA
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      months due to ongoing threats
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      and prosecution. According to a
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      local church leader, “Things were
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      gradually becoming normalised
                                            Youthcare is concerned about proposed ethics classes to replace scripture.                                                                                                                and many felt that security had
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      improved. What has happened now
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      has put a stop to the optimism.”
                                       YouthCARE WA is cautiously                is about moral decision-making but       policies of equity and access as          subset of the school, for example in
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      [ASIANEWS, AID TO THE CHURCH IN
                                       monitoring a NSW Government               that’s quite different from shaping      they are. That means programs such        Years 1 to 3.”
                                       plan to trial ‘ethics’ classes in state   children’s value systems using the       as Religious Education should be               Youthcare points out its CRE
                                       primary schools as an alternative to      stories of Christian faith — which is    offered to all, regardless of religious   program is offered as an educational
                                       teaching Scripture.                       what religious education is about.”      affiliation. However parents, as          program as opposed to an evangelistic
                                            Ten schools will offer the classes        Since the early 1970s YouthCARE     always, have the right to withdraw        program. “We present it in this form                              Christian again
                                       after statistics revealed one in four     WA has worked closely with the state’s   their children,” Mr Clapton said.         out of respect for the diverse religious                          facing deportation
                                       students are sitting out scripture        Education Department to develop              “We provide around 1,000 lessons      backgrounds of the families involved                              in Kazakhstan
                                       classes.                                  a successful framework for how           of Christian Religious Education          in a particular school. It means we are
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      A German-born believer who was
                                            YouthCARE’s Head of Education        religious education can and should       (CRE) in primary schools each             generally able to secure the goodwill
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      recently prosecuted in Akmola
                                       Services, John Clapton says the NSW       be provided in the state’s secular       week. Those classes are provided in       of school Principals, who have
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Region, Kazakhstan for taking
                                       trial is concerning because of the        public schools. “There is a great deal   approximately 20 percent of public        absolute discretion about allowing the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      part in religious worship without
                                       fundamental differences between           of mutual respect, and we are just       primary schools, but in many cases        program or not. We’ll be watching the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      state registration is again facing
                                       ethics and scripture classes. “Ethics     as committed to the Department’s         the program is only delivered to a        NSW situation very closely.”
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      deportation. In October, Viktor
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Leven successfully appealed the

                                  Urged to veto same-sex partnership
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      deportation order, but the Regional
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Court reinstated the deportation on
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      November 26. Leven stated he may
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      be forced to leave the country at
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      any time. [SOURCE: FORUM18]
                                                                                                                          The Baptist Union of Australia is         considerably more and is designed
                                                                                                                          pushing the Federal Government to         by God.”
                                                                                                                          veto same-sex marriage legislation            Dr Winslade commended the
                                                                                                                          passed by the ACT Legislative             Prime Minister for his past resolve
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      China: House
                                                                                                                          Assembly in December.                     in disallowing territory laws which                               church leader
                                                                                                                               The legislation allows gay couples   undermined and mimicked marriage,                                 targeted by
                                                                                                                          to have their relationships recognised    and has again urged him to honour his                             authorities
                                                                                                                          with legally binding partnership          2007 election promise disallowing the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      The leader of a house church in
                                                                                                                          ceremonies.                               ACT’s new civil partnership laws.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Wenzhou, China was released on
                                                                                                                               The Baptist Union’s National             “We are hoping the Prime Minister
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      November 30 after authorities
                                                                                                                          Director, Revd Dr Brian Winslade          is willing to state his opposition to
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      arbitrarily detained him without
                                                                                                                          argues an overwhelming majority of        same sex marriage clearly. I suspect
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      warrant. Officials and local
                                                                                                                          Baptists in the ACT, and throughout       there would be ramifications if he
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      villagers targeted Shao Wangui
                                                                                                                          Australia suppor t a traditional          doesn’t, given that we are heading
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      after he and his brother, owners of
                                                                                                                          understanding of marriage — which         into an election year.”
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      the Xinba Shoes Factory, refused to
                                                                                                                          excludes same-sex marriage.                   The Baptist Church leader also has
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      pay a fee to support the building of
                                                                                                                               “If laws mimicking marriage          a message to the politicians driving this
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      a Buddhist temple in their village.
                                                                                                                          amongst same sex couples are not          kind of legislation within the ACT.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Wangui also asked the members
                                                                                                                          rejected, the inevitable outcome              “They appear to be following a
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      of his house church to refuse to
                                                                                                                          will be laws that legitimise full-        personal agenda rather than listening
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      support the construction project.
                                                                                                                          fledged marriage between same sex          to the voice of the nation, which
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      When the village secretary found
Photo: Australian Baptist Ministries

                                                                                                                          couples. That is not an option,” Dr       is considerably more conservative
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      out about Wangui’s actions,
                                                                                                                          Winslade said.                            on an issue like gay marriage,” Dr
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      he initiated a campaign of
                                                                                                                               “In every culture historically       Winslade said.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      mistreatment against the known
                                                                                                                          m ar r i a g e h as b e e n a s acre d        “If they really believe they have
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      believers in the community. In
                                                                                                                          relationship between a man and            broad constituency backing for such
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      late November, local “vandals”
                                                                                                                          woman. There is no problem with           legislation they might consider having
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      destroyed the brothers’ factory
                                                                                                                          recognising other forms of partnership    the courage to make it an election
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      as punishment for their refusal to
                                                                                                                          in terms of property rights and other     issue, or possibly even a matter for
                                            Baptist Union of Australia National Director, Revd Dr Brian Winslade.                                                                                                                     provide funds. [SOURCE: CHINAAID]
                                                                                                                          provisions, but marriage means            a referendum.”

 January2010 theadvocate                                                                                                                                                                         news
                                                                                                                                                                                     India – Three

Euthanasia battle lines                                                                                                                                                              churches attacked
                                                                                                                                                                                     Three church buildings were attacked
                                                                                                                                                                                     within two days in the southern Indian
                                                                                                                                                                                     state of Tamil Nadu. On November
                                                                                                                                                                                     29, a bomb exploded at a church in
There have been times when               December. “We won in Victoria last    Emily´s List — a political network       down the euthanasia pathway.”
                                                                                                                                                                                     Thammathukonam, badly damaging
Medicine with Morality Convenor,         year and Tasmania this year but       formed to increase the number of             The Medicine with Moralit y
                                                                                                                                                                                     the building’s wall. Later that day,
Dr Lachlan Dunjey has felt like a        there is no room for complacency.     women Labor parliamentarians who         Convenor believes it is important to
                                                                                                                                                                                     a statue of St Francis Xavier was
lone voice in the wilderness in his      What is really scary is that the SA   are willing to support the issues        make the most of all opportunities
                                                                                                                                                                                     desecrated by militants in Konamkade
fight against euthanasia.                 bill had significant flaws and it was   of childcare, equal pay, and pro         to keep the issue in the public eye.
                                                                                                                                                                                     while the local congregation was
    It’s a war he’s been waging for      only defeated by two votes.”          choice — it seems that many MPs          “Even if we can only change the
                                                                                                                                                                                     preparing for an Advent procession.
many years. Nowadays Dr Dunjey                The bill b efore the We st       prefer to remain ignorant of the         minds of one or two — that might be
                                                                                                                                                                                     The next day, a group of Hindu
has many more foot soldiers to help      Australian parliament has gone        consequences to society if we move       enough,” Dr Dunjey said.
                                                                                                                                                                                     militants broke the windows of a
him in his fight than in the early days   through a second reading but
                                                                                                                                                                                     church building in Sulur and threw
but he emphasises the war has only       debate on the proposed legislation
                                                                                                                                                                                     stones inside. A bag containing a
just begun.                              has been adjourned until 2010.
                                                                                                                                                                                     container of petrol, a diesel can
    “We’ve drawn a line in the sand.     “It has been cleaned up to avoid
                                                                                                                                                                                     and cotton scraps was later found,
We have won a few battles but we         some of the obvious reasons to
                                                                                                                                                                                     suggesting that the attackers intended
are far from winning the war,” said      throw it out.”
                                                                                                                                                                                     to set the building on fire.
Dr. Dunjey.                                   Dr Dunjey believes the fight is
    The battles Dr Dunjey refers         one of education and understanding
to are the recent developments           and must be taken to politicians as
in the political arena in which          well as the community in general.                                                                                                           Pastors sentenced
the South Australian Legislative         “I have commented before on                                                                                                                 in China
Council defeated Greens MLC Mark         the apparent resistance to reason                                                                                                           Five leaders of the Fushan house
Parnell´s euthanasia bill in the early   that so many MPs have. As with                                                                                                              church, who have been held in
                                                                                                                                                                                     detention since their unwarranted
                                                                                                                                                                                     arrests on September 25, were
                                                                                                                                                                                     sentenced to prison on November 25
                                                                                  Medicine with Morality Convenor, Dr Lachlan Dunjey.                                                following a 12 hour trial. At the trial,
                                                                                                                                                                                     the Pastors’ Lawyers were only able
                                                                                                                                                                                     to review 50 of the 1,000 pages of

                                                                               International                                                                                         “evidence materials” in preparation
                                                                                                                                                                                     for their defense. The outcome
                                                                                                                                                                                     was a seven year long detention
                                                                                                                                                                                     sentence for one Pastor found guilty

                                                                               Men’s Day                                                                                             of “illegally occupying farming land”
                                                                                                                                                                                     and “disturbing transportation order
                                                                                                                                                                                     by gathering masses”. Three were
                                                                                                                                                                                     each given prison sentences between
                                                                               It’s been ten years since Dr Jerome            It is not compulsory to adopt the                      three and four years for “illegally
                                                                               Teelucksingh (tee-luck-sing) from        ‘official’ themes. “Participants are                          occupying farming land” and another
                                                                               Trinidad was inspired by his Pastor      encouraged to commemorate IMD in                             was sentenced to four years for
                                                                               and father to start International        ways that suit their local communities                       “disturbing transportation order
                                                                               Men’s Day (IMD).                         as long as the event’s core objectives                       by gathering masses.” The Fushan
                                                                                    The event, which has gained the     are observed. In promoting male role                         church lead by these Pastors is part
                                                                               support of the United Nations, has       models, for example, it’s not just                           of a 50,000 member house church
                                                                               celebrated its tenth anniversary.        about movie stars and sports men                             network in the area, and has been for
                                                                                    Australian Co-ordinator, Warwick    but every day, working class men                             more than 30 years. On November 30,
                                                                               Marsh says the event is now celebrated   who are living decent, honest lives.                         five more church leaders were handed
                                                                               by men around the world and special      It is also important to celebrate men’s                      two-year sentences of re-education
                                                                               events to mark the occasion were         positive contributions to society,                           through labour.
                                                                               held all over Australia.                 community, family, marriage, child
                                                                                    Objectives of International Men’s   care, and to the environment.”
                                                                               Day include a focus on men’s and               For War wick Marsh, IMD is                             Mob attacks
                                                                               boys’ health, improving gender           something that is very close to
                                                                               relations and highlighting positive      his heart and fits in well with his
                                                                                                                                                                                     church in Sri
                                                                               male role models.                        Christian faith. “I am excited about                         Lanka
                                                                                    “During the past ten years          the celebration of International Men’s                       Approximately 200 suspected
                                                                               methods of commemorating                 Day because the world needs men.                             Buddhists armed with weapons
                                                                               International Men’s Day have included    Manhood and Christ likeness are                              stormed the Our Lady Rosa Mystica
                                                                               public seminars, classroom activities    synonymous. The founder of IMD                               Church building in Croos Watta,
                                                                               at schools, radio and television         was inspired by his Dad who was a                            Sri Lanka on 6 December. The
                                                                               programs, church observances, and        Presbyterian Minister so International                       assailants destroyed construction
                                                                               peaceful displays and marches,” Mr       Men’s Day happens on his father’s                            materials and the interior of the
                                                                               Marsh explained.                         birthday, 19 November each year.”                            building. They also attempted to
                                                                                                                                                                                     attack the Priest. He was able
                                                                                                                                                                                     to escape the scene unharmed,
                                                                                                                                                                                     but his vehicle was torched in the
                                                                                                                                                                                     violence. As word spread of the
                                                                                                                                                                                     attack, approximately 500 local
                                                                                                                                                                                     believers blocked the nearby main
                                                                                                                                                                                     road in protest, demanding that
                                                                                                                                                                                     police arrest the culprits. At last
                                                                                                                                                                                     report, one arrest had been made.
                                                                                                                                                                                     Local Christians believe the attack
                                                                                                                                                                                     was due to the growing number of
                                                                                                                                                                                     believers in the area and the recent
                                                                                                                                                                                     resumption of a construction
                                                                                                                                                                  Photo: Ross Wade

                                                                                                                                                                                     project to expand the church. Last
                                                                                                                                                                                     year, the Supreme Court overturned
                                                                                                                                                                                     a police decision to ban the
                                                                                                                                                                                     construction. [UNION OF CATHOLIC
                                                                                  Ulladulla men recognised for their contribution to the local community.                            ASIAN NEWS]

opinion                                                                                                                                                                    theadvocate January2010

Waiting expectantly and attentively
How much of human life is lost             Anna waited at the temple for “the             parades. He does not force His
in waiting?                                consolation of Israel” (Luke 2:25)             way into our gift-opening traditions,
Ralph Waldo Emerson                        and “the redemption of Jerusalem”              nor over-ride our feasting and
                                           (Luke 2:38).                                   cricket. He too waits. He tarries in
     Christmas is full of waiting.              Everything about Christmas,               the stillness.
We wait at checkouts (and then             from the first to the current, speaks              This season will be filled with
Returns counters) and at airports.         of waiting. Lots of it.                        the usual waiting — most of which
We wait for mail and for gifts. We              N o t t h a t w e like i t a t all.       drives us crazy, creates stress
wait in crowds. We wait alone. We          Wait and waste sound too much                  and conflict, and irritates us. But
wait with anticipation. We wait with       alike. “Don’t just stand there. Do             might we engage a different kind
dread. As children, December 25            something. Anything!” Waiting is               of wait — one filled with promise,
could never come quickly enough.           neither something nor anything.                awareness and anticipation? A wait
Even Christmas Eve could feel like         In our life’s economy, it’s nothing.           that adds meaning to the season
a week!                                    But waiting forms the centrepiece              and prepares us for the Christ …
     The first Christmas was no            of the biblical Christmas story.               a prayerful wait.
different. Luke begins the story           By contrast, words like rush and                   Emerson’s quote (above) lacks
with Elizabeth and Zacharias who           chaos mark out Christmas story.                accuracy. We don’t lose life by
had waited a lifetime for a child.         No time to wait — or waste. Like               waiting, especially as we wait
Then Zacharias must wait for the           Mar tha much later, hospitalit y               expectantly and at tentively on
birth before he can speak again.           means hurry.                                   Christ. To the contrary, we find it.
Similarly, Mary and Joseph’s story              Yet, as we learn to wait with             May this Christmas be filled with
becomes one of waiting — not               hope, attentiveness, submission,               the best kind of waiting for each
sitting around, but waiting; waiting       and patience, we see the Child.                of us.
nine months for the end of her             Je sus d o e s n o t y e ll o ve r t h e
God-orchestrated pregnancy, for            blare of Christmas music. Nor                  Mark Wilson
the world’s first glimpse of the Son       does He create a spectacle more                Director of Ministries –
of God. Meanwhile, Simeon and              d a z zlin g t h an d e c o r at i o n s o r   Western Australian Baptists

  My Thoughts
When things don’t go to plan...                                                                                                                     WHAT PEOPLE ARE BLOGGING
Noting that my neighbour’s car had         generous), but when you think                          8/12/2009                                                    11/12/2009
a flat battery, I decided to do my          about it, they caused a lot of trouble.          James Higginbotham:                Terry Wilhite:
annual good deed and help start his        Their discussion with Herod about                     “Many times throughout the year, especially                  “As communicators we’re always delivering important
car with my jump leads. Now I’m            the location of the birth of the                 during the holiday season, the church has a variety of       messages. Clarity is crucial. Those who follow my writings
mechanically challenged at the best        Messiah led to the execution of                  opportunities to serve. Most of these opportunities do       regularly know my mantra: Communication happens
of times, so was feeling incredibly        numerous babies in the vicinity of               not require experienced volunteers, but rather anyone        when understanding takes place. Understanding
proud and manly that I was in a            Bethlehem. It also meant that Mary,              willing to donate some time. It is during these one-time     takes place when there are relationships. Relationships
position to help.                          Joseph and the infant Jesus had to               serve opportunities where you must be intentional about      happen on common ground. Said another way: When
     His car was in an awkward position    flee to Egypt.                                    your leadership: Intentionally create opportunities to       there is common ground, relationships can be formed
but I thought that if I got up really           We could engage in                          allow fresh faces to join in the activities, Intentionally   that lead to understanding.
close the leads would just reach. I        recriminations. Anyone with even                 know those getting involved, Intentionally follow-up with         Over the past 23 years of making a living as a
kept edging nearer, assuming that my       an iota of information on the                    them once the holiday season is over. As the leader, it is   professional communicator, I’ve delivered thousands
grateful neighbour would warn of the       reputation of Herod would have                   up to you to ensure that your team is prepared to handle     of messages, some with far reaching, powerful
point where any nearer would result in     realised he would not react kindly               these new people after the holiday or special event.         consequences. However, there is no more important or
a collision. It turned out to be a false   to the announcement of the birth                 This will require you to spend time working on how to        urgent message than the Good News of Jesus Christ,
assumption and his smiling face simply     of a new king — no matter how                    communicate the event (”we need you” instead of “we          that we can have peace with God through Jesus and
expressed relief that help was at hand,    messianic. Their indiscrete sharing              need [xyz] skills”), coordinate signups, and follow-up       spend our forever with Jesus when we accept his
rather than observation of what was        of this information was disastrous.              a few weeks after the event with a personalized thank        unmerited favor. (That is the message of Christmas.
taking place. Mercifully just as I was     Realistically we probably shouldn’t              you note. Don’t let this holiday season pass you by too      It is what Christmas is really all about.) Every time I
about to nudge forward a little more I     call them wise men. This was                     fast and miss the fresh volunteers you’ll likely see. Get    go to a wake or a funeral I almost always say, most
decided against it. Hopping out the car    foolish.                                         intentional with the way you handle these one-time           of the time out loud, quietly to myself, usually when I
I turned cold as I saw I was less than a        Did they ever find out the                  serve opportunities.”                                        get in the car to go home, there is no more important
millimetre from his Ford.                  outcome of their visit? If so I imagine                                                                       question to be asked or answered: the most important
     It all turned out OK. I reversed      they would have proclaimed, “That’s                    14/12/2009                                             question in life is, have I trusted Jesus Christ with my
a little away lest the car lurched in      the last time we’ll follow a star!”              Kent Shaffer:                          life and eternity? Sharing the Good News that Jesus can
starting, and the previously deceased           For all that, there’s not a hint in              “Developing your team into effective leaders requires   provide life abundant now and peace forever is the most
vehicle sprung into life. Rather than      the Bible that the Magi shouldn’t                more than just explaining how to do something. You           important message of all time. All other communication
praising myself as I drove off I kept      have made their journey. An old                  must explain the why behind the how. Understanding           pales in comparison.
thinking, “Grief, that was close.          proverb goes, “God writes straight               the science behind a method is crucial to being able              For those of us who know this message, it is
What if instead of getting the Falcon      with crooked lines.” And so we trust             to effectively lead in times of unusual circumstance.        paramount that it be delivered clearly. Unfortunately,
started, I had driven into it.”            the wisdom of the God who knows                  When it comes to systems, most rules have exceptions,        after we become familiar with Scripture or we join a
     Actually, scenes like that unfold     better than us. And we don’t detach              but you can’t appropriately identify these exceptions        fellowship of believers, we lose the clarity. We begin
in life all too often. We try to do        from life, no matter how risky                   unless you understand the principles behind the rule.        talking in Shakespearean style as the King James
something helpful, and it backfires.        involvement sometimes is ...                     Teaching rules alone creates carbon copy robots.             translation of the Bible does or we share with others in
I have met people who have become                                                           Teaching principles creates leaders. The Pharisees           “spiritual-ese”. All of a sudden, a guide is needed to
bitter and detached from life because                                                       lived by rules with such rigidity that they missed the       understand what we’re saying. That’s more than tragic.
something they meant for good                                                               principles and the purpose behind the rules. Jesus           Why? Forever is at stake. Christmas could become real
has not been valued or has had                                                              knew the rules, but more importantly, Jesus understood       for someone this year and in the process, change their
an unintended and unwelcome                                                                 the more important principles behind the rules. As a         life and their forever. How are you sharing the message
outcome.                                                                                    result, He made exceptions that made His ministry            of Christmas clearly?
     During the Christmas season                                                            dramatically more fruitful and impactful than the office
I’ve spent some time thinking about                                                         of a Pharisee. Here’s the challenge – it is much easier
the wise men. Do you remember              Dr Brian Harris is the Principal of              to teach the how without the why. Teaching the science           Digital Church is Perth’s own online look
the lengthy journey they made to           Vose Seminary and Senior Pastor                  and principles behind it all requires the investment of          at all aspects of digital life in the church.
pay homage to the Christ child?            of Carey Community Baptist                       a mentor. Often, it requires modeling. Managers teach   Proudly
I’ve no doubt that they meant to do        Church. He can be contacted at                   rules. Leaders teach principles.                                 supported by The Advocate.
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                                                                                                                                                                                                 Freedom for

A Polynesian Christmas                                                                                                                                                                           2 imprisoned
                                                                                                                                                                                                 Two Iranian Christian converts
                                                                                                                                                                                                 from Islam, were released without
                                                                                                                                                                                                 bail from Evin Prison in Tehran on
                                                                                                                                                                                                 November 18. Originally arrested
                                                                                                                                                                                                 on March 5 by Iranian security
                                                                                                                                                                                                 forces, Maryam and Marzieh were
                                                                                                                                                                                                 charged with anti-government
                                                                                                                                                                                                 activities but it became clear
                                                                                                                                                                                                 that conversion from Islam to
                                                                                                                                                                                                 Christianity was the real reason
                                                                                                                                                                                                 for the arrest. Commanded to
                                                                                                                                                                                                 recant their faith in exchange for
                                                                                                                                                                                                 their freedom, the women refused.
                                                                                                                                                                                                 Evin Prison is notorious for its
                                                                                                                                                                                                 brutal conduct toward women.
                                                                                                                                                                                                 Maryam and Marzieh were kept
                                                                                                                                                                                                 in solitary confinement, enduring
                                                                                                                                                                                                 extended interrogations while
                                                                                                                                                                                                 suffering from poor health. Iran
                                                                                                                                                                                                 issued no statement explaining
                                                                                                                                                                                                 the release. However, the decision
                                                                                                                                                                                                 follows international pressure from
                                                                                                                                                                                                 Christians throughout the world.
                                                                                                                                                                                                 [ASSIST NEWS SERVICE]

                                                                                                                                                                          Photo: Allan Schintu
                                                                                                                                                                                                 Yemen workers
                                                                                                                                                                                                 still missing
                                                                                                                                                                                                 Last June, nine foreigners were
                                                                                                                                                                                                 abducted in Yemen, three of which
    Island Breeze performs a presentation of songs, cultural dance and chants at St Alban’s Church, Highgate.
                                                                                                                                                                                                 were later found murdered. There
                                                                                                                                                                                                 continues to be no news of the
Christmas is the time of year when        takes audiences on a unique journey            and that is central to our message.      people’s homes, slum areas shopping                            remaining six: a German couple,
Christians of all denominations,          through the Polynesian world.                  We include the story of the crucifixion   centers and in open air settings. We                           Johannes and Sabine, their three
languages and cultures celebrate              The story of Jesus starts in               to demonstrate what Jesus went           saw many young people respond to                               children, Lydia (4), Anna (3) and
the birth of Jesus.                       Hawaii, travels to Samoa and ends              through on the cross for human kind.     the gospel. Many people also asked                             Simon (1), and a married British
    A local Perth group took their        with a graphic representation of the           God never held anything back from        for prayers for situations they were                           man, Tony. All were connected to
unique version of the Christmas           death and resurrection of Christ in            us, He gave His all. It is also with     in, either in their homes or at their                          a hospital in the northern city of
story around the world this year,         the chanting style of New Zealand’s            the same conviction that we hope to      working places,” Aleni Rivers said.                            Saada. The working capacity of
their simple — yet powerful message       Maori people.                                  see people receive Jesus into their          “We have seen people being                                 the hospital is severely reduced,
— presented in cultural song and              S iu t u Ri v e r s , t h e g r o up’s     hearts.”                                 touched through our performances.                              affecting a wide area. Violent
dance. Husband and wife team, Aleni       ch o re o g r ap h e r e x p l ain e d t h e       The Island Breeze ministry team      We share our culture and it is an                              clashes between the government
and Suitu Rivers lead the Youth With      performance goes beyond sharing                recently arrived back from a three       opportunity for us to share our own                            forces and the Houthi armed group
a Mission (YWAM) Island Breeze            culture through music and dance.               month tour to South Africa, Germany,     personal stories, giving hope and                              in the Saada province have flared
ministry, a presentation of songs,        “The Christmas story is about the              The Netherlands and Spain. “We           speaking life into people’s lives.”                            up again — a major hindrance
cultural dance and chants that            greatest act of kindness in history            shared the gospel in schools, old                                                                       to efforts to locate the missing
                                                                                                                                                                                                 foreigners. The fact that there
                                                                                                                                                                                                 has been no credible claim of

Politicians fight sleazy TV                                                                                                                                                                       responsibility is unusual within
                                                                                                                                                                                                 Yemeni culture, and heightens
                                                                                                                                                                                                 concern and anxiety. [MIDDLE EAST
Ten WA Liberal politicians — lead         believe the draft code — produced by
by Perth’s former Deputy Mayor and        Free TV Australia, which represents
current Liberal Member for Mount          all commercial broadcasters with
Lawley, Michael Sutherland — have         free-to-air licences — waters down
called for less sex, bad language and     the existing standards.                                                                                                                                embattled
drug use on free-to-air television.           “The draft code proposes a                                                                                                                         believers
     In a submission to a review of the   lowering of the standard for the                                                                                                                       The country is thought to have no
Commercial Television Industry Code       depictions of sexual behaviour which                                                                                                                   more than a thousand Christians
of Conduct, the MPs are pushing for       are allowed to be broadcast in a                                                                                                                       in a resident population of eight
language to be toned down, a higher       program classified MA, particularly                                                                                                                     million, and the Islamist Shabab
standard applied to the depiction of      by deleting the requirement that any                                                                                                                   militia, which controls most of
sex on television and a total ban on      such depictions be discreet.”                                                                                                                          southern Somalia, is dedicated
ads for sexual services.                      The politicians have also used                                                                                                                     to hunting them down. Islamic
     South African-born Michael           their submission to attack the self-                                                                                                                   militants shot and killed a Somali
Sullivan came to Australia 22 years       regulating TV industry over the way                                                                                                                    Christian woman when she declined
ago. He describes the quality of TV       complaints are handled but their                                                                                                                       to wear a veil. Christian men
in the late eighties and early nineties   strongest criticism was reserved                                                                                                                       attend mosques so as not to arouse
as outstanding but he’s now deeply        for late-night telephone sex line                                                                                                                      suspicion. Bibles are kept hidden.
concerned about the decline in            advertisements.                                                                                                                                        There are no public meetings, and
standards since that time. “The slide         “There is no need for these                                                                                                                        no church. At least 13 members
into Big Brother, bad language and        products to be advertised at all on                                                                                                                    of underground churches have
sex adverts has seen it seriously         free-to-air television. It is an insult                                                                                                                been killed in the past few
deteriorate,” he said.                    to honest working people who                                                                                                                           months. The country promotes
     Mr Sutherland leads the charge       happen to get home after 11pm,”                                                                                                                        a version of Sharia law whereby
against declining T V standards           the group said.                                                                                                                                        every citizen of Somalia is born a
alongside Ian Britza, Albert Jacob,           The Fe deral Government ’s                                                                                                                         Muslim and anyone who converts
Peter Abetz, Nick Goiran, Phil            Australian Communications and                                                                                                                          to another religion is guilty of
Edman, Frank Alban, Ian Blayney,          Media Authority are yet to approve                                                                                                                     apostasy — punishable by death.
Tony Krsticevic and Paul Miles, who       any change to the code.                           Michael Sutherland — Liberal member for Mount Lawley.                                                [INTERCESSORS NETWORK]

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Iran’s Christian

Mighty Men coming soon                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Book Famine
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        It is illegal for the church in Iran
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        to print or sell Persian Christian
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        books. One aspiring publisher
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        was told by a government officer
With a title like ‘Mighty Men’s
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        that anyone producing Christian
Conference’, you might be forgiven
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        literature deserves to be
for thinking it is one of those get-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        executed. Some try to photocopy
togethers where blokes beat their
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        material, others use the
chests and talk themselves up!
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        internet, but most books have
     The reality is that this conference
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        to be smuggled into the country.
takes things much deeper than
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        The demand for Scriptures
that, ministering to a section of the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        far exceeds the supply. An
modern church that is all too often
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        added problem is the shortage
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        of literature in the Persian
     In February, Perth will play host
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        language. The Arab world has
to men from all over Australia who
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        10,000 titles to choose from, but
will attend a very special gathering
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Iran has less than 400. Children
designed to help them grow as
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        have under 20 Christian books.
Christians. Mighty Men’s Conference
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        [IRAN 30, ELAM MINISTRIES]
(MMC) organisers believe while
many church programs connect
well with women, men are often left
disinterested and bored.                                                                                                                                                                                                                New extremist
     “One of the greatest needs we                                                                                                                                                                                                      Hindu groups
have in church life today is finding                                                                                                                                                                                                     emerge in India

                                                                                                                                                                                             Photo: Mighty Men’s Ministries Australia
ways to stimulate and promote
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        After more than a decade of
spiritual growth and passion for Jesus
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        severe persecution, India’s
in the lives of Christian men. The
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Christian minority is growing
Mighty Men’s Conference does that,”
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        increasingly concerned over an
MMC Communications Coordinator,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        increase in new and more deadly
Mark Edwards said.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Hindu extremist groups. The Pride
     “It is now more than ever that
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        of India, National Revival Forum,
Australia needs men to stand
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Army of god Rama, Army for Hindu
up for those who cannot help
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Religion, and Eternal Organisation
themselves.”                                  Mighty Men Conference 2009 designed to promote spiritual growth in the lives of Christian men.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        [translated names] have launched
     To help them do that, organisers
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        numerous violent attacks on both
have enlisted the help of inspirational    dedication to Jesus and practical      consumerism have profoundly                                      to form friendships, get away from
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Christian and Muslim minorities.
sp e aker, Angus Buchan from               faith in action inspires and moves     affected men in this country,” Mr                                the stresses of modern life and to do
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        The new groups are formed
Shalom Ministries in South Africa          men. Many Australian blokes have       Edwards said.                                                    something that doesn’t always come
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        mostly by former members of
who will be key speaker at the             lost their understanding of what it        The Mighty Men’s Conference                                  easy — talk about their lives.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Hindu RSS-connected outfits
conference. “Angus is a man’s man          means to be a male in our society.     is set in a relaxed rural environment                                For more information, visit
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        who found the RSS (mobilised to
and his message of passionate              Depression, lack of purpose and        and provides an atmosphere for men                     
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        eliminate minorities) “too mild”
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        in its activities. Hundreds of

Big year for baptisms in Collie
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        incidents this year range from
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        stopping worship services to
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        causing false arrests, beating
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        and even murdering Christians.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        [COMPASS DIRECT]
When Pastor Dave Smith first               seen its fair share of hardships in    number of people in the community                                the problem was not “out there”
moved to Collie in the South West          recent times too.                      who no longer attended church and                                but within the church community
of WA, he found himself working                 “I was aware that the churches    many others who did not see the                                  itself.
in a mining town of 10,000 people          were in survival mode, many of         church as a place to look for answers                                  “As has so of ten been the
where shiftwork makes commitment           the Christians were in need of         to the dissatisfaction in their lives,”                          case throughout histor y, when                                                       Christians
to anything difficult. Churches were        encouragement and a new sense of       Pastor Smith said.                                               thing s s e em at their darke st,                                                    crucified
poorly attended, and the town has          vision. There were also a significant       The church le ader sense d                                   and the church is in danger of                                                       Marauding soldiers from the
                                                                                                                                                   becoming completely irrelevant in                                                    Lord’s Resistance Army, a
                                                                                                                                                   a community, God moves people                                                        terrorist rebel group from
                                                                                                                                                   to pray,” he explained.                                                              Uganda that frequently crosses
                                                                                                                                                         In early 2009 Collie Baptist                                                   the border with Sudan, crucified
                                                                                                                                                   Church b egan holding prayer                                                         seven Christian believers near
                                                                                                                                                   meetings three times a week.                                                         the town of Nzara in southern
                                                                                                                                                         “We asked God to revive His                                                    Sudan. Villagers who found
                                                                                                                                                   people in a preparation for an                                                       the bodies also reported the
                                                                                                                                                   outpouring of blessing in the town.                                                  guerrillas stormed two churches,
                                                                                                                                                   During the year we saw significant                                                    desecrating the buildings and
                                                                                                                                                   spiritual growth amongst members,                                                    kidnapping several young people.
                                                                                                                                                   as well as people who haven’t set                                                    In response, a local bishop called
                                                                                                                                                   foot inside a church for many years.                                                 for three days of prayer for
                                                                                                                                                   There were many conversions                                                          Christians of all denominations
                                                                                                                                                   and a 5 0 percent incre ase in                                                       in the region, culminating in
                                                                                                                                                   membership. We baptised ten                                                          a silent protest by more than
                                                                                                                                                   people in ten months!”                                                               20,000 people who walked two
                                                                                                                                                         Pastor Dave Smith is convinced                                                 miles barefoot in sackcloth and
                                                                                                                                                   it is prayer that has moved the hand                                                 ashes. Meanwhile, churches have
                                                                                                                                                   of God in Collie.                                                                    appealed to international leaders,
                                                                                                                                                         “ We need prayer in our                                                        warning that the government of
                                                                                                                                                   complacent, materialistic, self-centred                                              Sudan is failing to implement the
                                                                                                                            Photo: Rachel Friend

                                                                                                                                                   society. Prayer is the powerhouse of                                                 country’s 2005 Comprehensive
                                                                                                                                                   the Church. It changes the people                                                    Peace Agreement (CPA), and this
                                                                                                                                                   who are doing it and it prepares the                                                 could reignite the 22-year civil
                                                                                                                                                   hearts of those in the community                                                     war. [JOEL NEWS 705/CHURCH
                                                                                                                                                   being prayed for — to enable them                                                    TIMES]
     About to be baptised, Lisa Gadenne with Pastor Dave Smith in Collie.                                                                          to receive the Gospel.”

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                                                                                                                                                                                                   Aboard the

Rare award for Perth mum                                                                                                                                                                           Evangelista in
                                                                                                                                                                                                   Medicine cannot cure the ailment
                                                                                                                                                                                                   of many who live along Peru’s
A ny o n e w h o k n o w s B a r b a r a           talented too. “He had a keen sense of                                                                                                           Ucayali River, because the problem
Whitmore would say she is a hero,                  rhythm so I got him into a tap dancing                                                                                                          goes beyond physical needs. That’s
however that is not a description                  group of 20 disabled people, which                                                                                                              why 100 volunteers in September
that sits well with her.                           he was involved with for 13 years.                                                                                                              offered medical assistance with
    She has recently been                          He performed on stage and he was                                                                                                                the message of the gospel on
presented with the Activ Honorary                  able to interact with the mainstream                                                                                                            their barge-like ministry boat, the
Life Membership Award for her                      group of dancers too — he was very                                                                                                              Evangelista, to more than 16 ethnic
dedication to people with a disability.            well accepted.”                                                                                                                                 groups that haven’t yet heard of
But Barbara believes her greatest                      Activ provided a work environment                                                                                                           Jesus’ love. The boat is owned by
achievement is raising her disabled                for Jarrad at Business Services in                                                                                                              the Evangelical Missionary Church
son, Jarrad, 39. “I just do it because             Osborne Park. Barbara has been                                                                                                                  of Pucallpa, Peru, which has had
I know that it’s what God wants me                 able to support her son there by                                                                                                                a river ministry for over 30 years.
to do.”                                            volunteering on many projects,                                                                                                                  HCJB Global contributes funds and
    Barbara Whitmore’s dedication                  assisting with fundraising and serving                                                                                                          along with several other agencies
goes far beyond the voluntary work                 as Vice President, Secretary and                                                                                                                has used the Evangelista for
she has been recognised for. Her                   Treasurer of the Osborne Park                                                                                                                   projects. The once-a-year “Mission
desire to see Jarrad receive the same              Parents Auxiliary for more than 12                                                                                                              Aboard” trip objectives include
opportunities as ‘normal’ children led             years.                                                                                                                                          exploring new strategies for
to her connection with Activ.                          “He gets on the Activ bus each                                                                                                              bringing the gospel to unreached
    “Jarrad needed to have to interact             day and goes to the workshop. It                                                                                                                people, exposing individuals to
with other people when he left school              is wonderful for them to have this                                                                                                              village life and the hardships many
and he didn’t have one. I found the                kind of opportunity to work in the                                                                                                              face there, and connecting with
Activ Girrawheen Discovery Club and                community, to contribute. He gets                                                                                                               mission agencies and individuals
took him there.”                                   paid for his work too. It is very                                                                                                               already working in the jungle
                                                                                                                                                                                                   region of Peru. [HCJB GLOBAL

                                                                                                                                                                                    Photo: Activ
    Barbara volunteered with Activ’s               important for him to receive a payslip
Girrawheen Discovery Club for more                 every fortnight. Jarrad just wants to                                                                                                           NEWS]
than 23 years. “The Discovery Club                 be like everyone else, Activ provides
was a Godsend — not only for him                   him the opportunity to do that. He               Barbara Whitmore with her Activ Honorary Life Membership Award.
but for me too. There were people                  knows his sister gets paid and he                                                                                                               Cuba steps up
who could communicate with him, a                  knows he gets paid.”                          from Activ and points questions on           “To see the joy of achievement                       pressure on the
great social outlet.”                                  Barbara Whitmore is gracious              the subject back to the people she       on their faces is incredible. Activ’s a                  Church
    Jarrad turned out to be creatively             about the accolade she has received           has spent her life helping.              wonderful wonderful organisation.”
                                                                                                                                                                                                   Harassment of Christians in Cuba
                                                                                                                                                                                                   has increased significantly over

Baptist World Congress 2010
                                                                                                                                                                                                   the past year according to reports,
                                                                                                                                                                                                   including arrests of leaders
                                                                                                                                                                                                   and closures, confiscation or
                                                                                                                                                                                                   destruction of church buildings.
                                                                                                                                                                                                   Pastors and leaders of the fast-
In a little more than six months,                  sessions of the full congress as well as      Winslade says the primary ‘take out’     lessons learned that we can pass on
                                                                                                                                                                                                   growing, charismatic Apostolic
Baptist Christians from around                     smaller meetings for Bible Study and          from the event will be the sense of      to the wider Baptist community in
                                                                                                                                                                                                   Movement have been particularly
the world will converge on Hawaii                  topical discussion, however the primary       the bigness of our part within the       Australia and we will plan to do so.”
                                                                                                                                                                                                   targeted — 60 in May and June
by the thousands for five days of                   focus is on international fellowship.         Christian community.                         Australian Baptists will be well
                                                                                                                                                                                                   alone. Two men are still in prison,
celebration and inspiration.                       Organisers describe the event as an               “Where else do Australian Baptist    represented by leaders from the
                                                                                                                                                                                                   one pastor sentenced to six years
    The Baptist World Congress, which              international celebration of the Baptist      Christians have the chance to worship    respective State Baptist Unions,
                                                                                                                                                                                                   in July. Another man was informed
happens every five years was last                  ‘communion’ around the world.                 and fellowship with people from          Australian Baptist Ministries, and also
                                                                                                                                                                                                   he is to be evicted from his home.
hosted in Birmingham and drew about                     The Baptist Union of Australia           almost all the countries in the world?   a large contingent from local Baptist
                                                                                                                                                                                                   Cuba, under Raul Castro, has yet to
ten thousand attendees. There will be              National Director, Revd Dr Brian              I’m sure there will be a number of       Churches.
                                                                                                                                                                                                   ratify the International Covenant
                                                                                                                                                                                                   on Civil & Political Rights that
                                                                                                                                                                                                   it signed with much fanfare in
                                                                                                                                                                                                   2008. [CHRISTIAN SOLIDARITY

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                                                                                                                                                                                                   Jesus in Brazil
                                                                                                                                                                                                   Hundreds of churches joined
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Photos: Anita Olsen

                                                                    Leavers 2009
                                                                    ‘Leavers’ has made its way into the Australian culture and it is here to stay.

                      ‘Leavers’ has made its way into the Australian    WA Aids,” Leavers Zone Manager, Erik Olsen       gathering in Dunsborough to celebrate, most        and catch up with mates. We have live bands
                      culture and it is here to stay.                   explained.                                       locals dreaded this time of the year. However,     and DJs, Dance Party music tent, Acoustic/
                           Seen as a rite of passage for young              In 2004 there was major damage to both       last year 86 percent of locals interviewed         lounge tent, play stations, rides, bouncy castles,
                      people finishing their final year of high school,   people and property in Dunsborough. There        claimed leavers no longer had a negative impact    pamper tent, giant yard games, and a growing
                      increasingly more students completing year 12     were numerous assaults, arrests, and riots,      on them. The program was so successful that        first-aid and recovery section. Our aim is to
                      will attend a Leavers event somewhere.            as well as significant damage to the town. In     similar ones have been set up at Rottnest Island   provide a safe place for Leavers to attend each
                           Baptist Churches of WA (BCWA), along         2005, a Management by Event program was          in recent years.                                   night so house parties and town gatherings do
                      with Churches of Christ Sport and Recreation      established in order to combat the negative          So what is it that the church organisations    not take place. We can look after people who
                      Association (CCSRA), have partnered together      effects of the Leavers gathering from the year   actually do at Leavers? The BCWA & CCSRA           have had too much to drink. To do this we have
                      in taking a positive step to serve the state’s    before. “Despite increased numbers of Leavers    manage an area that has become known as            over 160 volunteers, known as the Green Team
                      youth by providing a safer environment for        participating since 2004, the program has        ‘The Zone’ which, for Dunsborough, is set up in    because of our identifying tops. Rotto isn’t as
                      Leavers to celebrate. “We work closely with       resulted in a 91 percent drop in the number of   a paddock about eight kilometres out of town.      big but we send 30 people there to help keep
                      The Office of Crime prevention, WA Police,         arrests, reduced hospital admissions and major   Erik Olsen explains up to 6,000 Leavers a night    Leavers safer.”
                      local shires, Health and other NGOs like          reductions in clean up costs,” Mr Olsen said.    turned up at The Zone.                                 More information is available at
                      Drug ARM, Red Frog, Royal Life Saving and             Since high school graduates began                “It’s a place set up for Leavers to gather

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Life inside the zone
She was drunk, could hardly string words together and possibly high. A concerned Security
Guard tapped me on the shoulder and said, “There’s a girl by the gate who is a mess, can you
deal with her.”
     I walked over and said hello, along with two other Green Team members. I asked her name,
what school she was from and who she was here with. It wasn’t long before her tears began to
roll. She had lost her phone and couldn’t call her mum. At first I thought this was a bit dramatic
— over a lost phone, but then it turned out her mum was quite ill with cancer and if she lost
her phone and if anything went wrong at home she couldn’t be contacted and vice-versa.
     When people are drunk they often speak the contents of their heart, without the usual
filters. We got her a glass of water and she cried a bit more. It was time to take her to the
recovery tent, but she didn’t want to go. She gave us all a big hug to say “thank you” but
she wanted to go look for her phone. When some of her male friends came past, she latched
onto them as they were leaving the zone.
     She was a gorgeous girl, who was incredibly vulnerable, and she was now leaving the zone
with a bunch of boys. I wondered how I could care for this girl. I chatted to the boys, and
asked them how their night was going, what school they were from and their names.
     I asked the guys to take care of the girl, since she seemed determined to go with them.
They assured me they would and all stumbled off into the darkness towards their chalets.
     A typical five minutes in The Zone at Leavers 2009.

                                                                                                    Leavers Reflections
                                                                                                    2009 was my second year at Leavers. Last year I went a little unsure of what it would
                                                                                                    be like but soon realised how helpful it was for me as a Youth Pastor.

                                                                                                    Although the youth I worked with last year and this year are mostly church kids, it really
                                                                                                    helped me understand more of what their life is like at times when they are with their
                                                                                                    non-Christian friends.

                                                                                                    In the last two years I have had the privilege of seeing some of the youth I work with
                                                                                                    previously, come back help out at Leavers — doing ministry together. I have seen
                                                                                                    Christian and non-Christian school leavers putting up with all sorts of things that their
                                                                                                    friends are doing but watching out for them anyway.

                                                                                                    I am reminded of Jesus, who went to places to do ministry in a similar way to our Green
                                                                                                    Team members at Leavers.

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                                           Human side
                                   With the release of their latest album The Long Fall Back to Earth, internationally
                                    acclaimed rock band Jars of Clay has not only forged new territory lyrically and
                                                  musically but also in the area of humanitarianism.

For band members Dan Haseltine, Charlie             creative ideas of how the band could help the        of the African people there is nothing like it,    favourite 80s’ bands including Tears for Fears,
Lowell, Steve Mason and Matt Odmark, their          people of Africa in the areas of clean blood and     it just renews us and gives us that extended       The Cure and INXS.
music success has provided the perfect              clean water.”                                        passion that we need.”                                 “This style of music was an area that we
platform for putting their faith into action and        The band established the not for profit                On their latest album, the one song that      hadn’t dipped our feet into yet and we love to
‘getting their hands dirty’.                        organisation Blood:Mission in early 2005.            is tied closely to the work the band is actively   evolve and challenge ourselves musically.”
     According to the band’s keyboard player        Their first effort was the 1,000 Wells Project        doing in Africa is titled ‘Two Hands’. However,        “A lot of the songs on this album are
Charlie Lowell, over the years God has given        with a goal of raising funds to build, rebuild and   Lowell says that the essential theme of The Long   intimate lyrically but when you put them in
them opportunities to travel to places like China   repair 1,000 wells in urban and rural areas of       Fall Back to Earth is about relationships.         skin that is big, with 80s’ synth textures, it
and Africa where they have been challenged          sub-Saharan Africa.                                       “When we wrote this record we really          takes the heaviness out of it and makes it more
in their understanding of God, the church and           “Over the past five years we have built close     felt like it needed to be about relationship       palatable. We didn’t want a record that felt dark
faith. Through these travels the band has built     to 700 wells delivering clean water, hygiene and     as we were seeing a lot of our friends and         and difficult.”
a defining relationship with humanitarian work       sanitation to around 500,000 people in Africa,”      people around us really struggling in their            Jars of Clay are currently on tour in the US
in Africa.                                          Charlie said.                                        marriages.”                                        with up and coming band Seabird. The band
     “Our lead vocalist, Dan Haseltine returned         “When we travel to Africa and see first-hand           Lowell shared that the inspiration for the    plans to tour Australia this year with songs from
from an African trip five years ago with a lot of    the difference this project is making in the lives   80s’ synth feel was listening to some of their     their new album.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                    North Korea

Christians fight for rights                                                                                                                                                                                          famine
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Following the death of millions of
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    North Koreans due to famine in
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    the 1990s. Reports were recently
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    confirmed that famine has returned
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    though there are no media teams
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    inside the country to report what’s
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    going on. “Parents die or leave
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    their children because they can no
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    longer bear to see their sons and
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    daughters starve. Many groups of
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    orphans roam the country. If they
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    are caught by the police, they are
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    sent to an orphanage where many
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    die due to malnutrition.” Local
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Christians say that in Hwangae
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    province it is becoming normal to
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    see dead children in the street.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Open Doors’ annual World Watch
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    List has ranked North Korea as the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    No. 1 persecutor of Christians for

                                                                                                                                                                      Photo: Hotham Mission Asylum Seeker Project
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    seven years in a row. [EVANGELICAL

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Comfort for
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    typhoon victims
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    The Bible Society hopes to provide
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    some 50,000 special Scripture
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    booklets and another 50,000
    Uniting Church members campaigning for work rights for refugees, advocating for creation of a Human Rights Act.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Bibles to typhoon survivors in the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Philippines. The society was in the
The Uniting Church in Australia is        behind the idea because of worries       protections for religious freedoms         many people who do not share that                                                     midst of a campaign to bring one
pushing the Federal Government            the rights of religious organisations    that are currently missing from            privilege and they are the ones who                                                   million Bibles to the people when
over the creation of a Human              would be eroded.                         Commonwealth Law.”                         we are most concerned for,” Rev.                                                      typhoons struck in September
Rights Act.                                   “Recent attention given to those          The Uniting Church explains its       Poulos said.                                                                          and October. Now it fears many
    The Church has writ ten to            opposing a Human Rights Act              support of a Human Rights Act rests             “There are many issues about                                                     Scriptures already handed out
ALP Members of Parliament and             does not accurately represent            on the legislation’s ability to provide    which individuals or groups of                                                        were lost in the storms, which
S enator s ab out implementing            the views of the entire religious        protection to the most vulnerable,         individuals take a different view                                                     killed more than 600 people and
recommendations made by                   community in Australia,” Uniting         marginalised and disadvantaged             to others, and this issue is no                                                       displaced hundreds of thousands
the National Human Right s                Justice Australia National Director,     members of the Australian community        exception. But while the Uniting                                                      more. Some of the charity’s own
Consultation.                             Rev. Elenie Poulos said.                 — the people who have few avenues          Church in Australia is the only                                                       staff were among the 3.1 million
    The Uniting Church has expressed          “It is our firm belief that it is    for remedy when their rights are           church to officially support the                                                      people affected. Noted Philippine
commitment to social justice and          entirely possible to draft legislation   violated. “The Church is privileged        development of a Human Rights Act,                                                    General Secretary Nora Lucero,
achievement of human dignity for all      that properly and appropriately          enough to be able to negotiate for         it is important to stress that we are                                                 “Bibles have been washed away
through a Human Rights Act. The           protects religious freedoms. In          itself about what matters to its future    not the only Christian group which                                                    from homes and many churches
trouble is not all Christian groups are   fact, such legislation would provide     wellbeing. However, there are too          has taken such a position.”                                                           left underwater. Now more than
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    ever people need God’s Word to
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    give them hope and sustain them in

The Power of Global Prayer                                                                                                                                                                                          the coming months.” [CHRISTIAN

Imagine millions of people, all over
the world — calling on God in prayer
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Burmese refugee
about the same thing, at the same                                                                                                                                                                                   children to be
time. The results are sure to be                                                                                                                                                                                    expelled
nothing short of awesome!                                                                                                                                                                                           More than 70 Burmese children
     That is exactly what is going to                                                                                                                                                                               who fled to Thailand after being
happen on the first Friday of March                                                                                                                                                                                  attacked by a Buddhist militia
2010. It happens every year at the                                                                                                                                                                                  in June are being pressured to
same time and it is called the World                                                                                                                                                                                return to their country. Most of the
Day of Prayer (WDP), a worldwide                                                                                                                                                                                    children are Christians, according
gathering of people, mostly women,                                                                                                                                                                                  to International Christian Concern
from many faith traditions who pray                                                                                                                                                                                 (ICC). Thailand’s border police
                                                                                                                                                                           Photo: World Day of Prayer WA

throughout the entire day.                                                                                                                                                                                          stormed the Shekinah (Glory to
     World Day of Prayer WA Secretary,                                                                                                                                                                              God) orphanage in Mae Hong Son
Kathy Coulson explained the prayers                                                                                                                                                                                 Province near the Burma border,
begin with the first sunrise and end                                                                                                                                                                                 put the names of all the residents
at the last sunset, following the sun’s                                                                                                                                                                             on a register and asked them to
path around the globe.                                                                                                                                                                                              prepare for deportation. “If the
     “More than three million people                                                                                                                                                                                children go back, they will be
worldwide will be worshipping                Over three million people worldwide will be worshiping together on the World Day of Prayer.                                                                            killed. This should never happen,”
together. It’s a bit like a Mexican                                                                                                                                                                                 stated a worried caretaker.
wave but in prayer — with the first        where over 1,300 services will have      for trafficking of women and children       our Lord Jesus Christ demonstrated                                                    She added that the UN High
service starting at sunrise in Tonga,     been held. The Christian women of        for the purposes of forced labour and      to us and commanded us to show                                                        Commissioner for Refugees had
then moving around the world until        Cameroon in Central Africa have          sexual exploitation. We’re calling for     others,” Ms Coulson said.                                                             been advised about the possible
the sun sets in neighbouring Western      chosen next year’s theme which           as many people as possible to unite            For information about                                                             move by the Thai government. In
Samoa.”                                   is ‘Let Everything That Has Breath       in Christian solidarity with all people,   organising a World Day of Prayer                                                      Burma, the country’s military junta
     At sunset the World Day of Prayer    Praise God’.                             particularly the women and children,       service or for the location of a                                                      has tried to stamp out the Karen
will have been celebrated in over 170          “Cameroon has been identified        of Cameroon on Friday 5 March              service happening near you, visit                                                     minority, most of whom identify as
countries and throughout Australia,       as a source, transit and destination     2010. Let us show them the love that                                                    Christians. [ASSIST NEWS SERVICE]

leadership                                                                                                                                                           theadvocate January2010

                                                                                                            “When you are tired, have a rest.”                is important. We need to find people doing
                                                                                                                It is simple, clear and sensible. But is it   things we like to do, and be there.

                                                                                                           doable?                                                Retreats. Take a day, or two, to go away
                                                                                                                For those of us who have responsibilities,    and pray and be quiet in God’s presence.
                                                                                                           sometimes the only way we see to have a rest       There are dedicated retreat houses where
                                                                                                           would be to neglect our responsibilities.          the environment is already designed with this
                                                                                                                So, here are some tips for those of us        in mind. Other places are so full of natural
                                                                                                           who find it hard to slow down and rest, take        beauty that they are wonderful for retreats.

      a rest
                                                                                                           a holiday, a nap or a proper day off               If you have never been on a retreat, or don’t
                                                                                                                Schedule holidays. Perhaps if we put them     know where to go, feel free to contact us
                                                                                                           in our diaries we will actually take them. God     at Vose Leadership and we will help you
                                                                                                           thought a break from labour was necessary,         find somewhere. Making regular retreats
                                                                                                           so our breaks are a necessary and honourable       is a wonderful restful discipline and worth
                                                                                                           part of life.                                      planning into our year.
        By Monica O’Neil,                                                                                       Plan for light days. After very heavy times
                                                                                                           of output, plan a light day. These are the days
                                                                                                                                                                  So I wish all you hard workers a rest,
                                                                                                                                                              some retreats and good nap or two. God
        Vose Leadership                                                                                    where we ‘sharpen pencils’, sort things that       bless you as you approach Christmas and
                                                                                                           need sorting, and so on. Simple, routine tasks     the New Year,
                                                                                                           that allow us to rejuvenate a little while still       Monica
                                                                                                           ‘on the job’.
                                                                                                                Take a nap. Sometimes a real lunch break,
                                                                                                           with a small doze can be a lovely pick me up.
                                                                                                           We just have to hope that our team members
                                                                                                           are not handy with their cameras at the time
                                                                                                           or we will never live it down!
                                                                                                                Say no to some things. This one may be
                                                                                                           harder than it sounds because if we are tired
                                                                                                           we will find it harder to see the real cost of a
                                                                                                           ‘yes’. Being tired can cloud our judgement.
                                                                                                           We may need to enlist the help of others by
                                                                                                           letting them know we are tired and asking
                                                                                                           them to help us choose what we do and don’t
                                                                                                           take on.
                                                                                                                Introverts. Some of us rejuvenate best in
                                                                                                           solitude and quiet. If this is you, create alone
                                                                                                           and quiet times such as surfing, gardening,
                                                                                                           walking, running, hobbies or reading.
                                                                                                                Extroverts. Some of us renew by being in      For more information on Vose Leadership,
                                                                                                           company, so placing ourselves among others         please call Monica O’Neil on 6313 6200.

Friends of Vose
Friends of Vose (FoV) is up and running.                  Vose is keen to have people help, particularly
    Do you want to help grow the Christian            in the following areas.
leaders in our state (and beyond)?                    • Pray/intercessory support
    Friends of Vose is an exciting initiative which   • Grounds & Maintenance
has made a way for people like you to help in a       • Interior design and redecorators
fun and supported way.                                • Library helpers
    Vose Seminary is dedicated to providing           • Fundraising event co-ordinators (including
training and resources to foster the best in              Book Launches)
Christian thought and practice for the people         • Fundraising event helpers
of our state and beyond. Vose Seminary has            • Volunteer Workforce co-ordinator/s
many excellent undergraduate, graduate and
research training programs, as well as short               Volunteering at Vose offers the satisfaction
courses and mentoring and coaching. Vose              of serving our leaders of today and tomorrow in
Library is Perth’s biggest Christian Library and      a relaxed and fun environment.
includes wonderful resources from the latest               This is a ‘shameless plug’ for what we do
academic publications through to popular              and an invitation for you to join us! If you would
books, magazines and DVDs. Volunteers are             like to know more, call Monica or Charis at Vose
needed to aid Vose’s continual growth and             Seminary 08 63136200. We will be happy to
expansion.                                            talk to you.

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 The Long Fall Back to Earth
 The internationally recognised rock band Jars of Clay returns with a new album that delves into the
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 an 80s-influenced sound flavour this 14-track CD that includes the songs ‘Two Hands’, ‘Closer’, ‘Hero’,
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                                Forget & Not Slow Down                                                                           Every Teen Girl’s Little Pink Book
                                Relient K                                                                                        Cathy Bartel
                                With a string of successful albums under their belt this decade,                                 From the best-selling creators of the little black book series comes
                                the boys from Canton, Ohio, these days have the pressure of                                      a unique and fun new series for teen girls. The little pink book
                                expectation. That, and the fact that lead singer Matt Theissen last                              series utilizes hip graphics, sassy quotes, and funny stories to
                                year broke up with his fiancé, have provided a mountain range                                     teach teen girls about spiritual principles in a practical way. Chart-
                                of thoughts to be expressed. Through it all, the band have done                                  topping lists, prayers, and girly art make this book a must-have.
                                an admirable job and managed to present a collection worthy of                                   Pink is for Princess - “sugar and spice and everything nice.”
                                the Relient K name, though not markedly different from their last                                Packed with special devotionals and cool graphics, this is a hip
                                official album Five Score & Seven Years Ago. Tunes like the title                                 and meaningful little book that every daughter will want to read,
                                track and ‘If You Believe Me’ (the latter with a great guest vocal                               becoming the lady God has destined her to be.
                                from Classic Crime’s Matt McDonald) are the cream of the crop,
          i    4.5/5
       rating: 4 5/5
                                as is the creative ‘Savannah’. Thoughtful and energetic throughout,
                                plus the K’s usual touch of quirkiness, this is a solid effort.                                  Love And Respect
                                                                                                                                 Emerson Eggerichs
                                                                                                                                 Experience marriage the way God intended. In this groundbreaking
                                One Reason                                                                                       book, Dr. Emerson Eggerichs introduces the revolutionary
                                Chynna & Vaughan
                                                                                                                                 message of biblical respect from Ephesians 5:33 that has revived
                                Full of breezy and listenable folk-pop tunes, this debut offering
                                                                                                                                 and energised marriages across America.
                                from ex-Wilson Phillips lead vocalist Chynna Phillips (who gave
                                                                                                                                 A wife has one driving need - to feel loved. When that need is met,
                                her life to Christ in 2003) and her great friend and established
                                                                                                                                 she is happy. A husband has one driving need - to feel respected.
                                singer-songwriter Vaughan Penn is a pleasure. Penn’s earthier,
                                                                                                                                 When that is met he is happy. When either one of these needs
                                more edgy, delivery complements Phillips’ higher and purer
                                                                                                                                 isn’t met, things get crazy. Love and Respect reveals why spouses
                                vocals in a way that lifts their wonderful harmonies to the
                                                                                                                                 react negatively to each other, and how they can deal with such
                                forefront thoughout. Lyrically they also provide many points
                                                                                                                                 conflict quickly, easily and biblically.
                                of connection with uplifting sentiments, “I can do anything
                                through You” (‘My King’), as well as challenges, “I’m not gonna
       rating: 3.5/5
                                hate even if I ache inside” (‘Eye For An Eye’). Highlights also                                  The Shack
                                include the title track and the punchy ‘Everyday Miracles’.                                      Young Wm Paul
                                                                                                                                 Mackenzie Allen Philips’ youngest daughter, Missy, has been
                                Sanskrit Owl                                                                                     abducted during a family vacation and evidence that she may
                                The Atlas Mountains                                                                              have been brutally murdered is found in an abandoned shack
                                Brooding and brawny, this debut EP (albeit practically a full-length                             deep in the Oregon wilderness. Four years later in the midst of
                                album with its nine tracks) from Perth The Atlas Mountains is                                    his “Great Sadness,” Mack receives a suspicious note, apparently
                                riding on the swell generated from the strength of their live shows.                             from God, inviting him back to that shack for a weekend. Against
                                Unearthed on Triple J radio during 2009, with the catchy track                                   his better judgment he arrives at the shack on a wintry afternoon
                                ‘Time Waits For No One’ getting good air time, the band’s strongly                               and walks back into his darkest nightmare. What he finds there will
                                rhythm-driven anthems employ an extensive instrumental and                                       change Mack’s world forever. In a world where religion seems to
                                emotional palette, whilst fundamentally always guitar rock.                                      grow increasingly irrelevant The Shack wrestles with the timeless
                                The boys don’t shy away from epics either, with several songs                                    question, “Where is God in a world so filled with unspeakable
       rating: 3 /
               3.5/5            extending well beyond five minutes. Spiritually subtle but deep,                                  pain?” The answers Mack gets will astound you and perhaps
                                Sanskrit Owl is less an album, more an experience. A bold move                                   transform you as much as it did him. You’ll want everyone you
                                for a debut, but it works.                                                                       know to read this book!

January2010 theadvocate                                                                                                         entertainment
             spotthedifference                                                                                                    biblestory
The Letter Black is our artist of the month. Can you spot five differences between the two pictures below?

                                                                                                                                    God Calls
                                                                                                                                              1 Samuel 3

                                                                                                                       One night the priest Eli, who could barely see, was lying
                                                                                                                       down. The boy Samuel was lying down also. Then God called
                                                                                                                       Samuel. And he ran to Eli and said, “Here I am. You called
                                                                                                                       me.” But Eli said, “I did not call. Go back and lie down.” So
                                                                                                                       he went back to bed.
                                                                                                                       God came and called like the other times, “Samuel!
                                                                                                                       Then Samuel said, “Speak Lord, for your servant is listening.”
                                                                                                                       And God was with Samuel as he grew up.

                                                                                                                        Reproduced by kind permission of Candle Books/Angus Hudson Ltd.

  10 Things You Didn’t Know
          A lobster’s kidneys are in its forehead and its teeth are in its stomach.                     The initials M.G. on the famous cars stand for Morris Garage.

          The highest rating that can be given to a top quality diamond is D-Flawless.                  Xerophargy refers to a diet of bread and water.

          Buckingham Palace has 600 rooms.                                                              To simply walk you use 200 muscles.

          A cheetah’s stride is seven to eight metres in length when running. It completes              24 frames per second are projected in most animated films.
          four strides per second.
                                                                                                        All porcupines float in water.
          Elephants and short-tailed shrews get only two hours of sleep each day.

                                                                                                                                                                        theadvocate January2010


God & Gold at Winter Games
Come mid-February 2010, the
eyes of the world will be on
Vancouver, Canada, for the Winter
Olympic Games.
    Interestingly, the Canadian
Olympic Commit tee (COC) has
chosen ‘With Glowing Hearts’ as its
motto for the Games, which take
place from 12 to 28 February 2010.
And it is with a heart glowing with
the love of Jesus that Rev. Matthew
McBurney is heading to the colds
of Canada.
    He has been invited to be part of
the Winter Games Chaplaincy program
by the Spirituality Committee. Yes —
the COC has a Spirituality Committee
and Rev. McBurney joins a team of
Chaplains from all over the world
that will be available to help athletes
as needed. “I want to support the
Christian athletes but also connect
with the pre-Christian ones as well
— the ones I know already or that
God brings into my life — and share
the Love of God with them. I hope to
grow in my faith and relationship with
God as well.”
    Matthew McBurney has been a
Chaplain to the NSW Ski industry for
the past six years and is also Chaplain
to the NSW Institute of Sport Winter
    “In Vancouver I’ll be part of the
team that is the face and presence

                                                                                                                                                                                                                 Photo: Eddie Hodgeson
of God there. Elite athletes are under
enormous pressure. They have
obligations to their coaches, sponsors,
national team officials, team mates,
parents and to themselves. They
have put almost all their lives into          Rev. Matthew McBurney with two time Winter Olympian (Mogul Skiing) Manuela Berchtold.
the pursuit of excellence. When
they succeed everyone wants to            representative, I am there to show        worship and devotion. The Chaplain        figures or sponsors – so they can talk      team in particular. “I’ll help with
know them and they are well cared         them that and help them through.”         is a neutral person that athletes can     freely to us.                              bible studies, worship services,
for. If they fail, it is often a lonely       “Christian athletes, win lose or      talk to about any aspect of their lives        Revd McBurney will be ‘assigned’      counselling and just being available
place with a lot of hurt. God cares       draw, want to give God the glory and      and we are there just for them with       to work with teams at the Olympic          for the athletes and officials to come
for them no matter what and as his        again, I am there to help them in their   no strings or attachments to authority    Village, not necessarily the Australian    and chat or seek help.”


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