METTLE Monthly Newsletter Volume 5 Issue 1


Volume 5 Issue 1

January 2010

Hippolite Musings 


I’ve had some requests to jolly well get a move on and catch up.  Last year was an interesting and exciting experiment, but took way too much time away from family (after all, it’s not my full-time job).  So I’ll change to monthly instead of weekly.  I’ve got two months to catch up on.  Here goes.




  • INDONESIA.  Sam & Carol Soukotta, directors of the World Outreach (WO) sponsored Tawangmangu Bible College in central Java, write:  “This year we are faced with the biggest financial need in the history of the bible college!  The lease which Carol’s parents took out on the land over 40 yrs ago, expires early 2011.  The government has told us that they will take over the property which includes the buildings, if we don’t purchase it for approx. US$372,000, which means we would all have to move out!!  Of course we have surrendered this problem to the Lord, believing He will work things out according to His Will.  We ourselves have no way of obtaining that much money but do believe if we trust in God, He can move upon the hearts of individuals to donate.”  Let us unite our hearts & prayers with the Soukotta’s regarding this financial challenge.
  • BANGLADESH. Please keep Vijaya Chowdhuri and family, and the staff & students at Christian Discipleship Centre (CDC) in Dhaka, in prayer as they adjust to life without their dear husband / father / mentor – Biswanath.  The family want to convey their thanks to all who prayed for them during Bisu’s health crisis, and the subsequent funeral arrangements. The trustees of CDC have appointed Vijaya as the new director. She requests our prayers and she takes up this responsibility. 
  • STH AFRICA.  Some 30+ personnel are halfway through the 6 week WO Nation Training Course, and reports from coordinator Lorraine Dierck, tell that everyone is thoroughly enjoying the cross-cultural studies.  A number of participants are away from their families for the whole 6 weeks. The last 3 weeks can be the toughest. Please pray the Lord’s continued protection & good health upon the course facilitators, the delegates and their respective families & ministries.  
  • TRAVELS.  My wife Mary & I have a heavy travel & meeting schedule ahead of us between now and mid April and would request your prayers for safety, good health, divine appointments, divine favour and anointed meetings during our time in Sth Africa, England and Germany. Please uphold arrangements for our 3rd and final WO2010 Consultation set for March 28 – 31 in Sth Africa. Participants from the continents of Africa and Europe will gather together to hear, discuss, and plan re the future of WO, ie 2010 & beyond.  Please cover in prayer all who will be involved in this event.     


  • NZ.  After rushing back from the Philippines to be with their daughter, Max & Dorothy Chismon are proud to announce that Shelly safely delivered a healthy little daughter (Joanna Grace), who weighed in at 2.8kgs – bigger than doctors expected. Husband Mike is wrapped. The whole family thank everyone who prayed for Shelly and baby (Joanna).     
  • BANGLADESH. The Chowdhuri family were overwhelmed by the prayers, love and respect shown when Biswanath Chowdhuri was laid t rest in the CDC premises in Dhaka last month.  More than 1,300 people gathered to celebrate the life of this wonderful man of God.  Powerful, God glorifying tributes were brought by many from all walks of life. 
  • HAITI.  Thanks to all who have contributed to Haiti’s post-earthquake relief where WO partnered with Globe International.  Check out our website for updates.  Further finance is needed. The recovery will be slow and long.  Also check out this short YouTube clip  to learn about an amazing event that took place in Haiti’s capital last month.   

John Elliott
International Director

Koinonia House News


  • Iran Has Plenty of Enriched Uranium But Keeps Going »
    March 03, 2010
    Iran has stepped up its nuclear enrichment process, which advanced in 2009 "beyond where we would have wanted it to be," Brig.-Gen. Yossi Baidatz, head of Military Intelligence’s Research Division, told MKs during a Tuesday meeting of the Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee. Iran has more than two tons of low-enriched uranium, enriched to 4 percent, which is more than necessary to run a nuclear reactor geared for benign purposes.
    – The Jerusalem Post
  • Haitians Rejecting Voodoo After Quake »
    March 03, 2010
    When Pat Robertson made his now infamous comments about Haiti, it ignited a controversy in the United States and immediately triggered a Facebook page denouncing him. Unbeknownst to many, people in Haiti have been espousing such sentiments and in the last few months, the issue has surfaced in the open as Haitians began discussing whether indeed, their independence from France was not born out of pact with the devil. In the month or so since the earthquake destroyed most of this capital city with a death toll of more than 230,000 people reported by Haitian authorities, Haitians from all walks of life have been saying that they need to have a new way of thinking and acting.
    – The Haitian Times
  • DC Issues Gay Marriage Licenses »
    March 03, 2010
    The District of Columbia on Wednesday began issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples, following a last-minute US Supreme Court decision not to address the issue. The District now becomes the sixth jurisdiction in the United States to issue such licenses to same-sex couples — joining Connecticut, Iowa, Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Vermont. Weddings cannot be performed in Washington until Tuesday because of a mandatory waiting period.
    – The Washington Times
  • British Clergy Fear Gay Marriage Will Trump Their Freedom »
    March 03, 2010
    Traditionalist bishops and peers fear that vicars could be taken to court and accused of discrimination if they turn down requests to hold civil partnerships on religious premises. Their concerns have been raised following a landmark vote by peers that will allow the ceremonies for same-sex couples to be held in places of worship for the first time. It comes after a Government drive to outlaw bias against minority groups such as homosexuals in the Equality Bill.
  • NATO Shrugs At France’s Arms Sale To Russia »
    March 03, 2010
    NATO played down security concerns in eastern Europe provoked by France’s decision to sell four warships to Russia, which fought a war against would-be alliance member Georgia less than two years ago. In announcing the sale of the Mistral-class amphibious assault ships this week, French President Nicolas Sarkozy said the West needs to trust Russia and shed Cold War-era stereotypes. The sale was denounced by eastern European governments, especially the Baltic Sea states that were once part of the Soviet Union, as an unwarranted gesture to Russia that threatens European security.
    – Business Week

Why I Am A Climate Realist

Has everyone read “The Hockey Stick Illusion; Climategate and the Corruption of Science”?
I have just read it and strongly recommend it.  It is a real eye-opener.  The author does an excellent job of pulling together and explaining very clearly the whole ‘Hockey Stick’ shemozzle.  Some of the most notable points I gained from it were:

  1. The level of control of IPCC exerted by the activist scientists
  2. Peer review and how it has been corrupted.
  3. The activist role of scientific journals such as ‘Science’ and ‘Nature’ to promote belief in the “Hockey Stick” and beat off criticisms.
  4. Distortion of data.
  5. Cherry picking of data.
  6. Refusal to release data and methodology.

And the politics, agenda and funding of activist web sites like RealClimate

Recommended reading for anyone with an open mind and interested in “Dangerous man-made global warming” and what we should do about it.                                                                                                                                    
Peter Lang

Why I Am A Creationist

Atheists declare ‘hurt’ and ‘offence’?

Perhaps to stop Christians answering their arguments for atheism. Calvin Smith shows how it works in his experience and how you can handle it.

Speaking against heresy

At an evangelical church, on Valentine’s Day, a correspondent was ‘moved’ to speak against the heresy she was hearing … from the pulpit!

Help the message on YouTube

Your help is needed. Visit CMI’s YouTube channel, CreationClips, vote for the video clips and subscribe to the Creationclips channel. This will help stabilize the message on YouTube. The atheists are busy shutting down YouTube channels that they don’t like. They do it by flagging videos as contravening YouTube policies (e.g. hateful, commercial nature, etc.) and they are quick to get onto videos they don’t like. Already the video that exposes Sam Harris’ atheism has been banned by such atheists’ complaints. They will not give up there. We need many of our supporters to subscribe to creationclips to give strength to the channel (they are less likely to shut down a channel with many subscribers). Please vote for the videos we have put up there also.

Latest Journal of Creation ready to mail

Journal of Creation brings the latest creationist thinking into your home. You’ll find it’s not too hard to follow and keep on top of the debate. In the latest issue 24(1): Biogeography supports post-Flood recolonization; Nietzsche was anti God and anti Darwin; Elusive Earth-like planets; Creation and the court room, Is the geologic column a global sequence? and lots more. Don’t miss out. Subscribe today.

Great Scientists Who Believed the Bible

Matthew Maury (1806-1873)

Matthew Maury was the founder of oceanography. He believed that when Psalm 8:8 in the Bible talked about "paths in the seas," that there must therefore be paths in the seas. He dedicated his life to charting the winds and currents of the Atlantic and was able to confirm that the sea did indeed have paths, just as spoken of in the Bible.


Friday Fax
(UN Watch)

Women at Beijing +15 Agitate for More Funding of New UN Gender Super-Agency

By Terrence McKeegan, J.D.

(NEW YORK – C-FAM) The annual United Nations (UN) Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) began this week in New York and marks the 15-year review of the Beijing Conference on Women (Beijing, 1995). While governments are supposed to be meeting to examine national commitments to implementing the UN Millennium Development Goals, the fight so far has been over the structure and funding for a new women’s super-agency that would essentially subsume the four major existing UN institutions dealing with women’s and gender issues: the Division for the Advancement of Women, the United Nations Development Fund for Women, the International Research and Training Institute for the Advancement of Women, and the Office of the Special Advisor on Gender Issues.  

UN Aging Report Warns of Dire Effects of Fertility Decline

By Susan Yoshihara, Ph.D.

(NEW YORK – C-FAM) A recently-released United Nations (UN) report finds that the global trend of fertility decline and population aging will have devastating economic and societal effects on the developing world, particularly on women who are now targeted by UN agencies to further reduce fertility. “World Population Ageing 2009” was published in December 2009 by the UN Population Division, a statistics research branch within the UN’s Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA).  

Train a Child

In January, my home-schooling wife took my home-schooling children down to visit her rellies in Invercargill.

This was off-peak on purpose.  They had lots of fun.  I’m looking forward to reading their “what I did on my holidays” journals.

Also, I passed an exam in January:

  • 70-561: Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist: .NET Framework 3.5, ADO.NET Applications


Why I Am Pro-Israel

Dear Friend of Jerusalem,

Here are the latest headlines from the One Jerusalem Blog:

Sincerely, The One Jerusalem Team


Digging Whales

We had recently moved from Tennessee to Mississippi. Our four-year-old son, Jeep, came home from church one Sunday, excited about the Sunday school lesson. "My teacher taught us all about the whales," he announced.
"You mean Jonah and the whale?" my wife asked.
"No," he said, "Jacob and the whales."
"I think it was Jonah," my wife corrected. "He was swallowed by a whale in the ocean."
But Jeep knew his lesson. "No, it was Jacob. He moved out into the desert and when he got thirsty, he dug some whales."

—Pat Apel, Hazlehurst, Mississippi. Christian Reader, "Kids of the Kingdom."

Events Schedule

In this section, I highlight dates, times and venues of events either I am presenting at, or of interest to METTLE.  I’m available for bookings.

Date Event Venue Speaker
19-21 Feb 2010 Creation Ministries Northland Adrian Bates
26-28 Mar 2010 Creation Ministries Waikato Adrian Bates
14-16 May 2010 Creation Ministries Porirua Adrian Bates
25-27 Jun 2010 Creation Ministries Bay of Plenty Adrian Bates

Book Review


Up Till Now

The Autobiography of William Shatner

It was hilarious.  As my good friend Lesley remarked, “He’s a funny little man.”

From Publishers Weekly

Working with various collaborators, Shatner has previously written science fiction (the TekWar series) and science fact (I’m Working on That), and ventured into memoir with Star Trek Memories. Embarking on a full-scale autobiography, he begins with his Montreal childhood doing children’s theater, then covers comedies with the Canadian National Repertory Theatre, lead roles with the Stratford Shakespeare Festival and live TV in New York City in 1956: I became one of the busiest actors in the city. At that point Shatner opens a Pandora’s box of self-deprecating humor and fascinating anecdotes about the hilarious goofs, on-camera accidents and stage fright during the live TV era. Obsessed with work, Shatner took any job that came his way, from dog shows to reality TV. Some of his tales are quite funny, such as doing an entire feature film, Incubus (1965), in Esperanto: No one understood their lines. Covering his multiple careers of acting, writing and directing, he never pulls his punches, describing humiliations as well as triumphs. Shatner’s sincerity, honesty and heightened sense of humor all come across at warp speed in this entertaining memoir. (May 13)
Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

From School Library Journal

Adult/High School—Today’s teens may know Shatner from his role as Denny Crane in Boston Legal, or as the pitchman for, or as a character in several Brad Paisley music videos. They are probably also aware of his enduring role as Captain James T. Kirk in the Star Trek television show and movies. In this autobiography, he takes a somewhat tongue-in-cheek look at his long acting career, starting with performing in the Montreal Children’s Theatre, moving on to the Canadian Rep, the Stratford Shakespeare Festival, and, ultimately, just about every television drama that was on the air in the 1950s. Over the years, he clearly learned to laugh at himself, which makes this book an entertaining read as he talks about his career, his four wives, three daughters, horses, love of risk-taking, eternal quest for financial security, and lots of people, famous and otherwise, whom he met along the way. Although the narrative is roughly chronological, Shatner never hesitates to stop in the middle of one story to tell another, or to refer to something that happened much later. There is some repetition-he clearly has favorite stories-but his lighthearted approach makes readers willing to be indulgent of his vagaries and excesses.—Sarah Flowers, Santa Clara County Library, CA
Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.


Bible Reading 

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End Notes

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