METTLE Monthly Newsletter Volume 5 Issue 8


Volume 5 Issue 8

August 2010

Rachel Higham, WO missionary to Kolkata, flies into India this Monday, August 23 to take up an appointment with ‘Freeset’, a ministry to rehabilitate former prostitutes and teaching them work life skills to support themselves. Pray that Rachel will adjust quickly to life in India and fit quickly into her new ministry role.

  • KENYA. Please uphold Chris & Nadine Brittain as they settle into their new ministry base of Nairobi. The Brittains will head up the WO cross cultural mission awareness and mobilization training for East African churches / believers. Please pray that will know and experience the favour and blessing of the Lord.
  • PERSONNEL. Please keep H & B in prayer as they continue to adjust to life without their only son (19yrs), who passed away suddenly in Sth Africa just over one month ago.  Pray too for Janvier Yokoinele who is recovering from exhaustion in the Ivory Coast.
  • PROJECTS. A number of WO personnel have end of year projects that need an infusion of finance in order to see their ministry goals for 2010 realized. Please pray with us that the Holy Spirit will release resources both in manpower and finance that will allow these projects / programs to be achieved.

John Elliott
International Director

Hippolite Musings


In August, I:

  • Was blessed to attend the inaugural meeting of the re-booted Elim Maori group;
  • Presented the Treasurer’s report to the Wellington Home Education Network AGM;
  • Attended a function to welcome the new Israeli ambassador to NZ;
  • Failed (twice) to install my sister’s wireless modem;
  • Took the minutes at a special general meeting of the Grenada Village Resident’s Association;
  • Went skiing with Tane (son) and Duncan & Jamie Cowan at Whakapapa Ski Field;
  • Removed the kids savings from a pathetic interest bearing account which gets taxed and put it all into Bonus Bonds;
  • Celebrated a friend’s 40th;
  • Survived three days at home with the kids while Fiona was at Manifest Conference @ Hope Centre in Auckland;
  • Assisted (successfully) two friends with their home PC issues (no, I’m not taking bookings);
  • Farewelled one staff; welcomed another;
  • Received Fire Warden training;
  • Introduced Abraham, Isaac, Jacob & Joseph to 11+ kids at Align Bible Club;
  • Participated with Hamish (son) at Vex Robotics Scrimmage; and
  • Was recognized at work for my excellent attitude.


World Outreach



  • PAKISTAN.  World Outreach has established a “Pakistan Flood Relief Fund” partnering with Pakistan Sunday School Ministries (PSSM), led by director Adnan Azhar, an organization that WO has partnered with before in both ministry and relief programs.  PSSM is initially targeting 2,000 families who have lost everything with food, clothing and temporary shelter. The first financial goal is to raise USD60,000.00 to this end.  As more funds become available then more can be done and more people can be helped. (See attached photos of food distribution and flood conditions). Adnan writes, “Many roads are destroyed but our team continue to persevere in distributing food items at this time.  The needs are great almost overwhelming. We feel very sorry for those people who have lost their houses, livestock and house hold items.  Please let churches and your friends know about this crisis that they may help these people who have lost almost everything and who can be found sleeping on roads, in railway stations and govt. school premises.”  Check out the WOI website for more information. Donations can be made via the website or via cheque made out to World Outreach and forwarded by post to your nearest World Outreach office. Please designate on the back of the cheque ‘Pakistan Flood Relief.’  Thank you.
  • INDIA.  Please pray for Jes La Bleu, WO missionary to the province of Bihar in northern India. Jes and colleague Michelle are due to fly into India this August 26. Michelle’s visa has been approved but not so for Jes. Please pray that it will be issued in the coming few days so that both ladies can arrive on schedule.

Koinonia House News



  • Israel Will Defend Its Citizens Ayalon Tells Iran
    August 24, 2010
    Deputy Foreign Minister Danny Ayalon this week told the Iranian people by radio that a regional war initiated by Teheran was a distinct possibility, adding that “Israel is committed to defending its citizens and if attacked will act accordingly.” “A fear exists that Iran – as it becomes more pressured by sanctions – will goad those under its patronage in Hizbullah and Hamas to initiate military action against Israel. There’s also a possibility that Iran will make a military move against the Arab Gulf states and harm the flow of oil to the world, in which case the entire situation will degrade into widespread confrontations.”
    – The Jerusalem Post
  • US Must Hold The Course In Afghanistan
    August 24, 2010
    The man in charge of the United States Marines, who has just returned from a tour of Afghanistan, has said President Obama’s plan to start withdrawing troops next summer has given sustenance to the enemy. General James Conway said that it will be a few years before the time is right to hand over to Afghan forces in some key areas. He says America is growing tired of war, but his troops sense conditions are turning their way. He said their only concern was expressed by a person who told him to not let the country go wobbly on us.
    – BBC News
  • Arabic To Be Required Study In Israeli Schools
    August 24, 2010
    The Israeli authorities are introducing a new scheme to make Arabic-language classes compulsory in state schools. The programme, which will start in 170 schools in northern Israel, will make lessons mandatory for fifth graders. Education officials hope the scheme, called “Ya Salam”, will turn language into a cultural bridge and promote tolerance between Jews and Arabs. Arab students currently are required to learn Hebrew while Jewish children can take Arabic as an additional language.
    – BBC News
  • So You Want To Homeschool?
    August 24, 2010
    The new school year looms, but you’ve decided that, for the first time, you and your student aren’t going to be a part of it. No more brick-and-mortar institution for you guys. Excellent. Making your decision is, in fact, the first step. Don’t underestimate the importance of crossing the t’s and dotting the i’s. Some regions are home-school friendly and encourage parents who are taking responsibility for their children’s education. On the other hand, some regions require home-schoolers to toe the line very carefully. You can save yourself a lot of grief simply by being well prepared…
    – The Washington Times
  • The Ground Zero Provocation
    August 20, 2010
    Radical Islam … has changed the course of nations and affected the lives of millions. It is the reason every airport in the West is an armed camp and every land is on constant alert. Ground Zero is the site of the most lethal attack of that worldwide movement, which consists entirely of Muslims, acts in the name of Islam, and is deeply embedded within the Islamic world. These are regrettable facts, but facts they are. And that is why putting up a monument to Islam in this place is not just insensitive but provocative.
    – National Review Online

Why I Am A Climate Realist

From Pastural Farming Climate Research

Landcare Research scientist joins Dairy NZ scientist in being unable to clarify their confused and contradictory positions.

Scientists from both organisations maintain that methane from a steady source does not result in an increase in the atmospheric concentration of methane.
David Whitehead of Landcare Research likened it to a bath tub filled with water (or methane). When the inflow matches the outflow the water level remains the same.  The only way the level in the bath can increase is if you increase the inflow without increasing the outflow. So methane in the atmosphere can only increase if you increase animal production.

As such there can be no global warming from enteric methane produced from a stable source.

But the same scientists from the same organisations also state that because ruminant digestion converts CO2 to CH4 and that CH4 is 21 times more potent as a greenhouse gas, a steady source of enteric methane does cause global warming.
So on one hand they are saying that if the source of enteric methane is constant there is no increase in methane levels and therefore no global warming.
They are also saying that net warming occurs when the source of methane is constant because of the difference in global warming potency of CO2 and CH4
These two positions are in contradiction with each other because with no net increase in methane there is no warming.  They have both so far been unable to clarify their contradictory positions.

What really concerns me is that Dairy NZ is an industry good organisation. It is funded by farmers for farmers. They are well aware that their two contradictory positions highlight the fact that one of these positions is wrong. So why are they not out there seeking the truth on behalf of their farmers, instead of continuing to mislead their farmers with Government propaganda?

Dairy NZ is happy to promote farmers by funding ‘Go Dairy Campaigns’ but it will do nothing to investigate and put right the contradictory and false information it broadcasts about the impact dairy farming is having on global warming.  Did they ever consider that without the continual bad press dairy farming gets about global warming they might not need to do a ‘Go Dairy Campaign’?

If you have access to your Dairy NZ rep you might want to drop them a line and ask them about Dairy NZ’s curious position on enteric menthane and global warming.
Visit the website:

Why I Am A Creationist


Does the ‘God spot’ research prove that religion is all in our heads?

Neurologists studying the right temporal lobe have created religious feelings in their subjects by stimulating a certain spot. Does this mean all religious experience is counterfeit?

Help CMI’s The Voyage

Have you seen and appreciated CMI’s Darwin documentary The Voyage that Shook the World? If so, it can help greatly if you could quickly give it a rating on the Internet Movie Database. Hardly anyone has voted for or reviewed the film at the time of writing this, which is not helpful for broadcasters still deciding whether to show it or not but without the time to view it themselves.
To comment, vote or add a review you will need to create an account with The Internet Movie Database. It’s free.

Can science ever prove the existence of God?

A correspondent asks if science can prove the existence of God. But can science even address this?
See this answer by CMI’s Dr. Mark Harwood.

Bathybius haeckelii: deliberate deception or sloppy science?

Bathybius haeckelii was one of the first instances of a false evidence being used in support of Darwin’s theory. But was it a case of deliberately fudging the data, or simply letting presuppositions influence the way the evidence was perceived?
See Bathybius haeckelii and a ‘reign of terror’.

Evolution’s pesky flea

Dawkins is fond of being called ‘Darwin’s Rottweiler’, so when Jonathan Sarfati’s latest book, The Greatest Hoax on Earth? Refuting Dawkins on Evolution, came out, he simply called him ‘the latest flea.’ Other evolutionists gave similarly spiteful comments. But tellingly, none attempted to actually address Dr. Sarfati’s arguments. See Evolution’s Pesky Flea.

Genesis in the New Testament

Why is a person’s view of Genesis important for New Testament studies? See our article on The Use of Genesis in the New Testament.

Why I Am Pro Maori

I usually read Muriel Newman’s NZ Centre for Political Research

I wrote this reply to their latest article “Tribalism vs Democracy


I usually agree with your views, but on Maoridom, I do not.  Nowhere in your article do you acknowledge that land was stolen and needs to be returned.  Nowhere do you acknowledge that Maori may have a legitimate claim to any part of NZ.  The Foreshore and Seabed Act had to be repealed, because it prevented Maori in particular from “having their day in court” and was a racist policy.  As for “spiritual values impeding progress,” what, like ethics preventing embryonic stem cell research but approving adult stem cell research?  I have no issue with “spiritual values”, thank you very much.  Your blinkered opinion that the pakeha way (the tyranny of the majority) is the only right way is precisely why laws are made to prevent your opinions from further victimising minorities.

How to… 

…Engage with Jehovah Witnesses

I was asked to respond to the following questions:

  1. Why do we use Lord, God, Almighty instead of Jehovah in our prayer.  In the bible, Jehovah/Yahweh is the proper name.
  2. The word Trinity doesn’t exist in Bible – where did it come from.
  3. The word ‘stick’ is used by JW instead of ‘cross’
  4. Since Jesus sits on God’s right Hand, they are considered 2 ‘beings’ – how then can Jesus be One with God
  5. Christmas is [pagan] practise. Doesn’t exist in the bible – let alone 25th Dec.  Christmas is ‘daily’ celebration.

These were my answers:

  1. God is not a man, that He has a proper noun.  Jehovah (or Yahweh in Hebrew) is still just a descriptor, same as Lord, God, Almighty.  While it is good to study and reflect upon the various forms of His Name (and therefore His attributes e.g. Jehovah Jirah = Our Provider) to claim that adherence to one form of His Name (in one particular language) is folly.
  2. The word Trinity does not appear in the Bible, correct.  It is a doctrine that was worked out from the triune nature of God. In other words, it became obvious that God sent His Son and then His Holy Spirit and thus had three Beings, but was still one Person.  The Nicene Creed is a succinct, brilliant summary of the teachings from the Bible.  It’s an attempt to describe the almost indescribable.  The Trinity is a handy descriptor, nothing more.
  3. It is news to me that the JW refer to a stick rather than the Cross, but not particularly surprising.  They are not the only ones who cannot handle the message of the Cross.  The Mormon’s similarly have the same hang-up.  That message is, that “It is finished.”  No other works of man can purchase/bargain/make up for the sins of man.  The Blood of Christ is all sufficient.  We are saved by Grace alone.  So adherence to a particular Church or Denomination or Cult does not make you any more holy in God’s sight.  His Blood makes us all equally clean in His eyes.
  4. Jesus is the 2nd Person in the Godhead, the One Being Who is God.  That’s the crux of the Trinity.  I like to think of it this way:  Water has three states: solid, liquid and gas.  We call solid: Ice; liquid, water and gas, steam.  God has three Persons: Father, Son & Holy Spirit.  Each is God, but there is only One God.  Similarly, you are body, soul & spirit.  It’s called a mystery by some, but I don’t think so.  Makes perfect sense to me.
  5. Admittedly December 25 is a celebration of a northern hemisphere Winter solstice.  Admittedly, the pagans turned it into something else.  But before it was pagan, it was a natural planetary observation.  So Christians can redeem that which pagans have corrupted.  Look at it another way: why shouldn’t we celebrate the birth of our Saviour, on a day of New Life?  There were no accurate written records to calculate His actual birth date, and even if there were, His actual birth date is irrelevant.  Yes, we should celebrate Christ’s Mass every day and we do: with communion, with grace before meals, with prayers before bedtime.  But to shun public celebration totally misses the father heart of God, who instigates feasts for the Hebrew people (almost) left, right & centre!

Great Scientists…

…Who Believed the Bible

Joseph Lister (1827-1912)

Joseph Lister founded antiseptic surgical methods. Lister’s contributions have probably led to more lives being saved through modern medicine than the contributions of any one else except Pasteur. Like Pasteur, Lister was also a Christian and wrote, “I am a believer in the fundamental doctrines of Christianity.”

Friday Fax


Dear Colleague,

We report today from the floor of the UN conference on youth that commenced this week in León, Mexico. The scene is one of almost total chaos and ideological rigidity. The sexual left are also on the hunt for what they call “infiltrators.” Heck, I thought these UN conferences were democratic and welcomed all points of view.

We also report on how the UN Office of the High Commissioner on Human Rights actually campaigned for homosexual marriage and adoption in Mexico. The Deputy High Commission actually said the UN has always supported these things. Nothing could be further from the truth. Sexual orientation has never been approved by the General Assembly as a category of non-discrimination. The Deputy High Commissioner knows this, too.

Spread the word.


Austin Ruse

Chaos and Ideology Reign at UN Conference on Youth in Mexico

By Austin Ruse, Samantha Singson and Terrence McKeegan, J.D.

LEÓN, MEXICO, August 26 (C-FAM) Early reports from participants at the World Youth Conference that commenced this week in León, Mexico are that the conference is the scene of ideological rigidity and yet almost total chaos. There seem to be four conferences going on at once, one for youth, one for governments, one for parliamentarians, and one called the Global Interactive Forum.

A measure of the chaos at the governmental forum is that early yesterday it was announced the president of Mexico would appear and speak. The room gathered, quieted, music played, and then nothing happened and no one explained anything. The president never appeared, at least as of this writing.

UN Bureaucracy Campaigns for Homosexual Adoption in Mexico

By Amanda Pawloski
Co-authored by Dianelle Martinez

NEW YORK, August 26 (C-FAM)  In the midst of a controversial judicial consideration of homosexual adoption earlier this month, the United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights ran an ad campaign that appeared to support the effort to overturn Mexico City’s law against homosexual adoption. According the website of the Office of High Commission, an estimated 5 million people a day carried subway tickets with the message, “Embrace diversity; End discrimination.” The purpose of the campaign was to remind citizens of Mexico City that they “are entitled to the full range of human rights.”

Train a Child


In August,

  • Tane learned to ski.  He goes fast.  He doesn’t stop.  Great fun.  He’s also got girls batting their eyelashes at him.  It helps that he’s shot up to 1.7m (and growing).  We are monitoring the situation closely.
  • Hamish leads his guitar class (it helps that he’s the oldest) and loved Vex Robotics Scrimmage.
  • Aimee makes friends quickly and they seem to be lasting.  She can be a good friend, indeed.  She’s a little evangelist, too.  If not her first question, “Are you a Christian?” can often be heard to come out at some stage.

Why I Am Pro-Israel


Dear Friend of Jerusalem,

Here are the latest headlines from the One Jerusalem Blog:

  • Mosque Developer Starts Public Relations Offensive
    A few weeks ago, we met with Alan Craig, the man who launched the successful campaign to defeat a proposed Mega-Mosque in London (across from the Olympic Stadium.) Mr. Craig told us that when he started making his points about…
  • Obama, Abbas and Netanyahu: What Can We Expect?
    This week, the Obama Administration will host the re-launching of the “peace talks” between Israel and its neighbors. Israel Prime Minister Netanyahu and Mr. Abbas will meet this week with President Obama and Secretary of Sate Clinton. Then negotiators will…
  • Civil Libertarian Nat Hentoff Opposes the Mosque
    Unlike Mayor Bloomberg, Nat Hentoff looks at all the facts and comes to the conclusion that the Mosque is a bad idea. You can read his essay here. Hat Tip: Andy McCarthy….
  • Mayor Bloomberg Hosts Muslims and Defends 9-11 Mosque
    The Wall Street Journal reports that Mayor Bloomberg defended the Ground Zero location of the proposed mosque. The Mayor did this at a dinner he hosted for  Muslims, including the owner of the site and the wife of the Imam….
  • Obama and 9-11 Imam Have A Long-Term Relationship
    Our colleague Gateway Pundit reports that Imam Rauf has claimed that he was the author of the main concepts in Obama’s much publicized Cairo Speech.Do you remember these concepts? The ones where the President of the United States proclaimed the…
  • Is Jerusalem In Play?
    When Secretary of State Clinton announced the planned resumption of talks between the Palestinians and the Israelis, we immediately searched for information about the meeting’s agenda. Our research concluded that the talks are expected to go on for a year…
  • Wife of Imam Compares Opposition to Mosque to Anti-Semitism
    Appearing on an ABC news  with a Jewish adviser to the Mosque project, the Imam’s wife said, “We are deeply concerned, because this is like a metastasized antisemitism,” said Daisy Khan, who is spearheading the project with her husband, Imam Feisal…

The One Jerusalem Team



Daddy’s Girl

My husband admired our 6-year-old daughter while she was dancing around the kitchen. Finally, he stopped her with a hug.
“You know,” he said, looking Amy in the eyes, “you’re cute–just like your father.”
Amy was silent for a moment. “You mean my heavenly father or you?”

—Jane Stanford, Fort Fairfield, Me. “Kids of the Kingdom,” Christian Reader.

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.

When What Where Who
Wednesday 1-Sep-10
Business Leaders Meeting Elim Auditorium Bob Hartley
2-Sep-10 12pm-1pm
Business Leaders Meeting Elim Auditorium Bob Hartley
A Weekend of HOPE Elim Auditorium Bob Hartley
A Weekend of HOPE Elim Auditorium Bob Hartley
A Weekend of HOPE Elim Church Juan & Beulah Swart
A Weekend of HOPE Elim Church Bob Hartley
10 Sep
Promise Keepers Conference Upper Hutt Christian Fellowship Lots
11 Sep
Vex Robotics Scrimmage Wellington College None
11 Sep
Promise Keepers and Transition Upper Hutt Christian Fellowship Lots
13 Sep
Grenada Village Committee Meeting Patterson Residence All
Fridays @ 7pm Align Foundation Course Taita Community Hall Isimali Tukua
Friday 17 Sep @ 7:30pm Kids 4 Drama Musical Theatre Production TBA Hippolite Kids
Thursday 23 Sep @ 5:30pm Final-Year Project Demonstrations Victoria University Engineering & Computer Science students

Bible Reading

You can look up for yourselves at:

End Notes

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