Category Archives: HomeSchool

What I learned on my holiday

Bishop Pompellier’s Printing Press

Bishop Pompellier's Printing Press at Russell.
Bishop Pompellier’s Printing Press at Russell.
# Expression Original Meaning Current Meaning
1 Skiving Off Cutting off the rough parts of the leather, using a skive blade. The easiest step in the process. Doing less work than all the others.
2 A dab hand Dabbing the print type with ink using a daub made of a wooden cone in dog’s skin. Dog’s skin was used as it is the least porous leather. Someone who is expert at their chosen field of endeavour.
3 Upper case and lower case Capital letters were separated from their lower case equivalents and sorted into individual compartments, for easy selection. Still in use today.
4 Mind your p’s and q’s When you disassemble the type from the press into their individual compartments, you made sure not to mix up these two particular letters because they look so similar, especially since they are reversed. If you were sloppy and got this wrong, this was considered a breach of etiquette. Mind your manners – or get it right.
5 Cut to the chase The hole which is cut into the protective layer (known as the chase) into which the paper is placed, which lines up with where the letters are placed. Cut through all the dross and get to the meat of the story.
6 Coin a phrase Originally a French word “quoin” which were the small wedges of wood which were used to jam in and lodge all the other straight pieces of wood, which were the margins around the text. To invent and/or repeat a distinctly unique combination of words.
7 First impressions The first time a stencil is used, the first imprint of ink on paper, which is carefully scrutinised to ensure for quality. The first image of somebody, especially in a new situation, especially to evaluate them for suitability.
8 Keep at bay This printing press couldn’t afford to coat the outer edges of their books with gold in order to preserve the paper from attacks by insects, so they used Bay leaves instead. To keep something separated from something else.
9 Turn over a new leaf Take the bay leaf out of the book and put it into a new part of the book, so as to spread its scent around. To improve one’s outlook and/or behaviour.
Hamish Skivving Off
Hamish Skivving Off

Session 3, Building a Biblical Family Economy

Family Conference

  • Session 3
  • Building a Biblical Family Economy
  • Anthony Quarter

Romans 12:1-2

  • Knowledge = What
  • Understanding = How
  • Wisdom = Why

Romans 12:1-2

  • New International Version (NIV)
  • A Living Sacrifice
  • 12 Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper worship. Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.

What is a Family Economy?

  • It is a social system or network where people exchange goods and services within family household.
  • Labour has to be involved

Why do we need a Biblical family economy?

  • Because we own nothing.  We are stewards of all God’s possessions.
  • The family unit is under attack.  (Anti-spanking, same sex marriage = corrosions of the ideal.  Society is calling evil, good.  They will point to us and call good, evil.)  Disintegration of the family unit.  Masculinity is being redefined.  Femininity is being redefined.
  • We live in a Peter Pan society.  The little boy who never grew up.  Our society worships this type of man.  Unwilling to take responsibility.  Passive males unwilling to lead. 
  • The man is the head of the woman.  You have no choice about that.  You’re either a good head or a bad head.  You have a choice about that.

Why are boys drawn to computer games?

  • They are born to conquer.  To take dominion. 
  • But it is a false reality.
  • There are real battles to fight and win.

An incorrect model of economy:

  • From (Greek) Knowledge comes Wealth will result in Character.
  • This is the wrong way around.

The Scripture says:

  • “If you don’t work, you don’t eat.”
  • Therefore the home economy shouldn’t be a welfare economy.
  • The children should learn, if they don’t contribute, they shouldn’t expect food on the table.

What’s the difference between Greek, Hebrew & Biblical knowledge?

  • Greek = divorce theory from reality
  • Hebrew = look at history alone
  • Biblical = Fear of the Lord, Wisdom

The Scripture says:

  • “Train up a child in the way he should go, and when he is old, he will not depart from it.”
  • Therefore this is character training.

In relation to raising lots of kids, (or home-schooling):

  • We often hear: How do you do it?  I can’t stand the two I’ve got.
  • You’re asking the wrong question.  You should be asking “why should I do it?”
  • If your kids are terrors, whose fault is that?
  • You should be discipling them properly.

I believe in LUCK:

  • Labouring
  • Under
  • Correct
  • Knowledge

Who am I?

  • My occupation in life is discipleship.
  • My job only facilitates my occupation.

Prepare your kids for marriage:

  • This will give them a vision for life.
  • Because if you’re not prepared when the right person comes along, they may not wait for you.

Session 2, The Power of a Happy Marriage

Kevin Swanson

  • Executive Director
  • Christian Home Educators of Colorado

Reasons for home-schooling:

  1. No permission required to take off (for 4 week speaking engagements)
  2. Can pray anytime, anywhere.
  3. Each child can be in 4 grade levels at the same time.
  4. Class reunion any time you like to.
  5. Prefer pyjamas to school uniforms.
  6. You can bring pets in to school.
  7. Our children can study anywhere they want to (beds, trees, trampolines, trunk of a car)
  8. You can bring guns to school
  9. We have never missed the bus.
  10. There’s always somebody to take out the trash.
  11. The teaching staff can kiss in front of the class.

Statistics show:

  • The education level of the parent has no discernable bearing on the education attainment of their children – within home education.  You don’t have to be a university trained teacher to teach your own kids.
  • Home educated children typically perform better at nationalised tests.
  • 88% of children raised in Christian homes are walking away from their faith.
  • 97% of children raised in homes which believe in absolutes, don’t believe in absolutes.
  • Why?  Where do our kids get these ideas?  (School)

What is Education?  Education is (meant to be):

  • Knowledge
  • Wisdom
  • Understanding

First principles:

  • I can’t believe I evolved out of a rock over 4 billion years.  That emperor ain’t got no clothes.
  • Therefore God is.
  • Therefore His Word is practical (cause He’s smart).

Education should be:

  • Wisdom = Proverbs.  (Gasp, shock, horror). 
  • Wisdom should be based on Character, not on the accumulation of useless facts. 
  • You can live all your life without Pythagorus’ Theorum. 
  • If your child is interested in engineering, (s)he will learn it when necessary.

A typical scenario:

  • Son, you didn’t pass that test.  Remember our deal?
  • Dad, why do I have to redo all my last five maths chapters?
  • Because I’m not teaching you maths.  I’m teaching you character; I’m just using maths to do it.

Thomas Stanley – Millionaire survey:  Most important factors

  1. Tell the truth
  2. Hard work
  3. Self-discipline
  4. Getting along with others
  5. Ge a supportive spouse

Biblical Principles of Education:

  1. Character is Pre-eminant
  2. Individuality – Each child is unique.  Exams can only measure a thin slice of knowledge, and never character.  External exams are not eternally significant.
  3. Relationships.  We are Trinitarians, not Unitarians.  We don’t believe in making our children fit a centralised mould.  We believe relationships should be at the heart of what they learn (people don’t care what you know, until they know that you care.)
  4. Education is life integrated.  Why do we learn grammar?  So that we can write letters to Grandma.  Schools and universities can’t do this.  Therefore they’re dysfunctional.  Education isn’t applied; it’s theoretical and divorced from reality.

Are we talking about education?  Or are we talking about discipleship?  Education is bogus.  Proper education is discipleship.  Unqualified persons should not perform brain surgery.  We’re performing heart surgery.  We’re not qualified for that either.  So we get on our knees.  Nobody else is more qualified to do that from my children than me.


Family Conference – Session 1, Building a God Centred Family

At Bible Church, Manurewa

,Discussing the roles of the Church and the Family.

  • National Centre for Family Integrated Churches


  • The Church and the Family are two holy institutions, created by God
  • Established three governments: family, church, state.  Each has limitations.

The correct pattern:

  • Husbands, lay down their lives for their wives (subsume our selfish desires);
  • Wives, are helpers for their husbands (in mutual submission);
  • Children are obedient to their parents.
  • All three are pictures of the Salvation message.

Jurisdictions are important:

  • The three roles (family, church, government) in correct alignment;
  • Harmony ensues.

Fatherhood is under attack

  • of the devil
  • Restore Biblical Fatherhood
  • The family is the incubator for qualified leaders in churches (if you can’t lead your own family, how can you lead a church?)


  • Things are broken
  • But God is good
  • God is restoring things

Return to the proposition that Scripture is sufficient; Scripture is all you need to restore families to where they should be: bringing Repentence and Reformation.

Current Thoughts on Schooling


  • After 14 years, Tane decided to try schooling out.
  • He went in at year 11, NCEA1, to a decile 8 or 9 school.


  • He attained over 25% of NCEA1 (at least 22 out of 80 credits).
  • He completed his bit-part in the school musical.
  • He got cyber-bullied.


  • I’m 80% certain he will choose to come back to homeschooling next year.


  • He’s not failing the school system.
  • The school system is failing him.

Christmas 2011 Newsletter


  • Sam Soukotta guest speaker @ Elim
  • Creation at The Rock
  • Uncle Ross stayed with us
  • Church in the Community (Stokes Valley Pool)
  • Tree Top Walk with Tane
  • Travel to Londts at Te Puke
  • Ken’s family visit us.


  • WHEN Camp at Brookfields Scout Camp, Wainuiomata
  • Tane @ Basic Chemistry Course, Victoria University
  • Church in the Community (Taita)
  • Vex Robotics Fundraiser
  • Hamish’s 12th birthday
  • Stan Walker Concert
  • Zirka Circus


  • Marriage Course at Salvation Army, Johnsonville.
  • Tennis
  • 17th wedding anniversary and celebration
  • Men’s Ministry with Pastor Cornelio Perez


  • Duck Race Fundraiser (for St Johns)
  • Marriage Enrichment Dinner and Course
  • James temporary Team Leader at work
  • Messianic Passover (Knox Church)
  • Outreach at Taita Laundromat


  • Tane’s 14th Birthday
  • Captivating Creation Cavemen from Canada (Reformed Church of Silverstream)
  • Fiona @ Celebrate Recovery
  • Adolescence Study with Hamish
  • Tane at
    • FITE Life Group, The Rock Church
    • RAZE Youth Group, Elim Church
    • Traction Youth Group, Newlands Baptist
  • James’s 43rd Birthday
  • High School Musical (at HIBS)
Aimee at Pulse (Kids Church) at Elim


  • WHEN Science Fair
  • Adolescence Study Complete
  • Relationships Course @ Taita
  • Show Stoppers at Chilton St James School
  • Fiona @ Celebrate Recovery
  • Excellent performance appraisal
  • Dot Net Meetups


  • Running Relationships Course @ Taita Church
  • Kids 4 Drama Rehearsals of a Midsummer Night’s Fairtale
  • Two Gilbert & Sullivan plays
    • HMS Pinafore
    • Trial by Jury
  • Hamish at Telecom Foundation Workshop
  • James interviewed about home interest rates (just a man on the street)
  • Web training and after party
  • Visiting speaker Cecily Stoneham


  • 1st Plasma Donation
  • Auckland Holiday:
    • MOTAT
    • Rainbows End
    • Auckland War Museum
    • Ice Skating
  • Rotorua & Te Puke
    • The Luge
    • The Londts


  • James moved into new Telecom building
  • A2 Drama Class rehearsals
  • Promise Keepers


  • Naomi & Anna Visit
  • Boundaries Course – Participation Completion
  • Boundaries Course – Leaders Commencement
  • Rugby World Cup
  • Interviewing Candidates at Telecom
  • Tane @ ATC Dinner
  • Aimee’s 10th birthday.


  • Boundaries Course – Continuation
  • The Real Saint Nick (Rehearsals)
  • Extreme Dance
    • Tap Dancing Performance
    • at Southwards Museum Theatre
    • Smooth Criminal & Thunderstruck
  • St Johns Awards Ceremony
  • Telecom/Chorus Demerger Ceremony
ST John Comps 095


  • The Real Saint Nick (at Elim)
  • Boundaries Course – Completion
  • Christmas Plans

METTLE Monthly Newsletter Volume 5 Issue 12


Volume 5 Issue 12

December 2010

Hippolite Musings 

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In December, I:

  1. Finished rehearsals for Christmas Production;
  2. Attended Johnsonville Christmas Parade; watched Hamish march with St Johns (Aimee was at tap rehearsals);
  3. Attended Telecom Christmas Party at TSB Arena (see photos left);
  4. Attended Squash Club BBQ;
  5. Attended Angela Goodall’s Dance Academy end of year performance of Wonderland;  watched Aimee as a tapping blue caterpillar and Tane as a tapping Card Guard (photos and DVD available for viewing);
  6. Attended Elim One Service for Volunteers;
  7. Attended my first CAB (Change Approval Board) meeting; got my Change Request approved; implemented my final production change for the year;
  8. Gave dramatic performance as King Nebuchadnezzar in Elim production of It’s Cool in the Furnace;
  9. Immediately after the production, shaved off my beard;
  10. Attended Grenada Village Christmas Carols;
  11. Sent Christmas cards and newsletter;
  12. Had a Voice Test for a possible professional dramatic presentation (subsequently not awarded);
  13. Attended KBK (Kids Bible Klub) end of year performance; watched Aimee in a dramatic play;
  14. Attended final Dot Net User Group meeting; went out for final Geek Dinner afterwards;
  15. Attended final Squash Committee meeting re: current building crisis;
  16. Final Align leaders meeting;
  17. Took the kids to a movie; watched Voyage of the Dawn Treader;
  18. Finished work early; took an extra week’s holiday;
  19. Prepared house for painting; cleaned the house for guests; tidied up gardens (correction: Fiona and in-laws tidied up the garden; I took the trailer to the tip);
  20. Took all three kids to the orthodontist;
  21. Pickup in-laws from airport;
  22. Farewelled Daryl Burling from Microsoft;
  23. Distributed chocolate almonds to homes in Taita;
  24. Attended another BBQ; Christmas Eve party at Alan’s;
  25. hosted Align Christmas Service;
  26. Christmas BBQ at Tansley’s; and
  27. Commenced stripping, sanding; priming and painting the house.


World Outreach



  • MOZAMBIQUE:  Please pray for Kotie & Rina Smit, WO missionaries based in Nacala, northern Mozambique.  They have been attacked and robbed of cash, computers, mobile phones, cameras, and other personal effects, by a band of 6 thieves. Kotie now has a broken arm, cuts and some bruising resulting from the attack.  They tried to slash him with pangas (a machete like tool) several times. Rina said the hand of the Lord was on them as Kotie could easily have been killed. She said they had a real sense of God’s protection throughout the whole incident and didn’t sense any fear. Praise the Lord!  One encouraging aspect in all this is that when the local Mozambiquan community learnt of the robbery and assault, family after family visited the Smits to apologize, to pray and encourage them,. Some came from far away villages.  This really blessed the Smits who had often wondered what effect they and their ministry was having in the region. Kotie & Rina are now in Sth Africa getting medical attention. Kotie is experiencing pain and his arm cannot be put in plaster until the wounds are healed.  Please keep them both in prayer as they recover from this terrible and traumatic time.
  • IVORY COAST.  Janvier & Claudine Yokoinele writes: “The country is going through a situation which only prayer can sort out. After this month’s Presidential elections, the country finds itself in a dangerous situation with the two main candidates claiming to have won. One (the incumbent) is officially recognized by the constitutional council and courts, while the other is self proclaimed and supported by the international community. Only through prayer can this national dilemma be solved.  Civil war could easily result.  All schools have been closed for more than a week and people have been told to stay at home. There is a strict night curfew which will remain in place for at least another week.”  The situation is critical. Please pray for the Ivory Coast.
  • NTH ASIA. Please uphold a WO team living and ministering among an unreached people group in N-W Asia. A potential security issue has arisen that could jeopardize the team’s visas and the means for them to carrying on. Pray that all team members will be safe & protected by the Holy Spirit.   
  • BANGLADESH. Bruce Hills, WOI Leadership Development Director, is ministering at a national conference in Bangladesh this week and would appreciate prayer. Bangladesh is a nation that the WOI leadership want to dedicate more time, personnel and resources to in the training & equipping of leadership and church planters. Pray that Bruce will not only enjoy God’s hand of blessing on him during this time, but also that he will have some divine appointments along the way that will play a key part in helping WOI’s future strategy planning for this spiritually needy land.
  • INDONESIA. Sam & Carol Soukotta, along with staff & students at Tawangmangu Bible College (TBC) are now waiting official word from the Central Java government about reducing the gov’ts asking price for buying the leasehold land on which the TBC campus is located. After a recent meeting with the governor, he said that he was impressed with the “professional way” in which TBC was approaching the whole issue.  Sam Soukotta writes, “So for now we continue to pray and believe the Lord will intervene, through ‘our good example’.  It pays to be in the ‘good books’ of the government!”  Please pray that the land purchase price will be reduced to the present 30% deposit that has already been paid. 
  • David Elliott would appreciate prayer for himself and the multi-national team he is leading to the Living Waters base in West Kalimantan, Indonesia this week. Daily the team will be involved in practical work relating to the ongoing building projects, and in the evenings ministering to the 400+ children that are living on the LW base. Please pray for the team’s travel protections and good health during this 2 week period, and that they will be a huge blessing to all they come in contact with. 


  • INDIA. Jess Le Bleu is full of praise to the Lord and wants to thank all who persevered in prayer with her for the India visa that she needed in order for her to go and minister in Bihar province. Jess and companion Michelle, fly into India this week.  Praise the Lord!

John Elliott

Why I Am A Climate Realist

BREAKING: Hottest year ever claims based on fake data

You hear it trotted out so often it’s tiresome, but for those who still believe the climate scientists who claim 2010 is "the hottest year ever", here’s a wake-up call: the data is fake. (another perspective here)

It’s a similar stunt I pinged New Zealand’s NIWA for a year ago. It seems anyone with access to a cereal packet is licensed to be a UN endorsed climate scientist these days.

You cannot extrapolate temperatures on a global level from areas where there are no accurate temp readings for hundreds of kilometres. It’s guess work, not science.

And just to pre-empt any timewasting by Ken Perrott, who has consistently tried to defend NIWA, may I remind Ken he has offered no coherent explanation for his flawed logic exposed here:

Meanwhile, some good news.

Air Con Climategate 2010 edition has finally gone on sale in NZ bookshops after we arranged for the US files to be printed locally in Wellington.

Whitcoulls and Paperplus are the best places to try first.

Posted by iwishart on December 15,

Why I Am A Creationist



Adam and His Kin

The Lost History of Their Lives and Times


Ruth Beechick

Dr. Ruth Beechick is author or editor of more than 100 manuals, workbooks and other items for Bible learning, as well as several books on education topics.  She is a former teacher and professor of education, and is known for her talent in making complex topics clear and understandable.  Adam and His Kin continues in that tradition.


Mott Media, Fenton Michigan,


Softcover, 176 pages


Journey Through the World’s Forgotten Years

History doesn’t have to be drab.  This book is entertaining, informative and remarkably easy to read.  Though not a novel, it weaves into one continuous story information from many sources – including linguistics, archeology, astronomy and other sciences; the Bible and other history; and ancient traditions and religions.  It is neatly arranged within the timeline as given in the Bible  This excursion through an almost forgotten world provides startling insights on many old questions.

  • HAVE history textbooks told us the truth?
  • HOW did mankind learn language?
  • WHERE did the skills of civilization begin?
  • WHY do ancient writings refer to a year of 360 days?
  • WHAT actual events lie behind the mythologies of the world?
  • WHO kept alive the memory of the distant past?



  1. The Beginning of Time
  2. In the Garden
  3. The Punishment
  4. Adam’s Children
  5. Cain
  6. Writing in the Stars
  7. The Preachers
  8. Noah
  9. The Year of 1656
  10. The Great Flood
  11. The Calendar Puzzle
  12. Starting Up the New World
  13. Trouble at Ararat
  14. Land of the Two Rivers
  15. The Tower of Bel
  16. Aftermath
  17. Gods and Goddesses
  18. The Death of Noah
  19. Abram


A. Writers of Genesis

B. Genesis 1:1 to 11:27a

C. Study Projects

D. Annotated Bibliography


This book builds upon the work of Dr. Henry Morris’ The Genesis Record, which in my opinion is the best commentary ever on Genesis.

It is achingly simple to understand.  You could read it to your pre-teen children and they would get it.  We did.

It successfully achieves its purpose.  The preface explains the author’s decision to write a narrative because “secular history books do not balk at guessing.”  I like that.

When starting with the Bible as your yardstick, the various histories of the world make sense.  Mankind is not evolving.  We are devolving.  We originally were created in the image of God.  Everything since then has been entropy – an increase of chaos, or a decrease of order.


Why I Am Pro Maori

Get a Grip, People

Again with the foreshore and seabed.  I usually like what the ACT Party have to say about personal responsibility and small government, but when it comes to Maori, they haven’t got a clue.

The original Foreshore and Seabed Act was racist because it specifically prevented Maori from exercising the rights of any other citizen of NZ, to have their property rights tested in a court of law.

The replacement Act has to address that imbalance.  This means some Tribes may be able to prove Customary Entitlement.  This means some land will be cut off from the public estate.  Big deal.  (White) private land owners have been doing that (and profiting from it) for years.

To assume that all Maori will immediately snap up prime real estate and sell it to overseas interests, or worse yet, lock it up for spiritual reasons, is blatant scare-mongering.

Stop bashing Maori, ACT.


How to… 

Engage the Culture

I’ve Been Thinking

Fiona and I have resigned from three committees each.  2011 will be our Sabbatical year.  Our responsibilities were:

  • Secretary, Northern Racquets Squash Club
  • Secretary, Grenada Village Residents Association
  • Treasurer, Wellington Home Education Network
  • Membership Secretary, Wellington Home Education Network
  • Budget Advisor, Agape Budgeting Service
  • Librarian, Wellington Home Education Network

We will be focussing on our missionary activity at Align Church Taita.  Specifically, we have voiced an interest in and willingness to head up family ministries there.  We already got a Kids Bible Club and Go Girls team running.  2011 we have been asked to put on a pre-marriage/relationships course.  This will be followed later in the year by a marriage course.


Great Scientists…

…Who Believed the Bible

James Clerk Maxwell (1831–1879)

What could be more different than magnetism, electricity, and light? Yet, in the nineteenth century, James Clerk Maxwell showed that these phenomena were simply different manifestations of the same fundamental laws. He described all these, as well as radio waves, radar, and radiant heat, by a unique and elegant system of equations.

Friday Fax


Dear Colleague,

You have another day to donate to the Friday Fax and receive a deduction on your 2010 US taxes. Go to and please give as much as you can.
We report today on a recent victory of poor countries over rich ones on the question of homosexuality.
We also report on how one abstinence program is saving lives.
Spread the word.

Yours sincerely,
Austin Ruse

Countries Reject “Sexual Orientation” Language in Treaty with Europe

By Terrence McKeegan, J.D.
BRUSSELS, December 30 (C-FAM) Developing nations recently slapped down attempts by the European Union to add “sexual orientation” to an existing treaty.
Seventy-nine countries from Africa, the Caribbean, and the Pacific islands sent a letter to the European Parliament that is notable for its strong demand that the EU stop pushing its homosexual agenda on developing countries.  

Supporters Say Truly Comprehensive Sex-Ed Gets Results

By Amanda Pawloski and Samantha Singson
NEW YORK, December 30 (C-FAM) Nothing gets the debate burning hotter at the UN than one over sex education for children.
Last Fall conservative UN delegations angrily protested a report claiming for children a new right to “comprehensive sexuality education.”   

Train a Child



  • Finished third year tap lessons with Commendation for Consistent Effort.  Was an impressive White Queen’s Card Guard in Wonderland.  We all hated the costume, but that’s show business.
  • Demonstrated his prowess at several BBQ by cheerfully being volunteered by his Dad to do the cooking.
  • Finally completed his (much awaiting, long overdue and completely easy just tedious) maths workbook, thus finally earning him Dad’s hand-me-down HTC Touch (Windows 6.1) cellphone.  He’s happy.


  • Proudly led St John Cadets in Johnsonville Santa Parade march.
  • I have commenced reading Lord of the Rings to him.  I have accepted his dyslexia unfairly prevents him from earning the right to watch the movies (a prerequisite I placed on Tane).  We are enjoying the journey together.  We finished The Hobbit last month.
  • Has happily accepted Tane’s hand-me-down Pantech 210C cellphone.


  • Was a competent and very cute blue caterpillar in Wonderland.
  • Is demonstrating responsibility by looking after a friend’s guinea pigs and budgerigar while they are away on holiday.
  • Is having to wear a plate to correct her teeth at present.  This is preventative, to avoid braces later.  So far, she hasn’t been very diligent and has had to have the plate reset twice.  The plate is a source of some fascination at Align Church among the kids.  I can see that their parents are not able to afford good dental treatment.  I see how the poverty cycle can be hard to escape.  It is a source of concern to me.

Why I Am Pro-Israel


Weekly Review: December 26, 2010

Dear Friend of Jerusalem,

Here are the latest headlines from the One Jerusalem Blog:

  • Christmas in the Palestinian Authority – A Latma Christmas Carol
  • Islamic War Against Jews, Christians, .. In Holy Land:  Nina Shea has published a troubling, enlightening, and timely essay on the Islamic war against the religions that make this season holy for most of the world. Shea writes:These figures in the Christmas story represent the principal monotheistic religions of…
  • "Israeli War Crimes" in Seattle:  A Seattle bus company has allowed an anti-Israel group to advertise anti-Israel propaganda on Seattle City buses.  A local Seattle media outlet has a poll asking for your vote.  Vote NO!…

Sincerely, The One Jerusalem Team


Husband Learns Love Is More Than Words

For the first 15 years of my marriage, I was a terrible husband. Diane held down a full-time job, became my secretary, mothered our daughters, and waited on me hand and foot without ever demanding that I lift a finger to help. I loved my wife very much, but I hadn’t yet learned how to show my love. I had a lesson to learn, and God used a vacuum cleaner to teach it.

I learned many things about vacuuming one day. First, I learned that our cat was terrified of vacuum cleaners. That kept me entertained for about an hour.

As I vacuumed in one direction, a stripe would appear. Going the opposite direction would create a stripe of a different shade. Entranced, I striped the whole room. Then I went crossways, creating a checkerboard pattern. I got so carried away that I dusted the furniture and straightened the entire house.

I was once again embedded in the easy chair, working on my crossword puzzle, when Diane came home. She struggled through the door with a bag of groceries under each arm, kicked the door shut with one foot, and then took in the house with an expert glance. Her mouth dropped open. Slowly the bags slipped from her grasp and dropped to the floor. "Who did this?" she asked.

"I did," I said. Without warning, she attacked. Diving on me before I could get out of the chair, she smothered me with kisses and hugs, showering gratitude on me for helping her. The kisses grew more passionate. We broke the chair. It was wonderful!

The vacuum cleaner taught me an important lesson that day. Love is expressed with more than just words.

—Ken Davis, Lighten Up! Great Stories from One of America’s Favorite Storytellers (Zondervan, 2000), pp. 123-124

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.






Robotics Fundraiser (Sausage Sizzle)

Noel Leemings, Porirua



Sunday Service

Wellington Elim

Sam Soukotta


Back to Work

Telecom, Grand Arcade


14-17 Jan

Missions for Africa

Hippolite House

Ross Campbell


Church in the Community

Stokes Valley Pool

Align Church


Sunday Morning Service

Wellington Elim

Bruce Corcoran


Church in the Community


Align Church


Church in the Community

Avalon Park

Align Church

10-14 Jul-2011

PDC 10



Bible Reading 

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