A HEART FOR THE MARGINALISED: THE AMAZING JOURNEY OF ANNIE CHIKHWAZA RETOLD IN NEW BOOK, MOTHER OF MALAWI

 

Mother of Malawi“He’s not different in anybody’s life – it’s just what you allow Him to be.”

     Annie Chikhwaza, whose life story is, by any standard, an amazing example of what it means to follow Jesus, knows this better than most.

     Recounted in the recently released biography, Mother of Malawi, her story has led her from a post-war childhood in the Netherlands through an abusive marriage in South Africa to Malawi where she founded Kondanani, an organisation dedicated to helping that nation’s orphans.

     Ms Chikhwaza, who arrived in Australia last week – the first time she has visited, is in the country for a month-long tour to promote the new book and “impact people’s lives” with her story.

     Written by UK-based journalist Al Gibson, the book recounts that, even as a child in The Netherlands, Ms Chikhwaza had a heart for the marginalised. It tells of how, after a turbulent childhood in which she was abused and rejected, she gave her life to the Lord at the age of 19 before heading to the UK where she meet her first husband David and finally settling and raising a family in South Africa.

    DAVID ADAMS speaks with Annie Chikhwaza, founder of Kondanani, about her extraordinary life - the subject of a new book, Mother of Malawi... |  more... |

 

 

DID YOU KNOW? NEWS REPORTS...

15th September, 2014

MERCY SHIPS' AFRICA MERCY TO VISIT MADAGASCAR FOR FIRST TIME IN 18 YEARS

Mercy Ships vessel, the Africa Mercy, will return to Madagascar for the first time in 18 years following an invitation from the island nation's president.

The 16,500 tonne hospital ship - which features five state-of-the-art operating rooms - set sail from Las Palmas in the Canary Islands last Saturday and is heading for the port of Tamatave, on Madagascar's east coast, via Cape Town.

Don Stephens, Mercy Ships' president and founder, said the charity was honoured to come alongside the Government of Madagascar's "efforts to strengthen healthcare infrastructure through training and capacity building".

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THE DAILY STATISTIC:

19th September, 2014

Number of 34 officially sanctioned "independence votes" during the past 70 years which have resulted in independence (excludes Scottish vote):

26

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15th September, 2014

WORLDVIEW: CAMEROON'S CHURCHES STRUGGLE TO COPE WITH BOKO HARAM SPILLOVER

Northern Cameroon is more than ever in the sights of Boko Haram, as details of atrocities committed by the radical Islamic sect from neighboring Nigeria continue to emerge.

The militant sect, which now controls several major Nigerian towns, has set up a caliphate with a strict implementation of sharia law. A lawmaker told the BBC that dead bodies of civilians remained littered on the streets of Bama, a key town of Nigeria's north-eastern Borno state - seized by Boko Haram earlier this month. Christians in the occupied areas are being persecuted, it is reported. Christian men have been caught and beheaded while women have been forced to convert and been married to some of the militants.

Their offensive has forced thousands of civilians to flee into neighboring Cameroon. Making a mockery of the border (which the Cameroon authorities say they’ve closed to prevent the spread of the Ebola virus) militants have intensified their attacks in Cameroon’s villages and towns. As in Nigeria, Christian populations are particularly targeted.

ILLIA DJADI, of the World Watch Monitor, reports on the strain being placed on Cameroon's churches amid attacks in the region from Islamic extremist groups like Boko Haram...  |  more... |

 

SOAPBOX: REMEMBERING WORLD WAR I AS IT REALLY WAS...

26th August, 2014

CemeteryI am a history freak. No doubt about it. A double major in history at uni; a history thesis in my Masters; journal articles; all that...I love history!

     But I am not looking forward to the next four years of "celebrating" the First World War. Sorry: I am not. That war was a horrid tragedy that should never have happened. It was a war between empires that shared the same overall philosophy, religion, and culture. It was all about imperialism, domination around the world, leader's pride and irrational arrogance.

     Second-rate world leaders let the world fall into a shocking horrible war. And that war saw the birth of Communism, as Russia went that way and later other nations followed suit. That war led to the rise of Nazism in Germany. That war saw the death of millions. It was one of the very worst events in human history that fueled one of the very worst centuries the world has ever seen.

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ESSAY: SCOTLAND DECIDES - CAN'T THE HEART AND THE HEAD BOTH SAY 'NO'?

 

ScotlandAs an “imported” though nonetheless committed Brit, I find it hugely sad – and somewhat surreal – that a unique family of nations and the cradle of modern democracy, Great Britain, may soon be no more.

     Shortly millions of Scots will go to the polls to cast their vote to remain within or wave goodbye to a 300-year-old political, economic and, on many levels, cultural union.

     Arguably it should never have come to this. There were no riots or massive pro-independence demonstrations before Prime Minister Cameron agreed to a referendum.

     All that had happened was that the Scottish National Party won power in the devolved Scottish Assembly.

     Granted, it did so against the odds and had as one of its long-standing central platforms the notion of an independent Scottish nation. Yet the SNP leader Alex Salmond, either as candidate or as First Minister, was in no position to guarantee a referendum as that was within the purview of the UK government – which also, it must be remembered, contains elected Scottish representatives.

Mal FletcherWriting from London ahead of Scotland's vote on independence on Thursday, MAL FLETCHER reflects on what separation from the United Kingdom might mean... |  more... |

 

 

ESSAY: TIME TO INVEST IN YOUR MARRIAGE

 

Marriage WeekHebrews 13:4 says, "Let marriage be held in honour among all." We should understand that marriage is precious and should always be thought of and spoken about as precious. Treasured like gold and silver and rare jewels, it should be seen as valued far more than the most precious gem or the greatest. Marriage should be viewed with tremendous respect and sanctity. We need to re-cultivate the feeling, the idea that marriage is not to be touched quickly or handled casually or treated commonly. In God's eyes marriage is precious and therefore He says, "Let marriage be held in honour among all."

     In honouring our own marriages we should seek to make them better, make sure that they don’t stagnate; grow tired. Marriages can depreciate if left; they are rather like a car in some ways - they need regular attention and the right fuel in the tank to run smoothly - but unlike a car, marriages can and should appreciate and become the best investment that you have ever made!

     So what is the “regular attention” and the “right fuel” for marriages to run smoothly (yes, there may be bumps along the way), to appreciate and to be better than the biggest, most precious gem? The following are only a few suggestions and are part of a long term plan - not a quick fix!

      It's Marriage Week in Australia. Organisers DENNIS and ANN OUTRED give some quick tips on how to keep your marriage healthy... |  more... |  

 

 

CRISIS IN IRAQ

 

ERBIL PRIEST: "WE AIM TO TREAT OUR REFUGEES AS GUESTS"

The so-far ‘safe’ city of Erbil in Kurdish-governed north-eastern Iraq has seen thousands of Christian refugees arrive over the last few months with many relying on the church for sanctuary. But how are local churches bearing up to the influx?

     In the Mar Elia Chaldean Catholic church in the suburb of Ankawa the priest Father Douglas manages to carry on his working life amidst a sea of refugee tents. He knows what it’s like to experience trauma, having himself survived being kidnapped.

     Father Douglas’s church hall is a still a sanctuary: morning prayers are held every day at 10am and church life continues with mass, weddings and funerals. But around Mar Elia is a collection of grey, brown, white and green tents – donated by an array of different organizations. The tents have become home to 700 families from Mosul, Karamlesh, Qaraqosh, and other Christian villages on the Nineveh plain.

     "We don’t call this a camp, we call it a centre", explains Douglas. "We wanted to be sure that people who have left their homes and come here feel welcome. We treat them like guests, where we enjoy sharing life and where they can feel safe and relaxed."

      The World Watch Monitor reports on how Christians are helping refugees in Erbil in northern Iraq... |  more... |  

 

HUMANITARIAN NEED AND LOSS PUNCTUATE CRISIS IN NORTHERN IRAQ

IraqEven as hundreds of thousands of people displaced by the self-proclaimed Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) militant attacks find refuge in the towns of the Kurdistan region of northern Iraq, agencies assisting these internally displaced persons (IDPs) warn of a huge unmet humanitarian need exacerbated by the looming onset of winter.

     It is this humanitarian need that a World Council of Churches staff delegation visiting northern Iraq from 27th to 31st August heard about, and observed first hand. The WCC subsequently issued a statement calling on the Iraqi government to provide protection and support for its people, and for the international community greatly to increase their humanitarian response.

     The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees reports that over 1.4 million Iraqis have been driven from their homes since January. Those who have recently fled Mosul, the Nineveh plain and surrounding areas have found temporary refuge in the Kurdish towns of Erbil, Dohuk and in many other towns and villages in the region.

      In an article first published on the World Council of Churches website, GREGG BREKKE looks at the worsening humanitarian situation in northern Iraq... |  more... |  

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CHILDREN: UN REPORT SHOWS THE SAD STATE OF CHILD ABUSE AROUND THE WORLD

 

UNICEFAbout one in 10 girls globally have been forced into sexual acts while a fifth of all homicide victims in the world are aged under 20, according to a landmark report issued last week.

     UNICEF’s Hidden in Plain Sight report also found that six in 10 children worldwide - almost one billion - aged between two and 14 are subjected to physical punishment by caregivers on a regular basis while almost half of all girls aged between 15 and 19 believe a husband is justified in hitting his wife under certain circumstances – a figure which rises to at least 80 per cent in countries like Afghanistan, Guinea, Jordan, Mali and Timor-Leste.

     Compiled drawing on data from 190 countries, the report contains what Anthony Lake, UNICEF's executive director, calls “uncomfortable facts”.

     “But unless we confront the reality each infuriating statistic represents – the life of a child whose right to safe, protected childhood has been violated – we will never change the mind-set that violence against children is normal and permissible. It is neither.”

      DAVID ADAMS reports... |  more... |  

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OPEN BOOK SPECIAL - HUNCHES ABOUT JESUS: WATCH IT!

Watch it!Jesus was teaching His disciples, preparing them for the time after He had left when they would go everywhere to spread the Good News. But first, Jesus' special work had to be completed. The work of the Lamb of God has never been accepted by everyone. It provokes massive revolt at times. The action God took to establish forgiveness made battalions of angels gasp in wonder, but those who refuse to accept this will find themselves going from bad to worse as they try to avoid the Lamb's victory (Paul takes up this theme; see II Thessalonians 2:1-12).

     Now it may sound strange, even eerie, but what we humans do to honour God can become a substitute for God in our lives. Somehow we prefer to look at our own efforts and prize our achievements above everything else - and so we find it impossible to lift our eyes to God Himself. We have to grow wise about the way we can deceive ourselves. God however knows about this and He has forgiven us even before we realised we were going astray. I John 3:19-20: "...we set our hearts at rest in his presence, whenever our hearts condemn us, for God is greater than our hearts and he knows everything."

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THIS LIFE: ENDURE

EndureI want to tell you about one of the most remarkable men I’ve ever met. His name is Stan Cottrell. He is a runner. But to say that is sort of like saying Rembrandt could draw, or Shakespeare wrote stuff. Stan has run all his life, all over the world. He has run in dozens of countries; he has earned certificates and keys to dozens of cities around the world; he is in the Guinness Book of World Records; he has been welcomed by most of the world’s famous leaders of the past generation.

     I didn’t know his name, but Stan has been on magazine covers, on many TV programs, and had his picture taken with presidents, prime ministers, and even dictators. His list of achievements and recognitions seem almost as long as, well, the Great Wall of China, which Stan has run atop many times.

    But Stan Cottrell is not an Olympic runner. He seldom runs in the famous marathons. Stan has set records for time, especially long distance runs -- very long distances, like across entire nations -- but those races are not his forte.

      In an article first published by ASSIST News Service, RICK MARSCHALL reflects on what it means to be an endurance runner... | more... |

 

SIGHT-SEEING: WORDS THAT BUILD OR DESTROY

CrossOn the morning of 11th September, 2001, theologian Miroslav Volf was just finishing a talk to the International Prayer Breakfast of the United Nations in Manhattan. The time was 8:34am. The topic was reconciliation.

     The minutes following would see some of the greatest chaos and turmoil ever on American soil as planes crashed into the twin towers of the World Trade Center not far from where Volf had been speaking.

     During a recent interview, Volf was asked if he thought his words of reconciliation felt empty as 3,000 people died in what he describes as an occurrence that was the opposite of reconciliation.

     Words have the ability to build up or destroy. When I was in school we had a saying: “sticks and stones may break my bones, but names will never hurt me". It was a saying designed to protect our minds against bullies. While you may call me every name under the sun, they can’t hurt me because I know I'm worthwhile.

     On the 13th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks in New York, NILS VON KALM reflects on the power of words...  | more... |

 

THIS LIFE: FIGURING OUT MY MIDLIFE CRISIS

CrisisThe road to life is hard, but the point is that it is the road to life
It is said that while the truth will make you free, first it will make you miserable. The road to life feels like the road to death. Narrow and hard is this road that leads to life, but the point is that it leads to life.

    What these months have shown me is that there are no guarantees in this world. Life is hard, and it might not get easier, but that’s not the point. God is more interested in our character than our comfort. There’s nothing we can control in life, so it’s about how we deal with life on life’s terms.

    While the tears, though painful, have been healing, I haven't always handled this season well. The last few months have seen depression and anxiety return as I have had the rug of my soul pulled out from under me. There was still a fair bit of sand and not enough rock to keep me afloat at times.

      In the second part of a two part article, NILS VON KALM looks at how he's had to counter 'cultural lies' and come to a greater realisation about his identity... | more... |

PART I

In the first part of a two part article, NILS VON KALM writes about how God has been with him as he's grappled to come to terms with a midlife crisis... | more... |

 

LIFESTORY: LIVING A 'NORMAL LIFE' WITH MS - FROM A CHRISTIAN PERSPECTIVE

Chris TatevosianHi, my name is Chris Tatevosian and like you, or someone you know, I have multiple sclerosis. Today I live to lift people’s spirits and help them to live a great life post-diagnosis.

     I was diagnosed with MS in 1980 when I was a freshman in college and for the next 15 years, I had relapsing remitting disease with sporadic ups and downs. Somewhere in the early 1990s, the disease became secondary progressive and in 1995 I began using a wheelchair.

     The reality is that I have MS, and those of us with this disease is have two choices...One, we can either think about what we can do, or two, we can think about what we can no longer do. No matter what, this is our new reality. As difficult as our hardships maybe, it really is our choice how we choose to go on living.

     "Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest" (Matthew 11:28 - NIV)

     The first choice involves changes and adjustments to our new life, which will allow us to go on living and enjoying the life we have...smiling, even laughing. Yeah, it's not what any of us expected, but life throws us curves every day. Sometimes it is as simple as locking our keys in the car, having the power go out, or breaking a fingernail, so we adjust and continue our day.

     In an article first published by ASSIST News Service, American CHRIS TATEVOSIAN talks about what it's like to live with MS as a Christian... | more... |

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SHARING FAITH...

28th August, 2013
My son and I met someone on holidays who was in a wheelchair. He was paralysed on the left side of his body due to a virus that effected his brain.
      He told us that he could have been healed if the doctors had diagnosed his condition within 72 hours but they were not able to. He had since been in a car accident where he was hit head-on by a drunk-driver, an accident which caused further permanent health issues.

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Prayer bowlsThe PrayerBowls app allows the creation of a virtual "prayer bowl". The idea is that you type out your prayer requests and add them to the bowl. Every day, during your quiet time you can pray through your requests. You can share them via social media or email them. There’s also a global bowl where you can place prayer requests so that others can pray over them.

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U2'S SONGS OF INNOCENCE "WORTH THE WAIT"

Songs of InnocenceLast Wednesday was a good day for me. In fact it was a Beautiful Day. You might even say it was Magnificent. Do you see where I’m going with this? Yes, The Miracle has occurred. After years of speculation, the latest U2 album is finally here. And, just like that other miracle in Luke 9:10-17, hundreds of thousands of iTunes users have downloaded it for free and had their fill.

     But can you ever get your fill of a U2 album? I have listened to this one a few times already and while I prefer some songs over others, those lesser ones are growing on me. You could say a U2 song is like pizza, chocolate or sex: when it’s good it’s really good, and when it’s bad it’s still pretty good!

     This album has definitely been worth the wait. The first six songs have the potential to become classics, some of them even anthems. I can just picture them ringing out around massive stadiums around the world (although they would have to be pretty special to beat the sheer spine-tingling electricity of Where the Streets Have No Name being performed live).

      NILS VON KALM listens - and then listens again - to U2's new release, Songs of Innocence...  | more... |

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HOLY GHOST A "RISKY" EXPERIENTIAL JOURNEY

Holy GhostThe latest of US film-maker Darren Wilson’s documentaries, Holy Ghost opens with a narration in which Wilson says he wants to show people something “they’ve never seen before”: “Some say He’s dead. Some say He’s silent. Some say He’s a figment of my imagination. But the Holy Spirit is real and I’m going to prove it.”

     It’s with that premise in mind that Wilson sets off on journey that's all about taking a risk and allowing the , Holy Spirit to be his guide (there's “no script, no plan”), in show how He (the Holy Spirit) is moving in the world today.

   The crowd-source funded film kicks off in Salt Lake City  - the “heart of Mormon country” - where we follow Christians Jamie Galloway and Will Hart as they pray for people they encounter - including a cessationist Christian street preacher - before we scoot across the world to Monte Carlo where a rainstorm leads US evangelist Todd White to pray for a woman on a yacht.

     DAVID ADAMS watches the US-produced documentary Holy Ghost...  | more... |

 

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A GUIDE TO GETTING THE MOST OUT OF YOUR NON-PROFIT IN A COMPLEX WORLD

Forces for GoodWhat can good-hearted non-profit organisations do in the face of huge sometimes seemingly insurmountable social problems? It is easy to recognise the importance of civil society and social entrepreneurship and why it is a growing sector. Our world and communities today need the best efforts of non-profit organisations to respond to today’s challenges.

     Progress has also been made in some areas, thanks to the actions of both civil society and large agencies such as the UN. Nevertheless, the scale and complexity of the problems of the world today are only increasing – not least of which include extreme poverty, climate change, health care, archaic education systems, unjust economical and judicial systems, and who knows what epidemic challenges are around the corner? What are the best practices for nonprofits seeking to respond? Jim Collins has written business books like Good to Great: Why Some Companies Make the Leap...and Others Don’t (HarperCollins, 2001) and with Jerry Porras, Built to Last: Successful Habits of Visionary Companies (HarperBusiness 1997), but what is it that make nonprofits “great” and lasting in what they attempt to do to make their communities and their world a better place?

     DARREN CRONSHAW takes a look at the updated Forces for Good...  | more... |

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SIGHT HELPDESK: PREPARING TO PRINT? HERE'S SOME TIPS TO HELP FIND THE RIGHT PRINTER FOR YOU...

Step into just about any office in the early '80s and you're sure to have heard a dot-matrix printer screaming away, its pins punching the ribbon and leaving dots in the form of letters. Thankfully, quieter solutions were on the horizon.

     In 1981, Xerox released a laser printer designed for office use, but priced at around $US17,000, the printer had limited appeal. It was 1984 when Hewlett-Packard ushered in the first laser printer for the mass market. The printer was perfect for small businesses and churches, but with a price of $US3,495, it was out of reach of most at the time.

     Over time, the technology improved and laser printers became more affordable. With their superior print quality and low hum when working, they slowly became the mainstay of the modern office. Over time, multiple functions were added, allowing scanning to folders, email, faxing and photocopying.

     While laser printers became common in offices, inkjet printers became common in homes and small offices. These devices can also incorporate the features of scanning, faxing and photocopying. But that's where the similarities end.

      ALAN TAYLOR gives his tips for what to look for when buying a printer... | more...|

 

SEE YOU THERE! SIGHT'S NEW TRAVEL DEALS COLUMN...

KrakowSight is unveiling a new travel deals column for our Australian readers. Every week, we'll try and bring you a new deal that might be of interest.

Globus is offering 10 per cent off all religious itineraries booked and paid for in full 12 months before departure. Among the seven itineraries available as part of the 2015 program is the eight day Legacy of Pope Saint John Paul II. Priced from $1934 per person, twin share (including the 10 per cent early booking discount), it departs on 17th October, 2015.

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KNOW IT ALL: EBOLA VIRUS

With the death toll from the latest Ebola outbreak now more than 1,400, we take a look at what we know about the disease...

• Ebola virus disease (EVD), formerly known as Ebola haemorrhagic fever, first appeared in 1976 in simultaneous outbreaks in the Democratic Republic of Congo (then Zaire) and Sudan.

• The disease takes its name from the site of the DRC outbreak - the village of Yambuku, located about 100 kilometres south of the Ebola River. It was first 'discovered' by 27-year-old Belgian scientist and medical school graduate Peter Piot, who went on to become under secretary-general of the United Nations and executive director of UNAIDS.

• EVD is believed to be naturally hosted by fruit bats and is understood to be transmitted to the human population through contact with blood or bodily fluids of infected animals such as chimpanzees, gorillas, fruit bats, monkeys, forest antelope and porcupines.

    DAVID ADAMS takes a look at some facts about the deadly Ebola virus...  | more...|

 

ORIGINS: RED CROSS MARKS 100 YEARS IN AUSTRALIA

Red CrossThe Australian Red Cross is this month celebrating its 100th anniversary and it's no coincidence the commemoration comes at the same time as we mark the outbreak of World War I.

     The organisation was founded on 13th August, 1914, as the Australian branch of the British Red Cross Society at Government House in Melbourne, just nine days after the outbreak of the war.

     It was Lady Helen Munro Ferguson, wife of Australia's sixth Governor-General, Sir Ronald Munro Ferguson, who was the driving force behind the founding of the organisation in Australia.

     Having come to the country with an extensive knowledge of how the organisation had been run in Scotland, she formed the initial national body and encouraged the wives of Australia's governors to establish divisions in each of their states.

    DAVID ADAMS looks back to where it all began for the Australian Red Cross...  | more...|

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WORDPLAY CHALLENGE #3: RECKON YOU KNOW YOUR BIBLE?

The Wordplay Challenge is back! This wordcloud represents the words contained in a oft-quoted passage from the Bible (with the more frequently used words shown in larger type). The challenge for you is to identify the passage - which book and chapter does it come from? Follow the link to have your say... | more... |

 

THE BIG PICTURE: ASKGOD.COM.AU

If there were any question you could ask God, what would it be? Would you ask about pain and suffering or why sometimes Christians do such a bad job of living up to Jesus’s teachings? Perhaps you’d like to know who God is and how you can know Him or why He made the world the way He did. There are so many kinds of questions to ask - questions about life’s purpose or church or what the future holds or about your personal situation. Whatever your question, now is the time to ask God.
      But you may be wondering how a website can speak for God? The answer is that Christians believe the Bible is God’s inspired Word. It has answers to life’s important questions. So, any response from AskGod.com.au will always be based on what the Bible does or doesn’t say. Which might just raise another question in your mind. Namely, ‘Why is it reasonable to think the Bible is God speaking?’

     To see Outreach Media's September poster and read the full text, follow the link... | more... |

 

THE WEEKLY SNAPSHOT

    22nd June, 2014

    Balloons over Melbourne by DAVID ADAMS

In Sight's Weekly Snapshot, we'll endeavour to publish an image from somewhere around the globe every week. To see this image in a larger scale and for details of how you can submit images, follow the link...  | more... |

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THEY SAID IT

 

 

"I think that the evil and the exaltation of evil that was on display today should make all of us more resolved than ever to do whatever we reasonably can to disrupt, degrade and if possible, destroy this movement. As I say, it's never to be called by me Islamic State, because it's neither a state nor Islamic. It is a death cult and we should call things for what they are."

- Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott speaking on 14th September, 2014, as he announced Australia would provide planes and about 600 personnel to a US-led multinational force targeting Islamic terrorists in Iraq and Syria (as quoted on a Australian Government statement on 14th September, 2014). His comments came in the wake of news of the apparent beheading of a UK aid worker, David Haines by members of IS or ISIL.

"Our objective is clear: We will degrade, and ultimately destroy, ISIL through a comprehensive and sustained counterterrorism strategy."

- US President Barack Obama addressing the US on 10th September, 2014, with regard to US plans to tackle ISIL (as quoted from a White House statement).

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THIS WEEK ON THE WEB

 

 

18th September, 2014

In a speech made in Rome earlier this week, Cardinal Oscar Rodriguez Maradiaga, president of the Caritas international federation of Catholic charities, said conflicts in Iraq, Syria and Gaza have resulted in the greatest humanitarian crisis since World War II. You can read his complete speech on The Tablet here...


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EARLY AUSTRALIA...

17th September, 2014

PAUL CLARK

My daughter tells me that some of the early Australian settlers starved to death, even though there was lots of bush tucker around; even though they knew it was there! They were told to add native spinach to their diet.
They were even given the seeds of English crops by Captain Arthur Phillip to grow gardens. But many of them considered that sort of work beneath their stature in life. They wanted English food, and they expected it to be provided!

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A SIZEABLE GIFT FOR A PATRIARCH; DELIVERIES ON WHEELS; AND, ORGANISING PEDESTRIANS...

The head of the Russian Orthodox Church was reportedly given a gift with a difference following a tour of a Russian factory this week - a fighter jet. Patriarch Kirill was reportedly presented with the Sukhoi SU-35 after he presented workers with religious icons. Certainly beats the 'pope mobile'.

DAVID ADAMS writes about the odder side of life... | more... |


TOMBS OF JONAH AND DANIEL DESTROYED IN MOSUL, SAY REPORTS...
Following news last week that members of extremist group, the Islamic State, had destroyed the tombs of the Old Testament prophets Jonah and Daniel, both of which were located in Mosul in northern Iraq, we take a quick look at their history.

First, Jonah. There is tradition that the Prophet Jonah - known for being swallowed by a leviathan or great whale after refusing to obey God's commands to deliver a warning to the people of the Assyrian city of Ninevah, a message which he did eventually deliver - was eventually buried in the ancient city where Mosul now stands.

DAVID ADAMS reports... | more... |


AN END...AND A NEW BEGINNING...

What's on my mind?... Thanks for asking, Facebook.
Time to say goodbye to Just Been Thinking after many years, stops and starts. Thank you for your attention over the years, readers. Thank you for your endless commitment, encouragement and patience, David Adams- editor extraordinaire.
And now...I migrate back across to sightmagazine.com.au to begin a Coach Column, sharing insights in the area of human behaviour and life design.
 The final instalment in ANN WOJCZUK's blog about 'life, the universe and possibly everything'...
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THOUSANDS OF CHRISTIANS IN JERUSALEM FOR FEAST OF TABER-NACLES...
Despite the recent tensions in Syria, over 5,000 Christian pilgrims from nearly 100 nations will descend on Jerusalem for the International Christian Embassy Jerusalem's annual celebration of the Feast of Tabernacles.

The festival began last Friday evening in Ein Gedi at the Oasis Hotel and continues to Jerusalem's International Convention Center for the remainder of the week of Sukkot. The weeklong celebration is expected to generate $US16 million in revenues, and is the largest annual tourist event to Israel.

ELISA MOED, of Travelujah, reports...  | more... |

 

A DAY THAT CHANGED MY LIFE...

Can you think of a time when someone has been brutally honest and vulnerable about themselves and it's taken you by surprise? For me it happened about 20 years ago at a church I had just started attending.

As I remember it, the person leading the service that day asked anyone to come forward who wanted to share what they thought God had been doing in their lives recently. One young guy got up - he was probably about my age at the time - and told about his relationship with his girlfriend and how he had recently gotten her pregnant, and how he had walked away from his faith. He then shared about the support he had received from the church community through his struggle.

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