Thursday, September 30, 2004

Post Eight

I promised I'd update today and here it is! Just barely in time. The last 5 days have been a real blur, and I'm still not really working. We've not started anything new and we've not looked at anything particularly challenging. Either I've learned more than I thought back in KGV or I'm just missing key points in the two lectures I've had. My hall is Arthur Vick 2 and it is great, people are sociable and great to chat with. Of course not as good as people from Hong Kong... Moving swiftly on, I've been finally cooking for myself with minimal mess and surprisingly good results. Attempted a stir fry chicken dish tonight with potato and broccoli and of course, my favourite and yours, long grain white rice. Add some chilli and soy sauce and we have a heck of a meal.
My roommates are either out, watching tv or playing N64/Gamecube, downloading stuff off DC++ (the underground download network that uses the highspeed internal network in Warwick) or doing what I'm doing (sending out mail and updating blogs). Tomorrow I have a mathematics diagnostic test, simply put means I'm being tested to see what I know/remember. I could tell them easily that it's not much, but I guess my word isn't good enough!
I managed to get to two Christian Union (hereafter mentioned as CU) meetings already, one was just an introduction, the real one was today at 5.30, Jesus and the Shawshank Redemption, which was drawing parallels and making illustrations of Jesus in society compared to the main character Andy (played by Tim Robbins). Somehow I missed seeing that movie so I must make the attempt to watch it soon... DC++ maybe :P
I unfortunately missed out on church on Sunday which I am thoroughly kicking myself about however I will be going this Sunday to a chr=urch called and in a place called Westwood. Looking forward to my first service in Britain since I lived here. I will be checking out a few so I won't be anchored there straight away, I have already been introduced to many church goers here and have met some of the CU team, worship director etc. As expected, bassists are in short supply so I should be fortunate enough to get to help out there.
Well tomorrow is a big day with lots to do and not much time to do it in. Leave me a message if you can! Whoever anonymous was thanks for the note, I'll be back at Christmas.

Wednesday, September 22, 2004

Post Seven

I'm in the UK. The first thought than ran through my head when I arrived... man, it is cold. I'm going to actually have to wear thick shirts and jackets. The flight got into heathrow at about 6am GMT, transferred to Edinburgh and arrived there at about 9.30am GMT. I've had to visit a few relatives already. As I wasn't in the UK this summer, my gran and both my aunts hadn't seen me for a good year and a bit. My only remaining grandparent had a stroke a few years ago, down the entire right side of her body, she has regained a good amount of movement considering there was a chance she wouldn't, however she uses a wheelchair to get around most of the time.
She actually brought up the topic of leaving her body to science, quite a brave thing to talk about considering her condition. It's an interesting topic, I'm certainly an advocate of advancing medicine and being an organ donor to those who are needing new ones. Morally, I feel it's the right thing to do, to help someone with something you have if you don't need it anymore. I don't believe there is anything biblical to contradict this, but I have a suspicion I could be wrong. I'll look it up and let you know in the next post. Would you let your body be used after you had passed on, as an organ donor?
Quickly before I disappear I'll let you know my movements for the next few days. I'm off down south to where I used to live for a few days and visit a few friends. Come Saturday I will be off to Warwick Uni and will be getting into halls Saturday afternoon. Wish me luck!

Tuesday, September 14, 2004

This Summer

This summer has brought it's share of challenges and rewards, from Hillsong to now, I've been on a huge learning journey. And it's been epic. Volunteering at the Vine has been probably the best 2 months I've ever spent on work. God has changed me thoroughly from within and also shown me new directions and challenged me in new ways. With regards my own struggles or problems, some God has taken away entirely, some God has reduced drastically, others he has pointed out to me and given me strength to deal with, if you want to know more, just ask. I can't wait to see where he's going to take me in the next few months and years.
With regards volunteer work, it's been quite labour intensive, often uncomfortable, but the job in itself has brought rewards a thousand times greater. I may have given up my summer but I got infinitely more in return, like I said, I have had the opportunity and privilege to work with incredibly gifted people this summer and to sow into a a God given vision, something that not everyone gets to sow into, I'm thankful for the chance and I can't wait to see how God is going to use the Vine in Hong Kong.
With regards university, it's sad to leave Hong Kong but as I said before, God has told me that there is a purpose for me over there, either to see or do something. We'll find out when I'm there. God has been good to me this summer and blessed me in many ways, I hope that in some way this testimony will bless you too.

Post Six

Again, sorry for the late update, not a lot of interesting news the past week or so. Alright, thinking back, about 10 days ago on a Friday, the newly named Flight 852 had a lock in. And it was awesome. We got there at about 9.30, played X-Box, played games, had worship, ate, watched movies, and surprisingly we got some sleep. Some people slept from the beginning and occasionally woke up... oh well, we all had fun and that's what counts!
That weekend I also watched the Village, which was alright but a lack of sleep, complicated english and a tedious plot (plus a fairly far-fetched twist) made it a long time to sit in the cinema. Why is it that why seem to fight sleep all the time, late at night when we are completely exhausted we still sit there on the computer or watching tv searching for entertainment? Or in the morning (less common) we still get up when we could do with more sleep? I prefer bed.
Church on Sunday was awesome as usual, then many of us went to Rob K's baptism. We arrived just in time to see the special moment, it's great to see people give their lives to Christ especially at baptisms, the whole purpose being to be a public declaration. It's all good. We had a great curry from Chung King at Rob's house afterwards and I joined Mr Radford and company for worship at St Andrew's evening service. That was a fab day.
On Monday, all of the SNA graduates met up, myself, Jason, Robin, Jenny and Fiona. We all hung out for a day, played some frisbee, had a picnic at Victoria Park, grabbed a coffee and generally vegged out. For those who don't know, Fiona is going to Harvard and is considering going to study Law, Robin is going into the British Navy and starts in November to study to become a pilot, Jason is going to Warwick University in England to study Management Sciences (i.e. Business) and Jenny is going to Australia to study Fine Arts and English. Check out the links on the right to Fiona and Jenny's blogs, Jason and Robin haven't got one (yet or to my knowledge). Ran a quick errand for the office that afternoon and that about sums up my day.
The rest of the week was a bit of a blur. It was my final week at the Vine office, Tuesday was a fairly slow day, couple of errands and manual labour, nothing too strenuous. In the evening I caught up with a few fellow KGV'ers that I hadn't seen most of the summer and we went to Mei Foo, got some extremely good Char Siu Fan, those who know me know that I am a real addict to Char Siu Fan, three of them played a frame of bowling and we played spot the white guy. The count was two, me and Jason. Wednesday was a good day, however it was taken up mainly by meetings. The Wednesday prayer meeting at the Vine office for those who are free from 12.30-1.30 is a time people can meet up to share in a time of prayer for the Church, members of the church and other events. Get along there if you can. In the evening a load of ex-KGV'ers went to watch AVP. I wasn't expecting much, and thats exactly what I got. No plot, lack of acting, predictable and obvious deaths. Moooving on, Thursday i met up with Jenny for a gourmet lunch, guess what we had... my favourite food, Char Siu Fan. Yeah, I know, I need to try something new.
Friday we had a church getaway day which was awesome. Woudene Myburgh and her husband Willem kindly put us up for the day, we had a time of prayer, swimming, a delicious South African BBQ (which wreaked it's revenge later on) followed by a time of sharing. But the best part of the day was SOS! Flight 852 came into the office and sorted through, cleaned, vacuumed and restacked 300 chairs in just under 3 hours! They were machines, the man of the evening was undoubtedly Rob's brother, he was unstoppable, Deborah Casewell was a lean mean vacuuming machine, they deserve a big hand. They were all a real blessing and if you were there helping that night thank you so much and God bless you for your time.
Over the weekend I've just been relaxing, the 180 boat trip and hanging out with Mark and Ryan for a little while on Sunday afternoon. More moving took place Sunday after church, thank you to all who helped, it was a real blessing to see people who wanted to help enough that they were willing to cut their lunch short to help out. Note: My worship folder went missing Sunday, if you know who has it or where it is please let me know, thank you. That about brings you up to speed.
In my own spiritual walk God has been extremely good, please read the post above to hear about what this summer has brought me.

Wednesday, September 01, 2004

Post Five

I need to learn to update sooner. Sorry, I hope I won't disappoint again!
This week has been pretty hectic, there I was thinking things were going to start dying down, no chance. Which is good. The Vine Centre move went well and is moving along still, more than a few hiccups here and there but God is keeping us on track. One of the verses I read today was Deuteronomy 7:22 which reads,

"And the Lord your God will drive out the nations before you little by little; you will be unable to destroy them at once, lest the beasts of the field become too numerous for you."

This relates to how the Promised Land was granted to the Israelites, and before you go 'Huh?' let me say how that applies to this situation. God is granting us our Promised Land one step of victory at a time with manageable, overcomeable battles. I completely believe that these new premises will be completed in good time and will be an awesome venue. No worries.
Outside of work, I have been preparing for my trip to university which will be officially starting on the 20th of September, quite a daunting prospect but I definitely feel it's time to move on. I'm getting the distinct impression that there is something there for me, either to see, start or be involved in or something, we'll see. Check back here for details on how that goes.
Passion of the Christ came out on DVD this weekend so put down my money for a copy. I also bought a CD and DVD double pack of Pantera, which must've thoroughly thrown off the cashiers stereotype of a Christian when I put them both down on the counter. Ah well, challenging stereotypes is always good.
A bit of sad news, my oldest dog Christy was put down on Monday (for those who've been to my house, she was the big black and white collie mix), we'd had her since I was 4, which makes her about 15, almost all my memories took place when she was around, I even remember getting her. She was getting old, had behavioural problems and was getting unhappy unless she had continual company, as much as it saddens me it was the most humane thing to do. I don't know what happens to animals when they die but I have no doubt that it is just.