||Arrive in Sydney
||Supporters day lunch at
Gilbulla, outside Sydney
|11th - 13th
||Father heart of God
|15th - 17th
||Marriage as God intended
|18th - 20th
||Ministry to men
||Fly to Perth
||Holiday in Western Australia
||Father heart of God at
|29th - 31st
||Fly to Singapore
This was our schedule for the month,
and a full report on the trip can be read
While in Australia a young
man called Damien Armstrong - a pyrotechnics expert - put on a
firework display to say thank you for teaching he had received
on a previous visit to Australia in 2004. It was an awesome
firework display as you
can see here!
||Linda has always joked about wanting to
drive a red sports car and she got her wish thanks to Ellel
friends John and Marcia. They lent us their BMW Z3 red sports car
for a two day break in South west Australia. I confess that we
got lost so many times it was embarrassing, but this way we got
to see parts that other tourists might not see!
We returned home after spending
two nights in Singapore, and thankfully there was no
sore foot this time, so we were able to walk and walk
for miles, amazed at the vast shopping malls that lined
both sides of the roads. I purchased a 'real' camera
in order to return to one of my previous hobbies of
My health on the trip was simply amazing.
Besides the supporters day I taught
approximately 44 sessions each lasting one and a quarter hours
each. At no stage was I unnaturally tired and I had ample energy
for free day exploits. I did not even suffer from jet lag when I
|It was with very great regret
that while sitting in Heathrow airport on our return
journey that we learnt of the death of Australia's
Steve Irwin, 'The Crocodile Hunter' He summed
up so much of what we love about Australia. With his
passing the world is a poorer place.
||In mid September we had the
privilege of ministering the Father heart of God to a group of
men from Dublin who have come
out of, or are coming out of, heavy usage drug backgrounds.
Many had become Christian in the past
two or three months, and several were unsaved. Every man
bar one came forward at the ministry session to have a
personal encounter with God.
God was very present at every session and
the icing on the cake was that one young man got saved at Sunday
They will all come back in December for
part two when we will teach the Lordship of Jesus, and minister
into rejection, rebellion, anger, fears, etc.
The best part of the
weekend for me was hearing the fruit from the last such course.
Two of the young men who came on that course now minister to the
homeless out on the streets and have prayed in two vans and
sixty sleeping bags. They take stew out to the homeless at
nights and share Jesus. One of the young men on this weekend was
led to Christ two months ago by one of these two men.
One of the young men who
came on the last course is now going through Bible College on
his way to becoming a Pastor. Another who had HIV was so
radically changed that his whole family got saved and for the
first time he was able to father a child.
Isn't our God Wonderful?
In the previous newsletter I said that I
was still awaiting the results of the
echocardiogram which the heart consultant asked for after seeing
how amazingly and unexplainably well I am doing. The results were meant to be through in three weeks
but despite many phone calls to the busy hospital, as we left
for Australia they had not been looked at yet.
When I left hospital on September 3rd 2005
my heart chamber was only pumping at 10% due to the massive
damage caused by the virus. The consultant stated in May that if 'for some reason' my heart
muscle was now pumping at a
40% volume he would be willing to try another cardioversion (Electric
shocks to the chest) to see if he could get a natural rhythm
The results have now come through and the
figure is exactly 40% and so on September 21st I go into the hospital
for a cardio-version. This failed
three times while I was in hospital so it will be interesting to
see what happens this time. (I know that God is in control of
the events in my life because I place my life in all of its
aspects under His Lordship on a daily basis)
Please note that this improvement in
heart muscle from 10% to 40% in nine months is phenomenal since heart muscle has a
limited ability to regenerate and so can not repair itself.[*]
The cardio-version on Sept 21st failed to get my
heart back into a regular rhythm. It remains in a very
irregular rhythm. My amazing health and energy levels
proclaim the glory of God. However several days later I had
my next appointment with a heart consultant at the Royal
Victoria and what a blessing it turned out to be. To my
surprise she said that my 40% heart volume was reasonably
normal for a man of my age (nearly 59), and that there was
nothing to stop me leading a completely normal life.
I asked the doctor what 'the odds' were of someone going
from my initial life threatening state to a normal life,
especially within several months.
She said "very slim" I pushed her a bit further on the issue
and she finally said ..
"It's very rare. I've never seen it happen"
That will do me!
Glory to God in the highest!
Late September, early October Linda and I
some time in Southern England with two dear friends.
Later in October we plan to teach in
Southern Ireland, plus do a recce for our next city visit there.
Following Jesus continues to be such an