After the life
threatening illness of last summer this was undoubtedly going to be
the big test as to whether I was truly able to be back on the road
again in ministry. As such it was always going to be a trip with a
difference, but how different was quite a surprise. To say we were
welcomed would be an understatement as the following good news
report and the photo montages top and bottom will show..
Ellel supporters day
It was a delight to start the one month
mission talking to some 50+ Ellel Supporters at Gilbulla. For more
than an hour I shared how gracious the Lord has been in bringing me,
and indeed the whole family, through the extremely difficult events
It was deeply moving to hear how people had responded to
the news when it reached them last year, and we were left in no
doubt that we were greatly loved and valued!
After the meeting
we all had a real Aussie 'barbie' on the lawns of Gilbulla.
Father heart of God
(11th - 13th August)
This was a full house with 70+ people booked
in for the weekend. It never ceases to amaze me how powerful this
course is and testimonies confirmed yet again that many people
experienced a real revelation of their Heavenly Father for the first
"WOW! Words are not enough to explain the
things I've learnt - I need to go home and digest it and sort it"
"Made a very clear distinction between who and
how God wants me to know Him and how my past experiences have been
taken by satan and used as a tool to destroy God's true love for me.
The veil has been torn down!"
"I love Him.. He's my true Dad! (the one I've
always wanted) I want to walk arm in arm with Him forever"
"Thank you - just really lovely to hear Ken's
gentle teaching about God the Father - has been an encouragement to
trust God as the father - Abba"
found it all helpful as it built step by step to a place where I
was drawn closer to the heart of my Daddy God in a deeper way on
Sunday than ever before"
There was a very unexpected addition
to the weekend course. On Saturday evening I was asked to come down
to the veranda only to told that there was a
professional firework display being put on in my honour! And
what a display it was! Damien Armstrong, who came on the
very first Men of God course in 2004, was so transformed by the teaching that he
wanted to say thank you by putting on the display.
is a pyro-technician so as you might imagine, the display was
simply awesome. I confess I was not sure how to handle the
honour, but as I walked back to my room later I felt the Lord speak
into my spirit and say "Welcome back to Australia"
Marriage as God intended
(15th - 17th August)
This course is the one which Linda and I both
teach on, and being a mid week course the numbers were manageable.
Teaching subjects included understanding what it means for God
to 'join' a man and wife, the differences between a marriage
contract and a marriage covenant, the Lordship of Jesus in marriage,
Godly order in marriage, breaking down the invisible wall that has
built up over the years, handling conflict, love languages, and
Godly sexuality. In the evenings couples were invited to share
stories of how they met, and the most touching thing their spouse
had ever done for them.
One session was left free to relax and discuss
what had been taught. During this short break Linda and I took up an
invitation to visit the Evangelical Sisters of Mary in nearby
Camden. It proved to be one of the highlights of our time in
Australia. When we arrived we were met by the Sisters who gathered
around and welcomed us with a beautiful song, followed by much
hugging and handshaking and photographs. I was delighted and
flattered to hear that they had been listening to my teaching CD's
for quite a long time! We were given a delightful tour of
their base 'Canaan Land' and given many books written by the founder
Basilea Schlink Linda and I were deeply impressed with
their trust in Jesus, and the way they pray in all their needs. As
we left after our short visit we were again treated to a worship
song. A blessed half hour indeed.
Men of God (18th - 20th
This was the course I was most eager to teach
on, as I have found Australian men to be very responsive to the
un-watered down challenge of radically following Jesus. In fact I
would say that the tougher the challenge the more the Australian man
responds. Men's lives had been radically changed in the two previous
visits and the most exciting part is that the changes have not only
held, but developed. World watch out!
The course was again full with a waiting list
for cancellations, and the hunger was palpable. The anointing of God
was so strong that even though there was only a short break between
the marriage course and this course, I felt no weariness whatsoever.
Saturday evening was the ministry session and
the Holy Spirit manifested His Presence very powerfully, and the men
who stood for ministry into a range of 'men's issues' knew that The
Lord had wonderfully and mercifully set them free.
"This teaching needs to be in our churches.
I was here by divine appointment - broken the lie of satan that God
doesn't love me anymore"
"A very in depth emotional experience, that
is, a reality check on life, how it really should be according to
"The challenge to step up in my walk with
God and take my calling seriously"
"It was good to hear the truth instead of a
watered down version - I had fallen back into a comfortable
Christian role - this weekend re awoke my responsibilities and need
to get real with God, to move forward to the front line instead of
the back and do my share of the fighting. It has rekindled a desire
to get to know God again, to talk and walk with Jesus instead of
being just close to Him. I feel refreshed and a renewed energy to
get back into the things of God"
"God showed me how crucial 'total
submission; is during this weekend. Even though I knew it in my head
it was just head knowledge. I found myself as an undecided person
before I came here. But I realised it was related to my unclear
relationship with God, and God showed me that it was time to fix
this relationship. Also I am released from my past bondages from
"God has spoken to me powerfully over the
weekend and helped to affirm me as a man of God - I have been given
the opportunity to openly and publicly admit the errors of my ways
to God and am happy that He has acknowledged my broken repentant
heart and granted me forgiveness. And a new start. This is exactly
what I needed in my life right now"
Father heart of God - Western
Australia (25th-27th August)
We now flew out to Perth to join Paul and
Barbs Harris at Ellel's new base at Springhill, an 85 acre site
formerly used as a base for naval personnel. The base has
resident kangaroos and an emu, plus a donkey, merino sheep and a
newly arrived batch of sheep.
This first course attracted excellent
numbers and it was a joy to take the group around this large
site on the traditional Father heart walk and to see the
invisible attributes of the Godhead being clearly displayed
through the things that are made. (Romans 1:20)
We saw our first huntsman spider (non
poisonous - but BIG) and got some wonderful footage of Linda
screaming and running out the door when it dropped off the
ceiling to the floor in one of the outside units.
It's these moments that make Australia
Men's issues (29th - 31st
This was the last seminar in our one month
visit, and in some ways I think it may have been the most anointed. Again the radical challenge of
following hard after Jesus was put uncompromisingly before them and
again the Australian men responded with hearts very open to God. The testimonies were very encouraging and the
group agreed that next year there should be 200+ men coming to hear
this radical call to discipleship.
Free time activities
This is where the miracle of my health
really became apparent. So severe is my 'official' medical
condition that the cheapest travel insurance I could obtain
for the four weeks was well over £700.
However in our free time I lived
another story. God's story in my life.
I went deep sea fishing - 30 miles off
the coast - and caught several large large yellow fin tuna
with the largest one at an estimated 30 kilos (beating my
previous record of 25 kilos in 2004) The yellow fin tune is
reckoned to be - pound for pound - the hardest fighting fish
in the world and the battle to land this huge fish lasted exactly 40 minutes.
Linda and I also went early morning
canoeing up the Napean river with Ellel's Australian
Director Paul Watson.
We went buggy runs at speed around the
rough red earth tracks on the 85 acre estate, and to cap it
all we then went hot air ballooning at dawn in nearby Northam
village, reaching a maximum height of 4000 feet at one
A memorable trip on many fronts, and
God willing we plan to return next August.