|Linda and I returned
to this amazing continent from the end of June to early August
to teach and minister at the Ellel centre at Menangle, New South
and I in the beautiful grounds of 'Gilbulla'
|..and what a joy it
was to return and see the fruit from last years visit. Especially
from the 'Men of God course' One lady told us that
the moment her husband arrived home from last year's course
she knew that she had a new husband.
The husband gave me his written testimony...
"I had been a Christian for nearly
30 years at the time of the 'Men's Weekend' and had been
battling with an addiction to masturbation for 34 years. The
Bible doesn't specifically deal with this sin but this sin
leads to others such as lust, adulterous thoughts and pornography
and is a real trap that creates slaves and prisoners. Once
this sin got a foothold in my life Satan knew that he could
stifle my Christian growth and shackled me with guilt and
shame. I had tried many, many times to free myself of it
because I knew it was wrong.
|I had varying levels of success over pornography
by not letting myself be exposed to it but I was a prisoner to the
compulsion to masturbate. Some times I would
win the battle for a few weeks but then I'd give in to temptation and fall
back into the same traps. I knew Jesus could make me free as He says in
John 8. I don't really know how it happened at the Men's weekend other
than the power of the Holy Spirit changing something intangible, but I do
know I was healed of the addiction. I am free, the addiction is gone, the
guilt and shame are gone. Temptation still occurs occasionally but I now
have a choice and I choose not to whereas before I was a slave to
Understanding 'Freemasonry and the
This was a one day course with two sessions given to
each subject. The church is beginning to awaken to these issues and this
day was given over to laying down a sound understanding of how these
issues effect the individual and the church.
|Father heart of God
Linda and I
with Margaret and Roy Blomfield who travelled from New Zealand
to attend the Father heart of God school
|This was a five day holiday school with
teaching every morning and the rest of the day free to spend with
This simple but profound teaching continues to radically
transform lives wherever it is given.
This short selection of testimonies from the feedback forms says
"God has done so much in my life that this space is too
short - but I will send it into Ellel in the next week. God is so
good and faithful"
"Kicked out the old negative Father God image and I met my Heavenly
Dad which is GREAT..my parents both closed their door on me. I tried to
get on top of that through achievement and now (finally!!) deeply realised
that my Heavenly Father is different, totally for me and that He won't
close the door to me."
"God has been shown to me this week in a way I did not know
before. I have come to know Him as Dad, whereas before I knew Him as the
Father who sent His Son Jesus to us. He is no longer distant but very
close. This gives me more confidence to move on through Him"
"All my life I have felt useless, a failure and of no worth.
Now I know I have a Dad who loves me and I matter to Him.."
"God has really changed my attitude and relationship with
Him. Previously I had the feeling that God was just beyond my reach and
contact. He was near, but just a little further away. Ken's ministry
showed how clearly this is wrong. I was prompted by Ken and the Holy
Spirit to realise we are God's children chosen by Him. We can rightly
call God 'Daddy' not keeping a score sheet of our errors.. I personally
am encouraged by God and feel strengthened for the ministry He has
chosen for me."
"For many years I asked to 'comprehend' Father God. I love
Jesus and the Holy Spirit but somehow God was 'out there'. Now I had
head knowledge of the Trinity, but I now know "Daddy God" and
I'm His darling, special little girl."
"Brought me into a deeper understanding of how God welcomes
me as a son, Jesus' younger brother and that He is truly my Daddy who listens
to me. I saw on covenant teaching a picture of myself with the cross
right behind me and wherever I walked the shadow of the cross always
stretches over me and ahead of me whether I could see it or not.
|Moving on with God
A challenging three day course which, being mid
week, was the only course to not be fully booked. However a
substantial number of people attending the Father heart of God
school decided to return for this course and it was such a joy to
see so many people who attended some of last year's courses plus
this unexpected carry over from the previous course. Subjects
included hearing from God, understanding the dark night of the
soul, the wilderness and the land of promise, Godly submission and
blood covenants. God's Presence was so real especially on
the final morning during the subject on Godly submission (entitled
'The rise and fall of Miriam').
Ministry to men weekend
Once again a full house of Australian men
hungry for God. Many returning from last year with friends.
Two leaders brought men from their congregations in Perth,
Western Australia, (a four hour flight)
Others came from
Brisbane Canberra and beyond.
|Once again most of the teaching
was dealing openly and honestly with male issues, especially male
sexuality and once again the response of the men on Saturday evenings
ministry time was deeply moving as they sought to do serious business with
God. Lives were radically changed. Again, as with last year, an email
about a wife saying that is amazed at her new husband! With such men
emerging Australia's spiritual future looks bright.
Marriage as God intended weekends (2)
This was originally planned as a one weekend course but
when it booked up immediately Ellel asked if we could squeeze in a second
course just before we returned home. This we were happy to do.
Linda and I have been developing this course over 18
months now and it is such a delight to have her teaching alongside
me. On the first weekend's course Linda took the women separately
for the session on Godly Sexuality and on the second weekend we did this
teaching jointly. Both worked equally well I think. The responses to
both courses was remarkable. A pastor attending wrote this on his
"Opened my eyes to the Lordship of Jesus and
given me fresh revelation into Godly sexuality and how important
marriage is in God's eyes. The other thing that I've learnt is that we
need to heed God's word on these issues as God is serious about His word
and watches over it. I'm glad I came, its my first time. However it will
not be my last. The teaching was great."
"Realising just how powerful and vital the
husband's role is as the Godly covering for his wife and family, and the
negative impact it can have if he doesn't walk in that role"
"Conflict resolutions, straight talk, making
clear lines between a Godly or an ungodly marriage - it was all great.
What else can you say. Linda and Ken are just gems!"
"I fell in love with my husband in a whole new
way.. I also learned what the meaning of blood covenants really is. I
feel the urgency of telling my 3 teenagers what the covenant means, even
though we have taught them that sex before marriage is not Godly and
will hurt them later, I want them to know how precious the gift of sex
is from god and not make the same mistakes as me."
"Confirmed to me again just how truly blessed
I am to have a husband who has a very high standard of integrity, cherishes
me with all his heart, and is walking more and more closely with the
Lord every day.
I feel as if there has been a further consolidation
and growth in our relationship (which was good anyway) but somehow an
extra indefinable and positive element has been added over this weekend
- maybe a deeper awareness of each others needs and what treasures we
are to each other."
||Thanks to Paul Ryan
(again) we had a fishing slot in our visit. However unlike last year
when we had several days in the gulf of Carpentaria, this year we
had just one day in deep waters off the continental shelf out of
Kiama about one hours drive from Gilbulla. Rising at 4.45am we
set sail on a charter boat at 6am The weather forecast was
excellent but someone forgot to tell the weather that. Rather than
calm seas we had 3 metre swells that saw Linda sea sick for hours
below deck and me being sea sick for only the second time in my
|However the BIG bonus was that after a half
hour battle I landed my biggest ever fish (by far). A yellow fin Tuna
weighing in at 25 kilos (53 lbs)
Normally I put all my fish back but this beautiful fish
(worth approx aus$3000 on the Japanese fish market) was given to Ellel
Australia after being expertly filleted by Daniel the skipper of the
God is good!