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TOUR: SINGER LEVI MCGRATH JOINS FORMER CHILD SOLDIER GRACE ARACH IN SHARING HER STORY OF HOPE
When Melbourne-based musician and singer/songwriter Levi McGrath first met Grace Arach, it was in a World Vision-run rehabilitation centre for former child soldiers in Uganda six years ago.
The 29-year-old and his wife Megan were spending six months working at the shelter. Ms Arach had been at the centre for several years – first recovering herself and then helping others to do so - when they met her.
Ms Arach was only 12-years-old when she was abducted in 1996 on her way to school by soldiers of the Lord’s Resistance Army who marched her into southern Sudan. “Married” to one of the commanders, she was later sent to the frontlines in the fighting between the LRA and government troops.
Shot in the chest, she lay unconscious for two days before she was able to make her escape with other women to a Sudanese Army base. She was eventually repatriated to Uganda and taken to the World Vision centre to help her recovery.
Mr Grath, who ended up writing about what he encountered in Uganda in his album Children of War, said it was Ms Arach’s strength and resilience which stood out to him from the moment he met her.
DAVID ADAMS speaks to Levi McGrath and Grace Arach about World Vision Australia's A Night of Hope tour... | more... |
26th November, 2015
MORE THAN 650 MILLION CHILDREN AT RISK FROM CLIMATE CHANGE, SAYS UNICEF AHEAD OF COP21
Children will bear the brunt of climate change with more than 500 million living in areas with extremely high flood occurrence and 160 million in high drought severity zones, according to a report from UNICEF.
The report, Unless We Act Now: The Impact Of Climate Change on Children, was released this week ahead of next week's gathering of world leaders in Paris for the 21st UN climate change conference (COP21),
It found that of the 530 million living in flood prone zones, 300 million lived in countries, concentrated in Asia, where more than half the population lives on less than $US3.10 a day.
WORLDVIEW: POPE IN AFRICA SAYS CONFLICT "FEEDS ON FEAR, MISTRUST AND DESPAIR"
For his first trip to Africa, Pope Francis is visiting Kenya, Uganda and the Central African Republic (CAR), from 25th to 30th November.
The three countries all have predominantly Christian populations - Kenya about 80 per cent, Uganda 85 per cent and CAR 76 per cent - and about 10 per cent or so Muslim populatuions in each of them. But they have lots of challenges. The peaceful cohabitation enjoyed by their religious communities for years has been shattered by frequent tensions due notably to religious intolerance, exacerbated by the influence of jihadist groups.
The pope’s visit comes days after the terrorist attack at the Radisson Blu Hotel in Bamako (Mali), which claimed 22 lives, including those of the two attackers. Two jihadist groups - the Massina Liberation Front and Al Mourabitoun – said they carried out the attack.
Pope Francis is making his first visit to Africa this week. ILLIA DJADI, of World Watch Monitor, reports on what he is expected to encounter there... | more... |
THE CoSA MODEL OFFERS A SIGNIFICANT STEP FORWARD IN DEALING WITH SEX-OFFENDERS FOLLOWING THEIR RELEASE
26th November, 2015
Recently I was watching Studio 10 and saw a segment on sex offenders. Comments included that “they should all live in the desert together, and if they die well that’s OK”; that ”repeat offenders should be locked up for good with no chance of release”; that “sex offenders don't change.”
It's my belief that sex offenders should be punished according to their crimes, but that when their sentence is over, they should have every possible chance to receive help to change.
MIKE GRIFFITHS writes that CoSA offers an alternative model to dealing with sex offenders...| more... |
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MYANMAR: MILITARY OFFENSIVE DISPLACES KACHIN CHRISTIANS
Artillery and air strikes by Myanmar (also known as Burma) government forces on rebel bases in Kachin state in the past week displaced hundreds of ethnic Kachin, a predominantly Christian people long targeted in part because they are not Buddhist.
Rev Lama Yaw of the Kachin Baptist Convention, who visited areas near Mohnyin where the offensive intensified on 15th November, told Morning Star News by phone that 200 civilians took shelter in area churches after attacks by a jet, helicopter gunships and artillery against the Kachin Independence Army (KIA). Another Christian leader in Mohnyin told The Irrawaddy newspaper that some 300 villagers had fled their homes on 19th November, and were taking shelter in his church.
Pastor Yaw said area Christians were shaken by the attacks, which continued through the week, as they have long seen civilians and church buildings targeted by government weaponry and soldiers.
“They dare not go to sleep at home as they fear unexpected attacks, because the Burma Army has done these kinds of attacks and abuses before,” said Pastor Yaw. “Some nearby villagers have gone to sleep at churches in Mohnyin town, as they fear random attacks by the Burma Army.”
TERRORISM: GLOBAL DEATHS UP 80 PER CENT IN 2014 WITH MORE THAN HALF IN JUST FIVE COUNTRIES
Global deaths from terrorism in 2014 were 80 per cent higher than the previous year with more than 32,000 people killed in terrorist incidents, according to a new report from the UK-based Institute for Economics and Peace.
The 2015 Global Terrorism Index, which looks at data for 162 countries, found that 35,658 people were killed by terrorism in 2014 compared to 18,111 the previous year - the highest year-to-year increase over the past 15 years.
It said Islamic extremist terror groups, Islamic State (IS, also known as ISIL) and Boko Haram were jointly responsible for 51 per cent of all attributable terrorist-related fatalities last year. Boko Haram was the world's deadliest terrorist group, causing 6,644 deaths compared to 6,073 killed by IS.
The report shows that 11 countries suffered more than 500 deaths - new additions to that list included Somalia, Ukraine, Yemen, the Central African Republic, South Sudan and Cameroon - and that 78 per cent of all deaths and 57 per cent of all attacks took place in just five countries: Afghanistan, Iraq, Nigeria, Pakistan and Syria.
In 2014, Iraq was the nation most impacted by terrorist attacks with 9,929 fatalities. Nigeria, meanwhile, experienced the largest increase in terrorist activity with 7,512 deaths last year, more than a 300 per cent increase on the previous year.
DAVID ADAMS reports on the findngs of the 2015 Global Terrorism Index... | more... |
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NEPAL: MISSIONARIES EVANGELISE DESPITE UNREST OVER NEW CONSTITUTION
Native Christian missionaries in Nepal say they will continue evangelism despite unrest over a newly constitution that enshrined a long-time ban on proselytising.
The new constitution signed by Nepal's president on 20th September outlaws "any act to convert another person from one religion to another or any act or behavior to undermine or jeopardize the religion of another," with violations punishable by prison and/or fines.
The ban fails to allow choosing one's faith to be seen as a matter of individual rights as required by international treaties that Nepal has signed and ratified, said advocacy group Christian Solidarity Worldwide (CSW).
Yet, Christians were relieved that framers ultimately did away with a reported concession to Hindu groups to ban all religious conversions, said Christian Aid Mission (CAM), which supports native missionaries.
The government instead approved a constitution defining the state as secular and neutral toward all religions, “over rancorous objections and violence that included attacks on three church buildings”, CAM told BosNewsLife.
Last week, a quarter of a century after winning a landslide in Burma’s last openly contested elections, Aung San Suu Kyi and her party, the National League for Democracy (NLD), won another overwhelming electoral victory. Despite 25 years of repression, including many years under house arrest, she and her party have proven once and for all that they were not going away. The people of Burma, even more importantly, proved once again that they want an end to military rule, and the establishment of genuine democracy.
The momentous results for the NLD are clearly a cause for celebration for anyone who believes in democracy. So far, the response of the ruling party, and the military, has been surprisingly reassuring, promising to respect the results and transition power to an NLD government. But as Aung San Suu Kyi herself has said, this does not mean that the goal of democracy has been achieved - it is just the very beginning.
Many challenges await an NLD government. First and foremost, the military has already made sure that they will continue to hold power. Under the 2008 constitution, a quarter of the parliamentary seats are reserved for the military. The commander-in-chief has the right to appoint the ministers of defence, home affairs and border affairs, meaning that three ministers in an NLD government will answer to the army, and not to the elected representatives of the people.
BENEDICT ROGERS, East Asia team leader for Christian Solidarity Worldwide, looks at what last week's national elections mean for the future of Burma (also known as Myanmar)... | more... |
"GRAVE" CHALLENGES AHEAD AS AUNG SAN SUU KYI'S NATIONAL LEAGUE FOR DEMOCRACY LOOKS SET TO TAKE POWER FOLLOWING HISTORIC ELECTIONS
DAVID ADAMS reports on the outcome of last weekend's elections in Myanmar...| more... |
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To mark the Australian release of Signed, Sealed, Delivered for Christmas (PG), Sight is giving away five copies of the DVD, courtesy of Heritage Films.
With a duty to deliver every last letter before Christmas, the beloved quartet of post office detectives - Oliver (Eric Mabius), Shane (Kristin Booth), Rita (Crystal Lowe) and Norman (Geoff Gustafson) - are working around the clock to redirect Santa’s mail just as Oliver runs into his former Sunday school teacher (Marion Ross). When they receive an emotional last-minute plea not meant for Saint Nick, but instead written to God, they must delay their own travel plans to make sure one little girl doesn’t lose her Christmas joy - something Oliver and Shane are also struggling to find as they each face painful holiday memories. With a little guidance from a mysterious post office volunteer, Jordan (Rob Estes), the Postables are more surprised than anyone to discover they've been a part of more than one miracle on this Christmas Eve.
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OPEN BOOK - HINTS FROM THE SPIRIT OF HOLINESS: STEPHEN IS HIJACKED
It now seems that Luke had told us about the problem of food distribution to give some background to what happened a short time later. The proselytes were as much a problem to the proclamation of the Good News as were some of Jesus' own people. In that context, Stephen, had been chosen because as a proselyte who had become a believer, he was "full of faith and the Holy Spirit". And his reputation had now grown.
We can imagine that some of those reading this book a few decades after the events described here would have had a vivid memory of Stephen and his impact. And it seems that Luke has "inside information" being told about Stephen's demeanour from some who had been members of the council that had condemned him (see Acts 6:7).
This servant of God may not have lived long, but God made him a success in the true sense of the word. We might even say that Stephen continued in a direct line initiated by John the Baptist.
BRUCE C WEARNE examines the persecution of Stephen as recorded in Acts 6... |
THIS LIFE: BELIEVE THE BIRDS
As I child I was convinced I could talk with birds. Once on a trip to the Presbyterian retreat centre, Ghost Ranch, New Mexico (the former summer home of artist, Georgia O’Keeffe), we stopped by a small zoo they had on the property. There I would walk through the aviary section whispering to the birds. As a boy of nine, I was sure a particular red-tail hawk understood what I said, communing in a language all our own.
Five years ago, my Navajo family (friends, not by birth) gave me my Navajo name. After watching me work, Grandma Marlene chose dahiiti’hii, or the hummingbird. She said she gave it to me because “I can’t sit still, and like to lead with my nose.”
To say the least, I’ve had a fascination with our feathered friends all my life.
Jesus, too, admired birds. In several parables and teachings He referenced the creatures of flight.
“Consider the birds,” He reminded the disciples, as He discussed how God cares for them - and us.
“Are not two sparrows sold for a penny,” He told the disciples, saying that “not one will be forgotten before God,” inferring God will not forget His children.
In an article first published by ASSIST News Service, BRIAN NIXON looks at the importance of birds... |
SIGHT-SEEING: OFFENDED BY THE LORD'S PRAYER? YOU SHOULD BE!
There has been a minor media storm over the decision of certain UK cinema chains to withdraw a Church of England advertisement featuring the Lord’s Prayer.
Perhaps they were hoping to avoid controversy by avoiding religion. In reality, of course, religion is unavoidable and they have generated far more controversy than would have been the case if they had gone ahead with the advert.
The decision to refuse the advert is pretty ridiculous, but I’m sorry to see that many of its defenders have responded by insisting that the advert is not offensive. There are two issues that are being overlooked.
Firstly, there is an assumption that adverts generally are not offensive. Personally, I am offended by about 90 per cent of adverts. Many of them promote values I don’t believe in, encourage consumerism, champion narrow gender stereotypes and tell me that my life will be better if I buy a load of wasteful junk. I’ve seen army recruitment adverts in cinemas, romanticising war and promoting an organisation rooted in violence and hierarchy.
If you do not share my values, these things may not offend you, but I’m sure some other adverts will. Almost anything that promotes a product or an idea will offend somebody. But I do not have a right not to be offended, and nor do you.
In an article first published by UK-based Ekklesia, SYMON HILL, writing in reference to the recent controversy over the refusal by cinemas to run an ad referencing the Lord's Prayer, says it's not surprising people find the prayer offensive... |
POSTCARDS: "YOU COME HERE AND TAKE OUR JOBS," LEBANESE TELL REFUGEES
Beirut is one of the most expensive cities in the world; whenever I visit, I make it one of my duties to meet with Syrian refugees, especially families who left Aleppo. It is not easy meeting them when I know they’ve had to leave behind a decent life where they had jobs, owned their own apartments, and were serving in the church and their communities.
Now, most of them say things like, “Pastor, look at us. See where we are now and how we lived before. Will we ever live again in golden days?” Many have shared sentiments such as “the best solution is to leave the region. Leave and forget these countries; leave the Middle East and live a decent life in Europe.” They feel they have had enough suffering.
During my time with the refugees in Beirut, I heard stories of how poorly they’re being treated. World Watch Monitor has an occasional diary from a church leader still in Aleppo, the Syrian city that is now a key battleground between rebels and President Assad’s forces. Recently, however, pastor Samuel* visited Beirut in neighbouring Lebanon to meet some of that country’s one million Syrian refugees. This is his edited account...|
LIFESTORY: FORMER METH-MAKING ADDICT SHARES STORY OF RESTORATION, LOVE FOR HELPING MEN AT HOMES OF PROMISE
Looking at recovery home manager Sal Perez for the first time I sense an aura around him that can only be described as love.
I tell myself that there’s no way that this 56-year-old man, born and raised in the San Gabriel Valley, could have ever had a bad bone in his body. However, Sal is living a life transformed. He’ll tell you that in the past, as a methamphetamine addict that manufactured the drug to feed his habit, he intimidated people – he wanted to be bad.
It’s a Friday night at Izzy’s Place, and almost immediately I realize there’s something more to this recovery home than men simply trying to kick alcohol and drugs. Sal is smiling ear-to-ear as he greets new people and gives nods and hugs to others.
In the kitchen, women are preparing dinner for those attending a Celebrate Recovery meeting in the backyard. The meeting is for the dozen or so men in the house, but it’s also open to the public - those seeking help in the recovery program that utilises the steps of Alcoholics Anonymous, the Gospel, and identifies “Higher Power” as Jesus Christ.
In a story first published by ASSIST News Service, ALEX MURASHKO speaks with Sal Perez about how God transformed his life and led him to minister to others...|
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CASTING THE NET: GLOBETHICS.NET
Celebrating 10 years of existence last year, this website is the shopfront of a massive worldwide network of academics, activists, religious leaders and representatives of NGOs, private companies and public institutions - 150,000 registered participants at last count, all of whom are interested in talking about ethics and their application. The website has a threefold purpose - providing access to resources on ethics, facilitating networking around ethics and stimulating global collaborative research - and, as a result, comes with an extensive library of 1.5 million documents examining issues from various ethical perspectives, all of which are freely accessible and come in a variety of languages.
DAVID ADAMS delves into the massive online resources of Globethics.net... |
BOOKS: A CLOSER LOOK AT THE LETTERS OF JOHN
The concept of truth as an absolute has become something of a no-go zone in the modern world as we increasingly embrace the idea of many truths (whatever works best for you).
Yet the Bible says otherwise including in the three letters of John, contained in the latter part of the New Testament, where the singular truth of the Gospel message is a central subject.
It’s one of the key themes David Mulready explores in his new study guide and devotional looking at the three letters of John. Others include the (equally increasingly unpopular) issue of sin and how to deal with it, what it really means to love and how to pray.
Divided into 40 days (making it ideal to use during Lent - the purpose for which it was written - but, given its content, good to use any time of year), the book takes the reader on a complete journey through the letters of John. Each section consists of a short reading reference, a couple of pages of reflection and a brief reflection at the end.
DAVID ADAMS looks at a new Lenten study guide looking at the three letters of John... |
SCREEN SHORT: SPECTRE AN ENTERTAINING BUT FAMILIAR DISH
The latest offering in the astronomically popular string of James Bond films based on Ian Fleming’s novels, Spectre is a mixed bag. The cars were fast, the thrills were big, the quips were quick, the damsels were beautiful and suitably in distress. It was the classic Bond formula and predictable in every sense of the word (which diehard 007 fans will enjoy, but its lasting appeal to movie-goers more generally remains to be seen). In Spectre, a cryptic message from beyond the grave from Judi Dench’s M sends Daniel Craig’s James Bond on a solo mission to take down the evil organisation for which the film is named. It’s a simple enough storyline but the execution of it is a little lacklustre. One element that didn’t meet the mark was the villain, the sinister Franz Oberhauser.
LAUREN MUSCAT looks at the latest James Bond film... |
MUSIC: SONGS FOR LITTLE ROOMS 2 - SOOTHING SOUNDS WITH A BIGGER PURPOSE
Emu Music has followed up their 2010 release of Songs For Little Rooms with the aptly titled Songs For Little Rooms 2 and, like its predecessor, the latest is a "stripped back" recording that allows a wondrous purity and simplicity (a rear commodity these days) that only a piano, acoustic guitar and two part harmonies can bring.
Throw in some basic percussion and a pinch of piano accordion and you are left with a nicely balanced, graceful record.
If you are a fan of Emu Music then you will notice the new arrangements on this record, and be pleasantly surprised with new tracks such as My Heart Is Yours Now and Never Ending Praises.
But if you are new to Emu Music, you will be pleasantly reassured by the Biblical, Christ-focused content of their worship that is more about Jesus than you (another rare commodity). The line from Chorus Of The Saved sums it up perfectly: "Come join the song in Earth and Heaven voices raised; In the chorus of the saved".
ROBBIE TOWNSEND listens to Songs For Little Rooms 2...|
27th November, 2015
THE TCM UPDATE: CASTING CROWN'S RECORD BREAKING QUADRELLA; STEPH UNGER WINS THE AUSSIE CHRISTIAN SONG COUNTDOWN; AND PAUL MORRISON AIDS COMPASSION...
To hear CAM WANT with this week's edition of The TCM Update, simply click on the link... |
APPS: ENRICHING YOUR PRAYER LIFE, AND, AN APP TO HELP MEN STEP OUT OF THE ORDINARY Do you sometimes find yourself lost for words when you pray? Or know you should pray but circumstances have pulled your spirit down and you feel you can't? If so, there's no need to feel alone: the Abide team says that 75 per cent of Christians are unsatisfied with their prayer life. And the Abide Prayer app may be just what you need. There's a daily prayer to listen to and pray along with or there are topics you can choose from according to your situation. This app may be just the thing to start you praying regularly. Available for Apple and Android devices.
ALAN TAYLOR looks at apps Abide Prayer and Uncommen... |
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LIFETALK: THE BALANCING ACT - WORK, REST AND PLAY
Have you noticed your life flying by rather more quickly than you ever imagined? Do you find yourself wondering if you’ll ever catch up with yourself and have time to rest? Or, how about this one - you finally lay your head down on the pillow at night only to find your brain continuing to writhe with conversations, concerns and fragments of day old, month old, year old, "ancient" information.
Frustrating isn’t it.
Perhaps you’ve been in a season that has slowed you down and, in the midst of its very real challenges, you find yourself secretly grateful for the excuse to let go of your ‘normal’ pace. Or maybe, without any assistance from circumstance, it’s slowly dawning on you that you may just have to slow your world down yourself!
I’ve involuntarily experienced several of these wake-up calls along the way, some intentional and most arising out of life, without any conscious input from me. However, in most cases, once I’ve accepted the ‘opportunity’ to drop down a couple of gears and stopped wrestling, I discover needed rest, new perspectives and a renewed and closer connection with myself, my loved ones and God Himself. Funny how freeing up some time can drastically improve relationships, including with the Divine One!
Life design coach ANN WOJCZUK provides some tips for keeping your life in a better state of balance... |
KNOW IT ALL: THE INTERNATIONAL SPACE STATION
The International Space Station recently marked 15 years of continuous human habitation. We take a deeper look...
• The International Space Station (ISS) - the largest artificial body in orbit around the Earth - is a microgravity laboratory made up of a series of 13 interconnected "rooms" which make it larger in size than a six bedroom house.
• The ISS is a joint project of five space agencies, US space agency NASA, the Russian Federal Space Agency (Roscosmos), the Japan Aerospace eXploration Agency (JAXA), the European Space Agency (ESA), and Canadian Space Agency (CSA).
• Assembly of the station began in November, 1998, when Russia launched the Zarya control module. Further modules were added later. Power to the station is provided by more than an acre of solar panels.
DAVID ADAMS takes a look at some of the facts and figures behind the International Space Station (ISS)...|
ORIGINS: 30 YEARS AFTER CAPTURING OUR HEARTS IN BACK TO THE FUTURE, THE DELOREAN DMC-12 LIVES ON
For this edition of Origins, we're going back, Back to the Future!
In case you missed it, we recently passed a milestone when 21st October ticked over on the calendar. Why is that date so special? Because it is that date that inventor 'Doc' Emmet Brown (played by Christopher Lloyd) and Marty McFly (Michael J Fox) go to at the start of the 1989 Robert Zemeckis-directed film Back to the Future II, in a desperate bid to prevent McFly's future son from starting down a ruinous path (and actually end up making this worse, but I digress).
Anyway, it's for that reason we thought we take a look at where it all began for one of the other stars of the movie, the two door, brushed stainless steel DeLorean sports car that Doc Brown "built" as his time machine.
The DeLorean takes its name from John Z DeLorean, a one-time engineer at General Motors who decided to make his own sports car.
DAVID ADAMS looks at where it all started for a pop-culture icon... |
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WORDPLAY CHALLENGE #7
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... | more... |
THE BIG PICTURE: ARE YOU LINKED IN WITH THE BOSS OF THE UNIVERSE?
Omniscience means ‘all knowing’. You can usually find it in sentences describing God - not a social media company. But over the years people have been regularly mystified at LinkedIn’s ability to know who their friends and acquaintances are. It’s creepy. If you aren’t a member then you’ve probably received apparently personal email invitations from friends encouraging you to join. But these same people will tell you they never sent the emails. Then if you do join LinkedIn you’ll see a list of all kinds of people you know. But how? How does this company with 400 million members worldwide know who you know?
To see Outreach Media's November poster and read the full text, follow the link... | more... |
THE WEEKLY SNAPSHOT
1st November, 2015
The Impermanence of Man's Work by BOB ZANKER
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Throughout the year, we'll be reading a series of books and then joining in a discussion about it - both among others within your church or small group and the wider Sight community. For October-November, 2015, we're reading Laura Hillenbrand's 2010 book Unbroken, the amazing story of Louis Zamperini which was made into a film in 2014. To register your group (and receive our discussion notes via email) and for more details about how the club works, head here...
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THEY SAID IT
"Well, it's...guns and bombs, yes, it looks, it does look like a war. We have to recognise that the resources, the strength of our States, of our nations, are so much greater than those of the terrorists."
- Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, speaking on 15th November, 2015, in answer to a question from a journalist whether the attacks on France "feels like a war" to him.
"Mali will not shut down because of this attack. Terrorism will not win."
- Mali's President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita, speaking after 19 people were killed in an attack by Islamic extremists on the Radisson Blu hotel in Bamako on 20th November, 2015.
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THIS WEEK ON THE WEB
26th November, 2015
Jarrod McKenna and Teresa Lee are Perth-based Christian activists who share their home in Perth with refugee families and work to make their transition to Australian life as positive as possible while demonstrating in politicians’ offices to draw attention to the plight of children in detention. They were recently the subject of a report on the ABC's Compass program. To watch it, follow this link.
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24th November, 2015
Shoes. They don't seem remarkable, but they are a design feat, if you'll pardon the pun.
A good pair of shoes has to keep our feet dry, while at the same time dispersing the large amount of perspiration from our feet; they must be waterproof, but breathe! If you've ever worn rubber boots you'll realise how hard this is.
This is why leather is so good. Quite water resistant one way, but breathes the other. Interesting that it’s hard to improve on nature.
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OF GOLD-COVERED CHOCOLATE; A CHOCO-HOLICS' DREAM JOB; AND, WHEN YOU'RE JUST NOT UGLY ENOUGH...
Like gold with your chocolate? Nestle Japan has reportedly announced it will be selling 500 gold coated Kit Kat fingers later this month to mark its approaching milestone of a million customers at its Chocolatory stores. The bars, each of which is reportedly priced at the equivalent of $US16, will be coated with a thin layer of 24 carat gold.
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SPANISH MISSIONS IN TEXAS OFFICIALLY INSCRIBED UPON WORLD HERITAGE LIST...
Five Spanish Colonial missions in Texas in the US were officially inscribed as a World Heritage Site last month.
The missions include the Mission Nuestra Señora de la Purisima Concepcion de Acuna, the Mission San Jose y San Miguel de Aguayo, the Mission San Juan Capistrano, and the Mission San Francisco de La Espada as well as the Mission San Antonio de Valero (better known as The Alamo), the site of an historic battle in 1836.
CHRISTIAN GENERAL RECALLED IN JERUSALEM EXHIBITION... The World War I British officer who gave the order to lay down arms in 1918 is the subject of a year-long exhibition in Jerusalem opening this week.
On the 50th anniversary of his death, Lt Gen Sir William Dobbie's life is being celebrated at Christ Church, an Anglican community with strong links to the family and located within the ancient walls of the Old City.
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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
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