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Update (2) July 2009

Thursday, July 30th, 2009

Click here to view the second Kids Works International update for July 2009.

In this update:

  • Vital information about the BOOST tour
  • BOOST It! Slovakia project report
  • Personal update

Update July 2009

Monday, July 13th, 2009

Click here to view the Kids Works International update for July 2009.

In this update:

  • Kari is scheduled to go into surgery on the 13th.
  • Lauren (Doug & Kara Watson’s daughter), has begun to show signs of a miraculous healing from Tuberous Sclerosis & epilepsy.

On the personal side…

Friday, May 15th, 2009

Kari – As you may have noticed from the pictures, Kari’s appearance has changed over the last couple of weeks due to 1) loosing her first tooth and 2) getting glasses. Over the past 6 months, we have been visiting a number of medical people, including a Consultant Paediatric Opthalmologist. The end result is she has a lump called a dermoid (normal tissue in the wrong spot) in her right eye socket. We are waiting on scan results to see if anything needs to be done with it, and what the options are. It was also found that she has astigmatism in her right eye (i.e. a funny shaped eyeball) and hence the glasses, as this can sometimes be corrected.

Lara – Lara received her birthday present early this year – a new bike! John said to her that if she learnt to ride her bike without the training wheels, she could get a new bike for her birthday. It took one afternoon for her to master this – talk about determination!

Courtney – Way back in January, Courtney reached double figures and celebrated with a sleepover party. 10 friends were invited with the thinking that they all wouldn’t be able to make it – wrong! They all came, and so we had a very full lounge room of girls, all ‘sleeping’ over, although we don’t think their definition of ‘sleeping’ was the same as ours!

Bushfires – We have been very saddened and shocked to see the devastation caused by the bushfires in the Kinglake area earlier in the year. It was very close to home, as we lived in St. Andrews for 7 years and would attend annual training at the local CFA, along with having a fire plan. Our deepest sympathies and prayers to everyone affected by the fires, especially those of you who have lost loved ones, property and/or possessions.


Thursday, February 19th, 2009

(28th November to 17th December 2008)

The first experience of Kenyan culture occurs miles away from the Kenyan border. In fact, it begins whilst queing at the boarding gate at Amsterdam airport. Different skin colors, different hair styles, different languages, different smells, different ideas of cabin luggage size……we were definitely in the minority! In December, we spent almost 3 weeks in Kenya, training kids leaders, running kid programs and speaking in churches. This was Christine’s first time to Africa, whilst John has previously been several times. (more…)

Update – March 2008

Wednesday, March 26th, 2008

Trust you had a Happy Easter and managed to spend some time relaxing with family whilst celebrating new life because of Jesus! We awoke on Easter Sunday to a ‘white’ Easter – a ‘white’ Christmas we get, but a ‘white’ Easter was a little unusual! The other noteworthy natural event we have recently experienced was an earthquake. We were woken in the middle of the night by a loud rumble, followed by an obvious shaking of our whole house. This lasted about 30 seconds – long enough to wake up thinking ‘what the heck is that’, work out that it is probably an earthquake and then start thinking ‘do I need to get up and check that everything is ok, like does my house now have a huge crack that I can only see from the outside and what do the other houses in our street now look like? ’ We survived with no damage (but didn’t actually get out of bed to check till the morning), as did the majority of the country.

John’s recent trip to Poland and Czech with Connie and Tim (NLI interns) was a success on a number of fronts! They survived (which is always good!) and thanks to everyone who was praying for them! John’s driving was apparently ok with only one or two near misses, and no major losses in direction, thanks to the GPS. However, once back home, the length of time it took him to adjust to driving on the left hand side again was more than a little worrying! The trip was very encouraging for us as the main purpose was to carry out initial negotiations for the towns to be part of BOOST Tour 09. In each town, John barely spoke for 10 mins before they were excitedly on board and already making plans for venues, working out if they could use the Tesco (like Coles) car park and how the tour would work. Mid-April, John and Chris will travel to Slovakia to check out some of the towns there. This will also be the start BOOST It! - our 2 year training program for national kids leaders in Slovakia. The national executives of the denomination (not sure of the name but is apostolic) will also be attending this first training event. In all, we will conduct 8 training events in Slovakia during 2008/09.