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My Pathway to Mission

When I was in primary school, I had a friend introduce me to Frank Peretti’s series ‘The Cooper Kids’. I remember reading them, terrified at the circumstances, yet fascinated at the faith and perseverance of the characters. Each time they hit a tricky situation, no matter how dire, they prayed and God rescued them. I was addicted to these books and they kept my attention for hours on end, reading through them as quickly as possible to see how God would rescue the Coopers each time. Althoug...

May 10, 2022

Ukrainian Relief Update

In March 2022, AMT equipped $25,000 from our Overseas Disaster Fund in order to provide practical relief to Ukrainians amidst the ongoing war crisis. These funds were primarily directed to GLO Romania's Bucovina relief team, who, along with several other organisations, were and still are assisting Ukrainian refugees. In addition, AMT appealed to our donors to consider supporting this cause. We received an overwhelming response of financial blessing. While needs are still ongoing, as a small toke...

April 28, 2022

Pathways to Mission

El Camino (the Way) is a 775km hike starting at the North-eastern French border and crossing all of Spain to the east coast in Galicia where the Cathedral of Santiago is situated. Thousands of pilgrims from all over the world come to walk the Way, braving all sorts of weather, covering 25 to 30km each day, with blisters and sore muscles. Why does one start? The reasons are varied; some for adventure, others for the experience, but many believe that by suffering the trial they will get some forgi...

April 1, 2022

True Comfort

Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort  we ourselves receive from God. For just as we share abundantly in the sufferings of Christ, so also our comfort abounds through Christ. If we are distressed, it is for your comfort and salvation; if we are comforted, it is for your comfort, which produces patient endurance of the same...

March 24, 2022

COVID-19 & Hohidiai

COVID-19 has had a profound effect on the ministry of Hohidiai that we run here in Indonesia. A large part of God’s work here revolves around the medical care of patients. Our mission statement is to care for the people of this area emotionally, spiritually and physically, especially those who are marginalised....

February 24, 2022

Radical Mainstream

Dad was an excellent conservative preacher. In his prime he spoke without notes and drove his points home with an unmatched clarity and directness. He apparently prepared for and gave his medical lectures in a similar way. But apart from acknowledging his passion for salvation and eschatology, I cannot recall details of specific sermons. No doubt what he taught has made an indelible impression on my life, but even more so his actions that reflected accurately — or otherwise — what he...

February 4, 2022

Cambodian Egg Distribution

Siem Reap is the city I’ve lived and worked in for a few years. It is a city almost entirely reliant on tourism. Right now, it’s a bit of a ghost town! The majority of hotels are closed down, there are no tourists for the tour guides and tuk-tuk drivers to take to Angkor Wat, the majority of restaurants are closed (some are doing deliveries). The majority of teachers are also without pay (most schools closed down entirely).For most Cambodian people, they were already living paycheck to paych...

December 23, 2021

Being Different In A Different World

My husband Calvin and I are basically a melting pot of cultures. Our little one, Selah Serese, is 2 years old and she does life with us. There are just somethings that are normal to her: we never really have a five-minute drive anywhere without traffic or some sort of traffic situation and to her it is normal. She sits at the back and says, ”Yeah boda” (motorcycle used for transport); she sees the cows cross the road and says, “Moo Cow”. To our two-year-old it is normal to go for a walk ...

November 11, 2021

Pygmy Work in North East DR Congo

It was our privilege more than 30 years ago to meet Way Alege. He was a very energetic, gifted and keen Christian, more than willing to use his dramatic ability to work with us recording programs for non-readers. Dr Way Alege has worked extremely long hours with little sleep over the past seven years while teaching at Shalom Christian University, Bunia, and completed his doctorate early this year. We all looked forward to his graduation at Deakin University, Melbourne, but it was not to be as CO...

October 13, 2021

It Sure Was A Different World

It has been a long time since we ‘hit the field’. We arrived in Papua New Guinea in November 1987 and were thrown immediately into work, managing the guesthouse at our PNG headquarters. We were also thrown into the cultural deep end when we found ourselves in the middle of tribal fighting. The fighters were even jumping our fence and fighting in the centre. We were having to drive through fighting on the road to take missionary families to meet their flights in Goroka (we were glad they only...

September 16, 2021

Papuan Progress

All have sinned and fall short of the glory of God. (Romans 3:23 NRSV) As we work among people from two cultures that differ from ours, we are reminded that our aim as Christians is to be conformed to Christ as revealed in the Bible.Back in Australia, the Judeo-Christian ethic is being eroded, but vestiges remain as the average person believes in some of the ten commandments. They frown on murder (except of the unborn), stealing, lying in court, or cheating on your partner, and perhaps believe t...

August 19, 2021

International Training Project

In many places around the world, the gospel has taken root and there are a growing number of churches. However, specifically in majority world countries, local Christians often lack access to pastoral, leadership and Bible training, that is essential to ensure the growth, maturity, and future of the churches. In a number of countries, there is a real threat that government legislation will close churches because pastors and leaders do not hold any form of accredited training. In response to this...

July 13, 2021

The Culture Of The Kingdom

From a Ukrainian father and an English mother, I was born in the UK and migrated to Australia at age six. I was raised in a new church plant in 1968 which brought together Dutch, Scottish, German, white and coloured South Africans, Italians, New Zealanders, Hungarian, Asian, Maori and Aboriginal people, all worshipping together — this set the background for my cross-cultural ministry. I have a brother-in-law who is Greek and another who is Irish, then I married a Filipino with Chinese, Spa...

June 17, 2021

Christ The Conqueror

As a lead up to the 2018 Invictus Games, The Courier-Mail newspaper published the poem ‘Invictus’ (Unconquered) by Victorian-era poet William Ernest Henley, of which the last stanza reads:...

June 3, 2021

The Different World of South America

It is now more than 25 years since we finally touched down in Monteria, Colombia, to commence the two-hour bus trip to Sincelejo. Although we were all dog-tired after five flights, we were all amazed at the new sights, sounds and smells that greeted and welcomed us to this very ‘different world’ that was to become our home, on and off, for the next quarter-century. There is no doubt that we live in a very favoured land, and our time in South America has taught us to appreciate our country, a...

May 27, 2021

God’s Grace

From time to time I hear Christians say how much they are undeserving of God’s grace and salvation through Christ. Well, that is the definition of grace: unmerited favour. Do people think about God’s grace as an award? If you won an award or a prize for a competition, and there were many better entries than yours, yet you still won, you may well feel it was undeserved. Or if you won by default, because others were disqualified or couldn’t compete through illness. But it’s really not wort...

May 21, 2021

Lessons Learnt Over The Years

As I sit to write this article I realise we are less Australian than we were 26 years ago. The things that stood out back then seem normal now, and in so many areas we have adapted to the culture here. However, there are certain things that continue to amuse us, even on a daily basis. I remember taking a video out of the plane window as we landed in Bogota Airport on the morning of 16 January 1994 and, like a real reporter, announcing to my viewers of the slums we were seeing lined up along the ...

April 29, 2021

Covid-19 And The Poor

For hundreds of thousands of people living in remote villages or city slums, escaping the coronavirus is extremely difficult. Socially isolating is not realistic when people are jammed together in poor communities and the next-door neighbour is barely a metre away. However, by teaching them the importance of regularly washing their hands and practising hygiene measures, they can cut down on the transmission of the virus. In the small town of Paulette, Haiti there have already been seven confirme...

February 25, 2021

Rookies Loose On The Mission Field

We arrived in the Philippines during a time of great political tension and unrest soon after the fall of a long dictatorship. How excited and thankful we felt, when we walked off the plane from Sydney onto Philippine soil, that the country had remained open and that we had made it there! Our hearts were expanding with strength and the assurance that God had opened the way. An hour or so later though, as we were barely making headway through the evening traffic jams in Manila and as we were slowl...

February 11, 2021

The New Norm

As I attempt to prepare myself to leave Cambodia, I’ve been trying to recall what it was like in my first year here. It is only in looking back (and in listening to what other people comment on) that I realise things that once seemed new are now ‘the norm’ — or at least, as close to the norm as they can be for a non-Cambodian. I’m sure there are many things that I’m not even aware of, but I’m going to give you a snapshot of just a few ways I’ve had to adapt to living in Cambo...

January 14, 2021

Good Books Change The Culture

Good books change the culture — God’s book changes lives. The first Assembly missionaries working in Papua New Guinea in the 1960s were initiators of literacy- teaching methods and the production and printing of hymn books and other literature for new churches across many denominations. They were involved in the translation of the Bible into the lingua franca of the nation and were working with others in the production of Scripture Union Bible Study Notes and Christian Radio programs. To...

January 7, 2021

Chileans Need Christ Too

Paul then stood up in the meeting of the Areopagus and said: “People of Athens! I see that in every way you are very religious. For as I walked around and looked carefully at your objects of worship, I even found an altar with this inscription: to an unknown god. So you are ignorant of the very thing you worship—and this is what I am going to proclaim to you.” Acts 17:22-23 NIV‬‬‬‬ As I barrelled down the Chilean road from Atacama to Calama, in a hotel van speeding to the airpo...

December 24, 2020

Change In A Different Culture

I read recently that the one constant in life is change! Life, no matter where we live, is in constant change, often leaving us feeling overwhelmed. However, for those of us who serve in mission there are added complexities related to change. We change, our passport countries change, and our adopted countries change, to say nothing of the changing ministry context. Each country, each culture presents us with a variety of changes that we must adapt to in order not only to survive but hopefully th...

December 10, 2020

Candle Of Hope In Nepal

Recently I (Tamara) went along with about 80 ladies from our fellowship on their annual picnic. I was the ‘Candle of Hope’ in a short skit that illustrated the importance that hope holds in keeping our faith, love and peace ‘candles’ alight. When my faith feels weak, my love seems to have run dry, and I have a restlessness within, then remembering God's promises gives hope “as an anchor for the soul, firm and secure” (Heb 6:19). During the picnic, I had a chat with a lady whose face ...

October 29, 2020

Translation Progress

Celebrate with me! The twenty-year New Testament project was completed in mid-2019. All glory to our wonderful Lord! I have taken some needed sabbatical leave and time for reporting back, and meanwhile our translators’ study program has notched up a couple of gears. They have been studying theology, exegesis, translation theory and other biblical studies including Hebrew language in preparation for independent work on Old Testament translation. After passing a course on Hebrew basics, I have n...

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