Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Kenya Update

I know that many of you were stirred by our new project in Kenya so I thought I would give you a little update.

Last week we sent a donation to Brother Javan to assist him to visit the five different parishes he cares for in Kenya as well as one in Tanzania. This assisted him to hire a car and a translator for the trip (there are 69 native languages in Kenya - holy big vocab required Batman!)

Below is a picture of one of his recent meetings snapped on a mobile phone (yes, there isn't much electricity, food or water, but there are mobile phones - another of the upside-down, crazy features of the world we live in). At this meeting they discussed the Prayer For Divine Love.

Jarvan has informed us that there are 208 orphans cared for over the 5 parishes, many of them are living without daily food. Today I transferred another donation to provide food for these children for the next few months until the crops are harvested. At harvest time farmers often donate a percentage of their yield to orphanages.

Meanwhile we are discussing with Brother Javan ways that we can support these children and adults to learn about Permaculture techniques, or to support them with resources to begin their own gardens if they already have some skills.

We are also still working on ideas for creating the solar systems to run low powered TVs on which play the Divine Truth material. We have already provided funds to have the E-books, that Barb and her team have been working on for so long, to be translated into the five languages mainly used throughout the parishes. Translations are already in progress.

From the bottom of my heart I want to thank all of those who have donated money to us recently as your donations have enabled us today to give a gift that brought me so much joy. 

Some of you have also donated funds directly for Kenya and I wanted to share with you how our plans for this money are progressing. We really appreciate your generosity and Brother Javan has expressed again and again his gratitude and excitement for all that is happening.

Javan also wrote to ask us for our ideas on celebrating Christmas. This is what I told him:
Regarding Christmas, there are many things that we would like say about this (and there is not time at the moment in this short email) but the main thing we feel is that it is best for people to honour and love each other every day, not just at Christmas. Often here and in many 'western' countries there is a large focus on being loving and giving to others at this time of year, and this message of caring is forgotten for the rest of the year. We believe that a truly loving person is conscious of giving and respect of others at all times.
There is no special significance for the birth of Jesus since he is a man, just like you or anyone else. His only gift has been to show others what they are capable of achieving if they develop a relationship with God for themselves, just as he (Jesus) has done. So if there is any celebration for Christmas it would be to celebrate that God has offered the gift of His Divine Love to the Earth since the time of Jesus. We believe that that is the best possible thing that anyone could ever celebrate!

Friday, December 14, 2012

This Is How We Roll

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New Years used to be a time when I would review the past year in terms of the lessons learned, the highlights, the low lights and how much I felt I'd grown. Then I'd look forward - what did I want the next year to be about? what did I want to emphasize and focus on? I loved doing this. I kind of made a big deal out of it. I used to say that New Years was my most special annual event and I'd feel all mature and evolved about it.

Now it all feels kind of 'blah'. It reminds me of the message of Christmas 'Peace on earth, Goodwill to all men' that largely gets lost 11 1/2 months of the year and is then revived briefly while everyone trucks off to family and friends, has a BBQ and tries to promote peaceful, loving relationships under a tree with gift wrapping strewn about them.

(I read an article once that stated that one way to tell how much spiritual progress you had made in the past year was to see how you coped at Christmas time when you are thrown back into all of your family dynamics. I thoroughly agree! Its pretty difficult to fake deep spiritual transformation when you are faced with your parents, your in-laws, and elements of your immediate and extended family all in the same vicinity for an extended period).

So, why aren't we promoting resolving our issues and reviewing our lives more frequently than just one hurried month a year?

That's the question I've asked myself. 

As a result I am now far more aware of what I've learned and where I want to head on a far more regular  basis. 

All that said, it does turn out that a big phase in my learning does seems to be coming to a head at the moment, neatly coinciding with the end of 2012. I'm thinking and feeling a lot about my direction. 

At the moment I have more questions than answers about how I plan to continue to pursue my passion for teaching and sharing Divine Truth. But I don't feel too concerned. Times like these usually signal big changes. And change? Well to me, that's a good thing. 

I already have some concrete ideas about the way I wish to present this blog so look out for some shift in focus here in next couple of months. I am also still working on the 'Humility in Action' Study Course but there are already some slight changes to how I will be presenting it.

Today I'd like to tell you about a new tab (see above) 'Current Projects, Future Dreams' which will tell you about desires that Jesus and I are working towards. These will likely be 'Behind The Scenes' projects that we want to bring into being and are using our time, and resources to support. It is by no means a comprehensive list! There are many, many more dreams and desires that we have but I hope the page will be a small snapshot of our very short range focus at any given time.

I plan to be more transparent about what we do and how we do it. Recently I've realized that many people don't really have an awareness of these things. So I'm happy to share if it helps others to understand our ethos and approach. 

We are always living in God Reliance and by what the Law of Attraction is telling us. i.e. we know that if a desire is not coming to fruition seamlessly then there is a lesson of love for us to learn or embody. Honestly, lately, I'm finding this an exhilarating way to live. 

It goes something like this:

What do I want to do/ give? 
Will doing it be inline with what I have learned so far about God's Laws, love and taking personal responsibility? 
OK, lets start. 
If it doesn't work - why? 
What more do I need to learn about love, God etc? 
How can I address these issues both inside of myself and practically in my life?
Great lets keep going.....

Its how we roll and I feel closer to God every step of the way.

So folks, whatever you choose to get up to this 'silly season'  - have fun, be real, God Bless.