WEEK 10: Faith of a child

16th March 2018 . by incontext_adm

“Truly, I say to you, unless you turn and become like children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. Whoever humbles himself like this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven.” Matthew 18:3-4 (ESV)  I became friends with a lovely missionary family in Cambodia when I lived and worked there. It always struck me how much…


WEEK 9: Pastor! Are there crocodiles in this area?

11th March 2018 . by incontext_adm

“Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honourable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.” Philippians 4:8 (ESV) One never quite knows what to expect on short-term mission trips, but it’s almost a given…


WEEK 8: Generosity – Africa style!

4th March 2018 . by incontext_adm

“For I testify that according to their ability, and beyond their ability, they gave of their own accord.” (2 Corinthians 8:3) I have been abundantly blessed by so many people over the years as I’ve travelled – people who have welcomed me into their homes and their lives, and in so doing, left an imprint…


WEEK 7: Precious in His Sight

25th February 2018 . by incontext_adm

“Yes, I have loved you with an everlasting love; therefore with loving kindness I have drawn you.” (Jeremiah 31:3, NKJV) When I decided to utilise the opportunity of a working-holiday visa for the UK, I thought working as a caregiver would be something I could do. To test this, I volunteered at a frail-care facility in my…


WEEK 6: Threads in a Tapestry

16th February 2018 . by incontext_adm

“But He said to me, ‘My grace is sufficient for you, for My power is made perfect in weakness.’” (2 Corinthians 12:9, NIV) I’ve often thought of my life as a tapestry (a woven picture), in which people’s lives are the threads. My life is a thread too, in other people’s tapestries. Some threads run…


WEEK 5: Sometimes There Aren’t Answers

9th February 2018 . by incontext_adm

“Fear not, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by name, you are Mine. When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and through the rivers, they shall not overwhelm you; when you walk through fire you shall not be burned, and the flame shall not consume you. For I…


WEEK 4: He Goes Ahead!

1st February 2018 . by incontext_adm

“The LORD is the one who goes ahead of you; He will be with you. He will not fail you or forsake you. Do not fear or be dismayed.” Deuteronomy 31:8 (NASB) I spent just a couple of days with my new friend in Cairns. She had so many questions about the Lord that we…


WEEK 3: He Cares About the One, Intimately!

25th January 2018 . by incontext_adm

“Suppose one of you had a hundred sheep and lost one. Wouldn’t you leave the ninety-nine in the wilderness and go after the lost one until you found it?” Luke 15: 4 (The Message) The young woman I had befriended on the bus was engaged to be married, but her fiancé was back home, unable…


WEEK 2: God Can Change a Bus!

19th January 2018 . by incontext_adm

“And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love Him, who have been called according to His purpose.” Romans 8:28 (NIV) I had been on the road, travelling around Australia, for quite some weeks and was really missing Christian fellowship. As I passed a noticeboard in the backpackers…


WEEK 1: Life as a Pilgrim

12th January 2018 . by incontext_adm

“You have made known to me the path of life; You will fill me with joy in Your presence, with eternal pleasures at Your right hand.” Psalm 16:11 (NIV) I’ve known Jesus as Lord and Saviour for close on forty years, since I was just a child. In fact, I cannot remember a time in…