August, 2012

West Papuan Students Beaten and Tortured

Friday, August 31st, 2012

The Justice, Peace and Integrity of Creation Desk (JPIC), an agency of our partner church, the Evangelical Christian Church in the Land of Papua (GKI di TP), reports that students living in the Pdt. S Liborang Dormitory in Abepura, West Papua, were attacked and brutalised by police on Monday 27th August. Police suspected that one […]  

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Governments to promote gender equality in the Pacific

Friday, August 31st, 2012

Gender equality in the Pacific will be bolstered through a regional initiative announced today by the Australian Prime Minister at the Pacific Islands Forum in the Cook Islands. The $320 million Pacific Women Shaping Pacific Development initiative will support the efforts of Pacific countries to empower women to fully participate in political, economic and social life through a range of targeted interventions. Women... Read More »

Joy Balazo Winner of 2012 World Methodist Peace Award

Monday, August 27th, 2012

Joy Balazo has just been announced as the winner of the World Methodist Peace Award for 2012. A native of the Southern Philippine island of Mindanao, Joy emerged as a voice for peace in the Asia Pacific region through her involvement with the Uniting Church in Australia. Joy worked for over twenty years with UnitingWorld and its predecessors. Ten years ago she established Young Ambassadors for Peace,... Read More »

Fiji Methodist Church leaders finally inducted

Tuesday, August 21st, 2012

The Fiji Times reports that the Centenary Church in Suva was, yesterday, full to capacity as members gathered to witness the induction of executives of the Methodist Church in Fiji and Rotuma after they were elected into office by the church conference in August 2008. The chief guest and leader of the Uniting Methodist Church […]  

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North Korea – something to celebrate!

Friday, August 17th, 2012

After visiting the country three times, I am acutely aware there is something incredibly amazing about North Korea. Hundreds of “Eternal Life Monuments” dot the countryside paying tribute to the country’s founder. Huge photographs depict the accomplishments of former leaders with almost mythical effect.  Slogans such as: “The Great Leader Comrade Kim Il-sung and Comrade […]  

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Grass Soup

Thursday, August 16th, 2012

My 4 year old grandson Isaac and I recently set up our own mini Olympics in the middle of the lounge room. We used the hall for the sprint (well, 100m is almost the equivalent to the length of our hall to a 4 year old!), the lounge chair was the hurdle and the coffee […]  

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I just bought a cow.

Tuesday, August 14th, 2012

Why? I did it to support one of our overseas partner churches.  Dairy cows are not only giving agriculture students in Fiji the chance to build their skills in animal husbandry, they are also filling the deficit in Fijian milk demand.  Calves are on sale right now in Fiji and you can sponsor a calf […]  

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Being “Naughty” or “Nice” in Korea

Friday, August 10th, 2012

  Like me, you may read the free tabloid “mX” that is handed out to commuters every afternoon on the streets of Brisbane, Melbourne and Sydney. It’s a light, trivial read and it helps to pass the time of day at the end of a long shift. But on Tuesday this week, “mX” stirred the […]  

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Typhoon Gener: nearly 80% Manila flooded

Friday, August 10th, 2012

More than 1.2 million people have been affected by flooding in the Philippines as a result of Typhoon Gener.  In just 24 hours, the typhoon has dumped more than half the Philippines total average August rainfall. 783,000 people have evacuated their inundated homes.  Benito Ramos, head of the Philippines Disaster Response Agency, estimates that almost 90% of Manila is under water. A report received... Read More »

August E-News

Thursday, August 9th, 2012

In this issue: Homelessness, Starvation and Disease Threaten North Korea | New project: Sri Lankan women and girls, victims of war | Christianity thrives world-wide:  leaders visit Adelaide | Time and Tithe – the view from Tonga | Gift a Cow Today | Flooding in the Philippines Homelessness, Starvation and Disease Threaten North Korea Tens of thousands of people have been left homeless and... Read More »

Homelessness, starvation and disease threaten North Korea

Thursday, August 2nd, 2012

Tens of thousands of people have been left homeless and starvation once again threatens the people of North Korea after heavy flooding this month.  A United Nations Team visiting the area has reported 88 people killed and are assessing the damage with a view to developing an aid plan. North Korea remains one of the world’s most closed societies. Its population of 24 million people is unable to access... Read More »