Kidshaper Day 3

August 28, 2009

Waaaay too tired to write a proper post.  But I will tell you that I love God and what He’s doing through the amazing people that run and attend this conference.  Imagine the impact that this will have on the kids of Australia and New Zealand and the rest of the world.  It is such a privillage to be a part of it.

I’ve had an amazing time connecting with other kidmin people from the land of the small flightless nocturnal bird, God is doing some serious connecting.  I love it!  And it was amazing to meet so many other amazing people that I know through twitter land.  Aparently I look nothing like my avitar yet wasn’t hard to pick.

Count the number of times I wrote amazing.  I’m sure it’s a lot but I’m way to tired to write properly so… good night and God bless

Kidshaper Day 2

August 27, 2009

What a day!  We’ve heard Jim Widman, the general of Kids Ministry and the king of quotes!  Here are a few:

How you think effects who you are and what you do

The key from moving from one level to the next is to change the way you think

Jesus is never late but He’s seldom early!

Assume nothing.  Check everything.  People do what you inspect, not what you expect.


For those who really want to know, Grrove Train is my pick for a good coffee on Bridge Road.  I give it 9/10


I had an amazing day of meeting people and putting some faces to Twitter avatars.  It doesn’t get much better then people!

We just had dinner with all the crew from New Zealand (the best state of Australia) I love those guys!

Thats all for another day, over and out

Kidshaper Sound Day 1

August 26, 2009


The day started early… two early for some.  Last night we stayed with the lovely Hoffman family in Christchurch.  It only really occured to me last night that I’m the only one of our group of five that have been on a plane before… let alone been out of New Zealand.  So as we boarded our plane with the smell of new passports, it was like hanging out with kids, the first time they play in the snow!  The flight was a little bumpy, but we like Air NZ for free food and entertainment!


Upon arrival in Melborne, we took it upon ourselves to take on Aussie names.  I am now travelling with Davo, Eva, Niki, and Kanda.  As for me, the only name that’s really stuck is Sazza.  Blaaaa.

The Coffee

My first report of the trip is a cafe on Claradon St, South Bank.  Nikanda and I had takeaway coffee from there.  I have been well educated by my senior pastor and from a few misunderstandings last yer.  So this time I got straight to the point.  I asked for a Skinny Flat White with and Extra Shot.

Now allow me to break that down for you NZ’s.  By “skinny”, Aussies mean “Trim” or “Green Top”.  By “extra shot” they mean, “we don’t make coffee the way it should be (with two shots unless otherwise requested), so if you require this you will have to ask”.

The coffee itself wasn’t bad.  A little bitter with the first sip, but OK after that.  The milk was a good texture.  I’d give it a 7 out of 10.

The People

This is where things really get exciting!  We’ve met up with the lovely Kahu who decided only yesterday to come.  She’s staying here.  We had dinner with a bunch of Equippers peeps from Auckland, Hawks Bay, and some of their friends from the Gold Coast.  The coolest person I met would have to have been my Twitter friend, Katherine :+)  So cool to finally put a face to the tweets!

The Conference

The reason we’re here!  Last year God really smashed my boxes.  The ripples from that smashing spread right throught my team and the year.  My prayer for my team and myself is that would happen again this year.

Rob talked about the 7 senses… sound, smell, touch, taste, seeing… then balance and spirit.  He shared that God gave us these amazig senses, not just to enjoy life, but to experience Him!  How cool is that!  Balance is a cool one, it only works if the other senses are working.  If you loose your sight, you loose your balance.  If you loose your balance, you fall over.  Jesus is the only one that can really bring that balance in our life, and it happens when we put our attention on Him.  I like it!

It’s only 11pm here, but that means it’s more like 1am back in New Zealand… the place where we got up at 6:30am… which means that I’ve been awake long enough!

I’m totally expecting to meet God again tomorrow.  I really like Him.  He’s quire cool.  I know you think so too!  Looking forward to hearing Jim Widman, so stay tuned to your google reader for tomorrows broadcast!

Over and out

I’m back!

August 19, 2009

yep… it’s been a while since my last post. I’ve just done 10 days straight without the internet as a challenge to fund raise for some of my team to come over to Kidshaper (which is going to be awesome by the way!). I did suffer withdrawals, I constantly had 140 character thoughts running around in my head that I could not express. Frustrating. But apart from that, I rediscovered books for resources and the power of, “hey intern Matt, can you look this up on Google images for me…?”

A lot has been happening at LifeKids over the past few weeks. Numbers have been consistently higher and we’ve got a new family about evey two weeks (for a church our size that’s pretty exciting!). The thing I’m most excited about is the new team leaders that we’ve got coming through. I just happens that my 3 main team leaders are all moving away or on to different things next year, and God has been so faithful and bringing the right people into our team who can pick up where they left off. They all have so much potential and I believe are God’s pick for walking with us from where we are now to the next level.

I’m going to write a post about transitioning leaders tomorrow. If you’ve got any thoughts, feel free to leave a comment.