Digging deeper into advent: The royal connection

When I was a child one of my favourite things to do was to help plant trees, flowers and assorted growing things in the garden. This involved a lot of digging. You needed to prepare the ground ready to plant. The correct tools were essential. Finding the right place to start digging was another key factor (at age 5 I always had guidance). Digging was sometimes hard work, it was often messy but it was always rewarding.

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FIFA, Unjust Gain and Wisdom

Today an investigation has been started into the alleged corruption of various FIFA officials. Arrests were made and documents have been seized from the organisations Zurich HQ. It is sad to see this happen but given the recent coverage of the slave labour being used to drive the 2022 world cup, it is not overly surprising.  Continue reading

Mission Mondays: Sacrificing Earl Grey Tea

Every Monday I hope to make this a regular slot where we can bring mission to the front of our minds.

To get us started here is a short article I was asked to write reflecting on some of the simple difficulties of cross cultural work which we saw in S.E.Asia.

Picture the scene with me. After a long days work in the heat of Thailand all you want is a nice drink. Patiently you wait for your order of earl grey tea to arrive only to discover that what you have instead is a green tea latte. Disappointment and frustration quickly take over and you begin to ask “why am I even here? I know how to get tea in Britain”. It all seems so futile because you can’t even order a cup of the earl’s finest. Continue reading