Paul in his letter to the Corinthians says

But just as we have the same spirit of faith that is in accordance with scripture—“I believed, and so I spoke”—we also believe, and so we speak, (2 Co 4:13 NRSV)

Monday, 7 October 2013

Germany with Family & Friends - Stade then Berlin

Nazzari Home in Stade
Leandro, Matteo, Joanna, and Anja Nazzari
Elke Hauser,Berlin

October 2-5

Friday, 4 October 2013

Good Morning all! Here I am in Stade, Germany.  Just about half an hour by train north west of Hamburg.
Am enjoying some time with my niece Anja, and great nephews: Leandro, Joanna, and Matteo. Will post som pics of them a little later. But now I will post some pics of Singapore to snow you what a wonderful time Judy and I had while there.
The temperature was way too high for walking outside 28 at night and 31 up during the day.
Rachel's sisters were wonderful to us!  We stayed with Laura who is now the youngest in the family (position held by Rachel before).  Spent a day with Yok who lives in Malaysia - visited her son and daughter in law plus the grandchildren then to Yok's place.
We ate all sorts of wonderful food during the whole time we were there saw many sights as well: Sentosa Island; Garden by the bay; Orchid Garden in the botanical garden; Little India; Chinatown; afternoon tea at Raffles hotel.
The trip from Singapore to Hamburg was really long. Over 7 hours to Dubai then three hours in transit most of which time was spent in getting from one plane to the next!  Then another 7 hours to Hamburg.  Then a train from the airport to Central city and a connection to Stade. These 24 hours have given me a wonderful break. This afternoon I travel to Berlin where I will be met by our friend Elke.
Tomorrow is the fateful day we are to get the Belarusian visa, so need you all to pray for us.

Saturday, 28 September 2013

Journal 1

Friday 27 September 2013
Journal day 1
Flying from Brisbane toSingapore right now. It is 4.30 pm Nz time.
The first day of the trip had its moments!  After having spent a harrowing two months catching up with two years of stress fallout, preparations for the journey on the peace train, visa anxieties, etc, etc.  we finally left the house only ten minutes after we had planned. Not bad, ay?
After a couple of purchases in Feilding we set off to Hamilton to see the grands :)
Well, would you believe on the road past Hunterville I was stopped by a cop for speeding!!!!  $80 and twenty demerits.  We noticed between there and turangi some five cops cruising and stoping cars.  We stopped in Waiouru for a cuppa and a change of driver.  Desert road, and one of those cops pulled Judy over for speeding. Another $80 and another 20 demerits these for Judy he he he we each got a share

Spent a lovely afternoon tea with my daughter-in-law Lee, Isabelle, Elyssa and Finn.  They are all gorgeous!
Can't post pics yet cause my uploader won't work with the new iOS 7. Apparently iOS 7 blocks non apple devices - the perils of upgrading!  As soon as I get something that works will do so

We got to the gateway hotel around 6.30pm and after checking in had a lovely meal with my daughter Trisha and her partner Mark. Marie and Christine were with us and a happy send off was had by all.

Singapore 3.56am (7:56am nz)

As u can gather am totally in nz time sleep pattern!  Here I am wide awake in the middle of the night!

We arrived in Singapore around 4.45pm local time. Laura Chiew (Rachel Lim's)sister and her son Caleb met us at the airport and took us for a delicious meal @ the university campus.  Then home and to beddie byes as we were whacked.

Needless to say its kinda warm here: 30 degrees!
Night night all!

Wednesday, 25 September 2013

final countdown!!!

tonight is the final night I sleep in my own bed :)

hotel sleep in Auckland tomorrow night and early wakeup call  - have to be @ the airport @ 3am!!!

Finally got my Passport back from the Russian embassy with the long awaited visa about an hour ago :)

and I do believe I have done all the pretrip things I wanted to do with time to spare :D
thats all folks!!!
shalom for now

Sunday, 22 September 2013

4 more sleeps!

This morning attended a wonderful Spring Festival Service @ Knox Church. Met up with old friends. Ron Townsend gave a wonderful message from the parable of the weeds and the wheat.  About biding ones time and not jumping in without seeing the consequences. 
Blessed with a commissioning prayer which included Mum and Judy. All followed by lovely catch up time.

Friday, 13 September 2013


It is now less than two weeks to go!  I have received my Chinese visa and am en route to getting my Russian visa. Suitcase ready to start receiving items in the spare room.
Still have mountain of "to do's" - one at a time will do. 

Monday, 9 September 2013

Testing testing one two three

I am reactivating my blog just to see if it will work for my trip blog.  I am planning to post pictures and text so that I will be able to remember and keep all in touch with what is happening.
first pic:

let me know what happens