An appeal from Father Dave

Hi Fighter,

I’m actually going to make two appeals to you today.

The first is a simple one: please watch this Sunday night’s edition of “Compass” on ABC TV (Australia).

Mind you, I have not been given any special preview beyond this 30-second snippet so it is possible that this screening will cost me my job and any number of friends.

If you know how these things work, they film about 100 hours of footage and then choose less than 1% of it for the show, which means they can pretty much portray you as they like! Even so, I have a great deal of faith in my mate Olivia (the main artistic mind behind this production) and am hoping that this screening will portray us well and will create new opportunities for us in our work. 🙂

The Second Appeal

The second appeal is for … well … financial support for my online work. 🙁

I’m told that I always do a terrible job of asking for money, and that’s probably true, and that’s probably because I don’t like the stuff (necessary as it is), and I certainly don’t want to place further financial burdens on those who are already struggling.

Having said that, let me give you a blunt outline of how my online ministry functions:

Outgoings are always around $1,500/month.

About half of these costs are my hosting fees. I know that there are cheaper web hosting packages around and that local Australian servers are always more expensive. Even so, there are legal issues and security issues associated with storing other people’s data (such as email addresses) and my sites tend to get hacked rather a lot, so I need hosting that is local and secure and I’m convinced that I’m doing it about as cheaply as I can.

Most of my remaining monthly fees go to my support team in India who handle most of my trouble-shooting, site promotion, article submission, video distribution, etc.

As to incomings, I receive roughly $500/month from our loyal Fighting Fathers member base. There are around 30 people who contribute $10/month through www.fighting-fathers.com and two people who contribute $100/month.

Advertising and product sales bring in a few hundred dollars per month more. The remainder (around $600/month) is paid for from Fighting Fathers reserves, which are dwindling.

The online work has not always run at a loss like this. In times past I used to put a lot more time into building advertising sites and doing online sales. A few years ago though I decided I needed to devote almost all my time online to writing and publishing articles and videos. I still think this is the best use of my time, and my preference would be to solve the financial shortfall by finding another 60 people who will chip in $10/month as members of  www.fighting-fathers.com – a membership that, I believe, offers membership benefits that outweigh the cost of the subscription.

OK. I’ve said what needed to be said. Your suggestions are all welcome, and whether or not you sign up to www.fighting-fathers.com I still hope you watch Compass on Sunday night (ABC TV @ 6.30pm).

Your brother in the Good Fight,

Dave
www.fatherdave.org
www.fatherdave.net
www.fighting-fathers.com
www.holytrinity.org.au
www.binacrombi.com.au
www.israelandpalestine.org
www.prayersforsyria.com
www.zerocostwebsite.net
www.dulwichhillgym.com
www.boxersforpeace.com
www.warriorweekends.com
www.how2changetheworld.com

P.S. For those who can’t get access to ABC TV this Sunday night, I’ll try to get it uploaded to YouTube ASAP.

P.P.S. Please keep promoting my STOP THE WAR video appeal on www.fatherdave.net

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About Father Dave Smith

Preacher, Pugilist, Activist, Father of four

Christians and Muslims united for peace!

Back at Luna Park!
Celebrating Ange's birthday!
Another great gathering of faith communities at Holy Trinity!
with members of the Romero Community of Adelaide
with Nader Hamdan at the Arrahman Mosque
a great night at Masjid Arrahman
a great night at the Imam Husain Centre

G’day Fighter,

I am writing to you today primarily to ask for your help in sharing my ‘STOP THE WAR’ video appeal with the rest of the world. I’ve also though had a couple of dramatic weeks since we last communicated and I must share some of the highlights with you too.

I mentioned in my last post that we’d planned two inter-faith events for late September. There ended up being three events, and they all went brilliantly!

  • September 28 at Holy Trinity Church, where we watched ‘Forbidden Pilgrimage’ together – a documentary made by a Palestinian Muslim about problems facing Palestinian Christians.
  • September 27 at the Arrahman Mosque in Kingsgrove where I spoke alongside Sheikh Jehad Ismail on the topic of “Unity in Diversity”.

This last event was particularly memorable for me as I hadn’t met the community of Masjid Arrahman before and they were wonderfully hospitable, even baking me a cake in honour of my wedding anniversary!

The team from Arrahman Mosque also put together a video on the night, and it’s a beautiful 4-minute tribute to our time together. I was tempted to embed that video in this post alongside my ‘STOP THE WAR’ appeal but instead I’ve given it a page of its own on ChristiansandMuslims.com. If you have 4 minutes please visit the page and enjoy this wonderful glimpse of people from different cultures and faiths breaking bread together in harmony.

Father Dave’s STOP THE WAR video appeal

OK, here it is! I spent about three weeks writing the script for this video and I truly pray that it will achieve some good.

My appeal is about the length of one of my sermons (17 minutes) and I appreciate that it therefore takes some commitment to hear it through. Even so, I hope you will do me the favour of listening to it in its entirely and then passing it on to anybody who you think might benefit from it.

I’m directing my appeal primarily to others in the Christian community who have little understanding of what’s going on in Iraq and Syria at the moment beyond that Al Baghdadi’s ‘Islamic State’ is an evil group of fundamentalists who are killing people without reason and therefore need to be stopped with force.

My purpose is in no way to defend ‘Islamic State’, but I do think that it is essential that we understand what is driving these people, and I do believe that a proper examination of the facts will show that there are better ways of responding to this crisis than sending over American and Australian troops! Indeed, there are excellent reasons for assuming that our involvement will make things much worse, at home and overseas!

I’ll leave you to judge whether I am correct in my analysis, and I’d very much appreciate your feedback in the comments section below. I must say though that the feedback I’ve received thus far has been very positive, especially from my Muslim friends. Indeed, two gracious souls paid me the highest of compliments, saying that they had never before heard a non-Muslim articulate so well what Muslims are feeling!

If this video appeal does help other non-Muslims to better understand how Muslims today are feeling and thinking it will have accomplished much! My prayer though is that it will also motivate many of us to stand up to our governments and tell them to STOP bombing yet another majority-Muslim country – the 7th since Mr Obama took office!

There are lots of ways you can share my video appeal:

This last site is the one I would recommend that you refer people to. It is an engaging format and it also invites visitors to join my mailing list

 Masters’ Boxing

a strong win over Queensland's Barry Hancock
a narrow points loss to Kevin Selby

I don’t think I mentioned last time that I’d signed up to compete in this year’s Masters’ Boxing Tournament in Adelaide. The event took place over the 1st weekend of October.

I fought twice over the weekend. My first fight resulted in a points loss to Kevin Selby – a very tough opponent with 41 fights to his name, including 17 professional bouts. I won the first round but ran out of gas in the third.

I made up for the loss the next day with a win over Barry Hancock of Queensland – a man with 46 amateur fights behind him as well as 5 professional bouts. He was only slightly heavier than me but was 10 years my junior. Even so, I knocked him down with body shots in both the 2nd and 3rd rounds for a strong win.

The sequel to all this was supposed to be a rematch with Mr Selby this coming Saturday night for the NSW Masters’ super-middleweight title! Unfortunately I got a bit carried away in the sparring last night and big Matt Richardson landed a heavy blow on one of my ribs and … I won’t be back in the ring for a month. 🙁

So … I’ve had a big couple of weeks – fighting prejudice, fighting militarism, and fighting some very tough men in the ring! I’ll be taking a few weeks forced rest from the ring. Meanwhile the greater battle for justice and peace rages on and I look forward to continuing to battle on in that one with you by my side!

I’ll be in touch again soon. Until then I remain …

Your brother in the Good Fight,

Dave
www.fatherdave.org
www.fighting-fathers.com
www.holytrinity.org.au
www.binacrombi.com.au
www.israelandpalestine.org
www.prayersforsyria.com
www.zerocostwebsite.net
www.dulwichhillgym.com
www.warriorweekends.com
www.how2changetheworld.com

P.S. For those who have been waiting for my feature episode on ABC’s Compass program, the screening has been pushed back one week. It was supposed to be this Sunday (October 19th). It’s been pushed forward to the 26th. Details here.

P.P.S. Support the work of the Fighting Fathers by joining our online community at  www.fighting-fathers.com. It only costs you $10/month and the first month is free.

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About Father Dave Smith

Preacher, Pugilist, Activist, Father of four