Father Dave’s Monday Missive – July 9th, 2012

Hi Fighter,

It’s Dave again, back with another ‘Monday Missive’.

Actually … my clock says it’s one minute past midnight as I start this, so it’s not really Monday any more, but it is in lots of places in the world, so …

I’m actually still in hospital as I write – still at the bedside of our old friend, Morna. She continues to cling to life, so we who love her continue to keep vigil as best we can.

She is asleep at the moment, and it seems like a good time to write.

Incidentally, before you start thinking I’m some great saint, let me assure you that I haven’t been here all day. Indeed, I ran my regular Monday Half-Marathon earlier tonight.

Sadly, I ran alone tonight. Normally there’s at least one or two others who join me, but everyone seems to be down with the flu this week! Sydney winters can be miserably cold!

Boxing, Boxing, Boxing!

One man who has both joined me and literally run rings around me over the last few weeks is Australian and Oriental Junior-Welterweight boxing champion, Solomon Egberime.

Sol is fighting to defend his Australian title on Friday night, so he’s toned down his training this week. Last week he ran most of the last ten kilometers backwards so that I could keep up with him!

My fitness is good but his is phenomenal. I’m confident that he’ll put in a strong display against Joel Dela Cruz at the Melbourne Pavilion on Friday. It will be my privilege to once again be in his corner.

Speaking of corner-work, you may remember that when I wrote last week I was preparing to fly to Auckland to support our other Solomon – Sol Haumono – in his fight against the big New Zealand Super-Heavyweight, Joey Wilson.

Big Sol ended up with a draw, even though he knocked his opponent down (and almost out) in the second round. All credit to Wilson for surviving Sol’s punching power and coming back. Hopefully the result will motivate Sol to work on his fitness and not to rely on his knockout right-hand next time.

You’ll have to forgive me if you’re not a boxing fan. I appreciate that this is not of interest to everyone, but these bouts have been a major focus for me over the last few weeks.

Both Solomon’s are a part of our church and Fight Club, and I know that a priest’s pastoral responsibilities don’t normally extend as far as the corner of the ring, but Holy Trinity is not a normalparish!

And before I let go of the subject of boxing, I must also mention that we actually have three highly-credentialed boxers in our parish, and the third member of that trinity (so to speak) is Lovemore Ndou, who now also has a fight coming up!

Those of you who are boxing fans will know the name of Lovemore Ndou. – two-times World Champion and all-round champion human being!

Lovemore will be fighting another former world champion – Gairy St Clair – at the Southport RSL Club in Queensland on August 10, and he’s forwarding any proceeds from the event to our Youth Centre in Dulwich Hill. That tells you plenty about the man!

Of course, all three of our boxing champions share a common commitment to helping young people, and all three are involved in the work of our Youth Centre. All three are also deeply spiritual men, and it is indeed my privilege to be their pastor.

The Competition

I must get off the topic of boxing and talk about ‘The Competition, which is not really off topic, as the winner of the competition gets a personalized Boxing Game!

Let me put this as bluntly as possible: I’d really appreciate it if you’d join the competition!

The competition promotes the eCourse, and the eCourse has the potential to equip a lot more of you guys to go out and become virtual spiritual warriors in cyberspace!

I really believe that my eCourse can make a difference, and so I am asking you to help me promote it by sharing it with your friends, and win a prize for doing so!

This is how the competition works.

  1. You download your special links to the eCourse here
  2. You start sharing those links on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.
  3. The person who has shared the most links by the end of the month wins the prize!

The reason you need to get special links is so that we can track those links as you spread them around. Be assured that we will be able to track your links every time they get Tweeted or Retweeted or put on somebody’s Wall, etc.!

You can sign up for the competition at http://how2changetheworld.com/contest/

The Ezine

Of course all the info about the contest is in the eZine, bundled in with all sorts of other goodies – videos and sermon podcasts, etc.

You should have received an email from me over the weekend about the eZine already. Even so, if you haven’t had a chance yet to look at it yet: http://www.fatherdave.org/news

I won’t keep you any longer today.

I had wanted to share with you the latest I’ve been hearing about Syria and the ongoing disinformation campaign, but that will have to wait. It’s getting close to 2am here and Morna isn’t going to wake again tonight. I’ll need to head home before I get too tired to drive.

Please put in a prayer for Morna. She is a dear soul, and I believe she is aware of all the prayers of her many friends from around the globe.

And please do join in The Competition! I’ll see you on the leaderboard!

May the Lord bless and strengthen you for the work to which you have been called


About Father Dave Smith

Preacher, Pugilist, Activist, Father of four

Father Dave’s Monday Missive – July 2nd, 2012

Hi guys,

I get the feeling that punctuality is never going to be one of my assets.

I’m always scrambling to make appointments on time.
Church always starts 10 minutes late.
And I never seem to be able to publish my ezines on time.

And I know I wrote to you last week, telling you about the competition, which was about to be launched in the ezine.

And I know I said that I’d have it all completed by the end of the week and … now it’s Monday.


So …


I’ve decided that rather than try to do the impossible and get everything running to schedule,

I’ll start sending our regular ‘Monday Missives’ and just keep you in the loop on what and where we’re up to here.

The Competition

Fighting Father Jim tells me that the competition is ready to go!

The only problem is that I have no idea how it works yet.

I do know the competition page: http://how2changetheworld.com/contest/

And I do know the prize – your own personalised version of our spectacular arcade game –http://www.father-dave.org  – where it will be you with the gloves on, you doing the punching, you making the smart remarks, etc.

The purpose of the competition will be to promote my ‘How 2 Change the World’ eCourse (http://www.how2changetheworld.com and I think the way it works is that every time you ‘tweet’about the course or ‘like’ it on Facebook, or tell the world about it in some other way, you get points, and the person with the most points after one month wins!

Anyway, I’ll confirm all this with you ASAP and let you know any other rules that you need to know, but you may well be able to work it out for yourself from the competition page and get a head start!

The Member site (www.fighting-fathers.com)

I must be frank and tell you that while the eCourse is a lot more than a sales package, I do refer to the member site regularly in the course and I don’t hold back in extolling its virtues.

Indeed, I am hoping that more people taking the eCourse will result in more members forwww.fighting-fathers.com

This is in fact my long-term survival strategy.

Members pay $10/month to be a part of www.fighting-fathers.com.

My estimate is that by the time we get 200 paying members we’ll be able to cover our monthly online costs.

At the moment we continue to run at a significant loss and can only keep going because we’ve had some generous sponsorship.

I mention this here because a lot of people have asked how best to support our work.  The answer is very simple: sign up as a paying member to www.fighting-fathers.com.

And be assured that if we do end up ever making a profit from our online activities, none of it will go into my pocket.  On the contrary, it will be funnelled into our offline work – the Fight Club, the Bush Camp, the Youth Centre, etc.


This is taking up a lot of my energy at the moment, which might seem odd for a Parish Priest, but we have four professional boxers in our church, and all of them seem to have fights coming up!

Big Solomon Haumono (who is on the staff of our Youth Centre) fights in Auckland, New Zealand, this Thursday. I fly to Auckland on Wednesday.

Solomon Egberime (known affectionately around here as ‘little Solomon’ [for obvious reasons if you know both men]) fights the following week – Friday July 13th – in Melbourne.

He’ll be defending his Australian Junior-Welterweight title, and it will be my privilege to be in his corner too.

The dark horse in the bunch is Lovemore Ndou – another beautiful Christian man who has won two world titles already but would like to make a comeback and be the first 40-year-old lawyer to win a world title!

I don’t have any confirmed details regarding Lovemore’s pugilistic activities at this stage but … ‘watch this space’! 😉

I should mention too that I’m hoping to have some more fights myself soon. Indeed, I may get an opportunity in the next few weeks.

And I only just found out about some world boxing championship for us over-50’s-fighters that’s apparently being held in Kansas City, Missouri in the first week of August.

It’s probably implausible for me to try to get there at this stage, but you never know! 😉

The other thing that continues to weigh on me, of course, is the ongoing turmoil in the Middle East – Libya, Israel/Palestine, and of course, Syria.

The ongoing disinformation campaign regarding Syria depresses me.

The rebels continue to target Christians and expel them en masses from their homes and villages, yet the Western media continues to depict them as Robin Hood and his Merry Men, trying to bring down the wicked prince!

I won’t go into further details here but if you want to hear some perspectives that you won’t get through the mainline media, look at some of the articles and videos I’m recommending through my Twitter feed (http://www.twitter.com/fatherdave).

The Video

And I mustn’t close without giving credit to Fighting Father Denning,

who did a magnificent job putting together a video compilation of all the action from our 120-round Box-a-thon.

I’m still waiting to get official confirmation from the Guiness people that I’ve set a new world record, but at least now I’ve got a world-class video record of the event!

It’s on YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ocgD6GF1g5c

Please share it with your friends.

OK. That was a loooooong Monday missive! :-0

May the Lord bless and strengthen you for the work to which you have been called



About Father Dave Smith

Preacher, Pugilist, Activist, Father of four