Subject for ezine:
Partners in the Good Fight
Father Dave's Partner's Ezine
in the Good Fight
one man dreams, it is just a dream, but when we all dream together, it
is the beginning of a new reality.
Dom Helder Camara
Father Dave here and I'm writing to you from Binacrombi
bush camp, where we are celebrating a beautiful Australian
summer - walking the bush trails, swimming in the billabong and
enjoying lots of good company.
Moreover, I just saw an enormous 4-wheel-drive, packed full of more
teenagers than the vehicle's designer ever imagined it would
hold, heading off to collect wood for the donkey-boilers
(which we use to heat the water for showers, etc.). The young
people were laughing and jostling each other as they bounced off into
the scrub, and I couldn't help but smile.
Some of those teenagers have come here from refuges in Sydney that were
no longer sure what to do with them, and still others are here because
of desperate phone calls I've received from parents or grandparents who
were no longer sure what to do. I also saw visitors from a
nearby church packed in there somewhere, along with members of our
resident manager's family - all blending in together
been more than seven years since we took possession of this
beautiful piece of Australian bushland, and it's been a lot of hard
work, but I must say that it is wonderful to see the place finally
starting to fulfill the vision we had when we initially took the
reigns. Much of the credit for what has been achieved must go
to Pete, Pauline,
Shannon and BJ Trama, our on site management team. What a
privilege it is to work alongside them. Primary thanks though
must go to the Almighty, who has sustained this work thus far against
impossible odds, and who we trust will see it through to a wonderful
Thank you to everybody who has helped us to get this far in the journey
- through your prayers, your financial contributions, through the
sharing of your time and expertise. There is a long way to
go, but I am proud and excited to have been a part of the journey thus
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The big news from Dulwich Hill this month is that I'll be holding a
box-a-thon on Australia Day (Tuesday, January 26).
I'll be aiming to box 50 rounds on the night and will be looking for
people to sponsor me per round. All proceeds will go to Action Aid Australia
- an international anti-poverty agency, active in more than 40
Amongst my box-a-thon sparring partners will be 3 of Australia's
Haumono - the current e OPBF Heavyweight champion
Egberime - Aussie
Light Welterweight champ
course, these will not be the only guys I'll be sparring.
Indeed, I'll be happy to follow the time-honoured
tradition of women
and children first in order to rack up a few rounds for Action
dealing with Nadar and the two Solomons.
If you're in Sydney, do join us at the Holy Trinity Gym on January
26th. We'll be starting at 6.30pm and going till I either
complete the 50 rounds or get carted off to hospital. You don't have to
join me in the ring if you show up, but you will be expected to make a
donation to Action
Australia before you leave.
For those who can't be with us on the night I'm going to try to
video-cast the event through the Fighting-Fathers.comvideo broadcasting system. That
way you'll not only get to see me get
beaten up, but you'll also be able to text in your questions to our
special guests and dialogue with them.
Virtual Pulpit: The
Dysfunctional Family of Jesus?
For he was our childhood pattern Day by
day like us
He grew; He was
weak, and helpless; Tears
like us he knew; Christian children all should be Mild,
Obedient, good as He.
goes the classic Christmas carol ('Once
in Royal David's City'), and yet in the only story the New
Testament gives us of the boyhood of Jesus, His behaviour
seems to be anything butmild and
You can make up
your own mind, but if the story in Luke 2:41-49 is the only thing we
have to go by, we might want to
think twice before encouraging our children to model themselves on the
Click here to read the rest of what I
have to say on these words or click the play button below to listen..
leaving you today I must share some bad news with you. In
you hadn't heard, my dear friend Morde Vanunu - nuclear whistle-blower
and all-round nice guy - has been re-arrested again by the Israeli
police. This time his 'crime'
was that he met with his Norwegian girlfriend! I'm serious.
There was no other crime sited beyond that he had contact
with a foreigner!
If you don't know Morde's story, you'll find plenty of material that
I've written in the fatherdave.org
article database (just do a search on 'Vanunu') and you'll
find plenty of references to recent articles in the 'What's
News' section above. I'd recommend in
particular the article by American whistle-blowerDaniel Ellsberg.
Please pray for Morde as you pray for the greater needs of the people
of the Middle East - for peace, for justice, and for an end to the
double-standard, where threats are made against some Middle-Eastern
countries for their nuclear programs while nothing at all is said about
Israel's massive stockpile.
That's enough from me for today. I'll hope to catch you in person at my
Day Box-a-Thon or via the live video link-up (if I can
get it working). And if you want to keep in touch between now and then
I'll be doing my best to be on deck in the Fighting-Fathers.com
Video Chat Room each week at the usual time.
And what is the 'usual
morning at 9am Sydney time, which works out at (for
Sunday at 2pm for our members in San Fransisco
Sunday at 5pm for our members in South Carolina
Sunday at 10pm for our members in London
May the Lord bless and strengthen
you for the work to which you have been called.