Well, it's gone 11pm at night,
and I've just got home from dropping the Russian
Pankration team back at their hotel.
Thus ends a rather intense day,
doing my best with a group of people who don't
speak a word of English. We met at the airport,
I drove them around, we ate together, and at no
time did we ever manage to jointly understand a
single word that passed between us. Of course,
when we finally got into the ring together, we
communicated perfectly. A punch in the
nose is exactly the same in Russian as it is in
English, and in our case this tranlsated into
immediate friendship. Thank God for the
universal language of the ring!
Yes, the 3rd World Pankration
Championships are taking place this Sunday,
November, 28, and I hope you can join us.
They are being held at the Debie & Abbey
Borgia Community Recreation Centre,
Illawarra Road, Marrickville South, and it all
starts at 10am.
This tournament will spell a
rather intense end an intense month for me.
I look back at the beginning of
this month, and we seemed to have been living in
a different world. President Bush is still
with us of course, but President Arafat is
not. In Jerusalem, our brother Morde
Vanunu was re-arrested, and here in Sydney, on
the eve of our Pankration tournament, the
Australian government surprised us all by
denying visas to representatives from most of
the Islamic countries! Was that
coincidence or straighforward prejudice?
I'm not sure, but I must confess that not much
on the international scene this month has given
me grounds for rejoicing.
On a local level though we've
had much to give thanks for. At the end of
October, we filled Newtown RSL Club for
Christians vs. Lions XVIII. Then a week
later, we filled Holy Trinity Church for a
choral performance from the Jubilate
Singers. Both were fantastic events, with
standing room only on each occasion, and each
raised more than $5,000 for our work. I suppose
music, like pugilism, is another universal
The other exciting thing that
happened for me this month was having chapters
of my book, "Sex, the Ring & the
Eucharist", read out on ABC National Radio
for a series of weekday mornings. This was
an extraordinary privilege, and it resulted in
my book becoming the ABC's "most popular
book of the week'. What this means,
I'm not exactly sure, but if someone could show
me how I could use this good publicity to obtain
a proper publishing deal (or something like
that) I'd be extremely grateful.
I am genuinely grateful to God
for the way in which the book has both helped us
to fund our work this year, and also seems to
have made a real difference in the lives of many
people. I am hopeful that this book still
has more good work to accomplish.
Oh! And if you'd like to
hear some of those readings, you'll be able to
catch them on the ABC website, at least until
the end of November, here.
Now I have one more very
important thing to ask you before I let you go
today, so please read on:
It has been an intense month,
and the one ahead of us, with Christmas and all
that comes with it, promises to be another
intense one. After that I'm going to take
a much-needed break, and I'd like it very much
if you could come and share some of that break
On January 3rd, 2005, My family
and I will be heading down to beautiful
Binacrombi Bush Camp, and I'd like to invite you
to come and join us, at least for one night, at
no charge to yourself. If you're willing
to travel here from outside of Australia, then
please make it a week, but if you're a local,
see if you can't manage at least one night.
I won't bother spelling out all
the details here. If you're interested,
send an email (a blank one will do) to
and I'll send you back all the info right
away. Don't worry. This won't add
your name to any mailing list. It's just a
convenient way of getting the info to you.
God bless you all for your
support this year. I do hope that you'll
allow me to say thank you to you by introducing
you to the wonders of the Australian bush at
Your brother in the Good Fight,.