Monday Missive – September 10th, 2012

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Hi Fighter,

It’s Father Dave, touching base with you again, relatively briefly this time.

In truth, I had planned to have a Massive Missive for you today – centering around the latest pugilistic triumph of Dulwich Hill’s own Lovemore N’dou over the challenger from Cameroon – Rivan Cessaire.

The fight was scheduled for eight rounds at The Melbourne Pavilion in Victoria last Friday night. Lovemore had trained like a Trojan for the event. His fitness was great, we had a solid fight plan, and in terms of preparation, all that needed to be done had been done.

I was actually boarding the plane to fly down and meet Lovemore in Melbourne when he called. “How are you, brother?” I asked cheerfully. “Not so good”, he said. “I’m in hospital!”

Thankfully Lovemore’s health is picking up now, but it’s taken a few days of solid bed-rest. And we still have no idea how he picked up the virus that brought him down so rapidly. Quite likely it was something he ate after the weigh-in? We’ll never know for sure.

All in all it was a good lesson in humility. We make these plans and we think we’ve got everything worked out. All the contingencies have been covered and so the battle is as good as won! How easy it is to forget that we are only made of frail flesh and blood!

I was reminded of the wisdom of St James: Now listen, you who say, “Today or tomorrow we will go to this or that city, spend a year there, carry on business and make money.” Why, you do not even know what will happen tomorrow. What is your life? You are a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes. (James 4:13-14)

Of course this doesn’t mean we have to diminish our vision. I still believe that we’re going to see some great fights, raise significant funds, and change the lives of many people, enshallah.

Details of the revised schedule will be coming your way soon.

Forgive the Whinge

Forgive me if I appear to be whinging today. In truth, half my family are overseas at the moment, so I’m struggling to find people to listen to my moaning!

What makes the distance particularly hard is that today is my lovely daughter Imogen’s fifteenth birthday, and instead of being here with dad she’s cycling her way through northern Italy!

I guess when you put those two options side-by-side, it’s hard not to choose the bicycle over the old guy. Even so, I miss her.

At least I have this lovely photo of me and my two lovely older girls, taken shortly before they both took off overseas.

proud dad with his lovely daughters - Veronica and Imogen

In case you don’t recognise them, that’s Imogen on the right (my left) and my other jet-setting daughter, Veronica on the left.

Two Quick Favours

Actually, the favours may not be quick but I’m going to be quick in asking them as I’m not well myself. I’ve been struggling with a cold for the last few days, and I’ll need to get to bed soon if I’m going to recover properly.

Favour no.1: please consider making a comment on my blogs

I’ve noticed that the only comments I’ve received on lately have come from people who hate me.

Thankfully I set up my blog so that I’d have to manually approve all comments before they are made public, and I’ve just been deleting these comments as they’ve come in. I’m not worried if people disagree with me, but all I’ve been getting lately is foul-mouthed abuse.

Anyway, I’m guessing that the reason for the one-way traffic is because most of my friends read this as an email and reply to me with an email, and so you don’t bother going to the archived version on the blog and leaving comments there. Why would you?

Even so, it would be nice to have some balance on the blog. So if you’ve got any comments to make on anything I’ve said this week or in previous weeks, and you don’t mind sharing your thoughts with the world, go to and make your presence felt

The same goes for of course. I put quite a bit of time each day into this site and have posted some great articles on it lately (such as this one by Noam Chomsky). It would be great to receive some more balanced comments on that site too.

Favour no.2: check out this web-promotion offer from my friend Raam.

This offer is only relevant to you have a website that isn’t getting enough visitors and you wouldn’t mind spending some money on it to see the site become more popular.

Raam’s promotinal techniques are similar to those I outline in my How 2 Change the World eCourse. The difference is that Raam and his team do all the work for you. This saves a LOT of time, but of course you have to pay for it

Anyway, here’s the link.

It’s an affiliate link, which means that we get a commission if you decide to use Raam’s services. In truth though, I’ve been a client of Raam’s for the best part of ten years now. I use his paid services every month and intend to continue to do so indefinitely.

OK. That’s enough from me today. I’m going to get to bed.

Hopefully I’ll be fighting-fit again by next week and have something bigger and better for you.

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

Your brother in the Good Fight,


About Father Dave Smith

Preacher, Pugilist, Activist, Father of four

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13 thoughts on “Monday Missive – September 10th, 2012”

  1. Hello, Father Dave, Hello World,

    I live in a different hemisphere than Father Dave. When I hear from him I always feel reassured that he is holding down his side of the planet. Father Dave, I appreciate your fight, your good nature, and the way you always present yourself as another fallible human being, who falls down sometimes but always gets back up.

    Everyone of every faith in the Middle East has a good friend on our fighting father!

  2. Dear Father Dave,

    Really appreciate your Ministry, especially in the world as it is right now, with so much power-seeking, exploitation, propaganda and plain selfish dishonesty. These are bad times, and your message of love and respect for all is very much appreciated.

  3. Dave,

    Sorry to hear about the hate messages. This world is full of funny people with some of them actually thriving on hate. Go figure…

    On another note, the picture of two beautiful girls flanking an ogre must be photo shopped πŸ™‚


  4. Dave, great verse from James. I am a bit of a planner and visionary I suppose. But I can get carried away and do things in my own strength and not realising that God has other plans! When Boak Jobbins died of a massive heart attack (rector from St Mark’s Darling Point) it reminded me that we can go just like that.

    1. The death of Boak Jobbins is a real loss to us all. It’s as if a mighty oak tree has suddenly been felled. Who would have guessed?

      My Muslim friends always add β€˜enshallah’ (God willing) to the end of every sentence when they talk about the future. It reflects a degree of sober realism that we probably should all incorporate into our life and speech.

  5. Hi father Dave: I discovered your mails today because they were mistakenly sent to the spam section. In them, I have read your How 2 Change the World eCourse and I am very pleased I have rescued those mails. It’s been great to get to know you by Tweeter. God bless your life and ministry!

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