Samoa is a small third-world [developing] country that struggles to get a good grasp on reality. In this Sermon from Samoa I share some recent stories that demonstrate the delusions and deceptions that exist in this country, widely perceived as Paradise, and a Christian Country to boot. Standby for another dose of reality . . . [Read more…]
Christmas Greetings from Samoa. According to the man who was supposedly born on this day some 2,000 years ago we should take up our cross and follow Him. In this post I share the idea that we only have the authority to speak, (thus the capacity to affect change) when we do exactly that – when we have paid or are prepared to pay the price, and that while Samoa seems like a lost cause to many, by humbling ourselves we can make a real difference. [Read more…]
The Ombudsman’s Office of Samoa announced recently a logo competition with an ultra short development period (less than a week) – whew! The prize is WST$1,000.00 which for any art or graphics student would be a big momma windfall.
I took on the challenge and here’s the story behind my contribution ‘to the cause’. [Read more…]
In this Sermon from Samoa, I teach that for change agents to be effective they need to have a thorough understanding of the perceived problem before consideration of any plan of attack (i.e. strategy). I encourage them to use biblical principles to work at a low level one-on-one, trusting the Lord to do what He wants, rather than to lean on human-based approaches. Enjoy! [Read more…]
Divining truth is a simple process, but not easy, for it requires humility. The instant that we entertain pride however, we become susceptible to deception and manipulation. In this Sermon from Samoa, I share the things that we all know (deep down) here about Samoa, and compare that with the Western culture which we all know has its own big issues too. [Read more…]
In this Sermon from Samoa I share experiences of meeting and befriending three unique people in the last week and explain how the keys to the art of knocking on doors are universal, even though the actions and words may change depending on the culture, the people or the circumstances we find ourselves in.
Caring about people, giving them the kudos rather than taking it all, being genuine and positive. It’s the same the world over.
Enjoy these stories, many of the principles eloquently summarised in not only the bible, but the Quran and the teaching of Mr Salesmanship (Dale Carnegie) himself when he wrote the book, ‘How to Win Friends and Influence People’. [Read more…]
Samoa brings it all out in regards to people’s true colours, I tell you! One of the stranger adventures I’ve had in Paradise was with a guy Steve Fawcett who hails from Tauranga, NZ. A self-confessed MK (Missionary Kid) he turned out to be a real character, and a test of mine as well.
I thought that with the passing of time dust would have settled, but not so it seems for the SWAP website database was recently hacked and Steve’s posts have all seemed to (surprise, surprise) have disappeared!
I now feel it appropriate to share the real story of what I would call a self-confessed ‘Christian with attitude’ for as he’s says, he’s passionate about God. He is also somewhat confused . . . and hiding something. [Read more…]
Some people ask questions because they don’t know the answer and want to know the truth. Others ask questions because they already know the truth but don’t want to accept it. In this Sermon from Samoa I explain how Palagi guests do this with the Samoan culture as well as how it is often done with the key message of the bible, that Jesus is alive, the Son of God and claims an exlusive lien on the truth. [Read more…]
In this Sermon from Samoa, I share the importance of exercising faith in business and stretching our thinking on HOW to do this by removing the usual profit, power, planning and purpose motives from the business equation entirely, ending up with a bigger, better business based on closer, stronger relationships – with others and with God. Christians lean on the bible for guidance. Economists call it the gift economy. [Read more…]
My son answered a friend’s prompting with a video camera, “Now tell me about your Dad . . . ” “Well,” he replied “My Dad is never embarrassed – embarrasing sometimes, but never embarrassed!”
Mostly true, but not so entirely as this post explains: