Posted in Hope, Inspirational, Living in New Zealand Now, Living in Timaru, South Canterbury living

Work Scheme to Repay Victims of Young Offenders Works Well in Timaru


I’m impressed by how the Timaru community redeems the offenders and victims through the work scheme.

Through joint administration of the Child Youth and Family, Timaru District Council and Barnabas Trust, the teenage offenders get paid doing manual jobs around the community such as trimming edges and painting fences.

The money they earned goes to the victims for damages done. Victim Support administers the payment to victims.

I believe it’s a tough project to undertake but retribution has very priceless results for offenders, victims and most of all for Timaru community.

Please click on the image below to read the full article I scanned from The Timaru Herald.

Congratulations to the organisations involved in perpetuating this program. Congratulations Timaru for this noble project!

redeeming the youth

You can read the article on the web too.

Click this link:

Posted in Faith, Hope, Inspirational, Living in New Zealand Now, Living in Timaru, Love, South Canterbury living

Tribute to God’s Awesome Goodness


As we celebrate our second winter in New Zealand, we remember how good our God is.  In June 2012, we were praying and waiting for the job that’s pivotal to our getting residence visa.

Our 9-month work-to-residence visa was ending 10 August 2012, barely two months then.

God’s Mighty hand at work, He moved people, caused events to happen, and guided us to a places where He wanted us to be.

So, we always thank the Father for the things that He has done and for the things He’s yet to do.

Thank you Lord for being doubly good.

We are also forever grateful to our brothers and sisters in Christ who have been with us in our faith journey.

Please watch the video my wife created —Beautiful Sights of Timaru, Canterbury, New Zealand


SONG CREDIT: “Doubly Good to You” by Amy Grant

Posted in Autumn New Zealand, Living in New Zealand Now, Living in Timaru, South Canterbury living

Autumn Leaf Colours – Salute to Life’s Death Rehearsals


Looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith,
who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame,
and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. Hebrews 12:2

south canterbury autumn

autumn in timaru

It’s autumn in South Canterbury. The marvelous burst of colours that autumn gives to the surroundings is quite amazing.

As we delight at how autumn changes the scenery from lush green to yellow, red, or gold, we all know that eventually the leaves would become crisp brown.

Then the cold south wind will blow the leaves away. Falling to the ground, the autumn leaf colours will soon be gone.

Yes we all know that the radiant autumn leaf colours are there momentarily. We could look at it as nature’s last hurrah or salute to the coming of winter.

I can’t forget what one of my theology professor told us in class one day. He said that everyday we must rehearse death to ready us for the appointed time.

new zealand autumn

Quoting Psalm 44:22, the Apostle Paul stated in Romans 8:36 “As it is written: “For your sake we face death all day long; we are considered as sheep to be slaughtered.”

Are you aware that indeed we rehearse death daily?

Isn’t that when we fall asleep at night, as we close our eyes and fall into deep slumber, we rest whatever ‘life’ we had when we were awake.

Of course, we’re alive, breathing and just having a good night sleep but who really knows whether we will be awake the following morning? Only God knows!

It is only through His mercy and grace that we are alive both physically and spiritually.

Our greatest consolation is that nothing “will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

It is really great that when we are in the ‘autumn’ of our daily lives, we call on to Jesus Christ, our Saviour and Lord so we can calmly live through the ‘deepest winter’ of our lives.

My thoughts and prayers to all of us who are facing life’s deepest ‘winters’. May the Lord God Almighty strengthen us all as we face sorrow, pain, and other difficulties. May the Holy Spirit protect and guide us all now and in the days ahead. Amen.

Timaru Botanical Garden

PHOTO CREDIT: Autumn is Awesome by Diane King

Posted in Inspirational, Living in Timaru, Mission, Promote South Canterbury, South Canterbury living, Tell A Friend South Canterbury

A Multicultural Event at Wilson Street Baptist Church


Let us pray for the multicultural event that will unfold at Wilson Street Baptist Church on 20 April 2013 – 7:30 in the evening.

I believe that the evening of praise and worship is just the first event for the multicultural response that the Lord God has started with Wilson Street Baptist Church.

Those who are living in South Canterbury area, you are all invited to come and join. Please read the text below for more information.

Evening of Praise & Worship   Wilson Street Multicultural Response

To God be the glory, great things He has done!

Posted in Faith, Inspirational, Lent, Living in New Zealand Now, Living in Timaru, South Canterbury living

Relevance of Jesus Christ in my Life

relevance of jesus christ

Recognising my sinfulness and the fact that I cannot do anything on my will and effort to cleanse me from all unrighteousness make Jesus Christ relevant and important.

As if my spirit was an old rusty and squeaky wheel in need of repair and replacement. And through the cleansing blood of Jesus, I am now redeemed, renewed and truly living.

Acknowledging my need for a Saviour, I found the answer to the question “How can the death of Jesus Christ be ransom for all?

The lyrics of “He Look Beyond My Fault and Saw My Need” express my sentiments so well that I’m always touched listening and singing this song.

Amazing grace shall always be my song of praise,
for it was grace that brought my liberty;
I do not know just why He came to love me so,
He looked beyond my fault and saw my need.


I shall forever life mine eyes to Calvary,
to view the cross where Jesus died for me,
how marvelous the grace that caught my falling soul;
He looked beyond my fault and saw my need.

If you’re still wondering about the redeeming power of the cross, take time to reflect…see your sinfulness, repent, receive and believe that Jesus Christ is your only Saviour and Lord.


PHOTO CREDIT: Old Rusty Wheel by Ross Waugh

Posted in Inspirational, Living in New Zealand Now, Living in Timaru, Promote South Canterbury, South Canterbury living, Tell A Friend South Canterbury

South Canterbury – Tell a Friend Best Family Group Entry

Thank you!

South Canterbury Tell a Friend Award


Our family is grateful for the award that the South Canterbury – Tell a Friend contest organizers gave. The prizes are just awesome.

Joining the Tell-a-Friend contest has given us the opportunity to meet new friends, integrate with Timaru community and gain internet marketing knowledge.

While there’s no perfect place in this world, we say that there are many reasons for beautiful living in South Canterbury.

To God be the glory! Praise Him.

We just can’t stop thinking about South Canterbury.

Watch this video to know more:

South Canterbury – Tell a Friend from South Canterbury NZ on Vimeo.

Posted in Living in Timaru, Promote South Canterbury, South Canterbury living

Listen to the Sea

By Placido B. Matta

Timaru Coast Walk

Have you ever been to a sand bar

Listening, watching wavelets caress the sandy shore?

I have –

And heard the gentle voice of God.


Dashing Rocks Timaru

Heard the roar of waves

Venting their wrath upon rocky shores?

I have –

and heard the voice of an angry God.

Remember the money changers

Defiling the holy temple?

So, beware and

Listen to the sea.


PHOTO CREDIT: Ross Waugh’s Photographs