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Jadyn’s Short Story Published in Waimataitai School Newsletter

Iya's photo of Iya

We are so happy to see Jadyn finding joy in writing.

Since she learned how to read and write, she just love to write stories. To inspire her passion and publish her art work, we created Jadyn’s Art Work.

For their writing exercise a week ago, the Year 3 class at Room 7 composed their “Once upon a time” stories.

Jadyn’s piece was one of the two stories that the school printed in the Waimataitai’s newsletter 27 March 2012 edition.

Jadyn also appeared as one of the main characters in the story that Sakari, her classmate and best friend wrote. Their stories were published together.

Waimataitai School - Once Upon a Time Stories

Please CLICK on the image above to see how the stories appear in the newsletter.

We thank Mrs. Nikola Vincent for mentoring and supporting Jadyn. We appreciate Waimataitai School, the principal and teachers for creating a wonderful learning environment and experiences for all pupils.

PHOTO CREDITS: Iya Jarbadan, Waimataitai School

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Premium Discovery at Timaru Port – Goose Barnacles

Timaru Port Breakwater

One cloudy afternoon, we decided to drive down the shingle beach at the eastern side of Timaru port to enjoy the beach and ocean view.

It’s the part of Timaru Port that we haven’t visited.

The gloomy cold afternoon did not discourage us for we’re excited to see the place.

The fact that you’re on the utmost edge of the city facing the deep open ocean, cold wind blowing strong and the waves beating the breakwater makes the event more exhilarating.

Timaru Port Shingle Beach

Goose Barnacles at Timaru Harbour
Goose Barnacles at shingle beach, Timaru Port

We went about exploring the area. We watched the flock of shags congregating at the calm part of the shingle bar.

Then my wife and our daughter found Goose Barnacles growing on a beached tree branch.

We didn’t know what they were until my wife searched the internet.

Goose barnacles are prized delicacy (Percebes) in the USA and Europe, particularly Spain and Portugal.

Goose Barnacles at Timaru Port Shingle Beach
Close up view of goose barnacles found at Timaru Port beach.

Shingle Beach Timaru Port

Located near us, there are many more things that we need to know and discover in Timaru Port or Caroline Bay Port.

We look forward to fishing here one of these days.

 
 

PHOTO CREDIT: Jewel Kwe Castillon

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

My Search for Abundant Life

 

“… I came that they may have life, and have it abundantly.” John 10:10b

From Worry To Glory
Searching for the abundant life apart from God’s will is like sailing aimlessly on an endless sea of opportunities.

One statement of Jesus that has a deep and significant impact on me is “…I came that they may have life, and have it abundantly.”

I read and memorized this verse when I was a small kid attending one of the summertime Daily Vacation Bible School or DVBS. What started then as rote memorization, became gradually a journey to my search for the abundant life.

I was born of parents who are both theology graduates and I grew up with them working from church to church. Because we lived from parsonage to parsonage, I would often say jokingly, “No permanent address” when asked where do I live.

Experiencing the economic and psychological hardships and challenges of being a son of a rural pastor, I would always wonder about that abundant life that the Great Teacher expressed that He came for us to have.

But how can I affirm my confidence on the abundant life that Jesus Christ promised when I experienced injustice, dishonesty, corruption, jealousy, envy and all kinds of strife through and among the very faithful followers of him?

Where is abundance when you went through hunger and poverty because opportunities have become scarce after you made a stand for what is right?

Of course, it is easy to understand what abundant life is in the context of the material world. I grew up with the carnal understanding that to live a life of plenty is to always have more than enough food to eat and you have lots of money to experience living the lifestyle of the rich, like a good house, cars, travels, parties and anything that a person or family could wish for.

Thus, while keeping in my heart and mind the questions I had, I chartered my course towards prosperity. My goals were to study hard in high school to get a college scholarship, graduate a course that would be my ticket to get high paying jobs, do well in my chosen career and finally, live comfortably in affluence.

Then I was well on my way to fulfilling my goals, sailing smoothly, successfully achieving victories left and right. However, later on, after almost a decade of searching and chasing, I reflected at all my striving and struggling using all the gifts that God endowed me to gain the prosperity that I sought, I found myself living a meaningless life.

I exhausted all means to meet my goals but at the end of the day, I found out that when everything in life redounds to achieving financial gain compromising the basic values of truth and justice, I can not find real peace and happiness.

So where could I find true abundant life if it is not present in having material affluence alone?

Finally, after a long tiring journey, my search led me to one great discovery that abundant life is using my fullest potential for the Lord Jesus Christ. Yes, I discovered that living my life to the fullest is having all my faculties, availability and resources of good use for the glory of God.

Life has never been so very fulfilling. Surprisingly, the more I focused on having my fullest potential be used for him, the blessings keep coming and coming. Indeed, Jesus Christ has come to give life and have it abundantly.