My heart is growing cold

I feel I’m getting old

And now I’m not as bold

As I used to be

I used to jump and dance

Wear psychedelic pants

Give me a second chance

To be like I used to be

I lived just like a lark

Then failure left its mark

I hate stumbling in the dark

Take me back where I used to be

The remedy is in the cross

Without Him all is loss

Lord Jesus be the boss

Like You used to be

When I grow up I want to be a little boy

This plan I will employ

To live life full of joy

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Monthly Update August 2011


Ukraine connections with me are usually two different types. There are all the expats who usually have a well organised blog or email with prayer points. I regularly try to keep well updated about Rzhyshchiv and some other towns where I have good friends. I’ll share a few below.

But then there are the little snippets of communication with my Ukrainian friends. There are emails, Skype, MSN, the odd SMS or phone call. But mostly we utilise Face Book or Vkontakte (the slightly less secure Russian equivalent of FB). Today I had a good friend reminisce about hanging out with Ruth and Jon and I. Another former UTSIM student wrote “Hello! how are you? you soon to our Rzhyshchiv come?” I guess I need to go back and help her with her grammar. Today I have also been having an MSN conversation with a good friend who has a big struggle in his life right now. Please pray for this friend.

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Monthly Update May 2011


There is only one month left of this academic year. UTSIM will have completed 3 years, thanks to all who have prayed and supported in some way. The next 12 months will look different for UTSIM and will be a building time. The staff are considering their careers. Natasha leads the wonderful UTSIM team.

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Monthly Newsletter April 2011


Due to a midterm break, computer issues at my end, and other causes, communication between me and Ukraine has been rather scarce of late. So information on the future developments of UTSIM will have to wait til next month.

For now I would like to give a brief summary of where UTSIM is right now.


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Monthly Newsletter March 2011


I was recently given the following saying: “There is no way to happiness, happiness is the way.” I liked it. So I started thinking about it a lot. I wondered if it is always true and decided I was analysing it too much instead of thinking about the general truth it gives me. Then I wondered if I could substitute the word happiness. I guess I like the sentiment that life is the journey and the journey is life. I realise that perspective in any situation is the key to one’s response. I’ve so often said that life is 5% what happens and 95% attitude.

What are your thoughts? Email me or log on to my website and leave a comment for all to see.


Many of you have asked questions or wondered a little of my situation being in Australia, being engaged, returning to Ukraine etc. etc.

So here it is:

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Monthly Newsletter February 2011


‎"A commander-in-chief is never dealing with the beginning of any event - the position from which we always contemplate it. The commander-in-chief is always in the midst of a series of shifting events and so he never can at any moment consider the whole import of an event that is occurring. Moment by moment the event is imperceptibly shaping itself, and at every moment of this continuous, uninterrupted shaping of events the commander-in-chief is in the midst of a most complex play of intrigues, worries, contingencies, authorities, projects, counsels, threats, and deceptions, and is continually obliged to reply to innumerable questions addressed to him, which constantly conflict with one another." Tolstoy

Any type of leader of people has the monumental task of trying to understand any given situation so as to make the best possible decision. But no situation can ever be fully understood. No true judgment can ever be made by a person. A truly great leader must be humble, he must recognise his innate ability to be wrong or make an error of judgment. He should consider the principle of the Indian proverb to “Walk a mile in another man's moccasins before you criticize him".

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Monthly Newsletter January 2011


Do you make New Year’s resolutions? Are you someone who verbalises a “probably should but know I won’t” idea to everyone and see if you can get at least til the middle of January?

Recently I heard a great saying: “You always have time for the things you do first.”


From the experience of the last two years at UTSIM, the second half

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