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A New Period for ISAAC in Asia

Published November 5th

HI, It has been way too long since we posted anything on our site. However that will now change. In fact many things have now changed. In July this year Warwick & June Murphy moved from their base in Melbourne, Australia to base themselves in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. This move will enable them to  be far more available to travel through the region. We believe that God has given ISAAC Asia a role to play in the region. The work that so many in the region are doing in the recovery ministry is truly amazing and we want to assist [...]

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Pastoral Care of Leaders

Published February 27th

Greetings, 8 years ago I started ministry in Asia. It was in response to a request to the ISAAC International office asking for someone to go to a particular city in China and do some teaching on addictions with a team of people working amongst trafficked women. Since that first trip I have now been to various parts of Asia teaching on addictions, counselling and other teaching from the Bible. I have been to Mongolia, Indonesia, Thailand, Singapore, Malaysia, Nepal and Cambodia. In each place I have gone with the main purpose of teaching or running training sessions with the [...]

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Reflections on the Cambodia Conference

Published November 14th

Well I have been home now for a week. After the conference we managed to spend a couple of days visiting the temples at Angkor Watt. Wow, is pretty much my responses to being there. If you get the opportunity to visit Angkor Watt you should take it. But that is not the purpose of this posting. I always think it is important to give a period of time before reviewing a conference. Time allows the peripheral things to find their place in our thoughts and the things that we found important to come to the surface where we have [...]

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Last Day of Conference

Published November 1st

I had hoped to post a blog each day of the conference but due to intermittent internet connection this has not been possible. Today was the final day of the conference and as in past conferences a time for bringing things to a close. So many things that could be said but would all take up too much space. Yesterday we had a time of worship that was quite amazing. The presence of God in that room was palpable. Today Dr Jean (President of ISAAC International) spoke and then Pax led us into a time of allowing God to minister [...]

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Not Another Conference. Why?

Published October 30th

Throughout the Asian region there are numerous small organisations doing amazing work in difficult circumstances. Some of these are working with people with drug or alcohol addictions, seeing them through recovery and onto a better life. Some of them are working with the sex slaves, those who have been sold into this business and are trapped there for many years. Some of them are working with street kids, offering them a better outcome for their future. People have come from Pakistan,Iran, Nepal, Phillippines, China, Australia, US, Europe, Sth America, Russia, Ukraine, Malaysia, Hong Kong, Lebanon, India and of course, Cambodia. [...]

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The conference is the easy part

Published October 24th

The 2nd ISAAC Asia regional conference, this one to be held in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, is due to begin in a few days. By the time I get to the conference facility I will feel like taking a long breath and relaxing, rather than engaging in the conference. The organisation to get to Cambodia certainly takes some time. I started by checking through various airline schedules to see if I could arrange the flights myself, which I have done in the past. To cut a long story short this became quite confusing. Most of the airlines travel via their home [...]

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I have been to a couple of funerals in the past week

Published August 7th

It has had me thinking about what sort of legacy we leave. What is important about our lives is not the externals like finance or status. These things can be there one minute and gone the next. What is important is the deeper things, the internal things. Matters of faith. How we have handled relationships. What we believe, how we have influenced anothers life so that they become a net contributor to their society. Our motivations and concern for others. These are the things that people remember about us. These are in fact the things they measure us by. These [...]

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The greatest man on earth

Published August 7th

In the light of drugs in sport scandals. In the light of immoral multi million dollar transfer fees for people who kick a ball. In the light of greed and corruption in so many places. I am heartened by people like this. Those who live in poverty need just a hand out to them to say ‘you are important’. I want to make a difference for people like this. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R41uPoZOoqI

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More thoughts from the counselling room

Published August 7th

The key that can unlock the door to the room many people are trapped in is forgiveness. But it is amazing how many people have a wrong understanding of what forgiveness really is, and how it works, and so they remain inside that room because they think THAT key won’t unlock THAT door.

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