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June JAM 2014

Jono Miller - Thu, 12/06/2014 - 1:45pm
Known First By God!

“You made all the delicate, inner parts of my body and knit me together in my mother’s womb. Thank you for making me so wonderfully complex! Your workmanship is marvelous—how well I know it. You watched me as I was being formed in utter seclusion, as I was woven together in the dark of the womb. You saw me before I was born. Every day of my life was recorded in your book. Every moment was laid out before a single day had passed. How precious are your thoughts about me, O God. They cannot be numbered!” (Psalm 139)

This is a wonderful description of what is taking place in Marie right now! Yes, we are pregnant. Thanks be to God!

Marie’s Corner

I read an article recently about first time parents. It talked about how these newbies read through baby books together and go to doctor’s appointments together and generally dream about what life will be like when their baby finally arrives. This seems like a pretty apt description of us at the moment!

Pregnancy has been an interesting experience so far. I’ve just started my second trimester, which means the baby is due at the end of November. I’m so thankful to God that I never threw up. I hate throwing up. And the nausea seems to be gone now too, so that’s also good. Now, I’m mostly struggling with headaches and excessive tiredness. I’m so glad I only work part time and I have a husband who doesn’t mind helping out with the housework! In the midst of all the discomforts, it’s nice to have a little person around to love. Can’t wait to meet the kid!

On a completely different note, there was some unrest in my old home last week that seems to have settled down now. I’m relieved that my host family and friends are all ok and am hoping that the peace will hold and life will get back to normal for them all.

Pray for Ukraine

The “Chocolate King” may be the new President of Ukraine but God is still the King of all. It is not always possible to understand why God allows certain events. God does not wish for any to perish, be they Ukrainian, Russian, separatist, rebel or terrorist. Please pray for my friends in Ukraine who are confused, scared, anxious or perplexed. Pray that Christians will remain strong in their faith in God and that those around them will be drawn to Christ.

Here is a snippet of how confusing life can be from my friend Masha in Rzhyshchiv: “it's so .... I even don't know how to say it... sad? when I look through Fb I see happy faces... the regular lives which are going on like nothing had happened... when I walk though Kyiv streets (now and during the revolution) and people seem like nothing is happening... and then I look at news.... or read something about the terrible bloodshed in the East of Ukraine or see the mothers of young men who gave their lives for our safe life.... my head gets so confused.... and a strange feeling fills me up.... it is like two different worlds.... in one lil country.....”

Please pray especially for my good friends Alyosha and Natasha. Alyosha has been called up to serve in the army. Pray that God will keep him safe. Pray for Christian fellowship in the army. Pray for Natasha and their two children at home that God would give them his peace in a special way.

Life In The Big Smoke

Teaching and nursing consume most of our time. For Jono there is also rugby and youth group. For Marie there is refugee help and helping Jono out at school. We also both enjoy our church life and being able to share together in a Bible study on Sunday afternoons is really good.

We both recently helped out at West Penno’s annual Missions Conference. Marie sang on the worship team and I ran the kids program and took them around the world. We rode motorbikes through South America and danced in Africa. We listened to our own live missionaries in Japan and of course learned some Ukrainian in Europe.

We will be moving this month, so we are getting prepared to pack it all up, move it, unpack it and throw out what doesn’t fit. It’s a good way to not get too encumbered with the things of this world.

Travel time is just around the corner. We are looking forward to a family vacation in the States in the upcoming school holidays. Marie’s youngest sister Julia is getting married and we are thankful to God for the opportunity to be there to celebrate with her. One of the challenges of being from different continents is being present at your families’ momentous occasions.

Prayer and Praise

· Praise God – words are not enough

· Pray for peace to come to Ukraine soon

· Thank God for a refreshing holiday period

· Pray for 3M at PHCS

· Pray for rugby to be a place where I am a living example for Christ

· Thank God for the provision of a place to live

Thanks

To Amanda for letting us look after her DVD collection while she is away in USA.

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May JAM 2014

Jono Miller - Sat, 10/05/2014 - 10:37am
Pull Out Some More Adjectives!!

This month my class, along with all grade three students across Australia, will sit NAPLAN tests. If you don’t know what I am talking about, consider yourself blessed. One of the tests focuses on writing. We are trying to help the students improve their writing with adjectives. When was the last time you read something and were transported into another realm, not because of the plot or the philosophy, but purely because of the choice of words? Words are powerful. They move us, inspire us, challenge us, motivate us, captivate us, arrest us, embolden us and empower us – and then there are times when the dictionary and the thesaurus combined do not contain enough or the right words to describe how we feel.

Last week I was reading Psalm 145 and realized David is pulling out every descriptor possible to show off his God; to exalt, praise and glorify his God.

God you are: (taken from various versions of Psalm 145

Abundant

Awe-inspiring

Awesome

Beautiful

Compassionate

Eternal

Exalted

Fair

Faithful

Generous

Glorious

Good

Gracious

Great

Holy

Kind

King

Loving

Loyal

Magnificent

Majestic

Marvelous

Merciful

Mighty

Miraculous

Powerful

Protector

Right

Righteous

Ruler

Slow to anger

Splendid

Trustworthy

Wonderful

Worthy

 

Our God is beyond description!


PRAY FOR UKRAINE


I desperately hope and pray that when I next write for JAM this segment is of praise to God for a peaceful resolution. What happened in Odessa this week was heartbreaking. To hear the terms “pro-Russian” and “pro-Ukrainian” thrown around makes me sad. God wants us to be “pro-people”, “pro-life” and “pro-peace”. Please continue to pray that God will intervene to bring peace to this region of the world. My friends live there. It hurts me to know that it hurts them. We dearly hope to travel to Ukraine to see our friends this year. Please pray with us that this will be possible.

Whilst thinking about Ukraine, I would like to send you to the website of my friends Danny and Annaliese. Danny has written a well thought out blog on lessons learned living for 9 years in Kaharlyk, the town 20 minutes away from where I lived.

 

Life In The Big Smoke

Holidays are wonderful! We spent the first week in QLD. It was a rather whirlwind trip with more than 2000kms, a night at the farm in Eureka, visiting Tim and Judith and the girls, the Gollans in Morayfield, the Gollans in Brighton, Mike and Vicki on the south side, we fitted in church on Good Friday and somehow I even managed to help Josh out with a cleaning job and go Vinnies shopping with Essie. Thanks to everyone for a lovely time of connection and special thanks to Marie for managing to keep “Jono pace” for a week. The second week was much more relaxed back in Sydney with a couple of nights spent west of the Hawkesbury on the Upper Colo River. Camping under the stars is just great when you need to get away from the big smoke.

We have found a place to move into with some friends from church. They will do the necessary renovations and we hope to move in in about a month. It will be cozier (smaller) than where we are now but we are thrilled about the location and the upstairs neighbours and thankful to God that the search was fairly quick.

School is back with a vengeance. There are always deadlines and report writing is high on the agenda. It is good for me to accurately assess where the kids are at and how they are learning and growing. It is easy to see what could be and therefore we sometimes miss what actually is. Please pray that as I write reports I will be honest and yet uplifting as I see God at work in these children I spend each day with. I thank God for my class and invite you to pray with me for them all. I want to grow in all ways and I desire God to use me in leadership as he deems best. I was recently sent 12 Ways To Know If You Are A Leader and each and every one of these points is something which I already desire and want to grow in.

I have started to get some fitness back and am enjoying rugby – a couple of wins making it even more enjoyable. It is also great to have a mate from church at rugby too. Please continue to pray that the friendships I forge at Beecroft Rugby will be a link in the chain that leads people to Christ.

If you want to visit us on Loftus Road, this is the month to do it. I still have the offer of a home-brewed latte and if you are lucky there might be brownies on offer!

 

Prayer and Praise

· Praise God – words are not enough

· Pray for peace to come to Ukraine soon

· Thank God for a refreshing holiday period

· Pray for 3M at PHCS

· Pray for rugby to be a place where I am a living example for Christ

· Thank God for the provision of a place to live

 

Thanks

To Dave and Sarah for keeping us off the streets. We look forward to many happy memories living in Beecroft with you guys.

Love from Jono and Marie

Proverbs 3:5-6 and Psalm 27

Keep Looking Up

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April JAM 2014

Jono Miller - Tue, 29/04/2014 - 9:28am
ANYONE FEELING TIRED?

If you were a fly on any staffroom wall towards the end of a busy term you would probably hear the word “tired” over and over. But not just in schools. People are tired at work. People are tired at home. People are tired in their pursuits. People are tired in relationships. People are tired serving others. What is the antidote to tiredness? REST! You need rest. We all need more rest. Psalm 62:1 says, “I find rest in God; only he can save me.” Do you need rest? Find it in God. He saves, he gives hope, he is your rock, your defender and your protection. So trust him and tell him all your problems for he is strong and loving (taken from Psalm 62).

MARIE’S CORNER

A few years ago, I was working a calm night shift at a hospital in the States, and one of my patients and I started talking about WWII for some reason. After Pearl Harbour was bombed by the Japanese, the government rounded up Japanese Americans and placed them in detention centers indefinitely. These Japanese Americans hadn’t committed any crimes or been disloyal, they were just unlucky that their faces looked a lot like the faces that decided to bomb Pearl Harbour. This single ‘crime’ ended up costing them their freedom; their children were unable to go to school, none of them knew how long they’d be detained for and there was no hope of being able to do anything to change their situation. When the war was over, it became more and more obvious that this was a huge and costly mistake, not only for those detained, but also for all Americans. In 1988 the American government officially apologized. This situation reminds me so much of what is going on in Australia today with asylum seekers and the detention centres on Christmas and Manus Island. How long will it be before we need to give a similar apology?

Anyway, back to my patient in the hospital. For whatever reason she couldn’t sleep so she told me a story from her past instead. Back in the 40s, she lived in California where many of these detentions centers were located. One day men came for her Japanese American neighbours to take them away, but the whole town gathered in front of their house to block the way. The townspeople knew this family well as they’d all grown up together. They pleaded that their long time neighbours be allowed to stay and live in peace. I nearly started crying while she was telling me this, which is probably why I can’t remember if the townsfolk were successful or not. I want to be the sort of person who will stand up and vouch for people. It seems like the sort of thing Jesus did a lot (and still does).

PRAY FOR UKRAINE

Please continue to pray for the country of Ukraine. Of course pray for peace not war. Pray for stability. Pray for unity. Above all, pray that the Good News – that faith in Jesus brings lasting peace into the hearts, minds, souls, lives and situations of all people – would spread across the land of Ukraine and make a difference there. Pray that God would pour out his Spirit on a people who have been oppressed from all sides for centuries, so that they would become agents of his light to all around them in every direction. Why not get more bold in our prayers?!?

We are hoping to travel to Ukraine later this year. Of course we don’t want peace in Ukraine just so that we can travel, but it will help in our desire to reconnect with friends we miss.

LIFE IN THE BIG SMOKE

Today the Real Estate agent rang to say that our house has been sold and the new owners would like to move in so we have to find a new place by the time our lease runs out in June. So it looks like the little Miller’s Nook we set up here is not going to last a year. It’s time for me to dust off my ridiculous collection of empty boxes and find a new place. Friends with trailers beware!

As the first term of school winds to a close we are both looking forward to a holiday. The first week will be a rather quick trip to QLD with about one day to see each of the people we want to see. We should be back for Easter Sunday and then hope to have a relaxing week with a couple of nights of camping before it all starts over again for term 2. Thanks to those who have prayed for my teaching at school. It is a huge responsibility and yet an awesome privilege to be touching the lives of these children I have in my care.

My parents have just been to Sydney for a short visit and it was good to be able to spend time with them both here at our place and in the city finding some new spots I had not yet visited. My class at school were privileged to have Dad come and teach them some knots (a reef knot and a bowline) and share some life lessons with them also.

We also had a very quick trip across the Tasman for my Uncle Lincoln’s funeral. Please pray for Aunty Elsbeth and all their children and grandchildren.

The rugby season has started and so far 2 huge blisters are the only thing worth writing home about. I do need to get fit and stay fit. It is good to be playing with one of the young guys from church.

We enjoyed a weekend camping with Young Adults from church and I think we may like to take off to the bush more and more. Sometimes you have to get away so you can rest, when you live in a big city.

PRAYER AND PRAISE

Praise God for the rest we have in him

Pray the Australian government and its citizens would treat oppressed peoples fairly

Pray for peace to come to Ukraine

Pray God for school holidays

Pray for rugby to be a place where I am a living example for Christ

THANKS

To Aunty Elsbeth for a beautiful handmade pottery dish to grace our table.

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