My wonderful fiancée decided to find a coffee for me on the way to the airport on Sunday. We stopped at a Starbucks and in response to the friendly American, "What can I get ya'll?" I mumbled, "Just a latte thanks".

"I beg your pardon".

"A latte thanks".

"What's a latte thenks?"

Eventually Marie stepped in and apologized for my accent. The girl explained she didn't mind because she also had an accent once. Next minute I was explaining in Russian that I spoke very little Russian but knew Ukrainian better and next minute we were conversing in a mixture of Ukrainian and English and the next thing we knew, the coffee was on the house!!

Oksana was from Ternopil in western Ukraine. The three of us chatted about strange meetings in strange corners of the world and then parted ways to almost definitely never meet again. So what?? I thought of four random things:

1. Having a funny accent is not all that bad.

2. Be hospitable to all, sometimes you entertain angels unawares.

3. Friendliness is contagious.

4. A free coffee is always a good day.


165 days and counting. I am proud to announce that I not only went to a female dominated wedding planning meeting, I chaired it and I loved it. Marie has a great bunch of girlfriends who are over the moon at being given lots of scope and freedom in planning out the details of our wedding. Marie has 3 weeks remaining in the States before she comes to Australia. After that the wedding planning committee "takes over". I am super blessed to have a fiancée who has a stress-free, no-fuss approach to getting married. She's marrying me, she has to keep at least something uncomplicated in her life!!!


I'm writing this on a plane heading back to Sydney and back to work. The immediate things in front of me are: getting my head around teaching grade 2, finding a car and a phone for Marie, getting on board with Kids Club and Livewire (youth group), and coordinating the details of our family reunion next month in NZ. I'd appreciate prayer for all of these things.

I'm also looking forward to seeing all my Sydney friends and giving their ears a good bash about our engagement and upcoming wedding, and just how wonderful Marie is and how much I miss her already.


· Thank God for an awesome time in the States with Marie

· Pray for Marie and her family as she lingers there another 3 weeks

· Thank God for Ruth and Jon's camp and pray as there is some follow up this week

· Pray for me going back to work

· Pray for Kids Club and Livewire in 2013


Oksana from Ternopil for the free latte!!

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