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Truman, Perry and Hospital Journeys

8 weeks ago I had a little guy called ‘Truman the Tumor’ removed from my body. Then had 6 weeks to recover, then ‘Perry the Power Port’ was installed in my chest and just yesterday I started my 6 months of Chemo which will finish just before Christmas… which will make it the bet Christmas ever!

Lots more detail at (@beciboo and @davewakerley)

So it’s been a wasteland around here, but I have a backlog of a few bits of content to share so they will come in time!

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The Ultimate Kidmin Conference Cheat Sheet

I spent a very quick few days in Columbus Ohio last week speaking at the Kidmin conference. Apart from feeling the jet lag a little more than in the past I found myself in a brand new conference experience put on by Group Publishing.

The amount of training that happens is astonishing in it’s variety and sheer volume requiring a telephone book sized yellow sheet just to recap all the topics and sessions! So with that in mind, here are some tips to help you survive the experience.

1: Find a friend and organise a buddy system. Perhaps you could create code names for each other like ‘Alpha Moon’, ‘Tomato Bob’ or ‘Larry Cucumber’ that you can yell out in an emergency. Here I have pictured two men doing just that. Wayne Stocks from Dad in the Middle Blog and Michael Chanley from CMConnect are now establishing contact with each other and assigning codes… I believe Michael went for ‘Louisville Kitty’.

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2. Find people with similar hairlines to your own. This is myself and Steve Adams from Saddleback Kids very relieved to have found each other and realising that both our hairlines have seen better days. Steve has teenagers and so has progressed towards complete cue ball faster than me, but I have no doubt that I will catch him up at some point. You can just make out Michael Chanley photobombing at the back still nervously looking.

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3. Get your selfie on with a guy in a mohawk. Jeff from JumpStart3 was an ever present presence in the resource area and a guy with big dreams and the guts the go after them. Which brings me to the guy on my left.

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4. Bring along the legend that runs Hillsong Music. We just recently released Faith, Hope and Love a 9 week curriculum for both Preschool and Primary/Elementary and it’s awesome (I haven’t really mentioned it on the blog strangely). Tim Whincop and Josh Olson both were with me and made the Hillsong Kids stand happen.

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There were many moments that happened at Kidmin conference meeting people like Wayne Stocks and Gina McClain both bloggers who I have been following for a long time! Meeting Christine Yount Jones the editor of Children’s Ministry Magazine and seeing her enthusiasm for helping leaders in kidmin. I did want to catch Dale Hudson who writes probably the most consistent kidmin blog there is and I did see Anthony Prince in passing at some point. But next time I do this I think a blogger meetup would be in order!

Thanks Kidmin, we had a great time!

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Happy Birthday

This blog space is sacred.

I mean, I spend hours pouring over exactly the wording and content of every single post just to make sure I honour the platform and influence that this little corner of the internet has given me.

37 readers, plus my Mum is not to be sneezed at.

So to use this blog to say a big Happy Birthday to someone should be considered an honour of such magnitude that it would make grown men weep, ladies swoon at the knees and grandfathers pin the medals of their youth on this blog post in gratitude and awe.

Happy Birthday Funny Man Dan.

He turns a year older today (not unusual an occurrence obviously), a year wiser (slightly more unusual) and a kilogram heavier (one can only assume upon imagining the food he will be consuming).

But to be serious for a moment:

  • There is not a man on earth I would trust more to bring laughter to kids
  • There is no greater writing partner of  scripts that connect with kids
  • I have have seen no greater transformation from ‘crusty student bachelor man’ to responsible, loving husband/father
  • He’s a man that goes above and beyond to ensure everyone feels included
  • A man who’s revelation of Jesus guides everything he does
  • A husband who makes the special celebrations very special (leaving approximately 3 days in the year that are normal)
  • A father that puts the well being of his wife and kids (one still womb bound) a top priority
So in short you all wish you had a Funny Man Dan in your life but you will have to find your own.
Love and kisses Daniel!

 

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Quaked

I grew up in Christchurch New Zealand.

It’s my home.

Growing up I loved the name… Christchurch. It was a statement that said a lot about it’s heritage, probably the most ‘English‘ city outside of England.

So it is with a heavy heart that I watch on Australian TV the horrific earthquake that has hit my town, a town I was in last week visiting my family. The second major quake that has hit New Zealand in the last six months.

The first one was a surprise and a little bit of a non event, no one killed and very little damage across the city. But this second big one was no joke.

Thanks to the grace of God, none of my direct family was affected but friends of my parents and relations are no longer here on earth.

I know one thing – I have hope. Because of the Church in Christchurch and the resilience of the people… I see a future stronger than it’s past.

Check out www.christchurchquakemap.co.nz which as of writing registers 4966 quakes since September 2010.

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What’s Hot?

It’s Thursday, which can mean only one thing. My friend the slightly humorous Funny Man Dan has posted his weekly thoughts on his blog. To celebrate one year of the Thursday Blog I have written a moving tribute to the man and the myth, so jump on over there and check it out.

I am putting the finishing touches on my message for the Napkin Conference in Las Vegas next week!! Now it’s a big investment for Justyn to get me all the way over there, so he has asekd me to guarantee certain things during my message; 1. a minimum of 16 chuckles and 4 big laughs. 2. At least 2 moments of clarity and revelation and 3. A minimum of 30% of the conference in tears (more than that and I will just be overdoing it).

(okay he hasn’t really).

(if you thought he had, you should get out more)

(To LAS VEGAS and the Napkin Conference!)

(Ha).

Speaking of conferences, we are almost at our annual Colour Conference here at Hillsong, and Rob just announced their Planet Shakers diflucan retail price target=”_blank”>kids conference coming in April.

Let me tell you about my new son! Orlando Wakerley is the MAN. He is now 6 days old and lovin’ life. One child is great, but let me tell you I am really working on a family here. And our 4 year old Brooklyn is just the most delightful boy to ever be born. When your kids are healthy and happy you honestly feel like you can take on the world! God’s grace has covered us is the only way I can describe it. ESPECIALLY when you work with so many families facing sickness and issues — never take it for granted!

And that’s what hot!

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The empire strikes back

Yes, my rather slow moving plan to populate the world with people genetically related to me has taken another giant step forward! You’ve read it on Twitter, seen him on facebook, well here he is on a blog! My new son Orlando Stephen Wakerley. Born on the 12th February at 2.09pm EST.

This is adding to my first child the oft-mentioned Brooklyn Justice Wakerley.

I am truly blessed in more ways than this short and humorous blog post can convey. A trouble free birth and a healthy progeny!

Why the name? Well calling a boy Betty would have just been silly.

Orlando… we like the sound of it, and it’s nice to keep naming our children with places found in various states littered around the USA.

Stephen… my fathers name. A man crazy enough to follow a dream and see miracles happen as a result.

Wakerley… kinda had to use that one (btw if you’re ever in England, you simply must visit my wood… diflucan purchase target=”_blank”>Wakerley Wood).

Gifts may be dropped off at our estate located somewhere within that ancient forest, just follow the hounds and the sound of tea being brewed.

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Year in Review

One of the many great things about keeping a God Book (which is just a cooler way of saying prayer journal), is that you can look back and be reminded of the trials, the blessing, the tough times, the miracles, the dry and so many other things that happened in your life that are so easily forgotten. They stand as a memorial to your story, like the lasting symbol of God’s provision for the Israelites when they crossed the Jordan River into the Promised Land (Joshua 4), your 12 stones are written down and remembered.

Life is a script ready to be written, we don’t always control the circumstance, but we always control the response. So write down your responses and you will learn from them.

This last year I have used the SOAP style of spending time in the word. Scripture, Observation, Application and Prayer – which comes from Wayne Cordeiro.

It’s a simple and great method that had been working for me big time.

Here is the best part about it, I sat and read through all of the Applications of the Scripture that I have written down and you have a running list of what I believe God has spoken to me over a year. So here are a bunch of thoughts and/or questions from my God Book that sum up the year!

  • When diflucan buy I correct somebody, it’s because I want the best for them. Why can’t I see that when it happens to me?
  • Am I about the fathers business?
  • Believe in the power of God beyond your experience.
  • I want the testimony of my life to be this: that I was not moved, that I was not shaken!
  • My growth is found through patience.
  • Do signs follow me? (Mark 16:20)
  • I need to lead with the mind of Christ. Follow His lead.
  • The most important moments in life can be missed if we are not tuned into God.
  • Every weekend my job is to bless children. We have been given authority from God to do this.
  • Keep my faith simple, keep my message simple. Almost no ones life message is about quantum physics.
  • Look at the heart as you lead. That is what matters most.
  • Is the word really producing fruit in my life?
  • God responds to desperation no matter who it is.
  • Chill out – relax – don’t be so picky Dave. (This revelation had something to do with the sabbath and pharisees) 🙂
  • Seek first the kingdom of God. So may things pull at my heart, but I really just want to do what is right by God.
  • Have a go. Jesus did not reprimand His disciples for trying.

Soupy twist.

Dave.

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Kiva.org

Hey you need to do this!

I pasted some text from the Kiva website below, I love this concept!

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I just made a loan to someone in Benin using a revolutionary new website called Kiva (www.kiva.org).

You can go to Kiva’s website and lend to someone across the globe who needs a loan for their business – like raising goats, selling vegetables at market or making bricks.  Each loan has a picture of the entrepreneur, a description of their business and how they plan to use the loan so you know exactly how your money is being spent – and you get updates letting you know how the entrepreneur is going.

The best part is, when the entrepreneur pays back their loan you deltasone online get your money back – and Kiva’s loans are managed by microfinance institutions on the ground who have a lot of experience doing this, so you can trust that your money is being handled responsibly.

I just made a loan to an entrepreneur named Cyriane in Benin.  They still need another $250.00 to complete their loan request of $475.00 (you can loan as little as $25.00!).  Help me get this entrepreneur off the ground by clicking on the link below to make a loan to Cyriane too:

http://www.kiva.org/app.php?page=businesses&action=about&id=148474

It’s finally easy to actually do something about poverty – using Kiva I know exactly who my money is loaned to and what they’re using it for.  And most of all, I know that I’m helping them build a
sustainable business that will provide income to feed, clothe, house and educate their family long after my loan is paid back.

Join me in changing the world – one loan at a time.

Thanks!

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What others are saying about www.Kiva.org:

‘Revolutionising how donors and lenders in the US are connecting with small entrepreneurs in developing countries.’
— BBC

‘If you’ve got 25 bucks, a PC and a PayPal account, you’ve now got the wherewithal to be an international financier.’
— CNN Money

‘Smaller investors can make loans of as little as $25 to specific individual entrepreneurs through a service launched last fall by Kiva.org.’
— The Wall Street Journal

‘An inexpensive feel-good investment opportunity…All loaned funds go directly to the applicants, and most loans are repaid in full.’
— Entrepreneur Magazine

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Baby Brother on the Way

Brooklyn will have a younger brother coming soon in Feb 09. Yay!

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