Sunday, 20 March 2011


This is Dubsy.

Dubsy has been my housemate now for over a year and he's become my best friend in Australia. He is far and away the most generous person I have had the blessing to know. He's helped me out with rent, bought me breakfasts, lunches, dinners, Mcflurries and if I've ever tried to refuse a cash gift he'll just go and put it in my bank account and threaten me not to return it. He drove me to the pharmacy when my eyes were swollen and made me laugh about it. He lent me his car when I needed it. He gave me a wakeskate. He let me and my family ride the cable for free. He bought us a lawnmower and a strimmer and used them regularly. He's dropped me off and picked me up at Brisbane airport at very unsociable times. He pays for people to come to Zumba. He paid for the rent of our extra room when my sister came to stay. When he went to buy a push bike, he bought two so he could give one away. He buys me tissues when I'm sick and chooses the Aloe Vera ones not the cheapies. And he never ever makes me feel in his debt although I know for everything he's done for me I always will be.

In short, his genuine serving heart is incredible and he blesses everyone around him.

Well a few weeks ago Dubsy left for a six month adventure. He started with a two week trip to Cambodia (more about that later) and is now at the start of his Discipleship Training School with YWAM in Costa Rica. He's having an awesome time and I know everyone there will be frothing on knowing him by now. Please pray for him as he continues to talk to, listen to and get to know God. And please pray for his safety in Costa Rica and wherever he goes on outreach.

Before he left we threw him a kick ass going away party complete with Dubsy moustaches for everyone to rock plus we sold Dubsy memorabilia to raise money to support his travels. If you want to buy a Dubsarica mug for $10 let me know! Derek's got a sweet moustache montage from photos he took over on his blog: Derek's Aus'ome Adventures (he's a dab hand with his camera that boy).

Tuesday, 8 March 2011

Clean Up Down Under

Morgan ready to pick

I've always thought that Australia was a freakishly tidy place and I didn't know if this was because they hire more great people to clean up after everyone else or because everyone here just has an awesome attitude towards their surroundings. Well I think it must be a combo cos Sunday was national Clean Up Australia Day and the fact they have this day every year is wicked cool. The church I go to organises the congregation into groups to go out into allocated areas of the community to pick up rubbish instead of having a 9am service. God gave us the world to take care of so why would we sit in a service whilst the rest of the country tidies it up?

My gang was working on an area near a highway turn off so there were rich pickings tossed from cars. One super person even threw a can out to Isaac as they passed him. So helpful! After the mass pickup everyone met back at church to put their rubbish in the skips, wash their hands, eat a snag and exchange stories of the things they found (nappies, underwear, someone once found a fridge with an animal head in it, delightful).

Isaac stoked on his find

At our local skatepark last week I was sitting down surrounded by empty cans, bottles and food packets. I realised that often I only thought of litter picking if we were doing a Pure Parks visit and when I was just hanging out there it was easy not to see the rubbish lying around. So I started picking up stuff and straight away the other guys joined in. I think it's a really important part of showing that we love the skatepark and the people that use it. So I am challenging myself not to walk past litter when I go there and asking God to open my eyes to it and realise that I'm never too busy to pick something up and put it in the bin. SAY YES TO LITTER PICKING!

Monday, 7 March 2011


This is Paul Munro aka Munners. The Jesus Boardstore deck? He designed that. And the rainbow one. And our website. He's an all round talented dude with vision for making people's lives better. Enter his newest venture: The ThreeSixy Project. Check out his sweet new video below and then head over to the website to buy a steezy feel good deck or just straight up donate to the good stuff he's orchestrating. 360 wut wut!