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More from the Team in the Philippines

Greetings again from the team in the Philippines! Much has been going on here - too much to go into detail - but here is a summary: Our team has visited 28 sponsor families fr… http://one.org.au/sundays-at-one/our-story/rubber-hits-the-road/more-from-the-team-in-the-philippines/

Greetings from the Philippines

GREETINGS FROM THE PHILIPPINES The ONE Mission Trip to the Philippines is going very well! We are all safe and well. Having flown to Hong Kong, we then moved on to Manila for … http://one.org.au/sundays-at-one/our-story/rubber-hits-the-road/greetings-from-the-philippines/

No laughing matter!

Final Truism - David Ratten has a distinctive laugh. I don't know why but people often tell me I have a distinctive laugh. I have been in a crowd of thousands and people will tel… http://one.org.au/sundays-at-one/our-story/rubber-hits-the-road/no-laughing-matter/

Heading Home

Tomorrow we leave Haiti and I begin the long journey home. What an experience and thank you for sharing it with me. Today we met a group of Restavaks? There are an estimated 3… http://one.org.au/sundays-at-one/our-story/rubber-hits-the-road/heading-home/

A hope and a future

Tim Hannah, Australian Director of Compassion, asked me to pray with and for the family whose home we were visiting. It is possibly the most difficult prayer I have ever prayed. … http://one.org.au/sundays-at-one/our-story/rubber-hits-the-road/a-hope-and-a-future/

How do you change a country?

Haiti is a hopeless nation. By this I mean there seems no hope. It was a very impoverished nation before the earthquake in 2010, however it is now a devastated nation. It is diffic… http://one.org.au/sundays-at-one/our-story/rubber-hits-the-road/how-do-you-change-a-country/

Church in Haiti

We went to church today. Wow! Firstly, let me tell you that prior to the earthquake there were 1500 members in this church. There are now 6,000. They hold two Sunday services and w… http://one.org.au/sundays-at-one/our-story/rubber-hits-the-road/church-in-haiti/

After the quake

In January this year Julie and I visited Christchurch, New Zealand. It was a sobering experience to see the aftermath of the terrible earthquake. The city was partitioned off into … http://one.org.au/sundays-at-one/our-story/rubber-hits-the-road/after-the-quake/

I thought I had seen it all!

I thought I had seen it all! We were flying from Chicago to Miami en route to Haiti. We were coming into land and the Captain had instructed us to buckle our seat belts and prepare… http://one.org.au/sundays-at-one/our-story/rubber-hits-the-road/i-thought-i-had-seen-it-all/

Sleep Deprivation

Truism No. 5  David Ratten needs a minimum 6 hours sleep per night to function effectively. I know this is the case because I am currently surviving on around 3 hours per night. … http://one.org.au/sundays-at-one/our-story/rubber-hits-the-road/sleep-deprivation/

Lost and Found

What's the definition of a good sermon? For me, it is a sermon that grabs my attention, that accurately represents biblical truth and that causes me to live as a better follower of… http://one.org.au/sundays-at-one/our-story/rubber-hits-the-road/lost-and-found/

Who doesn't love a bargain!

I love it when I am able to pick something up at a discounted price. In fact I would go so far as to say I do not like to pay full price for anything. Some might describe me as che… http://one.org.au/sundays-at-one/our-story/rubber-hits-the-road/who-doesnt-love-a-bargin/

Goal Setting

When I board a plane for a long haul flight, I always look with interest and some apprehension to see what the seating lottery presents to me. I hope I will be sitting next to a 4'… http://one.org.au/sundays-at-one/our-story/rubber-hits-the-road/goal-setting/

Endure or Enjoy

My son Andrew suggested I title this post, "Groundhog Day".This was as he farewelled me for the second time exactly 24 hoursapart. The reason  knew I was not a bit part in the… http://one.org.au/sundays-at-one/our-story/rubber-hits-the-road/endure-or-enjoy/

On your marks – get set – oops!

I do feel like an Olympic athlete ready at the start line and poised to begin. 8 Flights in 11 days and the promise of excitement and challenge. (The comparison to an Olympic athl… http://one.org.au/sundays-at-one/our-story/rubber-hits-the-road/on-your-marks-get-set-oops/

I'm a blogger!

I am not sure whether or not I am proud of the fact, but I am now officially a blogger! For the uninitiated, this means that I have a blog on the World Wide Web (Internet). From t… http://one.org.au/sundays-at-one/our-story/rubber-hits-the-road/im-a-blogger/

How We Grow

Blog, spiritual growth, One Community Church,
I love watching stuff grow.  When the vege patch is working well I get very excited.  I love like to eat to squash, snow peas and tomatoes.  When I grow them… http://one.org.au/sundays-at-one/our-story/rubber-hits-the-road/from-the-minister/

What did you do when the earthquake hit?

On Tuesday evening 20th June, an earthquake hit Melbourne. I don’t want to over-dramatise this event because the earthquake was centered some distance from Melbourne … http://one.org.au/sundays-at-one/our-story/rubber-hits-the-road/what-did-you-do-when-the-earthquake-hit/