Monthly Archives: March 2012

Andrea Bocelli’s “Little Story”

The cheerful song he sings at the end of this video clip translates as: 

I want to live like this with the sun on my face, and I sing happily, gracefully. I want to live like this, with the air of the mountains, because this enchantment doesn’t cost anything.



NGOs expelled from the U.A.E.

NGOs expelled from the U.A.E..

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Once again glad to be living in Oman rather than any of its neighboring countries!

All is Well with the Protestant Church in Oman! (PCO)

Last week we had the AGM (Annual General Meeting) at the PCO and it was good to look back on a year of blessings.

There are plenty of worship opportunities throughout the week at the PCO.  For more info, you can always contact the office at

Some highlights of the past year include:

  • outreach to the less fortunate through Christmas Joy 2011 and many other outreach programs and gifts through the giving committee.
  • “Special services of Good Friday, Easter, Christmas, New Year, Day of Pentecost and the International Day were celebrations of our unity in the midst of our diversity.” (with Christians from more than 45 nations)
  • Youth Pastor, Rev. Andre Botha, installed in May, 2011.
  • Children’s Pastor, Rev. Diana Willemse, appointed in Nov, 2011.
  • Rev. Dr. Barry Dawson-the RCA Minister, (and wife, Shelly) joined us in Sep, 2011.
  • Rev. Chris Howitz-Anglican Minister, (and wife Nicole and son Joshua) joined us in Feb, 2012.
  • (“We are still waiting for the Lord to guide on the appointment of the Arabic Pastor in due course.”) 
  • A total of 63 congregations have used our facilities each week.
  • Ground-breaking service for the Ruwi Building Project on June 22, 2011.

It is the hope of the PCO that the new church building in Ruwi will be completed within 9 months.  “The total estimated cost for the project is OMR 800,000.  We have 50% of the funds needed for the entire project.  It is here that we value your prayers and your commitment to make a pledge towards this project…We know God’s work, done in God’s way will not lack God’s provision”.

As you can see, it has been a fruitful year for the PCO and there is much to look forward to in the coming year as well.  Soli Deo Gloria!

Plinky – Because Sometimes You Need a Push

What do bloggers do when they have “writer’s block“?!  (Doesn’t happen to me, because I’ve always got plenty to say, haha!)  This is a question that the folks at WordPress have answered brilliantly.  In case you haven’t heard of it, they provide prompts from a site at


How does it work?  From their website:

  • Every day we provide a new prompt (like a question, or a challenge), and everyone gets a chance to answer.
  • It’s simple to add photos, maps, playlists and more. You can easily share your Plinky answers on Facebook, Twitter, WordPress, Tumblr, and most major blogging services.
  • We know you’ve got something interesting to say. Plinky is here to help you say it in a fun and compelling way.

An example of one prompt I thought I’d share comes from last week:

Thursday, Mar 22, 2012

When was the last time you voted in an election?

If I wasn’t signed up for Plinky, I might have never even thought about this question.  I’m glad I’m reminded as it’s an interesting story about a funny situation I found myself in as an officer cadet in the Canadian (un)Armed Forces.  I think it also sheds light on English/French Canadian relations and where we find ourselves today. 

Would you believe that the last election I took part in was the historic decision in 1995 on whether Quebec would remain as part of Canada or would seek its soveignty?!  Amazing as it sounds, it doesn’t even seem likely as I’m a small town boy from British Columbia.  What on earth was I doing voting on whether Quebec would remain in Canada or not?!?!  Well, because I had attended university since 1990 at College Militaire Royal de Saint Jean (“Verite! Devoir! Vaillance!”),  I was considered a resident of Quebec and thereby allowed to vote.  This was true for many Anglophones in the military who happened to be stationed in Quebec.  The vote was SO close that I like to think that we played a small part in keeping Canada united.

One reason we may never have to see Quebecers voting for soveignty is the fact that the Right Honorable Jean Chrétien pushed through the Clarity Act in 1999 and it finally became law in June of 2000 which makes it harder for a province to consider leaving Canada. (Jean Chrétien considered this one of his greatest political achievements!)

Anyway, that whole journey down memory lane was in thanks to Plinky’s prompt from last week. Thanks, Plinky! (& WordPress!)  Make sure to check out and if you’re a blogger, consider signing up for their daily (or weekly) prompts.

All this talk of elections, makes me think about the American Elections coming this fall.  Have you seen this funny little video from “the Canada Party“.  Worth a view!