Posts Tagged ‘hope’

Goodnights and Goodbyes

This was the last evening, that we, the Skate4Cancer Aus crew were together, before abandoning the skate, and heading our seperate ways back home.

Pictured: Rob Right, Jamie Centered, Myself Left.

Taken by Erin Hogue, who was supposed to join the team, before the car accident.

An Inspiration

Last year was a tough year for my highschool best friend Dan.
He lost not only his father to brain cancer in January, but his younger brother to cancer in August.
Both were such amazing human’s with so much love and such a zest of life.

This article was written about Chris, just after his passing. I hope it touches you, as much as it touched me.

You will both never be forgotten.

Out with the old, in with the new.

My body must have missed that memo.

My personal social network page is flooded with notifications about how grand and fabulous the new year is.
How everything is going right, and that it’s a brilliant start to what is looking to be a promising year.

How very wrong that is for me.

2007 I thought had been a bad year.
2008 I barely survived. My health suffered greatly, and at one stage I thought I might not even make it.

Here I’m thinking.. 2009 – it can only get better right?

So here I am on day 5 of this new year. I’ve left the house once. That is all I have had the energy for.
I’m still reliant on painkillers issued by my surgeon.
I’m still battling the remnants of that “undiagnosable illness” so severe, I had to see numerous surgeons.

I’m still in pain, slowly losing motivation that life for me will ever be good.

When do I get a break?

If karma existed, I should be rolling in good fortune, instead of writhing in bed.

I guess only time will tell, I’m hoping to be ok to leave the house on Wednesday.
I’ll be very disappointed if I don’t.

I’ve actually got something to look forward to.
Two things actually.

No, make that three.

Any guesses?

Even if you don’t believe in the power of prayer

This is still worth doing.

We invite everyone to please come join us to petition God for Chris’ life. Please join us – sign up to pray and fast for 24hrs… morning – morning on one chosen day of the week.

If you don’t know the Champion families story… please go to…

In short… John Champion (Husband/Father) in February pasted away from Brain Cancer after a over 2yr battle. 20yr old Chris Champion has also battled cancer over the last 2yrs in his leg and now it has spread to his lungs and brain. He is in a fight for his life and undergoing current Cyber Knife treatments to stop the lesions in his brain.

If you would like to join our Relay for Life team on Saturday, May 2nd… to support the Champions & Chris, please contact Kristina Ruch on FB or e-mail her @

A “Call” to Fasting and Prayer:
(From The Way Fellowship – MyChurch page)

As a family, we feel that God is moving us into a season of continual fasting and prayer over Chris Champion. The recent news has not be the most encouraging, however, we will continue to stand as a united body and intercede for our brother, Chris, and our sister, Dawn. We know that God alone is in control and He alone determines the outcome of our lives.

“Though the LORD is great, He cares for the humble, but He keeps his distance from the proud. Though I am surrounded by troubles, You will preserve me against the anger of my enemies. You will clench your fist against my angry enemies! Your power will save me. The LORD will work out His plans for my life– for your faithful love, O LORD, endures forever. Don’t abandon me, for You made me.” – Psalm 138:6-8

Here’s the goal… We want to cover Chris w/prayer and fasting around the clock until Jesus directs us otherwise. We desire to see a different family in the church, take a day and fast and pray together (this is similar to the way we provide meals to families in our church).

Please post below to let us know which day you will be taking. If you would like to take the same day every week, please feel free to do so.

*(Facebook – Please respond to invitation with what day of the week you would like to sign up for)

We MUST rally around each other in prayer, through the Holy Spirit and by the work of Jesus, in order to help see our brother through.

“We are in this fight together. You have seen me suffer for him in the past, and you know that I am still in the midst of this great struggle.” Philippians 1:30
6 comments to “A “Call” to Fasting and Prayer”

April 03, 2009 at 9:57am
The Essman’s (Rich, Katie, Rusten, and Reed) will take the rest of today.

Jesse and Leslie
April 03, 2009 at 11:25am
I am so deeply sorry to hear the news about Chris, we have been praying at OCC for him, since Pastor Gary, Kristina and Mihaela have filled us in… I will be praying daily and fasting on Monday…Please let me know if you would be doing meals for them or anything else I can do to help.

Marlo Bryant
April 03, 2009 at 1:16pm
Praying for our brother! Will be fasting Sunday.

The Hodgies
April 03, 2009 at 10:11pm
Alan and Amy will fast Saturday (tommorrow).

April 03, 2009 at 10:34pm
Dennis & I will fast & pray on Thursdays.

The Boozers
April 04, 2009 at 8:01am
We will fast and pray on Wednesday.

Chris is the brother of my best friend. They both lost their father to cancer in February. Let’s not have another member of his family die to this terrible condition. Please have Chris in your thoughts even if you don’t believe in prayer, and if you can – fast 1 day in your life – it might make the difference in his. Thanks.

To Possess this, Opens up your World


So many people I know are reliant on alcohol. You ask them what they got up to on the weekend, and whether or not it was good, and the common response is “I was trashed man… it must have been good”.
They don’t even remember.  Not only that, but then they can’t do so many other things throughout the week, because they spent 200+ dollars on alcohol in one night. Crazy.

I used to feel awkward being one of the only sober ones at gatherings, parties and pubs. Now I really cherish it. This past year, i have had the most amazing conversations with people about important issues which has completely blown my mind. Purely because of the timing and location.

Going to Hot Damn after the AA Hc08 show, I had 3 impacting conversations with people from Melbourne and Canberra. Who cares, that everyone around us was trying to get drunk and tune anything that walked past of the opposite sex. I didn’t. I’m really glad that they didn’t either, although two of them did later on that evening.

On Saturday, I went along to a party with a friend where there was a bar tab, and it was mostly guys, so naturally there was a multitude of drunken party animals. One guy there even managed to smash 6 wine glasses over his own head, and was still walking around, and trying to drink some more. In the middle of all of this confusion, I got to connect (no – nothing suss or romantic ha ha) with this great guy friend I know, and actually talk about worthwhile stuff.

I hope that in the future, many more circumstances will happen, when I least expect them. I hope that more people open up their hearts, and look to making a positive change. I hope that a lot of people I know, cut down on the booze, and realise they are worth more than the poison that floods their veins on a weekly, sometimes even daily basis.

 Ps. I’m not always all about deep conversation… ha ha.. I still have the worst sense of humour and love a good dance 🙂


Just when I find myself getting jaded with the state of the world, and the state of people’s hearts, a glimmer of hope appears when I least expect it.

My experience sitting in the middle of the pavement with one person I knew, and practically 4 strangers in the heart of Northbridge at Midnight last night, has totally re-ignited some of my passions which disheartenment had allowed to previously make dormant.

I love having deep conversations. I love hearing people’s hearts. I love debating, and learning and trying to not only better the world, but better myself in the process.

I love the fact that everyday we get to choose how to react to our circumstances. Whether we turn the other way, or stand up for what we believe in (despite it often being more difficult), is not left to chance or social standing. It is up to us.

Yesterday was the best day I have had in a very long time.
I got up early to go and have a surf with someone I haven’t seen in a long time, and have never gone out in the ocean with. It was really good to catch up with someone who used to be a good friend some 6 years ago, when I first came to Australia knowing no-one.

I got to see her new place, a sweet old character house, right near the ocean, and met her wonderful canadian housemate. I had my first cup of coffee in my entire life. Thank goodness she had soy milk, otherwise I would have had to have had it black. It was ok, my eyes pretty much instantly opened.

Then went to a farewell picnic at Kings Park, sitting on some old couches which were found on the side of the road along the way there, in the sun, with friends, overlooking the city. There was something so freeing and so relaxing about being up there.

Headed to a photography exhibition after that in the city. entitled Earth from Above

“Earth from Above: an aerial portrait of our planet – towards sustainable development by Yann Arthus-Bertrand features 120 spectacular large-scale photographs.

Each photograph captures a particular perspective of life, human endeavour or the natural environment and is accompanied by information about the significance of the image and a brief, thought-provoking sustainability message.”

I literally spent an hour and a half just soaking in the natural beauty of the world, and reading about how we, as the human race are destroying our planet. How we, have the opportunity to take a stand and make a difference, by changing our habits – but instead the majority fail to do so due to the illness of laziness.

I met my best friend for a great vegan dinner, before meeting some friends and strangers who are now my friends at this new cafe which later led to the renewing of parts of my soul.

Where there once was disheartenment, there is now hope.
Where there once was lethargy, there is now energy.
Where there once was isolation, there is now unity.
And all it took was one moment.

When will yours be?

Currently listening to Death Cab for Cutie