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Fleeners: Going to America

Fleeners: Going to America

Time flies… September 2017 marked 11 years since we moved to New Zealand as a family for gospel ministry.

Us in April 2006 when we visited New Zealand for three weeks.

Our lives have changed radically over these years. We are not the same people we were then. Clearly some of that is due to the simple passing of time and the normal changes that occur in life. Yet, much of who we are today is a result of becoming New Zealanders and serving together as a family as we’ve sought to be faithful servants of Christ.

One significant aspect of our life and ministry in New Zealand is that we’ve never returned to the US as a family in all these years. We have been happy to call New Zealand our home and Lord willing will continue to do so for many years to come. Another aspect has been the fullness and pace of our lives in ministry. We’ve been in fulltime ministry for nearly 15 years and have only ever had a two-week holiday and those didn’t happen until the last three years.

 

Three very small and very excited children as our container finally arrives, September 2006.

We’ve come to a time when we believe a family trip back to the US is overdue and we realise our window of opportunity to do so is closing. We also realise we are all very tired and overstretched. By August 2018 Mekaela will be 17 with only one year left of school. Mandy has one grandmother who is still living. We have nieces and nephews/cousins we’ve never met. We have siblings and parents we haven’t seen in many years.

I (Joe) have received approval from the Gospel Training Trust which oversees the Tim Training Course (where I teach) to have the 4th Term of 2018 off from my teaching responsibilities. I have also received affirmation from our church’s Elders, Deacons and congregation to be free from ministry here for December 2018 and January 2019.

Our plan is to return to America for those two months. Lord willing, we will be able to see all of our immediate families, visit Eastern Pennsylvania to show the children where they were born, etc., do some sightseeing along the way and have two or a bit more weeks for R&R together.

Our family at our New Zealand citizenship ceremony in 2017! Yep, we’ve all changed… just a bit…

Though we have the time now in our schedule for a trip like this, we do not have the finances to make this happen. Like always we are dependent on the Lord for His provision. Like so many times in our lives we know He often provides through the kindness and generosity of His people.

If you are someone who has been blessed by our ministry over the years and are in a place to help us financially, we would be truly blessed.

You can give to our “Fleeners: Going to America Trip Fund” via this account – BNZ 02-0644-0073993-013.

If you are outside NZ and would like to contribute please contact me and I can send you details in an email – jfleener5 AT gmail DOT com

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Google Map Directions from Japan to China

Check out step #43 is these Google Map directions from Japan to China! Very funny!

 
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Posted by on 05/11/2010 in Fun, Travel

 

The Inklings of Oxford: C. S. Lewis, J. R. R. Tolkien, and Their Friends

I just finished reading

The Inklings of Oxford: C. S. Lewis, J. R. R. Tolkien, and Their Friends

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It is a picture book and so much more. A thoroughly enjoyable read, with stunning photographs of Oxford, and the people who made up The Inklings (a small society of friends gathered around a common interest in literature, theology, philosophy, writing, beer, and conversation).

The wonderful collection of photos is accompanied by an engaging narrative that follows Lewis and Tolkien (primarily) through their lives from before they met until their deaths.

The combination of narrative and photography places one in Oxford, walking along the same paths, sitting in the same lecture halls, smelling the aromas wafting through the pubs, and feeling the touch of so many wonderful books.

I’ve never been to Oxford. After reading this book and soaking in the various photos I, on one hand, am longing to go, and on the other hand feel like I have already been.

 
 

Photos from my Kiev, Ukaine Visit – Feb. 2010

Feb 2010 Ukraine

This album has been updated…

I have updated the album again!

 
 

Teaching/Library Trip to Ukraine

I leave Friday for a trip to Irpin Biblical Seminary. My trip has a twofold purpose:

  1. Teach an M.Div. course => Hebrew Exegesis of Ruth in the morning
  2. Setup a library catalog system and train the library staff in the afternoon/evenings.

Here is look at the plan…

Depart: New Zealand – Kiev, Ukraine

Friday 12 Feb, 7:10pm Napier => Auckland 8:05pm1hr.

Friday 12 Feb, 11:55pm Auckland => Shanghai 7:10am (12:10pm NZ time) Saturday 13 Feb12hr. 15min.

Saturday 13 Feb, 1:50pm Shanghai => Frankfurt 6:50pm Saturday 13 (6:50am Sunday 14 Feb, NZ time) Feb12hr.

Saturday 13 Feb, 10:05pm Frankfurt => Kiev 1:30am (12:30pm NZ time) Sunday 14 Feb 2hr. 25min.



Time

Monday 15

Tuesday 16

Wednesday 17

Thursday 18

Friday 19

Saturday 20

8:308:55

Chapel

Chapel

Chapel

9:009:40

Chapel

M5 & M6

Exegesis of Ruth

M5 & M6

Exegesis of Ruth

M5 & M6

Exegesis of Ruth

M5 & M6

Exegesis of Ruth

9:5011:20

M5 & M6

Exegesis of Ruth

M5 & M6

Exegesis of Ruth

M5 & M6

Exegesis of Ruth

M5 & M6

Exegesis of Ruth

M5 & M6

Exegesis of Ruth

11:4013:10

M5 & M6

Exegesis of Ruth

M5 & M6

Exegesis of Ruth

M5 & M6

Exegesis of Ruth

M5 & M6

Exegesis of Ruth

M5 & M6

Exegesis of Ruth

13:1014:10

Lunch

Lunch

Lunch

Lunch

Lunch

14:1018:25

Library Software Setup & Training

Library Software Setup & Training

Library Software Setup & Training

Library Software Setup & Training

Library Software Setup & Training

Time

Monday 22

Tuesday 23

8:308:55

Chapel

9:009:40

M5 & M6

Exegesis of Ruth

Chapel

9:5011:20

M5 & M6

Exegesis of Ruth

M5 & M6

Exegesis of Ruth

11:4013:10

M5 & M6

Exegesis of Ruth

M5 & M6

Exegesis of Ruth

13:1014:10

Lunch

Lunch

14:1018:25

Library Software Setup & Training

Library Software Setup & Training

Return: Kiev, Ukraine – New Zealand

Wednesday 24 Feb, 2:05pm (1:05am Thursday 25 Feb, NZ time) Kiev => Frankfurt 3:50pm (3:50am NZ time)2hr. 45min.

Wednesday 24 Feb, 5:40pm Frankfurt (5:40am NZ time) => Hong Kong 11:15am (4:15pm NZ time) Thursday 25 Feb10hr. 35min.

Thursday 25 Feb, 7:15pm (12:15am Friday 26 Feb, NZ time) Hong Kong => Auckland 11:10am Friday 26 Feb10hr. 55min.

Before I actually come home, I am scheduled to teach a Block Course in Auckland – Old Testament Survey 1. This weekend course begins the evening I arrive in Auckland and ends Sunday night.

OT Block Course

Friday 26 Feb, 7:009:00pm => Old Testament Survey 1 Block Course begins in Howick, Auckland

Saturday 27 Feb, 9:00am – 9:00pm => Old Testament Survey 1 Block Course continues in Howick, Auckland

Sunday 28 Feb, 4:009:00pm => Old Testament Survey 1 Block Course concludes in Howick, Auckland

Finally Return Home!

Monday 01 March, 9:25am Auckland => Napier 10:25am1hr.

 

Photos from Sydney – Jan 2010

2010 Jan – Sydney

2010 Jan – Sydney – 2
2010 Jan – Sydney – 3
 
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Posted by on 27/01/2010 in Family, Fun, Travel

 

January 2010 Travel & Preaching/Teaching

Tomorrow we will drive from Hastings up to Auckland as a family for the purpose of flying from Auckland to Sydney, Australia Friday morning.

This will be the first time the kids have been in a plane since we moved to New Zealand over three years ago. Tabitha (our youngest) really doesn’t even remember ever being in a plane. Needless to say, they are very excited. Should be heaps of fun.

While in Sydney, I will be preaching/teaching on the following dates:

Sunday, 17 January – Preaching both AM & PM (from the book of Ruth):


Bible Baptist Church
178 Humphries Rd.
St. John’s Park, NSW 2176
(02) 98231950
bbchurch@tpg.com.au
http://www.biblebaptistchurch.org.au


Thursday, 21 January – Conducting BibleWorks Seminars (Two, three hour workshops):


Bible Baptist Church
178 Humphries Rd.
St. John’s Park, NSW 2176
(02) 98231950
bbchurch@tpg.com.au
http://www.biblebaptistchurch.org.au


Sunday,
24 January – We are planning to attend St. Andrew’s Cathedral in Sydney to hear Phillip Jensen preach.

Wednesday, 27 January – Conducting BibleWorks Training


Sydney Missionary & Bible College – http://www.smbc.com.au/ (I will be conducting a training workshop for their 1st year Greek students.)

During our time in Sydney I will also be meeting with pastors and other lecturers seeking to encourage them and learn more about what the Lord is doing in Sydney and how we might more effectively serve each other.

We also have several fun family outings planned (Zoo, Aquarium, Opera House, Beaches, Parks, etc.)

We arrive back in Auckland on the 29th, but will stay in Auckland for a few days as I am preaching at Howick Baptist Church on the 31st.


31 January – Preaching in the AM – Proverbs 31


(09) 5345142

http://howickbaptist.org.nz/

Corner of Picton & Wellington Streets
Howick
Auckland
New Zealand


We will finally be back home late on the
31st. I will only be home for 12 days as I leave again on the 12th of February for Ukraine for 2 1/2 weeks – but more on that later.

 
 
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