It has been far too long since our last newsletter – please accept our apologies. We have enjoyed having a couple of months of downtime after a busy year of touring and are now feeling refreshed and ready to embark on a new year. It has not been totally holiday time: Steve spent the month of December working extremely hard on almost 50 songs for the New Years Eve gig in which he was guitar player for the Famularo Family Band, and we have continued to play our Maroochy Surf Club gig once a month, as well as two short trips to Bargara and Maryborough. We have still been able to make the most of the few months at home to relax, catch up with family, attack some necessary chores around the house and garden, while making sure we had some time to enjoy a few real days off - cycling in Brisbane and on the Sunshine Coast.

In Brisbane we followed Kedron Brook from Brookside to Toombull (my old stomping ground) with good friends Mat and Boyd. On another day we parked our van in Hamilton, took the ferry up the Brisbane River to Southbank and cycled all the way back along the river. Brisbane is such a beautiful city and I can recommend the cycle trails. They are a wonderful way to see the sights. Closer to home, we cycled along the Noosa River to its mouth so we could laze about in the river and cool off – the only place to be on these extremely hot days.

Steve and I have been inspired during our time off to learn some new songs and are enjoying having some new material. The next step will be to write some of our own – a good project for the winter months.

We are looking forward to three tours in the months to come:

a)   Summertime in New Zealand: February 17 to March 20

b)   Australia – Halfway Round: April to June

c)   Europe Revisited: July to November

The New Zealand itinerary follows:

SUMMERTIME

Tour Dates: NEW ZEALAND February 17th to March 20th

. Friday 17th Feb: Flight to Auckland 11.20am – 5.30pm

. Sunday 19th Feb: AUCKLAND

 8.30am and 9.15am: The Upper Room

. Monday 20th Feb: KATIKATI

7pm: Concert @ Katikati Christian Centre

. Saturday 25th Feb: PAEKAKARIKI

 8.00pm: Concert in St Peter’s Community Hall

. Sunday 26th Feb: KAPATI COAST - TBC

. Monday 27th Feb: 9am: FERRY CROSSING Bands on Board

. Wednesday 1st March: CHRISTCHURCH

8pm: Concert @ St Mary’s Addington

. Saturday 4th March: CHRISTCHURCH

7pm: Concert @ Opawa Methodist

. Sunday 5th March: RANGIORA

10am: Service @ Rangiora Baptist (111 East Belt, Rangiora)

. Tuesday 7th March: House Meeting

. 12th March: NELSON 

7pm: Concert@ Nelson Cathedral (Trafalgar Street)

. Thursday 16th March: 2.15pm FERRY CROSSING Bands on Board

. Friday 17th March: TAURANGA

Concert @ Bethlehem Community Church (183 Moffat Road, Bethlehem, Tauranga)

. Sunday 19th March: AUCKLAND

10am: The Mission North, 9 Wainui Rd,  Silverdale

. Monday 20th March: FLIGHT to Brisbane 11.20am to 5.30pm

 

Our Australian sojourn is still just an outline. If you would like us to come to your area please let us know so we can pencil you in. We leave home, heading north in the beginning of April, first stop Yeppoon on the 14th April. We then head north to Mackay, Bowen, and Cairns; across to Karumba on the gulf; head west to Alice Springs and south to Adelaide; east to Melbourne and back home through Victoria and New South Wales, to be home by mid June.

Europe is very much in our heart – it will be the sixth time for Steve and the 5th time for me that we have worked with Atlantic Bridge and John and Donna Oostdyke. Our association with these wonderful people goes back to 1994 when John rang to ask if Steve would come to Europe for four months. He had seen Steve’s photo in the advertising for Greenbelt festival in England and felt sure he would work well in his multicultural exchange program. Steve, at the time was away on tour, so I took the phone call and told John that Steve could only come if his family could join him, expecting to be turned down. What resulted was a seven-month family tour to USA, UK and Europe that was to be repeated several times over these last 22 years. It is a great joy for us to be once again able to work with this vibrant organization and to see once more the many friends we have made across Europe and in the States in connection with it.

We have a great deal to do to put these tours together but look forward to the process and to the final outcome. We do appreciate your prayers and support and once again hope you will join with us in helping make this a successful year.

All the very best to you as we all take the first steps into this new year.

With every blessing

Steve and Ainsley

Jesus said go into all the world and make disciples of  the nations; He said love one another as I have loved you. He came to bring peace, he came to bring joy, he taught us to forgive. His example has lived through 2000 years, changing people’s lives through the ages. We are honoured to call ourselves by his name.

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