Category Archives: Spiritual

‘Run, Baby, Run’

Just before the end of my first Hong Kong project, a young Chinese acquaintance lent me a paperback  titled, ‘Run, Baby, Run’, by an evangelist named Nicky Cruz.  Mr. Cruz had been a notorious and violent leader of a Hispanic … Continue reading

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Into the Forbidden City

The lawless area that I described in an earlier post (‘The Infamous Kai Tak airport’, Hong Kong category), which non-Chinese were warned to avoid at all times, had a Christian drop-in center deep in its interior.  An English lady, Jackie … Continue reading

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The Safe House

When I visited the Willans’ safe house (a small apartment), to my amazement the two ‘cutthroats’ that I had feared at the last prayer meeting had totally changed.  They were at peace, serene and gentle.  Only a few days before, … Continue reading

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Rick and Jean Willans

The Willans held prayer meetings in their apartment, which was high on the rugged hill of Hong Kong island, and afforded a magnificent view of Hong Kong harbor.  Every Tuesday evening and Saturday noon their living room was crowded with … Continue reading

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Union Church of Kowloon

When Sunday came I attended the Union Church of Kowloon, as my Australian pastor, Stan Quarmby, had recommended.  The congregation were mostly British, Australian, and from other parts of the British Commonwealth, with a few English-speaking Chinese.  The pastor, Rev. … Continue reading

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Maunsell Consultants sends me to Asia

Some few days after finishing my read of ‘The Acts of the Green Apples’, Maunsell and Partners contacted me.  They had a major project for me in Hong Kong.  I would have to leave within a month. Is this just … Continue reading

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‘The Acts of the Green Apples’

A short time later I received a paperback book in the mail, from my mother in America.  Its title was ‘The Acts of the Green Apples’, by Jean Stone Willans.  In a note she said that my cousin Ted had … Continue reading

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I couldn’t put the Bible down

After Dan Armstrong’s laying his hands on my head, I didn’t feel particularly different, no ‘great ecstasy’, whatever that means. Curiously, though, I felt a desire to read a book, maybe a novel or something.  Looking through my bookshelf, my … Continue reading

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Our church invites a ‘missioner’

Our Methodist church in Lane Cove invited Reverend Dan Armstrong, a Methodist ‘missioner’, to hold a series of meetings during a cold week in July.  The intent was to lead the younger people in church to a deeper spiritual commitment.  … Continue reading

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I’m a bachelor again, for a while

With Elle and boys in the US, I was free to do some things for which I would have had no time, normally. One weekend I decided to have a three-day fast over a holiday weekend. I took a Bible, … Continue reading

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