• San Churro – Free churros on your birthday
  • Nando’s – Pero Perks – Free bevvie on registration and birthday treat for regulars
    (need to download and install an app)
  • Subway – Eat Fresh Club – Free Subway six inch sub and drink
  • Sumo Salad – Sumo Society – $5 Off your next salad and a free salad on your birthday
    (need to pick up a card from a physical restaurant)
  • Baskin Robbins – Club 31 – Buy 1 get 1 free scoop when you sign up and a free ice cream on your birthday
  • Boost Juice – Vibe Club – Free Boost on your Birthday
    (need to pick up a card from a physical restaurant)
  • Gloria Jean’s – Free birthday coffee
  • Outback Jacks – Birthday Club – 3 Free Meals a Year
  • Oporto – Flame Rewards – $5 Voucher when registered and a Free Meal on your Birthday
    (Must download an app to your phone or grab a card in store)
  • Cold Rock – VIP Member – Buy 1 get 1 free on signup, free ice cream on your birthday, $10 cake voucher on your birthday)
  • Salsa’s Fresh Mex – Mex Club – Free burrito on your birthday
    (need to pick up a card from a restaurant)
  • Montezuma’s – Loyalty Clubs – Free main meal on your birthday and free main meal on your 6th visit.
  • Muffin Break – Club – Free cup of coffee for registering, every 5th coffee free, free muffin on your birthday.
    (need to pick up a card from a restaurant)
  • Jamaica Blue Fine Coffee – Loyalty Program – Free slice of cake on your birthday
    (need to pick up a card from a cafe)
  • Hudons Coffee – Rewards Club – Free small coffee on registration

Free Birthday Deal in Adelaide

For the last few years my children have been listening to the same few podcasts. We found our favourites back in 2010, and have sticking with them ever since.

Paws and Tales PodcastBack in 2010 we were listening or watching five different podcasts:

  1. Paws and Tails
  2. Kids Corner
  3. The Official Adventures in Odyssey Podcast
  4. Karen and Kids
  5. Sesame Street Podcast (video)

Kids Corner PodcastAfter five years I thought that it would be worth looking around at what else might be out there for our kids to listen to during our car rides, or around the house…

Despite spending a long time looking, I could find nothing new that was worth listening to! This was definitely disappointing as both Kids Corner and Paws and Tales are both running reruns of their older shows, and The Official Adventures in Odyssey Podcast only releases a few free episodes a yeaAdventures in Odyssey Podcastr.

Both our oldest and our middle child have outgrown Karen and Kids and the Sesame Street Podcast, so we have stopped listening to both of those shows. It is worth noting though that both of those appear to still be producing new episodes for their podcasts.

Despite having no luck in finding new podcasts for our children to listen in 2015 I have found that the public library is a fantastic resource for audio books and programming for our kids. Through a program called OverDrive we can access all sorts of great content to listen to.


Recently we listened to the first two books of the classic Anne of Green Gables series, and our kids love the Boxcar Children series.

So between our three preferred podcasts, and the audio books available from our public library, we have done pretty well getting good, quality content for our kids to listen to.

New Testament Bible Reading PlanFinding a New Testament Bible Reading plan that wasn’t dated proved to be a lot harder than I thought. Most of the 6-Month New Testament reading plans were written to be started on the 1st of the year, but since I didn’t want to wait until January 1 to start, I quickly made one without the dates.

The reading plan will take you 180-days if you read one selection a day starting at the beginning of the New Testament.

Six Month New Testament Bible Reading Plan

Hopefully you find it helpful as well …

Download it here.

Espresso for your SpiritI have recently been reading a book called Espresso for Your Spirit: Hope and Humor for Pooped-Out Parents. I was reminded in a recent chapter of what Paul said in his letter to the  Philippians in Philippians 4:11-13.

I have learned to be content, whatever the circumstances may be. I know how to live when things are difficult and I know how to live when things are prosperous. In general and in particular I have learned the secret of … facing either plenty or poverty. I am ready for anything through the strength of the One who lives within me. (Philippians 4:11-13)

Because of my Podcast

School of PodcastingDavid Jackson, from the School of Podcasting web-site and podcast, has a segment on his podcast that highlights what people have been able to accomplish because of their podcast. It’s a great part of his show that helps his listeners to hear what can be achieved through podcasting.

While considering what I have been able to achieve through my podcast is that I have been able to share my testimony (episode 6) in 29 different countries! Many, of not most, of those countries are place that I would never have shared in if it were not for technology. Some of the countries that my testimony has been heard in are:

  • Saudi Arabia
  • India
  • Indonesia
  • Bosnia and Herzegovina
  • United Arab Emirates
  • Iraq
  • Vietnam
  • Kazakhstan
  • Israel
  • Kuwait

I was blown away by how many countries I have in fact shared in!

Impact of the YWAM Podcasts

I was really encouraged to hear about how God is also using the YWAM Podcasts that I produce. This includes them being downloaded over 110,000 times, and some great feedback about people going into missions because of what has been shared on the podcasts …

My main role as a mobiliser and communicator in the field of missions is to help connect people with opportunities around the world. In Youth With A Mission alone there are over 1250 locations, all engaged in some form of mercy ministries, training, or evangelism.

Then there are many other missions organisations around the world like Act Beyond, Pioneers,  Mission Aviation Fellowship, and many more opportunities around the world for people to be involved in missions.

Connecting People to Missions and Opportunities

I believe that everyone is called to minister the Gospel, whether you do it where you are, or into the nations of the world, God has called everyone to minister …

1 Pet 3:15 (KJV) – Sanctify the Lord God in your hearts: and be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you.

This isn’t to say that everyone is meant to be a missionary, rather I believe that everyone is to be God’s hands and feet, and to bring hope and God’s truth where ever you are at.

Not called!’ did you say? ‘Not heard the call,’ I think you should say. Put your ear down to the Bible, and hear him bid you go and pull sinners out of the fire of sin. Put your ear down to the burdened, agonized heart of humanity, and listen to its pitiful wail for help. Go stand by the gates of hell, and hear the damned entreat you to go to their father’s house and bid their brothers and sisters, and servants and masters not to come there. And then look Christ in the face, whose mercy you have professed to obey, and tell him whether you will join heart and soul and body and circumstances in the march to publish his mercy to the world.” William Booth (source)

I personally believe that being a missionary is a specific call from God into full-time ministry.

I also believe that it is every Christian’s duty to give testimony to God’s love and truth where ever he has called you. God has a plan for all of us, whether it is to be a pilot, teacher, engineer, janitor, or whatever, God has a plan for us, and he wants us to do it to the best of our ability, and with a heart to hear from Him in the midst of it.

Mobilising Others to Missions

This week I had an opportunity to share with an electrical engineer with Porshe in Germany about the YWAM Vision 10810 ministry that is also located in Germany:

To design and build semi-trucks which can provide housing for a 12 person team, a full equipped stage to do evangelism and provide a place to store Bibles. These trucks would be more than just a stage. It would be a mission headquarters on wheels.

You can find out more about the Vision 10810 ministry here.

image from CommuniKty Donosti

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