May each moment

Well here’s a strange thing. Met up with Heleni with her daughter at the local shops (she’s doing that FOB thing of checking out all the FOBs while trying not to be noticed as a FOB?)

She asked for the lyrics of one of those songs we did back in the day, and here we are. She wanted it SMSd on the phone, which is all nice and dandy but I ain’t gonna re-type the thing if it’s already typed up.

And, I ain’t reformatting it on the phone to get the Guitar chords lined up (it’s hard enough getting it done on the web. Anyhoo, she never got back with an email or other online presence, so if anyone sees a strange Tongan lady tell her the words are here.

Our Prayer

Andrae Crouche (?)

C
May each moment, of each hour
                    C7
of each day of your life,
     F                          C
be a picture of love to all the world

And in Jesus, may grow, May you trust him,
                    Am
May you know of his Love,
                      G
And his love may know you.

Chorus

         C
And when soon he shall come
       F
may we all join as one
       C           Am
In the joy that we share
       G                 C
In his glory this is our prayer.

May your father, become real
In your life may you feel
The beauty of love to all the world
And where ever you may go
Tell the people, let them know
that his coming, is so very near.

For many years I thought the song was written by Andrae Crouche, but now with the Internet the only reference I can find for it is through the Heritage Singers.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oCYK6zG3mKs 

Edit: The song seems to be referenced/titled as “Our Prayer”

Our youth first came across the song as a translation by one of the mum’s of another youth group (kainga and all that.)

‘Ofa ke Hoko

(w) Ngangatu Fifita

C
‘Ofa ke hoko, ‘a e taimi
                C7
Kotoa ‘e tau mo’ui,
     F                     C
Ko e ‘ata, ‘oe ‘ofa ki mamani.

Ke ‘ia Sisu, Falala ki ai
                Am
‘I he tui kia teia
              G
Tene toe foki mai.

Tau:
C
‘Oka ne ka fotu mai
       F
Ke tau fakataha ai
      C        Am
‘I he fiefia ‘anga
     G                      C
Hono naunau, ko ‘emau lotu ia.

Humm 1st verse, while one voice reads
Sione 3:16

Her kids had a band where this became one of the favoured items they would play and pass along to the youth that followed them.

There’s a few other songs that we caught the Tongan version of before we knew there was a palangi version.

Follow the ‘sound’ on Youtube and see if you can capture the Tongan version along the way.

May each moment

Well here’s a strange thing. Met up with Heleni with her daughter at the local shops (she’s doing that FOB thing of checking out all the FOBs while trying not to be noticed as a FOB?)

She asked for the lyrics of one of those songs we did back in the day, and here we are. She wanted it SMSd on the phone, which is all nice and dandy but I ain’t gonna re-type the thing if it’s already typed up.

And, I ain’t reformatting it on the phone to get the Guitar chords lined up (it’s hard enough getting it done on the web. Anyhoo, she never got back with an email or other online presence, so if anyone sees a strange Tongan lady tell her the words are here.

Andrae Crouche (?)

C
May each moment, of each hour
                    C7
of each day of your life,
     F                          C
be a picture of love to all the world

And in Jesus, may grow, May you trust him,
                    Am
May you know of his Love,
                      G
And his love may know you.

Chorus

         C
And when soon he shall come
       F
may we all join as one
       C           Am
In the joy that we share
       G                 C
In his glory this is our prayer.

May your father, become real
In your life may you feel
The beauty of love to all the world
And where ever you may go
Tell the people, let them know
that his coming, is so very near.

For many years I thought the song was written by Andrae Crouche, but now with the Internet the only reference I can find for it is through the Heritage Singers.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oCYK6zG3mKs 

Our youth first came across the song as a translation by one of the mum’s of another youth group (kainga and all that.)

‘Ofa ke Hoko

(w) Ngangatu Fifita

C
‘Ofa ke hoko, ‘a e taimi
                C7
Kotoa ‘e tau mo’ui,
     F                     C
Ko e ‘ata, ‘oe ‘ofa ki mamani.

Ke ‘ia Sisu, Falala ki ai
                Am
‘I he tui kia teia
              G
Tene toe foki mai.

Tau:
C
‘Oka ne ka fotu mai
       F
Ke tau fakataha ai
      C        Am
‘I he fiefia ‘anga
     G                      C
Hono naunau, ko ‘emau lotu ia.

Humm 1st verse, while one voice reads
Sione 3:16

Her kids had a band where this became one of the favoured items they would play and pass along to the youth that followed them.

There’s a few other songs that we caught the Tongan version of before we knew there was a palangi version.

Follow the ‘sound’ on Youtube and see if you can capture the Tongan version along the way.

Who’s pointing?

In a world looking earnestly, and not, for guidance, we fail as Christians when we need guidance from non-Christians on how to follow Christ.

When the secular media are taking you to task for not acting Christian enough, it’s got to be bad.

All this sounds so familiar. Back in 1988, I covered the fall of Jimmy Swaggart and flew to his World Faith Center in Baton Rouge to listen to his tear-filled speech. He was going to take time off, he said, and work within his denomination’s rules that an erring pastor must take two years off. No exceptions. But three months later, he was back in the pulpit. And things for him went from bad to worse.

Mark Driscoll redux: Believe it or not, this Daily Beast feature is best of the lot — GetReligion

Can it be that the confusion we force on this world leads the world to find substitutes?

http://mynorthwest.com/874/2397524/Godless-Church-Seattle-Atheists-on-The-Atheist-Mega-Church-Trend

But can it be church without religion? Seattle Atheists member Brandon Hendrickson thinks so.

Maybe church is too much about religion (the trappings of the instutitions) instead of the relationship between God and you?

MSpeak–understanding structure

Reflections on Management Speak ala Mini Me.

If management can understand the fundamental structure of a problem (e.g. water pressure through pipes is low) then obviously there is an easy solution and they need to know why the rest of us don’t understand and address the problem:

We are either

  • Lazy
  • Incompetent, or
  • a combination of both

This premise obviously ignores the probability that the details have been ‘watered’ down, dumbed down, so that management might grasp part of the situation.

NSA has nothing on the Australian Government

With all the brooo haha about Edwin Snowden’s revelations about the secret war by the NSA against American Citizens, the rest of the world and whether this is ethical, legal, in good taste and un American, one would think that the secret spying on your own citizens is something only Americans and the harsh regimes could think of doing.

My local council spies on me for my own good, and the Australian Government gladly legislates for all sorts of information to be used by the good operations of government so that my tax payer dollars are well spent.

Big Brothers Watching

It’s official, our local government say’s that they do get the meta data from my phone records. Who I call, how long I’m on the phone and all that stuff that can be used against me, or to protect me.

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If you want to enable mass surveillance on your citizens, don’t do it like the yanks. Just do as the Australian Government. Tell everyone you’re doing it, and have been doing it, and if they don’t like it, go … fish.

When running hot water isn’t an option

So, what can we do about cleaning in the evening when there’s no running hot water in the house?

We’re visiting family and friends in Tonga and although the place is nice and warm (for their winter) that water from the water tank can be down right cold when you need to submerge in it to get clean.

I’ve had many friends come up with an amazing range of ideas for how to warm up the shower experience in the evening. Sesilia and Sione demonstrate the oldest way known to bath during winter.

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Use a bucket.

You shouldn’t need to read any further, but they don’t actually suggest you get into the bucket.That’s silly Eye rolling smile

chuwi iuee android 7” tablets

Going through some minor burn in tests to see how well these little wonders hold out. So far, mostly positive.image

Quad Core Android 7” tablets for approximately AUD$80 each (delivered) and they’re quite good. Last night was spent just updating the apps on it, and configuring English settings etc.

A few games seemed to be ‘freezing,’ ‘crashing’ (Angry Birds, Dragons World) so there wasn’t much else to do but try running some of the Performance Analysis tools AnTuTu Benchmark, StabilityTest v2.7 and they seemed to report some good findings.

Continue running the update, update, to make sure we’ve got all the latest software installed.

‘Ofa recently got a Kindle Fire HD and I really enjoy the form factor and what a cheap ‘companion’ device this thing can be. Of course, ‘Ofa ain’t relinguishing her Kindle (she didn’t have much use for her original Kindle, so go figure that one out) so the rest of us have to do with trawling through http://www.aliexpress.com to see what Yahoo et. al. can provide for us from mainland China.

We’ve got here the CHUWI V17HD 1280×600 Android 4.4.

AnTuTu say’s we’re doing good, at a much lower price point. We have some magical number #16876

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The Aliexpress sale page shows playing movies, and I can attest that watching a movie on this thing looks really slick.

The BenchTest pushes the Four Cores without any heating issues with the unit and that little guy/sprite hangs around while we whirl around him/her to show that the graphics capabilities aren’t so bad.

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And the main reason that I was stopped on the page (other than the sale at the time?)

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Android 4.4.2 Woohooo. I just love the AOSP mail client for this thing. And now it’s connected to Gmail and ActiveSync back to the Office MS Exchange Server.

Tonight was the first hands on test with the kids grabbing one each (1 had to make do with a Samsung GS4.) The kids were ‘in the cone of silence’ for 30 minutes. If you asked them to do something, their hands and feet would move but their heads were magically locked to the little screens.

It’s doing good for me for what it’s intended, a tote device for doing some ‘stuff’ with occassional/relaxed connections to the Internet, reading mail, watching a video. On that premise, this device is looking real good.

Fakalahi vahenga, workers compensation

It finally dawned on me that there is a complete industry here in Australia that also has generations of implementation in Tonga called “Fakalahi Vahenga.” Every now and then you see some of the guys pop out early to watch a game at the pub or down at the local TAB (betting establishment) and to further the generalisation the girls come in a ‘little late’ after a shopping spree.

In this regime of workplace reform, Fakalahi Vahenga is an accepted mechanism to compensate for injuries, problems encountered at work to assist the injured worker return to work at some functional capacity. In Australia, this includes the company or insurer trying to get the correct medical assistance the worker requires, such as seeing the See Eye, Hear Ear, Smell Nose doctors.

Fakalahi Vahenga is one of those accepted practises to help injured workers get back to work, or stay in work, depending on your understanding of the injury. This practise is well established in institutions, and proselytised by politicians etc. I think the only non-practising people are mum’s?

For Tonga, sometimes the emotional abuse of the work environment becomes increasingly difficult to compensate for which leads to longer and longer stress leaves. Because we’re very cognisant, enthusiastic about our workplaces, we turn up for work and just break out that ‘stress’ leave into elongated lunch breaks, or early home time or late entry time, a mix of the above or all of the above.

Uike Lotu is one of those national weeks of Fakalahi Vahenga where the majority of us just take it even if we’re not even attending the “Uike Lotu.” The more pious amongst us will take a day leave during the Uike Lotu, or just fakalahi vahenga and turn up for the clock in and take the elongated stress relief, go to an early lunch and extend that to taking an early Uike Lotu leave.