Saturday, April 21, 2007

12. - 17.4.2007

Norwegian Wedding
On the 14 April my friend Bodil got married. I met her in Sydney while we did both Bible college. Finally she found her husband and the mirical marriage could happen! It was such an honour to be there when Bodil and Kenneth started their journey as a married couple.

For once I put one my traditional Swiss dress. In Switzerland it would be very strange to wear it for a wedding but it is quiete usuall to wear it in Norway. I was impressed by all the Norwegian speeches and met all of Bodil's oncles and aunts and cousins....
I spent some days in sunny Norway. Doingt sight seeing in Stavanger. The fourth biggest city of Norway. There are some really nice beaches. Almost as nice as the ones in Syndey. Kenneth took us for a little boat trip in his hometown Sogndalstrand. The weather was just awesome and we really enjoyed the waves. During my stay in Stavanger I had some really nice food. For the first time in my life I tasted Reindeer which has been very nice!

Sunday, March 18, 2007

Art on Ice
After the ice skateing season finished the stars meet to perform in a great ice skating gala. This year I had the pleasure to watch it. Marcel and Sarah invited me to see this amazing show full of color and power on ice. We took the trip to Zürich with a fancy space bus. It looked like a plane. The Zürich Hallen Stadium is huge and it reminded me a bit of the Super Dome in Sydney. Gölä, a famous Swiss singer who lived in Australia for a while, clebrated his come back during the show. He used to sing in Swiss german... nice songs about swans and other topics :-). He rode his Harley Davidson on stage and performed in English while some ice skaters danced on the ice. The absolute highlight was Stéphane Lambiel the famous Swiss ice skater. He performed together with a Spanish Flamencco dancer.

Friday, March 16, 2007

February 2007
Sunday Afternoon

Sometimes we take little trips after church on Sunday. Here we went on a hill called Moosegg in Emmenthal.

This is the leadership team of my church. Iris, Dave and Alexandra. Andrew, my brother is missing.

Foundu by night

Cheese Fondue is a famous dish in Switzerland. Usually e eat it inside the well heated living room. This time we wanted to do it a little different. We took a lot of wood and the outdoor gear and made our way on the Oberdörferberg (1000 m ü. M.) on the Jura mountains. There we found two huge fire places. Someone was buring wood the whole day. So we only had to install the outdoor Fondue pan... et voilà. The Fondue tasted very well and even the dog really liked it.

The Zoo

On a nice sunny day I went with the family Schranz and my friend Elise to the zoo in Zürich. I like to go there and watch all the strange animals. Especially the Australian ones. My favourite is always the Rhino. I just like this huge peaceful grey monster with the horn on its nose. This day it did a great show for all the spectators. It klimbed over a fallen tree to sratch it self on its tommy. Somehow it got stuck on top of the tree. It took him a long time to get down the tree again. Very entertaining....
I was just watching the cute little seals with their huge black eyes when I suddenly discovered a very special bird in the next cage. Somehow Elise made her way inside the pinguin place and I had to take a picture of this brave move...

Thursday, January 11, 2007

Bollywood Film maker in Switzerland
After a busy x-mas time I enjoyed two weeks of holidays. I helped my brother and his wife to refurbish their new house. By the way, in July I will move into this house. It has a huge garden. I am sure we will have many BBQ.
Anyway at the end of my holidays Amar the king of tea came to see the land of chocolate and cheese. We spent a few days traveling around Switzerland and visiting all Hillsong Swissies. In Zürich we met Raffael. At Savoy at Bahnhofstrasse we had the most expensive coffee I ever drank: 7 AUD! Wow, we will never forget the taste of the bill :).
The next day we went to see Bern (the capitol and the most beautiful city in Switzerland… I am biased…I know). Tom and I tried to explain the meaning of all the statues, fountains and all the other old stuff and realized that we do not have a clou of all the historic sights in our city.

On Tuesday we took a little tour through Emmental and in Langnau we picked David up. A little later we arrived in Lucern and met Rahel. She guided through the second most beautiful city of Switzerland. She even prepared herself and read a tourist guide. Thanks Rahel for all the meaningful insights into the architecture of Lucern :).
On our last day we took a trip to Lenk, the place in the mountain where I have got the privilege to work. It was just like in a fairy tale. It was the most amazing sunny day and plenty of snow. It was the ideal scene for a Bollywood movie. Sadly enough Amar forgot his camera to shoot. What a shame.

To round the day up Amar cooked real Indian curry and made one last cup of tea. Thank’s Amar for all the tea, the talks and the fire which you made every day!
All right now I am back to work again. I am looking forward to celebrate each day of 2007. I am sure God will be amazing as usual and I am passionate to see His kingdom grow. I am not gonna shrink back. I want to live in His fullness and dance like no one is watching: simply out of the box! Love you God!

New Year’s Eve
There is not much to say: we (Amar, Andreas, Iris, Carina, Tom, Daniel, Yolanda and I) laughed our heads off and had fun like little kids when the table bombs exploded. The evening reached the climax as we played Amazing Grace on our little instruments.

X-Mas Spectacular in my church (
To celebrate Jesus' birthday we wrapped the church building in red paper as a gift for the whole community. It was a great night with a talking morning star and plenty of nice food. I really enjoyed celebrating real winter x-mas (although the snow was missing...).

December 06
All my Babys

My nephews: Florian, Simon & Finn (with my Dad)

and my cute little nice Sophie :

The kids of my boss:
Noemi, Neria, Timon & Salome...

...we had a lot of fun:

Saturday, January 06, 2007

My Connect Group
Tom, Fritz, Marcel, Mirjam, Jasmin with Emanda

Bern, 27.11.2006
Onion Party (Zibelemärit) in Bern
There is nothing like the onion party in Bern. Every year hundreds of farmers sell their onions on this market. It starts early in the morning at 5pm. The whole city is full of people and you can smell onion cake and hot wine.
Nicole, Loulou and I got up very early and traveled to Bern. We bought a lot of confetti and a plastic hammer. After having a coffee we entered the confetti battle. You always try to throw the confetti in some strangers’ mouth. Very funny… If someone hits you with confetti you hit them back with the plastic hammer.

Nidleloch-Jura, 25.11.2006
Caving in Nidleloch
Each month my friend Tom and I organize a fun event for church. We started off with a caving tour into Nidleloch (translation: the cream cave). With head lamps and hiking shoes we started our trip to the center of the world… It was a bit scary. We had to climb and crawl on our knees. One particular part was really small and we had to lie flat on the tummy to make it through. On our lunch break we celebrated the birthday of Elise (my French flat mate) with cake and candles. Dirty form the top to the bottom we left the cave. I enjoyed this trip but for one week I could feel every muscle in my body. What a torture!

Winterthur, 18.11.2006
Swiss-Connection in Switzerland (
For the first time since I have returned to Switzerland I met my Swiss Hillsong friends again. We meet four times a year to encourage each other and stay connected with one another. It was great to talk about the good old times, about Sydney and college. We even had a live Skype connection with Australia. Nic told us the latest news. We almost cracked up as he told us that now Phil Dooley is in charge of Worship ministry. After a while we realized that it is not a joke…. Anyway we had fun and I am sure Phil will do a god job in Darlene’s foot steps!
It was encouraging to exchange news and talk about our plans and challenges. Indeed we will turn Switzerland up side down in Jesus name!

Oberägeri, 9. - 13.10.2006
Intensive Study Week: Church Planting
In October I spent one week with five of my study friends and Dr. Johannes Reimer in Oberägeri (looks a bit like paradise) thinking and talking about church planting. It has been a great time and I left from there very inspired. Besides lectures we spent time rowing, eating, swimming and going to the sauna. It was a great experience and I am passionate to invest my life into the kingdom of God. As a bonus I met my friend Jutta.