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Have you been to the mini Willy Wonka factory in Adelaide? It is one of the most enduring confectionary businesses here.

Reading the Blackeby lollymaking history touched a chord within me yesterday. I resonated with young Bill’s story, his enterprising innovative spirit and embrace of new technology while retaining the magic of old.

Both Bill and Paul became young confectionary apprentices to their fathers in their teenage years. It made me think of my family history, my dad.

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I had first visited Blackeby’s on James Place when my father came to Adelaide some years ago. When I look at the photo now, I almost see my grandfather peddling away on his bicycle selling textiles and eight scrawny children crowded around salted fish at a small dining table. I imagine the sweat and tears. William Blackeby was a persevering pioneer. So was my grandfather, I think. The family knew the meaning of struggle.

Blackebys’ vision is to be the number one manufacturer and wholesaler of traditional confectionery. Their values: honour God in all we do.

By the Grace of God, three generations of the Blackeby family had maintained and grown the business through two World Wars, a major Market redevelopment and survived two fires in the Central Market, to remain as the only confectioner to still trade there.

The business is now run by Graeme and Lauren Smith who founded Manna Confectionery. They say:

 Then Jesus declared, I am the bread of life. He who comes to me will never go hungry, and he who believes in me will never go thirsty. I am the living bread that came down from heaven. If anyone eats of this bread, he will live forever. John 6:35, 51

你是否到过阿德莱德的小威利旺卡工厂,布莱克比糖果店(Blackebys Sweets)?

布莱克比是阿村久经不衰的糖果企业。它的糖果史深深地扣动了我的心弦。

年轻的比尔(Bill)的故事引起了我的共鸣。他不仅具有进取创新的精神,并在欢迎和实施新科技的同时又保留了旧事物的特色。

比尔和保罗(Paul)同时在青少年时期跟随他们的父亲学习制作糖果,成为了年轻的糖果学徒。

这使我想到了我的家庭,我的爸爸。

我第一次访问James Place布莱克比糖果店,是在几年前我爸爸探访阿德莱德的时候。当我现在回顾那时候的照片,我脑海中浮现了爷爷骑着自行车兜售布匹,还有八个骨瘦如柴的孩子挤在一张小餐桌上吃咸鱼的情形。

我想,他们要经受了多少的汗与泪!威廉·布莱克比(William Blackeby)是一个不屈不挠的开拓者,我的爷爷也是如此。他们深深体会到奋斗的滋味。

回到这个糖果店,布莱克比的愿景是成为一流的传统糖果厂商和批发商。他们的格言是:用我们所做的一切来荣耀神。

在上帝的恩典中,布莱克比家族的三代人经历了两次世界大战、一次大型的市场改革,和阿德中央市场的两次火灾。火灾后,他们仍然继承并发展了这个企业,成为当地唯一一家照常营业的糖果店。

现在,这家店由甘露糖果(Manna Confectionery)创始人的格瑞姆(Graeme)和劳伦·史密斯(Lauren Smith)经营。他们说:

耶稣说,我就是生命的粮。到我这里来的,必定不饿。信我的,永远不渴。我是从天上降下来生命的粮。人若吃这粮,就必永远活着。我所要赐的粮,就是我的肉,为世人之生命所赐的。(约翰福音 6:35,51)

I have always thought that Adelaide is a city full of life. ❤

Maybe He’s Not Gay

A same-sex attracted friend I actually really like said to me, “I am simply offended that this book even exists”.

Here’s an extract:

Many of you reading this book may know someone who has said he or she is “bisexual”. I hope not, but unfortunately, it’s happening more and more. It’s become a trendy and chic thing to do, even among middle, high school and college students.

Do you think this is a question of biology? A “bisexual” is (supposedly) capable of having feelings for either a male or a female. Wait – this sounds like a choice, doesn’t it?

How can some people be “born” bisexual? Or is it possible that some kids, those who are rebellious or troubled in other ways, are experimenting with this behavior? Maybe homosexuality and sexuality of all kinds is being constantly promoted to the extent that some are trying out this risky, intimate behavior that doesn’t include any risk of pregnancy. Some may also be influenced by porn.

So – multiply this across the world, remove all the people who want to sound warnings or at least, debate the issue (like me) – and you’ll see how this trend could expand in numbers. We could have millions of people with at least some kind of homosexual experience. And that’s going to make for millions more people with complicated health histories and lives (further explained in Chapter 4 of the book).

Within a decade or two, it might be as much as 20% of the people you know who have had some kind of homosexual experience. It will mean more HIV, AIDS, sexually transmitted diseases, promiscuity, fragmented relationships and the related unhealthy outcomes that seem to accompany homosexuality.

If you are an open-minded, tolerant person – is there any reason you would not consider the ideas presented by Linda Harvey?

L’Abri Australia

I enjoyed a few days with Frank & Heather Stootman and their son Jon recently at L’Abri (French for “shelter”).

L’Abri was originally founded by Francis and Edith Schaeffer in the Swiss alps as “a spiritual shelter for those seeking the answers to the basic philosophical problems with which all who care about finding a meaning or purpose in life have to struggle”.

Fascinated by stories I had heard about Francis Schaeffer and the huge influence he has had on our world, I was interested to get a taste of his legacy.

Frank and Heather have a lovely home in Elderslie, NSW, with a spacious garden and a grand piano (Jon is an accomplished pianist and taught me a few things). They can host 12 guests on their property at any one time. It is clear that they have generously and faithfully used their gift of hospitality for the glory of God.

You will find a rich collection of books on various topics and enjoy stimulating conversation over meals at the Stootmans’ home, situated near a river on the outskirts of Sydney. During the day, there will be opportunity to study and do practical work around the property. Frank and Heather are particularly good in discussing questions like, “Is there a God? How can we know? Is there truth and what is it?”

I left encouraged by the Stootmans’ steady trust in our Heavenly Father, as well as their wide variety of interests and passion for life. In fact, while I was there, Frank was teaching himself how to fly a plane with new computer software!

I am grateful for my short time there. Praise God for kind and hospitable people everywhere – I’ve had the privilege of knowing so many this year who have blessed, supported and encouraged me.

Find out more about L’Abri Australia: contact them if you’d like to visit!
Check out this blogger’s experience at Swiss L’Abri.

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