Enjoying the Adventure of the Long Haul: The Faith-Adventure of an Ordinary Kiwi by Jack Guerin

Enjoying the Adventure of the Long Haul: The Faith-Adventure of an Ordinary Kiwi

By Jack Guerin

  • Publication Date: 2017-05-22
  • Genre: Biographies & Memoirs

Book Summary

"...the internal butterflies are flying in anything but peaceful formation. Averil and I were waiting at the Chinese wharf with no money to buy our boat tickets to take us out of China and back to Hong Kong. What will we tell these watching armed police if the boat goes without us? That this morning we brought in backpacks full of Bibles? How can we explain our reason for such a brief visit? Five minutes more and the boat will sail, leaving us stranded in China, our Bible smuggling venture resulting in unknown problems..."

Jack Guerin spent his first 24 years in Wellington, New Zealand where he served a cabinet making apprenticeship before having a significant encounter with God. He then studied for three years at the Apostolic Church’s Bible college in Hamilton. In 1960, aged 26 years he began his pastoral ministry - 56 years and counting. Jack and his wife Averil pastored churches in seven New Zealand locations.

This book tells of their family life, bringing up their five children while coping with many complex church responsibilities as well as their baptisms into Maori, Asian and NZ Army cultures. After Jack’s appointment as missions director for the New Zealand Apostolic Church in the 1990s, Jack and Averil taught in eight different Asian nations, as well as spending nearly three years living and teaching in Indonesia. They also smuggled Bibles into China. Jack and Averil live on the Kapiti Coast in New Zealand. They are the proud grandparents of their 14 grandchildren.

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