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Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Prophetic Painting begins!!!!

Hey Salters, this is a painting that i did live in the Surreal Art gallery in Port Elliot, SA. The piece not completely finished, however tells the story of how the greatest Light of all overcomes Darkness in the end!

Praise Jesus.

Watch out for more of my prophetic art works coming to Saltedlife.blogspot.com


Friday, January 4, 2013

One day at a time! Challenges Galore!

Hey Salters,

Thats my new nickname for all you guys that support us. Just want to give you quick update on the action in our life.

Well we've been back in Port Elliot town for about a month after an amazing time in Hawaii, but a challenging one too. We hit the turf with a mandate to work harder than we ever have. After all we a new business owners now. All our hope was in a profitable December, but instead we experienced hardship, toil, family tragedy and just about everything else that could go wrong. We thought that putting our heads down and cracking into Surreal (our new business) would just see the blessings pour in. As is often the case God tests us and asks the question do you trust me.

At times i have to be honest it was pretty hard to trust him. And yes there were a few stern words spoken. Pretty funny me a little grain of sand arguing with the creator of the universe. I guess that's how graceful He is. Puts up with our yoyo (the toy on a string, not the biscuit) like state when the chips are down we curse Him and then with the same lips praise him when we are on mountain tops. I'm Glad He is God and not me.

Anyway we are still in up hill battle, but we do know that if we lose everything (Surreal, Home, Credibility) we will never lose the love of our heavenly father. It's funny now, but not at the time that it takes us to almost lose everything to realise the mind blowing truth that He is God and He is Truth. I wish that it wasn't always to breaking point, but this is our journey and it teaches us that nothing matters but Him.

We hold steadfastly onto the words "I have plan for you. Not to harm you, but to prosper you" Jeremiah 29:11 like nothing else. We know that this is truth and that we need to just become a little less yoyo like and just trust him. After all He is always faithful!

If your praying for us please pray for the following things!
1. My younger brother suffered serious burns to his legs and is on a slow path to recovery. So please pray for rapid healing.
2. Pray for our rent as its now overdue by 3 days! We are needing $2166 asap. The landlord has been so graceful. So praise God for that.
3. Surreal - We want a real good crack at it and we need volunteers to help so Liana and I can also work to meet our expenses. it's pretty wild at the moment.
4. Pray for Liana as she has applied for a part time position and some relief teaching work at Christian school. we will hear back in a few weeks.
5.Pray for Christian Surfers SA as there is a transition time into the next season that is uncertain, however i know God got it perfectly.

The good news is that Liana and i are going well and we are starting to get a few good sales in Surreal so there is light at the end of the tunnel. The one day at a time approach has enabled us to be thankful despite hardship. After all when you put things into perspective with have some many things to be thankful for which include our community of friends and family, health, freedom, joy beyond understanding to name a few.

That about it guys! but if your keen to support us practically we would love you to come and see our Gallery in Port Elliot (20 the strand Port Elliot) and maybe purchasing something to remind you of the way you are partnering in the Kingdom via supporting us. We love you heaps and your prayers are Epic.

Justin and Liana

The missio's at Christies beach for Liana's 26th Birthday, which she recently celebrated.
Liana graduated on the 18th December from her early childhood teaching degree. So EEEPPPPPIIIIICCCCC!!!!!

Monday, November 26, 2012

A day that will never be forgotten in Hawaii

Hey All,

Just have to update you and encourage you about the day of the 25th of November here on the North Shore, Oahu. One of those days that will stay with me the rest of my days. Short description of the divine set ups.




ONCE A MONTH CHURCH @ Haliewa Beach Park.
Went to a Church service that literally was in the heart of the poor community of Haliewa. There were approximately 700 homeless and poor that were blessed with a holistic service which included food, clothing, testimonies, word, Worship (Rom 12:1-2), and most importantly prayer and a focus on Jesus being the one that makes them whole. Liana sang at this service and i was asked to speak and share about faith. Didn't know that was going to happen to i'll got there. Hightlight those was seeing my beautiful wife take the nail clippers i bought out of obedience from a prayer for a man named marvin and clip his hands and feet ( wouldn't of been done for a least 10 years.). She is amazing. (John 13). I reckon this concept might being birthed into OZ soon. It the most accurate biblical experience i have ever had of Church. (Matt 19:26)
Justin, Keike, Marvin & Liana @ Once a month Church, Haliewa beach park.
Wylland Gallery Visit - Artist Walfrido meeting.
Met up with a world Acclaimed surf artist at Wyland Galleries. This was a divine encounter which was so inspiring on so many levels and was a gift to me that this was the beginning of the next stage of my life. We were able to chat, share about Surreal and watch the master at work. His name is Walfrido, check out his work. http://www.walfrido.com/
Artist Walfrido with Liana in front of his masterpieces in Wyland gallery.


Divine Connections Abroad...
While catching up with Walfrido, met a guy named James (also an art enthusiast) and his wife Hope (Prophet) and Diane (thinking about starting an art gallery by faith). That's right crazy to think that in the island of Hawaii God is moving a prophet in words of the creative and the season is coming when God shines even more through this place and a person just quit her job to life by faith in pursuing a gallery ministry dream. Will share move when we get back, but these guys will be a huge part of Surreal going Global for God's Kingdom. yeeeeeew


James, Hope and Diane - A divine encounter for sure.
R.A.F.B Live Gig in Waimea Valley...
Last but not least Liana and i were treated to a free Jazz, blues and Rock concert in the beautiful 
Waimea valley. The cool story is that a few weeks back in the first part of the trip we met one of the members Stefan at the art and music place he and his family run on the main stretch of Haliewa. He invited us to come and see him and his family band and we just said well if its meant to be it will be. So when we pulled into Waimea planning on a waterfall hike we were blessed with the Ron Art is family band which was Stefan and his amazingly talented family band. They play free concert to give a little of heaven to earth in the name of Jesus and redeem the the rock, Jazz and blues world with life giving lyrics. AAAAMMMMMAAAZZZIIIINNNNGGGG!


R.A.F.B free Gig. Amazing blessing at the end of a special day.

So that was our Day. God really did want us to come to Hawaii! thanks for the support. will be back in Oz on the 2nd and Adelaide around the 4th December.

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Are you willing?

Hey Faithful supporters,

Well its been awhile since an update and that's because of how much stuff has been happening since i updated. So in a sentence here it is. We opened the business of Surreal in start of October and God has lead us into amazing opportunities, people and challenges. It has definitely been a stretching time to say the least, but we are good. After that we jetted off to Hawaii on the biggest adventure we ever have set out on. $500, staying in Hawaii for a month and not knowing many details, but that God wanted us to be there. So currently i write this from Hawaii into the last stretch of our Adventure.

The reason i want to update and this blog is called are you willing is because i want to share a story with you in web land. it's about a guy called Nick.

A Story about a bus stop encounter!

So on the 20th November Liana and i were making our way back from Kauai (one of Hawaii's amazing islands) and we jetted into Honolulu airport. When we arrived the only details we knew was that we needed to get to Wainae on the west coast which was 45 minutes away and that was it. We decided to take the Bus and go on an adventure into part of Oahu, we had not seen. The only thing was that in Hawaii, you are not allowed to take Airport bags on there as they are too big (silly i know). so we took the plunge and as i was standing there a guy at the bus stop sees my Gold cross on my neck and say nice cross. I proceeded to say that i was Jesus man. His name was Nick.

So as i felt God say get on the bus with this guy he then told me he was baptised two days earlier and showed me a picture of it. We got on the bus, not knowing at all where we were going apart from downtown. As we sat there on the bus with Nick we heard a story about this man that would send chills down anyone. He was from Alaska and a fisherman by trade and God had recently awoken him from a rough past of meth, heroin and massive abuse to be a "fisher of men" his word not mine. He spent his time fishing 7 months a year for income and then the remaining 5 sharing the good news over the world. not from a stage, but just as he went to different places. We were blown away by this and as we continued to journey the plot thickened.

Just two weeks before Nick and his girlfriend were beaten within an inch of their lives by local Hawaiins who prey on people at night (a different kind of Hawaii hey, there actually 43% of Hawaiins are addicts). Nick as a result suffered severe facial damage which saw him break bones in his face, suffered two black eyes and the potential to be scarred for life. His girlfriend as suffered same kind of violence. As he took of his glasses i saw a face that was swolen, however not horrific thing i was expecting. He told me that God had healed the scars and the doctors were able to repair his face in a way that would not change his appearance to much. PRAISE GOD! once again his words not mine.

We then found out that He was heading to town to see police sketch artist to describe his attackers and to catch up with his girlfriend who was in hospital and potentially face a life threatening blod clot in her leg. Just as he spoke this i offered to pray for Nick his girlfriend called and told him that she had no blod clot and was released. after he hung up the phone and as we travelled through Honolulu downtown we praised and worshipped the King of Kings.

We arrived in downtown Honolulu and it looked more like a scene from west side New york, like harlem than tropical paradise. Heaps of homeless, beggars lined the street as University students ignored there pleas. We walked following Nick to his girlfriend to discover a lady that looked like she had a story to tell herself on crutches.

with 45 minutes before Nick's meeting with the sketch artist we got some food together and continued to share stories. Nick and his girlfriend new a lot the homeless and beggars and in fact one came by and i met him. A seriously deformed right arm stared at me and it was hard to look at his face as a result. I asked Him what happened and he said "i f*%k up. Later i discovered that it was heroin shot that went wrong. It looked more like tractor incident or his arm being caught in a machine at a construction site. This guy lived with Nick because of the love that He showed. This guy was housed by Nick at no charge, just to help him out of his addiction. At this moment i felt i was in the presence of greatness. Jesus said you will do even greater things than i and Nick was a testimony to this.

Just before we parted ways in the middle of the mall we prayed together, his girlfriend not a christian, but God got her number. As we prayed i felt God say to me that Nick story needs to be shared. In fact i had a vision of him in brisbane sharing not a church, but at a drug rehab centre. After we prayed he was overjoyed in meeting us and we said we seem him at church this sunday at the Church at the Beach on the north shore this weekend coming up. We parted company and new that when God told me to get the bus that day i had to answer the question are you willing?

My challenge is are you willing?

Bless you heaps and i hope this story is an challenge to you all as you follow Jesus into the places he was.

Are you willing? 40ft plunge at Waimea Canyon, Kauai.

Sunday, September 23, 2012

The Surreal Dream is Alive!

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Hey Faithful supporters,
From now on you won't just be reading lengthy blog posts, but occasionally i will be posting up video blog entries cos after all a picture tells a thousand words. I hope when watching these video's it helps you connect with us, pray with us and inspire you to believe in a creative and massive God that nothing is impossible for! Isaiah 55:8-9.

God bless you and enjoy our first Salted life video blog!

Justin and Liana

Monday, August 27, 2012

Faith is the only way!

Hey faithful supporters,

Firstly just want to say how incredibly appreciative we are of your support and prayers that have covered us through this past season. Without them i feel that the storms that we faced would have been more like hurricanes that would ultimately tear us apart. Prayer is such an under estimated area of our walks with God, yet it really is the most important area we should be investing in our walks with Jesus. This past season without prayer would have been impossible to navigate.

The cool thing is that when we pray we commune with the living God and we enter a realm of belief and faith that is unparalleled in our human experience. It really is proof of the supernatural and a belief in a an amazing father in heaven. This foundation of prayer is where the Lord has been enabling Liana and i to undertake some of the greatest steps of faith we have ever walked out. This past season has seen us take on a new home and business in faith.

What does this mean? well about 2 months ago our life was changed when i heard the voice of God speak to me and say "go to the gallery" a little unusual, but some what making sense with my recent renewed passion to get back to my art. My response was to do exactly that. I drove to the gallery in Port Elliot and sat out side looking in wandering why God would lead me to a closed surf art gallery. It made a lot more sense when later that day i received a word of prophecy from my pastor Ben, who said "an art gallery will come open to you for a dollar." The pieces of the puzzle began to come together and the following day i walked into the surf art gallery and was welcomed by name from the current owner.

A long conversation and an insight into how God was working in this young woman life i realised that this space was going to become a part of my life in the future. Especially when there was a connection that seemed to be scripted in heaven between me and the gallery owner. And to top it off the feeling as i stepped into the house part that this was going to be my home. The details of the relationship that was formed between me and this young woman is worthy of a chapter in a book, but for a blog i'll save the details for another time or a coffee.

The following weeks saw me and Liana go on a journey of seeing God move in mighty ways as we have continued to walk in faith (that is believing in what we physically can't see). He has brought into our lives countless amazing fellow Jesus people who have offered us prayer, advice, business wisdom, accounting help and a professional grant writer. All these people have become part of the amazing plans that God is forming as we undertake this new ministry venture. 

We are super excited about the future after over coming a few storms. The Lord gives us strength as we rest in Him and trust that ultimately this whole physical ministry that is developing is all about knowing His love more and more. As we fall more in love with our King we believe and have faith to believe the impossible things he is doing through our lives. after all Jesus said “With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.”
Matthew 19:25-27

So please pray with us as we step in faith and believe for all our needs to be met as we take the next steps in this gallery ministry business venture. We ask you to pray specifically for this friday the 31st August as we sign the papers and pay our initial payment which is still coming in from our heavenly father. We are so stoked to have you join us and we look forward to celebrating the greatness of our King as he continues to reveal his awesome plans.

So until next time bless ya heaps

PS. Next blog the vision of a house of prayer, praise and Glory will be revealed. Stay tuned.

Our new home and ministry house, oh yeah and new business!



Sunday, July 29, 2012

West Oz Adventures!

Hey Faithful supporters,

Just a quick update cos the last ones have been essay length. Anyway for the past 6 days Liana and I have been away with the Christian Surfers National team in Dunsborough, WA. For you crew that don't know as regional coordinators for SA we are required to be at 3 training and direction weeks in the year. These times are so epic because we have the opportunity to live together like a family and share stories of encouragement to one another. The staff are the only ones that really know what its like to walk in our shoes, so it's so good to be able to get together.

When we do get together its no holiday. It rather is an opportunity to train us better in our role, to be inspired by vision from a national perspective and also to knock some of the business running and organisational stuff on the head also. The big issue this past week was our addressing of discipleship worries and the actual root cause of this issue. This being the lack of "spiritual fathers" that are around in the CSA family. So the action over the next season will be to start to address this in SA so that we are even more fruitful for our King! (Love to chat over a coffee if you want more explanation.)

Today we head back to Adelaide after a last day hanging with some awesome Jesus people and seeing some of the sites of Perth.

God bless and thanks so much for the ongoing prayer and support.

Justin and Liana

Liana and I standing in front Perth city landscape!

CSA National Team on Surf Check in SW WA.

Where Jesus would be! EPIC service with Deep South Community of Jesus crew.



Lucas Bartlett, CSA Vic & Tas Leader - Pray for our brother next door to SA.

Azza, welcome addition to the CSA crew as QLD mission developments guru! Funniest guy!

The WA boys certainly do have waves worth bragging about.