David Burge Updates

David Burge updates his journey with leukemia


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Dave was able to join our church service today. He was very tired afterwards but glad he went. I read “A conversation with Greg Harris” which talks about the process of homeschooled children moving from childhood to adulthood.


Things change quickly here. Last night I was considering Pukekohe Christian School as an option that I would feel very happy about. More like moving from the greenhouse to a cold frame than straight out into the weather (see the analogy in the article I linked to above). We had heard very good things about this school amongst the homeschool community in Franklin. But it all seemed impossible.

We rang the school this morning (Monday). We were given an appointment with the principal to show us around the school in the afternoon. I filled in all the forms and wrote the answers to their questions in the hope we could speed the process. I gave my application forms and answers to him. He did the full interview then and there.  The principal felt that God’s hand was in the whole thing. He felt Rachel should come to the school. Rachel felt the same and so did I :-). They have many homeschooled children that come to the school for the last years of their education and many of them do very well. He said she can start tomorrow. They would sort a uniform then and I could see the accounts person. (The school fees have already been provided by someone {unknown to us} who has created a fund for the educational needs of our children). The principal even felt that Rachel should start at year 10 instead of year 9 because she seemed mature. They do not hold students back if they are ready to move on or push them forward if they have not mastered the material.

The problem was that I felt that I could not commit to driving Rachel to and from the school each day (about 45 minutes round trip). But in August 2009 the Auckland rail network increased the services to Pukekohe. Previous to this, I believe they were very infrequent. There are already other students who take the train from Papakura. The school is a 10 minute bike ride from Pukekohe train station and the train will carry Rachel’s bike.


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January 25, 2010 at 7:15 pm

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  1. Yay!! Isn’t God good?? :o)



    January 25, 2010 at 8:20 pm

  2. Wow! Can’t keep up with you guys! It is obviously all happening at the Burge house! Way cool!


    January 25, 2010 at 10:16 pm

  3. Putting plants into a hard frame is called ‘hardening off’ because it reduces the ‘tenderness’ of plants which have raised in a greenhouse, which is all very apt.

    It was probably June 2009 that the Pukekohe train services increased (definitely not August), but previously there were only 2 or 3 trains between the morning and afternoon commuter peaks. Now they’re every 75 minutes.

    The school is 2.7km/1.7mi from the Pukekohe train station. The Burge Bunch live a few hundred metres away from the station where Rachel will catch the train on the way to school.

    Mandeno Moments

    January 25, 2010 at 11:04 pm

  4. What a blessing. God is good!

    Cast your burden upon the Lord,
    And He will sustain you;
    He will not allow the righteous to be shaken.

    {Psalm 55? from today’s Bible reading}


    January 26, 2010 at 6:40 am

  5. […] given our family circumstances. Our daughter (14 years) has gone to a Christian school this year: God worked out the circumstances to make that possible in a wonderful way. We have 5 other children with exemptions and we plan to […]

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