David Burge Updates

David Burge updates his journey with leukemia

Remember When

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Here is a place for you to record your memories with Dave.

Please leave your contribution in the comments or email me tarnya@slingshot.co.nz and I will place it in the comments.


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May 19, 2010 at 10:00 pm

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  1. In New York city when the garbage truck driver threw a bottle of water and hit our car and you laughed like a hyena I knew you where an extraordinary person. I wouldn’t have wanted to be stuck in that intersection with anyone else but you and Garry [Schäche].

    In everything give thanks for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus.

    [Originally posted on a blog entry]

    Russell Carle

    May 19, 2010 at 10:25 pm

  2. Remember when…

    …Sam (#1 Burgelet) was less than ten and said to Dave “My tummy feels funny”. Dave lifted Sam’s shirt, looked at the bare midriff, and laughed like a demented kookaburra. When Dave was silent Sam said, in a sickly and infinitely weary way, “Not that kind of funny”.


    Listen to ’10. Laughing kookaburra 2′ at http://www.soundboard.com/sb/KooKaburra_sound_clips.aspx

  3. …the first and only time we met…ACGC quadrennial meeting in San Bernadino, California. The last night we (you, me, Russell Carle and one or two others I honestly can’t remember) stayed up all or most of the night, first playing cards and laughing, then praying intensely for a move of the Spirit to bring revival to NZ. Good times of both an earthly and eternal nature.

    Rex Hutto

    May 20, 2010 at 12:05 pm

    • Oops! That should be triennial, not quadrennial.

      Rex Hutto

      May 20, 2010 at 12:06 pm

    • I think one of the two was Jeremy Jones.

      David Burge

      May 20, 2010 at 11:17 pm

  4. I see a pattern emerging here… (laughing, that is)

    Dave, a trademark of yours is your ‘joke telling’ (or not telling!) I can remember so many times when you have had a really funny joke to tell – you think it is so funny that you can’t stop laughing long enough to tell the joke :o) Even from the pulpit :o)


    May 20, 2010 at 3:25 pm

  5. Dave, I don’t know you very well, but I remember at the Asian Summit in the Philippines how much I enjoyed being around you. Your conversation, laughter and love for the Lord just lifted me up – such a man of God and so much fun. Anyone who thinks being a Christian is sad and boring has certainly never met you!

    Jan Thomas

    May 21, 2010 at 3:30 am

  6. So many good memories of you Dave, from first meeting you aged 10 at Intermediate School and playing “chase” at lunchtime to high school (particularly 5 – 7 form) and then at University. Too many memories to recount here, but I particularly enjoyed our intellectual/theological discussions. Not many christians were patient enough and interested enough to discuss those things.

    Jonathan B 🙂


    May 24, 2010 at 3:05 pm

  7. Remember the Sunday morning stories and your little sister climbing into bed to listen to them with you. The old “What’s this? Is this my pillow” gag always got a good laugh from me, didn’t it. I tell my kids about it sometimes and how you used to tickle me and then say, “What’s this? My pillow is laughing! Pillows aren’t supposed to make noises – I’ll just have to squash it down so it’ll be quiet” They think you must have been a pretty good big brother and aside from a bit of teasing now and then (which has mostly abated), you were and still are a great big brother.


    June 3, 2010 at 10:49 pm

  8. Gran (Audrey Baguley) took David pony riding (Riding for Disabled) every week from the time he was three years old until he was eighteen.
    Gran remembers: when Princess Anne (Patroness of Riding for Disabled) was visiting New Zealand and David attended a rally at Ellerslie Race Course. (He was about 5 or 6 yrs old) During the day David was sitting on his horse and Princess Anne came along and spoke to David. During the conversation David heard the bell for the next round of activities and said to Princess Anne “Oh Oh, I’ve got to go now”. Not the response a member of the Royal family would expect.


    June 9, 2010 at 10:52 am

  9. Dave,
    being called upon to fill in for you in your pulpit for two months following your diagnosis was a humbling honor for me. The few times you were able to be in the church was a greater honor. The fact that you laughed at my jokes were the greatest honor of all. Your humour, the challenges you presented to me for theological evaluation, your forth-rightness,your understanding of the personal struggles I was going through, all these things and much more truly make you one of the most outstanding Christian men I have ever had the honor of meeting. Let us “encourage one another with these words” – “:He’s coming soon, and the dead in Christ shall rise, and so we will be with the Lord forever, Amen.” It’s a shame to me that we have not known each other longer.

    Chris Kelly

    June 15, 2010 at 11:11 pm

  10. Dave: you owe me!! I remember warm summmer afternoons and the hundreds of times we all played games like ‘go home stay home’ etc..whenever us cousins all stayed at nanas together.And when twas time for tea, enevitably out would come nanas big bowl of hot water and soap, on the front door step. Noone could pass into the inner sactum, till all our dirty feet were ‘grassfree’!. And guess who sometimes had the privilege of washing the illustrious feet of David Burge. I think it was because I was the oldest! (although I do recall Pete might have had the honour a time or two!). Anyway… since fairs fair, I reckon you owe me a good foot washing!. So keep the water warm!!P.S.(With lots of bubbles pls and no synthetic soap!!:)


    June 25, 2010 at 1:31 pm

  11. Hey Dave,
    Remember the night of Margaret Alden’s 21st. Tarnya was working and you transported Me and someone else may have been Wendy or Rebecca. On the way home we made a detour to a Rock’n’Roll Competition in Howick and your brown car was one that got broken into, and the puncture repair can got stolen. (The one Tarnya had given you.) It was fun and I think we even got you to dance!!!!

    Kathie & Alan

    June 25, 2010 at 10:44 pm

  12. Dave, Many memories of you, My earliest one of you was meeting for lunch in town in Albert Street. Some food court no longer there now may have even been Georgie Pie! We had loads of laughs and you always had a nack of explaining complicated problems.

    Ialso remember going to your party at your parent’s house back when I first started at CFFD, I think it was your 21st. I think Alan thinks he was there as well. I didn’t know him then!!

    Kathie & Alan

    June 25, 2010 at 10:59 pm

  13. Dear David

    I have a clear picture of you, years ago, when we took the Takanini Young People to Eden Park to
    a “Certain Sounds” Concert.
    We parked some distance from the ground and had to walk — not your strongest thing, eh?
    Suddenly Grant Kern picked you up and sat you on his shoulders,
    and like a charioteer, you rode to the park, enthusiastically enjoying the occasion.

    That’s you, David. Your cup’s never half-full or empty,
    it’s usually overflowing.

    We regularly pray for you and your family during your sickness.
    We know, and you know, that
    “He who fears the Lord, has a secure fortress,
    and for his children, it will be a place of refuge!” Pro 14:26

    Jim and Willy

    Jim and Willy

    June 26, 2010 at 9:37 pm

  14. This isn’t a remember when – rather a remember now 🙂

    Hi David and Tarnya
    I know neither of you well, in fact have only met both of you a couple of times and yet over the last couple of months due to your blog, I feel I have had the privilege of coming to know you, in part, at least.

    Your journey has been such a witness to me and has had a life changing effect on me, thank you.

    Your blog has been read by hundreds but its potential to touch lives exponentially is infinite. You see we cannot read your blog and remain untouched or unchanged, neither can we be quiet about what we have learned from you. As the old shampoo add goes “You tell two friends, and they tell two friends and so on and so on.” 🙂
    Why can we not be quiet? because in your blog you have shared, shown and shone Jesus Christ. Against all odds – when hospital reports are at their bleakest, in your pain and suffering, Christ remains your focus. You have shown God’s love, faithfulness, humility and grace and this we cannot see and keep quiet!

    When life has thrown its curve balls at me over the last couple of years – I have at times concentrated on the problem and not the problem solver; I have at times dwelt in the ‘woe is poor me’ halls of melancholy and self pity. I like Peter have at times taken my eyes of Jesus and looked at the water.

    You have kept your eyes closely focused on God, you have been a true witness.

    So it is with confidence that I can say:

    I know our Lord is with you all.
    I know you are sheltering under His mighty wing.
    I know He is your refuge, comfort and strength.

    To God be the glory.

    Your sister in Christ
    Pauline Bain

    Pauline Bain

    June 27, 2010 at 6:58 am

  15. Hi Dave & Tarnya,

    I admire and respect both of you for your Christian walk. You are real and endeavour to actively live out your faith – with your family, church and community. You both are going to have a huge reward awaiting you. While the world is focussed on the here and now, you are laying up treasures in heaven, riches that will not fade away.

    Dave – In regards to one of the last conversations we were having at the CMWDT Trust meeting about the merits of doing ministry first and struggling through or setting up a business and then doing ministry later. I am still in favour of doing the ministry first. Strike while the iron is hot! Later may never come.

    Now a few words from us:
    The world has been left a better place with you having been in it, albeit your short 42 years.
    In this life you will never know the full impact of your friendly smile, contagious laugh, cheery hello, an invitation to come and talk to discuss the differences between cults and Christianity, or just to find out where people really are at.

    You always went the extra mile for people. Even now in the most difficult time of your earthly life, you are supporting, strengthening and helping people to cope, deal with and accept the situation you are in with love and grace.

    What an amazing legacy you have left behind. You have left some pretty big shoes to fill. There will never be a perfect fit (-no one quite has your walk!), but I am sure your kids will come pretty close.

    You know the old saying – “Behind every great man there is a great women”! We know God brought you guys together, even though it’s not long enough!!

    Because we have hope, hope in a resurrected life with Christ, this is not a good bye. It is a so long, see you later.

    Alan & Kathie


    June 27, 2010 at 11:33 pm

  16. I’m pretty sure it was Christmas 1991. A warm early summer evening a couple of weeks before Christmas day. People had rugs and blankets spread out in one of the local Forrest Hill parks. Some people had candles, to light later when it got dark. There was a portable stage with musical instruments and a sound system. A couple of people were handing out sheets of paper with words on them. It was the Forrest-Hill-Pressy-Carols-In-The-Park night. And *you* were there.

    I’d met you before, David, although I can’t remember our first official meeting. I knew I’d seen you around uni a bit. I thought how lovely that you had come all this way just for our carols in the park. I stopped to say hi and make naive comments about you being there. I remember you being a little vague, while also getting the distinct and puzzling impression that you thought I was a bit slow. Strange. I moved away and settled down on my rug, not far from yours.

    And then… Tarnya arrived. The princess to your knight in shining armour. An *aha* moment. Suddenly, finally it all made sense. Why else would a man travel all the way across Auckland?

    I loved watching your romance. So beautiful. When it comes to memories of you, this one is stronger than all the others – a young couple in love.

    Much love from Nicola, and Glen who enjoyed watching too.

    Glen & Nicola

    June 28, 2010 at 10:53 am

  17. Dave, do you remember a Christian Fellowship For Disabled trip to Rotorua in 1991? A group of us went down in Brian Vincent’s van and you and I were billeted with a very interesting chap.

    One of my dominant memories of that weekend is you in fits of laughter: this occurred because every time you tried to get into your folding cot it folded up around you, as if it were trying to keep you captive.

    A young lady also went on that trip and you got on very well with her: you can read about the outcome of that here.

  18. Hi Dave,
    Have been thinking of you a lot lately and especially over the past few days. Remember when you and Paul and I spoke with those Mormons over those weeks in ? Paul’s flat in Mt. Eden or somewhere similar in 1990? I now wonder if how those guys are and if they took the time to study further about the truth we told them!!! And then I introduced you to Bible College in 1991 and you began in 1992. I know that we had a very brief romantic encounter though I know that it wasn’t Gods will for you and I to be together though I would like to thank you for those times and for the great friend that you were! I know that Tarnya now was the right woman for you as I was thinking of how I would of coped with your illness if it had been me here as your wife now! Well you wouldn’t of had your 8 beautiful children. Thanks heaps Dave and if we don’t get to see each other again on this earth I look forward to seeing you in heaven!!! Love your friend Louise

    Louise Warren

    June 30, 2010 at 8:33 pm

  19. When I think of David, I instantly think of fun, I remember walking into church at Takanini and having tickles ha ha! tickles and laughter! and questions which were soo much fun because they were always ones I could answer, because of course they were always ones about me. How lovely as a child to have been surrounded by many people like David who spend soo much of their time making others feel important and special! It’s the many moments like these that have given me an extremely priviledged childhood and as I’ve grown older, I realise now the rarity and uniqueness of the situation. How blessed am I to have had such a fantastic start to life. Thanks David. (Becky Cooney)
    catch u on the flipside

    Bex McDdonell (Rebecca Cooney)

    July 2, 2010 at 4:06 pm

  20. I have many memories of Dave (he’s unforgettable), but one of my favourites is a photo I took a couple of weeks ago, when Dave was tickling little Ruth. Dave’s first priority was God, but Tarnya and the kids came next.

  21. I will always remember growing up down the road from Dave. He was the role model for so many of us younger kids in Fairview Ave. “If Dave can do it, you can do it…”.
    I also remember Mrs Welsh, a teacher for many years at Opaheke Primary School, always telling us about one of her favourite pupils, “this boy called David Burge” and how he achieved so much against all odds.
    Thanks for teaching me to never give up regardless of what life may throw my way.


    Kim Hansen (nee Harker)

    July 5, 2010 at 10:12 pm

  22. Dave, we will always remember your positive outlook on life, even through these last weeks when you were a real inspiration to us. You have always been a “glass half full” kind of person. Even though you are not with us now, we’ll always remember your help and encouragement to us personally and in our ministry.

    Sorry Dave, that we couldn’t get you to that Rugby match after all.

    Cliff & Leonie

    Cliff & Leonie

    July 8, 2010 at 4:08 pm

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