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Quidco.com and the cheapest non-cashback phone I’ve ever seen

Posted by Martin on October 27, 2006

I’m not on commission – I just enjoy this stuff. Here’s a little deal that will end you up with a new phone, 300 xnet minutes a month, and 1000 texts (doubled for the first six months). In effect, you pay just under £10 a month for this, for the 18 months of the contract, and there’s none of this silly filling out cashback forms on the correct date rubbish (don’t get me started on THAT).

Step 1 – go to www.quidco.com and sign up for an account. Don’t worry – it’s free to join. Quidco is a brilliant web cashback co-operative, which for a £5 a year admin fee, passes on referral money it earns by sending you to other websites, directly back to you.

Step 2 – using their directory of services, click on the link for three.co.uk. It’s the 3 network shop. You must visit it through clicking this link, and complete your transaction in the same visit for this to work.

Step 3 – Click the ‘buy now’ button at the top of the page, and go into the shop proper. One of the big pics in the middle of page shoud offer you this deal – it’s for a refurbished Nokia 6280r (plum). Sign up, making sure it’s offering you 18 months half price, not just six, and hey presto. I’ve done it, and it’s a fantastic deal.

Step 4 – In a couple of months, Quidco will pay £95 into your account – meaning that in effect, your discount has taken you down to below £10 a month. Show me the money!

Yee-hah – take that, The Man!

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God bless youth ministry

Posted by Martin on October 27, 2006

Heard an interesting observation from the marvellous Mark Yaconelli (pictured) at the recent National Youth Workers’ Convention in the US. He was noting how we often talk about how God is ‘blessing our ministry’ when we see numbers rise, or get some funding, or see some other kind of increase. But in fact, he said, if you look at Jesus life and call to ‘take up our cross and follow him’, his call is actually a path of difficulty, where things aren’t all rosy and straight forward.

It seems to me (this isn’t Mark now) that when we really get involved with them, we HURT for and with our young people – when we get deeper into youth ministry we find ourselves sharing God’s pain for the brokenness in their lives. Their lives are often a struggle, and thus so can our work be.

So, (back to Mark again), perhaps when God really IS blessing our work, this is what it looks like: it hurts. It’s messy. It’s painful to journey with these young people. Our group isn’t growing (remember Jesus never managed to grow his youth group beyond 12 – he’d have been sacked after a year in most churches). We feel like we’re failing. There’s a great big cross on our backs and it’s getting us down. So next time someone tells you that God is really blessing their youth ministry, perhaps you should reply: I’m so sorry – how can I pray for you?

By the way, Mark has written one of the best books about Youth Ministry I’ve ever read. It’s called Contemplative Youth Ministry: Practicing the Presence of Jesus, and it’s available in two different versions depending on your side of the Atlantic. Wherever you are, I’d recommend the US version – it’s much nicer, and it’s a hardback. Believe me, you’ll spend so much time looking at it, it might be worth the investment in the sturdier version (pictured).

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