We live in the tropical city of Cairns. Located in the far north of Queensland, Cairns is on the edge of the Daintree Rainforest, and is the gateway to the Great Barrier Reef, both World Heritage sites. Cairns is a bustling town of approximately 180,000 people, and is a major tourist destination for Asian countries. A smelting pot of many cultures, with many nations, tribes and tongues represented, Cairns is a wonderful, amazing place to live.
But what makes Cairns so amazing, is that this is where God has called us to. There is no where better to be, than where God puts you. We are privileged to pastor HopeDivine United Pentecostal Church - and of course, if you are in Cairns, we would love to welcome you to our church! You can find out more information about our church at www.hopedivine.com
I was born in 1984, in Perth, Western Australia, but to work out where I actually "come" from, generally requires a qualified psychiatrist, since I've really never lived anywhere for longer then four years. When someone asks me, "Where did you come from", it generally takes 5 minutes to explain, since I feel like I don't really "come" from anywhere.
I left Perth when I was just a few years old, and went and lived in the following cities: Melbourne, Honiara, Auki, (both in the Solomon Islands) Cairns, Townsville, Cairns (again), Goroka (in Papua New Guinea), Perth (again), Lismore, Wollongong, Sydney, Port Vila (in Vanuatu), Wollongong (again) and finally back to Cairns (for the third time).
Did you follow all that?
So I'm kind of a mix of all of these towns. I really can't say I come from any one place. My life thus far has been a mix of many cultures and traditions, so I consider myself as being from "no fixed abode".
I am fluent it what is commonly called "Gration Pidglama", which is a mix of Solomon Island and Papua New Guinea Pidgin English, and Vanuatu Bislama. Most islanders just smile patiently when I use it. I'm also trying to pick up French. I know enough to get myself into trouble, but that's about it.
I'm a student of the Bible, a teacher, a preacher, author, and the pastor of Hope Divine United Pentecostal Church. But most importantly, I'm a child of the King, and a citizen of heaven, and a sinner saved by God's grace. I love coffee, reading, and listening to podcasts, and most than anything else, spending time with my little family.
I'm slightly quirky, with a quirky sense of humor. I love laughing, and getting others to laugh with me. Most often that happens because I'm not afraid to do something to make people laugh (like wear a chicken hat). Quirky right?
I'm also a daddy to the most wonderful little man. On January 22nd, 2015, Jonathan Jason Peter Gration joined Janie and I, and I love him more then words can say. And speaking of Janie, she is my beautiful wife, who just happens to the most amazing lady in the world, who is going to tell you a little bit about herself below.
I was born in 1987 in Wollongong, Australia to wonderful Portuguese parents from Madeira! I have 2 younger brothers. Unlike Jason, I lived in the same place for pretty much all of my life. I lived in Wollongong for 21 years until I was married in 2008.
It wasn't until I was married that I did my travelling overseas and moved houses from Lismore to Sydney, then to Port Vila in Vanuatu, and now I live in Cairns! Let's just say I'm getting good at packing up my home and moving. And while packing and moving can be stressful, all we both really know, is that we just want to do God's will no matter what.
I am wife to a pastor-husband who loves God. He is a supporting, loving, caring husband and I am glad God chose him for me. I am a very blessed woman. He is the best daddy there is for our little Jonathan who was due in February, but who decided to arrive two weeks early in January.
I am a woman of many talents (in other words, a mummy), a homemaker, and pastor's wife. I love photography, taking and editing photos, craft, crochet, and cooking especially baking and lots more!