Sent out, via Charles Schokman, this is the sad but true final chapter of the story of Elvis Presley, undoubtedly one of the finest Entertainers to have graced this Planet. Elvis had everything

He had the looks, the charisma, voice, moves, & talent, rarely seen on Earth, yet was taken away far too soon, in the opinion of millions of his fans. 

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                     “COMEDY IS” – By Des Kelly

  Just a short while to go, before all Victorians in Australia will be able to move around freely, once more. We have been trying our very best to keep ourselves occupied for the past few weeks, in lockdown, because of C.V.19, and it has been extremely difficult, but now Charles Schokman has been kind enough to present the Irish Comic genius Dave Allan who, in turn, is trying to teach us how to tell the time. 

          This also tells us a few things. Dave should have been here with us in Melbourne, teaching some NITWITS that THEY will be responsible for a longer TIME in  restrictions if they keep going to the beach, breaking the contact rules,  and being stupid.

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 “MUSIC THEREIN” – By Des Kelly



  Another “first” for my eLanka readers, who are already aware of the fact that, if it has anything to do with good music, I would like to share it with them. 

Just add the capital M to my title and therein lies this very good news. I have to admit that I have never heard of this strange, but beautiful-sounding instrument. “THEREMIN” was kindly sent out to me, by my good friend Charles Schokman, together with the interesting little story sbout this instrument, fretless, stringless, looking rather boring perhaps, until you hear this lady actually play it.

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  Another aspect of this “Coronavirus”, the air that we breathe. I have just received this post from our friend Charles Schokman and, although brief, makes for very interesting reading. It tells us all that we owe God heaps of money, a debt that most of us do not even think about.

           This little story is something that all my readers will not forget in a hurry, and I say “thank you, Charles” for sending it out, helping everyone to appreciate the simple, yet essential facts of life, as we know it.

           I also take my chance to wish ALL our readers a very Blessed Easter. Things are a little different this year, but still, GOD did Rise on Easter Sunday, something that each & every Christian should celebrate, no matter what ridiculous circumstances confront us, on any particular year. 

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It is with much joy that I accepted the invitation from Mr Charles Schokman, to be here and bring a Word from the Lord on this very special occasion. Charles and his family have been closely associated with the Reformed Church in Sri Lanka and growing up I remember also the late Mr. Shelton Schokman, Snr. lighting a candle on the birthday cake of the Maligakande Church at its Centenary celebrations. Today we are here to give God thanks for the vision of Mr. Shelton Schokman, carried forward by Charles and also Fiona, through the Dematagoda Christian Guild and today through Operation Hope. It is also fitting that this service is being held in this Salvation Army Chapel, as initially there was a close partnership between the two, whilst today the legacy continues through Operation Hope in partnership with LEADS.

In keeping with the motto of DCG –“By Love Serve One Another” I have chosen as my text, Galatians 5:13-14  “You my brothers were called to be free. But do not use your freedom to indulge the sinful nature, rather serve one another in love. The entire law is summed up in a single command, love your neighbor as yourself.”

Certainly one of the hallmarks of Christianity is the demonstration of love toward one another. In John 4 we find these words, “if anyone say I love God and yet hates his brother, he is a liar.’ As professing Christians, we are to love one another, because He first loved us. The world looks for a sign of Jesus. Who is He really? What is Christianity all about? He is love. Christianity is love, love for one another and all men. Jesus Himself said, “By this all men will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.”

How do we demonstrate the love of Christ to one another?

Firstly, We must accept one another.

I love the writing of Paul in Philemon regarding Onesimus. Onesimus was a runaway slave who tended to Paul’s needs. By way of introducing Onesimus to Philemon, Paul writes a commendable introduction. Calls him a “beloved brother”. Here is a person the world would look down upon. Not only a runaway slave, also a man of poor position and reputation. Yet, Paul puts him in a position of esteem, a brother. This is the first ground rule. Accept one another.

Secondly, We are to be patient with one another.

The Apostle Paul spells this out in Ephesians 4:1-3. These are great verses…amidst other things, he calls upon us “…to be patient, bearing with one another in love…” Sometimes we do not always agree with one another…especially in the church! It may come as a shock but it is true. Paul writes that when we have discord we are to “make every effort to keep the peace, by being humble, gentle and patient with one another in love.”

Thirdly, We must forgive one another.

Along with being patient toward one another, we are to be forgiving of one another. Sometimes disagreements end up with someone wronging another. Listen to what the Bible says in Colossians 3:13-14, ” Bear with each other and forgive whatever grievances you may have against one another. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. And over all these virtues, put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity.

Fourthly, We must serve one another.

This is the bottom line for us this morning. I am going back to the text I began with…Galatians 5:13- 14. The emphasis here is to “serve one another in love.” That was the vision of Shelton Schokman, carried through by Charles, Fiona and the rest of the family, caring for the elderly and the marginalized through supplementary education, livelihood, building houses, ministering to children,

dealing with abuse and trauma. In partnership with LEADS the vision and mission goes on. It is very easy to be self indulgent and think only of ourselves. We have been set free from the penalty of sin,

but Paul says, that we should not use that as an occasion to satisfy our flesh. Better, he says that we serve one another in love. When we do that we fulfill the law.

In Conclusion:

The seal of Christianity is the seal of love. Is that seal obvious in our lives? The DCG showed the way. Operation Hope continues in that way and we do thank and praise God. As Mother Theresa , who demonstrated great love in serving, once said, “Not all of us can do great things, but all of us can do small things with great love.

This Message (abridged) was given by the Revd: Charles Jansz, of the Christian Reformed Church in Sri Lanka on the occasion of the 85th Anniversary Thanksgiving Service of the Dematagoda Christian Guild held at the Salvation Army Eventide Hostel on the 8th September 2019.


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Charles Schokman

Congratulations to Rev. Neville Koch who celebrated his 50th Anniversary of his Ordination to the Ministry of the Dutch Reformed Church in Sri Lanka on 27th August 2019.

A Thanksgiving Service was recently held in Toronto, Canada. If you wish to access a video of this service recorded by a friend, go to YouTube.com and type in ‘Neville Koch 50th Anniversary of Ordination.

Neville is the son of Lawson (ex-locomotive Engine driver, CGR) and Margie (nee Walker). Neville and his family now live in California, USA .  Although officially retired for some time, at 75 he still keeps himself busy in God’s service.

It is not often that we receive promptings from God but when we do, we need to receive it as a Blessing. This is how Neville came about to writing his book “The Light Shines Through” and this is what he has to say:

“My original idea to write a book began a LONG time ago which sprang out of a seed (I believe) God planted in my mind with the purpose of encouraging and inspiring Seminarians and young pastors who are dealing with discouragement, weariness, and prone to burn out. But I never did. I thought I’ll do it when I retire but when the day came, the book was again assigned to “back-burner” status, for two weeks later, I was offered a full time position as a Hospice Chaplain.  It was an open door to further ministry (ministering to dying patients and their grieving families) which kept me as busy as before.

There came a time when several people close to me (including my son, Graeme) kept pushing me to write and finish the book – until one day, Graeme went to Target,  bought a manuscript book, gave it to me and said, “Here, write, even if it is for me only!” That did it and its now history. This time, with a broader audience and purpose to include those who (like me), have battled discouragement and weariness.  My overall purpose is to ENCOURAGE and INSPIRE its readers by fixing our focus on the Light that shines through (the One who makes a way, His Name is Jesus!).

This book is not an autobiography but a story of how God revealed Himself (Father, Son and Holy Spirit) in very special moments and situations in my life and ministry. Be blessed!

This book is available (Paperback or Kindle eBook) go to Amazon.com and type in the search “The Light Shines Through” by Rev Neville Koch. (For those in Australia, omit the letters .au

Charles Schokman

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-Rev. Lee Stoneking addressing the General Assembly of the United Nations in New York City on April 22, 2015.

This is a Transcript of his testimony—Raised from the dead

Your Excellency, Mr. Sam Kutesa, President of the General Assembly; Your Excellency, Mr. Ban Ki-Moon, Secretary General of United Nations; Your Excellency, Nassir Abdulaziz-Al-Nasser, High Representative for the Alliance of Civilization; Excellencies; Ladies and Gentlemen:

I want to thank the President of this General Assembly, the Secretary General of United Nations, and the High Representative for the Alliance of Civilization for your leadership and convening this high level thematic debate on a very important agenda item. Thank you.

You are looking at a miracle. By all medical expertise, I’m not supposed to be alive.

On November 12, 2003 I fell dead of a massive heart attack in the airport in Sydney, Australia. I was clinically dead forty-five minutes. They administered CPR, resuscitation, and they gave me ten electric shock treatments to my heart. In the United States, they give three shock treatments and they stop. In Australia, they give four shock treatments and they stop. They gave me ten electric shock treatments to my heart. The blood had coagulated already in my hands, in my arms, in my feet, in my legs. There was absolutely no hope for me at all. I was just a corpse.

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SUNDAY CHOICE – The best way to start the New Year – thanks to Charles Schokman


Do Not Worry (Matthew 6:25-34, NIV)

25 “Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes? 26 Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? 27 Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life?

28 “And why do you worry about clothes? See how the flowers of the field grow. They do not labor or spin. 29 Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendour was dressed like one of these. 30 If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will he not much more clothe you—you of little faith? 31 So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ 32 For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. 33 But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. 34 Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.

Pray this article on eLanka will be a Blessing to you

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