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TPTL Mission Trip

Where: Thailand

When: 9th to 20th October 2014

Why: To see first hand what God is doing in Thailand through TPTL and be involved You are invited to join a small Mission Team to minister in some of the following outreaches:

  • Worship
  • Speaking/Testimony
  • Youth and Children Camps
  • Sunday School
  • Open Air Meetings

There will be time set aside for:

  • Shopping in Bangkok
  • Sightseeing

Cost: $2000 per person (subject to increase in air fares)

This price includes air fares, travel within Thailand, accommodation and main meals. Also included some money which will be given to TPTL Thailand to buy gifts for outreach to the needy.
Things not included:

  • Travel Insurance to cover the length of the trip (essential to be arranged by individuals)
  • Personal spending money

Please note that the $2000 will need to be paid by 9th August (or earlier, if possible) to enable air fares to be purchased.

Expressions of Interest

Please complete this Expression of Interest form to register your interest and receive further information.

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Announcing TPTL’S new Board Members

TPTL is delighted to introduce three new Board Members to the Team, Jordan Jamieson, Allan Burton and James Martin. They bring with them their Godly knowledge, insight and expertise. Allan has graciously undertaken the honorary role as Treasurer. We praise God for this increase in the Board Membership.

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The History of the Pocket Testament League of Australia

A history that spans approximately 100 years. Over 20 people have contributed to the writing of this history.

It begins with the Helen Cadbury story and contains 19 chapters about Presidents Evangelists National Directors Field Officers and others. The booklet is just over 100 pages long, printed in A4 size with wire coil binding

The price is $10 plus postage and can be ordered from TPTL Office:  P O Box 353, Blaxland, NSW 2774.


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Love Lifted Me

A collection of Favourite Hymns sung by Fred


Fred Strong and Ian Hughes have been ministering together in music for over 39 years. During that time they have travelled far and wide to share the Good News of Jesus with thousands of people throughout Australia and overseas. For many years, Fred was a regular guest at Gordon Moyes TV Program, “Turn Round Australia” and had the privilege of singing at the Dawn Service on Easter Sunday from the steps of Sydney Opera House.


The music that Fred and Ian have put together on this CD are some of the Classic Hymns from over the years. They look forward to sharing it with you and are sure that you will be blessed and inspired by the music that comes straight from their hearts.


LoveLiftedMecreditsDONATIONS ONLY: $10 plus postage and handling. All proceeds will go towards the ministry of Fred Strong and the work of The Pocket Testament League. If you have any queries in this regard please give us a call. Fred: 0419 329 334 or Ruth: 0438 758 182.

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Tribute to George Glazier – Stephen Downie

Tribute from Stephen Downie,
TPTL Field Officer:

George Glazier passed away into the presence of the Lord at 3.10pm on 1st January 2014. He was the President of The Pocket Testament League (TPTL), Australia, for over 23 continuous years. He died while still in office.

He was an incredibly generous Christian man and he devoted the best of his life to TPTL (Australia). He played a large part in getting Somchai Soonthornturasuk to ministry in Thailand, Joseph Rajan in Myanmar, and 12 years ago he phoned me to invite me onto the Australian staff.

He worked with Walter Mottram in outreach all around Australia. He led Bus Tours for hundreds of Christians around the country (he had a captive audience in the bus when he could sing the hymns), and he was involved in TPTL International. He led a “Pleasant Sunday Afternoon”, singing the great hymns at Hornsby Baptist Church, it seemed like forever!

Somchai said he regarded George as a Dad. Joseph said he was a hero to him I was with George in Thailand, Myanmar, and the Olympic Games in the USA when we were involvedin giving out 300,000 copies of the Gospel of John. I spent time with him in planes, in cars and motels, in meetings, and found he had a very soft heart. He could easily become emotional when there was some tragedy or some need in the world. He once witnessed a dead baby left on the road in Bangladesh, and it haunted him for the rest of his life.

George loved to sing. He loved to sing hymns. His hero was George Beverley Shea, and two of the favourites were, “How Great Thou Art” and
“Blessed Assurance”.

We commend George to God’s keeping and everlasting peace. He loved the Lord and served his Master faithfully, sacrificially and generously.

TPTL (Australia) needs your prayer as we look for a replacement to fill the position as President of the Board.

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Tribute to George Glazier – Joseph Rajan

I was in Thailand when I heard the news of George’s passing from Somchai. Words cannot truly express how we felt.
We have lost a great leader, a father with a cheerful disposition, and a humble servant of God. My father, Silva, and the entire Rajan
family cherish very fond memories of him. He had visited Myanmar twice and Somchai and Saengthong in Thailand a number of times.

God had given George to us; he has taken him back. Blessed be the name of the Lord. “Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of His saints.” (Psalm 116:15) Truly, George is one of them! We love you, George!



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Tribute to George Glazier – Dr W D Archbold

Tribute from Dr W D Archbold, at the Service of Thanksgiving:
I would like to prefix my brief remarks by reading two verses of Scripture. They are a record of the Apostle Paul’s commendation of his brother in the Lord and fellow worker, Titus.

“As for Titus, he is my partner and fellow worker among you; as for our brothers, they are representatives of the churches
and an honour to Christ. Therefore show these men the proof of your love and the reason for our pride in you, so that the
churches can see it.” (2 Corinthians 8:23-24 – NIV)

George’s life and ministry was an honour to Christ and also the reason why we can take pride in his effective management of TPTL. Therefore I consider it a great honour to be asked to speak about our brother and his long association with The Pocket Testament League.

I first met George in the mid eighties. From time to time Sydney Festival Male Voice Choir was asked to sing at a TPTL Presentation. As I was one of the Choir’s Evangelists, I went with them and it was there that I first met George.

Sometime later, the League was looking for someone to work with them as their Evangelist. Brother Keith Williams approached me, and that is briefly how I became associated with TPTL.

It was my pleasure to work with the League for the best of a decade. During which I came to know our brother quite well.
During this entire time George was the President and in that capacity I was in regular touch with him. It was about six years ago that
the League celebrated George’s 30th Anniversary as President, which means, as he died in office his tenure as President was almost 40 years.

This evidences George’s deep passion for this wonderful work for the Lord. I think I could say that it was his consuming desire to see the Word of God placed into the hands of as many people as possible.

He had a special interest in an overseas Evangelist whose name is Somchai. And George made numerous visits to Thailand to encourage him in his distribution of the Gospel of John. It was George who encouraged Somchai to take up the responsibility of the work of TPTL in Thailand, which he had done for over 40 years.

I discovered that George was a very generous man. In 1993 TPTL celebrated its 100th Anniversary. George invited me and my wife, Jean, to join him as Australian TPTL representatives to attend this commemorative conference in the United Kingdom. We had a wonderful time at the Conference and also visiting various sites associated with TPTL. For example, we went to Cadbury Chocolate Factory and, of course, other places as well. We had a little bit of problem keeping George away from chocolates! He said he was buying them for his wife, but I
had some doubts about that.

George personally covered every cent of both our travelling expenses. All of the people who were and are associated with TPTL in one
way or another are deeply appreciative of George’s huge contribution to this ministry. He will be greatly missed. The Lord has called George home but those who still remain have very fond memories of our dear brother.

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Associate Field Officer

For some time, our TPTL Executive Board, in reviewing the work of Stephen Downie, our Field Worker, has felt a strong need for an associate officer. Since his appointment eleven years ago, Stephen apart from his periodic missions overseas, has travelled extensively within Australia., promoting TPTL ministry and sharing the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

Requests for him from churches and fellowship groups in various towns and cities have increased greatly each year. After much prayer, God has led us to Fred Strong, accompanied by his wife, Ruth, to us.

Fred has been appointed Associate Field Officer (part time) with effect from 1 July 2013. He will be based in Melbourne and in the first instance Victoria will be his place of ministry, with the possibility of extending to Tasmania and South Australia. Ruth has been accepted as a member of the Executive Board. Let us uphold him in our daily prayers.

Fred & Ruth Strong’s Profile

Fred: I was born in Oakleigh, Melbourne, in 1941. Three months prior to my birth, my father was killed in an accident. I had some issues at school. My friendship with a few undesirables nearly landed me in trouble. I left school at the age of 14. in 1958 I came to the Lord. This dramatically changed my life. I attended Oakleigh South Methodist Church and, as I loved singing, having been singing for three years of age, I joined the Oakleigh South Methodist Church Choir. It was during this time that I came into contact with Victor Franklin, a wonderful Christian and a famous tenor with the Australian Opera Company. For seven years, from 1962, I was trained under him. At the end of that period I decided to sing for Jesus, to be a Gospel Singer.

In 1966 I attended the Melbourne Bible Institute for two years and was attached to Murrumbeena Baptist Church.There, God opened doors for me to sing around Melbourne. I was invited to be the lead singer and conductor of the Southern Gospel Group called “The Proclaimers” for 15 months. In 1975, I joined a missionary organisation called One Mission Society (OMS) International. In 1977, I met my wife. Together we served in Canberra, Vanuatu and the Soloman Islands. As a Youth Director I travelled through most of Australia, challenging young people to commit their lives to Jesus and go to Bible College. I also had the privilege of singing with OMS in United States of America and Canada.

While ministering with OMS Ruth and I became great friends with Ian Hughes, a wonderful pianist. We formed a Gospel Music Ministry, travelling around Melbourne and Victorian country areas singing, sharing my testimony and preaching. I had also the privilege of singing with Gordon Moyes on Turn Round Australia that was televised nationally.

Around 2007 Ruth and I were visiting a nearby Church to hear a visiting African preacher. Before he shared his message, he pointed me out and prophesied, “The man with the white hair… God hasn’t finished with you yet! He has work for you to do.” Of course I had no idea what that meant.

Some months later I came into contact with Stephen Downie with whom I had ministered in the Youth for Christ ministry over many years. He told me he was with TPTL and was planning a trip to United Arab Emirates (UAE) to share the Gospel of Jesus and the ministry of TPTL, and to raise funds. I gladly accepted his invitation to come along and sing. God has enabled me and my friend Ian Hughes to join Stephen in Dubai, Sharjar and Abu Dhabi for the last three years. This has raised my interest in TPTL. In response to my inquiry about the possibility of being involved in the work, I have been appointed as Associate Field Officer (part time) with the effect from 1 July 2013. Accompanied by Ruth, I will be seeking to minister in churches in Melbourne and country areas of Victoria. Please pray that God will open doors for us to share God’s Word and the work of TPTL through songs, testimonies and preaching, and challenging people to commit their lives to Jesus Christ.

Ruth: I was born in Queensland and brought up on a farm. My parents were committed Christians and I have three wonderful sisters. I worked as a legal secretary and for the Bible Society before travelling to England in 1970 on a working holiday. On my way home to Australia in June 1972 I visited Pokhra, Nepal, where my sister served as a missionary. I helped out in the Mission Office for six months and had a marvelous time fellowshipping with the missionaries, and learning a bit of the language from a Nepali language teacher, as well as trekking to outlaying villags and meeting some Nepali people.

Back in Australia, I resumed my work in the legal office before joining OMS International. I married Fred and together we served with that organisation until 1982 when we moved to Melbourne. After our two children were settled in school, I returned to the workforce, and I have completed over 25 years in administrative role at Chubb.

I gave my heart to the Lord Jesus when I was 14 years of age and have served in different capacities in missions, being a chairperson of the Board of Mission in my previous church. I am now involved in prayer, hospitality and visitors lounge at City Life Church in Melbourne.

I retired at Easter of this year. As well as enjoying the freedom of not having to wake up at 4:00am each day and working well into the evenings on most occasions, I will be able to help Fred carry out the ministry of TPTL. God is at work all over the world and we want to be used by Him to spread His Word which we believe will bring light and life to untold millions.