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*Welcome to SPAG Magazine

*Welcome to SPAG Magazine


Thanks for dropping by!


Beginning in June 2015, SPAG Magazine provided a quarterly, international, inter-denominational magazine for all Christian adults, with a focus on singles. Our purpose was threefold:
* to honour and exalt God;
* to encourage, challenge and inspire all Christian believers, with articles suitable for all Christian adults; and
* to provide Christian singles, Church leaders, married couples and Christian counsellors with insight into the problems and needs of singles who can sometimes feel overlooked or even unwanted in their own church or Christian community.
We believe that the Bible is God’s inerrant Word. (Link to our Statement of Faith)
Due to the heavy workload placed upon our Editor Vicki Nunn, who also sourced articles, created images, put the magazine together and published it, and as a result of a serious illness in July 2021, by November after seeking God’s guidance, Vicki decided she couldn’t continue in her role as a consequence of her very slow recovery. Despite efforts to find others to take on her role with the magazine, so far this has been unsuccessful.  So it was decided that the December 2021/February 2022 issue of SPAG Magazine, would be the final one published.
As time and ability permits, Vicki will be working at providing all of the earlier issues of SPAG Magazine as a free resource for you, both through this website and through the Calameo website where the ‘flippable’ version is shared. 

You can read most of the earlier issues of SPAG Magazine in the ‘flippable’ version online on the following link which is a 3rd party website, so note there may be some advertising…
ISSUE NO. 27 – the final issue of SPAG Magazine is now available:
There are lots of fantastic articles in the final issue including:
• What a girl wants: attraction;
• Before I was a racist, I was a sinner;
• The Great Reset and the rise of the radical technocrats;
• The Springboard: truly receiving Christ;
• Creation Ministries: insects inspire a better sticky tape;
• Rule of Life: the silence that speaks; and
• 7 Things you should know about Dorothea Dix
Plus there’s more!
Select this link to download this issue as a pdf file:  Link to SPAG Magazine Issue 27
Or read it only in ‘flippable’ format here. Note this is on a third party website, so there may be some advertising:

The Sept/Nov issue is still available:

Here’s another great issue of SPAG Magazine, with lots of terrific articles including:
• Feature: Time alone with God;
• There’s more to your pain than meets the eye;
• Creation Ministries International: The first book of public hygiene;
• Is Jesus enough to get you through the lonely moments?
• Why shouldn’t Christians date non-Christians?
• Christian foundations count; 
• Virginity is not God’s Goal; 
and lots more!
Here are the links:
  • link to pdf downloadable format: link
  • link to online ‘flippable’ version below:



AND FOR YOU: a FREE devotional booklet for one month:
We hope this booklet will bring you into a closer relationship with God through praise, prayer and worship.
Here’s the link to the downloadable pdf (link here)
OR view the online ‘flippable version:
Praise To God Devotional Booklet No. 1

(Note: there may be some advertising on this third party website.)

If you have any queries, please don’t hesitate to contact us. Warm regards

Vicki Nunn
SPAG Magazine

[Voice] The Voice Bible Copyright © 2012 Thomas Nelson, Inc. The Voice™ translation © 2012 Ecclesia Bible Society All rights reserved.


Modern Missionaries: Leslie’s Life

Modern Missionaries: Leslie’s Life

Lesley Verner HeadshotSMA Single Missionary in China by Leslie Verner


Cowering behind the faded window curtain, I tentatively peered out into the darkness.  Another explosion sent me inching deeper into the tiny cinder block apartment for safety.  Slowly, logic began to overlap my irrational thoughts.  Perhaps the “gunfire” outside wasn’t a group of Chinese militants coming to kidnap the brand new single woman missionary after all.  Could it be that maybe – just maybe – it was simply fire crackers to celebrate a traditional festival?

In my five years of living in China, the first night was the most frightening.  But as anyone who has done the brave thing has ever experienced, reality often ends up being much tamer than our imagination.  So once I began to adapt to my surroundings, many irrational fears fled and left me with confidence.  In 2004, God had led me to move across the globe from the U.S. to live alone in China as a single woman missionary.

Here is my story.

Choosing Independence

If I told a psychologist three of my literary role models, they could probably psychoanalyse me fairly well.  Anne from Anne of Green Gables, Maria of The Sound of Music, and Jo from Little Women were my heroes.  Though each woman eventually married, marriage was never the goal of their lives.  Instead, they were strong, independent women who knew what they wanted and refused to let a man barricade the way to their dreams.  Like these women, marriage was never my endgame.

I went to a Christian university, where I learned that my roommate’s father had warned her that if she couldn’t find a man there, she would have a hard time finding one anywhere. Horrified, I vowed I wouldn’t get married during or immediately following college because God had called me to serve Him overseas and I didn’t want anything – or anyone – to get in the way of that call.

My Call to Missions

When I was sixteen years old, a missionary visited our church to share about his family’s work in Uganda.  Complete with a slideshow of his children growing up learning how to throw spears and wear war paint, I was enthralled.  At the end of his fiery sermon, the pastor did an altar call asking if anyone wanted to “give their life to missions.”  Heart burning and hands sweating, I made the trip forward to answer the call.

From that time on, I read every mission-ary biography I could get my hands on and absorbed myself in the lives of Amy Carmichael, Bruce Olson, Jim and Elisabeth Elliot, George Mueller and Hudson Taylor.  I copied Jim Elliot quotes into my journal and practically tackled visiting missionaries so I could find out about their lives.  I was enamoured with the romantic notion of throwing my whole self into God’s service.

In college, I led the Africa prayer team and signed up for a six month internship in Africa, where I was sure God was calling me to spend my life.  My first experience abroad was in Uganda, where I faced culture shock and came up against many of my unrealistic ideals about being a missionary.  I was less useful and life overseas was harder than I had anticipated.  After returning, I decided that if God wanted me to live abroad, then He would have to make it unmistakably clear.  A few years later, God showed me that it was time to go.  He led me as a twenty-five year old single woman to a three-year commitment (which turned into five) to teach English to college students in China.

Advantages of Being Single

Fear, excitement, hope, anxiety and wonder swirled internally as I prepared to leave for China in July of 2005.  I sold my car, quit my teaching job and said goodbye to friends and family.  Though I had moments of doubt when sceptical family members would question my decision, I was confident that if God called me to China, then He would be the one to sustain me there.

Once there, God proved that He was more than enough.  I was surprised that though the loneliness was acute at times and my marital status was a mystery to the Chinese, who almost always married by the time they were thirty, there were so many advantages to serving God as a single woman.

Compared to my married teammates, I had the gift of time.  As I only taught about sixteen hours a week, I was able to spend the rest of my time learning Chinese, meeting up with fellow teachers and teammates, having students over weekly to teach me to cook Chinese food, exploring the city, visiting my students in their homes in the countryside, and seeking Jesus in the long mornings.

I noticed that many expat married women with children were much more isolated as their time was spent homeschooling and creating a cocoon for their family.  They often seemed to be much lonelier than I was as they didn’t have time for many other relationships outside of their families.

I soon realised that I felt much more comfortable as a single woman in China than I did back home in the United States.  In China, I was a part of a team that felt like family and was always welcome at the table of my Chinese friends.  They eventually assumed that single women were the norm in my country, so they didn’t put pressure on me to conform to society the way my friends and family back home did.  After summers at home, I was often eager to return to China, where I felt a sense of belonging and like I was more accepted than I was in the church and society during my short stay in the U.S.

Missions: Sacrifice or Privilege?

My teammate and I had many visitors over the years I was in China.  Some were friends, others were on “vision trips,” but some came for the sheer purpose of encouraging missionaries on the field.  Many times these trips were made up of older married men in ministry with good intentions, but a narrow view.  Sitting down to bowls of spicy noodles, they would ask my teammate and me about the “sacrifices” we had made in giving up everything and going to China.

I knew they referred to not being married or having a family, the comforts of home and missing out on weddings, births, deaths and life events back home.  I could tell they felt sorry for us.  Yes, there were sacrifices, but I felt like these men were missing the point.  Being in China felt more like a privilege than a sacrifice.  There is a supernatural peace that settles in your soul when you know you are right in the centre of God’s will.  And you don’t want to be anywhere else.

The street I walked down every day.

The street I walked down every day.

Luggage, Logistics and Loneliness

In spite of the overall peace and joy I felt, of course I had my moments of wishing I was married.  Dealing with luggage on long journeys home and simple life logistics were often pity party triggers.  On cross-country train rides, I joked that I wanted a husband so I didn’t have to haul my suitcase up and down the staircases at the train station.  On plane trips, I wished I had someone to watch my luggage so I could run to the bathroom instead of having to lug it into the stall with me.  It seemed life would be easier with a companion.

But I also longed for a “constant” in my transitory life.  If I had someone who knew both my China and U.S. self, I wouldn’t have to go into long explanations with pictures and diagrams to every single person I knew.  At least there would be one person who knew me on both sides of the globe.

The biggest internal struggle I had as a single woman was feeling like I was giving up all prospects of marriage by moving to the middle-of-nowhere China.  Like Mary Magdalene, who broke her alabaster jar of perfume at Jesus’ feet, I felt that I was sacrificing all hope of marriage.  There were only three other foreigners in our entire city:  my female teammate and another single male and female from the U.K. – both in their sixties.  Our organisation didn’t allow us to date Chinese men, so I knew marriage would have to be a miracle if it was what God wanted for my life.

Missions vs. Marriage

“In your way, in your time, if it’s your will” was always my prayer when I talked to God about my desire for a husband.  But in a fight for contentment, I stopped praying about meeting someone.  I noticed prayer was sometimes a nice excuse to indulge in fantasising, so I trusted my mother and other close praying friends to bring my desire before the throne.

When I returned to the states for my brother’s wedding in the middle of my fifth year in China in January of 2010, I had no aspirations of meeting a man.

Some friends and I planned to spend the weekend at a cottage and I ended up carpooling with a guy who had mysteriously been included on the guest list.  Convinced that if God wanted me to get married, then he wanted me to marry a missionary, I chattered away with this actor from Chicago the entire three hour drive with my guard completely down.  No way could he be “the one.”  But by the car ride home two days later, I knew I was in trouble.  I was falling in love.

A view of the countryside on the outskirts of town.

A view of the countryside on the outskirts of town.

Questions about Calling

I flew back to the states in July of 2010 for a year-long furlough, but got married six months into it.  Though marriage itself has been easier and better than I expected, I’ve done a lot of soul-searching about what it means to be “called,” guilt over leaving the mission field and grief over giving up the life I thought God was leading me to live.

Though God made it very clear that this was His new plan for me, I still struggled with the fact that marriage and missions seemed to be mutually exclusive in my life.  It is much easier to step in to ministry than it is to step out of it.  It is even harder when you are trading in your independence and commitment to your call for a man.

Amy Young, a woman in leadership with our organisation at the time, was gracious as I apologetically confessed that I was leaving for a man.  “Life is long,” she said.

In a book she wrote titled “Looming Transitions:  Starting and Finishing Well in Cross-Cultural Service,” she elaborated on this idea and said, “This transition will not become the sum of your life… It’s natural for people to mark things in terms of before or after events: graduation, marriage, a certain job, a baby, a painful breakup, a big move, or a serious health issue. But those events don’t become the story. They become a page in the story or possibly the beginning of a new chapter. They join a plot larger than the transition each one creates. Part of staying fertile, then, involves reminding yourself of the bigger picture–the bigger story–that came before and will live on after it.”1   “You will outlive this season,” she said.1

I once met a couple in China who had been leading short term mission trips every summer for twenty years.  They were seventy years old, which meant that they began their ministry when they were fifty.  They were enjoying the fruits of a long life of walking with Jesus.  We have no idea what God wants to do in our lifetime of following Him.  The older I get, the more I appreciate the rear view of life more than the forward view because of all the glimpses I see of Jesus on the road with me when I never even realised it.


Looking back, I am thankful for the years that I was single.  I am now in my sixth year of marriage and pregnant with my third child.  I miss those long mornings in China spent in the presence of Jesus.  I miss the days of exploring, wandering and taking time to get to know people without tiny hands pulling me and high pitched voices demanding my attention.  I am grateful that I had adventures and grew into my skin before I met my husband so that I knew who I was and who I belonged to before I committed my life to someone else.  And I see the wisdom in God leading me home.  He knew I had begun to worship my call.  In the past few years, he has shown me that I am not called to missions, teaching, art, writing, marriage or motherhood.  My first call is to intimacy with Jesus.  And nothing compares to intimacy with Him.

Through going, returning, singleness, marriage and motherhood, God has been my anchor.  He has consistently reminded me that though my circumstances change, He remains the same.  His love is steady and my identity in Him is secure.  Just because I am not serving Him as an overseas missionary right now does not change His character or the way He sees me in any way.  He is still moving, breathing His Spirit and whispering His plans just as much at home in the states as He was when I lived in China.  And it turns out that He – not a man – was my “constant” all along.



Leslie Verner is a goer who is learning how to stay.  She has her BA in elementary education and MA in intercultural studies from Wheaton College in Wheaton, Illinois, USA.

She has travelled all over the world and lived in northwest China for five years before God U-turned her life and brought her back to the United States to get married.

She currently resides in the U.S. at the foothills of the Rocky Mountains in Colorado with her husband, an audio book narrator, and two devious, yet delightful children.  She writes regularly about faith, family and cross-cultural issues at:



Young, A, Looming Transitions: Starting and Finishing Well in Cross-Cultural Service, 1st paperback ed, pp. 37 & 47, Createspace Independent Publishing Platform, USA. 2015

Inspirational Quotes & Posters

Inspirational Quotes & Posters

Inspirational QuotesI hope you find these posters encouraging and uplifting. While they are copyrighted, I give permission for you to print them (for personal use) or share them.(They cannot be used for commercial purposes.)

If you like these wonderful images that we’ve created, then I’m sure you will enjoy our gorgeous “Reflections” online e-book which has over 120 pages of stunning scenery and uplifting and inspirational quotes and bible verses. You may even find it helpful in your prayer-time, to focus on God’s goodness and to encourage you in your walk. You can purchase it online through here for just $3.99, and at the same time, help to support this important ministry. (Note the book is not downloadable, but you will be provided with a link so that you can go back and access the e-book online any time.)

If you click on an image, it should come up on a page on its own, and you should be able to print from there. Note that these images are not high resolution. 

2 Corinthians 4 16-18SM

Proverbs 2 1-10

Joshua 1:9

1 Peter 2:9-11a

Luke 2 8-14SM

Psalm 19 1-5a

Psalm 16 1-2

Psalm 5 11-12

Psalm 19:1-4

Ephesians 3:12-19

Ephesians 4: 8-10

Quote - Christians are not citizens of earth

Philippians 4:6-8



What is SPAG Magazine?

SPAG Magazine is a free quarterly, international, inter-denominational, electronic magazine for Christians, with a focus on singles.

Is SPAG Magazine ONLY for single Christians?

No, SPAG Magazine’s articles are suitable for ALL Christians adults, though we generally try to include at least one article with an emphasis on singleness. Most singleness articles are suitable for married Christians and Pastors as they present information on the struggles that many Christian singles face and may provide good insight into the real issues for singles in their own church.

Who do we mean by ‘single person?’

When we refer to a Christian single, we mean a Christian who:

  • has never married;

  • is a widow or widower;

  • is separated or divorced; or

  • may have a boyfriend or girlfriend or even be engaged to be married, but is not living with a partner

Why was SPAG Magazine started?

The concept was one which Australian-based Rev Lionel Rose had been considering for several years but hadn’t had the opportunity to develop.

Lionel is known for his wonderful counselling of singles and he recognised that there was a need for such a ministry as SPAG Magazine, both as a source of encouragement and guidance for singles and also as a way of challenging and growing them in their Christian walk.

While there is a focus on single people, the majority of articles in SPAG Magazine are suitable for ALL Christian adults, and we have both single and married people who subscribe to and read SPAG Magazine.

We encourage married people, especially church leaders to read the articles for singles so they can learn more about the very real issues with which Christian singles struggle. This is especially important as many singles feel isolated or sometimes invisible in their own church.

Who can receive a copy of SPAG Magazine?

Anyone and everyone over the age of 18 can obtain a free copy of the current issue. While some of the articles are specifically focused on Christian singles, there are myriad articles on different topics that would interest all Christian adults. Please note that there may be topics that are suitable only for adults, so please don’t leave a print-out somewhere young children may find them.

Although the magazine was originally only available by paid subscription, it is now free and can be obtained through our main page with links to a downloadable pdf version as well as a ‘flippable’ online version.

Where does any funding go?

First, please let me send out a thank you to the wonderful people who support us financially. The welcome funds we receive do not cover even half of our costs, so at present, ALL outstanding costs for the magazine are borne by our Editor, Vicki Nunn.

There are ongoing regular monthly costs such as internet access, phone, electricity, stationery, postage etc. There are also other costs for running a business including Government charges such as setting up and maintaining a business name, purchasing and maintaining a website domain name, purchase of software, and maintenance and replacement of equipment such as our computer, etc.

May I encourage you to consider how you can support us, either by:

Where is SPAG Magazine based?

Vicki puts the magazine together in her home office, which is currently based in Rockhampton, Queensland, Australia. As mentioned earlier, while it is based in Australia, SPAG Magazine is an international publication.

When did SPAG Magazine begin?

SPAG Magazine was officially launched on 1 June 2015.

What articles will we find in a typical issue of SPAG Magazine?

We have a number of regular articles such as:

  • Creation Ministries International;

  • Tantalising trivia;

  • Up close and personal with Aussie wildlife;

  • Kristie’s Kitchen (low-carb recipes);

  • A-Musings (humorous articles on Vicki’s life experiences);

  • Kooky Corner;

  • Inspirational People;

  • What is it?

  • Puzzle Page;

  • Words of Wisdom;

  • Real Life Drama;

  • Modern Missionaries;

  • Rest Ministries;

  • Up Close and Personal with Aussie Wildlife;

  • Open Doors;

  • Letters to Lou (Counselling); and

  • a beautiful scenery photo on our back page

Other articles may include:

  • current news topics;

  • personal articles focused on challenging and encouraging all Christian adults or specifically Christian singles;

  • Bible-based articles; or

  • topics that will open our eyes to what is happening to our brothers and sisters in Christ or to our fellow human beings;

and many more.

Can I obtain earlier copies of SPAG Magazine?

Yes you can. They are available for purchase through our online shop – this is a way that you can help support us.

Why isn’t SPAG Magazine available in printed form?

Unfortunately the costs to print and post it makes it too expensive which is why we decided to make it in electronic format. The packaging and postage alone would be more than $8 and then the printing costs would be on top of that – probably making it at least $11 an issue, which is far too expensive to make it competitive. (Even one famous Australian magazine had to cease production in 2016 because it cost too much to put out a hard copy of their magazine, and they sold hundreds of thousands of issues.)

Current issues are free to download directly from the front page of our website. You should be able to print it yourself or perhaps you could ask a friend to copy it to a memory stick for you to read on your computer. It is in pdf format which is a universal format that most computers can read. (If you don’t have a program that can read pdf, you can usually download a program for free from the internet – just be careful of the source as some have nasty little viruses attached.)

You can also read the current issue online in ‘flippable’ format with a link provided on our front page. This version is not downloadable. Note also that it’s on a third party website, so there may be some advertising.

How can I find out more about SPAG Magazine?

You can find out more information on this website or go to our Facebook page.

You can phone us on (+61) 07 4961 1202 OR (+61) 042 44 33 772.

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You can write to us:

SPAG Magazine
PO Box 9772
Frenchville, Qld 4701

Why is the magazine called SPAG Magazine?

SPAG certainly isn’t the loveliest of names is it? There were a number of reasons why the name SPAG was chosen:

  • SPAG is an acronym for ‘Single Person Approved by God,’ because as a single person our state of singleness is highly approved by God. For some of us, God may wish us to remain single for a short-time or even a life-time and He has a purpose for us in our singleness;

  • SPAG is also short for the word ‘spaghetti,’ and the magazine is a way that you can be ‘fed’ with Godly wisdom and guidance;

  • SPAG being short for spaghetti is also a reference to pasta which is a bit of a pun for ‘Pastor,’ because through the magazine we seek to give counsel, encouragement and advice;

  • It worked out well that SPAG rhymed with ‘Mag’ which is a shortened word for magazine, so ‘SPAG Mag’ makes it stick in your memory; and

  • SPAG is quite a quirky kind of name/word which hopefully will make it easier for people to recall.

So those are the origins of the name SPAG.

Do you have any questions? Please contact us on the form below and we’ll get back to you as soon as possible: