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Loving difficult people

Stories of Hope

Release Date: 08/14/2022

The power of small things. show art The power of small things.

Stories of Hope

There are too many big issues to resolve and I sometimes feel insignificant and powerless.  But if we love like Jesus did, we will do the small things that make the world beautiful and hopeful.  

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Sandra Mortimer.   show art Sandra Mortimer.

Stories of Hope

Sandra and I have been friends for many years, but it went to a whole new level when I was on the support crew for a 50K Oxfam walk she did a few years ago and I needed to massage her feet.  Sandra and her husband Tony married late in life and now are the Salvo leaders in Cooma.  There is never a dull moment in her story and apart from being a mad keen Carlton supporter, she is a fabulous human being.  

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Being busy doesn't make you a hero show art Being busy doesn't make you a hero

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Being busy can be a badge of honor.  But there is great wisdom in slowing down at times and rediscovering the gently art of prayerful reflection.  Don't ever get into the space where today is just a pathetic continuation of yesterday.  

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Jerry - leaving a legacy of never giving up show art Jerry - leaving a legacy of never giving up

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Jerry and I met at the Men's Walk and Talk group we both attend.  Jerry is into Munga animation, gaming and singing.  He has autism and as he shares his story, it is inspiring to hear the way he has pushed through so many of the challenges he has faced.  

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Six Ribbons show art Six Ribbons

Stories of Hope

When we love others we need to understand that we can only ever bring a small portion of the love they need to feel whole and complete. Reminds me of the six ribbons song from the TV series Against the Wind.

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Bob Rogers. show art Bob Rogers.

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Bob is a Baptist pastor and has vast experience in many different aspects of ministry. His engagement with the military and a variety of different cultures is always earthy and practical. He loves Jesus, but nothing silly.

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What we bring into the room show art What we bring into the room

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We all have an influence no matter how insignificant we may see ourselves to be. Every time we engage with others we bring things like hope, love, despair and hatred into the space. When we bring love, who knows what healing and hope this might bring into someone's day. Our puppy Maggie always brightens the room.

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Tracy Iles  Pumpkin cook extraordinaire show art Tracy Iles Pumpkin cook extraordinaire

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Tracy Iles has been a strong and loving support to people on the margins of society for many years. Her work with the Salvos has been powerful and a catalyst for many transformed lives. Tracy loves God and is now the leader of faith communities in the Newcastle area. She also knows how to lead a team of pumpkin cooks.

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Allegra. Kids Podcast show art Allegra. Kids Podcast

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Allegra is 8 years old, but is turning 9 soon so is quite close to 10 years old. She lives in Brisbane and loves AFL. She barracks for the Calamvale Leopards and if she had lots of money she would give most of it to charity and get another puppy with whatever is left over. She is delightful!

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Don't be afraid. Just believe show art Don't be afraid. Just believe

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There is plenty in life to shut us down and plummet us into despair. Politics, climate change and health challenges to name a few. To stay positive and optimistic in the face of trouble is an act of faith and the Lovely Sue does this beautifully. This photo of her swimming is not her most glamourous, but it captures her joy and enthusiasm for life.

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