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Stories of Hope

Release Date: 06/26/2022

Louanne Mitchell. show art Louanne Mitchell.

Stories of Hope

Louanne and the Lovely Sue have known each other since they were children. Louanne has endured a lot in her life, including relationship breakdowns, and serious health challenges, but her resilience and faith is remarkable and her work with the Salvos in Sydney's Northern Beaches for the last 14 years has been a Godsend for people doing it tough in that area.

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Staying calm in the storms. show art Staying calm in the storms.

Stories of Hope

There will always be difficult times in life, as we are all subject to sickness, conflict and ultimately death. But to be filled with fear is just going to make things worse. So we do have an option to remain calm, even if we forget to put the bins out.

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Karl Walsh. Richie's Rainbow show art Karl Walsh. Richie's Rainbow

Stories of Hope

Karl and his family immigrated from the UK in 2016 and were living their dream of a whole new life in Australia. But Karl's 7 year old son Richie was diagnosed with cancer and that set the family into an 18 month long whirlwind of hospitals and grueling treatment regimes. Tragically, Richie passed away in September 2021 and his family established Richie's Rainbow: A foundation to support cancer research for kids. I met Karl as he comes along to the men's walk and talk group. This is his story. https://richiesrainbow.org.au/

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It's OK to shine. show art It's OK to shine.

Stories of Hope

When we live wholeheartedly and shine brightly, we need not be afraid of what others might think. Our lives are often wonderful and inspiring and it's a very loving thing to share this with the people we care about. It's good for them.

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Ryan. Kids Edition show art Ryan. Kids Edition

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Ryan's mum worked with me a few years ago and he now lives with his parents and his little brother in Tasmania. He is nearly 8 years old and wants to buy a house with a very unique added extra. He is also a dinosaur expert!

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Sow seeds of love without expectations show art Sow seeds of love without expectations

Stories of Hope

When we love people we are foolish to expect predictable outcomes as a result. The journey to wholeness and growth is a mystery, much like how a seed germinates in the darkness of the soil to become a beautiful flower.

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Lauren Stocker. show art Lauren Stocker.

Stories of Hope

Lauren is a beautiful person and despite a cancer journey during the pandemic has maintained a positivity and hope that warms your heart and helps you really appreciate the simple stuff in life.

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Loving people like family show art Loving people like family

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Families are a mixed bag. Sometimes we are close and feel very safe and at other times there may be distance and even animosity. If we are to love like Jesus, we need to let some people get close. Really close. Close like family. Sometimes people need us to be loyal, reliable and accepting and sometimes we need them.

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Jason Davies Kildea. The guitar guy! show art Jason Davies Kildea. The guitar guy!

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Jason is a wonderful thoughtful man who has been a wise voice for the poor within the Salvos for many years and who now works in the court system in Victoria specializing in family violence. I knew him when he was a cool teenager who had long hair on the top of his head. Back then he was in a rock band called State of Mind and was an exceptional lead guitar player.

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Misunderstood show art Misunderstood

Stories of Hope

Jesus was often misunderstood as he gave preference to loving people who were unable or unwilling to benefit the powerful institutions of his day. Selfless love is illogical, costly and infuriating to uninvolved onlookers.

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