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What we bring into the room

Stories of Hope

Release Date: 09/04/2022

Noela Phillips.  A lifetime of serving. show art Noela Phillips. A lifetime of serving.

Stories of Hope

Noela is an honorary member of my Rotary Club and has always been active in serving others, both here in Australia and in her beloved Tanzania.  Her life story is not without hardship and she has allowed these challenges to shape her compassionate and generous heart. 

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Kindness and obscurity show art Kindness and obscurity

Stories of Hope

There have been times when I have spoken before big crowds and been seen to do amazing work only come home to the lovely Sue who is cranky with me for being a jerk.  Integrity and character is found in the simple and the everyday goodness and kindness of our relationships and service.  

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Kathryn Wright.  What a delightful human! show art Kathryn Wright. What a delightful human!

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I trained as a Salvo officer with Kathryn back in 1994, but our lives have taken us in different directions and so catching up on her interesting and inspiring life story has been wonderful.  She is as kind and intelligent as I remember her from college days and add to that the courage and grace to take on the complexity of her role as the General Manager of the Salvos National D&A programs, she really is quite something.    

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Preparing the way show art Preparing the way

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Much of life is preparation for something that is yet to come.  Digging compost into a dry old garden bed is a good example.  This work requires a lot of effort and is not immediately effective.  We need a bit of faith and patience.  What is worth planting and what will grow in our souls is an important question, but more important is the work of humility and wisdom that enables new things to take root.  

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Tracy Briggs.   show art Tracy Briggs.

Stories of Hope

Tracy is a salvo officer who despite a difficult childhood, has found her way to a place of hope and service to others.  She is married to Steve and has three children and one grandson.  Her story is inspirational and her spirit is a joy to experience.  Warning* There is Domestic violence in this story. 

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Aging Parents show art Aging Parents

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Jesus tells us in Mark Ch 7 to honor our parents and to look after them.  Not all parents are easy and as they age, caring becomes more challenging.  So getting this right requires wisdom and sacrifice. 

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Dave Fitness and the Nana Fittys Fruitcake Cycling Club show art Dave Fitness and the Nana Fittys Fruitcake Cycling Club

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Dave Fitness Grew up in the Salvos in New Zealand and his life has certainly had its ups and downs.  I met Dave on a cycling trip from Sydney to Brisbane and encountered one of the most friendly and  enthusiastic humans I' have ever known. His love and delight in others is infectious and born of his enduring love for God.   

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How many apples in this seed?  Reposted show art How many apples in this seed? Reposted

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It is possible to count the number of seeds in an apple. But impossible to count the number of apples in a single seed. Seeds grow in their own time frame and we do well to trust this process rather than to try to manipulate it.

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Colin Reynolds.  Reposted show art Colin Reynolds. Reposted

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Colin Reynolds was engaged to a girl name Elaine who had Cystic Fibrosis. Her tragic death shaped his life profoundly. He traveled to Vietnam where he met Phong. They are now married with two boys and are salvo officers in Melbourne.

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Georgia.  Kids Podcast show art Georgia. Kids Podcast

Stories of Hope

Georgia lives in South Australia and is a delightful 11 year old young lady. Georgia and her Mum have a lovely chat with me on the podcast and it will brighten your day to listen in.

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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.