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Cynthia Gunawan

Stories of Hope

Release Date: 05/02/2024

Guidance and Encounters Along the Way show art Guidance and Encounters Along the Way

Stories of Hope

In life, if we are open to it, we might receive divine guidance, we might meet people from far off lands who are different and we might participate in life together in wonderful ways. This happened to Phillip in Acts chapter 8 and I'm hoping it will happen to me on the Camino De Santiago later this year.

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David Collinson show art David Collinson

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Dave Collinson, also known as Captain Collo, is a Salvo officer who never gets bored. He has written a book, led big bands, started Just Brass which is a music program for kids and is even an iron man. Always up for a challenge, his story is inspiring and uplifting.

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Receiving the Holy Spirit show art Receiving the Holy Spirit

Stories of Hope

To be filled with the Holy Spirit suggests we are not mere spectators of the faith. We have 100% skin in the game. It's like Collingwood on a great day where every player doing his part to create the magic. But is full surrender moving to Africa and working in a children's home or just making a cup of tea for the lovely Sue when I am tired? Or both?

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Naty Keung show art Naty Keung

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Naty Keung came to Australia from Hong Kong by herself when she was just 17, as a student. She found friendship and support at the local Box Hill Salvos where she eventually met her husband Kenny. She has worked for the Salvos for over 10 years now, specialising in children's work. Her personality is just as wonderful as her smile!

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Simon the Sorcerer (not to be confused with Tim the Enchanter) show art Simon the Sorcerer (not to be confused with Tim the Enchanter)

Stories of Hope

Every organisation is susceptible to the danger of bad people being like a wolf in sheep's clothing. So risk management and safeguarding is critical. The early church had a guy named Simon the Sorcerer who was like this, (not to be confused with Monty Pythons, Tim the Enchanter) but thankfully, Peter saw through his trickery and dealt with him early.

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Danni Stephens show art Danni Stephens

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Danni has a beautiful Salvo ministry where she helps troubled kids through equine therapy. Her story to get her to this place is just wonderful and her gentle but courageous attitude to life and faith is inspirational. She is married to Craig and is a mum to three children.

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Healing the Lame?  Really! show art Healing the Lame? Really!

Stories of Hope

In Acts Ch 8 Philip heals the lame. Hard to get my head around. But I do believe in inner healing as the lovely Sue is almost perfect and lives a very happy life even though she is still lame. She is often grateful she has this affliction and not the raft of incompetencies I have to cope with.

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Greig Whittaker show art Greig Whittaker

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Greig Whittaker was born into a Salvo family and had a Godly grandmother who reflected the way of Jesus beautifully. His life in business and Christian ministry within the Salvos and the wider body of Christ has always been filled with passion and creativity. His story reveals the ups and down of this sort of life and the lessons learned along the way.

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Scattered show art Scattered

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The early church was persecuted and scattered throughout the world. They got involved wherever they ended up and were of influence amongst everyday people. I recently ran 60k for my 60th birthday and lots of my buddies from all sorts of places joined me for the day. It was a wonderful celebration of community.

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Judi Agnew show art Judi Agnew

Stories of Hope

Judi works for the Salvos in Melbourne in the fundraising area and with Salvo officer parents, has a richness of Salvo DNA in her blood. Her story includes some time in Argentina and the dream job for any child's mum - Sales and Marketing with Lego.

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Cynthia works for the Salvos as the refugee and people seeking asylum national lead, based in Brisbane. She was born in Indonesia and needed to escape her home country herself to remain safe, so has lived experience, relevant to her Job. She is married to Josh and that is quite a story too. Like so many of the people she works with, her story is one of courage and resilience. It will do you good to hear it.