Stories of Hope
Major Bryce Davies from the salvos hosts the show. Stories of Hope captures thoughts and stories of everyday people who triumph over adversity. https://www.salvationarmy.org.au/storiesofhope/
info_outline Unhealthy lifestyles are killing us. 05/15/2022
Unhealthy lifestyles are killing us. Confronting evil and the demonic in our day and age seems extreme and the language is laced with judgment and condemnation. But Jesus loved people enough to confront the things that were destroying them and causing suffering. When we really love people we will do whatever we can to help them find freedom and wholeness.
info_outline Katie Jackson. Educator and cancer survivor and 05/12/2022
Katie Jackson. Educator and cancer survivor and Katie Jackson and I ran the Red Shield Appeal at a private girls school she worked at for about three years We hit it off and loved doing this together as Katie is a dynamic and fun lady. A few years later Katie was diagnosed with appendix cancer and her story took an unexpected twist. Her courage and honesty as she shares her story is heart wrenching and inspirational.
info_outline To teach well, is to love well. 05/08/2022
To teach well, is to love well. Jesus was a master teacher and people felt loved and inclined to grow, heal and learn from him. If we love like Jesus, we will teach others in ways that are life giving and helpful. Kids often say "I love my teacher" because good teachers care and adapt to students in ways that are loving and wise.
info_outline Matt Seaman. An Environmental Salvo 05/05/2022
Matt Seaman. An Environmental Salvo Matt is a gentle and thoughtful sort of fellow and yet tackles one of the hot topics on the philosophical and political landscape - environmentalism. His Christlike way is humble and disarming and draws you towards the issue rather than away. Hearing him share his story is good for the soul.
info_outline Noticing the nobodies. 05/01/2022
Noticing the nobodies. I was a fat little kid and not a great footy player, but one time a senior staff member at my school noticed me and I overheard him say to my footy coach that he thought I "was a good player and went in hard for the ball" It felt good! Jesus noticed and affirmed ordinary people all the time, and it was a powerful demonstration of His love.
info_outline Peter Janetzki. "The sex man" 04/28/2022
Peter Janetzki. "The sex man" Peter Janetzki is an educator and counselor and often ran sex education programs in schools. He also heads up a yearly Fraser Island fishing trip that the Salvos join. He is a husband, father, grandfather and has had his fair share of hard knocks. In this episode he shares his story and the mindset that has seen him rise above this and find happiness and meaning.
info_outline Sarah Jane Alley. AKA SJ or Aunty sij 04/21/2022
Sarah Jane Alley. AKA SJ or Aunty sij SJ is one of the most positive people you could meet. Her running and support of others who run is spectacular to witness. But her life has not always been easy and her story demonstrates the power of faith and love.
info_outline Sacrificial Love. 04/17/2022
Sacrificial Love. Not the easy sort of love you feel when you are happily together with friends eating cheesecake, the sort of love you have when the people in front of you are behaving badly and you really want to slap them or completely disengage, but instead you decide to try to be helpful.
info_outline Sandy Fernee - vegan, wildlife advocate and supporter of the arts. 04/14/2022
Sandy Fernee - vegan, wildlife advocate and supporter of the arts. The lovely Sue and I did our Salvation Army training with Sandy Fernee back in 1993. Since then, she has studied Egyptian Archeology with a side subject of the history of witchcraft. She has become a vegan and a passionate advocate for the protection of wildlife and now works as the operations manager for an arts program that supports people with intellectual disabilities. She is quite interesting really!
info_outline Mindfulness. More than just 5 minutes on the dunny. 04/10/2022
Mindfulness. More than just 5 minutes on the dunny. We live very fast paced lives and we can often struggle to find perspective and peace. Mindfulness is a way to slow down, notice our actual lives and gain wisdom and fresh hope. Breathing is an important strategy, so toilets are not ideal.
info_outline Brad McIver. A transformed life 04/07/2022
Brad McIver. A transformed life Brad McIver grew up in the Salvos but ended up living a double life. It was in a broken place in his life in Darwin that he gave up trying to run his life and he surrendered to God. He got honest, lost 40 kg, started getting fit and today runs marathons and holds positions of great responsibility in the Salvos.
info_outline Empathizing with others is good for our mental health. 04/03/2022
Empathizing with others is good for our mental health. When we truly feel what someone else is feeling, we get to love on a deep level. This is not always pleasant, as many people are sad, afraid and angry - not fun emotions. But avoiding this means we avoid relationship and that's a lonely place.
info_outline Heather Hawkins. Adventurous Spirit. 03/31/2022
Heather Hawkins. Adventurous Spirit. Heather Hawkins is an extraordinary marathon and ultra marathon runner, She has run in extreme environments all over the world. She grew up in the Salvos in Melbourne and went on to become a nurse. She is married and has two children, and in her 40s was diagnosed with ovarian cancer. This scare birthed a new found zest for running and living every moment to the full. To go into the draw to receive a copy of her book "Adventurous Spirit" please make a donation to Ovarian Cancer Australia https://www.ovariancancer.net.au/ and send me a copy of the receipt. [email protected]
info_outline Practice gratitude, even when life sucks. 03/27/2022
Practice gratitude, even when life sucks. I've not been well. I have a head cold and have been flying, so my ears are blocked and I feel like I do life in a deep sea diving helmet. But there is still much to be grateful for and practicing gratitude is a game changer! Check out the tips on practicing gratitude on the resilience project website. https://theresilienceproject.com.au/at-home/everyone/gratitude/
info_outline Graeme Mclimont. A very wise Salvo. 03/24/2022
Graeme Mclimont. A very wise Salvo. Graeme Mclimont was a lecturer at the Salvo training college the lovely Sue and I attended back in 1991. He has had a stellar career in the Salvos and has pioneered many impacting and important projects and initiatives. He is a creative and intelligent thinker and a great person to chat with on a broad range of topics. He is now retired and helps run the Sunbury bowls club which has just been awarded the best bowls club in Australia.
info_outline Sin and bad behavior. 03/20/2022
Sin and bad behavior. Most of us don't do what we know we should and can experience a lot of shame and guilt about this, especially, it seems, if we have grown up in the church. We maybe see ourselves as evil and sinful. But bad behavior is often complex to change and we do better when we deal kindly with ourselves rather than harshly.
info_outline Kris Halliday 03/17/2022
Kris Halliday Kris Halliday's great grandfather was a renown drunken sailor who found his way the the Salvos in Australia way back in the late 1800's. Kris had a desire to be a Salvo officer from an early age and endured through many years of rejection because of his sexual orientation. Kris is a salvo officer today based in Melbourne and he loves it.
info_outline Leaving the safety of the harbor. 03/13/2022
Leaving the safety of the harbor. Albert Einstein is quoted as saying "A ship in harbor is safe, but that is not what ships are built for". There are seasons to develop, consolidate and rest, but these are always to prepare us for the adventure of living our lives to the full.
info_outline Craig Stephens. A guy lit up for God! 03/10/2022
Craig Stephens. A guy lit up for God! There are not too many people I know who are as passionate about faith in Jesus and who back it up with decades of effective frontline, earthy Salvation Army ministry like Craig Stephens. Buckle up for a life story that is full throttle from start to finish.
info_outline Our faith needs to express itself. 03/06/2022
Our faith needs to express itself. What good is faith if it does not result in loving behavior? In the 2011 Brisbane floods, thousands of people could not just sit by thinking kind thoughts about those suffering around them. They formed a mud army and gave practical expression to the sentiments. Lets hope an organic mud army of loving support for flood victims rises up again now!
info_outline Conor Watt - surfer and photographer 03/03/2022
Conor Watt - surfer and photographer Conor Watt dreamed of being a photographer and a surfer as a child, but addiction ravaged his life and those dreams dissolved. But now with 23 years of recovery, he has taken up photography and anything is possible.
info_outline Faith. To boldly go where no man has been before! 02/27/2022
Faith. To boldly go where no man has been before! Richard Rohr says the opposite of faith is not doubt, it is certainty. To have faith is to acknowledge that we cannot see what is ahead and to go there anyway. To leave our comfort zones and hang on to hope. When we do this humility and love is sure to follow.
info_outline Jenifer Short rode 1400 km to raise funds for the salvos 02/24/2022
Jenifer Short rode 1400 km to raise funds for the salvos Jennifer Short had her challenges as a child but they all served to make her mentally tough and resilient. The Salvos were supportive through her childhood and so she decided to give back by riding from Sydney to Melbourne in a Salvo fundraising event.
info_outline The idea of going Organic. 02/20/2022
The idea of going Organic. My new role in Tasmania with the Salvos is to encourage and support what we are calling Organic Faith Expressions. Let’s unpack this. What does Organic mean? Chemical free agriculture. It is more expensive and doesn’t always look perfect, but it is less synthetic and more sustainable. For our faith to be organic, the idea is that we trust the Spirit to guide us into more natural and sustainable models of faith and community.
info_outline Jason Poutawa 02/17/2022
Jason Poutawa Jason is of Indian descent and grew up feeling different and when his Father left home his sense of being lost was crippling. He became involved with the Salvos as a 10 year old boy and it changed his life, giving him a new sense of identity. He now runs the Salvos in Moree helping kids experience the same sort of stability and love that helped transform his life.
info_outline Learning about Maggie and me. 02/13/2022
Learning about Maggie and me. The cute puppy on my social media pages has the capacity to be a terrorist when she puts her mind to it. So I am attending puppy school - not so much to teach the dog, but to teach me! I need to unlearn my bad dog handling habits and embrace new ones!
info_outline Captain Kim Haworth. My Tassie boss. 02/10/2022
Captain Kim Haworth. My Tassie boss. Kim Haworth is my boss when I am working in Tasmania. She shares her interesting life story and the fact that as a child she was a tap dancing duck. She is a “full throttle “ sort of lady, full of love, fun and passion.
info_outline Religious Virtual Reality 02/06/2022
Religious Virtual Reality I once went on a simulated ride in a space shuttle. It was sort of real, but it didn't prepare me for piloting an actual space shuttle. Sometimes our religion is a bit like this, it seems perfect until we are confronted with living it out in the trenches with real people.
info_outline Nic Marchesi co-founder of Orange Sky 02/03/2022
Nic Marchesi co-founder of Orange Sky Nic Marchesi and Lucas Patchett helped out at a soup van when they were teenagers. This birthed a dream to do something and make a difference. That dream is now Orange Sky, a mobile laundry and shower service to homeless people that fosters community.