Inventor of braille – Louis Braille

Inventor of braille – Louis Braille

Listen again to the story of Louis Braille. He was the devout Christian who invented the braille reading system for the blind but was not honoured until after his death. Broadcast on Southern FM on 5Feb17

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He survived persecution – Paul Negrut

He survived persecution – Paul Negrut

Paul Negrut was a Christian pastor who survived intense communist persecution against Christians in Romania. Listen again to his life story. He became a key educator in Romania after the fall of communism in Romania. He was a Christian who made a difference. His story was told on Songs of Hope on 4Sep16.

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Catholic priest helps thousands of youth – Chris Riley

Listen again to the story of catholic priest Chris Riley. He is the Australian founder and CEO of the “Youth Off the Streets” charity. He has worked with marginalised youth for more than 35 years in a variety of roles, including teacher, youth worker, probation officer, residential carer, and school principal. He has helped thousands of young people. This audio was first broadcast on Songs of Hope on 2 Junes 2013

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Hudson Taylor – took Christianity to China

Hudson Taylor – took Christianity to China

Hudson Taylor took Christianity to China in the 19th century and set up many schools. 70 million Christian Chinese today thank Hudson Taylor. Hear his story again by podcast. Broadcast on 88.3 on 13 March 2013 on “Songs of Hope”. Press play button to hear his story. (5 mins). The story teller is Hugh Elphinstone.

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School chaplain takes out award

School chaplain takes out award

david-larkin-1-260x260In Queenslands Sunshine Coast, a school chaplain in a state school has taken out the award “Cititzen of the year for 2016”. His name is David Larkin, and he beat 12 other nominees for the title at a special ceremony held at Lake Kawana Community Centre. David Larkin is school chaplain at Buderim Mountain State School. His award was for “dedication and commitment to working with students on personal development and issues to do with grief, loss and self-esteem”. Listen to his story.

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In Queensland, a school chaplain has taken out the Sunshine Coast’s most prestigious award – Citizen of the Year for 2016. His name is David Larkin, and he beat 12 other nominees for the title at a special ceremony held at Lake Kawana Community Centre.

David Larkin is school chaplain at Buderim Mountain State School. His award was for “dedication and commitment to working with students on personal development and issues to do with grief, loss and self-esteem”. This award comes at a time when the work of school chaplains has been under close scrutiny.

But “Chappy Dave” has personified the value the role can have. He facilitates programs for youths like Seasons for Growth, Drumming Circles and Happy Being Me. His family are involved in foster care and he has developed strong links and networks within the community to improve children’s lives.

For him, it has never been about preaching a religion. He says “We have a practical role and do home visits, providing meals and networking with other community organisations.” “It’s about sharing values, it’s not about me pushing a religious agenda. It’s about serving the needs of the community.”

The number of lives he has affected was highlighted when he was in hospital, desperately fighting for his own life in September, 2014. He had he suffered a ruptured aortic aneurysm and was rushed to Brisbane’s Prince Charles Hospital where he underwent seven hours of emergency surgery.

His doctor said if he had arrived 15 minutes later he would not have made it. The Buderim community rallied around David and his family while he spent months undergoing intensive rehabilitation.

He received more than 1000 get well letters from students. He is now in his second year of recovery and can do 5 kilometre runs.

The mayor of the local area gave a tribute to the winners and the 86 nominees for the awards for 2016. He said “They have been nominated and commended by their own communities because of their willingness to go above and beyond and there is no doubt that their efforts are truly commendable.” “They are, in the main, quiet achievers, unsung heroes – people who work tirelessly to help others without thought of reward or recognition.” “These are the people who set a positive example and are great role models for our community.”

David Larkin, the winner, has indeed worked tirelessly to help others. He’s a Christian making a very positive difference in his Sunshine Coast community.

Richard Johnson and the first fleet

Richard Johnson and the first fleet

Listen again to the story of Australia’s first fleet and its journey and Richard Johnson, the fleet chaplain. He set up the first school in Australia by his own volition. This segment is to celebrate Australia Day, which is Thursday 26 Jan. Broadcast on Songs of Hope on Sunday 22Jan17 on Southern FM 88.3

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Mary MacKillop-Education for poor in Australia

200px-Mary_MacKillop_thumb.jpgListen again to the story of Mary MacKillop, broadcast on Sunday 18 October, on Songs of Hope. She is Australia’s one and only saint in the Catholic church. She was an Australian nun who founded a congregation of religious sisters that established a number of schools and welfare institutions throughout Australia. Her emphasis was education for the rural poor. Play time is 5 minutes.

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