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A life transformed

19 April 2015 Wesley Impact! TV

This week on Wesley Impact! TV we meet Rev Ron Baker and the Rev Dr Keith Garner explores Luke.

Ron's story
The Rev Ron Baker shares how he struggled with alcoholism and depression from the age of 14, as he searched for the love and acceptance he hadn't received in his childhood. Having had bad experiences associated with the church, he recalls that he disliked Christians. This changed completely when he was invited to go to the Billy Graham Crusade, and he remembers how hearing that God loved him brought him to tears. Both Ron and his wife Beryl became Christians through the crusade. Ron, a bus driver at the time, has dedicated his life to Christian ministry and his story of transformation has appeared in books written by Billy Graham. His dearest wish is that people hear that there is hope and love for everyone, which we can read about in the Bible, God's love letter to us.

Wesley Mission story—Lifeline
More than fifty years on and the Lifeline story continues at Wesley Mission. While the telephone counselling service has grown to a global entity, Wesley Mission continues to staff and fund three Lifeline offices in the heart of Sydney and surrounds. This is a crucial service that has saved many lives over the years. Today, we take a look back at how it all began.

Keith's reflection
The Rev Dr Keith Garner explores the journey of the disciples on the road to Emmaus. Despondent, confused and in despair at the cruelty inflicted on their friend, and still perplexed at the events of Easter Day, they didn't recognise Jesus as he came alongside them and questioned them. As they recounted what had happened in Jerusalem, Jesus explained the Scriptures and revealed the nature and purpose of these events. As he broke bread, they finally recognised him, and returned at once to Jerusalem. We learn that the resurrection explains the Gospels. and draws us to Jesus, who transforms lives.

Guest performers
We’re joined today by speaker, songwriter and worship leader Ryan Day. We also hear from Sancha Prowse. Sancha is a vocal instructor and singer who has delighted Christian and secular audiences in Australia and overseas.