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Care for people in need

20 July 2015 Wesley Impact! TV

This week on Wesley Impact! TV Lucy Parker shares how Wesley Connect helps people in need and the Rev Dr Keith Garner explores Matthew 6:1-4.

Lifeline—walking with people in personal crisis

Today we hear more about Wesley Mission's holistic care for those in personal crisis. Each year, Lifeline continues to help thousands of people in distress or considering suicide, through the dedication of 11,000 volunteers. This important work has spread to include services for those needing financial counselling and support to deal with gambling addiction. Wesley LifeForce has also been established to help people contemplating taking their life, and to support those who have lost loved ones through suicide.

Lucy Parker on how to help people in need

Each month, Wesley Connect Manager Lucy Parker and her team assist 130 people in need. While practical needs such as food and accommodation are naturally a priority, Lucy says isolation is the biggest challenge people in need face, and the care, kindness, prayer and listening ear is the most sought-after form of assistance Wesley Connect provides. Wesley Connect is also able to link people to other services which can help them with specific needs such as mental health issues, addictions and financial stress. Wesley Connect is resourced entirely by donations from Wesley Congregational Life, schools, cubs and scouts groups, corporate groups, and outdoor education centres. In turn, Lucy shares how the thought-provoking volunteer programs she runs with corporate groups give individuals a greater understanding of the experience of homelessness and need, and encourage a greater sense of empathy.

Guest performer

Today we hear from Jordan Worner, a young Australian singer/songwriter. He is passionate about leading people into God's presence through music, and has had opportunity to do so all over the world.

Keith's reflection

As the Rev Dr Keith Garner continues to explore Christ's Sermon on the Mount, We continue to reflect on the ways in which Christians can be salt and light, influences for good in this world. Living close to Christ means reaching out with deep compassion for those in need, and doing this for God's glory, rather than our own reputations. Through faith in Christ, we have the opportunity to be new and different people with a transformed heart and purpose, and as we reach out, we can bring this opportunity of new life to others.