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Caring for families of prisoners

7 December 2014 Wesley Impact! TV

This week on Wesley Impact! TV we meet Richard Feeney and the Rev Dr Keith Garner explores Mark.

Richard's story
Richard Feeney of Prison Fellowship Australia talks about the work of Angel Tree, a program which reaches out to the children of prison inmates. Started in 1982 by Mary Kay Beard, who had experienced prison herself, Angel Tree runs throughout Australia to ease one of the biggest pains of imprisonment: separation from family. Richard shares how when he became Christian at the age of 20, his motto for life became ‘not saved for myself but for others’. Working in community centres made him realise how difficult it was for the families of prison inmates and led him to be a prison chaplain.

Wesley Mission story—Wesley Aunties & Uncles 
Today we hear the story of Taylor, who joined the Wesley Aunties & Uncles program at the age of four. Having been mentored by her ‘Auntie’ and ‘Uncle’ Maryanne and  Robert, Taylor, now 18, says she wouldn’t be able to go to university today if it weren’t for the opportunities she has been given through the program. Wesley Mission took on the program in 2010 and as it celebrates 40 years of operation, over 4000 children have been mentored with a 95 per cent matching rate.

Keith's reflection
The Rev Dr Keith Garner explores further the meaning of Advent through Mark. Today we consider John the Baptist, who attracted great crowds in the wilderness, baptised many and pointed to one who was to come who was greater: Jesus Christ. His words have a powerful message to us: to think of the marginalised and poor all year round.

Guest performers
Today we hear from Sancha Prowse. Sancha is a vocal instructor and singer who has delighted Christian and secular audiences in Australia and overseas. We also welcome Sharny Russell, an acclaimed Australian jazz pianist, vocalist, composer, music educator, ABC recording artist and APRA Award winner.