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Serving the poor

19 October 2014 Wesley Impact! TV

This week on Wesley Impact! TV we meet Jossy Chacko and the Rev Dr Keith Garner explores 1 Thessalonians.

Jossy's story
Jossy Chacko, founder and president of Empart Australia, shares how his life was transformed on his honeymoon in India when he met an eight year old boy from the slums of Delhi. Forsaking his original dream of early retirement, Jossy decided to devote his life to bringing God’s love and care to people in poor communities in Asia, and created Empart. Jossy is also involved with Halftime Australia, an organisation which helps successful businesspeople work out how to use the second half of their life with true purpose. In Jossy’s book Madness, he explores these themes further and tells his amazing story.

Wesley Mission story—Wesley Packaging Services
Today we celebrate the 40th birthday of the David Morgan Centre, which was set up to assist people who are vulnerable or who have a disability. When the centre opened, it offered jobs to 20 people largely in hands-on mechanical work. Now there are 100 people working at Wesley Packaging Services, Wesley Gardening Services and Wesley Graffiti, doing a range of jobs including relabelling, repackaging, mailouts, property maintenance, and graffiti removal. The centre has become a thriving community in which people have developed skills and friendships. 

Keith's reflection
The Rev Dr Keith Garner begins a new series based in 1 Thessalonians, starting with chapter 1:1–10. Here Paul tells this church that their work produced by faith, their labour prompted by love, and their endurance inspired by hope are a practical outworking of the gospel in the Spirit’s power. While we begin our journey of faith enabled only by God’s grace, we, like the Thessalonians, continue to express that faith through practical outcomes.

Guest performers
This week we hear from Jordan Worner, a young Australian singer/songwriter who is passionate about leading people into God's presence through music, and who has done this all over the world. Also featured is Matt Doeland, a singer, songwriter, worship leader and speaker from Port Macquarie who has a heart to share God's amazing love.