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Throwing out a Lifeline

12 July 2015 Wesley Impact! TV

This week on Wesley Impact! TV Di Saunders shares how through being a Lifeline counsellor, she walks with people in distress or thinking about suicide and the Rev Dr Keith Garner explores the Sermon on the Mount.

Lifeline—walking with people in personal crisis
More than 50 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.

Di Saunders on counselling people considering taking their life
Di Saunders has been taking calls from people in crisis through her volunteering at Lifeline for the past 10 years and is still passionate about caring for people in times of crisis. In this time, Di has counselled people struggling with mental illness, relationship problems, suicidal thoughts, and grief, and she has found that simply by listening, she has been able to help people to move past their time of crisis. Lifeline volunteers receive professional support, and the main skill they need is to be able to listen well, and offer immediate support.

Guest performer
We are privileged to hear from our Music Director, Craig Gower on the show today. Craig is an inspirational and seasoned performer who brings his creativity and artistic talent to Wesley Impact! TV each week.

Keith's reflection
Today the Rev Dr Keith Garner explores the Sermon on the Mount in Matthew 5, and the abiding qualities Jesus Christ wants his followers to have as they live out their faith. In these qualities we see what Jesus is really like and where we should be making a difference as we follow Him. We are encouraged to rejoice even in the most difficult of circumstances, as it is in these times that we find the strength and grace of God to help us. Here we are also strengthened to throw out a lifeline to the people around us who need our encouragement and support.