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Welcoming asylum seekers

26 October 2014 Wesley Impact! TV

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

Brad's story
Brad Chilcott is both a pastor and national director of Welcome to Australia, an organisation that seeks to encourage a culture of welcome to asylum seekers in our nation. One of the ways this welcome is extended is through a centre that provides English lessons, social networks, furniture, food and clothing to asylum seekers on bridging visas. When people hear the stories of individuals who have sought safety in Australia, Brad says they cannot help but respond with compassion, and the sense of welcome that is part of the Australian spirit of a fair go for all.

Wesley Mission story—Wesley Noreen Towers
Today we hear the story of Lellah, whose family became homeless after her husband fell ill with muscular dystrophy and she needed to step down from her job to care for him. For Lellah and her family of seven children, Wesley Noreen Towers was a haven, a safe place to live until they were able to find more permanent housing. Wesley Noreen Towers also provides support groups and workshops for parents and programs for children. 

Keith's reflection
The Rev Dr Keith Garner looks at 1 Thessalonians 2:1–8 and explores how, as Paul shared the gospel, he shared his life as well, and lived with integrity in light of what he taught. This involved suffering, and Paul's example shows us that what is important is not only the message, but also the character of the messenger.

Guest performers
We are joined by Wesley Impact! TV's talented singer and worship leader Deborah Ezzy, who has been backing vocalist for the Wesley Impact TV band since it began. We are also delighted to hear from talented performer Steve McPherson. Steve is the CEO of Hillsong Music Publishing in Sydney, Australia and has extensive experience as a performer, producer, songwriter and publisher.