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Wesley Mission's rich history

12 October 2014 Wesley Impact! TV

This week on Wesley Impact! TV we meet the Rev Jeff Short and the Rev Dr Keith Garner explores Philippians.

Jeff's story
The Rev Jeff Short ministers near Milton, Staffordshire in the United Kingdom where the Rev Samuel Leigh was born. Leigh came to Australia as a missionary in 1815, and his pioneering work resulted in the establishment of the first Methodist church in Sydney in 1817. Wesley Mission is part of Leigh’s legacy, especially in the belief that an individual can make a difference. Jeff also shares his own story of how he became a minister and of the challenges and fruit he is seeing in his church today. 

Wesley Mission story—Lifeline
Today we hear the inspiring history of Lifeline, which was set up by the Rev Dr Alan Walker, Superintendent of Wesley Mission, in 1963 as a 24 hour telephone service to help people with emotional concerns. Named after the hymn Throw Out a lifeline, Lifeline soon spread across Australia and the world, using the power of the telephone and a team who would drive out to counsel people in distress.  

Keith's reflection
The Rev Dr Keith Garner explores Philippians chapter 4:1–9 looking at Paul's joy despite his imprisonment. In this passage, we read of his desire that the Philippian Christians reach out to God in prayer and concentrate their thinking on what is best in life. These values are crucial for us to embrace today, along with contentment, which Paul says he has received as we can also, through the gift of God’s grace. 

Guest performers
We’re joined today by speaker, songwriter and worship leader Ryan Day. We also hear from talented artist Greg Attwells. Greg is a seasoned performer of indie, folk and worship and has a deep desire to lead others to the feet of Jesus Christ with his music.