Dr. Peter Hammond has been a pioneer missionary to some of the worst war zones in the world. For over 34 years he has served persecuted churches and pioneered evangelistic outreaches into Mozambique, Angola, Sudan, Rwanda, Congo and Nigeria. In the course of his missionary activities Peter has been ambushed, come under aerial and artillery bombardments, been stabbed, shot at, beaten by mobs, arrested, imprisoned and tortured for Christ. He has also helped establish over 100 Christian schools and numerous Bible Colleges throughout Africa. He has smuggled in and distributed hundreds of thousands of Bibles, New Testaments and Christian books into communist and muslim nations. Listen in to his story! http://www.frontline.org.za
Eloise Wellings is an Aussie Long distance runner & Olympic Athlete. She founded the Love Mercy Foundation in 2009 and has since impacted over 100,000 local Ugandans through health & agriculture programs. She is a strong Christian & has stated that she missed out on the Sydney 2000 Olympics due to an injury and thought God was punishing her. She went to church with a school friend and began to understand God’s love for her. She stated, “Once I found Jesus I was free to use the gifts He had given me and it didn’t matter if I succeeded or not.” Wellings also missed out on the Athens and Beijing Olympics due to injury. However, she states, “All of my disappointing results and disappointing injuries and heartbreak missing 3 Olympics, there was always this belief and faith that my identity is in Jesus and that’s my foundation. When you’ve got that, you can’t be shaken. Every time I get up to train, I just ask that he be glorified, that he give me the strength to do it, that he help give me the right thoughts to think – and not necessarily that I win but that he would be made known to people as I run.
Julius Achon has an inspiring story of hope which continues to unfold. He grew up in the remote village of Awake in Northern Uganda in severe poverty.
Cindy McGarvie is the CEO of Youth for Christ Australia. Cindy has previously served with the Australian Army as a Nurse and Nurse Instructor, she’s done missions in Tanzania and Uganda where she worked with SIL International in the medical support, recruitment and management fields. She’s also spent time working for various members of parliament, both State and Federal, and she’s also worked with Nexus Care & the Australian Christian Lobby. Listen in to her story! www.yfci.org
Pastor Peter Kasirivu is the founder of Africa Renewal ministries & the Mwangaza Childrens choir. They have several affiliated ministries that impact more than 30 communities across Uganda. They have planted more than 650 churches, trained over 2,700 leaders and sponsored 15,000-plus children. https://africarenewal.org
Mike Gore is the CEO for Open Doors Australia. Mike has had extensive field experience – from being chased by the secret police in North Africa, to being in lock down in a hotel to avoid being kidnapped for ransom. He has met with and ministered to secret believers in house churches and smuggled Bibles to Muslim background believers in restricted countries. Through all of these experiences, Mike has gained a profound passion for people and telling the story of the persecuted church. He firmly believes that, as we hear stories of courage and passion from our brothers and sisters, our personal faith and the spiritual temperature of a country can be radically transformed. Returning from a trip to Iraq in 2015, Mike felt convicted that caring for the persecuted church should be part of the DNA of every Christian. He’s passionate about sharing stories of the church living in persecution with Christians in Australia, so that they would know and care for the global body of Christ. www.opendoors.org.au
Jerry Lackey is the founder of Love Botswana Outreach Mission in Africa. In 1995, the Republic of Botswana officially sanctioned this mission to carry out its humanitarian purposes in Africa. The Mission has made—and continues to make—a significant contribution to the development and transformation of Southern Africa. Jerry also works with UCB Africa to reach many through Christian radio. http://lovebotswana.org
Pastor Jeff Vines spent 20 years on the mission field (Zimbabwe, New Zealand) planting churches & training leaders. From 1998-2005 he was the featured speaker on the weekly television broadcast, Questions of Life, & frequently debated agnostic & atheist alike on national radio. Jeff is the Lead Pastor of Christ’s Church of the Valley. Jeff is the author of Dinner with SKEPTICS: Defending God in a World that Makes No Sense & Unbroken: 8 Enduring Promises God Will Keep.
After his brother died from a snake bite at an early age, Pastor Josh Moyo started his search for God. Hear his story of planting churches in Africa and now Perth, you will be inspired by his passion!
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