Paul Brittenden was addicted to illicit drugs for a quarter of a century before he made contact with The Salvation Army. Paul is now employed by the Salvo’s as a community engagement worker. He advocates for clients with the courts and government departments like Centrelink. He also provides counselling to people in addiction and pastoral care through God’s Sports Arena (corps) in Brisbane, where he works alongside for Bronco’s Chaplain Bill Hunter.
Paul’s early life was not pleasant. He was adopted as a baby, had an abusive childhood, started on drugs at 14, left home at 16 and spent the next 24 or so years heavily into the drug trade. He had a good paying job, but spent it all on drugs. In 2013, he voluntarily entered the Moonyah rehab program. The “religious stuff” at Moonyah didn’t interest him. He had been raised by a religious family, but abuse within the family and church turned him away. After coming to Christ, he appeared in court on drugs trafficking charges and was sent to prison. Salvation Army people went to court with him and visited him in jail. They had an effect. Paul started “a church” in prison. Listen in to his story this week on Historymakers!
Andrea Simmons was a successful businesswoman and devoted mother when she almost lost everything after she became addicted to ICE. How did it all go so wrong? Andrea shares her story and how God helped her turn her life around. She is now the Founder/ Director of Australian Anti-Ice Campaign. australianantiicecampaign.org.au
Shaun Murray is an Evangelist & Businessman with a passion for God. Shaun has a great testimony of being set free from addiction & he has a heart to share the good news with others. He shares about a life-changing trip to PNG where he’s been preaching at crusades & seeing many souls saved. Whilst in PNG, he helped uproot Marijuana, when a drug dealer publicly repented from his sin, and wanted to get rid of his whole crop, listen in to hear the full story!
Dan Smith is an Olympic Swimmer with a powerful story to tell! He’s experienced homelessness, drug addiction and been in trouble with the police, but he has turned his life around and wants to inspire others to do the same. He hit rock bottom after turning to alcohol and drugs to deal with mounting pressures, but after coming to Christ & getting his life together at Rehab, he’s now sharing his story with the world.
Ben Fitzgerald is a passionate lover of Jesus and the Leader of Awakening Australia, Awakening Europe and GODfest Ministries. He spends a lot of his time travelling abroad as an evangelist. Originally from Australia, he met Jesus in an encounter that deeply changed him late in 2002 whilst he was dealing drugs. Since then Ben has lived hungry for one thing, to show the world Jesus in his everyday life and to take the good news of the Kingdom to the nations. In Galatians 5:1 it says “It is for freedom that Christ has set us free” and in line with that mission he loves to help people live in God’s fullness of freedom and identity. Ben has a deep conviction that the future of Australia and Europe will be transformed by radical believers living free and proclaiming Jesus boldly. www.awakeningaustralia.org
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