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!
Matty Kratiuk was famous for all the wrong reasons. Guns were his best friend as he ruthlessly robbed, bashed and trod on anyone who got in his way. Today he is high on life and has guns of a different kind, the ones he builds in the gym. Killa the outlaw bikie gang standover man is gone and Matty the new man is here. Matty K walked into the Salvation Army’s Dooralong Centre a broken man, his life littered with drugs, alcohol and violence. As we were recording this interview I was moved to tears, listen in!
James Condon has been an Officer of The Salvation Army for more than 45 years, retiring from active service in 2016. He has served in a variety of leadership roles in 3 countries: Australia, PNG and the UK. At the International Headquarters of The Salvation Army based in London, he held the position of International Secretary for the South Pacific and East Asia Zone. In 2011, James was appointed Commissioner for the Australia Eastern Territory which covers the States of NSW and QLD as well as the ACT. This involved some 400 centres of The Salvation Army, with 1,000 Officers of The Salvation Army and 4,000 employees. In this interview, James shares his testimony & about his involvement as Chairman of the National Day of Prayer & Fasting. www.nationaldayofprayer.org.au
Bill Hunter is the Chaplain of the Brisbane Broncos & Founder of God’s Sports Arena Church, a different kind of Church in Brisbane. Bill shares his testimony of his foundations in the Salvation Army & how his passion is to reach out to those who love sport & are searching for a connection with God.
Darren Percival was the Runner-up on The Voice TV show in 2012. He shares about a Christmas Day TV special he’s hosting on Channel Ten at 11am. It features the New Hope Brisbane Soup Kitchen, the Salvos, Paddy’s markets and more.
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