Stories to Inspire

All of the stories included on the following pages are used with permission. We hope you enjoy them.

*Some names have been changed for the sake of security. These people would be willing to talk with you about their journeys. They have all had to deal with the normal hurdles of finances, health, family concerns and others issues particular to their own situations. These are not included because of privacy concerns. However it would be wrong to assume that the path for them all has been straight forward – they are real people living in a real world!

If you would like to talk or correspond with any of the people whose stories appear on the following pages, please contact Second Wind Network, and we’ll put you in touch.  (See Contact Us page)

Rob B:  Just imagine that you belong to an ethnic group facing extinction. … Last year I was invited to travel to South Asia to help these tribal people to rescue their languages, cultures and way of lives. …I have been asked what it is that qualified me  … more…

Roz’s Big Picture : Here is one story which we have seen develop over a period of 10 years. Roz tells her own story , from sensing a change in her work, to following God to Nepal and serving there, to having returned to Australia and waiting for the next step. “It was every day, a great privilege…” more…

Lorraine & John’s Story: Digging our vehicles out of mud, volunteering in a medical clinic in a sports arena with no roof, working and praying with people who had lost everything in a super-typhoon – these were the last things on our minds … more…

Daniel & Jeanie: Six South American countries, 15 coaching workshops, 22 airplane flights and no lost bags. . . and it all started with an email to Second Wind Network!  more…

Ray & Anne:  When my wife and I tell people that we live in the Middle East on and off, and that we help educate African refugee children there, most people start to ask us about how dangerous it must be there at the moment. Very few ask about what it must be like in the Middle East for the African refugees themselves. We hadn’t thought much about such things either… more…

Linda & Peter: Linda is the coordinator of Carewerx, an outreach ministry of her church which provides ESL and a homework club to refugees from diverse backgrounds.  Its been quite a risky journey of faith for her (and her husband, Peter), from primary school teacher to this role, but they both agree that its been worth it! more…

Peter B: More often than not, when God calls someone into mission, He has more in mind than we could ever imagine.  That was certainly true of Peter Burke, former Business manager … more…

Allan & Elsa:We were blessed to take 36kg of medical equipment, podiatry tools, two wheelie walkers and monetary donations all for Mukti.  God was in control and everything arrived safely.  We joined up with a team…” more…

Steve & Judy’s story: “As we neared the end of our TESOL course, we asked God how He would like us to use this knowledge we had gained, as the last thing we wanted to do was to not use our skills…” more…

Geoff  & Amanda’s Journey:  “The local Silk Road people love telling and listening to stories. We have returned from the Silk Road with many stories of people and places and what God has done and is doing in this land where many have very little opportunity to hear the Gospel or have other things we take for granted here.  Our aim in going there is to be able to tell them God’s story…” more…

Pete & Rachael’s Story: Pete and Rach (and their 4 children) are serving as dorm parents with OMF in Chiang Mai, Thailand.  They provide a loving, Christian, home environment for children whose parents are serving in front line ministries in and around the Mekong. … more…

Karen & John’s Story: “Since late 2008 we have been in Cambodia, learning the language and culture and working with young emerging Cambodian leaders, academic staff and post-graduate students. Our work with students focuses on assisting them to develop a range of academic skills. We also offer support as they seek to balance the opportunities and demands of the modern world with their cultural traditions.” … more…

Jill & Ian’s Story: Jill and Ian serve with the LAMB Project in Bangladesh. “Bangladesh takes us as far away from our comfort zone as one can imagine, not just distance from loved ones, but different/difficult language, living conditions, weather, food, customs etc. It has taken us back to a helplessness that we don’t often experience, which throws us back on Him” …  more…

Raija’s Story: ” I had my work cut out for umpteen years in bringing up two children on my own and I buried deep that dream of working in missions. Everything changed suddenly in October 2010 after  …   more…

Deb & Guy’s story: “What would possess us to leave a high paying job, comfortable existence in Aussie suburbia for the craziness of life here in the beautiful Philippines?  The answer is, “Only God!”.  Only God can make a way and put a call on our lives so strong that you just have to obey….   more…

Ken’s story: “For twenty years I ran a small Landscape Design and Construction business for wealthy residential clients in Brisbane, Australia.  That all changed in December 1995 when I sustained a severe brain injury …   more…

As a young couple David & Sue* did missionary service in PNG as teachers. “We retained our interest in mission and actively explored possibilities a few times. The doors remained closed to us. Eventually after 20 years, we had the opportunity …     more…

Philippa’s story: Philippa has spent most of her employed life working in research and policy as a social scientist, mostly in rural NSW and remote north Australia, so she wondered how this background could help the poor in a needy country without knowing their language.  …   more…

Peter’s story: “I was on leave from Telstra spending time on a ‘working party’ trip with 15 others at HCJB Global’s property in Kununurra, WA. A three-week break from work doing something different, and then back to work. That was my plan, but God had other ideas. It was while standing on a ladder painting a ceiling that …     more…

Robyn & Russell’s story: “Our boys have now all grown up and left home. Russell has reached retirement age and we are eager to venture out again. But Lord, where to now? Russell is a marine engineer and I am a physiotherapist …  more…

John & Ruth’s story: “John and I are in our early 50’s with 4 grown children and one still at school. I, Ruth, have missionary parents who worked in India and I boarded at Hebron Christian International School as a child.    more…

Margot and Jim’s story: Bouncing along the road from Niamey to Maradi, squashed, hot, and not even sure that our luggage had got onto the right bus, we had 10 hours ahead of us … That was a long time in a bus on a bumpy road and the overriding thought was –“How did we get here!!??”     more…

 

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*Some names have been changed for the sake of security.