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Conversations with Jenny

Join Jenny Salt as she takes you deeper into the lives of 'ordinary' people with heart warming, sometimes challenging and always distinctive gospel stories.

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Episodes

21 September 2021    Episode 50 - God and government - Mike

Mike Baird is one of those high-profile Christians, having been a politician for some years. His relationship with power culminated in him taking on the top job as premier in New South Wales from 2014 to 2017.

Jenny Salt asks Mike what it means to be a public Christian. How do you live out your life as a follower of Christ in front of a watching, often critical, world?

Length: 33:32   Listen 

13 September 2021    Episode 49 - Domestic violence, depression and hope - Helen

Jenny Salt introduces us to Helen, a woman who has suffered much in her journey towards God.

Like most of us, Helen has a busy work life, a loving family, a close church community, and a lot of people who know and love her as a friend and sister in Christ.

Helen’s story also includes heartache and pain in the context of domestic violence and living with a major depressive disorder for most of her life.

But ultimately, hers is a story of hope in God.

Trigger alert: This episode contains some distressing details of assault.

Length: 35:07   Listen 

7 September 2021    Episode 48 - Loving Pakistan - Sarah

Sarah Raiter is a wife, mum, grandmother, author, artist… and grew up in a country considered extremely dangerous from a western perspective - especially for Christians.

But for Sarah, life in Pakistan meant a childhood filled with stories of adventure, beautiful sunsets, villages, compounds, and high walls. As an adult, though, it was also the place where she both lost and found her faith.

In the end, she loved Pakistan so much that she went back and lived there with her husband and children.

Length: 33:57   Listen 

18 May 2021    Episode 43 - Gospel Power for a Needy World – Tim

Jenny Salt introduces us to Tim Costello, the former CEO of World Vision and one of Australian Christianity's most prominent advocates for the suffering, the poor, and the disadvantaged.

You might think there's nothing more to know than that, but Jenny takes us on a journey into Tim's back story - the town in which he grew up, the parents who so powerfully influenced his faith, and the legal career that led him to serve Australia's most vulnerable citizens.

Then, when we arrive at Tim's service to the world's struggling masses, we come to understand how the image of God in every single person has powered everything he's done.

Length: 36:04   Listen 

11 May 2021    Episode 42 - With God On The Wharfs - Barrie

Jenny Salt introduces us to Barrie Hadley, a man who has spent more than 80 years in the same town, and more than 40 years in the same job.

'Bloomin' Barrie' is the definition of a blue-collar worker, growing up in the smallest of towns, becoming the local butcher, and then working for half a lifetime unloading ships.

His Christian journey is an understated one but undergirded by a simple truth: if you want people to listen to what you have to say about Jesus, you have to begin by being a man of your word.

Length: 29:00   Listen 

4 May 2021    Episode 41 - Arnhem’s Grace-Filled God - Red

Red Fulton grew up in the heart of Sydney but God gave her a heart to see the Gospel proclaimed wherever it would take her - even to the ends of the earth.

And that is exactly what it felt like when Red and her husband answered the call to work in Arnhem Land.

But in Australia's far north she discovered a people with hearts as big as this great brown land.

Not only did Red meet sisters thoroughly transformed by the Gospel, but she's been able to see Christian love take on the worst expressions of domestic violence.

Length: 41:54   Listen 

27 April 2021    Episode 40 - Mentoring And Ministering To Minds - Tim

Jenny Salt introduces us to Tim Dyer, a much sought-after man in the context of mentoring Christian leaders and getting alongside churches in conflict.

From an early age, Tim was gripped by the Gospel and this spurred him on to a ministry that aims to encourage and equip others to lead and teach Christian workers all over the world.

Length: 38:45   Listen 

20 April 2021    Episode 39 - The Millions That Led To Humility - Tim

Tim Sims talks to Jenny Salt about a life that has spanned the globe, taking in elite educations and millions of dollars under management along the way.

Tim's early life included more countries that most will visit in a lifetime matched against long months in a lonely boarding school. However, an education from both Oxford and Harvard Universities put him on the fast track to business success.

But in the end, Tim tells Jenny that all the millions in the world couldn't answer the question: why are we here?

Length: 48:08   Listen 

13 April 2021    Episode 38 - Cancer, Chronic Fatigue and Calm - Cat

Cat Tuckwell is a Canberra girl who dreamed of becoming a country vet ever since she opened her first puppy book - a dream that was fulfilled in time.

However, Cat's dream was first rocked by cancer, then complicated further by chronic fatigue.

But she tells Jenny Salt how her conditions have actually worked to remind her she is immortal, and God still has much more for her to do.

Length: 37:45   Listen 

30 March 2021    Episode 36 - Sharing The End Of Their Journey - Pip

Jenny Salt talks to Pip Russell, a woman whom God has used to be a spiritual 'mum' to many people, in many different stages in life.

From her early school years, through teaching and on into the former Soviet country of Kyrgyzstan, Pip learned that God had a special ministry for her that centred around caring for those He put close to her.

What she liked best was sharing the Gospel, and both her gift and desire have culminated in life as a chaplain to the oldest members of our community.

Length: 36:11   Listen 

23 March 2021    Episode 35 - Setting Slaves Free - Karine

From suburban Sydney to South America, and now a mission field that encompasses the world.

Karine Woldhuis chats with Jenny Salt about how her life began with a normal childhood in a fairly 'standard' family in Sydney's suburbs. She thought she would always keep in touch with her Dutch heritage, but she never dreamed of what was ahead.

Karine and her husband John followed their convictions as Christians to the mission field in South America. However, a tragic event involving a young girl opened her eyes to a dark world that desperately needed the light of the gospel.

Karine now works for an SIM ministry that equips people to recognise the evils of modern-day slavery and address international people-trafficking at a local level. 

Length: 37:16   Listen 

16 March 2021    Episode 34 - The Slow Burn - Harry

Harry Brice is a third-generation farmer who counts himself blessed to be living on the land in the Bega region, in southern New South Wales. What he didn't count as a blessing, though, was a worrying ignorance of what life was for.

He tells Jenny Salt the unique story of how he and his wife took years to come to Christ, and how that faith was tested during the wildfires that swept over Cobargo and surrounding towns on New Years Eve, 2019.

When everyone's hopes were going up in smoke, Harry found he had a peace that passed all understanding.

Length: 46:40   Listen 

9 March 2021    Episode 33 - Confusion To Clarity - Cate

Cate is a South African with no fear of telling things how they are. She grew up during the Apartheid era when a nation was in the throes of working out who it was. Finding her own identity was a similar struggle.

Cate shares that she was abused as a child and that contributed to a struggle with her own sexual identity that led her into a range of unhelpful relationships. But she tells Jenny that God has pieced this all together to create a straight-talking woman who's not afraid to tell her countrymen and women they need the Gospel.

Trigger alert: This episode contains some distressing details of assault.

Length: 40:37   Listen 

2 March 2021    Episode 32 - Knowing Who You Are - Rob

Jenny Salt kicks off Season 4 of Salt with Rob Smith, a creative Christian musician and respected theologian.

With Jenny, we delve into Rob's early life growing up next to his father's giant intellect and discovering his first love for music. But as his talent grew, so did Rob’s desire to 'come home' to a Father who knew him even better than his own dad.

Now Rob’s theological work has taken him to examine the challenge of people struggling to find their own way home in a sea of sexual dysphoria.

Join Jenny as she uncovers Rob's extraordinary story, and experiences his music along the way.

Length: 42:13   Listen 

22 September 2020    Episode 31 - 10, 9, 8… God Is Great! - Colin

An Irishman, a Victorian and a musician walk into a bar - and they're all the same bloke!

Colin Buchanan is one of Australia's most beloved country music and kid's worship composers. His family journey spans the globe, his musical journey the breadth of this country, and his spiritual journey from darkness to light.

Join Jenny Salt as she presents a bonus-length, musical special that peers into the corners of Colin's life and comes out with a smile on its face!

Length: 49:27   Listen 

15 September 2020    Episode 30 - When The Lights Go Out - Ruth

Ruth was a missionary in Africa for more than 20 years, during which time her witness had to survive war, hostile governments and the most personal of assaults.

In 1960 Ruth Myors left Australia to work as a midwife with the Somali people. For over two decades she served in a hospital in Somalia, a village in Ethiopia and a radio ministry in Kenya.

Bureaucratic decisions, coups, communist takeovers, natural disasters, sudden deaths - all disrupted plans and brought about unexpected changes in her life.

Ruth wrote about these experiences in her memoir When The Lights Go Out, and she shares them with Jenny Salt.

Trigger alert: This episode contains some distressing details of assault.

Length: 33:30   Listen 

8 September 2020    Episode 29 - What’s In A Name? - Michael

What would it be like to grow up as the son of one of Australia's best known Christians - would it make you, or break you? Michael Jensen gives his reply...

Michael Jensen is the son of former Archbishop of Sydney, Peter Jensen, and nephew to evangelical heavyweight Philip Jensen - two lives that have often cast long shadows over his own.

Jenny Salt asks him to share what it was like to grow up with a family name that was both loved and vilified by the people around him.

What Michael reveals is how he quietly fashioned a name for himself that still challenges people to come to terms with the Gospel, but in a way that is uniquely his own.

Length: 33:57   Listen 

1 September 2020    Episode 28 - Helping Children Grieve - Jill

Jill McGilvray has experienced deep and abiding grief as her life has unfolded, and has turned it into an opportunity to help the smallest members of our community cope with their darkest hours.

Grief and loss are inevitable parts of life in this world. As Job puts it, "Man is born to trouble as surely as sparks fly upward."

The experience of both can be a lonely, painful and confusing time, especially for children.

Jill has not only faced her own loss and grief, but has been involved in bereavement counselling with children for many years.

Join Jill as she shares the lessons she has learned from decades of helping others grieve.

Length: 34:45   Listen 

25 August 2020    Episode 27 - Australian / Israeli / Christian - Megan

Megan lived in the midst of a whirlwind of relationships created by her mother's own need to find love. But despite the people flowing in and out of her life, Megan knew from an early age she was no-one's 'special someone'.

Life in Australia, followed by a sojourn in Israel, a Jewish upbringing and a Christian education - all combined to increase her sense of a jumbled identity.

However when Megan decided to strike out and become a person of consequence, the greatest consequence of all was her meeting with God.

Length: 32:48   Listen 

18 August 2020    Episode 26 - Flying High In Mongolia - David

David thought that his life would have no ceiling - literally. His early dreams were of serving God behind the controls of an aircraft. So how did he end up landing rough in Mongolia?

As a country town lad, David Burge was enamoured with the freedom of the open sky. It was only exceeded by his first love for Jesus.

When he contemplated a future in ministry, he thought that God would naturally combine his desire to be in the cockpit with an opportunity to transport the Gospel to unknown places.

But the flight-path God had in mind would take him from soaring highs to crashing lows, and a ministry in Mongolia that would take him closer to God than he ever thought possible.

Length: 39:04   Listen 



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