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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.

We've teamed up with The Bible Society Australia to produce these seasons of SALT. Where possible, we'd love you to leave a review to help spread the word! (If you'd like to financially support the production of SALT we'd love to hear from you. Please email Greg Swanton, SMBC general manager, or phone 02 9747 4780.) 

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6 April 2021    Episode 37 - Just Turning Up - Phil

Phil Singline works with the hardest cases in one of Sydney's most disadvantaged suburbs.

A Baptist minister, he shares with Jenny Salt how his own experience as an angry teen prepared him to bring the Gospel to those who appear beyond the reach of normal churches.

'Just turning up' and building relationships in the most awkward and even dangerous circumstances has earned him the right to speak into lives that have been fractured by drugs, violence, and a seemingly unending sense of hopelessness.

Length: 44:12   Download   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   Download   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   Download   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   Download   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   Download   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   Download   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   Download   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   Download   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   Download   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   Download   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   Download   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   Download   Listen

11 August 2020    Episode 25 - Married To Mission - Helen

Helen lived a privileged life in a privileged suburb of Sydney. She grew up in an expansive home, holidayed by the sea and attended an exclusive private school. Her early life looked very much like an episode of Downton Abbey.

Her intensely academic parents planned a successful scientific career for their third child. However, Helen shocked them to the core when she opted to train as a missionary.

In the middle of her lonely upper-class life, God had reached out to reveal to Helen what real life looked like. And though Helen's path has taken her through many dark valleys, she has never had to confront them alone.

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

Length: 37:06   Download   Listen

5 August 2020    Episode 24 - A Musical Life - Trevor

Trevor Hodge has played in everything from school concerts to cover bands, even as God brought together a musical career that has supported the faith of thousands.

Yet his biggest achievement is arguably breaking ground for a new sort of ministry position in Australian churches.

Trevor tells Jenny the story that led to him to become one of Australia's first 'magnification pastors', a term that has become synonymous with ministering the word of God to the soul through music.

Length: 36:44   Download   Listen

28 July 2020    Episode 23 - Terror, Torment and Tragedy + Christ - Naomi

Naomi Deck grew up a promising girl in a happy family on New South Wales' south coast. However bullying by a group of Wicca devotees left her in fear for her life, and all but crushed her personality.

The anxiety that followed would drastically alter her life until one day she discovered that God was equal to all her fears.

But Naomi found her faith would have to rise to a whole new level the day she prayed, "Dear God make me humble," followed by, "Help me to never deny you."

Length: 34:39   Download   Listen

21 July 2020    Episode 22 - My Two Japanese Fathers - Shion

Shion spent her earliest years split between Japan and Australia, absorbing the traditions of the first and the laid-back lifestyle of the second.

However, wherever she lived, she found her footsteps dogged by continuing interactions with the Christian faith - beginning with her very unlikely name, the Japanese word for 'Zion'.

But as she struggled to come to terms with her distant Japanese father, and her faithful Japanese father-in-law, Shion learned the qualities of still one more Father who longed to lead her into the Kingdom of God.

Length: 33:10   Download   Listen

14 July 2020    Episode 21 - The Hardest Place Is Where You Are - Lakgva

Lakgva grew up in post-Communist Mongolia, a place of desperate poverty and spiritual malaise. A once-proud nomadic people were coping with the collapse of a rigid state system and a flood of western ideas.

Personally, Lakgva's family was devastated, with his university trained parents no longer able to find work. At 12 he was sent out to earn a living and came to view life through bitter eyes.

When his mother began going to church, Lakgva perceived it as a further reason to be ashamed in a life pock-marked with constant embarrassment. However, he had little idea how profound her quiet faith would become in one of the hardest ministry places on earth, and particularly in his own life.

Length: 39:43   Download   Listen

7 July 2020    Episode 20 - A Prodigal Son Story - James

James Brigden started life in an idyllic home, but the temptations of alcohol, fuelled by a hard-drinking Aussie culture took him far from his loved ones.

A self-confessed alcoholic, James struggled to find his way through addiction and in the process discovered the God who was able to set him free. Not just from his dependency on the bottle, but the sin that so weighed him down.

Join Jenny Salt as she delves into James's life and his road to recovery, discovering truths that are enough to make any of us more sober-minded.

Length: 36:10   Download   Listen

6 May 2020    Episode 19 - Living as a Christian in the messy world of politics - Meagan

Meagan Skinner had to grow up very fast in a family situation that was laced with uncertainty and trauma.

But God used those experiences to drive a biblical desire to see the world 'just that little better' for those around her. When she was given the chance to staff for a Sydney politician, it seemed like a good way to see through great changes.

Yet she soon found that being a Christian in the halls of power could be as crushing as it could be useful.

Length: 38:06   Download   Listen

29 April 2020    Episode 18 - Not belonging‚Ķ and belonging to God - Anna

Anna tells Jenny Salt a wonderful tale of how God uses great disappointment to grow our appreciation of His power and His goodness. She tells how she worked for decades to declare the Gospel overseas, only to have her dream fall apart at every point. But in those deepest and darkest points she discovered the truly beautiful presence of God.

Length: 38:56   Download   Listen

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