Hope 103.2 breakfast hosts Sam and Duncan shine a light on the unsung heroes and untold stories you won’t hear about on the news: the people changing lives, overcoming obstacles, achieving amazing things, and making a difference.
Amazing People – Taryn Brumfitt on Embracing Your Body
Author Taryn Brumfitt has created a body image movement that redefines beauty ideals. Her new picture book aims to educate kids on how to love their bodies.
Jessica Watson, OAM: Tips From A Social Distancing Expert, After 7 Months Alone at Sea
It’s been 10 years since Jessica Watson sailed into Sydney Harbour, having navigatedsome of the world’s remotest oceans, and spending 210 days alone at sea.
Jessica became the youngest person to sail solo, nonstop around the world at age 16. On that day the Prime Minister declared her an Australian Hero. Jessica cheekily retorted, “I’m just an ordinary person, who had a dream, worked hard at it and proved anything is really possible.”
Anniversaries give us pause for reflection and celebration; this 10-year anniversary is a chance to remember Jessica's great achievement. We also wanted to hear from her about life after the voyage and find out her best expert tips for this current season of social distancing!
Josh McDowell, Author of 'More Than a Carpenter' and 'Evidence That Demands a Verdict'
When Duncan from the Amazing People podcast first came to faith in Grade 9, it was largely thanks to a book someone gave him to read: 'More Than a Carpenter' by Josh McDowell.
McDowell was a law student who, for a college assignment, set off on a quest to disprove Christianity once and for all. His mission didn’t go well, and he was instead compelled to become a follower of Jesus.
Today, more than 40 years since More Than A Carpenter was first published, it has sold more than 27 million copies, and McDowell has authored or co-authored more than 151 books in 128 different languages. There's also a movie about his life, called 'Undaunted', which delves into his childhood in a dysfunctional family with an alcoholic and violent father, suffering sexual abuse by a worker on the family farm.
Now an international speaker and evangelist, Josh McDowell was due to come to Australia - before the COVID-19 travel bans came in. So, instead of interviewing him face to face, Sam and Duncan caught up with him over the phone. In their chat, McDowell shares about how his faith has shifted and grown since first writing More than a Carpenter – most importantly, that he is more patient and willing to listen more.
He also talks about how his life plans are radically different to what they once were. In the past, he had dreams of becoming a US Senator; now he instead spends his time travelling and speaking as a Christian apologist.
Yvette Wynne: Motorcycle Missionary
Yvette Wynne had only held her motorcycle licence less than 5 years before she took a 20,000km trip around Australia with her husband, to have a break from the cocoon of city life. Never could she have imagined the adventures and interesting characters she and hubby would encounter as they circumnavigated the nation over three months in 2017.
Trent Maxwell: Life Saver and Fireman
Lifeguard Maxi started life guarding at Bondi Beach over 11 years ago as a 16-year-old trainee and his inspiring Lifeguard career has been well documented on Channel 10’s Bondi Rescue. But being a firefighter is in his blood and was his childhood dream.
Amazing People – Emily Miers: A 10-Hour Swim in the Open Sea, in Memory of Her Sister
In 2019, Emily Miers and her father made history as the first father-and-daughter combination to ever achieve a successful solo English Channel crossing, from England to France. Departing in the dead of night, Emily managed to cross the Channel in ten hours and fifty-one minutes, in support of the Children’s Cancer Institute, raising awareness and funds after losing her sister to a brain tumour. You can support the Children’s Cancer Institute at ccia.org.au.
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