Peter explains that towns were not built by governments but created by people coming together to pool resources. Community development is teasing out of people what they care about, using conversation and asset mapping as tools.
He’s convinced that Churches have played a significant role in generating social capital and therefore earned the right to speak in public conversations about the future. But they need to set aside differences and mobilise their accumulated resources. Peter speaks from fresh experience of getting the churches of Coonabarabran to do this.
I want you to meet a remarkable man. Peter Kenyon has probably done more to resurrect dying towns in Australia than anyone I know. His early years were spent in remote areas of Western Australia where he witnessed the exodus of young people to the cities and the shrinkage of Australia’s small Inland towns. He estimates seventy per cent are dying. Peter's passion is to act as a community builder, reigniting hope by getting locals to open their eyes to the human and physical resources they have on hand. READ and WATCH to hear more of Peter's story ...
The current urgency for vaccination prompted me to go find a story. I didn’t have to go far – several members of my family in the last century or so were impacted or died young from serious diseases. In my own lifetime a number of these diseases have been beaten and I realised in modern Australia we have lived safely under the umbrella provided by dedicated scientists. I found that the man who is credited with saving more lives than anyone else in history was a Christian with a big heart. WATCH as Paul shares the story that has changed all our lives.
I met evangelist Ron Williams when he travelled through Bourke years ago and he left an impression on me as being a man full of light and joy. When a friend asked me to explain the word ‘celebrate’, I thought of the story I’d been reading of Ron and Diana William’s wedding at Skull Creek in WA. It was the last place you would think of holding a celebration.
WATCH as Paul shares something of his story.
The stories we tell ourselves every day have a strong effect on the way we live our lives. The best of them help us answer the big questions like ‘Why are we here?’ What is the purpose of life?’ The strength of these stories shows when life throws serious challenges at us.
WATCH as Paul talks about stories that he’s found stand the test.
Join The Outback Historian, Paul Roe, on an unforgettable journey into Australia's Past as he follows the footprints of the Master Storyteller and uncovers unknown treasures of the nation.