Australian Bushfire Victim Finds Hope After Years of Sadness

Anne-Marie* and her husband reached out to a chaplain for help.

She’s one of the thousands of people who have been affected by the Australian bushfires that began last September. It’s considered one of the worst bushfire seasons in decades.

Crisis-trained chaplains from the Billy Graham Rapid Response Team (RRT) have been in the midst of hard-hit communities, offering a listening ear and sharing the love and light of Christ .

Anne-Marie’s husband suffers from a heath condition, which made evacuating their home even more difficult. They felt utterly overwhelmed.

“God has a plan for you—and it’s not to harm you,” a chaplain told her.

“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” (Jeremiah 29:11)

Anne-Marie opened up to a chaplain. While sharing her story, she was able to unload years of hurt and sadness. In response, the chaplain shared a powerful message with her—that she can find a hope that never fails in Jesus Christ.

Uplifted after her conversation, she decided to invite some chaplains to her home for a follow-up visit.

Anne-Marie and her husband couldn’t wait to ask questions about Jesus Christ. She wanted to know how she could have a relationship with God, and during the visit at the couple’s house, a chaplain shared the ‘Steps To Peace With God’ booklet.

“Jesus loves you,” a chaplain told her.

The Holy Spirit moved in Anne-Marie’s heart, and she accepted Jesus Christ as her personal Lord and Saviour.

“She is now a shining light and wants to be a Christian witness to those around her. Praise the Lord!” the chaplain said.

As Anne-Marie surrendered her life to Christ, another chaplain ministered to her husband in another room.

He was struggling with the pain and trauma from all of the crises they’ve experienced&mash;but the chaplain told him that God is our only refuge in this life, and only in Him can we find true and lasting hope. He too listened intently as the Gospel was shared through Steps to Peace With God, and when the chaplain finished explaining the Good News, Anne-Marie’s husband bowed his head and prayed to surrender his life and follow Jesus Christ.

We praise God for using this ministry to share the hope and light of Christ in communities that desperately need it.

RRT Chaplains from the UK, Canada and the United Sates have also deployed to Australia to help minister to the thousands affected by the bushfires.

Are you struggling to find hope during difficult circumstances? Like Anne-Marie and her husband, you too can have real peace.