Samantha Jackel – My Purple Pants

Samantha Jackel was raised in an Australian country town, the fourth child to alcoholic parents. Instead of finding love at home, she encountered manipulation and abuse.

My father was a violent, threatening man when he drank. He was well known to the police and often spent time ‘cooling off’ in their cells. He was a constant source of fear in our home and his repeated violent attacks on our family would lead my mother to relocate the children in cross country escapades. My father would always find us, my mother lived with the fear that he would some how not only find us but would destroy what she had worked hard for – the love of another.

While growing up my mother seemed to be constantly drunk. She was a paranoid, unstable, abusive and desperately manipulative woman who forced those around her to constantly feed her need for emotional support. She was an expert at playing emotional mind games, and I was often used as the bargaining pawn in dramatic, violent fights that would break out between her and my father and later my step father.

Starved of a husband’s love, she instead looked to me to help meet all her needs. – My Purple Pants

Samantha suffered a traumatic and abusive childhood, but even in the midst of the trauma, there were moments that held out a hope for the future.

As my guest on this week’s episode of my podcast, Bleeding Daylight, she shares the journey that brought her to wholeness and forgiveness.

Hear Samantha’s story on Bleeding Daylight wherever you listen to podcasts or click play on the audio player below.

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John Simmons – Invisible Addiction

John Simmons battled an invisible addiction that plunged him into debt and deep depression. He was living a life that was totally out of control and the very thing that was pushing him closer and closer to destruction was the thing he thought would solve the issues he was facing.

It was a downward spiral that almost cost him his life.

Things are very different now. These days, John is bringing hope into the lives of others through his ministry, Testimony House.

John is the guest on my podcast, Bleeding Daylight, this week. You can hear his story wherever you listen to podcasts or use the media player below.

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Bleeding Daylight

It’s been brewing in the background for quite a while, but the time has finally arrived.

I’m releasing a regular audio podcast named Bleeding Daylight and I’d really appreciate it if you could take the time to listen and help me get the word out.

I’ll give you a few suggestions of how you can help me later in this post.

Do you miss it?

If you’ve been reading this blog for any length of time you’ll know that since the end of 2013 I’ve been working to release children from poverty in Jesus’ name through Compassion Australia. Before that, I was working in radio.

I racked up more than 25 years’ experience in radio overall and so a question I’m still asked reasonably often is if I miss working in radio. While I still love the medium, the main thing I miss is the opportunity to help uncover interesting stories through interviews.

I’ve had the privilege of interviewing hundreds of musicians, authors, politicians, comedians, actors, sporting identities and others. I’m always captivated by the stories behind the people. I love discovering what drives a person and gaining a window their everyday lives.

Why Bleeding Daylight?

Bleeding Daylight probably sounds like a strange name for a podcast so I guess an explanation is in order.

Canadian, Bruce Cockburn, released ‘Lovers in a Dangerous Time’ on his 1984 album ‘Stealing Fire’. (If you’ve never heard the song, you’re missing out.)

A couple of lines from the song have always captured me.

Nothing worth having comes without some kind of fight
Got to kick at the darkness ’til it bleeds daylight

That speaks to me of the efforts we all make to ensure the light continues to break through the ever-encroaching darkness. Sometimes we need to kick harder than at others.

That’s the essence of what I want to see develop through the Bleeding Daylight podcast.

How can you help?

The trailer episode is now available now at

The first full-length episode of Bleeding Daylight, featuring Richmond Wandera from Uganda, will be released on Monday, the 1st of June.

Richmond Wandera’s life was torn apart by violence and poverty. One act by a 15 year old girl began the healing that transformed his life and the lives of those around him. In this episode of Bleeding Daylight he tells his incredible story in his own words.

Richmond speaks honestly about the day he lost his father, his home and his childhood. He discusses the devastating effects of poverty and the part we can all play in seeing the end of extreme poverty.

Please listen at the website or wherever you usually find podcasts.

It will be really helpful if you can leave a review, especially on Apple Podcasts but you can also head to Google Podcasts, Spotify or most other podcast directories.

You can also follow the podcast on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

Please share the podcast wherever you can. I really need your help to give Bleeding Daylight the best chance of success.

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