“Just over a year ago now, my wife Lisa was in hospital. She was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2013. Initially she had surgery, chemotherapy and was doing quite well. In 2015 the cancer came back again in her bones and in her liver as well. She received treatment for that cancer. I’m so grateful to live in a country like Australia where medical treatment is available and affordable. So she kept going with various stages of treatment, but the cancer kept coming back each time.
Lisa and Mitchell Bennett
She just wanted a radio that she could turn on in the morning. Listening to Rhema gave her a positive message and reminder about the hope that she had in God. She was a person of great faith, and had great hope for the future.
Right through all of her struggle through cancer she maintained that hope in God. Being reminded of that through the music that Rhema plays was an important part of her journey in that time. That experience made me realise how much both of us really appreciated Rhema and the message in the music, the teaching and the positive messages that come through, especially with the other type of radio stations in Newcastle.
Lisa died in April 2017, and since then I’ve been living on my own, as my two children are grown up and moved out of home. Since then Rhema has really been a support to me in that time living by myself. I spend a lot of time at home doing the church accounts because I’m the treasurer at Toronto Baptist. I always have Rhema on in the house to fill it with the message of hope and positive messages for the future.
I just want to do whatever I can to help Rhema because it is something very special that we have in Newcastle, broadcasting the message of hope. ”
– Mitchell Bennett
Lisa was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2013. Treatment was initially successful but the cancer returned in 2015. She died of liver failure in April 2017. Throughout this time Lisa continued to share her hope in God with everyone she met including others suffering from cancer.
Following her diagnosis with cancer, Lisa did a lot to raise awareness of breast cancer amongst Indian women. We funded breast-screening clinics and transported surplus mastectomy bras and prosthesis, donated by a Newcastle shop, to India for distribution to underprivileged Indian women. She had the opportunity to share the message of her hope in God with thousands of Indian people.