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Welcome back to Part Two of my interview with Joy and Pastor Jason Harris from Cairns, Australia. We continue with their story of abuse at the hands of Larry, Joy’s ex husband and Jason’s father. This week we talk about Kevin, Joy’s oldest son, a pastor who believes his mother’s rape was her fault, and that she should repent. Kevin is also a defender of pedophiles like Jack Schapp and believes children are guilty of consenting to being groomed and violated by adults. Joy and Jason both share their journey of healing, what to do if you’re in an abusive marriage, and how can pastors help abuse victims instead of contributing to their suffering. You’ll definitely want to hear the rest of my conversation with Joy and Jason!
Joy studied elementary education before going on to teach at the primary school level as well as homeschooling for twenty-six years. She has ministered in schools Religious Education classes, Sunday Schools, and Holiday Bible Clubs as well as through her speaking at various seminars and retreats. Joy is also a musician who has collaborated on multiple recording projects, maintained a private teaching studio for over thirty years and been an accompanist wherever she lived. Joy currently is retired, does pet-sitting and is a Domestic Violence advocate, working to educate Christians, especially, and support victims. Joy has seven children, twenty-one grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren.
Jason is a writer, pastor, and academic. He has authored multiple books, articles, and papers including his book Theological Meditations on the Gospel. Jason has degrees in theology, music, accounting, and research. He is currently working on his PhD from James Cook University as well as serving as pastor at CrossPoint Church. Jason has lived in beautiful Cairns, Australia since 2007.
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