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Delivering the keynote address at this year’s Governor’s Prayer Breakfast, Focus on the Family chairman and director of the Centre for Fathering in Singapore Jason Wong spoke about love, forgiveness and acceptance as paramount in setting a society free.

Attended by Her Excellency the Honourable Kerry Sanderson AO, WA Premier Mark McGowan and former Premier Colin Barnett along with hundreds of others from Perth schools, businesses and community services such as the team from Shalom House, the breakfast was held at the newly renovated Grand Ballroom at Crown Perth.

Guests were welcomed by Reverend Sam Dinah, who gave the Welcome to Country and led everyone in singing the chorus of I Am Australian, with the same gusto as football supporters.

We are one but we are many
And from all the lands on Earth we come
We’ll share a dream and sing with one voice
I am, you are, we are Australian

The Governor’s address included a great quote by Dr. Seuss, “Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It’s not,” before guest singer Silvie Paladino, hailing from Melbourne, performed You Raise Me Up by Josh Groban and Hillsong‘s I Give You My Heart.


What a voice! Australian singer Silvie Paladino blessing guests at The Governor’s Prayer Breakfast WA with ‘I Give You My Heart’ by Hillsong. #prayerforWA

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Representatives of different WA sectors prayed for our nation and State, business and work, community and the public sector and youth and young adults.

Podcast: Governor’s Prayer Breakfast WA 2017 welcome, Bible readings, Governor’s address, music and prayers

This was followed by Mr Wong’s testimony — spanning his positions as senior director for Rehabilitation and Protection with the Ministry of Social and Family Development, CEO of Singapore Corporation of Rehabilitative Enterprises, president of Overseas Christian Fellowship and deputy director with Singapore Prison Services.

“My worst assignment as a school prefect was to confiscate a ball…you wouldn’t believe it, I stood there an cried (in front of the students)…have you ever seen a prefect who cried? That was me,” Mr Wong said. “Because I cried, they gave me the ball.”

“So how did I become the person I am today? I am a person of God.

“Everyone said I wouldn’t make it (as a prison officer), but what matters is what God says.”

Hear Jason Wong’s full Governor’s Prayer Breakfast WA 2017 keynote address below including the Yellow Ribbon Project: setting prisoners free, setting prisons free and setting society free.

“The message of the Yellow Ribbon Project is ‘we love because He first loved us, we forgive because He first forgave us, we accept because He first accepted us,” Mr Wong said.

Podcast: Governor’s Prayer Breakfast WA 2017 keynote address by Focus on the Family chairman Jason Wong

Mr Wong also shared the following verses that had impacted his life:

“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

For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do. Ephesians 2:10

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