Letters From Home

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Letters from Home is a faith-building podcast sharing everyday stories of faith from people of all walks of life. Life is hard, and on most days, our faith needs a boost. Letters From Home Podcast will bring a new faith story, every other week, from people who love Jesus, of all ages & demographics. You will hear in these stories, their dreams, their failures, their pain, their struggles, their life changing encounters, and their extraordinary moments. You’ll leave each episode encouraged and inspired to love God and the people around you more deeply. read less
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"From Sulawesi to Seattle:  A Life Shaped By Compassion" Arie Mahler
Jun 7 2023
"From Sulawesi to Seattle: A Life Shaped By Compassion" Arie Mahler
Compassion can shape lives. So many babies have been born in adversity. Their start in life is so difficult. And yet God has a plan. Adoption is so often part of that. And sometimes, the most hopeless story, can be the one God uses to display His great power, and His gentle compassion. Arie Mahler shares his inspiring testimony, from a tiny village and Sulawesi jungle birth, to his upbringing in Seattle, and his current calling to direct the Compassion Center at Alderwood Community Church in Lynnwood, Washington. Your faith will surely be buoyed as you are invited into Arie's heart and family.Jeremiah 29:11 - “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.”Show Notes: https://bit.ly/42lp2g9Topics Shared:Born on the island of Sulawesi in a grass thatched roof hutHis mother passed away shortly after, due to complications of childbirthHe was left in the hut, and bitten by a wild animalHis uncle brought him to a missionary orphanage in Manato, a 3 days journeyDr. Donald Gish and uncle, went and got Arie to bring him back to the orphanageGrandpa Gish and Nana EvelynThey didn’t think he would make it through the nightMiraculously nursed back to healthOn the Cover of the Newsletter for the church in Seattle where he would be adoptedOne year process for him to be adopted by his new Seattle familyHis parents first meet him at Daily’s Drive In,A godly upbringingHis Dad gets cancer when Arie was 16A pivotal transitionYoung marriage and familyThe quest to find his birth fatherHealing and answersBecoming Papa and GramA sweet reunion at a memorialTHE P.S. Questions Answered:As a coach and parent do you have advice on figuring out the whole sports life church homebalance?Who is the greatest NBA player of all time? The Greatest Shooter?What is the greatest need in the church today?What legacy do you wan’t to leave behind?How to get involved in The Compassion Center at Alderwood Community Church in Lynnwood,Washington and what it is all about.Guest Links:The Compassion Center Website: https: //alderwood.cc/compassion-center/Alderwood Community Church Email: ReachUs@amcc.orgRelated Episode:https://lettersfromhomepodcast.com/podcast/the-search-for-redemption-holland-webb/------------------------------------------For more everyday extraordinary faith stories: https://lettersfromhomepodcast.com/*FREE APP* Letters From Home Podcast has its own downloadable app., with all of our episodesin one easy place. Search our podcast name in the Apple APP store, and in the Google Play store.All free!We would love to hear how the Lord has encouraged you through this story.lfhpodcast@gmail.comFor Bingeable Series, hover over the “Episodes” tab:https://lettersfromhomepodcast.com/episodes/We're on Instagram, iTunes, Spotify, Stitcher, Google, iHeartRadio and all of the places podcastslive :)... all you need to do is type in ‘Letters From Home Podcast’ and it should pop right up.
"Private and Public Restoration from Secret Sin" Pastor Neil Matthews
May 3 2023
"Private and Public Restoration from Secret Sin" Pastor Neil Matthews
Disclaimer: This story contains sensitive content that may not be safe for young ears. Consider putting in earbuds if you have kids present.Has your spouse or roommate ever stumbled upon a private addiction and confronted you? What if you were a young and new pastor who loved working with kids? Today’s guest walks us through how his secret porn addiction was discovered, how he asked for help, how it affected his church and pastoring and how the Lord strengthened his marriage. Our God is a God of reconciliation and restoration. Vulnerability and asking for help open the door.Acts 20:24- (NIV) “However, I consider my life worth nothing to me; my only aim is to finish the race and complete the task the Lord Jesus has given me, the task of testifying to the good news of God’s grace.”Show Notes: https://bit.ly/40YnnMI----------------------------------------------Topics Shared:Awana kidSaved and baptized at age 9Retired military father, absentTeachers didn’t believe in himHe thought he wasn’t smart enough for collegeGrowing in faith in teen years Looking for his soulmate in high school“Find me somebody to love.”Found many father figures at churchBecame a youth pastor at age 19Married youngStruggle with pornWife discoversHe shares it with the churchPlan for restorationFinding a new churchBrandon Heath ‘God isn’t finished with you yet”Ultimate Healing Some of the P.S. Questions Answered:What would you say to parents who are raising kids while in the military?How has walking in other people's shoes transformed you?If you had limitless time or talent, what other ministry would you like to participate in or start?What is the legacy you want to leave behind?Neil Mathew’s Website and PodcastWebsite:https://www.opspodcast.com/Podcast: Other People’s Shoes PodcastGuest Quote:“I was so intoxicated with the role of a pastor, I forgot what it was to be a pastor and to be a shepherd.” Related Episode:Ep. 3 - “Secret Addiction & Open Healing” Judianne Charbonneau (young mom)------------------------------------------For more everyday extraordinary faith stories:https://lettersfromhomepodcast.com/*FREE APP* Letters From Home Podcast has its own downloadable app., with all of our episodes in one easy place. Search our podcast name in the Apple APP store, and in the Google Play store. All free!We would love to hear how the Lord has encouraged you through this story. lfhpodcast@gmail.comFor one splashy bright monthly Letters From Home Newsletter: https://lettersfromhomepodcast.com/newsletter/For Bingeable Series, hover over the “Episodes” tab: https://lettersfromhomepodcast.com/episodes/We're on Instagram, iTunes, Spotify, Stitcher, Google, iHeartRadio and all of the places podcasts live... All you need to do is type in ‘Letters From Home Podcast’ and it should pop right up.
"Do You Believe in Miracles?" Shauna Parker
Apr 5 2023
"Do You Believe in Miracles?" Shauna Parker
Disclaimer: This story contains sensitive content that may not be safe for young ears. Consider putting in earbuds if you have kids present.Do you believe in Miracles? Is there anyone in your life whom every time you see them, you are reminded with a resounding swell in your heart that God is a God of miracles. Shauna’s story is this. Her story is traumatic, impactful, full of hope, full of faith, and wonder. You will see her struggle as she asks God, ‘why did you save me? Why am I alive?” You will also see how her experiences, and faith journey has led her to the beautiful ministry she serves her loving God in today.Philippians 4:13-“I can do all things through Him who strengthens me.”Show Notes: https://bit.ly/3Kdqgmu-------------------Topics Shared:Traumatic miracle birthGrowing up on 3 sides of the track Witnessing her mother being abusedThe incident Finding forgivenessSafe space found Saved at age 8Bumpy teensYoung arranged marriageAbusive cheating teen husbandBecoming a Mom and divorced at 17Life as a single MomDrug season Hasty marriageMental abuse and pregnancyTraumatic deliveryLosing 7 liters of bloodLeft the hospital after 8 daysWhy did He save me? A long depressionLosing everythingHomeless with two kidsA new chapterPaying it forwardCall to Coaching The P.S. Questions:What are 3 of your most helpful tips as a life coach?What legacy do you hope to leave behind?Shauna Parker’s Links:Website: https://shauna-parker.com/Instagram: @shauna.parker.coachingFor more everyday extraordinary faith stories:https://lettersfromhomepodcast.com/*FREE APP* Letters From Home Podcast has its own downloadable app., with all of our episodes in one easy place. Search our podcast name in the Apple APP store, and in the Google Play store. All free!We would love to hear how the Lord has encouraged you through this story. lfhpodcast@gmail.comTo join our Facebook Group for bonus live stories and convos: https://www.facebook.com/groups/3475957805750898For one splashy bright monthly Letters From Home Newsletter https://lettersfromhomepodcast.com/newsletter/For Bingeable Series, hover over the “Episodes” tab: https://lettersfromhomepodcast.com/episodes/We're on Instagram, iTunes, Spotify, Stitcher, Google, iHeartRadio and all of the places podcasts live :)... all you need to do is type in ‘Letters From Home Podcast’ and it should pop right up.
“Newly Quadriplegic: Road From Despair to the Paralympics” Joe Delagrave | Vault
Mar 1 2023
“Newly Quadriplegic: Road From Despair to the Paralympics” Joe Delagrave | Vault
Newly Quadriplegic. Can you imagine at age 19, after a boating accident, waking up from surgery to the doctors telling you that you will never walk again? Despair settled in. This is the beginning of Joe Delagrave’s deep transformation. His journey to forgiveness and faith is one you will never forget. He brings us into his happy but imperfect childhood, his WSU football days, his boating accident, a life-changing prison visit, and ultimately his inner heart working, that gave him the drive of an Olympian. He is a keynote speaker, Team USA Paralympic Wheelchair Rugby Medal Winner and well-loved child of God.Proverbs 3:5-6 “Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make straight your paths.”Show Notes: https://bit.ly/3XPOXuS--------Topics Shared:Soaking up affirmation from coachesHis goal in high school was being a college athleteSupportive parentsBirth father in prison, missed Joe’s entire childhoodIt wasn’t 15 years for some crazy offense, it was choices over and overDrugs, check fraud, not paying his rentAt 13 God spoke to him about being a speakerHis battle between pleasing people or pleasing GodFootball Scholarship to Winona State in Mn.Prairie Du Chien, Wisconsin and the back sloughs of MississippiBoating accidentSpinal cord injury levelsJoe’s neck snaps at the C6 and C7, and he blacks outRescue boat, ambulance, then med flighted to the local hospitalThe Asia Test proves his spinal injuryAirlifted to LaCrosse Hospital for surgery to fuse his C6 and 7Complete quadriplegic or incomplete quadriplegic?Don Beebee House of Speed shirt cut offOpening his eyes to Prov. 3:5-6, and a newly-abled worldSurrounded by loving familyThe God of 2nd chancesFunctioning as an incomplete C6 and C7 quadriplegicGod softens his heart toward his dadVisiting his birth father in prisonReconciliation and forgiveness in one life-changing encounterMarriage, babies and adaptive sportsDiscovering wheelchair rugbyAn athlete againPreparing, making and medaling in the ParalympicsResources:Website- https://www.joedelagrave.com/IG- @jdelagrave14Joe’s Quotes:“Are we on fire for God, or on fire for what people think? A lot of times those two don’t coexist very well.”“As my athletic career was taking off, my relationship with Jesus was completely going the opposite way.”“We never know what kind of impact we make by simply being kind.”——————————————For more everyday extraordinary faith stories: https://lettersfromhomepodcast.com/
"Falsely Accused Pastor" Markus Watson | Vault
Feb 1 2023
"Falsely Accused Pastor" Markus Watson | Vault
Can you imagine being falsely accused as a pastor? Then add to that, false charges filed against you where even the FBI gets involved. Markus Watson walks through what he and his family went through at their church, and though months later, exonerated by the Presbytery was voted out of his church. Incredulous. Markus has arisen from that devastating chapter with several new chapters in his life. He is currently the primary podcaster and host for Fuller Seminary “Spiritual Life and Leadership”, the best-selling author of “Beyond Thingification” and the pastor at a new church. Through it all, he is reminded, that no matter what trial he goes through, he knows he is God’s beloved. His story will grip your heart, and change your perspective on so many levels.Jer. 31:3-“The Lord appeared to him from far away. I have loved you with an everlasting love; therefore I have continued my faithfulness to you.”Show Notes: https://bit.ly/3wdso7n---------------Topics Shared:Raised in faithAspiring Hollywood actorA change of plansFuller Seminary Pastoring his first churchEmergency meeting while on sabbaticalAccused of pornForensic analysis of his laptopTurns into a potential criminal investigationThe FBI got involvedHow the attorney knew he was innocentExonerated by the PresbyteryVoted out of his churchFlourish San DiegoBeyond ThingificationPastor at Westmorland Community Presbyterian ChurchMarkus' Quotes:"The FBI had my laptop."" 'Lord, I don't deserve your love.' What a terrible message to be telling myself over and over and over again.""I spent a lot of time in the Psalms, Psalms of lament.""I had this image of myself having lost everything, sitting in a prison cell.""We had double our normal attendance that Sunday. Everyone will show up for a scandal.""The thought of being a pastor again felt like being thrown into a snake pit.""We can't love someone if we are judging them."Markus Watson's Website:https://www.markuswatson.com/------------------------------------------For more inspiring stories:https://lettersfromhomepodcast.com/
"In Case I Die" Jerry Dugan | Vault
Jan 18 2023
"In Case I Die" Jerry Dugan | Vault
Disclaimer: This story contains sensitive content that may not be safe for young ears. Consider putting in earbuds if you have kids present.While deployed to Kuwait, Jerry Dugan wrote to his family the “in case I die” letter. His whole hard life had led to this moment. You will see the wonderful way the Lord protected him, changed him and his family, and how he was able to come home. He is truly an honorable man, but one who wasn’t always proud of his family name.At 14, in his mind, his family name stood for trouble, heartbreak, bullying, racial microaggressions and brokenness. He had already been through so much in his young life. Jerry shares with us the life-changing prayers and loving God that lead him to a new family honor, and helped him to change the generational patterns that informed his childhood. Jeremiah 1:5-"Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, and before you were born I consecrated you; I appointed you a prophet to the nations."Show Notes: https://bit.ly/3CTvYYb--------------------------------------Topics Shared:Biracial childhoodTiger MomPerformance-based acceptancePerformance-based affectionTop Gun style bet to break up his parentsHeart-breaking divorceThe Army brushed a lot of things under the carpetSuicide ideations and suicide attemptsInterventionLoving foster homeBullied by uncles in Ca. His gentle father flips the switch to military policeman with army trainingA turning pointDeployment to Kuwait, 1/'03-3/'03Writing the 'in case I die' letterWar homecoming and seeing his kids for the first timeQuotes:"When you are 7 or 8 years old and the amount of affection you are getting from your mom, the kind of attention you get from your mom is solely based on your performance in an activity, that sets a weird expectation.""In the movies they always have that 'in case I die' letter they hand to their buddy to hand off, but I was so convinced I was going to die, that I wrote my letter. I disguised the wording just enough so it didn't freak my wife out when she read it, but it was there. Everything I wanted to say to her was in that letter. I folded it, and I mailed it that night. It was one last mail run before we crossed the border.""We as a church can do better, back off the condemnation, and demonstrate more of the Jesus who hung out with prostitutes and tax collectors and treated them with dignity, treated them with respect because he honored their dignity."References:Beyond the Rut Website & Podcast:https://beyondtherut.com/https://therealjerrydugan.com/Jerry Dugan's Ted Talk:http://therealjerrydugan.com/category/biblical-marriage/Marriage Episode with Meg Glesener:https://beyondtherut.com/meg-glesener-healthy-marriage-btr-236/The Suicide Prevention Hotline: 1-800-273-8255& Website: https://suicidepreventionlifeline.org/------------------------------------------For more inspiring stories: https://lettersfromhomepodcast.com/
"Losing Her Beloved Through Medical Malpractice" Ami Shroyer  | Vault
Jan 4 2023
"Losing Her Beloved Through Medical Malpractice" Ami Shroyer | Vault
Losing a loved one through medical malpractice has to be one of the most difficult experiences in life. This is Ami Shroyer’s story, and she would say she was loved for 100 years in 20 by her beloved Mike. Not everyone gets to experience a love like this. As a traveling teen musician, she met the love of her life. They start their marriage in love and soon after, they started their family. While serving the Lord as a family, preparing land for a new ministry, her husband Mike inhales some debris. Through a series of misdiagnosis and careless medical practice, Mike passes away. Ami brings us into that season of her life, the love, the pain and the beyond. Her name means, 'beloved little follower of the Lord,' and as her story unfolds, you will see her uncommon faith, from just a little girl, to this present day. She is resilient, and has an affinity for daisies, which reminds her of the love of her husband, Mike Shroyer.Hebrews 12:1 - "Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us."Show Notes: https://bit.ly/3vcl0J7Topics Shared:Beloved little follower of the LordUncommon faithCreative child whose wings were clippedLived in 21 different houses before 21Jesus clubs and writing musicFriend-zoned Bill Gaither's nephewSkipped graduation to travel around the country singingSevered parental relationship made rightMeeting the love of her life"Miracle of Mercy" Mike's life songQuick & happy marriageWorking at Andy Stanley's church, their Atlanta yearsStarting a family wholeness centerThe 5/11 Wholeness JourneyMike gets suddenly illThe Doctors fumble his careMedicinal toxicity and dehydration sets inOne last visitHorrible passingSupermanLoved for 100 years in 20Fields of daisiesName on the front of the buildingA voice for strong homesAmi Quotes:"I always want purpose, not closure. You can't close off a love like this. We are not meant to. We need to continue to live wide open with purpose.""It literally feels like he is on a trip before we get there, but he just got there first.""The night that he passed away my daughter said 'Mom, now it's even. And I said, 'what do you mean?' And she said, 'Well the two babies that are in heaven have Dad, and you have us. It's even."My son said, "I've been thinking, I could be really angry with God that I am 12 and Sadie is 8, and that this would happen, but I got to thinking, if this were going to happen some day anyway, I would rather that it happen when I'm 12 and Sadie is 8, because if it were later in life, you would be all alone, and right now you have us."Resources:Elizabeth Elliot "Path of Suffering"Ami's Website: https://amishroyer.com/Podcast:Journey Through Fields of Daisies (on her website)------------------------------------------For more inspiring stories: https://lettersfromhomepodcast.com/
"Bible Project Global Visionary" Michael McDonald  | Vault
Dec 21 2022
"Bible Project Global Visionary" Michael McDonald | Vault
Bible Project has been a tidal wave of blessing to this world and one of the Bible Project’s key visionaries is Michael McDonald. Sometimes it takes a rough childhood, and the longing of a young boy to find a father figure, to inform his global focus and mindset. Changed by the love of his Father, he grows up to be a world changer, albeit imperfect. Michael McDonald is currently the Bible Project Director of Global Focus and Strategic Relationships in Portland, Oregon. His story to get there is rare, and is a beautiful global adventure we are invited on. It is so easy for our homes to be self-focused and American-focused. His perspective will change you.Matthew 5:14 -"You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden."Show Notes: https://bit.ly/3HzW5q9Bible Project Website: https://bibleproject.com/Topics Shared:Raised strong Baha'iNelson, crazy wild childhoodMental illness and abuse in the homeHow the Baha'i faith shaped his views about GodTraveling alone at 14 and on his own at 17Where he got his love for helping with injustice, compassion and women's equalityLiving in Turkey to find himselfHis move from business into the non profit worldStarting his nonprofit, Hear The Cry10 years + traveling with Bob Goff and Dream BigHis current work at Bible Project, with John Collins & Tim MackieHis heart to bring Bible Project to the nationsBible Project in 30 languages so farBook to help our Global Mindset: "Jesus Through Middle Eastern Eyes" Kenneth BaileyQuotes from Michael McDonald:"We started a number of schools, opened up some hospitals and some rescue homes for gals getting rescued out of the sex trade. We worked in Ughanda Somalia, Iraq, Afghanistan, Nepal, India, different ministries in each of those places. So we find incredible local leaders that have a passion for one of those types of things and then help create some infrastructure and do that." (with Bob Goff)"I have been part of Bible Project since the beginning, because it has been friends that were working on this project. I saw the first two videos that came out in 2014, and just thought 'wow, these are going to be an incredible resource for people.' I was thinking of them globally right away, just because I worked with so many pastors and teachers in other countries that are starving for good Bible resources, and thought these would be a great asset, especially because they are free, and they are so well done.""The reality is Christianity isn't a western religion. It was a Middle Eastern religion that is coming out of Israel...we need to understand history and context."------------------------------------------For more inspiring stories: https://lettersfromhomepodcast.com/
"Adopting Two Boys, Ages 3 & 4 While Single in His Twenties" Holland Webb | Vault
Dec 7 2022
"Adopting Two Boys, Ages 3 & 4 While Single in His Twenties" Holland Webb | Vault
How many people choose adoption, while single in their twenties? I would imagine, not many. And to have the boys be age 3 and age 4. That is a true baptism into parenting. This isn’t a calling for everyone, but it was a calling for Holland Webb. You will hear how the loss of his own Father at an early age affected him, and how this whole adoption and parenting experience has affected his heart and faith.His life mission and his road to personal redemption are remarkable and relatable.He has co-authored the book 'Adventures in Fatherhood", with Carlton Hughes .Proverbs 31:8- "Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves, for the rights of all who are destitute."Show Notes: https://bit.ly/3UxF4Q9-----------Topic Shared:Growing up without a FatherFilling holes from our childhoodSingle parentingHow Americans are perceived in the PhilippinesWorking for non-profit companiesInternational Disability and Development Consortium. Cohosting a podcastChallenging our assumptionsMissionariesAdoption as a single manBiracial familiesFulfilling in others what we lackCaring for parents with dementia Holland's Website: https://www.hollandwebb.com/The Afterword Podcast: https://www.hollandwebb.com/category/blog/ Adventures in Fatherhood: https://www.amazon.com/Adventures-Fatherhood-Devotional-Holland-Webb/ ------------------------------------------For more everyday extraordinary faith stories: https://lettersfromhomepodcast.com/
"Dreams Fulfilled and Disillusionment in Hollywood" Chris Staron | Vault
Nov 23 2022
"Dreams Fulfilled and Disillusionment in Hollywood" Chris Staron | Vault
Have you ever wondered what it would be like, to move to Hollywood to pursue your dream of filmmaking? Chris Staron brings us right into his experience of dreams fulfilled and disillusionment in Hollywood. He will take us backstage into his own personal foray into the Christian Filmmaking industry. His experience may surprise you. Through all of the ups and downs of his journey, including becoming a starving artist, you will admire the man of God Chris is and see how his faith is anchored.*Mark. 8:35-“For what does it profit a man to gain the whole world and forfeit his soul?”------------Topics Shared:Homeschooled twinsHis faith storyHeaven’s Gates and Hells FlamesBullied in high school Upstate New York Ithaca College Film ProgramSherwood PicturesCampus Crusade Mentor Interning on the Bernie Mac Show Production Assistant on Hells KitchenIndie Movie DirectorBringing Up Bobby successWriting his book, The Cradle RobberThe story of William Jennings Bryan & the Scopes Monkey TrialAdvice for someone being bulliedAudition tipsTruce Podcast and Website: https://trucepodcast.com/Guest Quotes:“I wouldn’t characterize Hollywood as necessarily anti-God, it’s that they just don’t know who he is… it wasn’t so much that they were against you, it was that you were an alien species.”“We often glamorize those things, and hold up the success stories, but there is nobody out there talking about the real struggle of being a starving artist in the Christian world.”“In most staunch conservative reformed churches, prosperity is there. We believe that nothing bad can happen to you if you are a Christian. But if you look at the Bible, the central character of the Bible is a guy who gets crucified for being exactly where God wants Him to be.”“Paul gets shipwrecked and bitten by snakes and beaten and thrown out of town for being exactly where God wants him to be. So I think our conception of whatsuccess is and what money is, is way off.” “We can’t judge our success based on the numbers and people’s response. Success in God’s eyes is being faithful.”Show Notes: http://bit.ly/3EkWSrI------------------------------------------For more everyday extraordinary faith stories: https://lettersfromhomepodcast.com/
“What is in a Name?” Bonus Episode
Oct 26 2022
“What is in a Name?” Bonus Episode
What is in a name? And what could your name tell others, and how is it part of your story? We will explore these questions and more. This episode is in part an audio letter to our children, Naomi Praise, Hannah Rose, Havilah Joy, Josiah Pilgrim, Eden Hope, Micah Zion, Jordan David and Elijah Glesener. You will hear our tribute to them, sharing the inspiration behind their names. Enjoy!Episode Verse: Prov. 22:1-“A good name is to be chosen rather than great riches, and favor better than silver or gold.”Rev. 2:17-“He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches. To the one who conquers I will give some of the hidden manna and I will give him a white stone, with a new name written on the stone that no one knows except the one who receives it.”Show Notes: https://bit.ly/3gIpRxB-------------Topics Shared:We asked this question to a few previous guests. Is there a name that is special to you?You will hear from Nii Akofio-Sowah, Camille Joy, Cynthia Tobias, Rhonda & Conell Hollins and Lois Gaydos.Here are some other bonus episodes to hear more from my family:Ep. 20 - Bonus Episode 20- “Everyday Extraordinary Characters”https://lettersfromhomepodcast.com/podcast/everyday-extraordinary-characters/Ep. 30 -Bonus Episode- “2020- The Stories We Will Tell”https://lettersfromhomepodcast.com/podcast/bonus-episode-2020-the-stories-we-will-tell/Ep.40-"What Does Being a Child of God Mean to You?" Bonus Episodehttps://lettersfromhomepodcast.com/podcast/what-does-being-a-child-of-god-mean-to-you-bonus-ep-40/Credits:Original Artwork: Hannah GlesenerTechnical Director: Jordan GlesenerCohosting an Episode: Eden GlesenerOriginal Music: Jordan Glesener, Micah Glesener, Josiah GlesenerVoice Spots: Elijah Glesener, Josiah Glesener, Eden Glesener, Micah Glesener, Jordan Glesener, Shiloh Glesener. Bonus Episode Appearance: Havilah & Gideon Silva, Shiloh Glesener, Hannah Glesener, Naomi, Nathanael, Kanuah, Kallah and Zaccai Oliver.Bonus Episode Messages: Mike GlesenerUpdated Artwork & Templates: Kyle BeckettTranscription and Social Media Assistance: Debbie SageEditing and Audio Assistance: Scott KarowPodcast Consultant: Rebecca Beckett & the whole Crista Media teamLetters From Home is grateful to be part of the Purposely Podcast Channel and Collective, the Purposely team and the Crista family. We wholeheartedly agree with their message:“Purposely, your life. God’s Purpose. Practical podcasts to help you find and live in God’s purpose for your life.”Check out some many excellent encouraging podcasts at https://onpurposely.com/To God be the glory. ------------------------------------------For more everyday extraordinary faith stories:https://lettersfromhomepodcast.com/*FREE APP* Letters From Home Podcast has its own downloadable app., with all of our episodes in one easy place. Search our podcast name in the Apple APP store, and in the Google Play store. All free!We would love to hear how the Lord has encouraged you through this story. lfhpodcast@gmail.comTo join our Facebook Group for bonus live stories and convos:https://www.facebook.com/groups/3475957805750898For one splashy bright monthly Letters From Home Newsletterhttps://lettersfromhomepodcast.com/newsletter/For Bingeable Series, hover over the “Episodes” tab:https://lettersfromhomepodcast.com/episodes/We're on Instagram, iTunes, Spotify, Stitcher, Google, iHeartRadio and all of the places podcasts live :). Just type in ‘Letters From Home Podcast’ and it should pop right up.
"At The Altar" Rhonda Hollins
Sep 14 2022
"At The Altar" Rhonda Hollins
Episode Description:In marriage, two become one, but that is definitely a process. Some would call that process "from me to we." Rhonda Hollins shares her profound “me to we” journey of love. You will hear how a painful dating experience affected her, how a miracle shaped her and how the love for her Savior has enabled her to live, and lay her life and loved ones at the altar. Today, Rhonda and her husband Conell are busy helping hundreds of couples start off with strong foundations for godly marriages. And in this story, we are invited into their home, to see where it all started out.Matthew 6:33: “But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.”----------------------------------------------Topics Shared:Happy Childhood, P.K.Parents married 50 yearsClearly saved at age 6Baptized, and hears God’s voice13 yr old rebelling, at odds with momDating abuseLearning to trust againHoneymoon, and the loss of a parentThe “me to we” first yearA very sick newbornMiracle provision, surgery and healingGod has raised beautiful ministry through their familyMinistry of premarital counseling and strong foundationsTHE P.S. Questions Answered:Asking permission before physical encounters in marriage1.Tips on pursuing a relationship, pursue premarital counsel2.Communication3.Heated Fellowship4.How to Keep the fires going in marriage when things become stale 5.How has the pandemic changed youRhonda and Conell Hollins links:Website: https://metowelove.com/Podcast: “Me to We Talk” https://metowetalk.com/Resources: Women in Distress 24-Hour Crisis Hotline 1-954-761-1133Guest Quotes:Conell “Marriage is one conversation, one long, long communication.” Conell “whatever you did when you were dating, keep that going. Why does it have to stop? It only stops because we allow it to our we become stagnant, or we become lazy. We become lazy in love, and once you become lazy and complacent, it is hard to get out of it.” It’s hard to get back to something that is special, something that is fiery.Conell “A name has no character, no color, no flaw, but it means so much.”Related Episodes:Raven Hartwell’s story.https://lettersfromhomepodcast.com/podcast/living-and-loving-out-loud-raven-hartwell-ep-51/------------------------------------------For more everyday extraordinary faith stories:https://lettersfromhomepodcast.com/*FREE APP* Letters From Home Podcast has its own downloadable app., with all of our episodes in one easy place. Search our podcast name in the Apple APP store, and in the Google Play store. All free!We would love to hear how the Lord has encouraged you through this story. lfhpodcast@gmail.comTo join our Facebook Group for bonus live stories and convos:https://www.facebook.com/groups/3475957805750898For one splashy bright monthly Letters From Home Newsletterhttps://lettersfromhomepodcast.com/newsletter/For Bingeable Series, hover over the “Episodes” tab:https://lettersfromhomepodcast.com/episodes/We are on Instagram, iTunes, Spotify, Stitcher, Google, iHeartRadio and all of the places podcasts live :). Just type in ‘Letters From Home Podcast’ and it should pop right up.Show Notes: https://bit.ly/3LbOs98
"Called Out of Drug Dealing" Paul Ybarra
Aug 31 2022
"Called Out of Drug Dealing" Paul Ybarra
What if all you knew as a teenager was abandonment, abuse and drug dealing? How would that shape your perspective and choices? Paul Ybarra takes us right into his home and his life as a teenage drug dealer in California in the 80’s. You will hear how his life spiraled out of control, as the stakes got bigger and bigger. He also shares the beautiful way the Lord stopped him in his tracks, called him out of that life and put him on a new path.Psalm 1:2-3 “But his delight is in the law of the Lord, and on his law he meditates day and night. He is like a tree planted by streams of water that yields its fruit in its season, and its leaf does not wither. In all that he does, he prospers.”**Special Note: Because this is a family-friendly podcast I want to take just a moment to let you know this podcast contains some sensitive content that might not be safe for young ears. If you have young kids listening, please take note and consider putting in earbuds. Show Notes: https://bit.ly/3R3EZ5JTopics Shared:Low rider truck club parents, San Jose in the 70’sCharismatic stepfather, big strong partying familyLearned class in the hood Raised Jehovah’s Witness, stepdad was in leadership and nice at homeLight switch to narcissism and major abuse, molestationShame and guilt as a familyElders didn’t believe the family, coverup ensuedPremeditated evil and double life JailedFresh start in Yakima, Wa. & MabtonMom spirals down, with cocaineCreated a cool imageLoved by a family14 yrs old, feeling abandoned by his momShe chooses another man over her childrenGiven a ticket back to CaLIVING THE GANGSTER LIFESTYLE, GANG BANGER:His Mom moves back and becomes a secret Taco Bell madam, with a prostitute ring.Even the high school counselor gives up on himSo he goes hard into the lifestyleHigh rolling, living the Snoop Dog Video lifeStarts tweaking, and going hard on drugsLoses everything, and loses trust on the streets, depression sets in, and he tries to forget everythingGets sober for a minute, finds a girlfriend who he wants to help and gets right back inA String of jobs, and refuses rehabTwo thirty day stints in county jailCHANGED BY THE LORD:Mike Williams and his helpSuicidalBinging, and doing a paper routeA Cry out to GodQuitting cold turkey, no uppers, no weed, and starting a New sales jobAffair with a young Christian womanReputation lostGets soberHis boss invites him to church, first man he respects since the age of 12.1/09/2005 goes to the altar, salvation New life, and then backsliding begins, back in California A friend helps bring him back and repentanceA year of purificationMeets his wife at churchThree months later marriedSold out for GodMINISTRY:Set Free MinistriesLive-streaming on PeriscopeRecovery is for everyoneCoaching ministry beginsKingdom Linked NetworkSpiritual Father to ManyTHE P.S. Questions Answered:The Importance of Discipleship How The Pandemic Has Changed HimPaul Ybarra Links:Website: Kingdom Lined Network, Connecting Community, Building the Kingdom https://www.kingdomlinkednetwork.com/Facebook Group: We Are Community https://www.facebook.com/groups/wearecommunitygroupPodcasts to check out: Activate Your Next Level Mindset Podcast with Coach Paul, Coach’s Corner with Paul Ybarra, On The Go Podcast With Paul YbarraPaul’s Book: 100 Power Tips to Set You Free: https://www.amazon.com/100-Power-Tips-Set-Free/dp/1513686631Resources: The Suicide Prevention Hotline: 1-800-273-8255 & Website: https://suicidepreventionlifeline.org/Paul Ybarra Quotes:“I just found the easy route, because my brother was out there in the streets. The lifestyle was selling dope, making some money, sell a whole lot of weed and have fun, and smoke weed. Right about that time is when gangster rap had just hit the market, in the late 80’s early 90’s, and you just live the lifestyle. The lifestyle soon became by the time I was 17 in high school, selling dope in school.”“My mom had a job at Taco Bell, and along the way, she actually became a madam for this secret prostitute ring that was in Taco Bell. So it was part of the franchise, and she was making a huge amount of money, rolls of money was coming home every night. At 16 years old, I thought ‘I guess this is how we do life. So I was slinging dope in school. We would go to Taco Bell and get 5 to 10 bags of free food. It was like this junior mafia basically, all my home boys making money, doing the things.”“I was a senior. One day I went to school and my counselor called me into the office and he said ‘Paul, what do you plan on doing with your life? All you do is come here and sell dope. Why don’t you just drop out. And I was sitting there thinking, ‘But you are my counselor, really?”“We lived it, we spent it, boats, cars parties, like a Snoop Dog video, that’s what we lived. And through that, built a lot of respect in the streets. I was never in a gang, p erse, just gang-banged, always wearing red, a northerner, the whole nine, that’s who I was.”“So basically, you have two different roles in the street. You have the thug and you have the money makers. I was part of the money maker crews, but we didn’t do the dirt.” “I turned a crazy leaf and lost everything.”“I was no longer the dope addict. I was no longer the home boy that sells dope. I was no longer the connection. I was Paul Ybarra.”“Back then I was a home boy. I’m surrounded by nothing but white boys. I thought they were narcs. I thought it was a set up, because I was high, I was tripping. Then I found my little crew, they were all from Lodi, little Mexican homeboys and white boys that were cool homeboys. We all thought we were surrounded by narcs.”I quit cold Turkey. That was my only escape. So we get on a sales crew. I know all the spots. I learned how to sell cleaner, and I learned it well.” “I I got kicked out of my apartment. I moved in with a friend of mine who lived out in the country, but that trailer that was out there was infested with rats. I literally had to cover myself with a blanket like a cocoon to go to sleep. And one Saturday morning I said ‘God whoever you are, if you just give me a better job, I promise to serve you however you see fit. And that same day….”“Recovery is for everyone. So how do I brand this to where I can reach people that aren’t in recovery, but help them deal with the abandonment, the mindset, the rejection, the spirituality?”Related Episodes:Ep. 31- “All Joking Aside” BIG Dave Eberthttps://lettersfromhomepodcast.com/podcast/all-joking-aside-big-dave-ebert/——————————————For more everyday extraordinary faith stories: https://lettersfromhomepodcast.com/*FREE APP* Letters From Home Podcast has its own downloadable app., with all of our episodes in one easy place. Search our podcast name in the Apple APP store, and in the Google Play store. All free!We would love to hear how the Lord has encouraged you through this story. lfhpodcast@gmail.comTo join our Facebook Group for bonus live stories and convos: https://www.facebook.com/groups/3475957805750898For one splashy bright monthly Letters From Home Newsletter: https://lettersfromhomepodcast.com/newsletter/For Bingeable Series, hover over the “Episodes” tab: https://lettersfromhomepodcast.com/episodes/
“A Strong-Willed Child and Her Loving Father” Cynthia Tobias
Aug 17 2022
“A Strong-Willed Child and Her Loving Father” Cynthia Tobias
A strong-willed child. When was the last time you heard a parent say they have a strong-willed child, and were happy about it? This phrase usually has negative connotations and thoughts that fill our minds. But what if it didn’t? What if upon discovering we had a strong-willed child, we rejoiced, and knew that we had the tools to teach and guide that child well, and had great hope for the kind of force and strong-willed adult they could one day be for the Lord.Cynthia Tobias was a strong-willed child, and is now a strong-willed adult, a humble force impacting our world for God’s kingdom. In her story you will hear the deep impact her loving Father and upbringing made on her life, and how the Lord she has trusted in from youth, has shaped who she is and how she ministers now, with her dear husband of 14 years, Jack Talley, in Bonney Lake, Washington.Proverbs 3:5-6 “Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths.” -----Topics Shared:A STRONG-WILLED CHILD, BELOVED BY HER FATHERNazarene holiness preacher dadAdmiring and watching her parentsPastoring in Reno and VegasAt 16, she spoke at the rescue missionStrong-willed child, belovedChurch pianist, organist and janitorLearned to work hard and meet the needMy father modeled for me as a strong-willed child how I could one day be, as astrong-willed godly adultPutting Chic Tracts on the desks in middle schoolWorking at the Christian Supply Center Las Vegas NevadaPREPARATION TO SPEAK TO A ROUGHER AUDIENCETeaching high schoolBecoming a female copWorking with first responders and militaryHigh School drug bust undercover agentBECOMING A STRONG-WILLED MOMTwins with vastly different personalitiesFocus on the Family reached out to herAuthored 14 booksHow she helped her strong-willed and her compliant twin boysBonus Tips: FIVE THINGS THAT DON’T WORK WITH STRONG-WILLED CHILDRENAround min 40(Trigger phrases that will cause us to both go down in flames)UNEXPECTED DIVORCE, BROKENNESS & REMARRIAGELies and a crumbling foundationBlindsided and completely unanticipatedCounseling and great effort to save her marriageStruggling single Mom raising 12 year old twinsNever closer to her Abba FatherWorking with Focus on The Family, Kings Schools, Family Life TodayVarying ministry responses to her divorceOverall she was supportedAlways speaking well of her exAfter 4 years, began datingDating and marrying Jack Tally, a wonderful Christian man, now 14 years marriedApple Street Business and Ministry, growth and provisionAn international ministryTHE P.S.Cynthia answers these questions and More:How can we see revival in our churches in America?What would you say to Christians who are struggling with motivation post-pandemic?What can you say to people that are going through the most difficult time of theirlives?Guest Links:www.CynthiaTobias.comSign up for Cynthia’s Weekly Video Blog! http://cynthiatobias.com/Click here for a free sample! http://cynthiatobias.com/a-matter-of-style-no-labelsJoin Cynthia on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/#!/CynthiaUlrichTobiasA Peek at Cynthia's newest book: https://vimeo.com/164488692Guest Quotes:“In the city of sin, I was surrounded and grounded, and focused on Christ. TheJesus music coming in, the ‘honk if you love Jesus’, The Way, The Living Bible, allthe music groups that came through, I got in on that part. It would have been soeasy to fall away into the secular part God had a plan, and that is where he keptme, in the hollow of his hand, right there at Christian Supply Center, Las Vegas,Nevada.”“I heard them pray out loud for us every day. Morning and night they haddevotions, on their own, as well as with us. My dad would very quickly if we had anissue or a problem he would say, ‘let’s pray about this. Let’s find out what Godwants us to do.” I grew up believing that’s what you did, that if you didn’t have anyidea what to do, you always went to God. My dad reflected that constantly. Youcannot underestimate the power of your parents, especially your dad, and thepower of example.”“I found out that you get hired for all of the things you get in trouble for at school.That was eye opening. Employers are looking for someone with high energy level,good social skills, critical thinking, all of the things we are trying to discourage inschool. So I was able to come back and put my lessons and what I was teachingthem in context.”“I learned that you just don’t give ultimatums to strong-willed children. If you usethem, you both go down in flames.”“My favorite speakers are those, that if I walk away, I don’t remember what theywore, or exactly a lot about them, I just remember the message. And that’s what Istrive to be.”“The harder you are persecuted, the closer you come to Christ or the further youwalk away. There is really not much in between.”-------------For more inspiring stories:https://lettersfromhomepodcast.com/We would love to hear how the Lord has encouraged you through this story:lfhpodcast@gmail.com*FREE APP* Letters From Home Podcast has its own downloadable app., with all ofour episodes in one easy place. Click on the link below. All free!Google Play: play.Google.com/store/appsApple App: https://apps.apple.com/us/app/letters-from-home-podcast/id1525564599For one splashy bright monthly Letters From Home Newsletterhttps://lettersfromhomepodcast.com/newsletter/For Bingeable Series, hover over the “Episodes” tab:https://lettersfromhomepodcast.com/episodes/We are on Instagram, iTunes, Spotify, Stitcher, Alexa, Siri, Amazon, AudibleGoogle, iHeartRadio and all of the places podcasts live.Show Notes: https://bit.ly/3SSRS3R
“The Unmasking” Chris Archuleta
Aug 3 2022
“The Unmasking” Chris Archuleta
Have you ever had the feeling that your life, what people see, and the reality of your heart are so far apart it is like you are wearing a mask.Chris Archuleta was faking his spirituality as a pastor, so much so, that his family didn’t even know. This went on for years, until through a series of painful events, God helped him take that mask off. He shares with us that painful, but healing process, and how His loving God captured his heart, and restored him back to ministry.Lk 9:23- “And he said to all, ‘If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me’.”------------------------------------------Topics Shared:LEARNING TO LIVE A DOUBLE LIFEHe thought his ethnicity was ‘christian’Intense Biblical upbringingTraumatic event caused deep hostility as a teenMean kid, who picked on others, fightsGreat academicsLiving a double life, rule following at home trouble at schoolPretending to be perfectHIS MASK COMES OFFChanged at a teen retreatBaseball playerDad started a church, his brother was the youth pastorMaybe I am nextReading for his own, and starting speaking publiclyOut of his comfort zone, classic introvertNervous to speak, hiding his shyness (chewed gum)Compromising his faith in a relationshipLet go as a pastorMarriedFired from a bunch of jobsBecame a phony and a fake as a pastor and worship leaderHis wife didn’t even knowThe spirit had left him and he didn’t even know itCombining church ministry with his family was a train wreckFamily relationships were strainedVULNERABILITY & TRANSFORMATIONParenting changed him, his daughter is his world and his son is his heart.Suicidal low and a call that changed him.The death of a godly man and the birth of another.Vulnerability with a pastor that reached out.The mask comes offRestored as a pastorLinks:Your Church Friends Podcast-Websitehttps://yourchurchfriends.rocks/-Facebook Grouphttps://www.facebook.com/groups/2296825763946106Chris Quotes:“My marriage, all of the faking and the phoniness, I couldn’t do it and I snapped.We were now arguing all of the time. I couldn’t carry the weight I was carrying. Icouldn’t do the things that I was doing. I couldn’t fake it any more, and I felt that Iwas letting everyone down.”“My prayers in public, you couldn’t tell that I was not praying at all. When I waspraying at churches or leadership meetings, you just couldn’t tell because I hadgotten so good at faking it.And I had gotten really good at burying the feeling of being a phony. And I wasgetting away with it. And that is the part that scared me the most.”“That was probably my biggest mistake in ministry, that I thought I was the guyshouldering everything went into His strengths.God. . I never went into His graceand love to power me through it. II never said. ’God this is your ministry. It wasmine. I personalized it so much, that I never gave it to God. So when it startedcrumbling, it was me. I fell apart. It was my mistake. And then I got angry at God. Ibecame your classic prodigal son older brother. But what about me, and I becamevery angry at God.”“You have to get the mask off, and the easiest way is accountability. God didn’tdesign us to be alone. If you look at animals in nature, the one the lion gets is theanimal that is by itself. The enemy comes after us when we are alone.”“The biggest struggle in the church today is the lack of authenticity. If hypocrisy atits root is a lie, authenticity is the truth. If we were just more truthful at church. Ifwe could just remove the facades of ‘God is good all the time which isn’t a lie, butyeah ‘life sucks, life hurts, I am struggling with this, to find someone to be honestwith, and to be honest with God.”------------------------------------------For more inspiring stories:https://lettersfromhomepodcast.com/We would love to hear how the Lord has encouraged you through this story:lfhpodcast@gmail.com*FREE APP* Letters From Home Podcast has its own downloadable app., with all ofour episodes in one easy place. Click on the link below. All free!Google Play: play.Google.com/store/appsApple App: https://apps.apple.com/us/app/letters-from-home-podcast/id1525564599For one splashy bright monthly Letters From Home Newsletterhttps://lettersfromhomepodcast.com/newsletter/For Bingeable Series, hover over the “Episodes” tab:https://lettersfromhomepodcast.com/episodes/We are on Instagram, iTunes, Spotify, Stitcher, Alexa, Siri, Amazon, AudibleGoogle, iHeartRadio and all of the places podcasts live.Show Notes & Transcription: https://bit.ly/3SjsaWa
"The Power of a Mom" Camille Joy
Jul 20 2022
"The Power of a Mom" Camille Joy
Can you imagine being a mother of 4 at age 21, and stuck in an abusive relationship with a man you thought was someone different? It is in that very season the Lord reached out and saved Camille Joy. Her story of escape, a fresh start, and an even more difficult season in her life, will lift your spirits and show you the power of a mom. You will also see the power of our loving God, who hears every prayer we pray for our children, sees every injustice, knows the plans He has and is working on, through it all. Jeremiah 29:11-"For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope."Topics Shared:A LOVING MOTHERMiddle child syndrome not like her siblingsNeeding her dadTold she was prettyConfident in her beautyBoy crazy, rebellion bubbling, bad friends, popularity, materialismHer sister was the rising scholarNear the projectsSkipping school, kicked out of the magnet schoolMom worked hard, the bread winnerGANG LIFE & TEEN PREGNANCYPregnant at 15, Teen House Centers (given everything w/o parent approval)Senior boyfriend baby daddy in a gang, The BloodsJoined a girl gang, The Hot GirlsSaved from deathHer mom finds out at 20 weeksHer mom taught her how to be a momHitting her groove, working, good gradesABUSIVE RELATIONSHIP & ESCAPEAbusive relationship with an older man, lied about his age, way olderLured by materialismAnother baby at 18, 19 and 21 (she was 18, he was 42)Isolation & set asideThe decision to leave, tried to leave 20 times (left with nothing)Saved at 21The moment she knew she had to leaveEscape from abuseHer mother helped her escapeHer mother believed in herLoses a custody battle to the abuserSuicidal9 years for them to be fully returned to herSINGLE MOM RESTORATION & HEALINGA brand new startJoys on her mother's couchFinding her inner warriorCamille Quotes:"He was a hustler. It was a fast-paced life with a lot of money for a young girl.Before you knew it, I was looking like Mary J. Blige in the 90's, with a gold ring on every finger, two gold chains, Jordans on my feet, driving a Red Range Rover. And all of that was a mirage for what the enemy had in store for me.""I probably tried to leave 20 times.""It was my mother, my beautiful mother, who saved me from that, who then began to bring me to her church, who helped me to heal, who helped me to know that God had great plans for my life still.""They are kids for a little while, but they are adults for so much longer.""Just know that God has a plan even for the ugly parts.""I am so proud to be an autistic mom."------------------------------------------For more inspiring stories:https://lettersfromhomepodcast.com/*FREE APP* Letters From Home Podcast has its own downloadable app., with all of our episodes in one easy place. Click on the link below. All free!Google Play: play.Google.com/store/appsApple App: https://apps.apple.com/us/app/letters-from-home-podcast/id1525564599For one splashy bright monthly Letters From Home Newsletterhttps://lettersfromhomepodcast.com/newsletter/We are on Instagram, iTunes, Spotify, Stitcher, Alexa, Siri, Amazon, AudibleGoogle, iHeartRadio and all of the places podcasts live.Show Notes & Transcription: https://onpurposely.com/the-power-of-mom-with-camille-joy/
"Soul Baring Vulnerability" Nii Akofio-Sowah
Apr 7 2022
"Soul Baring Vulnerability" Nii Akofio-Sowah
It is a rare person who has soul-baring vulnerability, especially as a deacon, in front of the whole congregation, spontaneously, while on a Live Stream. Overcome by the weight of his inner struggles, and contradictions, Nii shares everything… the love and death of his mother, the abuse by a Catholic priest, the suicidal thoughts and the contradictions he was wrestling with. His wife, his children, and his church were hearing this for the first time.The Lord has moved greatly in and through Nii, before, during and after this pivotal moment. You won’t want to miss this everyday extraordinary faith story, which starts in a privileged home in Ghana.IJohn 3:16- “By this we know love, that he laid down his life for us, and we ought to lay down our lives for the brothers.”—————————————Topics Shared:Growing up in GhanaMama’s boy, with an absent fatherForced to go to churchMother dies in childbirthMoving into his aunt’s home, now momAbused once by a Catholic priest, and not able to speak about itConfusion and rebellious years ensueKicked out of many private schoolsUnplanned pregnancy and marriageJoining the militaryLiving a life of liesHis father is extradited from Canada and is saved in an American prisonSpontaneous confession of major struggles before church on a LivestreamThe result of his vulnerabilityThe desire to honor his familyFosteringInfo To Begin Your Foster Care Journey:Children’s Home Society and Lutheran Social Servicehttps://chlss.org/Nii Quotes:SINGLE MOTHER“My dad did send money, but money doesn’t really fix anything. Money doesn’t give you happiness. Money doesn’t bring back your loved one that died. It helps in certain ways, but it can’t hold me when I’m sad and afraid as a little boy. Money can’t do that like a mother’s love.”ADOPTION“You can make that change in a child. And if you are fighting it, ask God, and God will give you that one child, that forever in that child’s life, they will always remember you.”——————————————For more inspiring stories:https://lettersfromhomepodcast.com/*FREE APP* Letters From Home Podcast has its own downloadable app., with all of our episodes in one easy place. Search our podcast name in the Apple APP store, and in the Google Play store. All free!Google Play: play.Google.com/store/appsApple App: https://apps.apple.com/us/app/letters-from-home-podcast/id1525564599For one splashy bright monthly Letters From Home Newsletterhttps://lettersfromhomepodcast.com/newsletter/We r on Instagram, iTunes, Spotify, Stitcher, Alexa, Siri, Amazon, Audible, Google, iHeartRadio and all of the places podcasts live.
"Seen, Known, Loved and Heard" Amy Watson
Mar 10 2022
"Seen, Known, Loved and Heard" Amy Watson
Loved in a foster home with 35 other kids. And only having slept in a real bed for the first time at age 10. Can you imagine what life in that home might be like? Or what trauma you would go through, just to get to that point?You will hear her extremely difficult childhood. You will also hear how the Lord saved her, and and has become the hero of her story. And now, as she is still healing, she has a worldwide ministry helping others who have suffered from PTSD, and abuse. Seen, Known, Loved and Heard.Joel 2:25 “I will restore the years the locust has stolen form you.”————————————————-Topics Shared:Home was a war zone, locked in rooms, no beds, not fed, not protected, abusedPedaling boiled peanuts on the street at age 7Her church pastor called the authoritiesRejected by her Mother, parental rights were terminatedSpent 18 months with her pastor and family, the DunningsSlept in a bed for the first time at age 10Moved to Faith Children’s Home, now Hope International MinistriesFeelings of intense rejection35 other kids in Victory Faith, with Mom and Dad McGowan (Dr. Lundy and Jackie McGowan)Sharing room with 5 other girlsLoved for who she was, not for what she did Since 1968 the children’s home has 1005 subsisted on donationsTraveling and singing at churches all over the regionOn a Greyhound bus with “Faith Children’s Home” painted on the sideHope Christian School Years, CollegeForgiveness and healing with her MomBad DecisionsRocky marriageDomestic Violence and PTSDLosing familyWriting her book and PodcastingSeen, Known, Heard, Loved and ValuedAmy Quotes:“When I hear the word ‘home’, I think of a dorm settled on 45 acres in Tampa Bay Florida, with 35 other kids, 5 other girls in the room with me. I think of gross food, that one eats at an institution like a children’s home, but I think of, that was the time when I was loved for who I was, not for what I did or what I could bring to the table.”“I love back then and even now, some Jesus because He is my everything. I think somehow I recognized that there was no way to make it through. He is the only one who has never left me.”“There was a group of women that I could tell about my domestic violence, what was going on at home, and they loved me back to life by pushing me to the throne of Jesus and being His hands and feet.”Resources:Amy Watson’s Website:https://amywatsonauthor.com/Wednesdays With Watson Podcast:https://wednesdayswithwatson.com/wednesdays-with-watson-season-1/—————————————————-For more inspiring stories:https://lettersfromhomepodcast.com/for prayer:lfhpodcast@gmail.com*FREE APP* Letters From Home Podcast has its own downloadable appGoogle Play store. All free!Google Play: play.Google.com/store/appsApple App: https://apps.apple.com/us/app/letters-from-home-podcast/id1525564599Letters From Home is on Instagram, iTunes, Spotify, Stitcher, Alexa, Siri, Amazon, Audible Google, iHeartRadio and all of the places podcasts live. Amy Watson Childhood Trauma Christian Podcast domestic violence Domestic Violence Survivor Dr. Lundy and Jackie McGowan Everyday Extraordinary Faith Children's Home Faith Stories faith story Florida Faith Story Florida Girl foster care Foster Home Hope ChristianSchool Hope International Ministries Jesus Heals Joel 2:25 Meg Glesener Mental Health Mom Podcaster PTSD PTSD Podcast Seattle Podcaster Seen Known Heard Loved and Valued Seen Known Loved and Heard Testimonies Wednesdays With WatsonLeave a ReplyYour email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *Comment *Name *Email *Website Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment.SearchSearch...Recent Episodes“Soul Baring Vulnerability” Nii Ep. 53“Seen, Known, Loved and Heard” Amy Watson Episode 52“Living and Loving Out Loud” Raven Hartwell Ep. 51“Finding Your Life’s Great Message” Bonus Ep. 50“Quadriplegic Paralympian for Team Jesus” Joe Delagrave Ep. 49