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26 | Weightless Anchor | Andrea Holtman

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Andrea Holtman serves as the Director of Weightless Anchor, a hospitality home for women on the streets, often victims of sex trafficking and struggling with substance abuse. Adopted at birth in Liberty Township, Ohio, Andrea graduated college, got married, and had three children all in a 14-month span. Now in her 40’s, she is figuring out what she wants to be when she grows up.

In this episode, Andrea shares how a friend talking about Jesus like He was her brother and the book, Blue Like Jazz were pivotal moments in her story and why surrender is how she gets through every day. Hear how she answers when people ask her what she does for a living, how Weightless Anchor got its name, and why a woman snoring on the couch is the greatest gift.

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25.5 | Clips from the Cutting Room Floor | Sammy Mathews

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Welcome to Be the Difference: Clips from the Cutting Room Floor! In these bonus episodes, we turn the reins over to our amazing producer Mikeyy, to share with you some of his favorite conversations from previous episodes that didn’t quite make the final cut.

In this episode, Mikeyy shares two clips from Episode 25 with Sammy Mathews. We get to hear about about our role in someone else’s story, grieving saying goodbye, the tooth fairy, and what questions Mikeyy is asking himself after learning from Sammy.

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Listen to Sammy’s episode!

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25 | Saying Yes in Every Season | Sammy Mathews

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Sammy Mathews is a fluently Spanish speaking Trauma Competent Care trainer, podcast host, loyal friend, and Assistant to Back2Back’s Executive Director. In 2007, she went on her first trip with Back2Back ministries, and it was a trip that forever changed the course of her life. From trip participant, to intern, to full-time caregiver, Sammy has long been in pursuit of what it means to exhaust oneself for others.

In this episode, Sammy shares what brought her the most joy as a child, how it translated into her current career, and how she got where she is today. Hear why ten boys under the age of 13 made up the best and most difficult days of her life, what the two things every human needs are, and how being seen by a safe adult changes everything. 

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24 | Being a Young Life Leader | Garrett Dexter

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As a Volunteer YoungLife Leader at Mariemont High School, Garrett Dexter maintains a full time job and spends the rest of his time connecting with students at basketball games, coffee shops, and summer camps. Garrett and thousands of other YoungLife leaders around the world have the same goal –  to introduce adolescents to Jesus Christ and help them grow in their faith. 

In this episode, Garrett shares why he chooses to spend his free time investing in the lives of high school students. Hear why he loves working with teenagers, what people often misunderstand, and how investment in one life can change a whole family story. 

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23.5 | Clips from the Cutting Room Floor | Beth Guckenberger

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Welcome to Be the Difference: Clips from the Cutting Room Floor! In these bonus episodes, we turn the reins over to our amazing producer Mikeyy, to share with you some of his favorite conversations from previous episodes that didn’t quite make the final cut.

In this episode, Mikeyy shares a clip from Episode 23 with Beth Guckenberger about three important voices in her life, how they have shaped her, and what questions Mikeyy is asking himself after learning from Beth.

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23 | Throw the First Punch | Beth Guckenberger

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From church stages and children’s homes to checkout lines and airplane rides, Beth Guckenberger makes the most of every minute as Co-Executive Director of Back2Back Ministries. She speaks, teaches, and has authored 11 books. Her latest book, Throw the First Punch: Defeating the Enemy Hell-Bent on Your Destruction, is an honest conversation about spiritual warfare and how to play spiritual offense. 

In this episode, Beth shares why she decided to become an author and the lies she almost let stop her. Hear how she decides what to write, where she found her love of Hebrew words, and how we can throw the first punch today. 

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Join the Launch Team! Get a FREE Digital Copy Before Launch Day!

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22| That’s a Wrap! A Year in Review

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In this episode, Chris and Sammy share some of their favorite moments from 2021. Hear what they’ve learned about themselves, God, and others after 21 stories of everyday people being the difference in the lives of others. 

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Nominate someone you know who is being the difference in the lives of others. 

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21 | Life in the Rearview Mirror | Karen Springs

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14 years in Kyiv, Ukraine was not something Karen Springs would have predicted for her own life. A story of advocating for orphaned and at-risk children, working with hundreds of adoptive families, and managing humanitarian projects throughout the world can only make sense when seen in the rearview mirror.

In this episode, Karen shares lessons learned while writing her book, Adoption in the RearviewMirror. Hear how 14 years in Ukraine, hundreds of children and families, and one epic road trip around the country taught her that life is always a paradox of both heartache and hope.

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Buy Karen’s book: Adoption in the Rearview Mirror

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20 | Because of God’s Grace | Jason Johnston

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Today Jason Johnston is the Executive Director of Bogg Ministries. Nine years ago, he was just one of two guys named Jason who both saw a need in Dayton that wasn’t being met in a big enough way. Since 2010, Because of God’s Grace Ministries has moved from feeding four families a week, to over 2,000 people a month throughout the Dayton area. 

In this episode, Jason shares his journey from Madison, Wisconsin to Dayton, Ohio and the life changing story in between. Hear how an unexpected arrest, an invitation to hold a door, and a 20-minute commute wove together, creating the life Jason is living today. 

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19 | Champion the Underdog | Adrienne Wiley

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As the Executive Director of The Healing Center, Adrienne Wiley leads a team of staff and volunteers united in one goal – to be a Christ-centered community where people receive unconditional love, healing, and the power to change. What began as a volunteer role for Adrienne has grown into not only a career, but also a calling to offer practical, social, and spiritual support to individuals and families. 

In this episode, Adrienne shares how the Rocky movies inspired her journey and why she prefers the title of Royal Duchess of Tri-County to Executive Director. Hear what it’s like to enter the doors of The Healing Center, why “no” can be kind, and the one thing she wants everyone to know. 

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