Category: Episodes

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 | 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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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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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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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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18 | Courageous Love | Chuck Mingo

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For 13 years, Chuck has served as a teaching pastor at Crossroads Church. Prior to being a pastor, Chuck spent nine years in the corporate world at Procter & Gamble. Today, he is the founder of Courageous Love, a nonprofit organization built to unite and ignite people for racial justice through programming and intensives that take participants through life-changing moments of racial healing.

In this episode, Chuck shares why he walked away from a successful corporate career to become a pastor in his local community. Hear how one brave step at a time launched him into a journey he never imagined for himself and why courageous love has and always will be the fuel that keeps him moving forward.

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17 | The Story is Hope | Daniel Asama

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Grit, determination, and relentless hope define the life of Daniel Asama. His story began as a boy determined to survive and today he uses that same determination to help others to survive and thrive. As the Director of Back2Back Nigeria, Daniel leads a team of over 50 staff working together to ensure 160 children in Nigeria are known and loved.

In this episode, Daniel shares why he walked away from a successful career to work full time for Back2Back. Hear why he believes national leadership is so important, a lesson he learned from a carwash, and how he finds hope in the lives of the children he serves.

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16 | Bringing Light Into Darkness

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From an unexpected encounter in Tegucigalpa, Honduras, to bringing light to communities all over the world, Kevin and Jenny Sasson are living a life they never could have predicted. Kevin serves as the Executive Director of SonLight Power, a Christian non-profit that equips people living in energy poverty with faith-based love and solar power for transformational, lasting impact. Jenny is the Director of Connected Life and the Hispanic Ministry Pastor at Vineyard Cincinnati Church.

In this episode, Kevin and Jenny share two incredible stories: one that brought them together in the first place, and one that put their faith to the test in a way they never could have imagined. Tune in to hear their life changing experiences, how that gave them further resolve in their complimentary ministries, and what it means to them to bring light to the world while being the difference.

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15 | Investing in People | Brian Berman

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After one life-altering moment, Brian Berman sold everything he owned and walked away from a successful career in business to move to the Dominican Republic. He has spent over a decade of his life since then investing in people. In 2010, Brian and his wife, Nebraska, co-founded Project Mañana International. They are dedicated to helping to break the cycle of poverty through nutrition, education, and discipling projects.

In this episode, Brian shares exactly what happened that turned his life upside down. God has used every part of Brian’s story and taken him on a journey he never could have imagined. Hear stories of the miracles he has witnessed, the lessons he has learned, and why he will never stop investing in people.

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