Category: Episodes

30 | Impossible Made Possible | Kevin Schwieger

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Kevin Schwieger was born on the mission field and has served within ministry for over 30 years, from serving as a missionary to Marketplace Pastor at Grace Chapel. Two and a half years ago, Kevin discovered a new hiking trail and in his excitement to share about it, the vision for of Luke5Adventures was born. Luke5Adventures makes the impossible possible by gathering dedicated volunteers and special equipment to give outdoor experiences to people with disabilities. From Ohio to Colorado, Kevin and his team bring Luke 5 to life by helping everyone experience Jesus through nature, no matter their abilities.

In this episode, Kevin shares about how a conversation that never happened sparked curiosity and, ultimately, the founding of Luke5Adventures. He talks about “target versus tool,” how it applies to this work, and how God convicted him. Hear how God focused Kevin’s attention on a population of people that had before been “out of sight, out of mind,” and why he considers it “soul-quenching work” whenever they help provide a way to nature that was previously inaccessible.

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29.5 | Clips from the Cutting Room Floor | Troy Culbreth

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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 29 with Troy Culbreth. Troy shares about the power of music, the connection point that worship is to God, and Mikeyy reflects on where he has experienced God in music.

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29 | Cross Worship | Troy Culbreth

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Troy Culbreth is husband to Sharmaine, father to Troy Jr, Kaleb, Riley, and Austin, and founder of Cross Worship Music. Cross Worship is a collective of worship leaders and musicians based out of Cincinnati, Ohio with a heart to reconcile the body of Christ across denominational and racial divides. They believe there is something special when we all come together, and the musicians capture that divine guidance and share it with their audience.

In this episode, Troy shares about how he went from a 12-year old boy who just wanted to be a basketball star to leading cross-cultural denominations in worship. He talks about the impact one song can have in a person’s life and why he believes the message doesn’t end when the melody does. Hear how God burdened Troy to do something about His people worshiping as one and what Troy sees for Cross Worship in the next nine years.

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Song Troy mentions (So Will I): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QdIOaAvvOp8

Song Sammy Mentions: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9rUJ9A8oE9U

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28 | Dream Builders | LaMarqué Ward, Sr.

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LaMarqué Ward, Sr is a husband, father, author, pastor, and former professional basketball player. In 2015, LaMarqué founded Dream Builders University (DBU) to educate young men and women about leadership skills. Since then, DBU has been a leader in providing professional development services for schools.

In this episode, LaMarqué shares about who inspired him as a young man, and why their combination of strength and compassion drew him in. He talks about how the words “I see gold in you” were the catalyst for finding his bigger purpose and why he’s always believed there’s more to the story. Hear how LaMarqué lives with Kingdom-mindedness, why being effective is key, and the one thing he says at the end of every talk or guest appearance.

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27 | Open Doors & Red Carpets | Hope & Cheque Garcia

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Hope and CheHope and Cheque Garcia have served with Back2Back Ministries for 13 years. They met on Monterrey’s campus, fell in love, and have been faithfully serving ever since. From co-captaining partnering children’s homes to now co-directing a brand new site, Hope and Cheque have a lot of experience when it comes to saying yes, even when they don’t know the where or how.

In this episode, Hope and Cheque share vulnerably about the hard in even the best of God’s stories, about how they each remember first meeting each other, and what brings them joy in their new home in the Dominican Republic. Hear how their transition from Monterrey to the D.R. started with the words open door and red carpets, why they waited so long to get a phone plan in Monterrey, and what they’ve learned in the last 13 years working in this “less than normal” job.

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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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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 | 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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