Category: Episodes

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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Hear what’s happening at the Vineyard Cincinnati

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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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14 | Breathing Hope into Parenting | Jen Powers

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Once a dream scribbled on a napkin, Tried and True Parenting is now an organization whose sole mission is to bring hope to families. Jen Powers, Executive Director of Tried and True Parenting, draws on her 20 years experience as an elementary school teacher, children’s pastor, and parent educator to lead families to a place of hope and healing.  

In this week’s episode, Jen shares the story of those who paved the way for her to lead and the shaping of Tried and True’s vision. Leading with vulnerability, Jen speaks hope into the darkest places. Hear her words of wisdom and truth in the face of parenting guilt and shame, and why she believes it is never too late to change the story. 

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13 | From Cincy to Selma | Jeff and Christi Zurcher

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After intentionally asking God to “disrupt them,” Jeff and Christi Zurcher packed up their lives and moved from Cincinnati, Ohio to Selma, Alabama. The plan was to spend one year working with SCORE International – six months in Selma, then on to the Dominican Republic. Then, unexpectedly, plans changed. After asking for disruption, their lives were disrupted once again.  

In this week’s episode, Jeff and Christi share the ways they are different after a year spent in a small southern town with the singular goal of loving others like Jesus. Learn how they were able to adapt and be all in, even when things didn’t go as planned. 

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12 | Life on Mission | Terri Thomson

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After wrestling with the idea of purpose, Terri and her husband, Phil, decided to make a change. Now foster parents and church planters in Port Macquarie, Australia, Terri and Phil have a newfound sense of purpose.

In this week’s episode, Terri explains how over time, they realized they were the only ones drawing dividing lines between “life at work” and “life on mission.” We’ll also learn why it’s so important to have a community of support around foster families, and some insight into the complexities of the Australian foster care system.

Tune in to hear why Terri firmly believes when we do our work in faith to bring God glory and encourage others to follow Him, we are on mission.

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11 | Community Minded Business | David Gaines

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David Gaines, CEO and Chief Visionary forLa Terza Artisan Coffee Roasterie, is passionate about providing phenomenal coffee while positively impacting workers worldwide. As the Board Chair of the local chapter of the Social Enterprise Alliance, David has the opportunity to build into Cincinnati’s growing community of social impact businesses.

In this week’s episode, David shares why he believes the power of coffee fosters human connection and how coffee shops play an important role in the social health of our communities. David also teaches us to challenge the traditional business status quo and incorporate life-bringing ideas into everyday business practices.

Hear his vision for a community minded business model where we can both make a profit and positively impact the lives of the people in our community.

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10 | Serving Youth and Families Locally | Chris Cox

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Chris Cox has been serving with Back2Back Ministries for 13 years. In 2018, Back2Back opened an 8th site focusing on vulnerable children, youth, and families in Cincinnati. Chris serves as the director there. Prior to launching this site, Chris served as director of One21 in an effort to resource emerging generations. The pursuit of equality and unity for all people drives Chris. He continues to train, speak, and lead on multiple platforms both locally and nationally.

In this week’s episode, Chris shares lessons he learned in years of youth ministry, how he knew it was time for a new chapter, and what a day well spent looks like today.

Hear why he believes in the power the presence of a safe adult offers to a teen, how he keeps going when stories are hard, and which attraction he never misses at Disney World.

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09 | Fostering in My Twenties | Megan Henderson

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Two years ago, at just 24-years old, Megan Henderson said “yes” to God’s call to step into the role of single foster parent. Now a mom to four kids under the age of five, and a staff member at Venture Church in Harrisburg, NC, Megan lives out the church’s mission daily to be a community of people that strive to love loud, risk often, and hope always.

In this week’s episode, Megan shares the moment she knew she was called to be a foster parent and how she learned to surrender control and let God build her family.

Hear why she believes fostering is about more than just kids, how her perspective has shifted when it comes to sharing kid’s stories, and the ways her community rallies around her to make this story possible.

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Learn how to become a foster parent in your state Foster Care State Directory

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