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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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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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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