Jason Wiser is an Associate Missionary with Church of God World Missions currently on assignment in Uzhgorod Ukraine working with the Roma Gypsy Community. He is the director of Michigan Bridge
Ministry. He and his Valeriia and their two sons are sent out as members of Family of Faith Ministries in Charlevoix, Michigan. They are working closely alongside resident Pastor Kortchie Brugosh who is the Sr. Pastor at Radvanka Church of God where most of their ministry takes place.
The ministry is focused on reaching the lost for Jesus Christ and while outreach and Humanitarian aid is a part of the ministry, it is only a tool. One of the main outreach ministries that we have is a community feeding programs for the children of the community. 3 times a week we fill the church sanctuary, (a room that is about 10’ X 24’) with an average of 60 children. We sing, learn scripture, and have a warm meal. The most valuable is the relationship building and letting these little ones know they can come and be safe, and cared for in the house of God.
Our big goal for 2013 is to purchase an onsite parsonage. The church does not have good security and the building has been broken into and we have had many things stolen. Also, the Pastor lives in an apartment building that is flooded with standing water and sewage. There is a video online that details this situation. ( http://jtw.bz/RomaPastor ) We have an opportunity to purchase a new
building right next to the church that will expand the church for more children’s ministry, it will provide 24 hour on site security for the church, and it will move the pastor and his family into safe living conditions.
Jason has been a missionary since 2006. His first time going to the mission field he went with his parent who are also full time missionaries; Dale and Janice Marcum of Fruit of the Vine Ministries (fovministries.org). During his first tour, he met Valeriia, his future wife who was the translator for their team. At the end of the 6 month trip, Jason returning to Michigan to raise support to go back. In this time he became an Associate Missionary with Church of God World Missions.
In 2007 he returned to Ukraine and the two were married. The following year their first son, Danya, was born in Ukraine. Their second son Yan was also born in Ukraine 4 years later.
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Dr. John Vawter spent 10 years on the staff of Campus Crusade for Christ in both England and the Northwest as Area Director. He was the pastor at Wayzata Evangelical Free Church in the suburbs of Minneapolis for fourteen years and Bethany Community Church in Tempe, AZ. He was the president of Phoenix Seminary in Phoenix and Western Seminary in Portland, OR. He has taught doctoral courses in six different seminaries and spoken in seventeen countries. His two previous books include Uncommon Graces, which was nominated for the Gold Medallion Award and Hit by a Ton of Bricks; You’re Not Alone When Your Child’s on Drugs. The latter book grew out of the ministry his wife and he founded called You’re Not Alone, Inc. a non-profit ministry aimed at helping parents who discover their children are abusing alcohol and other drugs. The website www.notalone.org is visited by thousands of people every year.
Dr. James Wetherbe is a highly regarded professor, author and consultant in management of information technology. He has spent over 40 years in academia and industry, serving on the faculty of the University of Houston, University of Minnesota, University of Memphis and Texas Tech University. Author of over 30 books he has lectured worldwide on leadership, communication and information technology. He was the first recipient of the Management Information Systems Quarterly Distinguished Scholar Award, was ranked by Information Week one of the top dozen information technology consultants and speakers and is ranked among the top 20 most influential researchers in his field. His book about FedEx, The World on Time was ranked as one of the top 30 business books of 1997 by Executive Book Summaries. Computing Newsletter ranked his book Systems Analysis and Design as the best textbook on the topic. Previous work in spiritual authoring includes Faith Logic: Getting Online with God aimed at the strong willed spiritually challenged who require a more logical, reasoned approach to arrive at faith in God.
Please visit John and Jim at: http://www.achievinghighperformancefriendship.com
Kimberly has rafted the Nile River, hiked the hills at the base of Mount Everest, and eaten cow brains, just to say she’d done it! She has ridden an elephant (fun, but not as comfortable as you’d think), saw a robbery at knifepoint in the rickshaw in front of her (not fun at all), and eaten bone marrow (a cow’s if you want to know).
Before her adventures overseas, Kimberly spent her high school years reading books between classes because she was scared to talk to people, used to sit on one side of people because her teeth looked less crooked from that side, and later, after she finally got a little more brave, managed to fall down the steps in a formal the night of the Junior/Senior banquet!
When God led Kimberly into missions, at first she would get sick every time she had to speak in front of a crowd. Now it is one of her favorite things to do, which goes to show God knows better than we do what’s best for us! Kimberly went to Bangladesh at the age of 22 and lived there for 2 years. After that, she lived in Uganda working with an AIDS orphans ministry, then she married and she and her husband moved to Indonesia, where he taught English as a Second Language at a University.
Through those years, Kimberly struggled with multiple health problems (53 symptoms to be exact) but no doctor could figure out what was really wrong with her. Finally, after 15 years of searching, she was diagnosed with Addison’s disease. She also has hypoglycemia, asthma, and a cyst on her brain, and when she asked one doctor if she would be able to return overseas he said no, and he was surprised she hadn’t kicked off already!
As she has learned to live with a lesser version of herself than she would have chosen for herself, Kimberly is realizing that she used to find her identity and her worth in what she did and how much she did. Though her health problems, God is teaching her to find her worth in Him. She now loves sharing that message of worth with others through her novels on human trafficking and missions (Stolen Woman, Stolen Child, Stolen Future), her series on chronic health problems (Sick & Tired, You’re Sick They’re Not) and her new upcoming book for children who have lost a loved one and are grieving, titled, When I’m With Jesus.
Find out more or contact Kimberly Rae at www.kimberlyrae.com.
Hope D. Blackwell is a woman of God called to serve His people while accurately and effectively sharing His Word, love, and sacrifice for mankind. She is the founder of Back to the Garden Ministries, Inc. an evangelistic ministry birthed in October 2003 to reach the lost and equip the believer for purposeful and victorious living through various community programs and services. In 2006 the ministry launched its global outreach and since has traveled to African and Asian countries doing evangelistic missions, empowering women, and equipping and encouraging Pastors and Christian leaders in advancing the gospel of Jesus Christ in remote and poverty stricken areas. In addition, Hope has published four books which include the Back to the Garden Purpose Series (The Man, The Woman, and The Marriage), and the 2012 release, The Purposed Woman, Transformational Truths for Purposeful Living.
Hope’s passion for God is fueled by her intimate relationship with Jesus Christ, prayer, and deliverance from the many strongholds that began in her life after being both saved and molested at age nine. Low self-worth, rape, promiscuity, teenage pregnancies, sexual and physical abuse, divorce, and depression are only a few of the struggles she faced for over a decade prior to surrendering her life and total self to the Lord Jesus Christ. At age 24 Hope finally embraced the fullness of God’s mercy, forgiveness, and love, as well as His enabling grace for the call upon her life. Nearly 20 years later she is regarded as a woman of integrity and strength, and is a unique and prophetic mouthpiece in this hour.
Above all, Hope is the passionate mother of four sons and a daughter, and the grandmother of two. Hope’s greatest prayer is that people will experience the unconditional love of God through believers and be drawn into an intimate relationship with Christ where they grow as healthy, holy, and mature examples of God’s daily mercies and enabling grace.
Please visit Hope at: http://thepurposedwoman.com
Shannon grew up in foster care and suffered a massive debilitating stroke at age 23. It was then that God came into her life and helped her get through what life had handed her. She uses her knowledge about the Bible and her personal relationship with God, as well as her own experiences, to help others in dealing with and overcoming theirs. As a result of God’s good grace she formed Life Worth Living Ministries in an effort to help others effectively and positively deal with life’s struggles. In sharing the work do God, along with her own personal experiences, her goal is to help others see that life IS worth living and through God they can live a live better than they ever imagined.
Please visit Shannon at: lifeworthlivingministries.net
Rita Schulte received her bachelor of science degree in psychology and a master’s in counseling from Liberty University in Lynchburg, Virginia. She is a licensed professional counselor and board certified in the state of Virginia. She formerly served as a staff counselor for 9 years at Grace Ministries, Inc., a non-denominational Christ centered training and discipleship ministry with 97 ministry affiliates nationwide. During her tenure at Grace, Rita began to notice a strong correlation between unresolved grief and loss issues and client’s suffering from a host of mental health disorders. This led to her writing her first book Shattered: Finding Hope and Healing through the Losses of Life, published by Leafwood.
Rita has a private practice at Harbor Counseling and Consultation in Fairfax, Virginia, where she specializes in the treatment of depressive and anxiety disorders, eating disorders, and loss issues. She is certified in Critical Incident Stress Management. She formerly worked with Luthern Social Services, NOVACO, where she led a monthly group for victims of domestic violence. Rita has done speaking engagements, led Bible studies, developed a women’s ministry program for her local church, and led small groups. In April, 2011 she launched “Heartline Podcast where she talks with top leaders in the Christian counseling and literary world about cutting edge issues affecting the hearts and lives of people today. She also talks to real people struggling with real life issues. Guests have and will include: Dr. John Trent, Dr. John Townsend, Mandisa, Dr. John Ortberg, Dr. Emerson Eggerichs, June Hunt, Dr. Linda Mintle and Dr. Larry Crabb. Rita also hosts a one-minute devotional spot called Consider This heard on 90.5FM in NC, and 90.9FM in Lynchburg, Va., Community Radio Network, GrowTrac Radio, and others.
Rita lives in Fairfax with her husband Michael who is a cosmetic dentist. They have two children and four beautiful grandkids.
Sam Medina grew up in Jersey City, New Jersey, where he preached his first sermon at the age of 6, and soon demonstrated a gift for art, winning his first contest the same year. He went on to study history at Princeton, and then served in the United States Marine Corps before entering the world of finance at a stockbroker in 2002. In 2004, he launched a business consulting firm which has trained sales professionals and business leaders throughout the U.S. and Canada, and in 2009, he returned to art with the launch of the runaway hit webcomic, Jake the Evil Hare, which chronicles the adventures of a very bad rabbit trying really hard to be good. In 2011, he launched another critically acclaimed webcomic, Darkfell: The Fetters of Wizardry, a science-fiction and fantasy tale about a half-elven prophet who is caught in an ancient conflict between magic and technology. This webcomic gave rise to his novel, Katarina the Dragonslayer and the Foebreaker’s Curse, which critics are now comparing to The Lord of the Rings.His upcoming business strategy book, The Million Dollar Hustle, will be released in January 2014.
Over the years, Sam has also been involved in ministry as a teach, worship leader, and elder, and he is presently the Chairman of The Restoration Group, a teaching ministry which focuses on training emerging leaders. He is the author of the best-selling book, 7 Keys to Prophetic Maturity, and has taught on the prophetic since 1999.
You can visit Sam at: www.sam-medina.com
Bruce was born in 1945 three months after his dad died in Germany in WWII. He has never felt what it is like to have a father hug him and say, “I love you son, I am proud of you.” His mother developed cancer in 1950 and lost that battle in 1955 when Bruce was ten years old. After his mother’s death he felt betrayed, unloved, unlovable, unwanted, rejected, abandoned, and a misfit. He shut down his emotions. His teenage years proved to be disastrous encounters in relationships. He was unable to experience intimacy. The harder he tried to be accepted, the worse he failed. He became a perfectionist so he could be perfect enough for people to like him. College became the educational grounds for looking for love in all the wrong places, chasing women, and becoming an alcoholic.
Bruce also failed in marriage and a career only to succeed in bar room drinking 101. He was unable to accept authority. He was unable to experience intimacy. After his divorce in 1980, he spent years in bar rooms, changing jobs, and failed relationships. In Miami in 1989, he was jobless and almost homeless. He had picked out a couple of bridges he was considering living under. He was at the lowest point of his life. Then, while at a religious conference, he had a “suddenly” God encounter. While he received prayer, he prayed, “God if you truly exist, give me a sign.” Suddenly it felt like a million volts of electricity went through his body as the Father poured His love into him. At that moment, he knew that he knew, that he knew he knew, that God existed and that he was loved. This began his journey back to God.
In 1995, after months of praying that God would use him in healing ministry, Bruce awoke in the middle of the night to find his bedroom ceiling visibly gone. He said, “Father, what does all of this mean?” He heard the audible voice of the Father say, “I am calling you into a healing ministry.” Then in 2007, Bruce received healing for his orphan heart condition caused by his childhood emotional wounds. This experience profoundly impressed upon him to teach about the Father’s embrace.
Bruce, and his wife Ellen, received extensive training and are alumni of Christian Healing Ministries. Bruce is President of the nondenominational healing ministry Carolinas Ecumenical Healing Ministries which is also an associate ministry of the Apostolic Network of Global Awakening.. He is a prayer minister, author, publisher, and speaker. Now in full time ministry, his mission is to lead people into intimacy with the Fathering heart of God. Through his teachings on forgiveness and the Father’s love, people have an experiential encounter with God’s love and receive healing. He is the author of two books: “The Dad I Never Knew, A War Orphan’s Search for Inner Healing,” and “My Father, My Son, Healing the Orphan Heart with the Father’s Love.” He is currently working on his next book from his own personal experiences “How My Childhood Emotional Wounds Were Healed with God’s Love.” He has seen many physical, emotional, and inner healings both in the US and on short term healing ministry trips to Guatemala and Brazil.
Bruce and Ellen together have five children and nine grandchildren.
You can find out more about Bruce and partner/connect with him online at www.brucebrodowski.com
Danté DeShawn Savage, age 9, son of Ministers Shawn and Caroline Savage is an internet radio show co-host spreading the Good News of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Danté also writes Christian articles for children which are located on the Ambassadors for Christ Radio website. He has works published in the books Mourning Morning and Profound Poets.
Dante attends school at Colegio Bilingüe de Panamá (Bilingual School of Panama). He is in the fifth grade and by the Grace of God; he has been on the honor roll every year. Dante enjoys playing any video games he can put his hands on, enjoys going to the movies, and spending time at the beach with family and friends.
Twice a month, Dante visits and sponsors along with his parents the local Orphanage San José de Malambo in Arraiján, Panama. He fellowships with the children, invites them to spend weekends, and vacation times with his family, and share the love of God. Dante attends church at Christian Mission of Panama, Inc. where he is fed the Word of God along with other children who thirst for our Lord.
Danté makes guest appearances on Christian Discipleship Ministries TV (www.christiandiscipleshipministries.com/tv/) to promote from a child’s perspective, the Word of God, and how children can lean on our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ to strengthen them.
Danté has also been a guest for a radio interview on the Alive in Christ network (www.AliveinChristRadio.com).
On Sunday mornings at 9am Pacific Time, 12 noon Eastern Time, you can tune into Ambassadors For Christ Radio (www.AmbassadorsForChristRadio.com) to listen to him during the Spiritual Hour glorifying our Heavenly Father.
You can visit Dante at: http://www.AmbassadorsForChristRadio.com
“Marriage and family are God’s most important institutions and why Satan fights so hard against them,” says Linda Wood Rondeau, and why she wrote Days of Vines and Roses/Helping Hands Press, a story of a broken marriage. When the estranged couple experience hope of reconciliation, they are besieged by inexplicable evil forces that their lack of faith and spiritual depth cannot define.
“According to C.S. Lewis,” Rondeau states, “Satan’s most powerful weapon is to convince the world he does not exist. More than in years past, Christians are ignoring his influence in their lives. Consequently, their witness in a hurting world is diminished. We do not resist that which we do not believe is present.”
Winner of the 2012 Selah Award for best first novel The Other Side of Darkness/Harbourlight, Linda Wood Rondeau’s stories provide a wide assortment of unforgettable characters who journey paths not unlike our own, as in her best-selling Adirondack Christmas Romance, It Really IS a Wonderful Life/Lighthouse of the Carolinas 2012.
Rondeau is also the author of a popular devotional book, I Prayed for Patience God Gave Me Children/Helping Hands Press 2012.
A recent breast cancer survivor, Rondeau is now retired after a long career in human services and currently resides in Jacksonville, Florida where she continues to contribute a religious column for her Northern New York hometown newspaper, The Malone Telegram: This Daily Grind. While she misses the mountains from time to time, she does not miss the long winters. Florida living allows her to pursue her favorite hobby, golf, a subjected used in all her novels.
Upcoming releases include: A Christmas Prayer/Lighthouse of the Carolinas, Joy Comes to Dinsmore Street/Helping Hands Press, Songs in the Valley/Helping Hands Press, and a long short story, Jolly Angels/Helping Hands Press.
Readers may visit her web site at www.lindarondeau.com, email her at firstname.lastname@example.org or find her on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and Goodreads. She may follow her personal blog, This Daily Grind, which includes her cancer journey, or her multi-author blogs: Geezer Guys and Gals (for seniors written by seniors) and Life to the Fullest, based on John 10:10b.