Ep 20 – Jesus Changed Everything: One Jewish Woman’s Journey to Jesus

She grew up in a Jewish home and only heard the name of Jesus in anger. Later on, though, his name would come to mean peace, joy and freedom. This is the story of one Jewish woman’s faith in Jesus. It’s a story of loss, disruptions, and discovering a new identity in Christ as a Jewish wife and mom. For her, Jesus literally changed everything.

In this episode, Sandy mentions the writings of Jewish Scholar and believer in Jesus, Arnold Fruchtenbaum.  For more on him and his writings, visit  https://www.ariel.org/



Ep 19 – African Americans and Missions

These are the stories of lesser known heroes in the history of missions. Many have heard of William Carey and Lottie Moon. But before Adonirum Judson, there was an African American named George Liele.

Earl African American missionaries and the experiences of African Americans in missions today. That’s the topic on this episode of the Mission Life Podcast.

Featuring: Richard Coleman, former Director of Mobilization and Candidacy for TMS Global

Names mentioned in the podcast:
Benjamin Johnson
Michael Johnson – Surgeon in Kenya for 20 years, “Making the Blind Man Lame”
Jim Southerland – PhD in African Americans in Missions http://www.rmni.org

Ambassadors Fellowship – African American Sending Agency in Colorado Springs
TMS Global
Wycliffe Bible Translators
SEND International

Profiles of African American Missionaries – William Carey Library
Biography of Lott Carey – “From Slave to Governor”
Hosie Burks – “A New Man” “Timbuktu Revisited”
Montrose Waite – “The Man Who Couldn’t Wait”

Ep 18 – Advice for People Who Love Someone Trapped in Addiction


“The help has always been out there.”

Guest:  Bruce Friddle, founder of Perimeter Recovery Residence   www.perimeterrecovery.com

Advice for parents  and others who love an addict:

  • Take care of yourself
  • Get over your embarrassment
  • Be willing to get uncomfortable
  • Realize that it is a Spiritual problem, not just a physical one
  • Be willing to get out of the way
  • Let go
  • Break your dependency on the addict
  • Get support for yourself like Alanon. Talk to other parents going through this same situation.
  • Set boundaries. Realize the power you have in controlling what’s going on.

Questions for reflection:

  • Are you participating in killing them?
  • Are you really keeping your child alive? Are they living?
  • What in your life has suffered to keep your child alive?
  • Are you willing to get out of the way and let someone take over?

Common Mistakes Loved Ones Make:

  • Can’t let go
  • Been living this way for so long the parents/loved ones have become co-dependent
  • Life revolves around the addict
  • Trying to fight ‘the beast’ by yourself without the tools/knowledge to fight
  • Not enforcing boundaries/not realizing the power they have to effect what is happening

Evaluating a Recovery Program:

  • Look for references.
  • Are they ethical? Do they have integrity?
  • Don’t blame the program.
  • What is their area of expertise?
  • Do they include the mental and the spiritual in their treatment? What is their approach to recovery?
  • Are they GARR approved? Are they in good standing with GARR?


www.garrnow.org   Ga Assoc of Recovery Residence

Ep 17 – Why God Calls Us to Dangerous Places

Surely a loving Father would never send his children into danger. Yet we read over and over again of God doing just that. What then is God’s motivation? These two know firsthand what it’s like to serve where many have warned them not to go. They will help us understand why God calls us to dangerous places.

In this episode, we discuss:

  • Why so many churches avoid sending people to dangerous places
  • How our theology affects where we think God is calling us
  • What its like to worship with people living under persecution
  • How to respond to family members who don’t approve of where you are going
  • The blessings of serving in a dangerous place
  • Why God calls us to dangerous places

Ep 16 – I Only Speak 6 Languages

He’s a Burmese Pastor and disciplemaker, a student of movements and someone who has faced persecution for his faith.  He came here seeking asylum because it was no longer safe to return home.  Now, he’s sharing the gospel and planting churches all over the USA.  This is the story of James Amar.

James’ ministry is a DBC supported mission partner with opportunities for you and your class or small group.

To find out more about James’ ministry, visit www.jmaministries.org