What’s Your Story? Has God done something mind blowing in your life’s journey? join us each week, Wednesday’s at 2 PM EST, at STACIE and Friends Radio Show http://graceandtruthradio.world/shows/stacie-and-friends/ as others share their personal testimonies and how God chose to write their stories.
By God’s divine grace…
Karisa Moore – Turning the Page on Suicide – Karisa Moore is a survivor of suicide. Karisa saw the need for a raw, compassionate, and Christ centered voice in the depression conversation. She began blogging Turing the Page on Suicide in 2014, after the suicide of her teenage son, Jonathan, who struggled with physical and emotional pain.
How does anyone survive losing a child to suicide, let alone grieve with hope? “Do we stop the story, or turn the page? When heroes lose security and faith, my job is to help you turn the page and find hope in the rest of the story.”
Losing her son in 2014 to suicide brought Karisa to her knees and God elevated her to a new purpose. Karisa saw the need for a raw, compassionate, and Christ centered voice in the depression conversation. She began blogging about her experiences as a mom, as her family searched for hope amidst the grief. Her blog page: Turning the Page on Suicide encourages others with her devotionals and poetry.
Karisa is also an author. Her Book: Broken Butterflies: Emerging through Grieve. A Suicide Survivors Poetic Journal speaks to parents, teens, and individuals wounded by depression and suicide. She defiantly declares that the enemy does not win when we put our faith and trust in Christ. Your life, even in harsh circumstances can be shaped for good in the hands of God.
Karisa provides writing prompts and opportunities to journal each page, encouraging you to grieve with hope. ‘
Broken Butterflies: Emerging through Grieve. A Suicide Survivors Poetic Journal can be found at Amazon.com, Barnes and Noble and on Karisa’s Blog Post: Turning the Page on Suicide. Contact Karisa @ www.TurningthePageonSuicide.org Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/KarisaLynnMoore
Jaime Torres – You Can’t Kill the Miracle – Jaime Torres was born in Puerto Rico to an unwed mother of fifteen who left the island for New York City when Jaime was only nine months of age. Jaime experienced many rejections in his life.
Jaime found acceptance from one of the many gangs that were prevalent in the city. Concerned for her son, Jaime’s mother sent him back to Puerto Rico to live with his grandmother. The move, meant to rescue Jaime from danger, actually hastened his downfall. He met his father, who was one of the larger drug leaders on the island. Jaime soon became involved in drug trafficking, which would eventually end in a prison sentence. His life was on a downward spiral that included being stabbed in the throat and shot six times in the chest.
As the Lord would allow, Jaime was arrested for possession of cocaine. God met Jaime in a Federal prison in the form of a man named Gene, who was also a prisoner, of the Lord. The Spirit of the Living God began a good work in him that is still growing every day. Although Jaime was sentenced to twenty-five years in prison, God’s plan was quite different. The road has been one of hardship and trials at times, but God has been faithful and today Jaime Torres is ministering in local prisons, teaching Bible studies, and preaching the gospel at every opportunity. Contact Jaime Torres at www.JaimeTorresMinistries.org
Susan Carson – Roots and Branches – Susan is the founder of Roots and Branches Network, helping others encounter God in ways that transform and restore. Susan is the author of Rooted IN- Thriving in Connection with God,
Susan Carson is founder of Roots and Branches Network in Cincinnati, OH, helping other people encounter God in ways that transform and restore. We area all on an journey of becoming who we already are. We are already fully loved, created with intention to live with joy and significance. To Thrive in spirit, soul and body. To live deeply connected with God, with our true selves, and with others. But something is in our way. Rooted (IN) is a journey out of shame, and into love. The spiritual paths and practices in this book open the way to living rooted in and grounded in the love of Christ that heals and restores. You can connect with Susan Carson at Roots & Branches Network – www.rootsandbranchesnetwork.com – www.SusanCarson.net
Rachel Dawn – Now What?? – A Story of the Broken Dreams and the God we Restores Them – By age 25 Rachel found herself divorced discouraged, disenchanted and completely starting over. The lessons she learned rebuilding her life, regaining her courage, and reigniting her dreams have since inspired countless others.
Misty Wallace and Keith Blackburn – Face to Face; Eighteen-year-old Keith Blackburn put his .25 caliber pistol to the side of Misty Wright’s head and pulled the trigger. The bullet went through her gum, through her esophagus, and severed her carotid artery. He left her for dead. Miraculously Misty survives and after only serving a nine years of a twenty year sentence, Misty learns her shooter is released from prison. After suffering from severe PTSD, Misty files a restraining order against her assailant. In a second chance encounter, Misty realizes Keith doesn’t even know who she is.
Their story will leave you speechless.
Eighteen years after the shooting, Misty contacted Keith. “I said, ‘I know you know who I am. I don’t want to fight. There’s nothing to argue about at this point… but it’s what God does that will make you raise a Hallelujah! …but I need you to know I have forgiven you so I can move on with my life,’” said Wallace.
Join us for a 3 part series and hear an amazing true story of how God reconciled two strangers after a brief, almost deadly encounter; one the victim, the other the offender, through the power of forgiveness.
Forgiven Ministry; Scottie and Jack Barnes… It was a cold winter day in January when we left the grave of my father. I remember saying, “If God could ever use the story of his life, I would share it wherever He wanted it told. Ten years later, I was invited to visit our local prison unit. I shared my Dad’s story and was amazed how God chose to use it for His glory. I saw inmates weep and identify with the words I spoke. I saw the Holy Spirit of God begin to soften those hardened hearts. When our local unit closed, I prayed, “Lord, help me find my place in your work.” Immediately, God opened doors for me to share my testimony in prisons, churches and children’s homes.”
Scottie grew up with an absent father who was incarcerated in prison. Mr. Pennell was a kingpin in the mafia. Scottie was an only child and the daughter of an inmate. Her childhood was vague of memories of her father, except the brief times her mother would take her to visit her father in prison.
Forgiven Ministry’s Mission: Bringing the Good News of God’s love and forgiveness to those behind bars.Our mission is to meet the spiritual, physical and emotional needs of the children of inmates, the inmates themselves, ex-inmates and inmates’ families, with the result of healing wounds inflicted by crime, redirecting lives, and restoring these individuals into the community as productive citizens, parents and family members. The Holy Spirit is ever-present behind those iron bars. Reconciliation, love and forgiveness are major factors and beautifully orchestrated when the inmates children enter a prison for a One Day with God Camp with their incarcerated parent. Behind the cold steel razor wire and iron bars there’s a party going on and you hear praise and worship music, while games are being played, and lives are being changed, forever. The laughter of the fathers or mothers echoes in the hearts of the children and their parent long after the party is over. The memory s will never fade. Forgiven Ministry https://forgivenministry.org/about/our-mission/
Etta Caver – from victim to advocate…
Etta didn’t know about violence when she was growing up, but the unexpected murder of her mother began a tragic life journey through two different domestic violence relationships. When she tried to leave, she ended up in the hospital, and kept going back as the violence escalated. “Nobody gave me sound advice or information on how to be safe,” she said, and she soon ran out of hospitals because she wouldn’t go back to one a second time.” Etta had taken her last beating.Just to be sure though, she had her 11-year-old son snap a photograph of her pummeled face. It was the only picture she ever allowed of herself. The image wasn’t for evidence against her abusing boyfriend. It was a reminder never to go back, never to allow this to happen again. Not by anyone. “There are a lot of people who don’t understand the dynamics of domestic violence. They don’t understand why you just don’t leave,” she said. “But that is the most dangerous time for a victim. They’re so vulnerable.” Knowing what she does now, her sister Kimberly said she cannot imagine the strength it takes to admit what happened and share it with others. Etta advocates for those suffering in silence in domestic relationships. You can reach Etta through the STACIE Foundation at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Hope Reins, is home to rescue horses nestled in the woods of beautiful Raleigh, NC set on a 33 acre ranch. This ranch is no ordinary ranch. Hope Reins has served more than 2000 kids in crisis since 2010. It’s a place where pain, fear, hopelessness and doubt all dissolve away because Kim Tschirret, founder and CEO had a vision. Then came along an abused and neglected horse, named Joey. A blind horse that helped others to see. Joey, a book by Jennifer Marshall Bleakley, put Hope Reins on the map across the United States. This story will melt your heart, so grab several boxes of tissues. I had the pleasure of visiting Hope Reins this past summer and meeting Kim and her incredible staff and volunteer team. Hope Reins interview will completely suck you in as Kim, her staff and volunteer members as well as families share incredible success stories of Hope and Healing when kids in crisis meet rescue horses.
William and Ebralie Mwizera survived the Rwanda Genocide with their four children. Randy Hartley producer of the movie “Beautifully Broken” that tell’s the story of a Refuge’s Escape, a Prisoners Promise, and a Daughter’s Painful Secret the Mwizera’s story that God gracefully orchestrated and eventually brings William’s, Randy’s and a young girl through Compassion International in Africa named Umahoza. This movie is based on the true story whose lives become entangled due to the Rwanda Genocide.
Jessica Howard – How Christ met her right where she was, in the midst of a five year prison sentence – 3 Part Series – Guilty Verdict? Jessica became the fall guy when her finance was caught dealing drugs, and was incarcerated for five years. Her story is heartbreaking, but God met her in the midst of her suffering and restored her dreams.
Patty Mason, author and speaker, Finally Free. Patty suffered from severe depression until God set her free. 2 Part Series
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