Jeff Simmons, author of Finding the Extra in the Ordinary, encourages us all to expect God to show up in our daily lives. He also encourages us to find fulfillment and purpose in living out God’s calling on our individual lives. Then research increasingly shows that our culture is in the midst of a mental health epidemic, especially among children and youth. But Dr. Danny Huerta believes parents can offset these issues by routinely initiating conversations with their children to assess their mental and emotional well-being. He encourages parents to establish a solid spiritual environment in the home to help improve mental health. Receive a copy of The 10 Best Decisions a Single Mom Can Make for your donation of any amount. . Listen to the new Practice Makes Parent podcast featuring Danny Huerta and Rebecca St. James. How to Make Good Decisions as a Single Mom 4 Ways to Survive Being a Single Mom If you've listened to any of our podcasts, please give us your feedback.
“It’s better to be dead than taken hostage. ” When Jeff Woodke said those words, he didn’t know that he would be taken hostage from his home in Niger in 2016. But Woodke, a long-term relief and gospel worker in West Africa, did know there were risks. Risk wasn’t such a big issue in the early years of the ministry of Jeff and his wife, Els, in Niger with Youth With a Mission (YWAM). They worked in church planting, discipleship, and evangelism among the Wodaabe people. Niger was an open country, with churches throughout. What Christian persecution there was came from family members or neighbors who opposed following Jesus. However, over time the rise of Salafist Islam changed Niger—and increased their risk. Listen as Jeff recalls the night he was kidnapped and how the image of orange flashes from the guns which killed his guards are seared into his memory. Naked and bloody, Jeff was forced into the back seat of a truck and driven away, not knowing who his captors were or how long his captivity might last. Over the years, Jeff was transferred into the custody of multiple terror groups, beaten and mistreated. As a Christian who refused to embrace Islam, Jeff was seen as an animal. Some of his guards were only 12 years old. Yet Jeff says renouncing his faith in Christ and becoming a Muslim to get better treatment was never an option. Jeff shares what helped him during those difficult days and how he knew the Lord was with him. Listen as he tells why forgiveness was key and how he took opportunity daily to express it to his captors. Please pray for Jeff and Els as they continue to recover from the more than six years of Jeff’s captivity and come back next week as Jeff continues to share more of his experience being a hostage and his eventual release and freedom. Register now to join VOM Radio host, Todd Nettleton, at the I-Am-N Virtual Event on March 8. You may also want to talk to your pastor or church leaders about hosting this inspiring event at your church. More details and free registration at www. IamNevent.comNever miss an episode of VOM Radio! Subscribe to the podcast. Or you can listen each week—and get daily prayer reminders—in the VOM App for your smartphone or tablet.
Our foundations must be strong and stable as the storms around us intensify. In this sermon, Pastor Allen Jackson reminds us that Jesus is the foundation of our faith, and we gain stability by embracing God’s Word and following what it says—including repenting. Repentance is not an emotion; it’s a decision that emerges from our will to follow God, turn away from anything that diminishes His role in our lives, and honor Him with our habits, attitudes, beliefs, and behaviors. Greater faith, confidence, and trust in God will come as we build our willingness to practice repentance.