3635 Amy Blackwell Part 1 (Backsliding, Perfectionism, Divorce, Abortion) Amy grew up striving to do everything a good Christian should and to please her father. She was a peacemaker in her house and sought to thwart conflict between her parents. She carried this desire to please others into adulthood. An emotional affair ended her first marriage and led to a series of failed relationships, marriages, and divorces. Amy struggled to find her own voice and fell into a deep pit of depression and shame; only happy when she got to be with her two kids. When she got pregnant from a man she did not want to be with, Amy decided to abort. Her friend talked her out of it, reminding her of who she was and what she valued.
3634 Joy Robertson Part 2 (Illness, Death, Testing Of Faith) When Joy decided to trust God and marry Ros Robertson, she thought she had found the perfect life for herself and her young daughter. But an unexpected illness and a dire diagnosis caused them to face difficult decisions. Joy struggled with issues of faith, asking why God had allowed such tragedy, while watching the faith of her husband in spite of pain and heartbreak. Joy finds that courage comes just when it is needed when you put your trust in God.
3633 Joy Robertson Part 1 (Abuse, Unwed Pregnancy, Depression) Raised by family members, Joy was abused and mistreated at the hands of those her mother trusted with her care. She grew up dreaming of using her vocal talent to find fame and fortune, but when her big break came, she had a decision to make. She must choose between following her new faith in Christ or allowing her talent to be used in situations that would compromise her faith.
3632 George Gray (Disability, Ministry for the Blind) When he was only one year old, George had an eye removed due to disease. As he grew older the vision in his remaining eye continued to decline. But George was determined to keep up with other kids, pulling his weight around the house and at school. One of 6 kids, he adored his mother who gave him an early foundation of faith. He tiptoed around his father whose alcoholism made home life uneasy. Despite a school counselor suggesting college was out of the question, George was accepted to college and, with the help of his mom, earned a degree in education. He got married to a college sweetheart and started a family. But when he came to know Jesus through a local church, he felt called to ministry. This started a new chapter and eventually George found his current calling: ministry for the blind.
(Drugs, Rage, Unforgiveness) Bryan Lee Venckus became a man at the age of 8. That's when he stepped in to stop his dad from beating up his mom. A rage was born, a rage he used to protect kids from bullies, and to fuel his dream to become a professional boxer. But rage was also an uncontrolled fire that only drugs could numb. Finally, God showed him: His problem wasn't rage or drugs. It was forgiveness. When he forgave his dad, Bryan Lee discovered the power of God's redemption.