Amy Carmichael, Part 1 (Willfulness, Missions, Illness) | Amy grew up in a Christian Family in Ireland. Her strong will led her on many adventures and into trouble. Then she heard God speak and decided to live only for him. She started mission work with poor local women and after losing the remaining money from when her father died, their family was split up and she moved to England with her mother. Amy's health deteriorated and after she recovered the doctor wouldn't allow her exposure to diseases in China, where she felt called to be a missionary. But her victorious story wasn't over.
Brenda Bickford (Depression, Suicide, Anxiety) Brenda and Mitch were blessed with five children and brought them all up to love the Lord. Their oldest daughter, Heidi, was especially gifted and bright; often leading, writing, reading and creating plays for their church. Perfectionism and anxiety started to creep in as she grew older and when she went to college, she was debilitated by insecurity and fear. After a semester at home, she returned to finish college and soon after, she married Daniel and started a family. They had two boys, Enoch and Ethan. Though Heidi was a loving mother, postpartum depression plunged her further into isolation, and she unsuccessfully attempted to take her life when Ethan was only a few months old. After four months of counseling, prayer, and the close watchfulness of her family, Heidi made the decision to take her oldest son Enoch and step in front of a truck. She was killed instantly, but Enoch was miraculously saved. The family is grieving and hurting, yet they are thankful to see God touch thousands of lives through her story.
3609 Jeanette Schneider (Abuse, Prison Ministry, Mental Illness) Jeanette Schneider grew up in a home filled with the conflicts of mental illness. When she married, she thought she would break free of that, but it only brought her heartache and abuse. Her search for answers led her to a change of her life and heart and gave her a deep desire to share what she found with others.
3607 Jeffrey Austin (Addiction, Suicide, Family) Jeffrey grew up in what he calls a Chree-Easter family, casual church attenders who didn't fully buy in to the message of Jesus. His parents were loving, but his father lost his battle to depression and took his life when Jeff was very young. When his mother remarried one of Jeffs high school friends, Jeff numbed his pain and shame through alcohol and drugs. He fell into a dangerous cycle of addiction and partying until one day he told his boss he needed help. Though he didn't respond to rehab right away, eventually Jeff became clean and started a family. He experimented with different religions and listening to new age, self-help tapes. One day God spoke to him through an audio book on the New Testament and Jeff gave his life to Jesus.
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