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Christian talk radio with Radio Drama Production

Unshackled! is radio drama produced in a unique way. As it has been since 1945, writers, actors, and musicians combine to create a dramatic presentation that demonstrates the power of God to reach and change man. Today, Unshackled! is still produced very much as it has always been. Original music is still woven "live" through the story at the time of production. Sound effects occur as the story unfolds before an appreciative live audience. Unshackled! is a ministry of Pacific Garden Mission. Known as the Old Lighthouse, Pacific Garden Mission has since 1877 preached the Gospel of Jesus Christ to lost men and women of the street while at the same time meeting their material and physical needs.

Recent Episodes

Mar 29

Program #3611 Amy Carmichael, Part 1

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.

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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.

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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.

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3608 Kim Bond (Divorce, Drug Use, Smoking) After her parents divorce, Kim moves from town to town and fails to connect with others or find a sense of purpose. Then, a restaurant coworker shared a message of hope that changed both of their lives forever.

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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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1458 S. Canal
Chicago IL 60607
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