Upcoming Guests
 
Monday, May 23rd, 2022

Billy and Jodie Ballenger
Billy Ballenger’s personal story reads like a movie script, and there’s nothing he doesn’t share! He truly believes the greatest story anyone could ever tell is their testimony, just ask the over half million lives he’s already impacted through his songs and story. Billy initially accepted Christ when he was 10 at a church event held in a fire station. Billy’s music is driven by his heart to create a song that speaks for those who can’t, and inspire those who can! He found his passion for music as a young boy growing up in Indiana. Yet as a child, he was troubled and bullied which led to bad decisions and bad outcomes. By eighteen Billy was already a young married father, but still chasing after the party life. Substance abuse, burglaries and violence led to a SWAT team raiding his home which ended with he and his wife being arrested. As a result, their baby girl was taken from them and they were both sentenced to six years in prison. A miraculous part of he and Jodie’s story, is that through a man who overheard Billy say he needed a job, Billy and Jodie began attending church before they entered prison. They both responded to an altar call there and recommitted their lives to Christ. This was shortly before they were sentenced. While in prison, Billy grew in his faith and communicated regularly with Jodie to encourage her. The man who hired Billy (to do construction) together with his wife, poured into the Ballenger’s, changing their path. They remain ‘family’ today. Billy and his wife were miraculously released early from prison and soon received full custody of their daughter! Billy followed his heart and began pursuing his dream of becoming a recording artist. Since that day, God has led him around the globe with performances in the United States, China, Russia, Canada, worldwide television, and Christian music's largest annual tour Winter Jam, where his dream of arena tours and reaching tens of thousands for Christ became a reality! Billy is incredibly grateful for the friendships and collaboration he’s found touring with artist's like Building 429, Crowder, Andy Mineo, Passion, Hillsong Young and Free, Red, NewSong, and so many more. Billy followed his heart and began pursuing his dream to become a recording artist and speaker – his speaking has taken him to public schools where he has reached more than 300,000 young people so far – and he is not done yet! In an effort to continue to impact everyone, everywhere he goes, he continues to accept opportunities to expand his outreach into every community he can. He co-founded a life-changing nonprofit called “Break the Grey, Inc.” Its mission is focused on one thing . . . to bring the hope of Jesus Christ to the lost and hurting through music and speaking! Jodie Ballenger is an inspirational speaker and author of the book, "Beautifully Unbroken: The Prostitute's Daughter." She is the wife of musician and motivational speaker, Billy Ballenger, and the co-founder of a life-changing nonprofit organization called Break the Grey. Its mission is to bring the hope of Jesus Christ to the lost and hurting through music and speaking. She is the Mother of two grown children, one son- in-law, one daughter-in-law, and five grandchildren. Through many God-directed interventions in her life, Jodie found the hope, love and healing of Jesus Christ. Her story is one of Faith, Redemption and Love. https://billyballenger.com/ /a> https://jodieballenger.com/ /a>


Tuesday, May 24th, 2022

Deepa Akka
Deepa grew up in a family with a strong Hindu religious background and lots of traditions and rituals. She got married to her husband with out prior knowledge of his Chrsitian background and this relationship influenced her spiritual perspective. Deepa's life was changed following a prayer over a conflict with a friend. Today, she and her husband lead Baruch Adonai Ministries in Hyderabad, India. http://www.baruchadonaiministries.org

Jaya Jeevan
Jaya was born into a Hindu family in India and she was raised as a Hindu. She went to a Catholic school where they had one class about religion. She really didn’t know anything about religion but she found a Bible in her desk and read it secretly without her family’s knowledge. She often prayed to Jesus, and Jesus was her best friend. When her family found out that she was reading the Bible her older brother threw it out of the house. Jaya later married a Hindu man and was married in the Hindu tradition, but without her in laws knowledge or consent. She chose her husband over God and her relationship with Jesus. Jaya and her husband eventually moved to Texas. She had a good job and a beautiful young daughter, but she was very depressed to the point of being suicidal. She tried everything to break free from depression. It was so bad that she couldn’t sleep at all. Suddenly she was forced to go back to India to solve her work visa issues. Leaving her husband and daughter and go back to India was a terrible experience and she couldn’t stop crying. While in India, a friend recommended that she meet a lady named Deepa Srinivas who could pray for her. Jaya went to hear Deepa speak. Her message that day from the Bible was about returning to Jesus…you will want to watch so you can hear what happened as Jaya listened to, and received, this message of truth!


Wednesday, May 25th, 2022

Travis Olafsen
Travis Olafsen tells his story publically for the first time. Travis grew up in a great home, was very outgoing with lots of dreams for his life. At 18 in his first year of university, those dreams seemed to end when one night he was abducted and sexually assaulted. Travis’s personality changed dramatically and his life changed course.

Patrick Shea
On a summer Friday in 2012, Patrick awoke at three-thirty in the morning. Half of his body lay on the road, the other half on the curb. Flesh was torn from his elbows, forearms, knees and shins. A recent nasty divorce had caused Patrick to lose everything and sent him into a deep depression and to ease his sorrow he had ended up at a corner bar. After crawling home, Pat said to himself, “Enough is enough. Things have got to change.”. Sometime later Pat remembered he had a Bible been given at his brother’s funeral which had been sitting unused for twenty-five years. Pat started reading. After reading almost half of the Old Testament, Pat gave his life to Jesus, started attending church with a few friends, enrolled in a New Believers class and was baptized in water.


Thursday, May 26th, 2022

Maggie Baratto
Beauty for Ashes Transformation House (BATH) is a residence for women exiting human trafficking, the sex trade and addiction. BATH provides a sanctuary for women to be encountered and transformed by the love of God and to re-discover their true worth and value. Programming has been designed to change the course of individual destinies and to see brokenness and despair transformed into wholeness and hope. Our core mission is to empower women to experience peace and receive vision for a new beginning! http://fhhm.org http://fhhm.org/beauty-for-ashes-transformation-house

Celesta Stevenson
Police across the Prairie Provinces say crystal meth is a key factor driving crime rates. Dwayne Cameron, an addictions specialist says “It’s all over Saskatchewan….I don’t think anyone’s community is immune to it ... we’re seeing it really hit in the rural and First Nations communities.” Known for being cheap and easily accessible – crystal meth users get a quick rush of euphoria that can last for 12 hours or more. However, it’s also known as the silent killer. Celesta Stevenson, and her husband Jonathan, know this all too well. Drug addiction is often a constant struggle and not something easily overcome overnight. It’s a process and a journey. Gratefully, Celesta and Jonathan’s story is one of victory and overcoming.

Dr. Karen Wang
Dr. Wang serves as an Adolescent Inpatient Psychiatrist at Sunnybrook. Dr. Wang is also as a Psychiatry Consultant with Tyndale Counselling Services at Tyndale University College & Seminar. http://tyndale.ca/wellness/practitioners/karen-wang

Grace Van Ankum
Grace Van Ankum, has been supporting individuals with addictions for several years. Her work has included walking alongside women exiting human trafficking, the sex trade and addictions here in Canada. Currently, Grace provides individual and group addictions counselling in various residential programs. Through these various settings it became apparent that addiction impacts individuals and families from every race, gender and socio-economic status. Grace has witnessed individuals courageously begin new lives of recovery; inspiring her to become an Addictions Counsellor and help others move towards positive life changes. Grace holds a Bachelor of Arts in Honours Psychology degree from Redeemer University and a Professional Studies Certificate in Addictions Counselling from Emmanuel Bible College. Grace is a member of the Canadian Addiction Counsellors Certification Federation. http://graceaddictioncounselling.ca


Friday, May 27th, 2022

Olga
Olga decided to leave Kyiv after Russian soldiers attacked a nuclear power plant in Zaporozhye on March 4, 2022. Olga’s Mother and one of her two sons live in Canada, while her other son, who is 33 years old is still in Ukraine and not able to leave the Country. Olga recently sat down with Cheryl Weber to share her story – one of courage, perseverance, and hope amid incredible heartbreak and danger. Olga has witnessed first-hand the harrowing realities of the war still raging in Ukraine. She was with mothers and babies, elderly people, and others traveling through extensive circumstances to reach safety in neighboring Poland. Olga was able to come to Canada on a work Visa and she is truly grateful to Canada for their support of the Ukrainian people. While Olga is thankful to be here and safe, a piece of her heart remains in her home Country, and with her son who is there providing relief efforts to civilians. Our prayer is that Olga’s story will encourage everyone to keep praying, keep supporting and keep believing for God to intervene on behalf of our Ukraine brothers and sisters

Rashawn Copeland
Without Walls Ministries is a Christ centered outreach founded by Rashawn and Denisse Copeland that is committed to serving individuals who are searching for light in a dark world. We are a people who chase after Truth as we desire to pursue a relationship with the Father. We humbly strive to live out the teaching and the great commission of Jesus Christ. Rashawn is also an Evangelist, Published Author, and Medical Service Officer for the United States Army. He is a graduate of the University of Central Oklahoma and is currently earning his MDiv at Liberty University. Rashawn is the online Campus Pastor at Embrace Church Sioux Falls, SD. He lives in Oklahoma City with his wife, Denisse, and their three children. http://copelandministries.org