David Broussard: Sculptor, Artist & New Creation

Artist, David Broussard is a skilled sculpture whose welded artwork defies logic and boggles the mind. The beauty of his crosses, butterflies and other designs made from sheets of plain steel, is truly beyond comprehension. David acknowledges and gives all the credit to God for his talent and abilities.  David is passionate about sharing the gospel of Christ Jesus through his art and shares the gospel with anyone and everyone who will listen.

Each piece of David’s art is signed with his name and this bible verse: 2 Corinthians 5:17 which proclaims the change that Christ brought about in David’s life. It reads “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.”

David along with his lovely wife Michelle, desire to honor God in all they do. Please visit their website: www.jeweledsteel.com we know you will love his unique, one of a kind pieces of art. Also, here is a link to a super cool video of David the making one of his crosses: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z09EOPQ6_3s

 

Katie Forsythe: God's Provision Through Surrender

As a 26 year old newlywed, Katie Forsythe found that the trajectory she had planned for her life was about to take a very different path when she was diagnosed with Neuroblastoma a childhood cancer, rarely found in adults. Katie's story is filled with wisdom and powerful insights into God's love and faithfulness. 
During this journey with her husband Zane by her side, Katie mentioned the Ebenezers – remembers of the ways in which the Lord had helped them even before they knew they were in need.  We all need Ebenezer stones in our lives, to remind us of God’s faithfulness. 

Our hope is that the stories we bring you through our podcast will be Ebenezers for you all, continual reminders of God’s ever present help and reminders of all the wonders God has and is continuing to perform.

Music: Summer Rain by Shane Ivers - https://www.silvermansound.com

Ben and Margret Fields: Project-44

Project-44 began as its founder Ben Fields, an auto mechanic, was questioning his role in the world, and more specifically, the church. He felt he was not helping the community the way the church ought to be.

It was during that time that someone gave Ben a vehicle and suggested he fix it up and give it to someone in need. A car ministry was born and took on the name Project-44, named after the 44th book of the Bible: Acts.

Project-44 has become a multi-faceted ministry including:

Counseling ministry: providing affordable counseling to those in need that cannot typically pay for the counseling themselves.

Liberian trade school:  currently building a trade school in war-torn Liberia on a 150 acre plot of land.

Family 2 Family: providing boxes of food to those in need.

Outreach group: conducting minor home repairs to those in need.

Project-44’s mission is to go beyond the four walls of a church and help those in need where they need it. Focusing on ministries to help the local community.

To learn more about Project-44 and volunteer opportunities, please visit their website at https://project-44.org/

Dianne Carlson: Following God’s Puzzle Pieces

Dianne Carlson

Dianne Carlson joined the ALARM team in 2018 as the Director of Justice Initiatives. In her role, Dianne advocates for ALARM’s peace, justice, and reconciliation programs, keeping our US friends, partners, and donors informed and engaged in our justice initiatives.

Dianne is a native Texan whose professional career has included employment with one of the largest law firms in the world, legal research and writing instructor for both the University of Texas School of Law and SMU School of Law, graduate of mediation training, and pro-bono coordinator for Greenberg Traurig law firm.  In October 2017, Dianne asked a group of Christian friends to pray with her as she felt a call on her heart to be involved with justice on more than a passing basis.  This resulted in joining ALARM to fulfill what she believes has always been her life’s calling: the pursuit of Biblical justice!

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Gary Randle: God Don't Waste Nothin'

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Gary Randle

“A lot has transpired since the beginning, but the destiny remains the same. One thing is clear to me, my ability is subpar at best, but when I make myself available all kinds of things happen. I’m constantly surprised! My best attribute is a character flaw...”

The Hunter

Whose call is to protect the hunted.

Have you ever thought that the meaning of your name is the purpose of your mission? For Gary, it is so. He is the “spear carrier” of the battle, the warrior. He carries the burden of saving at-risk boys, nurturing and training them to become leaders, not inmates.  He fights for them with all that he has. His name is his purpose and his mission!

After a “Weekend of Champions” prison trip to Amarillo, Texas, he could not shake the pull to do something about the plight of African-American males. He would bravely take that vision and go on to become Co-Founder and Executive Director of HOPE Farm, a place where young inner city boys are transformed by cultivating the whole child- spiritually, emotionally, and physically.

Mentorship was a strong component of the program because of fatherlessness in the lives of the majority of these males. Gary states, “ I knew that I couldn’t do anything for the guys who were in prison, but I could do something to keep guys from going to prison.”  Knowing that something had to be done, he prayed, and began the work, the work of transformation. He and his co-founder launched their dream, HOPE Farm.

HOPE Farm is a leadership program guiding at-risk boys to become Christ- centered men of integrity that will be leaders in their families, churches, communities, and the nation.  It was founded in 1989 by Gary Randle and Noble Crawford, two former law enforcement officers.  They shared the burden of the high level of minority males within the criminal justice system and the personal and societal impact of fatherlessness in most of those males’ lives. Based on his philosophy that “it is easier to prepare than to repair” and realizing the importance of early intervention, they began HOPE Farm to help develop boys without the benefit of a Godly male influence in the home and additionally to support the women raising the boys.

Gary has helped build a program of accountability that encourages boys to achieve standards of excellence.  After fifteen years with the Fort Worth Police Department and twenty-five years as the Founder of Hope Farm, Gary finds himself repurposing. Gary’s circle is different, but the mission is the same.

Gary was a native of Riverside, California. In his second year of Junior College, Gary was recruited to play basketball at Texas Christian University in Fort Worth, Texas. He graduated with a BA in General Studies and a Minor in Criminal Justice. The epitome of a family man,  he is an excellent husband, loving father, and faithful friend. Married to Marilyn for 36 years. they are the proud parents of an adult daughter, Gabrielle.

Brandon and Audrey Stewart: Sounding The Alarm

Meet Audrey and Brandon Stewart with their daughters Cameron and Madelyn. Audrey and Brandon share their story about their moment of crisis when at 9 months old Cameron was in a serious accident that required emergency brain surgery. Listen to this insightful story of how they responded in their moment of crisis.

Sensory play has been a huge part of Cameron's recovery and quickly became Cameron and Audrey’s favorite activity to do together. As a result, Let Them Be Little Sensory Boxes was born. It’s fun for littles but also beneficial for the development of fine motor skills, speech development, social skills and encourages the use of a child's imagination. Let Them Be Little delivers a themed sensory box to your door every month for just $30. Learn more at https://letthembelittlebox.com/   

Brandon is a counselor at Restoration where their goal is simply to see lives restored. Their mission is to help our clients achieve the insight and practical skills necessary to overcome the barriers to becoming the people God designed them to be. If you are looking for a counselor we can't help but suggest reaching out to Restoration to see if one of their counselors is a good fit for you!  Learn more about Brandon and Restoration at https://www.restorationcec.com/our-team/brandon-stewart/

Erika Pitstick: Reconciliation, Trust and Love

Erika Pitstick grew up in El Slavador, attended college in California and met her husband in Israel. Erika is a business owner, wife and mom to 3 children all under the age of 4. Erika a true entrepreneur wears many different hats, she co-owns Price Right Tree Service https://www.pricerighttrees.com with her husband Price, has completed her first children’s book: My Daddy The Tree Climber available on Amazon and has launched her new enterprise - Meet Intentional with Fun Time Dinner Time boxes designed to give families a jump start for making their dinner times special. To learn more visit https://www.meetintentional.com

Andy McQuitty's Gold Embossed Invitation

Andy McQuitty, is a loving husband and father to his wife Alice and their 5 children. He is a godly man who faithfully shepherded and served as Senior Pastor of Irving Bible Church for over 30 years, where he currently serves as Pastor At Large. He is a graduate of Wheaton College and Dallas Theological Seminary where he earned his Doctor of Ministry degree in 1997.

Andy is the author of 2 outstanding books you don’t want to miss:

 Notes from the Valley: A Spiritual Travelogue through Cancer AND

The Way to Brave: Shaping a David Faith for Today's Goliath World

Blake Gillihan: New Life Through God’s Grace

On Good Friday, Christians around the world reflect on the Crucifixion of Jesus, remembering how He took the punishment we deserved by dying on the cross. Even those who do not follow Jesus, are overwhelmed by the story of the Crucifixion ~ an innocent man’s sacrifice, giving his life for another. Blake Gillihan shares his story of how God used the words of a hymn “Before the Throne of God Above” written over 150 years ago to lead him to a new life in Christ.

“Before the Throne of God Above” Original words by Charitie Lees Bancroft (1841-1892), music and alt. words by Vikki Cook. © 1997 Sovereign Grace Worship (ASCAP). All rights reserved. Used by permission.www.SovereignGraceMusic.org performed by Shane & Shane, is shared with special permission from Shane & Shane https://shaneandshane.com/ and Wellhouse Entertainment https://wellhouseentertainment.com/ 

Phil Luckett's Russia Story

Phil Luckett is a man who has led an exciting, adventurous, jam-packed life. Most people would have been content to have a good paying job as a federal employee. And most people would have felt they won the lottery to work as an NFL referee for 16 years. But Phil Luckett is definitely NOT most people. The desire of Phil’s heart was and still is, to make himself available to God and to follow where ever the Lord leads him. So, not only did Phil have a full career as a federal employee and as an NFL official; he has also been part of a national speaking tour, led 20+ mission trips to Russia and has been an instructor to people around the globe. And yet, the highlight of Phil’s career and what has been most important to he and his wife Shirley and their daughter Ginger, is the addition of their 2 daughters & Ginger’s 2 sisters, Mary and Daria. Here are links to a couple of the ministries Phil mentioned in his Russia Story for you to learn more about the work they are doing.

Bridges for Peace https://www.bridgesforpeace.com/  

And the speaking ministry: UnveilinGLORY https://www.unveilinglory.com/  



Coveted Conversations with Dr. Shailendra Thomas, Marilyn Randle and Jennifer Smith

What an honor to introduce you to our guests Marilyn Randle, Jennifer smith and Dr. Shailendra Thomas they are co-authors of 2 books Coveted Conversations and their children’s book entitled Image Bearer and currently have a 3rd book in the works.

In this episode we give you a glimpse into the lives of 3 gifted story tellers and the deep and abiding friendship the share with one another. Their honesty, wisdom and transparency are so refreshing and encouraging. In their books, they address most of the challenges we all face at one time or another, offering words of comfort and hope.

Coveted Conversations and Image Bearer may be purchased online from Amazon or Barnes and Noble. To learn more about Coveted Conversations, please visit their website at https://www.covetedconversations.com

Catherine Norman: Choosing Faith Instead Of Fear

As a stroke survivor, Catherine Norman has become passionate about supporting and encouraging other stroke survivors. This passion has led her to become the first “peer supporter” at Texas Rehab Hospital ~ they could not have chosen a better person to help launch their new program.

When Catherine isn’t volunteering, working out or cheering at her son’s baseball games, you will find her at her day job. Catherine Norman is a practicing lawyer in Fort Worth, Texas, where she and her husband Blair are the principal attorneys in their law firm. Norman & Norman, P.C. is a boutique law firm practicing in the areas of Estate Planning, Probate & Trust Administration. To learn more about their firm, here is a link to their website. www.normanestatelaw.com

Our God Provides: A Wedding Story with Dayna Thompson and Taylor Aldridge

This story about an entire community, joyfully sharing from their hearts, giving to the Thompson family who has spent their lives giving and pouring out the love of Christ into an entire city, is reminiscent of the final scene in the movie “It’s A Wonderful Life” where George Bailey is surrounded by all the people whose life’s were made better because of his life. His family, friends and neighbors all rallying together to help their friend whom they love. That is what Jesus commands us as believers to give to one another ~ LOVE.

That is exactly what a community of believers did for Taylor & Ryan and for Jace & Dayna. Don’t you know that Jesus was the last one to leave the celebration beaming with joy and satisfaction.

To read more about the wedding ceremony here are 2 great articles with photos from the wedding! https://dailysimplegrace.wordpress.com/2017/09/22/our-wedding-a-story-of-extravagant-love/

https://www.stylemepretty.com/2012/10/18/fort-worth-wedding-at-mainstay-farm-from-smitten-photography/

And check out Taylor’s business Timber and Jane on Instagram at https://www.instagram.com/timberandjane/

To learn more about Aledo and Fort Worth Young Life you can visit there site at https://www.FWyounglife.org

Arianna Luther Finding God's Strength & Joy Through The Pain

Arianna Luther is a strength and conditioning coach at Texas Christian University. She has always been “the strong girl”, but when an injury removed her strength and independence, Arianna’s inner joy and faith in Jesus was able to shine to the most important person in her life. Click on link above to listen to her story as told at a Wonderful To Tell recording session. And here is a link to watch Arianna’s YouTube video to hear more of her story & see her in action lifting weights https://youtu.be/4teeYcXNFjk

Matt Jones, Peter Korinek & Slovakia

Matt Jones shares his experience of being a young college baseball player who happened to go on a short term mission trip to play baseball in Eastern Europe, a trip that would eventually lead him back to the small country of Slovakia for 2 more years that would grow and change his faith forever. Matt is now married to his lovely wife Jen and they have an adorable little girl Jubilee. When Matt isn’t busy making signs (and podcast logos) he can be found on stage all around the Dallas Fort Worth Metroplex with his band Songbird Jones. To learn more about Matt’s music visit www.thesongbirdjones.com

Peter Korinek is on full time staff with Campus Crusade for Christ (CRU) in Slovakia where he focuses on helping high school students grow in their faith. He is married to his lovely wife Zuzana and together they have 2 precious preschoolers. If you have interest in participating in a short term mission trip to Slovakia or helping support Peter, here is the link to his support page https://give.cru.org/2860109 And here is link to a great article about Peter and his work in Slovakia with CRU https://www.cru.org/us/en/communities/locations/europe/slovakia/the-missing-part-of-ministry.html

Valentine’s Love Story ~ Sara Joseph Artist

Sara Joseph is a sculptor and visual artist, who sculpts in polymer clay and paints in oil, watercolors, acrylics and mixed media. Her artworks are in numerous corporate and private collections around the world. She also enjoys working with words and is a published author, whose books can be found on Amazon and at other online retailers.

Born in India, her early art training exposed her to the artistic traditions and rigor of the East.  A former co-owner of Artists' Showplace Gallery in Dallas, Texas, she is currently the web author of Christian Artist Resource, an online resource for Christian artists internationally, as well as a changing gallery of her own contemporary Christian art. To see more of Sara’s pieces of art, please visit her website at www.christian-artist-resource.com 

Terrence Butler Words Of Hope

Terrence Butler is the Director of Community Relations for Rivertree Academy. Prior to joining Rivertree Academy Terrence worked as Assistant Director for the HOPE Farm Como Location. He began mentoring children with Dr. Randy Brown and his Mighty Men over 10 years ago. Terrence is the grandson of Rev. R.M. and Ressie English, who moved to Como in the 1950’s. To learn more about Rivertree Academy visit their website below.

www.rivertreeacademy.org

Jamaal Johnson ~ Be Ready To Extend God's Grace

We are so happy to introduce you to Jamaal Johnson as he shares his story about forgiveness and God's grace.
Jamaal serves as the Student Services Coordinator at Rivertree Academy in Fort Worth. Jamaal has led an interesting life, willing to follow wherever God leads. He has worked as a counselor for troubled teens at a Christian boarding school and is also a former Fort Worth City police officer.
Jamaal is married to his lovely wife Sarah and loves spending time with her and their 3 adorable children. To learn more about Rivertree Academy, visit http://www.rivertreeacademy.org

Christmas Episode: Susan ~ Global Nomad

Merry Christmas! As our gift to you, we at Wonderful To Tell are happy to introduce to you our friend Susan, a self professed Global Nomad. In Susan's story, she shares about God's gifts to her. How in very practical and personal ways God has provided for her needs. As we celebrate God's greatest gift to us ~ the birth of our savior, Jesus ~ it is amazing to realize that God, the creator of the universe, delights in US and cares for us intimately.

We hope you enjoy this gift from Wonderful To Tell to you!