Episode 15: Missionary’s Heart Part 2: Chris’ Story

It takes a special person and a lot of courage to leave a comfortable, American life for the sake of spreading the Gospel. We are in awe of these guests’ bravery and selflessness; and are so fortunate to call them friends.

This is “Part II” of a series called, “Missionary’s Heart,” where a married couple shares their two year experience of under-cover mission work in China. In the previous episode, we heard from “Lacey” (code name). Make sure you go back and listen. This episode is  “Chris” (also code name) sharing his thoughts, beliefs, and experiences of living and working as a missionary in China.

You will love this conversation of Justin and “Chris” as they discuss the heart of a missionary.

Chris Episode

Episode 14: Missionary’s Heart Part 1: Lacey’s Story

Have you ever wondered what it is like to sell everything you have, uproot your entire life, and move across the world to a place where you barely speak the native language? Have you ever wondered what possesses a person to become a missionary? Well you’re in luck! If you answered “yes” to both of those questions, then you’ll want to listen to this episode and the next!

This is “Part I” of a series called, “Missionary’s Heart,” where we focus on the story of our friend, Lacey! (Or is that her real name?)

Ashley sits down with “Lacey” to talk about her experience as a missionary in China for two years. She opens up about her daily struggles and how she coped with several challenges. She shares with us the wisdom that she gained through it all.

Lacey's Episode

Episode 13: Eddy’s Story: Infertility Part 2

Who is ready for two men to talk about infertility?

Justin speaks with Eddy Theodate about his current journey through infertility alongside his wife. Eddy opens up about his struggles and disappointments along with what has gotten him through this journey so far. He also provides something very rare in our society–great advice for men regarding infertility and marriage.

This is part 2 of a 2 part series.

Eddy’s wife, Ashley, shared her experience in part 1.

If you and your wife are currently dealing with infertility and you have not opened up to anyone yet please find someone you trust and tell them. If possible, find someone who has experienced this for themselves and glean from their wisdom.

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Show Notes:

  • Eddy’s advice to men:
    • First things first, tell your wife that you are “in it” for the long run. Tell her that you are not going anywhere regardless of what happens or doesn’t happen.
    • Be more open in communication with your wife. Let her know what you’re feeling.
    • Be open with your closest friends. Having the right men in your life who can support you as you support your wife is huge!
    • Allow your wife space to process at her own speed–don’t push her in your attempt to try and fix things. Emotions are not that simple.
    • Use Active Listening with your wife as she speaks to you. You can learn more about active listening here. Implementing active listening is very unifying.
  • We Fall Down But We Get Up” by Donnie McClurkin

Episode 12: Ashley Theodate’s Story: Infertility Part 1

Ashley Theodate graciously talks about her current journey through infertility alongside her husband. She provides great insight as to what she has experienced and how others can best love and serve women who are walking through this frustrating difficulty.

This is part 1 of a 2 part series.

Ashley’s husband, Eddy, shares his experience in part 2.

If you are currently dealing with infertility and you have not opened up to anyone yet please find someone you trust and tell them. If possible, find someone who has experienced this for themselves and glean from their wisdom.

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Show Notes:

  • Ashley Theodate’s blog Natural Beauty from Ashes
  • Ashley Hall was unsure what a meme was, here is the official definition of a meme.
    • Meme /mēm/ (noun) – a humorous image, video, piece of text, etc., that is copied (often with slight variations) and spread rapidly by Internet users.
      • So, yes. Ashley was referencing a meme in this episode. 🙂
  • Click the following link to learn more about the back story of “It Is Well” written by Horatio G. Spafford.

Episode 11: Rebecca’s Story: Singleness

Who’s ready to talk about Singleness? Ashley and Rebecca are!

That’s right, these wonderful ladies are back together again for this fun-filled, informal conversation about one of the most tricky/awkward topics to navigate with friends and family.

In this episode, Rebecca speaks about her experience in this area and all that she has learned. She sheds light on how we should view singleness and how we shouldn’t view it as a negative thing…especially within the Kingdom of God!

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Show Notes:

  • The Bethany Dillon song that Rebecca references is “Say Your Name
  • Fact: “Just The Way You Are” by Bruno Mars. Does not have tambourine in it. However, it is still a good song.
  • “Allow someone to have a story instead of committing ‘assume-icide’.” ~ Rebecca Chase
  • The 5 B’s (to live by)
    1. Be you
    2. Be curious
    3. Be courageous
    4. Be confident
    5. Be His
  • The name of the waiting song that Rebecca wrote is called “What Do You Do?” and it can be found here on YouTube.

Episode 9: Jason’s Story: Miscarriage Part 2

Jason opens up about his side of the story when his wife experienced the loss of their child during her first pregnancy. In this episode, he talks about how they each found out about the loss, how he coped, and how he supported Michelle through that time. He provides an honest account of how he processed the tragic event and what he has learned in spite of the lingering unknowns of why it happened.

This is part 2 of a 2 part series.

Jason’s wife, Michelle, has already shared her experience in part 1.

If your wife has experienced a miscarriage and you guys have not told anyone about it please find someone you trust and tell them. If possible, find someone who has experienced this for themselves and lean into the support that only they can provide.

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Update: As of today, Jason and Michelle are expecting their third child! Praise God!

Episode 8: Michelle’s Story: Miscarriage Part 1

Michelle boldly shares her story of when she and her husband experienced the loss of a child during her first pregnancy. In this episode, she talks about what happened and how everything unfolded. She provides insight on what was helpful and what was not so helpful during her time of grief.

This is part 1 of a 2 part series.

Michelle’s husband, Jason, will share his experience in part 2. Stay tuned.

If you have experienced a miscarriage and you have not told anyone about it please find someone you trust and tell them. If possible, find someone who has experienced this for themselves and lean into the support that only they can provide.

P&PP Instagram Image - Michelle's Story

Episode 7: Takeshia’s Story: Bell’s Palsy

Takeshia opens up about her experience with a rare condition called Idiopathic Facial Paralysis otherwise known as Bell’s palsy. In this episode, she talks about the treatment that has worked well for her and what the process has been like over time.

Please note that the information shared here is not intended to be medical advise. Always seek counsel from your medical professional if you are experiencing similar symptoms. Bell’s palsy requires a medical diagnosis.

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