Oct 30 2013

It's Breast Cancer Awareness Month: One Women's Courageous Story

This time of year you see lots of pink, and for good reason.  Breast cancer awareness is something that has helped save millions of lives over the years, and having lost my mom to a battle with breast cancer, I am so grateful to see more and more women winning the fight!  

Sadly not everyone does, one of those women is Jennifer Merendino, shortly after Jen and the love of her life, Angelo, were married, she was diagnosed with breast cancer.  Throughout her fight, Angelo documented her journey with pictures that tell their story, many of which are included in a book that Angelo has written called, "The Battle That We Didn't Choose: My Wife's Fight With Breast Cancer".  Angelo said he will never forget the sound of Jennifer's voice on the phone the day that she was diagnosed, he says it left him numb.  They learned to navigate through their struggles thanks to their friends and family, who cared for them, helped with everyday chores and raised money to help them cover their medical expenses.

The love they felt from their friends and family was Angelo's inspiration to turn their own personal tragedy into a triumph for others.  Angelo's book and pictures are helping fund a charity called "The Love You Share", which helps provide financial assistance to women who are battling breast cancer.  Angelo says that it is fitting legacy to honor Jennifer's memory.  

Angelo says that each challenge brought them closer, one night, battling extreme pain, she grabbed Angelo's arm and said, "look into my eyes, it's the only way I can get through this."  Angelo says that he learned so much from Jennifer through this fight,  "Jennifer taught me to love, to listen, to give, and to believe in others and myself.  I've never been as happy as I have during this time."  

Angelo hopes that their story would be a reminder to all of us to, as Jennifer put it, "Love every morsel of the people in your life."

You can find out more of Jen's story and see some of their pictures here:

http://mywifesfightwithbreastcancer.com/

http://www.viralnova.com/wifes-cancer/

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Oct 25 2013

Chatting with Roma Downey

Our guest today was Roma Downey, star of Touched By An Angel, and co-producer of the History Channel's mini series "The Bible".  Roma and her husband, Mark Burnett, co-producer of "The Bible", as well as producer of TV shows like, "The Voice", "Survivor" and "The Apprentice" are working with 20th Century Fox to bring an edited version of "The Bible" to the big screen, called "Son Of God".  Roma shared about the significance of the movie, and how God is using "The Bible" series around the World.  If you would like to learn more about "Son Of God" you can visit http://www.sonofgodmovie.com/index.html

You can vote for "The Bible" in this year's People's Choice Awards here

 In case you missed it, here's our conversation with Roma:

 

 

 

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Oct 23 2013

With Slavery Worse Than Ever… What Can You Do To Help?

Thanks to the hard work of K-LOVE artists like Natalie Grant, Third Day, Tenth Ave. North, The Museum, Chris Tomlin and many others, most of us are aware of the problem of Human Trafficking, or more simply put, slavery.  It's something that I think we have a hard time believing, yet, the exploitation of other human beings continues to plague the World.  A new study shows that despite the efforts of activist groups in recent years, it continues to grow. The latest research shows that nearly 30 million people are now slaves.  

What's sad is that most of the victims are who Jesus describes as the 'least of these' in Matthew 25,  and new research confirms that we may be contributing to the problem and not even realize it.  the Walk Free Foundation fights against anyone being forced into servitude against their will, they say we can unsuspectingly contribute to the problem by purchasing products that are made by people who are enslaved around the world, making this a global problem.  Walk Free used China as an example, where nearly 3 million slaves are being used to create electronics and designer handbags that are sold all over the W=world.  Love chocolate?… As many as 600,000 - 800,000 child laborers are used to harvest 40% of the World's cocoa crop.

Like you, I was unaware that I may be contributing to the problem.  

So now what?… Thanks to the hard work of groups like Walk Free, Not For Sale, End It Movement, International justice Mission, Good World Solutions, Abolition International and others, we are learning to make more educated decisions, so that we no longer contribute to the problem, and thanks to these groups, those who are being victimized are being educated, getting help and being set free.  

It is a problem that we simply cannot ignore.  In Luke 4:8, Jesus speaks about fulfilling His call, "The Spirit of the LORD is upon me, for he has anointed me to bring Good News to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim that captives will be released, that the blind will see, that the oppressed will be set free," and as Christ's ambassadors, we must carry that call out today.  Many of us are familiar with William Wilburforce's fight against the slave trade in the late 1700's and early 1800's, his words are just as relevant to us today, “You may choose to look the other way but you can never say again that you did not know.”  

 

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