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Episode 54 Ministry with Adults with Developmental Delays–Rev. Dr. Christine Roush 8-11-14

August 11th, 2014 · Comments

Rev. Dr. Christine Roush serves as Chief Operations Officer and Advancement at Rainbow Acres, a residential campus in Camp Verde, Arizona, for adults with developmental delays. In this episode, we talk a bit about Rainbow Acres, but spend most of the conversation discussing ways for congregations to be in ministry with families who have members with developmental delays.

To visit the website for Rainbow Acres:
The other two websites referenced by Rev. Dr. Roush in the conversation:


Tags: Interviews · Advocacy

Episode 52 Homelessness and Family Promise 5-8-14

May 8th, 2014 · Comments

In this episode, high school senior Mary Burnett interviews Tony Milner, executive director of Family Promise of Salt Lake City, Utah. Mary and Tony discuss homeless youth, women with children, the effects of homelessness, and some special challenges. They end with a story of hope.

For more information about Family Promise Salt Lake, visit their website. For information about the national Family Promise organization, click here.


Tags: Interviews · Children in Poverty · Economic empowerment · At-Risk Youth · Advocacy · Domestic violence · Women's Issues

Episode 51 A Conversation with Virginia Holmstrom about Haiti 3-25-14

March 25th, 2014 · Comments

VirginiaHolmstrom-color.jpgAB Women's Ministries executive director Virginia Holmstrom recently returned from a trip to Haiti, in the company of AB Women's Ministries national officer Bonnie Sestito. American Baptist missionaries Kihomi Ngwemi and Nzunga Mabudiga served as their guides. Kihomi introduced Virginia and Bonnie to many women who are working to improve the lives of their families and of all the people of Haiti.

For more information about Kihomi and Nzunga's work in Haiti, click here.

For information about the Women and Girls Mission Fund, click here.


Tags: Missionaries · Economic empowerment · Advocacy · Leadership development · Women's Issues

Episode 49: Prison and Aftercare Ministries with Rev. Errol Cooper 2-10-14

February 10th, 2014 · Comments

Rev. Errol Cooper, associate pastor of First Baptist Church of Lincoln Gardens in Somerset, New Jersey, talks with us about prison and aftercare ministries. The congregation at First Baptist is deeply engaged in this ministry with members and with the community. Our conversation includes why there may be more people connected with the judicial system in your congregation than you're aware; why this ministry is so critical, and some ideas for how you can engage in it yourself.

Visit the website of First Baptist Church of Lincoln Gardens, Rev. DeForest B. Soaries, Jr., pastor.
Click here to find out more about Healing Communities
Visit American Baptist Home Mission Societies' page on prisoner re-entry and aftercare ministries.


Tags: Interviews · Children in Poverty · At-Risk Youth · Advocacy · prisoner re-entry and aftercare

Episode 47 Being Advocates–with Peggy Burke 12-16-13

December 16th, 2013 · Comments

Peggy Burke has been deeply engaged in advocacy around issues of human trafficking in the state of Ohio. In this episode, we discuss how to discern if you are called to be an advocate on a particular issue, and some things you will want to keep in mind as you engage in advocacy.

As mentioned in this episode, AB Women's Ministries has historically been engaged in advocacy and hopes to provide tools to better enable women to address issues that have impact upon women and girls in the U.S. and around the world. Click here to find the page on our website that lists several bills currently in various stages of Congress--you can see at a glance where they are in process, and follow links to send your opinion to your congressional representatives.


Tags: Interviews · Advocacy · Leadership development · Women's Issues

Episode 45 Update on Haiti with Peggy Burke 10-21-13

October 21st, 2013 · Comments

In this episode, Peggy Burke gives us an update on her experience of Haiti now, over three years after the devastating earthquake of January, 2010. She shares with us what has improved and the work that remains to be done.

To hear Peggy's story of the earthquake itself, click here. (The file is uploaded to our website so you may listen to it directly on your computer.)


Tags: Interviews · Human trafficking · Children in Poverty · Economic empowerment · Advocacy

Episode 43: Interview with Author Nita Belles 8-26-13

August 26th, 2013 · Comments

It's time to check in with author Nita Belles again! Publication of her book In Our Backyard: A Christian Perspective on Human Trafficking in the United States, has taken Nita on a journey all over the United States, meeting people and hearing stories about abolition work and victim care. In this episode, we find out what Nita has going on today, as well as some key steps to take when we're inspired to become more deeply engaged ourselves.

In Our Backyard: A Christian Perspective on Human Trafficking in the United States may be found on Amazon, or look for it in your local bookstore.

Like In Our Backyard on Facebook to stay up-to-date with news and stories about trafficking, survivors, and abolitionists.

Missed our first conversation? Find it here.


Tags: Interviews · Human trafficking · Advocacy · Resource Recommendations

Episode 42 Violence Prevention on College Campuses 3-25-13

March 25th, 2013 · Comments

I'm glad to be able to share with you the work of one of our 2012-2013 interns, Jasmine Turner (no relation to our other intern Christina Turner who posted previously). Jasmine interviewed Becca Bishopric, Coordinator for Health Promotion and Violence Prevention and Response at Elon University, Elon, North Carolina. In their conversation, they talk about sexual violence on college campuses, care for victims, and prevention education.

To read Jasmine's companion blog post to this episode, click here.


Tags: Interviews · Advocacy · Domestic violence

Episode 41 Dealing with Domestic Violence in Congregations–Interview with Sharon McMullin 1-14-13

January 14th, 2013 · Comments

Welcome to one of our interns for the In Their Shoes podcast and blog, Christina Turner! Christina interviews Sister Sharron McMullin, a member of People's Institutional Baptist Church in Seattle, Washington. Sister McMullin, herself a survivor of domestic violence, is an outspoken advocate on behalf of victims and survivors. Christina and Sister Sharron talk about how congregations should deal with this issue--most especially including the fact that domestic violence is very likely to be present among families in the church itself. They also address teenagers and domestic violence, and how women need to be aware of the red flags.

For more from Christina Turner, visit our blog.


Tags: Interviews · Advocacy · Domestic violence

Episode 40 Magdalene and Thistle Farms with Rev. Becca Stevens 12-3-12

December 3rd, 2012 · Comments

BeccaStevens.jpgWe're so pleased to share with you our conversation with Rev. Becca Stevens, founder of Magdalene and Thistle Farms in Nashville, TN. Magdalene is a residential program for women with a criminal history of prostitution and addiction. There are currently six homes that function without live-in staff, relying instead on residents to create supportive community, maintain recovery, and share household tasks. The two-year program offers housing, food, medical and dental needs, therapy, education, and job training free of charge--and is not supported by any government funds, relying instead on individual gifts, private grants, and the sale of Thistle Farms products.

Thistle Farms is a social enterprise run by women of Magdalene and program graduates. By hand, the women create body care products made with all natural ingredients and using earth-friendly practices. Through employment at Thistle Farms, women develop important job skills and move from poverty to independence. Purchase of Thistle Farms products support critical ministry!

For more information about Magdalene and Thistle Farms and to purchase products, visit


Tags: Interviews · Economic empowerment · Advocacy · Leadership development · Social enterprise