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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 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 36 Girls Right of Passage Program with Rev. Barbara Jim-George 7-30-12

July 30th, 2012 · Comments

Rev. Barbara Jim-George was led by God during her doctor of ministry studies to delve into issues putting girls at risk for sex trafficking. Out of that research and a whole lot of prayer, the Girls Rite of Passage program at Allen Temple Baptist Church in Oakland, California, was born. In this episode, we hear about Rev. Jim-George's call to ministry, how she came to the realization that God was particularly calling her to work in the issue of trafficking and vulnerable young women, and how the Girls Rite of Passage program seeks to address these issues.

For more information on the Girls Right of Passage ministry at Allen Temple, visit their web page.


Tags: Interviews · Human trafficking · Children in Poverty · Girls · At-Risk Youth · Advocacy

Episode 028 Generational Poverty-A Conversation with Jeromy Emerling 12-12-11

December 12th, 2011 · Comments

jeromy-E_150w.jpgFriendship House of Christian Service in Billings, Montana, seeks to address the root causes, systemic issues, and habits that can contribute to the cycle of poverty. In my conversation with Jeromy Emerling, executive director of Friendship House, he describes the innovative programs that help participants look at their circumstances and relationships through a new lens, building tools for better self-determination and improving the community as a whole.

Jeromy recommends the following resources for a more deep understanding of the cycle of poverty:

Aha Process, "A Framework for Understanding Poverty," by Ruby Payne, at (Note: this was referred to in the episode as "Aha Institute.")


Tags: Interviews · Children in Poverty · Economic empowerment · At-Risk Youth

Episode 27: Prison Ministries with Terri Simpkins 11-28-11

November 28th, 2011 · Comments

Terri-Simpkins.jpgTerri Simpkins has been engaged in prison ministries for several years; working through Kairos Prison Ministry International, Terri and her husband help organize spiritual retreats, Christian discipleship classes, family visitation events, and post-release mentoring with women in the prison system. In this episode, Terri talks about the many issues facing incarcerated women and their families, and how churches can engage in these crucial ministries.

For more information about Kairos Prison Ministry International:

For more information about "The If Project":


Tags: Interviews · Children in Poverty · At-Risk Youth · Advocacy

Episode 23: Teens and Healthy Relationships–Debra Fields Oct 3 2011

October 3rd, 2011 · Comments

Debra-Fields.jpgDebra Fields, Community Education & Prevention Supervisor at the Sojourner Family Peace Center in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, draws on her experience working with both victims and perpetrators of domestic violence in the workshops and seminars that she leads on the issue. Debra and I spoke particularly about helping teens learn about healthy relationships early--how to draw boundaries, giving and expecting respect, and other behaviors and attitudes that will help protect them from becoming abusers or abused themselves.

For more information about the Sojourner Family Peace Center:

To find materials on the Domestic Violence Awareness Month Campaign, visit

For "Domestic Violence: What Churches Can Do," visit


Tags: Interviews · Girls · At-Risk Youth · Advocacy · Domestic violence

Episode 22: Women of Italy Sept 19 2011

September 19th, 2011 · Comments

Debbie-Kelsey_02.jpgDebbie and Jim Kelsey are American Baptist missionaries in Italy, engaged in cross-cultural ministries and theological training in Italian churches. Additionally, Debbie is in ministry with young women at risk for, or victimized by, human trafficking. Debbie and I had the opportunity to speak together during the ICAP Global Conference in Wisconsin last May; in our conversation, she describes the situation facing immigrant women in Italy as well as her ministry with Italian Christian churches around an outreach to women in prostitution and preventative education in the congregations.

For more information on Debbie and Jim's ministry in Italy, including journal entries and photos, visit and click on "People"--you'll see the Kelseys in the list that appears there.


Tags: Interviews · Missionaries · Human trafficking · Girls · At-Risk Youth · Advocacy

Episode 21: Women of Ethiopia Sept 5 2011

September 5th, 2011 · Comments

Cherry-Freidmeyer.jpgSerawit (Cherry) Teketel Friedmeyer is founder of Women at Risk Ethiopia, established in 1996 to work with women in prostitution in Addis Ababa. Women at Risk has a variety of programs to rehabilitate women coming out of prostitution and give them an education and marketable skills to be self-supporting in a life affirming way. Additionally, Women at Risk engages in education with vulnerable groups and advocates for women, including preventative education with men. Cherry is also the team leader for the International Christian Alliance on Prostitution--Africa.

For more information about Women at Risk Ethiopia, visit their website at


Tags: Interviews · Human trafficking · Children in Poverty · Girls · Economic empowerment · At-Risk Youth · Advocacy

Episode 016: Interview with Author Nita Belles of “In Our Backyard”–June 6 2011

June 6th, 2011 · Comments

nita-belles.jpgNita Belles, author of In Our Backyard: A Christian Perspective on Human Trafficking in the United States, talks with Sandy about human trafficking, why and how Christian churches should become engaged in this issue, and the power of community.

You may contact Nita Belles at, or through Facebook--search Facebook for "In Our Backyard."

In Our Backyard: A Christian Perspective on Human Trafficking in the United States may be found on Amazon.

The petition that Nita references in this interview may be found at


Tags: Interviews · Human trafficking · Girls · At-Risk Youth · Advocacy · Resource Recommendations

Episode 15: Podcasts on Global Women’s Issues May 23 2011

May 23rd, 2011 · Comments

There are a few other podcasts out there that may help you learn more about global issues facing women and girls. In this episode, I share with you what my research has turned up. I also discovered that In Their Shoes: Women Walking with Women Worldwide is pretty unique in what it does! There is also information in the episode about how to spread the news about your favorite podcasts with others--you can easily tell your friends, family members, fellow church-goers, and anyone else which podcasts you find most helpful and interesting to listen to!

Mentioned in this episode (all available through iTunes; direct links provided here, or just search iTunes for the titles):

Women's Coalition of Zimbabwe (podcast)

Forced Migration Online (podcast)

Forced Migration Online Documentaries (vidcast)

UNICEF (podcast)

(Not mentioned in episode but also available: UNICEF Television Vodcast (vidcast))

United Nations Radio (podcast)

Ending Human Trafficking (podcast)

Global Women's Network (podcast)

Say No to Violence Against Women (podcast)

UNIFEM (vidcast)


Tags: Human trafficking · Maternal Health · Children in Poverty · Girls · Economic empowerment · At-Risk Youth · Advocacy · Refugees · Leadership development · Social enterprise · Resource Recommendations