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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 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 37 Multicultural Ministries with Rev. Liz Congdon 8-13-12

August 13th, 2012 · Comments

d30a78928ef7d21b91f9bcc792abb84c_c1z5.jpgRev. Elizabeth (Liz) Congdon is pastor of First Baptist Church of Trenton, New Jersey, a congregation that includes over 15 different language groups creating Christian community. In this conversation, Rev. Congdon describes the many challenges and the many blessings of being part of such a community.

For more information about the First Baptist Church of Trenton, visit their website.


Tags: Children in Poverty · Advocacy · Refugees

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 32: Somalian Women and Girls–Sadiya Omar 6-4-12

June 4th, 2012 · Comments

I'm back from sabbatical and so pleased to be able to bring you a conversation I had with Sadiya Omar, a leader in the Somalian community in my hometown. Sadiya shares with us issues facing women and girls in Somalian refugee camps, as well as the life of refugees relocated to the U.S.

In this conversation, Sadiya references several organizations. Here are the links if you would like more information

United Nations High Commission on Refugees (UNHCR):

Lutheran World Federation's involvement with Somalian refugees:

Office of Refugee Resettlement (U.S. federal government): (Look on the left-hand side of the page for the interactive U.S. map that will help you find nearby resettlement agencies.)


Tags: Interviews · Children in Poverty · Girls · Advocacy · Refugees · Leadership development

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 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 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