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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 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 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 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

Episode 34 The COTAAN Project with Rev. Christine Smith 7-2-12

July 2nd, 2012 · Comments


Rev. Christine Smith and the Covenant Baptist Church in Wickliffe, Ohio, have embarked upon a new ministry outreach to women returning to society after a period of incarceration. In this episode, Rev. Smith and I talk about the COTAAN project, how it got started, what it's goals are, and just what COTAAN stands for.

For more information about the COTAAN project, visit

For information about how AB Women's Ministries is supporting the COTAAN project, visit

To learn more about prisoner re-entry and aftercare ministries, visit the website of American Baptist Home Mission Societies. You will find links to contact Rev. Fela Barrueto there as well.


Tags: Interviews · Economic empowerment · Advocacy · prisoner re-entry and aftercare

Episode 33 Esteria Woods International Outreach Foundation 6-18-12

June 18th, 2012 · Comments

Mar2012009.jpgEsteria Woods-White describes herself as a "foot soldier for women." She works tirelessly on behalf of women's improvement and women's rights in Africa, as well as working for the empowerment of women of the African diaspora living in North Carolina. Virginia Holmstrom, executive director of American Baptist Women's Ministries, shares a conversation she had with Esteria during the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women, held in February 2012 in New York City.

For more information about the Esteria Woods International Outreach Foundation, visit

Check our In Their Shoes blog at for a review of Leymah Gbowee's book, Mighty Be Our Powers, mentioned in this interview. The review will appear within a couple of weeks of this podcast episode.


Tags: Interviews · Economic empowerment · Advocacy · 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 026 Ethnic Minority Women of Thailand–Karen Smith

November 14th, 2011 · Comments

Karen Smith, program director of the New Life Center Foundation in Chiang Mai, Thailand, talks with AB Women's Ministries executive director Virginia Holmstrom about the challenges facing ethnic minority women in Thailand and what New Life Center is doing to help women meet those challenges.

For more information about the New Life Center, visit

For more information about the Break the Chains and Stop the Pain national mission project of AB Women's Ministries, visit


Tags: Interviews · Girls · Economic empowerment · Advocacy · Leadership development

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 18: Women in Sierra Leone July 4 2011

July 4th, 2011 · Comments

DSCN0571.jpgAt the recent ICAP Global conference, I had the privilege of getting to know the Rev. Agnes Lamin of Sierra Leone. Agnes works with the Women at Risk organization to provide outreach to women in prostitution. In our conversation, Agnes discusses the relationship of war, poverty, and prostitution. Plus, we address issues of gender roles, girls' access to education, and the work of her Women at Risk organization.

For more information about the Women at Risk organization in Sierra Leone, you may email


Tags: Interviews · Human trafficking · Economic empowerment · Advocacy