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By Richard Hunt As a substitute teacher at a school that serves military families, Chris Martin sees firsthand that some students lack reading and math skills. Chris is Campus Life Military Director with Youth for Christ. And MacArthur Middle School at Fort Meade, Maryland, is the first school to benefit from the tutoring program, which is supported by Youth for Christ. During break times, the tutors and students can talk about life issues, things the kids are struggling with. When trust is established with a young person, there is often an opportunity to share faith. In our podcast, learn how Chris’ own “101% Principle” helps him reach kids, getting them to open up about life struggles. And he patiently allows the young people to use the coarse language they normally use with friends - words that might offend someone else. But Chris is convinced it’s important that “they know that they are being heard” in their own way. It’s no time to correct them.
What does the U.S. Constitution say about elections? The electoral college? What are the legal limits on presidential duties? Air1's Marya Morgan talks with Katie Kennedy, retired American government teacher and author of the illustrated children's book The Constitution Decoded. "If we don’t know what the Constitution says, we can’t preserve our government."
By Richard Hunt Louie Giglio is a respected pastor, author, speaker, and founder of the Passion Global Institute. In his years of service to the family of Christ, he has been a visionary, leader, and teacher. Lately, one of his concerns has been boys and girls in the tender and formative pre-teen years – especially with all the unanticipated life changes that 2020 brought. In response, Pastor Louie’s book, Goliath Must Fall for Young Readers: Winning the Battle Against Your Giants, can provide children, as well as moms and dads, with encouragement straight from the Bible, and plenty of topics to talk about in a family setting. He uses the Bible’s wonderful example of David’s stubborn faith and courage in responding to the gargantuan Philistine warrior Goliath. Pastor Louie points to challenges and distractions in our own lives that we may perceive as giants, or at least a lot bigger than we can tackle on our own. Examples of these modern-day life giants? Give a listen.
By Richard Hunt “Just tears and crying out to God and saying ‘God, I can’t handle this. I’m not strong enough for this.’ And from the very beginning, I just felt God so strongly saying ‘You’re not strong enough, but I am strong enough.’” Those are heartfelt words from Abigail Walker after learning her infant daughter Esther had leukemia. But she firmly declares, “God hasn’t left our side this whole time.” Abigail is now sharing her family’s personal story of the medical challenge -and God’s reliability- in a book titled “Suffering, Endurance, Character & Hope: A Story of Pediatric Cancer and a Mother’s Love.”
When disaster strikes, CONVOY OF HOPE big rigs show up, hauling so much more than tarps, lumber, bottled water and food. "It's starts with food but ends with Jesus," says COH spokesperson Jeff Nene. "Everywhere they go they just bring encouragement." Record storms, fires and floods kept COH busy this year and added to that.. they're feeding millions of families hit by the pandemic! Air1's Marya Morgan reports.
‘CityServe’ partners with local churches to bring goods, food supplies to families who need it most. Listen to Air1's Rafael Sierra's report.
Air1's Billie Branham talks to Pastor Jeff Pishney about the one-day event
By Monika Kelly The members of the First Baptist Church of Oakhurst, California stepped up to help even after some of the members had been evacuated from their own homes. "We put the meals together and we loaded them up in our vehicles and took them out to distribute," Pastor Greg said. One of the best things? "Being able to pray with a gentleman who...lost everything. It's devastating. Just being able to share the hope of Christ with him, the gospel with him, has been an encouragement to our church." Pastor Greg said.
By Richard Hunt Before the COVID-19 restrictions, students from Cedarville University were allowed to visit prisoners at the Greene County, Ohio, Jail. On Sunday mornings, “you get about an hour with the inmates…and you break into smaller groups…you just sit outside those cells and talk to them one-on-one…only separated by the bars.” But, for now, the in-person jail visits have stopped because of pandemic restrictions. The ‘Plan B’ is going to be a letter-writing outreach to the prisoners, hoping to keep some semblance of a one-on-one relationship, sharing friendship and the life-changing message of Jesus Christ.
By Richard Hunt Farming can be tough – and, at times, some farmers even consider taking their own lives. It’s not unusual to see a parking lot full of farm tractors at Middlebury Community Church of the Nazarene in northern Indiana. The “Drive Your Tractor to Church” event held each year by the church team honors farming as a very essential and noble field of employment. Pastor Gary Sheets sees to it the farm families are welcomed, prayed for, well fed - and their tractors, which represent the farm family income, are prayed over, blessed. Recently, a number of farmers privately shared they’ve had major concerns about losing their farms… and some have had dark, disturbing thoughts that have rattled their mental health. The pastor responded with encouragement from Jesus and the Bible. There’s also been an outreach called “Truckers Bobtail Cruise-In,” where those who drive 18-wheelers are saluted for their essential work – and also receive needed prayer and encouragement.
Special Needs families frequently suffer isolation. Nathaniel's Hope trains churches to provide respite care. Volunteers learn to do crafts and play games with the children for 3-hour blocks of time. "There’s no better cup of cold water you can give to a family impacted by disability than a break," says NH and Buddy Break co-founder Marie Kuck. It starts, she says, with having a willing heart. "Tear down those walls and build friendships." Air1's Monika Kelly reports.
Your teen meets a nice stranger at the mall. Or a guy she doesn't know likes all her posts on Instagram. What begins as flattery and flirtation has led thousands of kids -- just like yours -- down the dark and demeaning path to human trafficking. Groups like Without Permission urge parents to warn their teens about the tricks child predators use to trap victims. Air1's Kindra Ponzio talks with CEO Debbie Johnson, CEO of Without Permission.
By Richard Hunt Cedarville University enlists the volunteer support of faculty, staff, and students to deliver three meals a day to students who have tested positive for COVID-19 and are in isolation, or to students who had contact with a COVID-19 positive classmate and are in quarantine. Through technology, those students can still continue their education virtually. And when it comes to meals, they even get a choice of what food is going to be safely brought to them. Listen as we get the encouraging story from Tim Abel, an Event Manager at Cedarville University, who oversees the evening meal deliveries.
Socially-distanced schooling in the age of COVID-19 has been bumpy for parents who feel inadequate as teachers. For some families, the shutdown drove disillusionment with public school curriculum, prompting a leap to homeschooling. Whether you homeschool or embrace distance learning, experts insist that school-at-home can indeed work for you. Air1's Billie Branham reports.
By Richard Hunt Meet the amazing woman who now has more than a million fans on Facebook! And as Brenda stands over the stove keeping an eye on her food project, she will share things on her mind – maybe about her family or someone she met, and she often shares about her faith in Jesus. No sermons, just talking from her heart. Brenda says she never imagined having her own cooking show with a huge social media audience across the country. “But, I can say this. My prayer has always been that the Lord would help me be a positive influence on the people that I’m around and he has made this possible. He’s answered my prayer.”