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Reach Out America

Reach Out America – Love Heals

Baby Izaiah was a beautiful, healthy, 18 month old until a teen drunk driver slammed into his stroller while he was being walked by his grandfather on the sidewalk. Izaiah was rushed to one hospital, then airlifted to another. His injuries were so severe, the doctors didn’t give his parents much hope for Izaiah’s survival. One day, an unexpected visitor brought encouragement, love, help, support, and prayers into this young couple’s lives. Listen to this heart-wrenching, and heart-warming story of this family’s struggle from hopelessness to fresh hope and victory. To see pictures of Izaiah and find out how you can help him and the organization that has made such a difference, go to the Passion4Kids website.

Reach Out America – Finding God in the Midst of Disaster

Carl and Maggie Conti were taking a mid-day nap, oblivious to any danger until a knock on the door awakened them. A fire was bearing down on their home, and the area was being evacuated. Not believing they would lose their home, the Conti family left with only a handful of items. Two weeks later, when they were allowed to return, reality hit. They had lost everything they owned and were left with nothing. While they were there, a group of women offered to pray with them and told them about the Austin Disaster Relief Network, (ADRN) a Christ – centered organization that was spearheading a relief effort for everyone who had lost their homes in the fire.
Visit Deborah’s website for pictures and videos of the fire, the Conti family, and ADRN’s network of volunteers; and find out a special way you can help.

Reach Out America – Free at Last!

Pam was so addicted to prescription drugs and alcohol that she lost everything she had, including her home and her children. Later she almost died, but it wasn’t until she spent 5 months in jail that she finally looked up and cried out in surrender. She was led to House of Glory, a Christ-centered home for women, where she encountered love, community, and the transforming power of Christ that set her free. Join us and hear this story of hope, restoration and a bright future.

Reach Out America – Beauty for Ashes

Suppose you lost everything in a devastating fire that took your home and all your belongings while you were over a thousand miles away? What feelings would flood your being at receiving the devastating news? Perhaps you are among those who have had such a loss, and don’t know where to turn?

Charlotte Glenn is a very brave woman who lost everything in the fire that took over 1,500 homes in Bastrop, Texas while her beloved husband was in the hospital fighting for his life. People from her church, Promiseland West in Austin, Texas, rallied to help her, joined by many other caring people in her neighborhood and surrounding areas. This support made all the difference in how she was able to get through her tragedy and kept her from feeling hopeless and alone.

Although she is still grieving, Charlotte says she is so thankful for the way God used His people to reach out to her family in such a desperate time of need, and does not know how she would have gotten through it without the love and compassion the many people showed her as they came alongside of her, helping her with the many overwhelming needs she had as a result of the fire. This episode will inspire you at so many levels as you listen to this heart-wrenching story of tragedy and triumph.

Reach Out America – A Strong Foundation

Everywhere we go we see people who are homeless and without direction. There are many reasons for homelessness from job loss to drugs, but all too often entire families find themselves in homeless shelters. This story is about a family in a desperate situation who met up with the founder of a very unique homeless shelter called Strong Foundation, and with their help and encouragement, embarked on a completely different path that led them into a brand new, fulfilling life.

Reach Out America – Rescued from the Streets

Born into a dysfunctional home, Paul Ivanyo craved the attention and love he could not get from his father. In his teens, he continually acted out, desperate for his father’s attention, but this only made matters worse with his dad. He then became increasingly depressed as his life spiraled downward until finally; he gave up and ran away from home. Staying wherever he could find shelter, Paul often wandered the streets downtown at night, hoping to meet someone he could relate to until one night, his hopes were realized and his life changed, because of a not so “chance” encounter. Listen to this episode and meet Larry Ball, founder of Hungry for God Home, and Paul, as they share this heart-touching story.

Reach Out America – A Woman Unshackled

Veronica Arcos was a woman who was imprisoned. She was imprisoned by the childhood abuse she suffered, by her fears and addictions, and finally, she was imprisoned by the state of Arizona. Journey with me into the life of Veronica as I tell the story of her seemingly hopeless life that went from bad to worse until her life took an unexpected turn in a new direction. She amazingly beat the odds and her addictions, and was given a LifePlan with the help of an incredible organization called The Open Table, whose mission is “To restore impoverished families and neighborhoods to stability and wholeness, one at a time.” Veronica’s story will encourage and inspire the hopeless to believe there is hope, and the rest of us to realize our own potential to be the healing hands that so many desperately need.

Reach Out America – From Sex Change to Mom – a life transformed

Janiece Hartmann wanted to have a sex change operation, but on the day her appointment to begin the process was scheduled, tragedy struck. Working as a printer’s apprentice, her arm was caught in the rollers, removing flesh and muscle, putting her in the hospital with many surgeries and scarring her for life. In the years that followed, Janiece spent time in and out of mental hospitals, attempted suicide many times, and eventually was diagnosed with a hopeless brain condition and sent home to die. Listen to her amazing story of healing, redemption and transformation as I interview Janiece, her husband Joseph, author of the book about her life, Sentenced to Death, Destined for Life, and those who reached out to Janiece during her journey towards wholeness.