Earl takes a few minutes to chat with Jason Weber, National Director of Foster Care Initiatives, for the wonderful organization Christian Alliance For Orphans (or CAFO). They also talk about Orphan Sunday, coming up on November 13th. Take a listen to learn more about how you can be involved in the needs of children and the families who support them.
Jordan Whitmer is Founder and C.E.O of HowToLife Movement, Inc.
Jordan graduated as valedictorian of his public high school. He has used his leadership gifts to mobilize his peers to stand and live for Jesus.
Jordan has grown up in a multi-generational ministry family. His grandfather, Ron Hutchcraft, is a national ministry speaker, author, radio host, and leader in evangelism. His parents, Rick and Lisa Whitmer, have been active in full-time evangelism ministry and leadership for 25 years.
Jordan’s accomplishments are many through academics, music, and more. One highlight was performing the National Anthem on trumpet for five different major league baseball stadiums at the age of 15.
But it is the spiritual leadership that has had the greatest impact. Whether through the See You at the Pole Prayer gathering (starting in third grade), or Bible Clubs, or sharing Christ with a friend, Jordan has always been a bold leader for Jesus.
As a junior in high school, Jordan launched the HowToLife Movement – a completely student-led movement bringing faith and hope to high school students. These events so far have seen a total attendance of 2,700 students in Northern Arkansas and Southern Missouri, with 300 students making commitments to Jesus Christ. This year, plans are to expand the movement into Illinois and Texas.
This fall, while leading the HowToLife movement, Jordan will begin pursuing his bachelors degree in Biblical Studies. Jordan seeks to help lead his generation to passionately follow Jesus Christ.
Nazareth, originally from the Holy Land, has been honing his talents as a comedian for 25 years. Prior to moving to the United States to attend college at the University of Toledo Ohio, he uprooted from Kuwait with nothing other than a passion to make the most of the life he has been given. His passion for comedy ignited when he asked himself one day, “What do I want to do in life that if I never get paid for it, I’d still do it to the best of my ability?” Making people laugh was the only thing that came to mind. The next day, he signed up at a California comedy club for open-mike night. He took the stage before a crowd of nine drunks. Nazareth recalls them laughing so hard that one of them fell off their chair. From the moment that he discovered his talent for bringing comic relief, his desire to do it for a living was without question.
Nazareth has seen much success in his 25 year comedic career. His dedication and unrelenting commitment to giving his audience his best performances have bore much fruit. This is has been evident from guest appearances on national television, performing for government official, and receiving accolades by prestigious individuals. The New York Times reported about one of his performances saying, “The show had the audience convulsing.” Nazareth has performed in numerous well-acclaimed stadiums and sports arena across the country. These venues include, but are not limited to, The Famous Grand Ole Opry in Nashville, The Pepsi Arena in Colorado, The Pizza Hut Center and The Toyota Center in Texas, and Notre Dame University’s Concert Hall. Though Nazareth has seen much success in the public eye, there is nothing that motivates his desire to perform his best than using his career and influence to benefit others.
Nazareth’s devotion in encouraging people through the art of comedy sets him apart from most comedians. One of the most-remembered compliments of his came from an elderly lady who shared that she had not laughed in five years since she discovered she had cancer. However, in the last two hours she laughed so hard, she forgot about her pain. His desire to see his audience forget their stresses and fear propels him to strive to be the best comedian he can be, with the gift of generating jokes. Though he has the title of an acknowledged comedian, his greatest credit is having the role as husband and father. Nazareth has been happily wed to his wife for almost 19 years, and is a father of 3 children. He resides in Southern California.
Wayne Pederson is former President of Reach Beyond, (formerly HCJB Global), an international ministry that takes the Gospel of Christ to the farthest reaches of the world through modern media and healthcare.
Prior to joining Reach Beyond, Wayne provided leadership to some of the top media ministries in the country including Moody Radio, Northwestern Radio, Mission America Coalition and continues to serve on the Board of Directors for National Religious Broadcasters.
Wayne is a passionate leader, a skilled speaker and author (Reach Beyond: Comfort, Courage and the Cause of Christ). He would immediately tell you his burden is for "those who have never heard the name of Jesus or had an opportunity to enter into a relationship with Him."
Wayne has a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Psychology and Radio/TV Speech from the University of Minnesota, and a Master's Degree in Theology from Free Lutheran Theological Seminary in Minneapolis. He's also served as adjunct professor at Northwestern College and Bethel University. He is also a founding member of Need Him Ministries.
Wayne and Norma Pederson were married 45 years before she died of cancer. But in God's grace Wayne met Willi Ellis and they were married in June 2015. Wayne has two adult daughters and nine grandchildren.
Alberto Gonzalez grew up in Cuba, and planned to come to America to be an architect, and become wealthy. But, realizing that God wanted him to take the message of Christ to the people of Cuba, he remained there and enrolled in seminary. After the revolution he and his entire class were interred in a concentration camp for three years. After his release, Alberto finished his education and begin taking the gospel to Cuba. His program "Messages of Faith and Hope" is heard daily on TWR radio throughout eastern Cuba, the Caribbean, and Central and South America.
Mike Hickman is a Christian Comedian, Musician & Actor & official Compassion international Artist Spokesperson.
Mike has been in ministry for over 20 years in various forms as a former youth pastor, worship leader, touring Christian musician and of course now traveling the nation as a Christian comedian and speaker and is an active part of the Christian Comedy Association (CCA).
Mike is also the co-host of the WhatNow Christian Radio Show streaming worldwide and host of his own podcast: the "Laugh Track Comedy Cast"
At Mike's comedy shows, you can expect explosive laughter, refreshment, energy, sincerity, great time of worshipping the Lord & opportunity to know Jesus better.
Though the show is loaded...REALLY loaded with side-splitting comedy, Mike is very serious about the Word of God. Humor is an amazing tool to open up opportunity to point people to Jesus, encourage & refresh. It’s not just about entertainment.
Mike is also an official Artist Spokesperson for Compassion International, an organization that is releasing children from poverty in Jesus Name and shares Compassion International at the end of his Comedy & Compassion Tour shows.
Mike and his wife, Benae, live in Central Texas with their daughter Sarah. Find out more about Mike as well as booking information at www.mikehickmancomedy.com
Barry says, "I was exceedingly blessed by having been born into a Christian home whose life was centered in the church. And only in a family business can you find yourself as Director of Sales to Ford, GM and Chrysler and a third of the U.S. at age 22."
Barry Meguiar represents the third generation of the company his grandfather founded in 1901. He started working at Meguiar's during grade school, and worked summers replacing other employees when they went on vacation.
As a high school student he worked for the company part-time, year-round in accounting, becoming the one-man accounting department during his college years.
When Barry graduated from college, he and his wife Karen moved to Detroit to look after the Meguiar interests with GM, Ford and Chrysler and to manage Meguiar's sales in the eastern part of the U.S. And in so doing Barry was exposed to some challenging sales opportunities.
Meguiar's was viewed by the family as a professional brand for the car makers, car dealers, body shops and detailers, but Barry saw a big opportunity in the consumer marketplace. Having grown up in Southern California car culture, Barry was drawn to car shows all over the country. To his surprise, he kept finding that Meguiar's No. 7 Sealer and Reseal Glaze were being used by all of the top show car exhibitors.
This led to a family meeting in 1969 where Barry received approval to take Meguiar's to the consumer. His goal was to create a new brand of products aimed specifically at car guys. Meguiar's Liquid Cleaner Wax was launched at the 1973 APAA Show in Chicago. And as they say, "the rest is history."
By the mid 90s, car clubs and car shows were all but disappearing. So to counter the trend, Barry created Car Crazy Radio and Car Crazy Television to unite and mobilize car guys globally. Car Crazy TV is now the longest running show on the SPEED TV and viewed worldwide via Internet and broadcast television.
In 1973 one man changed Barry's life forever--a man who ignored his national prominence to boldly tell of his passion for leading others to Christ. Even though Barry had grown up in the church, he'd never experienced this man's joy and purpose. Barry began sharing his faith, his own story of faith in Christ--and he's never looked back!
Olesea was born and raised in poverty in a small village in Moldova. At five years old she was told by her church that all the children would be receiving gifts from America. You are invited to hear Olesea’s testimony of how a simple shoebox gift from Operation Christmas Child impacted her life then, and how it continues to shape her life today. Olesea will be appearing in different communities in SE Montana.