Wilbur Nelson: 50th Anniversary Interview

March 25 marks the beginning of our 74th Year of Ministry!

In 2003, this ministry's founder went home to be with the Lord. Wilbur Nelson was 92 years young. And if you asked him that year what his plans were, he probably would have said "To tell the people about the Lord, the Lord's love and the Lord's work." Pretty much what he'd been doing for the better part of a century.

As the baton was passing to the next generation, Norm sat his father down for a more intimate look at the roots of this ministry, the things that have changed and most importantly what has not changed. In a season when the torch is being passed once again, it's more important than ever to ground ourselves in the legacy handed down by faithful men...

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The Language of Love

David Chavez isn't prone to fear of 'others.' As the son of missionaries to South America, he knows what it's like to feel out of place in a foreign country. In his case that 'foreign country' was America, even though he's an American citizen. A lot of missionary kids grow up in this in between place.

Now, some 'third culture kids' nurture a nagging resentment at having missed out on a 'normal' American life. David is not that sort. Quite the contrary. His experience has given him a genuine compassion for those caught between two worlds. And he put feet to that compassion. Today, his all-volunteer 'Bridges Language Academy' is helping refugees navigate a new language and a new life... in South Florida. And the best part is that Jesus is at the the very center of it!

David joins Bram by phone to share how it all came to be...

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Making The Case For Christ

Lee Strobel set out to prove God a fraud. It was his ethical duty, after all. He was an award-winning investigative journalist, and his wife had just been sucked in by an evangelical 'Jesus Cult.' His marriage and family were on the line. What noble man wouldn't fight for that?

But a funny thing happened on the way to his next great detective triumph - Lee got convicted. In pursuit of TRUTH, so many preconceptions shattered and 'facts' were proven wrong that he was left with only one option... And that's the story you'll hear today.  

Lee Strobel joins Bram to share how his life story, which has affected millions in the past 30 years, will be making new waves this year with a Major Motion Picture release.

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The World Through Christ’s Eyes

People often ask Norm, "Is there anywhere you haven't been?" It's a fair question! The Lord has led him and this ministry to corners of the globe many fear to tread. With amazing consistency this one thing keeps repeating itself in these far-flung places: God is at work! It's a thrill for us to bring you these stories of God's triumph each day through this broadcast.
In this 'Classic from the Archives,' Bram Floria joins Norm and Jim in studio to review some lessons learned and the challenge that flows from them.

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Giving Our Children a Global Vision

They say the way to know if someone is really committed is that they "put their money where their mouth is." Well, we take it a step farther, as any mission-sending family can attest. The measure of devotion for any parent is to put their children where their mouth is... Bram joins Norm in studio, for this' Classic from the Archives.'

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Josiah Venture, Pt. 3

20 years of hard struggle and persistent faith. What did it yield for the stubborn missionaries of the small agency named 'Josiah Venture?' Today we'll find out! Bram and Sandi Floria welcome back Mel and Amy Ellenwood to fill us in on how the church in Eastern Europe is suddenly exploding. And it's in no small part to the seeds planted in young people decades ago. What used to take years is now moving young people into the Kingdom in a matter of hours... and that's not all!

Skype links living rooms, studios, and lives today.

Learn more about this amazing ministry here: https://www.josiahventure.com/

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Josiah Venture, Pt. 2

Bram and Sandi continue a powerful interview with Mel and Amy Ellenwood of Josiah Venture. Today this persistent, visionary band of missionaries is taking on more than a dozen nations with a powerful and transformational revival among students and, in turn, transforming churches throughout Central and Eastern Europe.

They all connect by Skype from Frýdek-Místek, Czech Republic.

Learn more about this amazing ministry here: https://www.josiahventure.com/

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Josiah Venture, Pt. 1

Not so long ago, a huge swath of Central and Eastern Europe was firmly under the thumb of oppressive Communist rule. And then the Wall came down and everything was 'fixed.'

Right?

Well... It's simpler, and a lot more complicated than that. The watershed political events of late 1989 have certainly transformed the world, and in many good ways. Those events have also unleashed a worldwide battle for the hearts of men and the souls of nations. In the stunned aftermath of crumbling Empires and booming Unions, one intrepid band of missionaries stepped in - Josiah Venture. When they started, the work was hard and the hours long. And the fruit? Far from certain. Over the next few days, we'll hear how it played out, and what is becoming of it all...

Executive Vice President of Josiah Venture, Mel Ellenwood and his wife, Amy, join Bram and Sandi by Skype for this inspiring account of committed faith, and abounding harvest.

Learn more about this amazing ministry here: https://www.josiahventure.com/

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Kenya Believe It? Pt. 4

Sandi Floria concludes an inspiring interview with intreprid missionaries, Sonia Crawley and Sonji Pass. Together these committed followers of Christ from the Carolinas have made a lasting and outsized impact on the nation of Kenya. Along the way, they've opened dozens of new outposts for the Kingdom...

Learn more about their organization at: KenyaBelieveIt.org

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Kenya Believe It? Pt. 3

Sandi Floria returns with Sonia Crawley and Sonji Pass to reveal how women are being empowered to lead real, lasting change in Kenya...

Learn more about their organization at: KenyaBelieveIt.org

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Kenya Believe It? Pt. 2

Yesterday, Sandi Floria introduced us to Sonia Crawley and Sonji Pass. "The Two Sonyas" as they are affectionately known, are taking Kenya by storm, raining the Gospel on to rich fields. Today, they discuss what happens when one success leads to another, as the Kenyan government takes notice of their work and affirms their courageous faith.

Learn more about their organization at: KenyaBelieveIt.org

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Kenya Believe It? Pt. 1

So... You're serving the Lord in a very important, needed and appreciated ministry. You're literally saving the lives of hundreds of people suffering from AIDS, prostitution and drug addiction.  And then He says "I've got more for you - are you willing?" What do you do?

Well, today and for the next three to follow, we'll find out what two God servants did. Bram's wife, Sandi, welcomes two new friends to the program, and they are sure to knock your socks off with their joy and enthusiasm for the Gospel!

Learn more about their organization at: KenyaBelieveIt.org

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Voice of the Martyrs

Peggy Dow joins Norm today from the National Religious Broadcasters Convention in Nashville, TN. VOM has been a close friend to this program, and we've done a lot of ministry together. Today you'll find out why!

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A Wind In the House of Islam, Pt. 2

David Garrison gives us a stunning peek behind the curtain of Islam, today, in part two of this powerful series.

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A Wind In the House of Islam, Pt. 1

If you think God has forsaken the people of the Muslim world, David Garrison is out to change your mind. This two-part series will bring you up-close and personal to the amazing spiritual renaissance and startling revelations that HE is using to win every people, each person, to Himself.

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Shield of Hope, Pt. 3

Eric and Kim Bauer got serious about sharing their faith with those around them. And that decision had consequences. Now, this Police family is having a transforming impact on Police agencies at home and abroad. You hear how it all happened, and how it continues to grow, in this closing segment of an important interview.

Bram joins them in their Lockhart, TX home - an unlikely headquarters for a ministry with international reach.

Learn more about the Bauers' work at: ShieldofHope.org

And Shield of Hope - Facebook

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Shield of Hope, Pt. 2

Police Officers see some pretty awful things, and they do it on a daily basis. It's the burden they are required to carry, whether or not they're equipped to handle it. Today, Bram welcomes back Eric and Kim Bauer of Shield of Hope ministry to discuss how the Gospel is profoundly transforming the lives of Law Enforcement every day. They know! It changed them...

Learn more about the Bauers' work at: ShieldofHope.org

And Shield of Hope - Facebook

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Shield of Hope, Pt. 1

"Blessed are the peacemakers," Jesus said. But what if the peacemakers don't know or serve the Prince of Peace?

The world depends on its peace officers to maintain civil order. It doesn't take long, however, to understand the strain under which our police and other law enforcement labor, each and every day. One man understood that completely, for he's one of them. He's also become a passionate follower of Jesus. And with a new identity came a passion to bring real peace to those most in need of it.

Today, Officer Eric Bauer and his wife Kim join Bram for a penetrating look at the challenges and burdens faced by Law Enforcement, and how the Gospel is transforming those in the line of fire.

Learn more about the Bauers' work at: ShieldofHope.org

And Shield of Hope - Facebook

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African Enterprise

The more things change, the more they stay the same... there's a pessimistic statement for you! If you read any number of commentaries on Africa you'd get that impression. When it comes to helping the economic, social and spiritual progress on this great continent, the subtext is 'don't bother - you're just wasting your time.'

We don't buy into that. And neither does Norm's guest today, Michael Cassidy.

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The Bible on Orphan Care

Moses was sent down the River Nile on a basket and a prayer. On the hard streets of Johannesburg, South Africa, many newborns don't even have that. They are left to die in dumpsters and gutters by desperate women who see no way to save their own lives, much less their children.

So, what does the Word of God say about such things? Norm is joined in studio by his wife, Cher, as they take a hard look at the cruelty of modern life. Along the way they discover some surprising pockets of hope.

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Hope Among the Squatters

Don't judge a man till you've walked a mile in his shoes...

That phrase really means something to Norm's guest today. Sy Grayson has not only walked the hard soil of Africa. God is using Sy to change things for the better.

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A Call to Love, Pt. 2

Yesterday we introduced you to Samya and Monir who responded to the Lord's call to love in dramatic fashion. Together they're reaching a new generation in the Middle East with the Gospel Message. Just as important, they're teaching believers in the West how they can love across cultural, language and religious barriers. In an era of great suspicion and distrust, we need people like Samya and Monir to show us the way.

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