Katie Hornor is a best-selling author, business coach and international speaker. After leaving all for a ministry opportunity overseas only to have it pulled out from under them, Tap & Katie built a business and a movement in their second language among in the fastest growing market demographic in the world, changing the future of education for Hispanic families. Today, Katie shares the story of wanting to go overseas as a child, wrestling with postpartum depression, and learning to see rain as a blessing from God. Katie turned a series of closed doors into an international business and her story reminds us that God always has something better for us.
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Stories Katie shared:
Growing up in North Carolina
Choosing life with Jesus as a young girl
Surrendering to the Lord’s will for her life in high school
Attending college at Bob Jones
Deciding to get a master’s degree in curriculum development
Wrestling with postpartum depression
Hosting a girl who need mentoring and how that helped her out of depression
Seeking the Lord for where to go next and moving across Mexico
Being asked to leave from two ministries within one year
Starting a company to homeschool Spanish speaking kids
Learning to see rain as a blessing
Observing flamingos in ocean
Great quotes from Katie:
If I really believe God is in control and everything he does is good, then I’ve got to look for the good.
Why are we working so hard for a harvest and all we’re getting is rained on?
He taught me to see the rain as a blessing.
Your title is about who you serve not who you are.
Resources we mentioned:
Faith Like Flamingos: The Christian Business Guide to Walking Out Your Faith in Bold Color! by Katie Hornor
Lies Women Believe: And the Truth that Sets Them Free by Nancy DeMoss Wolgemuth
Chris & Joi Copeland Say When God Calls You Go
Ellen Rosenberger and What Being a Missionary Is Really Like
David Jacob and Seeking After God
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Jeff Munroe is Executive Vice President of Western Theological Seminary and author of the book Reading Buechner. Today, Jeff shares the story of the bad advice he received about emotions, how Frederick Buechner helped him fix it, and looks back at the providence of God in leading him to Western Theological Seminary. Along the way, we talk about Buechner’s work and how it applies to today. Jeff’s story reminds us that the Lord is always at work and he never wastes anything.
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Stories Jeff shared:
Serving as an administrator at Western Theological Seminary
Growing up in a Christian family and being discipled in a Young Life style
His wife’s stroke one month before their wedding
Losing touch with his emotion based on bad advice
Discovering Frederick Buechner in a bookstore
What he things of the person who gave him bad advice
Finding peace with God through community
Leaving Young Life during a difficult season
Receiving a call to Western Theological Seminary
How speaking at a workshop about Buechner and being asked to write this book
Great quotes from Jeff:
We go to books and we want lots of different things. But we want books that change our lives. That’s what Buechner did for me.
Pain is a universal human experience.
I spend the whole week figuring out the ways I don’t believe in God and then the community calls be back every week.
Resources we mentioned:
Reading Buechner: Exploring the Work of a Master Memoirist, Novelist, Theologian, and Preacher by Jeff Monroe
Western Theological Seminary
The Clown in the Belfry: Writings on Faith and Fiction by Frederick Buechner
Douglas Groothuis and Walking Through Twilight
Sarah Geringer and Transforming Your Thought Life
Jay Holland and the Goodness of God
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D. L. Mayfield is a writer and podcaster who is just trying to be a good neighbor. Her podcast is the Prophetic Imagination Station Podcast and her new book is The Myth of the American Dream. Today, D.L. shares her journey wanting to be a missionary as a child, experiencing the Holy Spirit in college, and working with refugee communities in Portland. D.L. says paying attention to her neighbors changed the way she sees the world and it can change us, too.
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Stories D. L. shared:
Growing up as a pastor’s kid all over the place
Wanting to be a missionary since the age of 6
Wrestling with the idea of the Kingdom of God in college
Thinking about Good Friday as a child
Some of the problems with missionary movements
Experiencing the Holy Spirit in college
Choosing to send her child to one of the worst public schools in her state
How the pandemic is challenging her sense of community
How she started writing as a way to reflect
Why she choose her title for The Myth of the American Dream
How paying attention to marginalized people changes your perspective
Bringing shalom for everyone
Great quotes from D. L.:
I didn’t fundamentally understand the main thing Jesus talked about and that terrified me.
Now that I’m free to be honest with God, I don’t feel God’s absence necessarily.
The only true prayers are honest prayers.
Resources we mentioned:
The Myth of the American Dream: Reflections on Affluence, Autonomy, Safety, and Power by D. L. Mayfield
Assimilate or Go Home: Notes from a Failed Missionary on Rediscovering Faith by D. L. Mayfield
Prophetic Lament: A Call for Justice in Troubled Times by Soong-Chan Rah
Jordan Vargo and Justice on a Mission
Craig Greenfield and Good News for the Poor
Karen Gonzalez and the God Who Sees
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Betty Lou Long is affectionately known as “Grandma Great” in our house. I have so many fond memories of family gatherings and food at her house. Today, she shares about growing up in small town Iowa, how she met her husband in a hardware store, and the profound sense of gratitude she felt witnessing a New England autumn. Grandma also shares why family is so important to her and how she tried to instill faith in hers. This is a special episode that I hope you enjoy!
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Stories Grandma Great shared:
Growing up in small town Iowa
Going to college in Des Moines, Iowa
Learning to drive after asking her dad if she could
Dealing with life during WWII
Meeting a boy who would become his her husband
How having children changed her faith
How playing the hymns comforts her
The Christmas routine they had
How the New England autumn impressed her
Why family is so important to her
Great quotes from Grandma Great:
I realized they needed to be well grounded and we needed to set an example for them as my parents had done for me.
I found sitting down and playing the hymns was very comforting to me.
Family is so important. When I see my family together, I’m so thankful for them.
Harriett Miller and a Fierce Faith
Edith Leland and Intimate Friendship with God
Dell McDonald Says God Can Use You
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