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How Do I Forget?

How Do I Forget?

February 24, 2012 by  
Filed under Breakaway

Chaplain Terry talks with Dr. Ralph Martino about how to deal with problems in your past.

How many times have we struggled with memories that haunted us for days and months and even years?  How many times have we prayed for strength to put behind us our past and the pain associated with it?  How many days have we cried over costly decisions that were made whose consequences trouble our present and cloud our future?  What will it take for us to finally get them out of our heads and amputated from our thoughts?

We have memories locked away in the vault of our mind and secured by the soldiers of the enemy. How do we unlock those memories and free ourselves to forget the past and pursue the future?

God says in His word to forget the former things, neither consider the things of old. He wants you to let go and stop remembering the mistakes you made, stop dwelling on what others did to you, stop living in the past.

From the life and experiences of Joseph, Genesis 41:50-52 teaches us that there must be birthed in our lives a “Manasseh” and an “Ephraim” before the issues of life bombard us and leave us trapped in the past, burdened in the present and lost in the future.  What GOD did for Joseph, HE is ready to do for us.  GOD is ready to birth into our lives the power and the knowledge to forget and the power and the knowledge to be fruitful in our greatest area of battle!


To learn how you must first understand the memory. This book walks the reader through an in-depth and life-changing understanding of the memory leading the reader to finally answer the question, “How Do I Forget?”

Breakaway: Kay Rizzo

Breakaway: Kay Rizzo

February 17, 2012 by  
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Kay Rizzo

Girls can’t be preachers! Or so six-year-old Kay was told. If she couldn’t be a preacher, the child decided to become a teacher. “Teachers talk almost as much as preachers,” she reasoned. For Kay, God’s plan included marriage and motherhood, classroom teaching, and the writing her first book. The book paved the way to the pulpit. Kay reminds, “Only God knows what’s around the next bend in your life. Never sell Him short.”

Chaplain Terry talks to writer, speaker and storyteller, Kay Rizzo whose practical and uplifting messages burst with joy and praise. She is in demand at retreats, conferences and convocations throughout the United States, Canada, the Caribbean, and Australia. Her love for travel and adventure is evident in her motto, “Send ticket; will travel.” A graduate of CLASS (Christian Leaders and Speaker’s Seminars, Inc.), she served on their West Coast teaching staff for ten years.

Since publishing her first book, Kay has authored 60 more and 1000+ articles. A biography I WILL DIE FREE remained on the publisher’s bestseller list for 10 years and has recently been re-released. Rebecca’s Crossing, volume eight of her family saga, the Serenity Inn Series, was released in 2011.

New and exciting discoveries await Kay, as she tests the power of e-booking on the Internet and blogging on her web site. “I never imagined blogging could be so much fun,” she quips.

Kay resides with her husband and business partner, Richard, in California’s San Joaquin Valley. Her greatest riches include her hubby of 40+ years; her two daughters, two sons-in law, two grandsons and a cat named Pepsi.

Blanca’s Nicaragua Journal

Blanca’s Nicaragua Journal

February 12, 2012 by  
Filed under Blanca Vega

Tomorrow is the Big Day

I can’t believe tomorrow is the BIG day.  I’m travelling to Nicaragua –by myself!  Without my husband and without carrying a diaper bag and extra snacks for the kids, it almost feels too weird.  After so many years, I get to do something that is all about me and God!  I know you understand.  I will miss my family so much but for five days I won’t belong to my own children –I will belong to the children I get to meet in the schools and churches that work with Compassion International.  To those kids, I will represent you, and the hope of more of you.  Your sponsorship changes their lives and I will experience this for myself and report back to you of the many ways your contributions help to make their lives better.

I’m really excited and so should you, let’s get ready to change lives!
For now, I must go and finish packing (yikes!) and shower my babies in kisses (I’m missing them already!).
“Naseously Excited”
On my way to the airport and I feel like I’m about to get on a scarry ride… the seat belt is on and I’m about to embark on a thrill of a life time… then that feeling hits my stomach -the one that makes you think you’re about to throw up.  I’m just taking deep breaths and taking as many mental snapshots of my family before I leave.  Keep me in your prayers.  To God be the glory!
Houston We Have a Problem

I’m in Houston now, meeting with two other people going on this trip. Mark is the leader and Mary works for another radio station.

Here’s the problem…

My stomach isn’t feeling well – and I don’t think it’s nerves this time! lol  It’s a good thing I packed some Imodium! :)

We are headed to a Holiday Inn in Managua. The Compassion Nicaragua staff will be at the airport to take us there.

Hope I’m feeling better by then. :(

“Welcome to Nicaragua!”

This is a day I will never forget.  I met Felix who is 10 and Pedro who is 16.  We also met their families and visited their homes.   You can tell they were trying to look their best for us.  With plenty of gel in their hair and with their shirts nicely tucked in their pants.  They gave us a tour of their homes.  Felix shares his home with two other families and Pedro shares his bed with two other people.  Later, our host confessed to us that, their homes were the poorest she has ever seen.

Later, we visited one of Compassion’s sites –a school full of vibrant children who prepared a welcome ceremony for us!  As the afternoon went by they made us feel like celebrities, wanting to be with us, hugging and playing with us.  I can still hear their voices calling me “maestra” or “profesora” which means “teacher” in Spanish.  I felt really good being there with them.  I don’t know how else to describe it.  All we were doing was blowing bubbles, but for them, this was a big deal.  One container of bubbles can cost around $3, so for many of the children there, this was something they had never done before.

My biggest lesson learned today:  Kids appreciate the money, but they prefer to feel loved.  When a sponsored child doesn’t receive a letter, and other kids do, they feel like they don’t matter to their sponsor.  Teachers try to keep them encouraged but it is hard because no answer really satisfies them.   Sometimes they just have to tell them that their sponsor just doesn’t have the time.

On a positive note, I’m so grateful to be feeling better…  tomorrow, I look forward to doing more home visits!

I Will Never Forget

This has been an incredible experience I wish every person could do at least once in their lifetime… I’ve met children that have encouraged me and prayed for me when it should have been the other way around -I will never forget that.

Check out the pictures on facebook… more to come soon.  It’s time to pack and get ready to return home.  I’m exhausted -but what a trip!!!!

What Now?

I’m home from the mission trip and I am a changed person.  That doesn’t mean that I’m ready to sell my house and only eat two meals a day or dress in rags… I’m talking about an interior change.

I’ve realized I don’t have to be the mom that buys her kids all the latest games and toys to make her kids feel loved.  I don’t have to kill myself working extra hours to get the house with a bigger living room, if the one we have is perfectly fine.  And I can’t try to impress God or other people by just going to church or giving to the poor.

My lifestyle has to reflect my faith and my gratitude.  I have to show love and live in love with the people around me -if that makes sense to you.  I have to do more than just listen to a sermon, I have to share what God has done in my life to really be a follower of Christ.   And I sort of knew all that before, but sometimes it takes walking in someone else shoes for a little while to realize how much you can be better and do better.

So, “what now?”  If you’ve ever asked yourself, “what is the purpose of Blanca going on this mission trip?” Here is my answer:  It is to prepare your heart to sponsor a child when WGTS 91.9 does their sponsorship drive on August 31 and September 1 this year.  And before you say… “uh, oh… I know where this is going and I don’t want to keep reading this…”  I want you to simply pray about it… but really do it.  And just ask God, “Lord, how can I make a difference in someone’s life?”  And if you feel that sponsoring a child though Compassion is the answer, then listen on those dates and call us.  We will help you select a child and even give you some suggestions of the greatest needs.

This is my last blog on the trip and I just want to say thank you for following me on this journey.  It was a dream come true for me and an experience I only hope makes a difference in your life too.  I asked many children, “if you could say something to your sponsor what would it be?”  Without hesitation and with a huge grin, they all gave me the same answer, “I would tell them ‘thank you!’”

Hope for Parents of Troubled Teens

Hope for Parents of Troubled Teens

February 10, 2012 by  
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Sometimes it feels like there’s nothing you can do. Your teenager or young adult is rebellious, distant, or depressed, and you feel helpless as you try to break through to the child you used to know so well. But there are actions you can take to begin turning the situation around.

Chaplain Terry talks to licensed counselor Connie Rae who has seen it all, both in her professional practice and in her personal life with a son who struggled through a drug addiction. She offers encouragement and practical advice on what to say and do, and mistakes to avoid. Whether the situation looks bleak already, or you’re just preparing for the challenges of the years ahead, Hope for Parents of Troubled Teens will open up the world of your teenager’s mind and provide the steps you need to protect and restore your relationship with your child.

God Encounters: Real: A Young Adults Worship Experience

God Encounters: Real: A Young Adults Worship Experience

February 3, 2012 by  
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Young Adults Connect, a Ministry of the New Hope Adventist Church, in association with WGTS 91.9fm, GODencounters and supporting ministries present Real: a Young Adults Worship Experience.

The Worship Experience begins Friday, February 10 and concludes on Saturday, February 11, 2012.

The guest speaker for the weekend is Roger Hernandez, Hispanic Ministries Director of the Oregon Conference of Seventh-day Adventists with Worship led by the WGTS 91.9 Gateway Fellowship Band. You can listen to his interview with Chaplain Terry below.

You won’t want to miss this life-changing worship experience for Young Adults, University Students and Young Professionals!

Click here for details!