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At Miracle Hill Ministries, we desire to help the whole person: physically, mentally, and spiritually. However, we don't work alone and are incredibly grateful to each organization and individual who partners with us in an effort to care for the hurting and needy in the Upstate of South Carolina.What if you don't have insurance? What if you don't have a driver's license? What if you don't have an address?  In any of the above situations, how do you access health care? On this episode, Ryan sits down with Brandon Cook, Health Care for the Homeless and Medical Respite Program Director at New Horizon Family Health Services to talk about health care for the homeless. The mission of New Horizon Family Health Services is to provide quality, affordable, compassionate patient-centered health care to improve the health of the communities we serve (link).People get sick. Regardless of a person's possessions, employment, social standing, or housing status, sometimes the body fails. New Horizon Family Health Services desires to help people, regardless of position, navigate an often complicated healthcare system to ensure access to healthcare.Miracle Hill Ministries and New Horizon Family Health Services have partnered together to bring respite care facilities for men and women to the upstate and continue to work together to give compassionate care to some of the most vulnerable people in our community. "But if anyone has the world's goods and sees his brother in need, yet closes his heart against him, how does God's love abide in him? Little children, let us not love in word or talk but in deed and in truth."1 John 3:17-18If you would like to see a specific question addressed on the Miracles from the Hill Podcast or want to connect with us, reach out by emailing podcast@miraclehill.org.To visit New Horizon Family Health Services' website: link.Miracle Hill Ministries:WebsiteInstagramFacebook
What happens when an entire family is impacted by poverty, poor choices, abuse, or any number of unfortunate events that leave them so broke they can't pay for housing? When families experience homelessness, resources are often limited, sometimes they can't stay together, and everyone is affected.In this second episode with Lizzie and Ryan, the conversation focuses in on painting a picture of what families may experience when it comes to homelessness, what types of resources are available for families without housing (and what resources are lacking), and how this problem must be tackled through individuals with moral imaginations. Lizzie is an ordained Baptist minister, dedicated to her family, and the Executive Director of United Ministries, located in Greenville South Carolina.But, as it is written, “What no eye has seen, nor ear heard, nor the heart of man imagined, what God has prepared for those who love him”1 Corinthians 2:9To visit United Ministries website, click here.If you would like to see a specific question addressed on the Miracles from the Hill Podcast or want to connect with us, reach out by emailing podcast@miraclehill.org.Miracle Hill Ministries:WebsiteInstagramFacebook
This is a conversation about the dignity of humanity - poor or not.The topic of how to help those experiencing homelessness is hard to tackle. Concise and simple answers don't exist. This conversation is not meant to give concrete answers but to educate and provide space that honors the complexity and dignity of the people who experience homelessness and poverty.As two individuals leading organizations that work to provide services for underprivileged people in the Upstate of South Carolina, Ryan and Lizzie share their thoughts, opinions, and hopes for those who experience homelessness and for those who are willing to help provide services.In this episode of Miracles from the Hill Podcast, Ryan sits down with Lizzie to talk about her story and passion for helping those experiencing homelessness. Lizzie is an ordained Baptist minister, dedicated to her family, and the Executive Director of United Ministries, located in Greenville South Carolina. A righteous man knows the rights of the poor;a wicked man does not understand such knowledge.Proverbs 29:7To visit United Ministries website, click here.If you would like to see a specific question addressed on the Miracles from the Hill Podcast or want to connect with us, reach out by emailing podcast@miraclehill.org.Miracle Hill Ministries:WebsiteInstagramFacebook
Season 2: The Experience of HomelessnessWe are very excited to be launching season 2 on Miracles from the Hill Podcast. This season focus on the topic of homelessness and will feature guests from many of Miracle Hill's valued partners. Miracle Hill Ministries is South Carolina’s largest and most comprehensive provider of homeless services.At our core, we exist to serve people experiencing homelessness—physically, emotionally, and spiritually. We share the Good News of Jesus with them as they move toward independence, stability, and healthy relationships.It is estimated that 582,462 individuals are experiencing homelessness in America (source). What is the definition of homelessness? Is there an answer to the crisis? Why does someone become homeless? What are the best practices when providing help to the chronically homeless?These are all questions that we'll be discussing over the upcoming months as we take time to talk with a variety of men and women working to fight homelessness in the Upstate of South Carolina. If you would like to submit a question to be covered in a Q&A episode at the end of this series, please email podcast@miraclehill.org.
Cary Sanders is the Chief Executive Officer at JUMPSTART, a non-profit organization that "disciples current and former prisoners and assists with re-entry to society" (jumpstartvision.org). However, that's not where Cary's story began...On this episode of Miracles from the Hill Podcast, Cary shares in transparent detail about the life of misery and hopelessness he used to lead before he was changed on the inside out by Jesus. For Cary, God met him in a high security prison cell. Today, Cary holds a Doctor of Ministry degree from North Greenville University, he has authored a 40-week discipleship program used at 17 South Carolina prisons, and has developed a volunteer training program currently used within the prisons throughout the state. Cary, along with JUMPSTART, is passionate about helping current and former prison inmates re-entry into society through addressing the spiritual needs, education, employment, healthcare, housing, and family relationship of these individuals.  JUMPSTART reports a 96% success rate. There is hope for anyone, no matter their past or present."Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our affliction, so that we may be able to comfort those who are in any affliction, with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God." 2 Corinthians 1:3-4To find out more about JUMPSTART, click here.If you would like to see a specific question addressed on the Miracles from the Hill Podcast or want to connect with us, reach out by emailing podcast@miraclehill.org.WebsiteInstagramFacebook
Sensitive Content Disclaimer: This episode of Miracles from the Hill Podcast covers sensitive topics including pornography and sexual brokenness that may not be suitable for all audiences. We hope and pray that the open conversation on this episode brings education and hope to our audience; however, if you are likely to be adversely impacted by these topics, please refrain from watching or listening to this episode.The topic of sexual brokenness if often taboo, hidden, or simply undiscussed in the Church. Yet, pornography, affairs, and other forms of sexual perversion are prevalent in Christianity, wrecking many homes and lives.  Aaron grew up in a Christian home, and at a young age he made is own profession of faith. But in college, Aaron began to dabble in things he knew were wrong but found fun. Aaron's sin led him down a dark path of sexual perversion, leading him to eventually separate from his wife and children. After a blunt conversation with his wife, Aaron new he had a decision to make: he could follow God's way or he could follow Aaron's way. Aaron chose repentance. Today, Aaron is reconciled with his family, active in church, and strives to help other men struggling with sexual brokenness. On this episode of Miracles from the Hill Podcast, Aaron shares his story along with practical tips for overcoming sexual addiction and sin that he found helpful in his life."Whoever conceals their sins does not prosper,but the one who confesses and renounces them finds mercy."Proverbs 28:13 If you would like to see a specific question addressed on the Miracles from the Hill Podcast or want to connect with us, reach out by emailing podcast@miraclehill.org.WebsiteInstagramFacebook
Sensitive Content Disclaimer: This episode of Miracles from the Hill Podcast covers sensitive topics including suicide and mental illness. We hope and pray that the open conversation on this episode brings education and hope to our audience; however, if you are likely to be adversely impacted by these topics, please refrain from watching or listening to this episode.In this episode of Miracles from the Hill Podcast, Dawn shares her incredibly real, raw, and hope-filled story of how she worked through the grief of losing her husband to suicide. Dawn's mother struggled with debilitating depression after a severe car accident left her with brain damage. This incident changed Dawn's family dynamics drastically. She recalls stark contrast of weekdays and Sundays. Dawn's mom wouldn't get dressed or get out of bed during the week, but on Sundays, her mother would get dressed, put on her church outfit, and sit on the front-row pew to hear Dawn's father, the church pastor, preach his sermon. Fast forward to Dawn's married years. She knew something was wrong. Her husband struggled with addiction and emotional highs and lows. During these years, Dawn wasn't able to find adequate support or help for their marriage or her own mental health.  After years of struggle, Dawn's husband took his life. Leaving Dawn and her two children reeling. But, Dawn's story doesn't end here. Through Jesus, time, and community, Dawn is now able to look back on her story and tell how God carried her and her family through an extremely dark valley of grief and loss. Today, Dawn works for Miracle Hill Ministries, is actively involved in her church, and enjoys pouring into other people that hope that she received from God. "The LORD is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit." Psalm 34:18If you would like to see a specific question addressed on the Miracles from the Hill Podcast or want to connect with us, reach out by emailing podcast@miraclehill.org.WebsiteInstagramFacebook
Suzanne is a child of God, wife, mom, grandma to 12, and an Educational Therapist who works at Pearl Learning Center. She partners with students of all ages who have "difficulties with thinking". This includes students with learning disabilities, brain injury, ADHD, etc. Suzanne is a longtime volunteer with Miracle Hill Ministries and has blessed many women in Miracle Hill's addiction/recovery facility, Renewal, with hope through her teachings on Neuroplasticity. Neuroplasticity is defined by oxford dictionary as the "ability of the brain to develop new neurons and/or new synapses in response to stimulation and learning." In other words, God has given the human brain amazing capacity to change and heal. You can imagine that, for someone who has spent much of their life struggling through dominating addiction, learning that the brain can heal from harmful patterns is extremely encouraging. In this educational episode, Suzanne and Ryan walk through the basics of neuroplasticity and share practical tips on how you, no matter your experiences or trauma, can think better and foster healthy brain patterns that lead to the ability to make wise choices."I will give you back your health and heal your wounds.” says the LORD. Jeremiah 30:17a For more information on neuroplasticity, click here. To learn more about the Feuerstein Method, click here.To view the National Institute for Learning Development's website, click here.To listen/watch Build a Brain Podcast, click here. (By linking information, Miracle Hill Ministries is not endorsing outside content but providing resources that viewers may use at their own discretion.)If you would like to see a specific question addressed on the Miracles from the Hill Podcast or want to connect with us, reach out by emailing podcast@miraclehill.org.WebsiteInstagramFacebook
Joey is a long time volunteer, former Miracle Hill Board member, and good friend of Miracle Hill Ministries. Joey is a certified financial planner and is on the Greenville Leadership Council for the South Carolina Christian Foundation and serves on the Board of Directors for the Spartanburg Community College Foundation and the Union County Economic Development Board. Joey was recognized by Gov. Nikki Haley as an Ambassador of Economic Development for South Carolina. On this episode, Joey opens up and discusses in great transparency his struggle with alcohol. Joey believes this inability to manage stress coupled with his drive to please people helped to keep him in the grips of addiction for a long time. But Joey's story doesn't end in defeat. Today, Joey shares how he found freedom through Jesus, relationships, and honesty. "Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead." 1 Peter 1:3If you would like to see a specific question addressed on the Podcast or want to connect with us, reach out by emailing podcast@miraclehill.org.WebsiteInstagramFacebook
Sherry is a passionate believer and evangelist. Her heart is to follow the Great Commission and share Christ with those who are struggling. Sherry's work includes teaching in a seminary and volunteering at various organizations, including Miracle Hill Ministries. This episode of Miracles from the Hill Podcast is focused on education. Sherry and Ryan discuss their thoughts on engaging with a community of people who are often neglected in Christian circles: those experiencing addiction and/or homelessness.  Afterall, the Great Commission is still great. "Therefore, go and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit. Teach these new disciples to obey all the commands I have given you. And be sure of this: I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” Matthew 28:19-20If you would like to see a specific question addressed on the Podcast or want to connect with us, reach out by emailing podcast@miraclehill.org.WebsiteInstagramFacebook
On this episode, Ryan is joined by Dennis, long-time mentor and volunteer at Miracle Hill's Overcomers Center. Mentorship is an important part of recovering from a life of dominating addiction and substance abuse. Dennis has walked with many men throughout the years, and has walked away personally encouraged. Mentorship is a type of community, and COMMUNITY is a human need. Have you ever wondered how to be mentor (maybe in your church, with a friend, or formally through a program)? Or wondered if you are even a good fit for this task? This episode of Miracles from the Hill Podcast could be a great resource for you. We hope that you'll be encouraged through this conversation to step out and have relationships. Mentorship doesn't have to be a daunting task. Mentorship can simply be life on life, regular interaction that incorporates genuine conversation and two or more people who are passionate about each other's growth and vitality. "Iron sharpens iron,So one man sharpens another."Provers 27:17If you would like to check out Miracle Hill's mentorship program, click here. If you would like to see a specific question addressed on the Podcast or want to connect with us, reach out by emailing podcast@miraclehill.org.WebsiteInstagramFacebook
Lauren is active in the community, a wife, a mom, and an overall passionate individual. She is successful in her career and working to help those experiencing homelessness around her. Then everything changed in her world when her body stopped functioning like it used to. Lauren and Ryan's conversation is real and raw. When Lauren's body began exhibiting unusual symptoms, a tsunami of questions, doubt, fear, and panic ensued. Yet, God is faithful. Lauren's story reminds us that those who follow Jesus have the gentle leading of a kind Shepherd, even through difficult life circumstances outside of our control."Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything." James 1:4If you would like to see a specific question addressed on the Podcast or want to connect with us, reach out by emailing podcast@miraclehill.org.WebsiteInstagramFacebook
Bob's childhood was turbulent, to say the least. As a little child, Bob remembers stealing food from a neighbor's tree just to have something to eat. Eventually, Bob was placed in a group home, where he finished out high school. During his time at the group home, Bob met the Father of the fatherless and found true belonging. Eventually, God led Bob to serve in various roles at Miracle Hill Ministries. And one day, Bob found himself director of Miracle Hill's Boy's Shelter. Now, Bob's past was an ministry of understanding to struggling boys. Even with a childhood full of trauma, Bob dedicated his life to helping children who were just like him: homeless. Bob's story is inspiring and shares hope that, no matter our past circumstances, God can brin healing that surpasses the imaginable. “He defends the cause of the fatherless and the widow, and loves the alien, giving him food and clothing.” Deuteronomy 10:18If you would like to see a specific question addressed on the Podcast or want to connect with us, reach out by emailing podcast@miraclehill.org.WebsiteInstagramFacebook
Somehow, Roy managed to make good grades in college, play football, and keep his dirty secret hidden: drug addiction. Eventually though, the truth comes out. We can't hide forever. Not having a father in his life caused Roy to wander and find friendship in the wrong crowds. When partying and abusing substances started threatening his life in real ways, Roy had a choice to make. Roy's story, in a way, feels like a novel; with its twists and turns, highs and lows, it's truly a miracle that Roy is working in Greenville Rescue Mission, spending his time loving and caring for people experiencing homelessness while sharing the love he found in Christ Jesus. Topics: father wound, substance abuse, drug dealing, partying, prison, recovery, Christianity, Miracle Hill Ministries, Greenville Rescue Mission, hope."Therefore if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creature; the old things passed away; behold, new things have come." 2 Corinthians 5:17If you would like to see a specific question addressed on the Podcast or want to connect with us, reach out by emailing podcast@miraclehill.org.WebsiteInstagramFacebook
A definition of the word "success" by Mariam Webster is a "favorable or desired outcome." So what is the favorable of desirable outcome for guests of Miracle Hill Ministries who are experiencing homelessness or addiction or both? Success is hard to define in the context of complex human beings. In this episode, Jeremy and Ryan talk about the idea of success. Jeremy is the director of Miracle Hill's largest emergency shelter facility: Greenville Rescue Mission. We celebrate the stories of those who find healing and wholeness after walking out our doors. But how do we process the stories of individuals who walk out of our care and choose to continue in addiction or a homeless lifestyle? Or how do we think about the story of the person who relapses one time and dies from an overdose?  This episode is a conversation exploring the idea of success."I planted the seed in your hearts, and Apollos watered it, but it was God who made it grow. It’s not important who does the planting, or who does the watering. What’s important is that God makes the seed grow. The one who plants and the one who waters work together with the same purpose. And both will be rewarded for their own hard work." 1 Corinthians 3:6-8If you would like to see a specific question addressed on the Podcast or want to connect with us, reach out by emailing podcast@miraclehill.org.WebsiteInstagramFacebook
Vulnerability is necessary. Yet, many of us weren't taught how to actually practice vulnerability. And maybe you, like many people, feel stuck in a place where you want to be vulnerable, but you don't know how to begin a practice of vulnerability. For Sharon, learning to sit with her feelings was the heart work that opened the door to vulnerability.  For years, Sharon wrestled with understanding her own emotions, and she never felt able to share her deepest thoughts and struggles with anyone else. Sharon had unmet needs, stuffed down inside. These unmet needs led her down a path of substance abuse. But drugs isn't the end of her story...This episode covers the ups and downs of Sharon's earlier life and reminds us of the need we all have to understand who we are on the deepest levels. “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.” Matthew 11:28-30If you would like to see a specific question addressed on the Podcast or want to connect with us, reach out by emailing podcast@miraclehill.org.WebsiteInstagramFacebook
In this second-part episode, Reid and Ryan continue a conversation centered around Reid's experiences at Miracle Hill Ministries. When an organization changes, there are often many bumps and learning opportunities ahead. Ministry is hard work and, contrary to occasional outward appearance, not everyone working in "ministry" feels ready or able to do the task at hand. For all who are sick, there is healing. For all who are unable, there is power. For all who are unwise, there is wisdom."Wisdom cries aloud in the street,in the markets she raises her voice;at the head of the noisy streets she cries out;at the entrance of the city gates she speaks:“How long, O simple ones, will you love being simple?How long will scoffers delight in their scoffingand fools hate knowledge?If you turn at my reproof,behold, I will pour out my spirit to you;I will make my words known to you.Proverbs 1:20-23, ESVIf you would like to see a specific question addressed on the Podcast or want to connect with us, reach out by emailing podcast@miraclehill.org.WebsiteInstagramFacebook
We all have history - history with our family, history with ourselves, and history with God. In this episode, Ryan and Reid Lehman, former Miracle Hill CEO, discuss the fascinating and complex history of Miracle Hill Ministries. Reid grew up at the Ministry - roaming the farm and playing with the other children who lived at Miracle Hill's Children's Home. Once he grew up, Reid married and pursued working in ministry. But life didn't go as expected... This is a walk down memory lane. Remembering  history is healthy and listening to these stories will encourage you. Maybe today you need reminding that God is faithful. 1 Thessalonians 5:24: "The one who calls you is faithful, and he will do it."If you would like to see a specific question addressed on the Podcast or want to connect with us, reach out by emailing podcast@miraclehill.org. Other ways to connect: WebsiteInstagramFacebook
Young managed his use of illegal substances, until his addiction managed him. And then tragedy. On this episode of Miracles from the Hill Podcast, Ryan and Young tell a powerful story of abuse, pain, grief, and healing. If you need to be reminded that your life is never out of God's reach, listen to Young's Story. The second part of this podcast is a conversation centered around "recovery." What does it look like to walk in freedom from a drug addiction? Is someone always in recovery? Is recovery even a good way of describing this "after" stage? If you'd like to deepen your education on addiction-recovery, then this episode is for you! Connect with us:miraclehill.orgInstagramFacebook
How does God really guide your life? And how can we know  that we've forgiven the person that caused tremendous pain in our lives? On this episode of Miracles from the Hill Podcast, Minda walks through the ups and downs of her complex journey with God. From teaching kindergarten (and loving it!) to running an emergency rescue mission for women, Minda looks back over her life and sees the guiding, loving hand of her Father -- even if she was dragging her feet in the ground the whole way.This episode will be an encouragement to anyone who wrestled with the ideas of God's guidance, his goodness, and forgiveness. Website: miraclehill.orgInstagram: https://www.instagram.com/miraclehillministries/Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/MiracleHill
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