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The Unfolding

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God is writing a great big story and you have a standing invitation to be a part of it. Every week, host Meridith Foster sits down with a guest to share their chapter in God’s Unfolding story.

God is writing a great big story and you have a standing invitation to be a part of it. Every week, host Meridith Foster sits down with a guest to share their chapter in God’s Unfolding story.

Location:

Champaign, IL

Description:

God is writing a great big story and you have a standing invitation to be a part of it. Every week, host Meridith Foster sits down with a guest to share their chapter in God’s Unfolding story.

Language:

English

Contact:

217-359-8232


Episodes

Page 134: Blessing Offor

8/12/2022
Nigerian-born singer and songwriter Blessing Offor immigrated to the United States when he was six years old, leaving his parents and five older siblings behind. His family made the difficult choice to send him to America for medical care because he was born with congenital glaucoma and was nearly blind in his left eye. Instead, a few years later a fluke accident left him almost totally blind in both eyes. It was a series of events that many people might have considered tragic, but Blessing...

Duration:00:48:43

Page 133: Terry Wildman

8/5/2022
Terry Wildman didn’t grow up immersed in the history and culture of his First Nations ancestors. But after he met Jesus, his heart for Indigenous Americans grew. As he learned more about the painful history of Native North Americans and the Church, he struggled with questions. But through that struggle, he felt a call to translate the Bible following the tradition of Native storytellers. The First Nations Version of the New Testament has sold thousands of copies, bringing hope and healing to...

Duration:00:52:32

Page 132: Katy Nichole

7/29/2022
The spinal surgery Katy Nichole underwent to correct scoliosis left her in excruciating pain. For three years she battled anxiety and depression. She came to a point where she wanted to give up, but God met Katy at her lowest and assured her he had a purpose for her life. It was during those years of struggle that Katy began to realize God had given her the gift of music so she could encourage others. Katy Nichole’s song, “In Jesus’ Name (God of Possible)” became a viral sensation and set a...

Duration:00:38:47

Page 131: Paul and Hannah McClure

7/22/2022
Throughout scripture God tells us, “Do not be afraid,” and yet we face a lot of fearful situations in life. How do you live without fear? Paul and Hannah McClure are worship leaders and songwriters who have experienced fear and anxiety just like many of us. But during COVID, they had a scary experience, triggering fears that shook them to the core. But this encounter taught them something new about fear and God and what we can experience when we know that He is with us.

Duration:00:53:29

From the Archive: Page 94: Lana Vasquez

7/15/2022
When Lana Vasquez met Jesus at 19, she knew she had been rescued to rescue others. Within a few short years, she was a full-time missionary with Life Impact International rescuing kids from trafficking in Thailand. It was a daunting mission, far beyond what she could do in her own strength. In fact, the work often seemed impossible. But when God asks us to do the impossible and we’re willing to say yes, we are in the perfect position to see the miraculous.

Duration:00:31:38

From the Archive: Page 94: Lana Vasquez

7/15/2022
When Lana Vasquez met Jesus at 19, she knew she had been rescued to rescue others. Within a few short years, she was a full-time missionary with Life Impact International rescuing kids from trafficking in Thailand. It was a daunting mission, far beyond what she could do in her own strength. In fact, the work often seemed impossible. But when God asks us to do the impossible and we’re willing to say yes, we are in the perfect position to see the miraculous.

Duration:00:31:38

From the Archive: Page 93: Lana Vasquez

7/8/2022
Growing up in Southern California, Lana Vasquez found herself looking for love in all the wrong places. By the time she was a teenager, she was trapped in an abusive relationship, addicted to alcohol and drugs, and spent her nights as a dancer in the clubs of Hollywood. She was living a fast life, but even the glitz and glamour of Hollywood couldn’t hide the fact that she felt desperately empty. At 19 years old, Lana heard the Gospel for the first time. When God rescued her, she knew she was...

Duration:00:28:57

From the Archive: Page 93: Lana Vasquez

7/8/2022
Growing up in Southern California, Lana Vasquez found herself looking for love in all the wrong places. By the time she was a teenager, she was trapped in an abusive relationship, addicted to alcohol and drugs, and spent her nights as a dancer in the clubs of Hollywood. She was living a fast life, but even the glitz and glamour of Hollywood couldn’t hide the fact that she felt desperately empty. At 19 years old, Lana heard the Gospel for the first time. When God rescued her, she knew she was...

Duration:00:29:41

From the Archive: Page 68: Jordan St. Cyr

7/1/2022
Jordan St. Cyr had always believed the way to your dreams was through grit and hard work. He knew God had called him to be a songwriter, so he was determined to make it happen. But what if the way to your dreams isn’t through determination, but through surrender? Jordan is the co-writer of the song “Fires,” – a song that has become their family’s anthem as they walk through their daughter's diagnosis with a rare syndrome.

Duration:00:28:29

From the Archive: Page 49: Mandisa

6/24/2022
In a post-pandemic world, more and more people are dealing with issues related to mental health. Mandisa is a singer and songwriter who has authentically shared her journey with anxiety and depression. When her friend was diagnosed with cancer, Mandisa was confident God would heal her. When He didn’t, she struggled with sadness and deepening disappointment with God. In this interview, Mandisa shares how depression led to isolation and walking away from her singing career, but God used a...

Duration:00:24:39

From the Archive: Page 7: Mark Schultz

6/17/2022
Mark Schultz had always felt a drive to succeed. As the only adopted child in his family, it seemed to be a way to guarantee his adoptive parents would know they had picked the right kid. If he was the starting quarterback, the pitcher on the state championship team, the singer and songwriter who got standing ovations – that surely meant he was special. He is known for songs like “He’s My Son,” “Remember Me,” “I Am,” and “Walking Her Home.” It wasn’t until Mark held his own adopted daughter...

Duration:00:30:01

Page 130: Ben Fuller

6/10/2022
Ben Fuller is a singer and songwriter who is just beginning his career in Christian music. His song “Who I Am” is being played on stations around the country. His story began growing up on a dairy farm in Vermont. He was a well-liked kid and on the outside, seemed like he had it all together. But he always struggled to earn his father’s approval. On the inside he felt an emptiness that left Ben searching for something to fill the hole. He tried relationships, alcohol, cocaine, even “making...

Duration:00:48:12

Page 129: Katelyn James

6/3/2022
When our story takes a tragic turn, it often feels like God is a million miles away. But Psalm 34:18 says “The Lord is near to the brokenhearted and saves the crushed in spirit.” Katelyn James’ heart was crushed with the news that the baby she was carrying would not survive. When she pictured the life God had for her, this was nothing like what she had imagined. But rather than guard her heart, God was asking her to lean in and trust that His plan was good. Katelyn and her husband Michael...

Duration:00:41:59

Page 128: Dr. Saundra Dalton-Smith

5/27/2022
When life goes according to our plan, it’s a lot easier to believe in a good God. But when our prayers aren’t answered and we’re left with disappointment, it can be a struggle to trust Him. Dr. Saundra Dalton Smith not only didn’t understand God, she was angry with Him. Today Dr. Dalton-Smith uses her experience to help women live happier, healthier and more productive lives. She’s an author, speaker, and host of the “I Choose My Best Life” podcast, but before all of that, she was a young...

Duration:00:34:52

Page 127: Melissa Mork

5/20/2022
Melissa Mork was a college student when her mother tragically passed away. At the time Melissa’s father made a request. He asked her to study grief because it seemed few people really understood what it was like to walk through devastating loss. That charge turned out to be providential. As a professor of psychology at the University of Northwestern St. Paul, Dr. Mork is a resource to thousands dealing with grief. Her insight and wisdom came not only from academic study, but from walking the...

Duration:00:33:45

From the Archive: Page 59: Kati Pessin

5/13/2022
If you or someone you love has struggled with anxiety or depression, you know how crippling that can be. For Kati Pessin, depression was something she first grappled with as a middle schooler and it’s been a part of her life since. The struggle has taken her to the lowest moments of her life, but it’s also been a place where God has revealed her need for him and his love for her in a very powerful way.

Duration:00:27:17

Page 126: Brandon Richardson and Ryan Stevenson

5/6/2022
Brandon Richardson, known professionally as RICHLIN, was in junior high the first time he met Ryan Stevenson. Over the years, their interaction at a summer camp forged friendship, respect, and an awareness of the gifts God had placed in each other. Both of these guys are talented singers, songwriters and musicians. While Brandon Richardson is a newcomer, Ryan Stevenson is known for songs like “Eye of the Storm” and “With Lifted Hands.” Brandon never really dreamed of being a recording...

Duration:00:39:29

Page 125: Jonathan Gonzalez

4/29/2022
God can use our greatest pain as a launching pad to our greatest calling. That’s what Jonathan Gonzalez believes. But in the beginning, his story seemed hopeless. He was a challenging kid who was making horrible choices. By the time he was 12 he was getting arrested. If something didn’t happen to change his path, he was headed for hardship and a life of pain inflicted on himself and those around him. When Jonathan was 17, he was in a terrible car accident that nearly claimed his life. At the...

Duration:00:44:16

Page 124: Andy Carr

4/22/2022
Andy Carr was the epitome of the self-made man. From a young age, he knew what he wanted and he worked hard to get it. His work paid off as he quickly moved up the corporate ladder. But the pressures of the life he had built began to close in on him, and he found himself in a hospital with his life hanging in the balance. For the first time, Andy thought to ask God what He wanted for his life. Today Andy is the Vice President for Development and Marketing at Feed My Starving Children, an...

Duration:00:43:07

Page 123: Olivia Lane

4/15/2022
Olivia Lane had always felt a pressure to be successful. From moving to Los Angeles at 16 to pursue an acting career, to appearing on NBC’s “Songland” as she launched her country music career, no amount of success seemed to be enough. In 2017, the anxiety and stress finally caught up with her, leading to burn out, losing her voice, and feeling like a failure. That’s when a supernatural encounter with Jesus changed her from atheist to believer. The song she wrote about her experience, “Woman...

Duration:00:43:59