In this episode of Better Roads, Randall speaks with Dr. Doug Lumpkin about his time in the military and the touching stories that he has experienced in his chaplaincy. Captain Lumpkin is currently a chaplain in the US Air Force and held the same title in both workplace ministries and a trauma hospital. Doug discusses how God called him to the chaplaincy, what he loves the most about it, and outlines the steps anyone interested in the military chaplaincy should take to pursue that ministry direction.
You can find Dr. Lumpkin's article at www.openbiblemessage.org.
In this episode of Better Roads, Randall visits with Pastor Aaron Keller. Aaron is the new pastor of Sunshine Open Bible Church, in Des Moines, Iowa, and is the director of MOVE Ministries for Open Bible Churches. MOVE sends men’s construction teams around the globe to build churches, schools, learning centers, and other needed facilities. Aaron shares about a call he felt to become a missionary and how the birth of his children who are on the autism spectrum changed that dream. Life has been a journey full of learning, and today, although Aaron is not officially a missionary, God is using him to lead missions projects around the globe. This is a story of faithful persistence and obedience to God.
In this episode of Better Roads, Randall visits with Hal Donaldson, founder and president of Convoy of Hope, an amazing ministry partner of Open Bible Churches. Hal talks about the humble beginnings of what has become a major faith-based, international, humanitarian-relief organization and how the Lord overhauled his heart to make that possible. Hal also shares about some of the better roads he has discovered are wise to travel. This is truly inspirational.
In this episode of Better Roads, Randall converses with Gary Hebden, who is stepping down as lead pastor of The Intersection Open Bible church, in Spokane, Washington, after serving there for 33 years. Gary shares about how God called him to ministry and the process involved in reaching the decision that it is time to yield the leadership baton to someone else.
In this episode of Better Roads Randall converses with Jessica Francavilla, who underwent three abortions before experiencing new life in Christ. Jessica vulnerably shares about the guilt and pain from her choices, and about the wonderfully redemptive forgiveness of God. She also speaks lovingly and gently to every woman who has had an abortion or is contemplating having an abortion. Jessica had opportunity to speak on the steps of the United States Supreme Court about the realities and effects of abortion on women and families.
You can watch Jessica's 2019 March for Life Testimony here.
In this episode of Better Roads, Randall visits with Pastor Richie Vedilago, pastor of Shepherd’s House Open Bible Church, and its five branches, in New York City. Richie talks about how he knew God called him to plant the church, how it got started, and how God led the planting of branch churches out of Shepherd’s House.
In this episode of Better Roads, Randall visits with Gary Emery, seasoned pastor and pastor of pastors, who recently lost his eyesight. While we choose many of our roads in life there are some that seem to be assigned to us without our consent. Blindness was not Gary’s choice. It was suddenly thrust upon him. Gary shares about adjustments he is making to becoming blind, about what he does with the “Why?” question, and what he is learning along the way.
In this episode of Better Roads, Randall has a conversation with Dannette DeLaMatter, a mother of two and an author for the Message of the Open Bible magazine. Dannette elaborates about the challenges in her life that began with the birth of a Down syndrome child who was also diagnosed with cancer in his first year. She talks about what thoughts and emotions swirled in her heart and mind and how God has changed her through this journey.
You can read Dannette's article at www.openbiblemessage.org.