In times of doubt, fear, and loss, we turn to the songs and hymns that remind us that this world is not all there is--that what awaits us as followers of Jesus is a heavenly kingdom. Songs like "Face to Face," "Amazing Grace," "Victory in Jesus," and "I'll Fly Away" were written amid circumstances of great personal pain in the lives of the songwriters. In studying their stories, we can find even more comfort in our own circumstances. Join us to hear inspiring true stories that provide hope for this world and insight into the next as we study some of the great hymns and songs about Heaven.
In 1993, Andrew and Norine Brunson traveled to Turkey---the world's largest unevangelized country---to serve as missionaries. Their work with Syrian refugees, including Kurds, gained attention and suspicion. In 2016, both were arrested. Norine was released, but Andrew was accused of spying and incarcerated. Join us to hear the tension-laden, faith-laced account of his imprisonment, brokenness, and eventual freedom.
Ace Collinsis the Christy Award-winning author of more than 80 books that have sold more than 2.5 million copies. He has written novels, biographies, and children's books, as well as books on history, culture, and faith, and has been the featured speaker at the National Archives Distinguished Lecture Series. The author of The Stories Behind the Best-Loved Songs of Christmas and The Stories Behind the Best-Loved Traditions of Christmas, Collins has appeared on every network's morning TV show and even hosted a television special.
Andrew Brunson is an American pastor. He holds a PhD in New Testament from the University of Aberdeen, Scotland. Andrew and his wife, Norine, were involved in starting churches, training believers, aiding refugees, and a house of prayer in Turkey for twenty-three years until being falsely accused of terrorism in October 2016. Following this, Andrew was held for two years in Turkish prisons. Due to a worldwide prayer movement and significant political pressure from the US government, he was finally sentenced to time served and dramatically released in October 2018.