What does it take to overcome adversity and transform people from the inside out? What are those longstanding, proven values that have generated astonishing long-term results in reshaping lives and homes? God does not choose the capable; He chooses the called and then makes them capable. Join us to learn what it means to care for “the least among us”. Hear the stories of grassroots leaders who are transforming the lives of forgotten men and women in the most toxic of neighborhoods.
Life had been good to our guest. They had traveled the world as overseas teachers. They were blessed with a strong marriage, a nice house, great jobs, and a happy, healthy two-year old son. Was God a part of their lives? Some. But He was about to reenter in a very big way through a very small baby. Their daughter, Faith was born weighing 450 grams. Four grams less than a pound. A true micro preemie. She was given no chance to live, but after insisting on intervention, and turning to prayer, miracles began to happen as his faith, belief, and love of God grew.
Robert L. Woodson, Sr. founded the Woodson Center in 1981 to help residents of low-income neighborhoods address the problems of their communities. A former civil rights activist, he has headed the National Urban League Department of Criminal Justice, and has been a resident fellow at the American Enterprise Foundation for Public Policy Research. Referred to by many as “godfather” of the neighborhood empowerment movement, for more than four decades, Woodson has had a special concern for the problems of youth. In response to an epidemic of youth violence that has afflicted urban, rural and suburban neighborhoods alike, Woodson has focused much of the Woodson Center’s activities on an initiative to establish Violence-Free Zones in troubled schools and neighborhoods throughout the nation. He is an early MacArthur “genius” awardee and the recipient of the 2008 Bradley Prize, the Presidential Citizens Award, and a 2008 Social Entrepreneurship Award from the Manhattan Institute.
Bob Krech is the founder of Belief Books, a publishing house dedicated to sharing stories and meditations on God’s unexpected blessings while donating all profits to charity. A former elementary teacher, supervisor, and curriculum developer, Krech has written more than thirty books for teachers and parents, as well as two national award-winning children’s books: Rebound and Love Puppies and Corner Kicks. He and his wife Karen, also an educator, lived and taught in Scotland and Saudi Arabia as well as New Jersey. They now live in South Carolina where they attend Hilton Head Island Community Church. They have two grown children, Andrew and Faith.