Weeping at the feet of her dear ten-year-old Christianna who had just died unexpectedly, with the sword of grief severing her soul, Jesus spoke, “In this world you will have trouble, but take heart, I have overcome the world.” Today the heart-wrenching, hope-creating story of Christa Murphy, M.D. From the age of six Christa dreamed of caring for the physical and spiritual needs of children. Her dream was realized when she and her husband Rob, and five children moved to Zambia to care for the least of these.
But four years into the dream everything went horribly wrong. Christa was betrayed by a close friend, her Christianna died unexpected, and her dream died as Christa and her family moved home to drown in grief. But as the kernel of wheat had died and gone into the ground, life was about to emerge. This, we think, may be a story you need to hear several times and share with everyone you know. Christa is the founder of Joy Family Health whose vision is to restore joy to healthcare by providing simple, personalized, affordable health care where patients are treated like family.
Perry LaHaie's passion is to know Jesus and make Him known. “I’m all in with Jesus but not all put together. I need Jesus right now as much as I did when I first started following Him!” Perry says. In addition to co-hosting Perry and Shawna Mornings, Perry is a singer, songwriter, recording artist, and advocate for those who haven’t yet heard the gospel, especially those in the Muslim world. Born and raised in northern Michigan, he earned a bachelor’s degree in Communications and a graduate degree in Cross- cultural Communications. Perry also serves with Frontiers, a worldwide ministry to Muslims. Perry and his bride, Teresa, call Holland, Michigan home. They have two adult children, Kali and Taylor, and Taylor’s bride, Bri.
Shawna Beyer has a way of telling stories that create personal connection— to her, to one another, and to God. She has been a homeschool mom, church planter, project lead for a consulting company, and church staff member. Though she’s been involved in ministry with her husband (Dan) in Iowa, Arizona, and now Michigan, she was born and raised in Southern California and as they say, “You can take the girl out of California . . .” She is mom to four grown kids (Bryn, Drayson, Eden, and Haven) who no longer need her but humor her anyway. Shawna is passionate about the rhythms we weave into the fabric of our lives to fall more in love with God each day. Healthy foods are her go-to, but she will abandon that whole track in a heartbeat for a homemade cinnamon roll like Grandma used to make.
Perry and Shawna Mornings helps start your day with heart-to-heart conversations, compelling guests, and songs reminding you that you are Abba’s child! You have been blessed to be a blessing, and you have been loved to share Jesus’ love!