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November 18, 2020

1: Embracing the Pioneer's Way, by Dr. Jennifer Epperson

Aired November 10, 2020

The Pioneer’s Way is a rousing call to those who want to be the solution to the problems in their own communities and beyond.

Senseless school shootings, cure-defying epidemics, threats of environmental disaster: these are the kinds of headlines that riddle the news every day. We wonder, when will it stop? Passionate men and women are needed to step into the gap and serve as change agents even though many assume that there are few areas left in which to innovate. 

The Pioneer’s Way establishes a working definition of the pioneer, explores pioneering versus leadership, and offers essential characteristics of the pioneer. These are illustrated by colorful examples of pioneers both past and present—motivating readers with inspirational, frontiering stories, while equipping them with the journey’s essentials for moving forward to make needed, significant change. 

 

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2: Adopting is an Act of Love, with Dr. Sharen Ford

Warm, thoughtful, and full of practical advice, Dr. Sharen Ford encourages the church to engage with children in foster care this season. November is National Adoption Awareness Month, and when we think of spending the holidays with our own families, we should take the time to pray for those who are without their forever families, then pause and ask God, "What would you have my family to do?"


Sharen Ford is a nationally-recognized child welfare consultant and the retired Manager for Permanency Services for the Colorado Department of Human Services in the Division of Child Welfare Services. She retired with 30 years of comprehensive work history with the department. She oversaw six programmatic areas including the Foster Care and Adoption Program and supervised a team of professional staff. Dr. Ford is the former President of the National Association of State Adoption Programs (NASAP) and the Association of Administrators for the Interstate Compact on Adoption Medical Assistance (AAICAMA). She currently serves as the Director for Foster Care and Adoption at Focus on the Family and is as committed as ever to raising awareness regarding the need for every child to have a quality family.

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