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Brian's podcasts share real stories of people who have experienced a divine reboot.
Lost at Sea: Katrina's Miracle
Mitch and Juliette Anderson are two of the most filled-with-faith followers of Jesus that I have ever had the pleasure of knowing. They have successfully raised five children, all now young adults, who are also wonderful people.
Their youngest child is Katrina, the subject of this episode's amazing story. Katrina is a young woman with special needs--she was born with Down Syndrome. Down Syndrome is a condition wherein a person has an extra chromosome. Chromosomes are small "packages" of genes in our bodies and they determine how we form during pregnancy and how we then function as we grow both in the womb and after birth.
Down Syndrome babies have an extra chromosome. This additional genetic material alters the course of the baby's development and causes characteristics associated with Down Syndrome.
For several decades Mitch and Juliette have been leaders in the Christian organization, Youth With A Mission (YWAM). Youth With A Mission is a global movement of Jesus followers from many cultures, age groups, and Christian traditions, dedicated to serving Jesus throughout the world.
One of the joys those who have participated in YWAM speak of is the ability to work with people from all over the world. Mitch and Juliette are originally from California, but have lived on the YWAM base in Pichilemu, Chile, in South America, that they founded in the early 1990s. They base trains and disciples thousands of Christians each year.
As you'll hear in this episode, Mitch and Juliette are excellent surfers (one their daughters actuall surfs on the international pro circuit). This story is about Katrina who, despite her challenges, is a competent surfer and excellent swimmer. It was a Good Friday and Juliette had taken her daughter out to surf. Unexpectedly, Katrina was sucked into a powerful rip current and was pulled into a set of massive, dangerous waves well offshore.
Miraculously, Katrina survived. And as you'll hear, her survival involved a unusual pod of dolphins and two mysterious men in white robes.
More on the Anderson's and their YWAM base in Pichelimu is found at ywampichilemu.com.
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Another Chance, Episode 6 - "Miracles in Music City"
In this episode you're going to meet my friend, Katrina. She's a Southern California Millennial--currently living in Nashville--whose faith is so dynamic that she's able to encourage women she meets in The Music City's bars to attend a bustling weekly Bible study at her home.
And the results have been amazing, because Katrina's personal story is so sincere and inspirational.
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Another Chance, Episode 5 - "Pardoned, By God"
On this episode of the Another Chance Podcast you'll meet my longtime friend, Dr. Sam Huddleston. I met Sam just after he was released from prison, having been convicted of manslaughter as a 17-year old.
His story, while gritty, is one of repentance, forgiveness, restoration, and reconciliation.
Just this past December the State of California officially pardoned Sam of the crime he committed all those many years ago.
As Sam’s Pastor and mentor, Donald Greene, said, “Governor Jerry Brown did what God did when Sam was a young man: pardon him. I’m glad to know the State of California finally got the message.”
I pray Sam's story will touch your heart and lead you closer to God.
Background notes and photos pertaining to this episode are found at www.briansussman.com/another-chance-podcast/pardoned-by-god/
Another Chance, Episode 4 - "Stiff-Arming God"
Episode Four of the Another Chance Podcast is about former professional skateboarder, Joe Gruber. In the Nineties, Joe skated on a team assembled by one of the "godfathers" of skateboarding, Lance Mountain. During our interview for this podcast, Lance told me, "Skateboarders are disgustingly honest." Lance was referring to the in-your-face attitude of the skateboarding party life that Joe found himself in as he stiff-armed God. However, eventually, in large measure thanks to an evening that involved drugs and demons, Joe took up Jesus' offer of another chance--at life. If you like, please share! You can learn more about Joe (and see a few more photos) at www.briansussman.com
Another Chance, Episode 1 - "Adopting Josh" (re-posted for iTunes)
This is the amazing story of how our family adopted a youngster named, Josh. Despite the first six years of his life being rather rough, Josh has grown up to be an incredible man of faith and good deeds. For additional notes on this episode visit www.briansussman.com (this episode is being re-posted following a technical glitch on the iTunes server)
Another Chance, Episode 3 - "The Barrel Is My Church"
In this edition of Another Chance you'll meet Peter Manchester. Peter is a hilarious, self-effacing guy who grew up the youngest of 12 children, in Santa Cruz, California. When most kids are just learning how to ride a bike, Peter was surfing with his older brothers--and he became darn good at it too. However, the surf culture, with its penchant for partying and reputation for drugs, soon became synonymous with Peter's life, and by the time he was 16 he was addicted to heroin. But thanks be to God, who gave Peter, Another Chance. Further notes about this Episode are found at www.briansussman.com, as well as ways to stay in touch with me via social media. If you enjoyed or were helped by the podcast, please share with your friends and family, and let me know as well! Thank you.