Good News for the Cit is a ministry partnership between OneHeartDC and WAVA 105.1fm in Washington DC bringing life-changing good news to people across the globe. Each show highlights how God is using his people in unique ways to touch the lives of people.
Operation Christmas Child
Janine Buser shared about Operation Christmas Child, a ministry that delivers shoebox gifts to children around the world as a tangible expression of God’s love. Alex Nsengimana, a shoebox recipient, shared how one of there gifts transformed his life.
Janine Buser is a graduate of Georgetown University with a first career in government affairs. After homeschooling for 20 years, she is currently a Boots & Roots early childhood teacher for the Scent of Water homeschool learning community in Dunn Loring, Virginia. Janine is married, has four adult children, and is a member of Cherrydale Baptist Church in Arlington.
Janine is the Volunteer Area Coordinator of Operation Christmas Child’s DC Metro Area Team, serving Washington, DC, Arlington, and the City of Falls Church. She has volunteered year-round with the team since 2016 but has been packing shoeboxes since 1999. Understanding how a single, simple gift can eternally impact a child’s life compels her to seek ways to increase the number of shoeboxes packed by our community.
Alex Nsengimana: Growing up in midst of an unstable Rwandan government, Alex Nsengimana experienced first-hand the travesties of his nation’s genocide. At the height of tribal unrest, the genocide claimed the lives of his caregivers. Fleeing for his life, Alex escaped gunmen and eventually ended up in an orphanage that was his home for the next several years.
Alex received a shoebox from Operation Christmas Child one year after arriving at the orphanage and remembers being so excited to have a gift to call his own. Alex now serves with Operation Christmas Child, paying forward the hope and love he received through a shoebox gift.
Jose Lopez joined the show to discuss SANTO Outreach Ministry and their marquee event, FreedomFest DC. A grassroots multi-church ministry outreach made up of volunteers who have a passion to share the gospel of Jesus Christ to the thousands on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. each 4th of July.
Jose Lopez is an evangelist and the founder of SANTO Outreach Ministry, which sponsors the annual event FreedomFest DC that is held every July 4th on the National Mall to share the Gospel message of Christ with the thousands of people celebrating our nation’s independence. Jose came to the United States from Nicaragua in 1989. In 2001, he asked Jesus Christ to be his personal Lord and Savior and less than a year later he started going out to the streets to share the Good News of Jesus Christ. Jose has a calling to not just share the Gospel message to the lost, but also with those who say they are Christians but are not born again followers of Christ. Through SANTO Outreach Ministry, he talks with church congregations and Christian groups and teaches them how to go out and share Gospel message and realize that evangelism is not a scary thing to do, but can simply be done by listening and having a conversation with people.
Brothers and Sisters Keeper Outreach Ministry
Kevin Copeland joined the show to discuss “My Brothers and Sisters Keeper” ministry and it's work redeeming the lives of at-risk youth.
For more information, contact Kevin: email@example.com, Brothersandsisterskeeper365@gmail.com, 202-528-2668
Evangelist Kevin Copeland was born in Washington, D.C. After graduating from Anacostia High School in Washington, D.C., he attended Norfolk State University. In 1988, he joined the District of Columbia Metropolitan Police Department. After serving 28 years as a Metropolitan Police Detective, he retired in 2016.
He served in the Narcotics Division, Homicide Division, Intelligence Division, and Asset Forfeiture Division. In his tenure with the department, he received both the Medal of Valor and the Medal of Honor awards for bravery. Evangelist Copeland has been married for 20 years to Natasha Copeland, his partner in life and ministry. They have seven beautiful children who work fervently in their outreach ministry.
Evangelist Copeland was called to the Ministry of God in the year of 1999, and has been teaching, preaching and sharing the Gospel since that time. In 2006, he and his family were led to start a multi-faceted faith-based community outreach ministry “Brother and Sisters Keeper.” The ministry is committed to providing spiritual and practical resources and skills that empower individual and community change. As they like to say, “patrolling for souls.”
For his outstanding work in the community, Evangelist Copeland has received numerous awards. He lives his life according to his favorite scripture “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me” Philippians 4:13.
The C. S. Lewis Institute
Randy Newman joined the show to discuss his book "Mere Evangelism: 10 Insights from C.S. Lewis to Help You Share Your Faith.
Randy Newman is the Senior Fellow for Apologetics and Evangelism at The C. S. Lewis Institute in the Washington, DC area. He has taught at several evangelical seminaries, Patrick Henry College, and is currently an adjunct professor at Reformed Theological Seminary. After serving for over 30 years with Campus Crusade for Christ, he established Connection Points, a ministry to help Christians engage people’s hearts the way Jesus did. He has written several books, including the award-winning Questioning Evangelism as well as numerous articles about evangelism and other ways our lives intertwine with God’s creation. He and his wife Pam live in Annandale, VA and have three grown sons, two delightful daughters-in-law, and a growing number of adorable grandchildren. Randy blogs occasionally at www.connectionpoints.us.
Brave Neighbor Homes
Mary & Edward Powers joined the show to talk about Brave Neighbor Homes, a company that approaches real estate from a relationship perspective and gives back to Kingdom causes.
Mary Powers follows Jesus alongside her husband Edward. They have been together for 30 years and have four adult children: Charles and Julia (biological), and Abby and Stephen (chosen). All four are awesome and thriving! Mary grew up in a loving home that experienced extreme poverty. Athletics dominated her high school and college years before she experienced severe knee injuries that halted those pursuits prematurely. She met and married Edward during college, and they chose together Edward’s commissioning in the Marine Corps. For over two decades, she dedicated herself to raising their remarkable children, while becoming the model of a supportive Marine spouse. She led the Marines’ families while Edward led the Marines. She endured years of deployments rendering her a de facto single mom and thrived in the midst of them. In 2019, as the nest emptied out and Edward retired from the military, it became her turn to explore her passion. Her passion is helping people find their homes and navigate the stressful world of real estate transactions in relationship, as a friend. Brave Neighbor Homes is the expression of her diligent efforts to do real estate differently, to do real estate according to Kingdom values as opposed to the predominant values of our culture. Mary is a tenacious friend who you will share your life story with within five minutes of meeting her (it’s amazing, really!). She loves watching movies snuggled with family, and she really, really, really loves looking at and remodeling homes, which is convenient.
Edward is a retired Lieutenant Colonel who served 22 years as a helicopter pilot in the United States Marine Corps. His career culminated as squadron commander of a Light Attack Helicopter Squadron. He served combat tours in both Iraq and Afghanistan and deployed throughout the Western Pacific during his time in uniform. Following retirement in 2019, he spent a year on mission with Pulse ministries, a non-profit organization that exists to make Jesus known, where he was their Partnership Director. Currently, his day job is leading a college faculty development team. He spends the rest of his time supporting Mary as a real estate agent for Brave Neighbor Homes, as well as providing personal leadership development coaching and mentoring services for Brave Neighbor Think. Edward is a learner, teacher, coach and mentor who enjoys gathering with people. He loves to play games with friends, run, hike and have deep philosophical discussions about how to change us so we can change the world.
A Restored Life
Kelly shared her story of freedom from addiction and how she encourages others who are walking a similar path.
Kelly is an alcoholic, who has not had a drink since May 29, 2004. She is a philanthropist with a desire to serve God by serving others. Born in Omaha, she holds a degree from the University of Nebraska and spent several years as a Corporate Event Planner before focusing her efforts on charitable endeavors while raising children. As a wife, mother and volunteer in the community, few people knew of her struggle with alcohol. As a follower of Jesus Christ, Kelly has been an active member in her church, and has led various Bible studies where she now shares openly about her addiction and recovery. A long- time resident of Northern Virginia, Kelly and her husband support various worldwide ministries targeting diverse and critical social issues. They have two grown children and split their time between homes in McLean, Virginia and Naples, Florida.
Inspired to hear how God is working in the Metro Washington region
This podcast gives me a picture of how big and good God is. I love to learn the impact that is possible when the Church mobilizes and collaborates together. I often takeaway ideas I can apply in ministry or just pass on to others.The hosts do a great job keeping the show on track and interesting within an informal ‘coffee shop’ conversation feel.