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Janet Swanson shares the raw but real stories of social workers, orphans, prisoners, and those who suffered from childhood abuse or neglect. Tune in each week to One Voice Makes A Difference to hear Janet as she seeks to bring insight or to hear Janet bring insight to these everyday issues that the Christian church has neglected to discuss to show Christ’s love and healing to all who have been abused.

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Janet Swanson shares the raw but real stories of social workers, orphans, prisoners, and those who suffered from childhood abuse or neglect. Tune in each week to One Voice Makes A Difference to hear Janet as she seeks to bring insight or to hear Janet bring insight to these everyday issues that the Christian church has neglected to discuss to show Christ’s love and healing to all who have been abused.

    Ana’s Story of Feelings that Change Over The Years

    Ana’s Story of Feelings that Change Over The Years

    Ana tells her story of childhood disease of Crohn’s and how she is dealing with the challenges it brings. 
    If you’ve been following my journey with my son Rhett Swanson, then you know  I am bringing awareness to IBD, Crohn’s, Ulcerated Colitis, Colon Cancer, Ileostomy bags, and childhood disease.  Today you will hear about Ana’s story of survival and how she got through it all. 
     Ana is 28 years old and started to get sick at 14, but not officially diagnosed until 15. She graduated from high school even though she was sick in 2012 and went to college for nursing. 
    She joined the BCM at her first college and went through a lot of sickness in school. Eventually she had to move back closer to home and went to Ga State University at Perimeter college. She got a degree finally in 2018. Still all while going through illness physically, mentally and emotionally. She sadly never made it to nursing school, but she was able to go on many mission trips. 
    Ana is  still going through so much with Crohn’s disease including having to have a month long stay in January 2022. That was the longest hospital stay that ended in  two surgeries. One ended in one of her worse nightmares of having to get a temporary Ostomy bag. Things were really rough for a while, but slowly got better! Due to Covid and not being able to work she decided to open her own business of painting! Then this May 2022, she published her first book!
    Her powerful story of trials and triumphs is still going and she is getting stronger each day.
    She stands upon Phil. 4:13 I can do ALL THINGS through Jesus Christ who gives me strength. 
    You are going to be so inspired by her story. 

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    Melinda’s worse nightmare become her reality... and she survived!

    Melinda’s worse nightmare become her reality... and she survived!

    Melinda talks about the thing that she had feared happened to her like in Job’s case in the Bible. For her it was Colon Cancer, Death of husband, Chemo, Partial colectomy with Colostomy bag, and second diagnoses of cancer.
    Job 3:24-26
    24 I sigh when food is put before me, and my groans pour out like water. 
    25 For the thing I feared has overtaken me, and what I dreaded has befallen me.
     26 I am not at ease or quiet; I have no rest, for trouble has come.”…
    Today you will hear Melinda’s Story.  This whole month I am bringing recognition to Ileostomy & Colostomy bags, IBD, Crohn’s, Ulcerated Colitis, Colon Cancer and Childhood Disease.  If you have been following me, you know what my son Rhett has gone through the past few months with his colectomy and Ileostomy bag. I have seen the silent killer of hopes, dreams, growth and so much more try to steal my son’s breath right before my eyes. There is nothing worse than seeing someone you love in so much pain, and there is nothing you can do about it but grieve the loss, cry and try to move forward. 
    I want you to hear Melinda’s story and grasp a hold of how HOPE captured her during the darkest times of her life. When the thing she feared knocked on her door. 
    It’s the Word of God that we cling to in hard times.  We have a hope and a promise and we have to cling to it!  We have to BELIEVE! 
    David said this:
    Psalm 27:13-14 New King James Version
    13 I would have lost heart, unless I had believed
    That I would see the goodness of the Lord In the land of the living.
    14 Wait on the Lord; Be of good courage, And He shall strengthen your heart; Wait, I say, on the Lord!
    There is an expiration to this trial.  This pain did not come to stay, but it will pass for the Word of God says: 
    Psalm 30:5 
    …….Weeping may endure for a night, But joy comes in the morning…….
    Melinda survived the death of her husband in the middle of Chemotherapy treatments. She had surgery to remove a portion of her colon just to wake up to another nightmare of having a bag. A surgery that was only supposed to take 3 hours, took 9 long hours. 
    Melinda is so very inspiring! She survived the death of her husband, and  stage 4 colon cancer. She went from cancer to funeral, from funeral to a colostomy bag, from a bag to chemo, from chemo to broken bones, from broken bones to another devastating diagnoses to tumors in her lungs and now more chemo.  
    HOW DOES A PERSON MAKE IT THROUGH THIS?  Listen to this full episode and find out!  You will hear the raw story of  how Melinda walked through the valley of the shadow of death. You will hear about her dark times, her good times, and how God used people to help her. I pray you will be touched by this incredible story! 

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    Dana’s Story of Childhood Disease and her victorious win!

    Dana’s Story of Childhood Disease and her victorious win!

    Dana talks about her diagnoses of Pancreatic insufficiency at the age of 5 years old and how she beat the odds of what the doctors said.  For the next few weeks I am bringing recognition to those who have suffered and overcame  childhood disease such as Crohn’s, Ulcerated Colitis, Colon Cancer, Ileostomy bags, Pancreatic disease etc. 
    You are going to be so touched by Dana’s story! 
    Dana Whitfield Buchli is 35 years old and lives in Statesboro, Georgia and is married to Sam Buchli. 
    She was born with chronic pancreatic disease and was eventually diagnosed with pancreatic insufficiency at the age of five. She often refers to herself as “that sick girl” when she was growing up and in college, given she missed a lot of school and was constantly at the doctor or in hospitals.
    At 19 years of age, she began to have idiopathic acute pancreatitis which eventually evolved into chronic pancreatitis. There were several years she spent more days in the hospital, than out of the hospital.
    11 years ago she had a total pancreatectomy and islet cell transplant surgery in an attempt to ease physical pain and long stays in hospitals. Unfortunately, she had many complications and things did not go as planned for the next 10 years.
    In the years after the original surgery she had countless surgeries including surgeries to remove recurring ulcers, bowel obstruction surgeries, and a total colectomy. In this process she endured 3 ileostomies and reversals, organ failure, near death experiences, all the while also being hospitalized for COVID, and type 1 diabetes.
    During this time, she also discovered that she will not be able to have children due to the many medical issues and complications involved. This was a different kind of devastation and grief and she is still trying to deal with this news.
    All the while, she was also in college and graduate school trying to fit in and live a fulfilled life. Recently, she met her goal and graduated with her master’s degree. September 2022 will be one year without surgery or a major complication, which is a huge win. She still has to deal with many struggles every day just to live a “normal” life and to also deal with the many medical issues that will forever be in the picture.
    You will be so inspired and touched by Sam and Dana’s story.  If you want to reach out to Dana you can find her here on Fb. 

    • 51 min
    Jacob’s fight with Ulcerated Colitis & Crohn’s

    Jacob’s fight with Ulcerated Colitis & Crohn’s

    Jacob Rich tells about his fight with Inflammatory Bowel Disease and how it affected his life and almost killed him.
    I first met Jacob when my son Rhett was in the hospital at Saint Joseph’s in Savannah, Ga. He saw my Fb post and was moved by Rhett’s story and he reached out to Rhett to let him know that everything was going to be ok.
    Jacob is living proof that it’s not the end of the world to have an Ileostomy bag, but instead, it saved his life.
    For the next few weeks,I want to bring recognition to IBS, UC, Crohn’s, and Auto Immune Disease. Jacob is 26 years old and lives in Griffin, Ga. Jacob enjoys sports and playing music.
    He works for insurance companies inspecting roofs. He loves spend time with friends and family and he loves living his best life now! He was diagnosed with Ulcerated Colitis/Crohn’s Disease at the age of 18.
    When he was 22, he had a total colectomy and went through a series of surgeries. As he healed, he finally had the surgery where they form a J-Pouch and they actually create a rectum.
    The Ileostomy was eventually reversed and now Jacob is living his best life ever. FREE of disease and pain. The surgery didn’t come without a mountain to climb.
    On two different occasions, Jacob felt as if he were dying and wasn’t going to pull through. But God was not finished with him. I am inspired by this young man, his strength and his faith in God!
    We are so grateful to have him in our lives for such a time as this. I hope you are inspired by his story so share this podcast with a friend!
    If you’d like to get in touch with Jacob, you can contact him here:

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    Go in the Strength you have!

    Go in the Strength you have!

    Janet gives a prophetic word for those who have found themselves in a battle and feel like God has abandoned them! 
    Here I am in a hotel in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. My son had major surgery, a colectomy and we had to drive him here in the midst of extreme sickness.  I look back and I don’t know how we made it.  Maybe that’s you too!  You have come through things and you know if it had not been for the Lord, you would not have made it either! 
    God gave me this word while I was watching my son suffer with intense pain from Crohn’s and Ulcerated Colitus.  What I thought would be the worst thing that could happen to us, has become the best thing. Rhett had his colon cut out and it saved his life, and gave him his life back.  He’s only 24 years old and yet there are many battles ahead of him and a couple more surgeries he has to go under, but God gave me this word…GO FORTH IN THE STRENGTH YOU HAVE!  
    Judges 6:11-16 New American Standard Bible
    Gideon Is Visited
    11 Then the angel of the Lord came and sat under the [a]oak that was in Ophrah, which belonged to Joash the Abiezrite, as his son Gideon was beating out wheat in the wine press in order to save it from the Midianites. 
    12 And the angel of the Lord appeared to him and said to him, “The Lord is with you, valiant warrior.” 
    13 Then Gideon said to him, “O my lord, if the Lord is with us, why then has all this happened to us? And where are all His miracles which our fathers told us about, saying, ‘Did the Lord not bring us up from Egypt?’ But now the Lord has abandoned us and handed us over to Midian.” 
    14 And the Lord [b]looked at him and said, “Go in this strength of yours and save Israel from the hand of Midian. Have I not sent you?” 
    15 But he said to Him, “O Lord, [c]how am I to save Israel? Behold, my family is the least in Manasseh, and I am the youngest in my father’s house.” 
    16 Yet the Lord said to him, “I will certainly be with you, and you will [d]defeat Midian as one man.”
    Maybe you have been like Gideon and you’ve asked God a lot of questions.  Here is what God says to you! 
    The Lord is with you mighty warrior! Go in the strength you have and you will overcome the thing that has tried to overcome you! 
    In Jesus name! Lord we believe your word and we stand upon all your promises for they are yes and amen.  

    • 33 min
    What does it mean to be a Christian?

    What does it mean to be a Christian?

    I was inspired by one of my students the other day when she innocently played a on the church speaker, right after baptismal that was BAD!  She was a brand new believer and I kindly told her, “when you become a Christian, you shouldn’t listen to music like this.” She said, “Really? Well….what exactly does it mean to be a Christian?”  
    As I heard her heart, I thought to myself, “I wonder how many more people are asking this question?” 
    So, this is why I decided to do this podcast.  This episode is for believers and new believers.  This will teach you how to witness and have the tools to equip you to lead people to the Lord
    This is what it means to be a Christian:
    1. Have Faith……to believe…to be convinced, to be persuaded!
    You BELIEVE in Jesus and The radical, miraculous conception by the Holy Spirit, that He is the Son of God, the son of man.
    You believe that He existed and that He lived and died for you. He paid for you with His own blood.  
    You believe that He was raised from the dead in 3 days by the resurrection power of God. 
    You believe that He ascended to heaven and that He sent the Holy Spirit to abide with you forever.  
    You believe that the same power that raised Jesus Christ from the dead lives inside of YOU.  
    You believe that all things are possible with Jesus!
    You believe that your name is written in the Lamb’s book of life and you are going to heaven. 
    2. Embrace His teaching: 
    John 8:31-32 TPT
    Jesus said to those Jews who believed in him, “When you continue to embrace all that I teach, you prove that you are my true followers. For if you embrace the truth, it will release true freedom into your lives.”
    Be merciful Luke 6:31
    Walk in forgiveness Luke 6:37
    Seek Goodness Luke 6:45
    Respect others Luke 14:11
    BE kind Luke 14
    3. My heart is devoted to Him
    Mark 12:30-31
    Love the Lord your God with all your heart, Love your neighbor and Love yourself
    Part of your love and  devotion is prayer and worship.
    4. Do the things that Jesus did
    Jesus was always listening the voice of His father and obeying him.  Jesus said, If you love me, you’ll obey me. 
    So…..be discipled…learn how to hear his voice, learn how to obey, learn how to grow in God because the sky is the limit. 
     Now HOW DO  I become a Christian? 
    Steps to Becoming a Follower of Jesus Christ
    Believe in your heart that Jesus is Lord. Acts 16:31 ESV
    And they said, “Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved, you and your household.”
    John 3:16 ESV 
    “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.
    Confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord.  Romans 10:9 ESV  
    Because, if you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For with the heart one believes and is justified, and with the mouth one confesses and is saved.
    Be filled with the Holy Spirit. Repent Be baptized in the name of Jesus. Acts 2:38 ESV 
    And Peter said to them, “Repent and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins, and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.
    Acts 22:16 ESV
    And now why do you wait? Rise and be baptized and wash away your sins, calling on his name.’
    Be transformed by the power of God & RENOUNCE.  Romans 12:2 New American Bible (Revised Edition)
    Do not conform yourselves to this age but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and pleasing and perfect.
    Renounce your sin:
    Galatians 5:1 New King James Version
    Stand fast therefore in the liberty by which Christ has made us free, and do not be entangled again with a yoke of bondage.
    Read Colossians 3:1-10 New King James Version
    Go out and make disciples, bring others to Jesus, tell others your story, your testimony.  Matthew 28:19-20 New Internati

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Encouraging, Inspirational, Uplifting Podcast with POWERFUL Testimonies!!

Each episode only gets better and better. These podcasts are so relevant to REAL problems REAL people are facing!! I have re-listened to MOST of them because they are just that moving!!

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A Voice for the voiceless

Pastor Janet Swanson is walking in her destiny as an Advocate for the abused, broken and hurting. She carries a mantle of grace that soothes the very pits of pain that some have never learned how to allow be healed. This podcast is a bridge from emptiness and shallow memories to wholeness and hope in Christ Jesus. A Psalmist, an Author, a Mother, a Wife, Janet has been graced within anointing to speak or sing life over those who she crosses paths with. Listen to this podcast over and over with more than just your natural ears. Listen with a heart of repentance, a mind of obedience and a spirit of reconciliation.

Be blessed in the matchless name of Jesus!

Blessed from Bama ,

Hope for the Broken

Janet is truly a living testimony of God’s love, grace, healing and restoration. She is such an inspiration to me and so many others who have read her book or heard her testimony.

These podcasts are real life stories of hope and healing from many different forms of childhood trauma to where “one voice” has made a difference. Being an abuse survivor myself and currently walking down the path of healing this podcast each week gives me a hope I need to continue in the process.

I am so thankful for Janet Swanson and her ministry. One Voice truly does make a difference.

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