A trafficked Ugandan woman fights exploitation. A burned Indian woman ministers to the injured. These are some of the remarkable stories Chris Kuo and Kristi Sturgill share on Two Coins, a podcast from Simple Charity about finding abundance in unexpected places. Two Coins uses immersive storytelling to feature Christians worldwide who have struggled, who have lost, but who have ultimately found God’s redemptive love and now work with effective nonprofits to put that love into action. Presented by Simple Charity (simplecharity.org).
Bonus Episode: Our Two Cents on Season 1
Featuring Season 1 reflections and bloopers, behind-the-scenes snapshots, Season 2 sneak peeks, and more!
1.9 The Whiteboard
Jolie Sifa Kpaka quickly became the talk of the town when she dared to become the first female teacher at the Christian Bilingual University of Congo, a school run by the nonprofit Congo Initiative. Jolie had faced many hardships in her region of the Democratic Republic of Congo, including a civil war that had forced her out of her home. But now she was grappling with a different kind of challenge. Would a single choice be enough to break the status quo and bring hope to a new generation of women?
To learn more about Congo Initiative and support their work, visit https://simplecharity.org/partners/congo-initiative.
1.8 The Case File
Just days after catching criminals on the streets of Machakos, Kenya, police officer Morris Kaberia found himself behind bars. Fellow inmates—some of whom he himself had put in prison—now ridiculed him as they passed by his cell. How had he ended up in this wretched place? And how could he get out? A curious law book, a persistent priest, and the nonprofit Justice Defenders became his tickets to freedom—and the reason he’s never left.
To learn more about Justice Defenders and support their work, visit https://simplecharity.org/partners/justice-defenders.
This episode uses sound effects from Freesound. For the full list, visit https://simplecharity.org/podcast/1-8-the-case-file.
1.7 Cell Phone Cases
Vadim Dashko finally had everything he had dreamed for as a street boy: a wife, a home, a stable job. But then why was he still so afraid? And what was it about those people from HOPE Ukraine that was so strangely alluring? He resolved to find out, and in the process stumbled upon something that, if true, would mean he’d never have to fear again.
Featuring returning guest Dr. Brian Fikkert, co-author of When Helping Hurts, who discusses holistic poverty alleviation. To learn more about HOPE International and support their work, visit https://simplecharity.org/partners/hope-international.
This episode uses sound effects from Freesound. For the full list, visit https://simplecharity.org/podcast/1-7-cell-phone-cases.
1.6 Six Beaded Bracelets
Every morning, Kika Sansago would walk to her elementary school in the Democratic Republic of Congo. But one day, she never made it. Instead, she woke up in a Heal Africa hospital bed and found something there that, years later, drew her back to the same hospital--this time, to bring healing to others. But first, she would have to face the ugliness of her past.
To learn more about Heal Africa and support the ministry, visit https://simplecharity.org/partners/heal-africa.
Content Warnings: Depictions of child sexual abuse and violence.
This episode uses sound effects from Freesound. For the full list, visit https://simplecharity.org/podcast/1-6-six-beaded-bracelets.
1.5 An Empty Fridge
When Dr. John Njoroge grew up in the cornfields of rural Kenya, there were days when his family didn’t even have salt in the house. Today, he’s an internationally-recognized apologist and speaker for Ravi Zacharias International Ministries running Valley Light Home, a children’s home for orphans in Kenya. We picked Dr. Njoroge’s brain on eurocentrism, apologetics, and the global body of Christ.
To learn more about Valley Light Home and give to support the ministry, visit https://simplecharity.org/partners/just-one-africa.
This episode uses sound effects from Freesound. For the full list, visit https://simplecharity.org/podcast/1-5-an-empty-fridge.
This podcast presents people living in material poverty from an abundance-mindset. The reality is, well-off Americans have a lot to learn from the poor, despite the tendency to think we know how to ‘fix’ things. God truly is working all things together for his glory, including the lives of our materially poor brothers and sisters around the world.
After listening to these podcast episodes, one can’t help but feel inspired, and also incredibly grateful for what they have. These stories led me to interning at Simple Charity to work with nonprofits that help the people in each episode!
Worth the Listen!!!
What a wonderful podcast that stirs my heart to think beyond myself to those around me!! There is so much much to learn from the poor and oppressed...from stories of unwavering faith to messages of surprising abundance even with seemingly little. This podcast is thought provoking, convicting, humbling, and encouraging! Give it a listen :)