You know that nagging feeling you get when something feels off? That feeling turned into a storm inside this girl and it changed the course of her life forever. Meet Sarabeth Kapusta. Even though she has experienced countless reasons to distrust, and even flee Christianity, God has given her a deep love for His Church, His Word, and making known to as many as possible that God is not an abuser. She is an attorney and a generally free-spirited person. She is also a violinist, runner, writer, wannabe chef, and farm girl. She is a survivor of 25 years of abuse in a cult masquerading as a Baptist Church and is passionate about studying Scripture and sharing the truth and freedom found there. She is an advocate for those in the seasons of doubt and desires to give a voice to the voiceless among us.
Have you ever felt called to do something for your community? Whether it’s cultivating a craft weekend with strangers or caring for tiny sweet foster babies, Meg Duerksen is the hostess with the mostess. Meg is a girl who turned “you know what would be a good idea” into an adult Barbie dream house and boy are we glad she did! She is the creator of Camp Create at the Whatever Craft House in Newton, Kansas and the keeper of the instagram famous rainbow stairs. Meg doesn’t just keep a great house and whip up killer margaritas, she has a HUGE heart and shared with us why being a foster parent was a great fit for her family.
Are you losing hope? Working through trauma? Man. Lora shared with us her journey of finding the other side of a horrible situation, and I’m so thankful for her wisdom and perspective. Lora talks to us about why it’s OK to question God and shares the story that lead her to a crossroads in her faith.
Lora Jones graduated from Kansas State University with a degree in Accounting and from Midwestern Theological Seminary with a Master’s in Religious Education. She married J.L. Jones during college and their family became complete with the birth of two children, Janessa and Jayden. J.L. and Lora served the Lord in full-time ministry for nearly 20 years until the family was involved in an automobile accident. Lora alone survived. Currently, Lora is an inspirational speaker sharing her story across the country since 2006. Speaking to audiences of all sizes, her storytelling style enables her to communicate with Christians of differing backgrounds and denominations. Lora is a rock and this one heck of a heavy conversation but it’s a great one!
Wouldn’t it be amazing if life didn’t include loss? Sometimes we love things so much the idea of letting them go feels like it might be the end of us. If you are walking through a season of surrender (voluntary or forced) or if this season has been one of suffering for you, you’re going to find comfort in Shannan’s story.
Kelly Sites is a wife and mom to 19-year-old twins who she homeschooled all the way through high school. She has been a registered nurse for 20 years and has worked as an international disaster response nurse with Samaritan's Purse since 2010. She has deployed over 13 times to disasters around the world, including the Cholera outbreak in Haiti, tsunamis, earthquakes, and hurricanes.
Meet Nika Spaulding, a dynamic force with boundless energy. As the Director of Women’s Equipping and Curriculum at Watermark Community Church in Dallas, Nika produces the curriculum for her Bible studies for women of all ages. She successfully balances her love of shepherding women with her love of theology. Her classes of more than 500 women are centered around God’s Word, which is sure to transform and inspire those in her care.
Crystal has a heart for encouraging women to live authentic lives, online and in real life and offers a unique perspective as a small-town writer who has learned from her internet community how to build real life community. Her heart to is to encourage, equip and inspire women of all ages to embrace a work hard, rest well lifestyle that honors God with their every day, small moment obedience. Her first book, Holy Hustle: Embracing a Work Hard, Rest Well Lifestyle releases June 5th.
Sally Clarkson is the beloved author of multiple bestselling books including Own Your Life, The Lifegiving Home and Desperate. As a mother of four, she has inspired thousands of women through conferences, resources, and books with Whole Heart Ministries. She has also advocated relentlessly for the power of motherhood and the influence of home through her Mom Heart conferences, speaking to audiences on several continents.
Amber Runyon is hospice nurse who became a social entrepreneur. She founded Legacy and Eleventh Candle Co. out of the desire to bring hope to women both in the United States and in Ethiopia who’ve been vulnerable to human trafficking, abuse, exploitation, and addiction, focusing on providing a therapeutic work setting that allows all women a fair chance and opportunity to grow.
For the last decade, Jen Schmidt has been encouraging, challenging, and cheering on women to embrace both the beauty and bedlam of their everyday lives on her popular lifestyle blog, Balancing Beauty and Bedlam. She lives in North Carolina with her husband, five children, a few too many animals, and an available sofa for anyone who needs it.