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Rachel's Story "Power in Our Choices"

Rachel's Story "Power in Our Choices"

Just as I had to experience new things to find my niche as a child, I am now doing the same with exploring my career. I have worked in a couple of agencies for social services and mental health and learned about the less pretty needs of our community. I have also gotten my feet wet with investigating a career in nursing, but I don’t know if that will be my best fit in the end. I want to use my experience and enthusiasm to bring happiness and success to those in need, especially to the children who are at the mercy of this world that they have no control over.

Read Rachel's story HERE. 

Aubren's Story "Fight For You"

Aubren's Story "Fight For You"

 I find my passion in my work, helping kids find homes who are entering foster care. I live so that I can have children and live my life with the most gracious husband. I want others to see the value inside that can be hidden by mental illness and help those who see only dark to finally see that there is so much light in life. I want to become a foster parent so that I can provide a safe and loving environment for the innocent children who so desperately need a loving home. Eventually, I would like to be a social worker so that I can help others who struggle. I want to be all that God intended me to be. I want to live out my purpose.

Read Aubren's Story HERE.

Jaide "She Burned With Passion"

Jaide "She Burned With Passion"

"I want people to be able to look back at my life and be able to say, "She burned with passion.  She saw everything and everyone and appreciated them for their greatness and beauty.  She truly cared for each and every person she met.  She lived a life dedicated to helping and caring for others."

Read Jaide's story HERE.

Izy's Story "I'm Helping the World"

Izy's Story "I'm Helping the World"

I like to give a lot of gifts and cards to people and I have always wanted to help homeless people. While at the grocery story, I noticed a chocolate bar with Santa’s face on it and dollar signs (it was a $1 million-dollar bar). I said to my mom, “I wish this was real. If I had that much money, I would give it all away to homeless people.” 

Read Izy's amazing story HERE.

Robert's Story "The Addiction of Santa Clausdom"

Robert's Story "The Addiction of Santa Clausdom"

Four weeks later I was already searching the internet for costumes, boots, toys and anything else that could be used to further enhance my image as Santa Claus. I could not wait until next year. I was smitten, hooked and addicted, to the image of Santa and the magical effects that it had on children and adults of all ages.

Trina's Story "My Twisted Gift"

Trina's Story "My Twisted Gift"

The process of running connects me to my faith, gives me hope, and teaches me that life is a marathon and not a sprint. A few running milestones have blessed me in 2016. After the tragic Joplin tornado in 2011, I decided to participate in the Joplin Memorial Run and have every year. This year, at the Joplin Memorial Half Marathon, I set a PR for the 13.1 mile race with a time of 1:39:44. Earlier this year I was also grateful to have set the Missouri state record for the 25K and broke the 20K time for my age division.  I’m grateful every time I run and plan to do it for the rest of my life, God willing.

Read Trina's amazing story HERE.

Ronald's Story "The Spiritual Doctor"

Ronald's Story "The Spiritual Doctor"

the Lord spoke to me and said, "Ronald, do not do this, do not take the children to their father. You be their father. Be their mother. Be their uncle. Be everything to them." It was a very sleepless night because I saw how big the burden was for me. I told my mother and family the Lord is requiring me to take all of the children.

Read Ronald's full story HERE.

Riley's Story "Authentic"

Riley's Story "Authentic"

"When I have had the opportunity to speak about my experiences thus far, the universal message I try to emphasize is that we have got to let go of the habits that continue to destroy us."

READ MORE OF RILEY'S INSPIRING STORY HERE.

Tracy's Story "Ooz Wow Moments"

Tracy's Story "Ooz Wow Moments"

I had spent my entire career trying to make a difference in the lives of my students, trying to teach them not just to think, but to feel, to act. They gave me meaning. They gave me purpose. They needed me, and I certainly needed them. I decided to approach retirement like I approach everything else in my life. I was determined to OozWow!


Read Tracy's story HERE.
 

Brandy's Story "Pathways To Heal"

Brandy's Story "Pathways To Heal"

"I always intuitively knew from a young child that my growth here on earth would be big. I chose this path. All of this is what my soul chose."

Read "Pathways To Heal" HERE.

Taylor's Story "No Expense Spared"

Taylor's Story "No Expense Spared"

"I set out to be an artist and today, decades later, I am still just that! Where many imagine, I sculpt. Where many talk, I plan. Where many dream, I make it happen."

Read Taylor's complete story HERE.

Laura's Story "Live as if Anything is Possible"

Laura's Story "Live as if Anything is Possible"

"At fifteen, competing internationally in Olympic Flatwater Kayaking, a sport I had neither witnessed nor experienced before that year, seemed impossible;but, my parents borrowed a boat and made arrangements for me to spend the summer at an Olympic Training Center development program."

Read Laura's story HERE.

John's Story "He Dusts Me Off"

John's Story "He Dusts Me Off"

Our mission is to be a place of restoration and to restore Christ in the community. Everyone is equal at the foot of the cross.

Read John's full story "He Dusts Me Off" HERE.

Chole's Story "Doors"

Chole's Story "Doors"

"Helen Keller once said,  'When one door closes, another door opens. But often we look so long at the closed door that we do not see the one that has been opened for us."

Read Chloe's full story HERE.

KRISTA'S STORY "CHAPTER 1 - HOPE"

KRISTA'S STORY "CHAPTER 1 - HOPE"

"I was stripped until what was left was void of superficial distraction. And then I began healing. Rebuilding. And learning what makes me, me. This is my story of a rebirth. It is a story of hope."

READ MORE ABOUT KRISTA'S JOURNEY HERE.

 

Jake's Story "Content"

Jake's Story "Content"

"Four years ago, I was on a reality TV talent competition. At the moment, that's what I wanted. I was young--14--and I think I just wanted everything to happen quickly, so I auditioned. I made it somewhat far on the show, and life was moving rapidly. After I was on the show, I was in a very weird place, because in my heart I felt something wasn't right..."

Read Jake's full story "Content" HERE.

MADI'S STORY "A NEW NORMAL"

MADI'S STORY "A NEW NORMAL"

"I have decided that I want to be a doctor someday at a children’s hospital. If I met a girl my age who just found out that she had diabetes, I would tell her ‘You are going to have to get used to being poked all the time, but it is going to be okay.’"

READ MORE ABOUT MADI'S STORY AND ASPIRATION HERE.

Chandler's Story "Optimism"

Chandler's Story "Optimism"

I just want to use my experience as a positive impact on others because I choose to look on the bright side of things and people in my life. 
 

Read Chandler's full story on being optimistic HERE.

CRYSTAL AND KELLY "LOVE STORY"

CRYSTAL AND KELLY "LOVE STORY"

CRYSTAL: "Compromise, and remember why you got together in the first place. Even though it seems like people change over the years, that same person you fell in love with is  still in there."

READ MORE OF CRYSTAL AND KELLY'S STORY HERE.

HOLLY'S STORY "SIMPLICITY"

HOLLY'S STORY "SIMPLICITY"

"None of it is easy. But you can choose. I will admit that I got lost for a while as I became an adult."

READ HOLLY'S STORY HERE.