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Cooking Up Hope and Jobs for the Homeless: Brett Swayn

By Brett Swayn

Brett Swayn moved to the U.S. from Australia to pursue a career in music, and he achieved some success. But he ended up losing everything, even becoming homeless. Now a sous chef at The Cookery, he provides culinary arts training to help people experiencing homelessness get off the streets.

 
 

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Rescued From Gang Life: Agustin Torres

By Agustin Torres

Agustin Torres was thrust into gang life as a fourth grader, desperate for belonging and a means to provide for his struggling family that was absent a stable father figure. He was angry and without hope. But because of the Salem Dream Center in Salem, Ore., Agustin’s life is the polar opposite of what it once was.

 
 

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Serving God With Purpose: Marcus McCloud

By Marcus McCloud

In 2008, Marcus McCloud was facing homelessness and had no idea what he was going to do. When his sister took him in and invited him to her Foursquare church, a new journey began for Marcus. He found joy in his relationship with Christ, met the woman who would become his wife, and discovered purpose in serving others.

 
 

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From Runaway to Worship Leader: Jesús Canet Peña

By Jesús Canet Peña

As early as age 4, Jesús Canet Peña tried running away multiple times to escape his rough neighborhood and mother’s alcoholism. Today, the 28-year-old Cuban national is a worship leader and songwriter at Managua Foursquare Church. He candidly shares his history of delinquency and homelessness—and how encountering Christian love and the power of Jesus Christ changed his life.

 
 

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Three Relationships Every Pastor Needs

By Bill Gross

Too many pastors suffer from loneliness in ministry. After a while, that loneliness exacts a heavy toll. But what’s the cure? It lies in fostering three types of connections: friends, mentors and rabbis. Here’s some practical advice on finding relationships that will make you, and your ministry, healthy.

 
 

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The Road to Freedom: Dan and Leigh Allen

By Leigh Allen

Dan Allen, a member with his wife, Leigh, of Chapel of Praise in Peru, Ind., was once a functioning alcoholic. The years of heavy drinking took their toll, propelling Dan toward what seemed a certain death in 2011. But God healed him, and now he and Leigh have a powerful message to share with others: God can heal you and set you free.

 
 

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Broke and Scared: Is God Ever Going to Show Up for Me?

By Greg Dueker

What do you do when it seems like God hasn’t been paying attention to what you’re going through? One faithful believer asks that question, following an intensely difficult year where the economy personally tanked his income. So far, God hasn’t come through for him, or so it seems. Where is He? Greg Dueker, an ordained Foursquare minister, addresses this tough issue with grace and practicality.