Welcome to Season 4 of the Pause Renew Next Podcast! We’re kicking off this new season with a great conversation between myself and my new friend, Rachael Groll of the She Hears Podcast. Rachael is a pastor, missionary, and author. Rachael has a heart for pointing others to Jesus and serves across the globe in the areas of evangelism and discipleship.
In this conversation, we chat about everything from our hearts for ministry, to hearing the voice of God, to soul-care, to the Enneagram. This was such a fun conversation, and I so enjoyed my time with Rachael.
Today’s podcast episode is double the fun, because I got to interview not one friend, but two: Nate and Joni Horne. Joni and Nate are full of energy, joy, and life. They are pranksters and a load of fun, but they are also deeply in love with Jesus. They are the parents of two boys and are camp directors at Valley Haven Camp and Retreat Center. It was a joy to interview them about their heart for Valley Haven, a camp in rural North Carolina serving underprivileged youth and children.
In this episode, Nate and Joni tell their story, explaining how they met and how the Lord moved them to become directors of Valley Haven. They share some of the challenges of camp leadership, what the Lord is teaching them, and the rewards of camp ministry as well. Oh, and definitely stick around to hear their fun facts! You will certainly come away from this episode encouraged and inspired.
If you’d like to know more about Valley Haven, or reach out to volunteer or donate, please check out their website: valleyhavencamp.com. You can also follow Valley Haven on Facebook or Instagram. I am excited about what the Lord is doing at Valley Haven, and I know Nate and Joni would love your support.
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Today’s guest, Mrs. Ann Miller, is someone I really admire. She and her husband have an extensive history of ministry: from pastoring, to mission work, to teaching, to working with international university students. It was my joy in this interview not only to hear about some of Ann’s unique life experiences but also to hear about what the Lord has taught her along the way.
In this interview, we talk about everything from French cuisine to Scripture. Although it’s hard to summarize a lifetime of experiences in a podcast episode, Ann discusses the beginning of their church ministry in Alabama, becoming a missionary in France, and transitioning back to life and ministry in the U.S.
What I love most about Ann is her authenticity and boldness, and these qualities come shining through in our conversation. She is honest about how uncomfortable some parts of ministry have been, but she’s equally honest about how the Lord used those experiences and discomfort to prepare her for what lay ahead. After listening to this interview, my hope is that you will come away encouraged and emboldened in your own faith.
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