Tag Archives: #missions

Hometown Heroes – Katie Rhodes – SNY Charities – 11/21/23

Family Life’s “Hometown Heroes

At Thanksgiving and Christmastime, communities are especially generous to reach out to help individuals and families who struggle financially.

This week’s “Hometown Heroes” news feature gives you an inside look at one such ministry, from Katie Rhodes of Catholic Charities in New York’s Southern Tier region. Rhodes updates us on the repurposing of a now-closed church building to be a resource center for homeless and needy neighbors. There also are stories of people who have never needed charitable help until now. The ministry compassionately reassures such people who might have internal qualms about reaching out for help.

Mark Webster also asks Rhodes for an overview of how today’s widespread economic troubles, a projection on where trends may take us next, and how Christ’s followers always have stepped up to address real human needs in their own communities.

Katie Rhodes is communications coordinator for Catholic Charities of Chemung and Schuyler Counties.

Click these links for more details about the ways Catholic Charities help their neighbors, and how you can too.

“Hometown Heroes” airs during the Family Life Noon Report most Tuesdays (on the radio and online) and is available 24/7 on our News Podcasts page.

Hometown Heroes – Jeff Seigworth in Ukraine – 09/19/23

Family Life’s “Hometown Heroes

Multiple mission organizations are active in war zones in Ukraine and southern Russia, bringing Christian healing and Christian hope to those caught in the crossfire.

One of those agencies is A-1-8, named after Acts 1:8, the Biblical mandate to take Jesus’ Gospel far and near, into all the world. A18 had been active in Ukraine multiple years before the current war.

Pennsylvania native Jeff Seigworth recently returned from a mission trip to Ukraine. He was part of a team that was actively interacting with children in Ukrainian towns. They saw the explosive damage to the cities and villages, the costs of war in deaths and physical injuries, but also the emotional toll and chronic anxiety of daily life within a daily war. In this Family Life interview, Seigworth tells about how the mission workers saw how the message of Jesus released children from much of the fear and the mental health strain that non-Christians constantly face.

Missions Pulse – Friends in Action – 08/21/23

Blue collar workers are putting their God-given talents to work, in God-inspired service.

Friends in Action International makes that kind of life-changing activity happen in many places. Executive Director Matt Durkee gives Family Life insights into how Friends in Action makes construction work happen in places where infrastructure needs are significant. This, he says, brings stability to places which have been unstable. Durkee also tells how FIA supports long-term global mission workers.

Friends in Action, a Pennsylvania-based global ministry, describes its front-line mission work as “moving earth to reveal heaven”.

Missions Pulse – Mission Eurasia in Ukraine – 07/17/23

Family Life “Missions Pulse”

While Russian and Ukrainian fighters are on the front lines of what has become a 500-day war in Europe, Christian mission workers are on the “front lines” of helping those civilians caught up in the crossfire. It is not only the deaths and destruction of infrastructure directly related to weapons and bombs, this war created a huge flood disaster when a major dam was breached.

Mission Eurasia is among the ministries seeing to resolve human needs, restore communities, and renew hope. Coordinator Barry Gardner tells us about what is happening as Christians are at work in a war zone. Often, Mission Eurasia emphasizes support and empowerment for local congregations. Hear about the hundreds of thousands of people who are receiving practical help and spiritual witness, even from just one ministry group.




“Missions Pulse” with Abigail Hofland explores the heartbeat of missions through conversations with those at the center of Christ-centered service. Listen alternating Mondays during the Family Life Noon Report, and find our podcasts on FamilyLife.org.


Missions Pulse – Bible Translators – 07/03/23

Missions Pulse

A husband and wife couple serve as translation specialists with Pioneer Bible Translators. By integrating Bible translation and Scripture engagement, they provide enduring access to God’s Word for people in West Africa. There are very few followers of Jesus among their target people group. Having Scripture in their own language is an important step for them to know and follow Jesus. Our guests are excited to see more people experience life transformation through God’s Word. The Bible can become an excellent outreach as a literacy tool too.

In this interview you will hear about how much more translation work needs to be done, considering that there are currently 7,300 different languages spoken on this planet.  (Hint: many of the most widespread languages have multiple Scripture options; many thousands do not yet have a single version of the full Holy Bible.)


For additional information and inspiration about stretching the world’s access to God’s Word:


Missions Pulse is launching as a new News Features series from Family Life. On selected Mondays throughout this summer, our Abigail Hofland will bring you first-person stories to you from the front-line leaders in Christian missions and ministry. Listen during the Family Life Noon Report, find (and share) these conversations 24/7 from the News Podcasts page, or go there to subscribe so you can be notified each time a favorite feature of yours posts a new episode.