Mike, who? MichaelTheSoundGuy.com on his website! Michael Helms, was a junior in high school when we met. He was a regular student, but brilliant, laughed and joked a lot. His dad was an international accountant and decided Michael, "Mike", needed to travel so he sent him to his company in Brazil where Mike met the love of his life, but he didn't know it yet. But, this young Brazilian lady, Silvana, knew he was the love of her life at 1st sight. Mike, makes Youth Worker On Fire sound AMAZING! He is a pro and brilliant! He and his family have sacrificed much for me, my family, this podcast and multiple ministries that I had developed over many years to reach students and families for Jesus Christ. Michael's oldest daughter Isabella, was even in the middle school ministry my last 2 years of my 29 years at Trinity Evangelical Free Church. Since Mike was in high school he has shown up every time God started a new wave of ministries through my family. I am forever grateful to you Michael for showing a servant's heart even when it came at a high price. Thank you Silvana, Isabella and Gabriella for loaning him to me to change our world with a piece of, "on earth as it is in heaven." I LOVE your story in this podcast of international love, pain, joy, brilliance, fearlessness and sacrifice. I am glad untold numbers of people will have a little glimpse into the man of God you are and all you have accomplished with your family. It's about time!
Three children, John, Michael and Rebecca, in that order. Yet, for 24 years they have been working with Michael to control his seizures which are located all over his brain. Jim has been a 20+ year student ministry volunteer, community volunteer and church board member. He and his wife Marilyn own a major screen printing business and have traveled to different parts of the globe trying to find a cure for Michael's condition. Sleepless nights in hospitals, educating John and Rebecca through college and trying to make life normal for them...but it's not! Life is not normal as we see normal. To them, all of the above is "Their" normal. Jim and Marilyn are the Ultimate Warriors for Family, Faith, Friends and Business. Why, What, How can you possible SERVE OTHERS when your needs are so great? Listen closely to the pain and the joy and the hurt and the laughter of a man who serves...
Pat Williams, Senior VP of the Orlando Magic, said to me that there is no one like Alex Campione...In 8th grade she joined us on a mission trip to the Appalachia poverty mission. She has been a world changer ever since. Alex went on 4 Colorado trips with our student ministry, she was FCA student leader at her high school for 4 years because she initiated it. Pat Williams spoke to the 2013 senior class because she decided it needed to happen. She is a student at the University of Florida. She is a Biology/Medical Geography major, she in her college career studied in New Zealand, Went to a mission trip in Croatia; then Hiked through Europe and Russia with her best friend! Can You Say, "SUPER GIRL"! If you stay in student ministry long enough God will allow you to minister to students that are unbelievable. As Alex has the vision of a seasoned World Changer, there will be students that you cannot put any containment around or Box them in a shape. Though I have seen no one like Alex (and I have seen and worked with unbelievable gifted students and staff) she could only be guided when she asked for direction because her thinking was so far reaching and her dreams were not the dreams like any teenager I have ever met. Her spiritual and mental drive dwarf most adults I have known. Youth Worker Nation, you will encounter in a life time similar students but they will be like rare diamonds. You will learn from this interview.
My Travel Agent to date is Don Holme's in Texas! I have taken 18 plus years of Colorado trips booked and arranged by Don! When you travel with students and volunteers you want the guy who thinks ahead of you and cares about you and your people. That's why Don is one of my Consistent Heros. He has been working with High Point Travel in Dallas, Texas for 30 years. In Don's words, "And they said it wouldn't last." He was being funny. HaHaHa! 13 year's in Youth Ministry Married for 30 years, 2 daughters and both are in college. He also has a website that He covers the local high school sport's teams. He is immersed in his community and he is a World Vision thinker. Youth Worker Nation, Don is the real deal because everyone my team and I bring you on this podcast is and will be the REAL DEAL!
Blake Appleby was saved as a teenager and has been reaching and teaching young people as a pastor and evangelist to students for 9 years. He has a beautiful wife named Meredith and two boys, Micah and Wade. He is the Student Pastor at First Baptist Church of Umatilla, Florida. He enjoys sports, bass fishing, playing the drums, reading, and a good cup of coffee.
Anthony Sabatini was a sophomore in high school when his principal sat him down and said to him calmly, “You have some potential and you’re going to be one of two things, either you’re going to end up in the United States Senate or you’re going to end up in prison. And you have to make that choice.” Anthony recalls, "No one had ever talked to me that way before." It could have gone either way.
But Anthony was a leader and it was evident to all. He became Student Body President and is a proud member of the Eustis High School Class of 2007. Anthony went on to graduate magna cum laude from the University of Florida in 2012, with a double major in History and Philosophy and commissioned as an infantry officer into the Florida Army National Guard. A member of the National Guard since 2008, he currently serves as Executive Officer of an Infantry Company in Ocala, FL. Anthony is now attending the University of Florida’s Levin College of Law, where he is in his final year.
Listen as Anthony tells us about some of those key moments that influenced his life in a major way.