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Youth Worker On Fire Podcast

Dec 13, 2023

This episode is an episode unto itself, but came out of an original interview with Chuck Mingonet (Episode 101, Navy Jet Pilot and Commander).

Chuck and his wife have two children. Their daughter and her husband, became missionaries based in Spain. Ian their son (Chuck’s grandson), became ill while on the mission field with a brain tumor that was known to be fatal. The family came back to the USA for treatment. In the process, they were told that Ian would not have long to live… But Ian comes from a genetic and spiritual background of warriors, nationally, and spiritually. So at a young age, Ian learned to be a warrior.

Ian asked to go back to the mission field in Spain, so he could share Jesus with his soccer team and church. After a discussion between Ian’s parents, grandparents, and doctors, the decision was “If this is what Ian wants to do, he has the green light from his doctors to go.” And so they went!

This episode is about being able to change peoples lives, no matter how young or old you are. Ian has made an impact on his friends, his family… (and with this podcast) the world! Because even though Ian’s life was ending, he wanted to make sure that his friends would meet up again in heaven. We hope this story is inspiring to you as youth workers, parents, grandparents, and just people in general. No matter our size, shape, or age… God has created good works for us to do in Christ Jesus, which he created in advance for us to do. (Ephesians 2:10)

We hope this episode helps you to see the value of pouring God‘s love into adolescence, as well as, children before they reach that time of their life. We have no idea who God‘s going to use to change people all around this world or what circumstances will give them that platform to speak from.

You are amazing people, so let God use you in amazing ways today!


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Hosted by: Doug Edwards

Theme Song: "The One and Only" by The 808 : Listen to more at

Intro/Outro Voiceover: Michael Helms : 

Edited by: Secret Roots Music House