Episode #22: Author Brian Williams

December 29, 2017
Our friend and author Brian Williams join Ben, Jordan and Isaiah on the twenty second episode of the Dream On Podcast. In this episode, Brian shares his story of becoming a blogger and ‘accidentally’ becoming an author. Having faith is just plain tough sometimes, and Brian has realized that over the course of his life. There were many times that he thought God had no plan for him, but praise God, he was wrong! Growing up in a world that has pushed God to the back burner is rough for any teenager or young adult, but Brian is proof that living a life for God can be done. From making decisions on what to do after high school, about college, dating, and dealing with family problems, Brian has personally dealt with them all. He openly shares his experiences with the world in this inspirational and powerful story. For any Christian that is struggling with friends, prayer, doubt, abstinence, insecurities or just trying to find your purpose in life, this detailed journey of a single man’s story is proof that God can handle it all if we just ask. You can listen below or also available through the Dream On Podcast in the iTunes store.

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Episode #21: Author Ben Budde

December 20, 2017
Our friend and author Ben Budde join Ben and Jordan on the twenty first episode of the Dream On Podcast. In this episode, Ben shares his testimony of losing his mother, overcoming drug and alcohol addiction and becoming an author. You can listen below or also available through the Dream On Podcast in the iTunes store.

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We Visit Our Friend’s Book Signing Event

December 19, 2017
Ben and Jordan visit their friend Ben Budde for the book signing for his brand new book “War A Good Warfare.” War A Good Warfare has penned a practical and clear field manual for every follower of Christ engaged in the daily spiritual warfare of life. He reminds us of our personal accountability to know God’s Word, believe His Truth, and wage strategic warfare to preserve and expand God’s Kingdom here on Earth. Through his use of scripture, personal stories and clearly stated encouragement we are all better prepared to enter the Battle of the ages.

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End Of Year Recap

December 18, 2017
You all are amazing people. Jordan and I started this year with anticipation with what Jesus would use Dream On to do, and boy has it been a wild ride(a good one:) We saw hundreds come to our conference in March in Ohio and 10,000 attend our Dream On Party in Honduras. In Honduras, our event was broadcast to the entire nation, so 9 million people had the opportunity to hear about how Jesus wanted to use their life to impact the world. Jesus always takes His people from glory to glory if they are willing, so we look to 2018 with greater anticipation. Your financial donations mean thousands more will be impacted in 2018. Thank you for your year end donation!

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Episode #20: MMA Fighter Justin Wren Podcast

December 15, 2017
MMA Fighter Justin Wren joins Ben, Jordan and Isaiah on the twentieth episode of the Dream On Podcast. You can listen below or the Justin Wren Podcast is also available through the Dream On Podcast in the iTunes store.

Justin Wren has spent much of his life fighting – from a stellar early wrestling career as National Champion to becoming a star UFC fighter. In his book, “Fight for the Forgotten,” Wren shares how God shifted his focus from fighting against opponents in the cage to fighting for the “most bullied people in the world,” the Mbuti Pygmies in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

Justin is known for his successful mixed martial arts career in the UFC. Early in his career, he appeared on the Spike reality show, “The Ultimate Fighter,” cementing his reputation as a dominating force in the heavyweight division. His current record of 14-2 remains an impressive testament to his skill.

But many are surprised to find this 6-foot-3-inch, 265-pound fighter has an even bigger heart.

After discovering his faith following a six-year struggle with addiction and depression in his early career, Wren stepped away from MMA to find God’s purpose for his life.

He soon felt called to serve the Mbuti Pygmy people deep in the jungles of the Congo. While Wren knew they were an incredibly impoverished people group, he did not know the depths of their pain until he spent time living among them and shared in their suffering. They are enslaved by rivaling people groups, are even cannibalized, and refer to themselves as The Forgotten People. A turning point in Wren’s life was holding a young boy, Andibo, as he died of a water-related parasite after being refused care by local doctors.

“They were turned away from the hospital not once, but twice,” says Justin. “The first time his mother was told by the nurses, ‘You’re too dirty to come in here.’ The second time Andibo’s mother, the Chief, and the village were rejected treatment by the doctor who said, ‘We won’t waste our medicine on a Pygmy animal.’ I couldn’t believe that this little boy had just died of something so easily preventable by clean drinking water. I knew I could never turn my back on my Pygmy family and that I would spend my life fighting for them.”

Over the next four years, Wren made several trips to the Congo, with one lasting a full year for Wren to stay with the Pygmy people. He lived in the same twig-and-leaf huts they did, slept on the jungle floor and immersed himself in their culture. The Pygmies gave him the name Eféosa, which means “The Man Who Loves Us.”

“I knew for the Pygmies to be free they needed to own their own land, have access to clean water, and develop sustainable agriculture – all for the first time,” says Wren. “I founded the Fight for the Forgotten initiative to work to provide those things to them. With these three simple things, we can begin to break the chain of poverty, suffering, and even modern day slavery.”

Since 2011, Justin and Fight for the Forgotten have provided nearly 3,000 acres of land and 25 water wells to the Pygmies. They have fulltime staff of 18 Congolese nationals who specialize in community development who are working to drill new wells and teach the Pygmies farming practices.

In 2015, after a full five year hiatus from professional sports, Wren returned to his winning ways in MMA fighting, but this time he is fighting for someone besides himself.

“I still love MMA, and my work in the Congo didn’t change that,” he says. “But it did change me. I’m not fighting for myself anymore. I’m fighting to bring attention and change to my Pygmy family who don’t have voice.”

Through his book, “Fight for the Forgotten,” Wren is encouraging everyone to stand up for those who are bullied and persecuted and do not have a voice. He regularly speaks to raise awareness for the plight of the Pygmies and the hope that is available through the simple and affordable gift of clean water, and is currently working with a crew to film a documentary about his personal journey and story. Thirty-three percent of the book’s author proceeds go directly to land, water and food initiatives in the Congo.

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Episode #19: Ashley Stuart & Jeremiah Wright of TV 44

December 6, 2017
TV 44’s Ashley Stuart & Jeremiah Wright join Jordan and Ben on the nineteenth episode of the Dream On Podcast. In this episode, Ashley and Jeremiah both share their unconventional path of becoming TV personalities. You can listen below or also available through the Dream On Podcast in the iTunes store.

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