Miracles from the Hill Podcast

Miracles from the Hill Podcast

Dignifying humanity through the power of story and education. Striving together to support society's marginalized. A podcast from Miracle Hill Ministries. If you like story, then this podcast is for you. If you care about educating yourself and grappling with complex issues like homelessness, addiction-recovery, coping, toxic charity, justice initiatives, true healing, and similar topics, then this podcast is for you. Hosted by Ryan Duerk, President and CEO at Miracle Hill Ministries. Produced and edited by Katie Stodola, Digital Storyteller at Miracle Hill Ministries. If you have a story to tell, would like to see a topic covered, or simply want to connect, email podcast@miraclehill.org.


March 16, 2023 64 min

At Miracle Hill Ministries, we desire to help the whole person: physically, mentally, and spiritually. However, we don't work alone and are incredibly grateful to each organization and individual who partners with us in an effort to care for the hurting and needy in the Upstate of South Carolina.

What if you don't have insurance? What if you don't have a driver's license? What if you don't have an ...

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What happens when an entire family is impacted by poverty, poor choices, abuse, or any number of unfortunate events that leave them so broke they can't pay for housing?

When families experience homelessness, resources are often limited, sometimes they can't stay together, and everyone is affected.

In this second episode with Lizzie and Ryan, the conversation focuses in on painting a picture of what fami...

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This is a conversation about the dignity of humanity - poor or not.

The topic of how to help those experiencing homelessness is hard to tackle. Concise and simple answers don't exist. This conversation is not meant to give concrete answers but to educate and provide space that honors the complexity and dignity of the people who experience homelessness and poverty.

As two individuals leading organizations that...

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Season 2: The Experience of Homelessness

We are very excited to be launching season 2 on Miracles from the Hill Podcast. This season focus on the topic of homelessness and will feature guests from many of Miracle Hill's valued partners.

Miracle Hill Ministries is South Carolina’s largest and most comprehensive provider of homeless services.
At our core, we exist to serve people experiencing homelessness—...

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Cary Sanders is the Chief Executive Officer at JUMPSTART, a non-profit organization that "disciples current and former prisoners and assists with re-entry to society" (jumpstartvision.org). However, that's not where Cary's story began...

On this episode of Miracles from the Hill Podcast, Cary shares in transparent detail about the life of misery and hopelessness he used to lead before he was changed on ...

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Sensitive Content Disclaimer: This episode of Miracles from the Hill Podcast covers sensitive topics including pornography and sexual brokenness that may not be suitable for all audiences. We hope and pray that the open conversation on this episode brings education and hope to our audience; however, if you are likely to be adversely impacted by these topics, please refrain from watching or listening to this episode.

The to...

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Sensitive Content Disclaimer: This episode of Miracles from the Hill Podcast covers sensitive topics including suicide and mental illness. We hope and pray that the open conversation on this episode brings education and hope to our audience; however, if you are likely to be adversely impacted by these topics, please refrain from watching or listening to this episode.

In this episode of Miracles from the Hill Podcast, Dawn ...

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Suzanne is a child of God, wife, mom, grandma to 12, and an Educational Therapist who works at Pearl Learning Center. She partners with students of all ages who have "difficulties with thinking". This includes students with learning disabilities, brain injury, ADHD, etc. Suzanne is a longtime volunteer with Miracle Hill Ministries and has blessed many women in Miracle Hill's addiction/recovery facility, Renewal, with...

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Joey is a long time volunteer, former Miracle Hill Board member, and good friend of Miracle Hill Ministries. Joey is a certified financial planner and is on the Greenville Leadership Council for the South Carolina Christian Foundation and serves on the Board of Directors for the Spartanburg Community College Foundation and the Union County Economic Development Board. Joey was recognized by Gov. Nikki Haley as an Ambassador of Econo...

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November 9, 2022 76 min

Sherry is a passionate believer and evangelist. Her heart is to follow the Great Commission and share Christ with those who are struggling. Sherry's work includes teaching in a seminary and volunteering at various organizations, including Miracle Hill Ministries.

This episode of Miracles from the Hill Podcast is focused on education. Sherry and Ryan discuss their thoughts on engaging with a community of people who ar...

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On this episode, Ryan is joined by Dennis, long-time mentor and volunteer at Miracle Hill's Overcomers Center. Mentorship is an important part of recovering from a life of dominating addiction and substance abuse. Dennis has walked with many men throughout the years, and has walked away personally encouraged. Mentorship is a type of community, and COMMUNITY is a human need.

Have you ever wondered how to be mentor (ma...

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Lauren is active in the community, a wife, a mom, and an overall passionate individual. She is successful in her career and working to help those experiencing homelessness around her. Then everything changed in her world when her body stopped functioning like it used to.

Lauren and Ryan's conversation is real and raw. When Lauren's body began exhibiting unusual symptoms, a tsunami of questions, doubt, fear, and ...

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Bob's childhood was turbulent, to say the least. As a little child, Bob remembers stealing food from a neighbor's tree just to have something to eat. Eventually, Bob was placed in a group home, where he finished out high school.

During his time at the group home, Bob met the Father of the fatherless and found true belonging.

Eventually, God led Bob to serve in various roles at Miracle Hill Ministries. ...

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Somehow, Roy managed to make good grades in college, play football, and keep his dirty secret hidden: drug addiction. Eventually though, the truth comes out. We can't hide forever.

Not having a father in his life caused Roy to wander and find friendship in the wrong crowds. When partying and abusing substances started threatening his life in real ways, Roy had a choice to make.

Roy's story, in a way, f...

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A definition of the word "success" by Mariam Webster is a "favorable or desired outcome." So what is the favorable of desirable outcome for guests of Miracle Hill Ministries who are experiencing homelessness or addiction or both? Success is hard to define in the context of complex human beings.

In this episode, Jeremy and Ryan talk about the idea of success. Jeremy is the director of Miracle Hill'...

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Vulnerability is necessary.

Yet, many of us weren't taught how to actually practice vulnerability. And maybe you, like many people, feel stuck in a place where you want to be vulnerable, but you don't know how to begin a practice of vulnerability.

For Sharon, learning to sit with her feelings was the heart work that opened the door to vulnerability. 

For years, Sharon wrestled with understand...

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In this second-part episode, Reid and Ryan continue a conversation centered around Reid's experiences at Miracle Hill Ministries. When an organization changes, there are often many bumps and learning opportunities ahead. Ministry is hard work and, contrary to occasional outward appearance, not everyone working in "ministry" feels ready or able to do the task at hand.

For all who are sick, there is healing. ...

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We all have history - history with our family, history with ourselves, and history with God. In this episode, Ryan and Reid Lehman, former Miracle Hill CEO, discuss the fascinating and complex history of Miracle Hill Ministries. Reid grew up at the Ministry - roaming the farm and playing with the other children who lived at Miracle Hill's Children's Home. Once he grew up, Reid married and pursued working in ministry. But ...

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July 20, 2022 67 min

Young managed his use of illegal substances, until his addiction managed him. And then tragedy. On this episode of Miracles from the Hill Podcast, Ryan and Young tell a powerful story of abuse, pain, grief, and healing. If you need to be reminded that your life is never out of God's reach, listen to Young's Story. The second part of this podcast is a conversation centered around "recovery." What does it look lik...

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July 6, 2022 58 min

How does God really guide your life? And how can we know  that we've forgiven the person that caused tremendous pain in our lives? 

On this episode of Miracles from the Hill Podcast, Minda walks through the ups and downs of her complex journey with God. From teaching kindergarten (and loving it!) to running an emergency rescue mission for women, Minda looks back over her life and sees the guiding, loving hand of her F...

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