The Stories Collective

The Stories Collective

A collection of stories about God's faithfulness and how we as believers can engage with God, connect with others, and live on mission.

Episodes

June 12, 2024 40 mins

Today's conversation with Brad Chaddick is a great one! Sarah and Brad begin with a classic Arizona conversation - complaining about the heat. Brad starts his story by sharing about his childhood growing up in southern California and attending a mega church. He has many sweet memories associated with that time in his life, but he also says he feels some key elements of a walk with Christ were missing. The community felt surfac...

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We are excited to share today's conversation with Sarah Schraeder with you! We are especially thankful she made time to share as she was 34 weeks pregnant at the time of the recording! This is a unique and miraculous testimony with lots of layers. Sarah and her husband Jared moved to Arizona two years ago from Washington state. Sarah loves being a stay-at-home mom but if you had told her even just five years ago that she would...

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We are blessed to be sharing today's conversation with Ninfa West with you! Ninfa starts by giving us some background and context for who she is. A unique part of Ninfa is that she is a Sephardic Jew (who knows Jesus as her Savior 🙂) and can trace her lineage all the way back to the tribe of Levi as a descendant of Aaron. That's pretty amazing! Ninfa was raised by a single mother and reflects on how that shaped her into ...

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Josh and Rachel Fricovsky joined us in the studio to share their testimony of how the Lord saved and redeemed their marriage. This is an episode you're going to want to share with people! Josh and Rachel were married in 2021 after meeting at their office jobs in Colorado. They fondly remember their side conversations on Slack and how they fell in love at work. After getting married Josh and Rachel wanted a fresh start and made...

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We are happy to share today's interview with Teri Sellers! Teri has been a part of Desert Springs for over 10 years. She has been a huge part of our Care & Support ministries as she facilitates our Alzheimer's support groups. Teri has always had a passion for helping people. She was born in Chicago and her family moved to Oklahoma when she was 12 years old. Teri describes herself as someone who always moved around a l...

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Today on The Stories Collective we are so excited to be sharing an interview with our first mother-son duo Janna and Luke Montgomery! This story starts in China with Luke's earliest memories being in an orphanage. He has no memory of his birth mother and describes what life was like in the orphanage. Unfortunately, it was a rough and dingy environment with very little adult supervision or even care. Luke also shares about an o...

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We are excited to share another story featuring one of our missionaries we help to support! Melissa Crawford joined our guest host Missions Pastor Jamie Engram in the studio to talk through the ministry she does through sports in The Philippines with Global Surge. Melissa takes us into the specifics of what ministry looks like but first she shares about how she even got to the mission field. This goes back to her childhood in Kansa...

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We have a powerful conversation to share with you today. We had the privilege to talk with our new friend Felicia McCurry. 

⚠️ Before you listen, we do want to give you a trigger warning for this episode. Details of domestic violence and attempted murder are discussed in this conversation. ⚠️ 

Felicia and Sarah share a commonality, both being from the south. They reminisce on what they miss about that part of the country before getti...

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We are looking forward to sharing today's conversation with our friend Gary Osmundsen! Gary and his family have been attending our church for a little over eight years. Gary is a husband, father, runner (a very serious one) and philosophy professor at Grand Canyon University. But this was not always the description of Gary's life. He was raised in Cape May, New Jersey with his career all laid out for him in his family&apo...

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Today our host Sarah Schalow invites you to catch up and reflect on 2024 so far. Think of it as a recap of Quarter 1 😉 Since the turn of the year we've been able to share 14 stories of God's amazing faithfulness. The episodes have covered feeling forgotten by God, healing from addiction and abuse, hope in hard times, grieving while walking with the Lord and a whole lot more. We've also been able to share testimonies...

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Today we are featuring Geri Tanzer! Geri's story is one that offers a unique perspective about recognizing the community around you and taking steps to cultivate it. Geri was raised Catholic and shares that she did come to a true understanding of who Jesus is at a young age. She felt a hunger for God and church and attended on her own. However, in college church was not so much of a priority, but she always felt she had that p...

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We had the opportunity to continue our conversation with Dra Rogers, this time getting into the specifics of what ministry looks like with Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA). We have a special guest host, our Missions Pastor Jamie Engram who leads the conversation. Jamie and Dra met in the studio to talk through day-to-day life and ministry with FCA here in the West Valley. A lot of this ministry happens so close to our church!...

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Dra Rogers joined us in the studio to share his story! Dra and his family are a big part of ministry here at Desert Springs and he is also a missionary that we help to support through Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA). Sarah and Dra begin their conversation with a "sports segment" but quickly turn to how God has worked so greatly in Dra's life. He moved around a lot as a child and though his grandparents were ve...

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Sarah is excited to be sharing another special interview as she had the opportunity to record an episode with one of her real-life close friends, Megan Bomar. 

⚠️ Before you listen, we do want to give you a trigger warning for this episode. Murder and crime are discussed in this conversation. ⚠️ 

Megan is originally from Iowa and after attending GCU decided to put roots down here in Arizona. She was raised Catholic but became a Chris...

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Today on the Stories Collective Sarah is excited to be sharing a special interview as she had the opportunity to sit down with her co-worker and brother-in-law Pastor Trevor Schalow! Sarah and Trevor begin the interview with a lot of laughs, reminiscing on the summer of 2015 when they first met having no idea that they would one day be family. Trevor shares about life growing up in the small town of Show Low in northeast Arizona. H...

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Today on The Stories Collective we have a special guest host, our Missions Pastor Jamie Engram! Jamie had the chance to sit down in the studio with missionaries that Desert Springs helps to support in The Philippines, David and Kenda Jerome. If you were with us at church this past weekend (Feb. 24/25) you probably saw David + Kenda speaking in our services! David walks through what their journey to becoming missionaries was like. I...

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 We are excited to welcome our friend and ministry leader Randy Donithan to the podcast today!

⚠️ Before you listen, we do want to give you a trigger warning for this episode. Pornography and sex addiction is discussed throughout this conversation. ⚠️ 

Randy was born and raised in Arizona growing up in the 50s and 60s. His family life was very difficult as his father was an alcoholic, and this caused many fights b...

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We have a story to share with you today that will surely warm your heart! We were joined by our new friend Dacia Gordon. Dacia and her husband Lowell started attending in 2021 after they purchased a part-time home in Goodyear. They haven't quite embraced the term "snowbird" yet 😉 Dacia walks us through not just one but many stories from her life where she experienced God's faithful hand. Her earliest memory inc...

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We have a wonderful story of healing and hope to share with you to kick off the month of February! We were joined in the studio by John Ricciardelli.

 ⚠️ Before you listen, we do want to give you a trigger warning for this episode. Domestic violence involving children is discussed throughout this conversation. ⚠️ John and Sarah begin their conversation by discussing some mid-2000s reality TV but don't worry they don't spen...

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We had the opportunity to continue our conversation with Wade & Shannon Cooperrider, this time getting into the specifics of what ministry looks like in Nicaragua. Sarah gets us into the interview, but we have a special guest host, our Missions Pastor Jamie Engram who leads the conversation. Jamie and The Cooperriders met in the studio to talk through day-to-day life and ministry in Nicaragua. There are so many stories and oppo...

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