Suicide is the second leading cause of death for those age 10 to 24. Every day in the U.S. and average of over 3,470 people attempt suicide. These statistics are staggering and tragic. Why are so many considering and even attempting suicide? Is there anything we can do to reduce these numbers?
Today on Educate For Life Kevin has as his guest, Ray Comfort. Ray Comfort is the Founder/President/CEO of Living Waters Publications. Ray Comfort is a well-known evangelist and apologist. After relocating from New Zealand to Southern California in the late 1980s, Ray introduced a long line of pastors and churches to a biblical teaching which he called Hell’s Best Kept Secret. The positive and enthusiastic response that followed took Ray’s Living Waters Publications ministry to a whole new level.
Ray Comfort has produced several movies speaking to the truth of God and the Bible, including his newest film, Exit: The Appeal of Suicide. In this movie, he explores depression, its sources, and why so many see suicide as the only way out.
Kevin Conover interviews Mayor Bill Wells heart as a Christian mayor. His faith, politics and public service.
El Cajon City Council members unanimously passed a ban on feeding the homeless in public in October, saying it would help protect the public from hepatitis A, which has spread predominantly among the homeless population. The temporary ordinance is set to be in place until San Diego County’s state of emergency related to the health crisis is lifted.
Does Mayor Bill Wells see the passage and enforcement of this ban as a conflict to his faith and beliefs? Tune in to find out.
There is a battle in the San Diego Unified School District over the current sex education curriculum. Tune in Description- today at 4pm, I will be interviewing Dean Broyles, with The National Center for Law & Policy, who is collecting signatures to present to the SDUSD board on Feb 27th for them to suspend SHEP because it blatantly promotes pornography, abortion, and a host of other dangerous habits. Find out what you can do to help keep kids healthy by promoting a practical and moral sex ed curriculum.
A recent study by Point Loma Nazarene and the University of San Diego Kroc School of Peace uncovered some horrifying statistics about the extent of this underground industry in San Diego County. Human trafficking is estimated to be an $810 million annual business that could have more than 8,000 victims a year. Out of 20 high schools surveyed, 100 percent reported incidents of recruitment, and 42 percent of first-time prostitution arrests are in fact sex-trafficking cases.
Shockingly, San Diego is one of the cities this kind of crime is most prevalent in. Today on Educate for Life, Kevin has as guests Michele Shumaker, who is with the Point Loma Nazarene University Center for Justice and Reconciliation, Jessica, who is a survivor of human trafficking, and Dr. Jerry Andrews, who is the senior pastor at First Presbyterian Church in San Diego.
Michele Shumaker’s organization runs programs called kNOw More. The curriculum was developed based on the pedagogical understanding that students will best respond to and retain learning experiences gained through:
Direct Interaction with the Material
The curriculum is primarily co-facilitated by a survivor facilitator and a teaching artist/joker who move the participants through drama, interaction with peer facilitators, dialogue, and informative visuals. This program creatively empowers the students to recognize human trafficking in their current context and to respond when they or their peers may be targeted for trafficking.
They also offer a “Beauty For Ashes” scholarship for survivors of human trafficking. Jessica is a recipient of that scholarship and is here to tell an amazing story of how she was forced into that lifestyle and was later able to leave it.
Dr. Jerry Andrews’ church participates in Churches Against Trafficking. It is an organically started networking group that has come to fruition from the strong desire to connect Christian ministry leaders wanting to engage in the Anti-Trafficking work in San Diego. Collaborating with other like-minded Christians, we held our first meeting in June of 2013. We currently meet bi-monthly in Mission Valley at Mission Church of the Nazarene, 4750 Mission Gorge Place, San Diego, CA 92120.
Today on Educate For Life, Kevin has as guests Mari Rothman, Dora Breuninger and Chris Alley. Mari Rothman is the Founder of Sonshine Haven, an organization that runs biblical camps and clubs for kids of all ages and backgrounds. Dora Breuninger is on the staff and Chris Alley is a volunteer who helps with the clubs and camps.
The elementary school clubs are called Sonshine Clubs and the middle school clubs are called Higher Ground. The ministry started in 1991 by Mari Rothman with a Sonshine Club at Chase Ave Elementary school. After 26 years, Sonshine Haven now has 43 Sonshine & Higher Ground Clubs.
Sonshine and Higher Ground Clubs are held once a week after school in a classroom for 1 to 1 ½ hours.The clubs include worship, a Bible lesson, a gospel invitation, memory verse, games, one on one prayer time and snacks. Sonshine Haven also offers other events to club kids and their families during the year, including Life Skills (hands-on learning during spring and summer vacations, held at Sonshine Haven), Cinderella/fella Day, Thanksgiving dinner baskets, Christmas Adopt-a-Family, Padre Game tickets and other opportunities that God provides.
Everything Sonshine Haven does is free for the kids and families. They depend on volunteers and are funded by donations. If you want to learn more about Sunshine Haven, head over to sonshinehaven.org. If you want to volunteer or donate, you can also do that through their site.
October 31st, 2017 marked the 500th anniversary of Martin Luther nailing the 95 Theses to the door of the Wittenberg Castle church. That act began what would be known as the Protestant Reformation.
Today on Educate For Life, Kevin’s guest is Steve Whitten. He is a professor at San Diego Christian College in California. Professor Whitten has studied Martin Luther and the Reformation. He will describe why the Reformation was such a watershed moment in history and how it has practically changed the entire world.
He and Kevin will also discuss some of the key doctrinal differences between Protestants and Catholics both in Martin Luther’s time and today.
We hope you will be inspired and informed by today’s episode.