Rising Above Podcast
Episode 1 - Meet Our Team

Episode 1 - Meet Our Team

July 31, 2019

We could not be more thrilled to bring you the first EVER Rising Above Ministry's Podcast!  On today's pilot episode, we invite you into our office to meet Becky, April, Chris, Hannah, and Kim, and hear in detail about what exactly we do.  Our mission at Rising Above is to "bring the love of God and hope in Christ to special-needs families through encouragement, support, inspiration and community."  We hope that after listening to this episode you will have a better idea of the vision the Lord is giving us to carry out that mission both locally, across the nation, and around the world.

In the months and weeks ahead we look forward to welcoming many guests to the show and discussing all kinds of topics relevant to the special needs family.  Join us!

Episode 2 - Facing A New Diagnosis

Episode 2 - Facing A New Diagnosis

July 31, 2019

We are so excited to bring you Episode 2 of our new podcast here on the blog.  Our first guests on the show are Terry and Susan Pace, joining Becky to discuss how new diagnosis can affect parents on many levels.  We believe you be encouraged by their story and their advice to parents who are just now beginning a special-needs journey.

Episode 3 - A Profile of The Special Needs Ministry Champion

Episode 3 - A Profile of The Special Needs Ministry Champion

July 31, 2019

Today Becky is joined by Rising Above staff members Chris Pierce and Kim Thorpe to discuss why a special needs ministry is so vital as part of a thriving church environment, and how important it is for someone to step up and champion the implementation of that ministry.  Look for more episodes addressing the topic of special needs ministry in the church in the coming weeks and months!

Episode 4 - Rest For The Special-Needs Parent + Free Downloads

Episode 4 - Rest For The Special-Needs Parent + Free Downloads

July 31, 2019

Well, friends, we have reached the end of our Rest series.  We have so enjoyed exploring this topic with you and we hope you have been encouraged and maybe even challenged to find more time for true, soulful rest in your life.  This special-needs journey can be exhausting, wearying, and draining – but because of Jesus and His promises, we really can find rest for our souls.

This week we end the series with a podcast that is simply a conversation between Becky Davidson and Hannah Kistler about some practical things we can do to find rest in the day-to-day rush of our lives.  We hope you’ll give it a listen!

Before we get started, here are some extra resources for you to end this series with some amazing free downloads available on our website.

https://www.risingaboveministries.org/podcast/2019/1/22/word-for-your-weekend-rest-podcast-free-downloads

Episode 5 - An Episode For The Dads

Episode 5 - An Episode For The Dads

July 31, 2019

Welcome to Episode 5 of the Rising Above Ministries Podcast!

In today's episode, Becky spends some time chatting with our Men's Ministry Assistant Waldhys Rodoli and our Dad's Hang Time leader Rick Imel.  This episode covers challenges special-needs dads might face, practical ways to avoid becoming a "vacant dad", and more details about our upcoming SOAR Men's Getaway, on April 20-22.

Rick mentions Jeff's book, No More Peanut Butter Sandwiches, in which Jeff shares his story of becoming a father of a child with special needs, and his journey with God through it all. You can find the book on Amazon here.

Episode 6 - Myth Busting!

Episode 6 - Myth Busting!

July 31, 2019

Have you wished for a special-needs ministry at your church, but been met with…
“We don’t have the resources…”
“We are already program-heavy…”
“It’s too expensive…”
“Special-needs ministry is just childcare…”
or any other myth about special-needs ministry?

Today on the Rising Above Podcast, Becky, Kim and Chris are ready to do some myth-busting and show just how un-true those myths really are.  They offer real encouragement about how it is more than possible for your church to have a thriving ministry to special-needs families. Take a listen!

Episode 7 - Interview With Dawn and Lori

Episode 7 - Interview With Dawn and Lori

July 31, 2019

One of the highlights of By The Brook 2017 was definitely our funny and fabulous hosts, Dawn and Lori!  These ladies are both special-needs moms themselves, and they “get it” in every way.  In today’s episode Becky sits down with the two of them to talk about the upcoming retreat, what they’re looking forward to, as well as chatting about their favorite aspects of By The Brook each year.  It’s an episode you don’t want to miss!

Episode 8 - Back To School With Lori Chatman

Episode 8 - Back To School With Lori Chatman

July 31, 2019

Today on the Rising Above Podcast, Becky is joined by veteran mom and By The Brook host extraordinaire, Lori Chatman.  Together they discuss the sometimes complicated, sometimes humorous, and sometimes wonderful ins-and-outs of back to school season with children with special needs.  Lori shares some practical tips for how to navigate transitions to new grades and teachers, as well as how prayer has been a vital part of their back-to-school survival plan.

Episode 9 - Common Man, Extraordinary Call

Episode 9 - Common Man, Extraordinary Call

July 31, 2019

Today’s episode is extra-special…today is the official release day for the new book from Jeff and Becky Davidson: Common Man, Extraordinary Call. This was such a labor of love as Becky shepherded the book to completion after Jeff’s unexpected passing in the spring of 2017. Some of Jeff’s dearest friends, Rick Imel and Jason Vaden, joined Becky for a conversation that celebrates the book, as well as the valiant soldier that Jeff Davidson truly was.

Episode 10 - IEP Meeting Survival with Dawn Fry

Episode 10 - IEP Meeting Survival with Dawn Fry

July 31, 2019

Today our friend Dawn Fry - cohost of the annual By The Brook retreat and fellow special-needs mom - joins Becky for a discussion of the dreaded three-letter word: IEP. She tells the humorous story of the first IEP meeting she ever attended for her son, and then she speaks from her experience to offer advice for how to navigate common issues that parents might have when entering IEPs.