Exciting News! After reading Finding Hope on Vegas, Dave, from the David Yonker Band, penned a song. Vegas, will be featured in an album the band hopes to release later this year. To preview the song select the Vegas link below.
Feel free to check out their other songs! David Yonker Band is a Christian band who has played at Camp Cassiday for the past few years. They are a talented and fun-loving group that encourages everyone to grow in their faith! They will be playing at 3pm on the blue stage at the Big Ticket Festival on June 28, 2019.
Nate was invited to speak to the 7th and 8th graders at Nouvel Catholic School on May 17, 2019. He told them all about his bull riding experience while offering some good advice. He encouraged the kids to develop a deeper relationship with God and to stay close to Him throughout their life.
He shared with the kids how he drifted away from his faith while a teenager and became a rebel. He said that religion seemed ‘uncool’ at the time and admitted that, “…work and hanging with my friends became my top priority. Because of this, I did not have much time for God or my family.”
Nate then shared how a bull changed his rebel ways when it stomped on him, nearly ending his life. He said that although he was given less than a five percent chance to recover from his internal injuries, God spared him, giving him a second chance to mend his ways.
Nate said, “I now see that having a strong faith does not prevent me from enjoying life. Last year, for example, I went skydiving. It was a blast! Although I still do fun things, since the accident I have developed a closer relationship with God. Because of this, I am so much happier.”
Nate wrapped up the talk by encouraging the kids to take their faith seriously because you never know when God will call you back home (to heaven). He said, “Remember, not everyone gets a second chance.”
I would like to thank Good Shepard Catholic Radio for featuring Finding Hope on Vegas during their fundraiser event. Sports enthusiast and host, Frank Pomarico, and Nathan discussed various aspects of bull riding as a sport, the accident, and Nate’s incredible recovery.
Frank hosts a weekly sports show, Sports Round Table. You can check it out on Sunday afternoons from 2:00-3:00pm on 93.3 FM or 1015 AM.
Not long after I started this website, I wrote a post about a dear friend, Erika Hirschman, who has battled three different cancers. She recently published an article in the bold. E-magazine about how faith and family helped her overcome devastation and find Hope. I encourage you to read her remarkable story.
Blessings All…I am excited to announce Finding Hope on Vegas will be in Jackson, MI, at the Queen of the Miraculous Medal Church for the annual Catholic Authors of Michigan event on March 30, 2019. Authors will be available for meet and greet sessions and book signings from 10:00am – 2:00pm. Rumor has it they will even be interviewed by one of the sponsors, Good Shepherd Catholic Radio. So if you are in the area, stop by to meet some fantastic, local authors, or tune in to find your next great read.
Nate gave a great witness talk last night at Camp Rotary’s Summer Camp Vespers Service. Troops that were camping from all over the state came together for the weekly program. Chaplin Curtis discussed faith and how God puts the Super into the Natural. After setting the stage with a very thoughful introduction, Curtis then asked Nate to speak. Although he was a little nervous at first, Nate did a beautiful job encouraging the boys to live by the Boy Scout Law, learn from other people’s mistakes, spend quality time with family, and keep God the number one priority because life is short and not many people are blessed with a second chance. I could not have been more proud…Great job Nate!!
I had a lovely afternoon on Friday, May 18, 2018. BCLS invited Finding Hope on Vegas to their Booked For Lunch event.
There was a nice turnout and some great discussion about God and miracles after the presentation. Because many people lingered to talk, the cleaning crew patiently waited for me to finish the book signing. They simply smiled and said ‘No hurries.’ What a great crew!
As a bonus, some family and friends I do not get to see very often came.
Thanks to the Booked for Lunch Staff at Alice and Jack Wirt Public Library for a wonderful day!