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.”
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.
I would like to thank Brenda Boyce from the Gladwin Church of the Nazarene for inviting me to be the keynote speaker for their Ladies’ Night Out Event. Prayer was the topic for the night. We discussed the types (vocal, meditative, contemplative) and forms (praise, thanksgiving, intercessory, contrition) of prayer. I shared the lessons I learned and how prayer brought glimmers of peace to our distraught family throughout our Vegas Crisis. The ladies were wonderful hosts. The food was delicious, the fellowship was warm, and music was uplifting!
A big shout out to Cherie Sanderson from the Boulder Junction Library for hosting Finding Hope on Vegas. I am very thankful for the opportunity to speak about this miraculous story to such wonderful community! If your local stop by and say ‘Hi!’
If you have never been to Boulder Junction, Wisconsin, I encourage you to visit. There are so many friendly people in this quaint town. Craig and Jane, owners of peeplelures, always make a visitor feel at home while Denny and Ellen from the McCann’s Wine Bar provide the best atmosphere for the weary traveler. There are so many talented artists in the area who are more than happy to share their craft with visitors. I highly recommend a visit, you won’t be disappointed!
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!!
It was a full house! Approximately three hundred and twenty people attended this year’s Pediatric Trauma Conference in Detroit last Thursday.
I was able to meet some fantastic people and hear some remarkable stories. God is good!
I would like to thank the Committee for inviting me to speak. It was a great opportunity not only to share a success story, but also encourage and thank doctors, nurses, paramedics, etc. for all that they do to save people’s lives.