Miracles from the Hill Podcast

Miracle Hill Ministries

Dignifying humanity through the power of story and education. Striving together to support society's marginalized. A podcast from Miracle Hill Ministries. If you like story, then this podcast is for you. If you care about educating yourself and grappling with complex issues like homelessness, addiction-recovery, coping, toxic charity, justice initiatives, true healing, and similar topics, then this podcast is for you. Hosted by Ryan Duerk, President and CEO at Miracle Hill Ministries. Produced and edited by Michael Livingston, Digital Storyteller at Miracle Hill Ministries. If you have a story to tell, would like to see a topic covered, or simply want to connect, email podcast@miraclehill.org.

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Understanding Addiction with Brad and Ryan
03-01-2024
Understanding Addiction with Brad and Ryan
Welcome to Season 4 of Miracles from the Hill Podcast: a survey of The Twelve Steps. In this season, we will take a closer look at The Twelve Steps and how Miracle Hill Ministries incorporates this resource into our recovery programs. When people think about "The Twelve Steps" they may associate this resource with Alcoholics Anonymous or another similar recovery group. While these steps have their history in AA, The Twelve Steps is a resource that can be broadened beyond just the scope of these types of meetings. Miracle Hill Ministries uses an adapted version of The Twelve Steps in our recovery programs. This adapted version of The Twelve Steps puts Jesus at the center of recovery, helping guests think through their story with Christ as the focal point.Throughout this season, Ryan will sit down with various people on the podcast and talk through the steps in-depth. For listeners, this is a great resource to better understand the journey of Miracle Hill Ministry guests who are a part of our recovery programs as well as contemplating areas in our own lives that may need greater freedom and cleansing.  This episode is a conversation between Ryan and Brad which broadly discusses the nature of addiction. Brad is the director of Overcomer's, Miracle Hill's men's addiction-recovery facility to launch season 4.Below are The Twelve Steps taken from Alcoholics Anonymous website. (Linked here.)1. We admitted we were powerless over alcohol — that our lives had become unmanageable.2. Came to believe that a Power greater than ourselves could restore us to sanity.3. Made a decision to turn our will and our lives over to the care of God as we understood Him.4. Made a searching and fearless moral inventory of ourselves.5. Admitted to God, to ourselves, and to another human being the exact nature of our wrongs.6. Were entirely ready to have God remove all these defects of character.7. Humbly asked Him to remove our shortcomings.8. Made a list of all persons we had harmed, and became willing to make amends to them all.9. Made direct amends to such people wherever possible, except when to do so would injure them or others.10. Continued to take personal inventory and when we were wrong promptly admitted it.11. Sought through prayer and meditation to improve our conscious contact with God as we understood Him, praying only for knowledge of His will for us and the power to carry that out.12. Having had a spiritual awakening as the result of these Steps, we tried to carry this message to alcoholics, and to practice these principles in all our affairs.“Jesus looked at them and said, ‘With men, it is impossible, but not with God; for with God all things are possible." Mark 10:27Email podcast@miraclehill.org to get in touch with us.Miracle Hill Ministries:WebsiteInstagramFacebook
How Does Trauma Affect Children? with Diane and Ryan
09-08-2023
How Does Trauma Affect Children? with Diane and Ryan
On this episode, Ryan sits down with Diane Turner, a trauma-informed Care-Coordinator at Miracle Hill Ministries. Diane dives into the weeds of trauma and how children who experience a variety of traumas are thus impacted. There are many tools used by SCDSS, case workers, care coordinators, and other social workers to help define and recognize trauma. One example of these tools is the ACE test, which stands for Adverse Childhood Experiences test (click here to learn more). The point of testing for and understanding trauma is not to assign negative labels to an individual, but to better understand what resources would be most pertinent for their healing process. The pairing and offering of resources to children in Foster Care is part of Diane's job and something she's very passionate about. Trauma affects one's spiritual, physical, and mental health. Trauma often causes the brain to be stuck in "survival mode," which traditionally makes it difficult for a person to connect and trust with others and live a vibrant life. Experiencing some level of trauma is a reality for any child who has lived in homelessness or is taken into the Foster Care system. However, there is always hope. Children are resilient, and when officered the right care, children are able to live happy, whole lives. Other resources: The Body Keeps the Score, click here.Reframing Foster Care, click here.SC Foster Parent Association, click here. National Child Abuse Prevention, click here.Email podcast@miraclehill.org to get in touch with us. Miracle Hill Ministries:WebsiteInstagramFacebook
The Heart of Foster Care with Brenda and Ryan
28-06-2023
The Heart of Foster Care with Brenda and Ryan
On this first episode of "Season 3: The Experience of Children and Homelessness," Ryan sits down with Miracle Hill’s VP of Children’s Ministries, Brenda Parks. Brenda’s career has touched children in foster care for many years. In her current role, Brenda supervises Miracle Hill’s Children's Ministry division, which includes the Foster Care Community in Pumpkintown. Brenda shares the ups and downs of what she sees on a daily basis. On one hand, Miracle Hill is blessed to work with a multitude of wonderful foster parents who make daily sacrifices to care for the most vulnerable in our society. But on the other hand, there are not enough families for the children in foster care in South Carolina. For example, the need for individuals willing to open their homes to sibling groups or teens is great. Brenda shares that Miracle Hill team members have sadly needed to split up sibling groups simply because there is no one available to take them in. At Miracle Hill Ministries, we are excited for the ways that God is working in the Upstate community to be the hands and feet of Christ to these children, but we are also burdened. We hope to see more people answering the call to foster care. If you’re curious about the ins-and-outs of Miracle Hill’s Children's Ministry Program, or maybe you feel a slight tug on your heart, and you wonder if it could be God, then listen to this episode with open hands. Foster care is not for everyone. But maybe it’s for you. “But Jesus called them to him, saying, “Let the children come to me, and do not hinder them, for to such belongs the kingdom of God.”Luke 18:16 ESVReach out to us with questions or comments: podcast@miraclehill.org.Miracle Hill Ministries:WebsiteInstagramFacebook