“A Sojourner’s Truth” Podcast is Back!

Hello Beautiful People!

I am thrilled to release the first episode of Season 2 of “A Sojourner’s Truth” podcast. This season we will focus on the theme: Mentoring!

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I kick off the season with my dear friends, colleagues, and founding directors of my nonprofit, Leadership LINKS, Inc. as we talk about cultivating a mentoring community.

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Introducing Ms. QuaWanna Bannarbie, Mr. Davede Alexander, and Admiral Arthur Johnson, Jr. (U.S. Navy,Retired).

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Founding Directors in the early days, at the end of our first pilot leadership summer program in 2015. From L to R: Admiral Arthur Johnson, Jr., me, Dr. Tracey Nicole Hayes, CDR Tasya Lacy, Mrs. QauWanna Bannarbie, and Mr. Davede Alexander.

Mrs. QuaWanna Bannarbie has over 15 years of professional writing experience in both the corporate and private sectors, specializing in administrative correspondence in support of non-profit start-ups and public service agencies. She is an Adjunct Professor of Nonprofit Leadership at Indiana Wesleyan University.

Mr. Davede Alexander is the CEO and Chief Strategist of Innovo Strategic Solutions. Throughout his career he has conceptualized and developed ongoing, popular, leadership programs for organizations such as the U. S. Marine Corps, the U. S. Naval Academy, and the Ron Burton Training Village.

Admiral Arthur Johnson, Jr. is the Founder and CEO of Destiny Aviation Services, LLC.  After leading and commanding at all levels in the U.S. Navy for 33 years, he now seeks to broaden the nation’s pool of aviation professionals through various aviation and education initiatives.

Referenced Resources:

Mentoring Nugget: “When you Learn, Teach” article

Mentor for Life book

Touching the Holy: Ordinariness, Self Esteem, and Friendship by Robert J. Wicks

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How are you cultivating a mentoring community? How have you benefited from a mentoring community?

A Sojourner’s Truth Podcast: Our REDEMPTION Stories featuring Dr. Michelle Johnson and Miss Chase Clark

This episode of A Sojourner’s Truth podcast features special guests, Dr. Michelle Johnson and Miss Chase Clark of the Triad, North Carolina area. Both leaders have witnessed challenges in their communities and have decided to do something about it.

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Dr. Michelle Johnson is a wife and mother, committed first to the spiritual and personal development of her family, and second to her assignment with her husband to build the Kingdom of God through community development and education reform. She pastors A People of God Church in Jamestown, NC with her husband, Rev. Tacuma Johnson, and also owns and operates The Point: Center for Education, Inspiration, and Transformation. In 2012, they opened the community’s first charter school to offer free transportation and meals to families seeking choice for their children.

Miss Chase Alexandria Clark is the compassionate and lively 14-year old founder and visionary of Chase’s Chance, INC. “Chase’s Chance” is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization founded in 2013 with a focus on the youth and young adults locally and internationally. To date the organization has raised and donated over $28,000. Our hope is that ALL youth feel supported and encouraged to move towards the life that God has designed for them. Chase is a ninth grader and attends The Early College/Middle College at GTCC-Jamestown. Her plans include attending Spelman College and becoming a successful pediatric orthopedic doctor. Connect with Chase’s Chance on Facebook.

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Leader: Are you Weary in the Wilderness?

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God uses the hard realities of life to expose our deepest fears and internal struggles. These experiences make us more self-aware so we can cultivate the spiritual disciplines necessary to lead ourselves and others well. Consider what happened to Moses, the humblest person on earth (Num. 12:3). After the people complained about their misfortunes yet again in the wilderness, Moses was miserable. He cried out to the Lord: “What have I done to displease you that you put the burden of all these people on me? Did I conceive all these people? Did I give them birth? Why do you tell me to carry them in my arms, as a nurse carries an infant, to the land you promised? … If this is how you are going to treat me, please go ahead and kill me” (Num. 11:11–12, 15).

Who would have thought that the humblest man in the world could fall so deep into despair? Have you ever found yourself in such a state of weariness? There are many days in my life when I find myself praying: “God, please don’t let me become weary in doing good, for I know that at the proper time I will reap a harvest if I don’t give up. Help me to press on and do good to all people, especially to those who belong to your family” (see Gal. 6:9–10). This prayer is particularly helpful when I’m going through a wilderness experience or dealing with difficult people. Prayer disciplines us to humble ourselves before God, and it also provides revelation for how to move forward.
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