W4CY 6-8-2023 and W4VET 6-11-2023

Rev. Igor BanduraOur guest today is Rev. Igor Bandura, Vice President of International Affairs for the Baptist Union of Ukraine. Rev Igor pastors a church and is an expert in the field of global partnerships between churches and missions. He has been a leading voice on the issues of Russian aggression against Ukraine and the church’s role in the time of war. Bandura represents a grassroots network of more than 2,000 churches across Ukraine comprised of local pastors and congregations helping their neighbors daily as relentless missile attacks wipe out power stations and threaten a winter catastrophe.

Michael JohnsonJoining Pastor Igor Bandura is Michael Johnson, President of the Slavic Gospel Association (SGA). Michael came to know Jesus Christ personally in 1974 at the age of 19. After studying in a two-year Bible institute and then college, he pursued a business career as an advertising executive in New York City, working on some of the largest consumer brands in the world for clients such as Procter and Gamble, Johnson and Johnson, and Scott Paper Company. In 1996, Michael was recruited to Slavic Gospel Association (SGA) as vice president of advancement from a supporting church in Brooklyn, NY. During Michael’s initial eight years with the organization, he helped develop several Church planting and evangelism ministries and ministries to orphans, children, and Chernobyl victims. Michael returned to the business world for family reasons, most recently as senior vice president of Douglas Shaw and Associates, a Naperville, IL-based nonprofit marketing and fundraising firm where. He consulted with hundreds of faith-based ministries. Michael and his wife, Erin, recently responded to God’s leading back to SGA as president after the former president’s retirement. Through his ministry and business experiences, Michael’s goal is to significantly expand the work of SGA in partnership with the national evangelical churches throughout their vast mission field. He travels extensively across the former Soviet world and Israel and is passionate about building upon its founder’s solid biblical and ministry foundation. He has been a featured speaker at the National Religious Broadcasters, Christian Leadership Alliance, Association of Gospel Rescue Missions, and many missions conferences and churches. For more information, visit www.sga.org.

Sonia AminSonia Amin is a wife, mother, pharmacist, and a Children’s bookBax and Bubbles author. She loves encouraging others with her words, hugs, and prayers. She lives in Florida with her husband and two kids and considers herself to be a professional snuggler to each of them. Inspired by the books she enjoys reading with her kids, she has fulfilled her dream of writing one herself.

Today she discusses why she became an author and talks about her two books “Bax and Bubbles,” and “When Love Flows.” She offers a method using Cognitive Behavioral Therapy to help kids foster healthy thinking habits.  Her note to grownups is this, “One of the most important gifts you can give the children in your life is helping them understand the power of their thoughts.” The book, “Bax and his Bubbles,” is about a kid and his thoughts. The book is for  Ages 4 to 8.

Her second book, “When Love FlowsWhen Love Flows,” helps children understand the power of an encouraging word. It is an inspiring story of how our encouraging words and thoughtful actions can make a difference in the lives of people around us. Children will be inspired to write simple notes of encouragement and to use their words to build up, help, and be kind in their daily interactions. They’ll know they are not too young to show appreciation and share their love with the people in their life. The book is perfect for ages 6–10.

Both books are a perfect addition to your home library and make wonderful gifts. Grab your copy today!  The author invites you to purchase her books online by visiting her website, www.soniaeamin.com. You can also purchase her books on Amazon.