Guest Season 2

S2, Ep. 12: The Ministry of Presence – The Call of Chaplains



It’s been almost three hours, and a murder victim still lays on the street in Kansas City. Two investigators are taking pictures from every angle. A crew is mounting laser scanners in tripods to record images to build a 3D photographic model of the scene.

In a corner, there’s a grieving family in shock and despair. Why does their loved one still lay there? What’s going on?

Then someone approaches the family and carefully explains every intricate proceeding of what’s happening—bringing them a bit of clarity into the chaos they are already experiencing. That mysterious person listens attentively to them and answers some of their questions. Someone is present… just for them. And that presence brings a little breath of comfort amid chaos.

That mysterious person is a chaplain—someone providing emotional support or spiritual care in whatever context you can think of.

In this episode, our guest speaker, Jared Altic, is a full-time pastor of a church in Kansas City. He volunteers as a chaplain with the local Police Department. As a chaplain, he provides short-term services for people in crisis (in any scene involving homicide, suicide, or unattended death). He also offers long-term support and spiritual care to police officers and other first responders coping with the toll of the job or other personal matters.

Listen to this revealing episode to immerse yourself in the call of chaplains. Discover how the ministry of presence looks like and how impactful it is.

Want to know more? Check out Jared’s Podcast!

Description by: Yilda Rivera
Podcast Host: Todd Uebele
Special Guest: Jared Altic

Guest Season 2

S2, Ep. 10: The Gift of Christmas



What does Christmas mean to you?

Countless movies have explored this question. Countless sermons have been preached on this question. Countless Bible Studies have been conducted on this question, but what does Christmas mean to YOU?

In The Gift of Christmas, our Host, Ms. Yilda Rivera and her Co-Host, Todd Uebele, discuss what Christmas means to them. They also talk about the greatest gift of all, God’s gift to all mankind.

“For God so loved the world that He gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.” (John 3:16)

One way to see this verse is as a definition of the gospel. It starts with God’s motivation and continues with God giving us a gift.

This verse is an illustration of how much God loves us. He gave us a gift…His one and only Son…Jesus.

Join us as we talk about God’s Gift, and take heart about the intensity of God’s love, His gift, and the extent of Jesus’ mission.

Host: Yilda Rivera
Co-Host: Todd Uebele
Description by: Todd Uebele/Yilda Rivera

Guest Season 2

S2, Ep. 7/8: God Meets You Where You Are, Parts 1 and 2



 “You never know Jesus is all you need until Jesus is all you have,”—Special Guest, Michele Dalton. 

Many see resilience as power from within. But after two major accidents that threatened her life, our guest, Michele Dalton, will show you how resilience is power from above when God meets you where you are. 

It was 1990, the night after Thanksgiving when a 1974 Ford Bronco hit Michelle’s car head-on while she was at a stop sign. The fallout over the next year was extraordinary.  After six months in a wheelchair, Michelle couldn’t find a job; she had no money; she couldn’t afford to go back to college, and debt engulfed her. 

Her faith in God and the power of worship comforted her and carried her through that season. With time and through God’s fingerprints—she will tell you what this means—she found an agency that saw great talent in her and trained her as a graphic designer. This opportunity opened a new career for her. 

Then in 2016, another car accident had her pinned to the passenger seat with a 2,500-pounds black Jeep Cherokee on her lap. In this accident, she never blacked out. Thus, the memory of it all made the experience more traumatic.  

She found herself again in pain and with doctors telling her that she was never going to walk. But once again, God came alongside her to face that struggle and turn hopelessness into strength, purpose, and direction. 

Michelle shares with us the short prayer she muttered during that second accident while waiting to be rescued: “Jesus, save us.” And He did. 

God met her where she was and restored her.

Listen to this episode and let Michele tell you how God stuck around her side and saw her through. Discover how God made beauty from the ashes. From the struggle, a new passion ignited in Michelle—writing. She’s now sowing hope and helping those who are dealing with isolation, disappointment, and depression to find the joy of the Lord.

Take a look at Michele’s FREE Hope For the Holidays Book Series. 

Don’t forget to visit Michele’s YouTube Channel.

Podcast Host: Todd Uebele
Special Guest: Michele Pollock Dalton
Description by: Yilda Rivera

Guest Season 2

S2, Ep 3: Flying Free



How can we taste God’s comfort amid anxiety, depression, and pain?

In Fly Away Free, our host interviews a very special guest; Ruth Fanshaw, poet, and author of the book Fly Away Free, Poems for Pilgrim Hearts. She has a neuroimmune condition and shares how in two occasions she battled anxiety, depression, and suicide thoughts. She narrates how she experienced God’s comfort and how God’s comfort allowed her to create poetry to comfort others.

“3 Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, 4 who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves receive from God.” (2 Corinthians 1:3-4, NIV)

Many times, Ruth couldn’t feel God’s presence through her emotional turmoil; but somehow, she always knew that Jesus was there with her. She was certain of God’s character and the unchanging nature of his promises. This knowledge carried her during those difficult times and provided healing and comfort enough to create within her an overflowing well of joy and praise through poetry. 

Join us as Ruth also delights us with two of her poems. Listen now, and find your own rainbow—the hope of God’s promises that always remain.

Ruth’s Book is available now on Amazon. Click here to purchase!

Check out Ruth’s website too!

Podcast Host: Todd Uebele
Special Guest: Ruth Fanshaw
Description by: Yilda Rivera

Guest Season 1

S1, Ep. 13: Rising From the Dust



What is like to free yourself from the chains of anxiety, hopelessness, depressive forces, and remorse? How do you free yourself from the chains that hold you down?

In “Rising from the Dust,” special guest Pastor Tolani Abike Adewole describes how, through multiple miscarriages and inability to retain pregnancies, she was scorned by family members due to her cultural upbringing. She was hurt and labeled by others. Tolani shares how she found in the Word of God the antidote to rise from the entanglements and systems we see ourselves in. She unpacks Isaiah 52:2: “Shake off your dust…Free yourself from the chains on your neck…”

After over 10 years of fighting lies of hopelessness by standing in God’s Word, Tolani conceived and is now blessed with 4 children. She rose from the dust of being called a barren woman and being scorned by her culture. She rose from the dust and broke the chains of despair by standing strong in a space where knowing who God is and who you are in God are the key to remove those chains. “It’s from that position when you begin to rise”—Tolani reveals.

Listen now to this encouraging and uplifting episode. Discover those traits of who God is that will bring you comfort; and see how you are favored, precious, and unconditionally loved. Remove the chains of despair and rise up.

Want to know more? Visit The Well!

Special Guest: MoTolani Abike Adewole
Description by: Yilda Rivera
Podcast Host: Todd Uebele

Guest Season 1

S1, Ep 10: Courage Under Fire: Overcoming Worry and Fear



How can you overcome worry and fear? How can you be filled with a peace beyond your understanding?

Through a battle with cancer, Yilda Rivera found the answer to the questions above in this verse:

“Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”—Philipians 4:6-7

In this episode we have a very special guest, Yilda Rivera. Yilda is a cancer survivor, a wife, mother, engineer and author of the top selling book: Courage Under Fire. In her book and in this episode, Yilda opens up about her battle with breast cancer. The intensely personal story leads us from the cancer diagnosis, through the sometimes painful process of treatment and through to a surprisingly successful outcome. This outcome doesn’t have to do with overcoming cancer, but about overcoming fear and worry. Join us as she describes how God was her rock, helping her overcome fear and worry.

Special Guest: Yilda Rivera
Podcast Host: Todd Uebele

Guest Season 1

S1, Ep 8: God, Our Deliverer



“God is our refuge and strength,
    an ever-present help in trouble.”  ~Psalm 46:1

God is our deliverer.  Sometimes He intervenes directly to deliver us, and sometimes, He delivers us through other people.  Sometimes, he delivers us through professionals who are trained to help us.  In this episode, we are extremely fortunate to have a very special guest, Paul Calcote.  Paul is a husband, young adult pastor and podcaster who loves God, loves people, and loves life. Paul is passionate about encouraging and equipping people to be and do all that God has called them be and do.  In this episode, Paul will share how God delivered him from the bounds of depression, and tell us how it is ok to seek help from others, including professionals. 

Podcast Host: Todd Uebele

Guest Season 1

S1, Ep 6: The 4 Habits of Highly Effective Christians



“And the God of all grace, who called you to his eternal glory in Christ, after you have suffered a little while, will himself restore you and make you strong, firm and steadfast.” (1 Peter 5:10)

In this episode, we are honored to have a very special Guest, the Reverend Dr. Timothy Rogers-Martin, Lead Pastor of Eastminster Presbyterian Church.  Pastor Tim delivers an uplifting message of comfort and grace from 1 Peter 5. 

Podcast Host: Todd Uebele
Special Guest: Dr. Timothy Rogers-Martin