Mickey and Jackie Bailey are founders of a nonprofit organization that built and now operates a self-sustaining orphanage in Zambia. Inspired by their many mission trips to Mississippi following Hurricane Katrina, the Baileys have chosen not to retire but simply, with God's leading, to redeploy their business and people skills in a new arena. Their compassion and perspective are refreshing.
Larry Dempsey, is a husband, father, and grandfather, and among other things, a fisherman and retired pediatric dentist. For nearly 30 years now, he has traveled regularly to Costa Rica to do construction. A Board Member of Costa Rica Missions Projects, he shares how and why this overseas "labor of love" became such a big part of the life of this native North Carolinian.
Two gentlemen who are happily playing in the second half of their game of life, Pete Saunders and Will Robinson, happen to be members of our team here at Life 103.1. Their wisdom is Timeless. They'll share their thoughts on relationships and music and the passing of time - with some personal stories along the way.
Continuing The Mission is a nonprofit organization that pairs highly trained Labrador Retrievers with veterans diagnosed with PTSD. Suzy Lutz's 30-year connection with the Army, her love of dogs, and her compassion for those who return from war changed people make Continuing The Mission a work of her heart.
We've put together an episode of songs that fit with our typical Grace Notes themes, songs that could have been written about our guests and what they stand for. The songs we've highlighted speak to perspective or dependence on others, and their words of encouragement and challenge are timeless in their relevance to navigating this life we share.
Haley Smith, a Lillington native whose story starts with mission service projects as a kid. Her desire to make a difference in the lives of others, in combination with her interest in things international, has taken her to West Africa, as a Peace Corps Volunteer. Haley's honest about missing family and friends, and North Carolina, but she's upbeat about her circumstances and the challenges she faces in Senegal.
A New Year's tribute edition celebrating artists who, sadly, as of this year, are no longer with us. We lost a number of remarkable talents in 2017, Timeless singers and songwriters including among others Fats Domino, Glen Campbell, Joni Sledge, Al Jarreau, Don Williams, Tom Petty, and Chuck Berry.
Earl Wright, founder and chief technician of Project Santa. Earl grew up a sharecropper in a "see-through" house. He and his brother built their bikes from parts found in a local junk yard. For 22 years now, he's spent much of the year collecting and repairing hundreds of bicycles to give away each Christmas.
Cookie Sharum is a Salvation Army Bell Ringer, among other things. Although the Christmas Season finds her in front of a local grocery store, her desire to serve others in both word and deed is yearlong. She's a caregiver for a disabled brother, a longtime nanny, and at her church the administrative assistant and women's ministry coordinator. A North Carolina transplant from West Virginia, Cookie brightens the lives of those around her by sharing both the fun and the meaning of Christmas, and then lives her life throughout the year with that same perspective. The songs she talks about are special favorites of many.
Judy Dixon is a retired school teacher whose early education took place in the family grocery store. Judy now spends time volunteering at the local Boys and Girls Club leading her M&M classes that teach Scripture to 2nd and 3rd graders. Her mission is to make the youngsters feel they are loved and cared for - her passion is contagious; her perspective inspirational.
Andy Anderson, the son of small town Illinois farmer. Drafted during World War II, Andy was stationed in North Africa, participated in the invasion of Sicily, landed in Normandy on D-Day, and ended up in Belgium. Throughout the War Andy carried with him pictures of Josephine, who he eventually married.
Marvin Joyner, a Nash County native and former president of Central Carolina Community College. Marvin will share about his early days on the farm, manufacturing parts for the Mercury Space Program, his time as a student and educator, and his 55 year marriage. Well aware through personal experience of social class distinctions and the needs of others, he's been motivated to volunteer his time and energy to causes that continue to make a real difference.
Bob Boyd, a retired Cummins Incorporated manager whose volunteer service ranges from the American Lung Association to the United Way. Bob is a veteran and family man - his values on the home front translating into 50 years of marriage.
Lucian Brown, an army vet whose tours of duty took him to Germany, Korea, and Iraq. His perspective on life and relationships is an inspiration. Currently a letter carrier, customer service seems instinctive to Lucian as he identifies with people and their circumstances.
Sherron Deal, a retired elementary school principal who says she’s tried every day to live her life according to her calling. For her – for decades – that’s meant inspiring and caring for young people. Doing everything she can to help her youth reach their full potential.