On today’s show, Open Doors USA President and CEO David Curry tells us about the shocking levels of persecution facing Christian churches in China. We also look at (another) controversial Christian comic book currently in the works, hear about Mindy Kaling’s record-breaking new movie, learn how Jaden Smith teamed up with a local church to help fight the Flint water crisis and a lot more!



1.Small Pools, “People Watching”

2.Boy Pablo, “Feeling Lonely”

3.Another Sky, “Apple Tree”

  1. I’ve done two half marathons (one I didn’t really train for, and I paid the price), and I am currently training for a full marathon happening at the end of summer.

    After hearing about World Vision’s 6K, I’ve signed up to be a site leader and we’re going to be putting one together in my city. I’ve got a couple of businesses interested and involved, and I’m excited to see how much can be raised for this great cause!

  2. Last year my wife and I spent 3 weeks traveling around New Zealand in a camper van. Part of our trip, we thought it would be fun to do a multi-day hike where each night you stay in an eco lodge, you know to see the country side like a hobbit would. This particular hike was three days, and 60k total… or 32 miles for the american. Side note, Kiwis call hikes over there, walks so the intensity of the whole three day trip was downplayed right out the gate. We are relatively fit and hike a few times a week so we thought it would be doable. We spent 2 months prior in the gym and hiking around our area to prep for the big trek. When we finally started out on the hike it was apparent that this ‘walk’ was more like a 3800 ft mountain climb and the weather was not pleasant like in the photos but rainy, muddy, windy and cold (it is in New Zealand after all). We slogged through it and by the end we were limping, bug bitten, and delirious. My wife cried a few times and I ended up really sick afterwards. However, at the end of the day, looking back on it, it was quite fun. The scenery was breathtaking, the eco lodges were warm and comfortable and the people we met on the way were cheery and friendly. My friend calls it type 2 fun which is the type of fun that is only fun when looking back.

  3. Is this where I post a response to the question of the week? If not here it is anyway.

    When I was in college I decided to sign up to do a marathon the same way you make impulse buys on online shopping. I’m a fairly athletic person and thought I could at least will my way to the finish line. My longest training run was 14 miles which was not enough. In the 17th mile of the race I hit a wall, every step was a quad cramp. I finished the last 9 miles at the pace of an old lady with a walker, but kept the motion and cadence of a runner so it wouldn’t look as bad to onlookers. I could barely walk for the next couple days and shuffled around campus to my classes. I have not gone on a run since… that was 7 years ago.

  4. My friend and I were excited to do a half marathon. We had been running separately but decided we should train together. 10 minutes into our first run my pinky was itching so bad. A few moments later, I started feeling nauseous. Not wanting to look like a weak person I kept going. And then I couldn’t anymore. We started walking back to the house. We get into the neighborhood and I can’t go any further. Her husband who was waiting at the house came and got us and I start blacking out in the back seat. We make it to my house walk up the steps and I pass out in the foyer. The family who I was living with call 911 and I wake up just long enough to realize I had wet myself and pass back out. Ambulance shows up and I wake up. I am verbally upset because I did not want to ‘pay for the ambulance ride’. I get in and go to the hospital and go straight to a ‘corner suite’ where my visitors could come and make sure I was good. ER docs said I had an allergic reaction but couldn’t tell me what from. To this day I still don’t know what happened and haven’t run a half marathon. I now exercise with an Epi-Pen because I am allergic to exercise.

  5. A few years ago, my sister asked me to join her Tour de Cure team. Tour de Cure is a 35-mile bike race to raise money and awareness for the American Diabetes Association. The race was going to take place in a different city than I lived, and I was unfamiliar with the route or the terrain. Months before the race, our team was raising money and going on bike rides. My goal was to ride 5-10 miles three times a week, and to run and strength train on the other days. I went on one 15 mile bike ride, but it was hard to find time to ride farther than that. I figured if I could go about halfway, I could make it through the race. On the day of the race, my friend and I broke away from the rest of our team as our competitive spirits drove us to go faster. Unfortunately, I am incredibly directionally- challenged (and did not have my phone with me), and we go lost. After an hour of trying to figure out where we were, we found a gas station and asked for directions to get to the end point of the race. Instead of a 35 miles ride, we ended up riding almost 60 miles that day! It took me three days to be able to walk normally after that. 🙂

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