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Lisa Bridgen lives in Clovis and spends her day loving hundreds of high school students as a Teacher Librarian in Fresno Unified. She desires to see women of all ages be women of God and not of the world, to seek His face not the approval of others and to love Jesus and others deeply! She is mildly in love with all things coffee, including having wonderfully deep conversations about Jesus and life while holding a cup! She also has a love of exclamation points and she’s not ashamed of it!!!!

Read more of Lisa’s story HERE.

Check out Lisa’s STG articles HERE.

 

 

 

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Melissa Danisi is the Co-Founder of Self Talk the Gospel and serves at The Well Community Church, encouraging and equipping women by teaching God’s word and shepherding leaders. Her greatest passion is to see women walk in the freedom of the Gospel and grow in their love of Jesus through the study of Scripture, which led to writing bible studies on Ephesians, Philippians, Sermon on the Mount, Spiritual Disciplines, and most recently Genesis. She is currently pursuing her Master’s Degree in “Pastoral Care to Women” from Western Seminary and has been married to her very Italian husband for 9 years.

More about Melissa’s story HERE.

Read Melissa’s STG articles HERE.

 

 

 

 

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Dorina Lazo Gilmore is a mama to three active girls and currently teaches at California State University, Fresno. When she isn’t chasing her girls around, she loves to write, cook and create. She’s published three books for children, a volume of poetry and blogs at www.AlohaGilmores.blogspot.com. She also shepherds mamas as the Coordinator of MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers) at The Bridge Church in Fresno.

Read more about Dorina’s story HERE.

Read Dorina’s STG articles HERE.

 

 

 

 

 

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Beth Nicoletto serves as the Co-Founder of Self Talk the Gospel and is passionate about shepherding and challenging others to continually grow in their relationships with the Lord. Most importantly, you must know that Beth will only eat a PB&J if it has potato chips inside. There’s really no other way. You can also find her writing over at www.bethnicoletto.com. She is married to Garrett and they have one daughter, Gia, and a son arriving late November 2015.

More about Beth’s story HERE.

Read Beth’s STG articles HERE.

 

 

 

 

 

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Jen Rumley is a wife to a pastor hubby and a mom to three little boys on earth and one in Heaven. She is learning to break free of the shackles of insecurity and people pleasing, and grateful for a God who is patient in her struggles with pride and selfishness. She loves all things people, especially over coffee and good food, but cherishes her alone time that she sneaks in ever so often. She is a recovering control freak and is learning to embrace the thick dust that often lays piled up on furniture in her home, along with dried food smudges left by kiddos. If there were two things that she hopes her life would be marked by would be that she loved God and loved people well.

More about Jen’s story HERE.

Read Jen’s STG articles HERE.

 

 

 

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Amy Young is readjusting to messy middle of life in the US after more than twenty years in China and the recent death of her dad. When she first moved to China she knew three Chinese words: hello, thank you and watermelon. Often the only words really needed in life. She is known to jump in without all the facts and blogs regularly at messymiddle.com and tweets as @amyinbj and is the most unbeautiful pinner Pinterest has ever seen (but she’s having fun!).

More of Amy’s story HERE.

Read Amy’s STG articles HERE.

 

 

Our Contributors

 

 

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Meghan Alanis has a heart for men and women that struggle with Anxiety and Depression. Her lengthy battle with both of those molded her into the woman she is today, living in freedom from that bondage. Another chapter of her story includes growing up as the daughter of a Police Officer and recently the Lord has put on her heart to grow a ministry for families of first responders of all kinds. Meghan lives in California with her husband Matt and their beautiful daughter Ava. She prays her transparency and authenticity of her love for Christ and the Gospel will speak through her story and meet others exactly where they are. Meghan just published her first novel, Life Behind His Shield in early 2013. To contact her for speaking engagements please click HERE.

More about Meghan’s story HERE.

Read Meghan’s STG articles HERE.

 

 

 

 

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Jen Bell is a southern girl at heart, having spent her childhood in a quiet town in Oklahoma where all that matters is the Friday night lights.  She is married to Brad Bell who pastors at the Well Community Church.   They have two daughters who could be called “Night” and “Day” (in no particular order) and bring them great joy even though one is on the brink of the teenage years.   She has a passion for discipleship and going back to the “ancient paths” and hopes to be a woman who speaks the truth in love for the glory of God.  She and her husband converted their suburban backyard into a mini farm complete with grapevines and chickens, therefore much of their free time is spent tending and cultivating the growing things.

Read Jen’s STG articles HERE.

 

 

 

 

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Whitney Bunker is a child adopted into the family of God, a wife to a local pastor and mom to 7 year old Angelina. She is passionate about people loving Jesus and the least of these, especially vulnerable children. Her husband and her are co-founders of a faith-based non-profit called City Without Orphans where there vision is to see a church community that is known for caring for these children and living out the gospel in tangible ways.

Read Whitney’s STG articles HERE.

 

 

 

 

 

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Darlene Hanson was born in California but grew up in several states including California, Nebraska, Hawaii and Oregon.  She has been married for 31 years and has two daughters and two grand children. Darlene and her husband Eric have lived in Fresno for the past 25 years.  They enjoy working with Fresno State Athletics serving the medical needs of the student athletes.  They also enjoy yearly mission trips to serve the Hill Tribe Villages in Northern Thailand.  One of Darlene’s biggest passions is to disciple young women.

Read more about Darlene’s story HERE.

Read Darlene’s STG articles HERE.

 

 

 

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Paige Harris is a nature enthusiast who enjoys the beauty and simplicity of good conversations and long walks. She is a fourth grade teacher who lives for strong cups of coffee, bear hugs, journaling, and camping.

Read Paige’s STG articles HERE.

 

 

 

 

 

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Sybil Kolbert lives in Clovis, California with her husband, Matt, and three children. She spends a portion of her week serving students with autism as a School Psychologist in the Fresno area. The rest of her week is devoted to nurturing relationships with family and friends. Most recently, she has developed a passion for leading and encouraging women, with the objective of inspiring them to discover their value and purpose in Christ. Sybil believes that everybody has a story to tell. She tells her story on her blog, Peace it all Together.

Read Sybil’s STG articles HERE.

 

 

 

 

 

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Allie Penner has a heart for those suffering, especially in the area of cancer, as this has affected her family on multiple fronts. Despite the many trials in her life, she has sensed God’s sovereignty and purpose throughout. Allie lives in Clovis with her husband Jesse and two children, Jedidiah and Riley. She currently works part time as a surgical nurse and full time as a maid, chef, and chauffeur. Allie loves cooking, getting a good workout in, and most of all, laughing with family and friends.

Read Allie’s STG articles HERE.

 

 

 

 

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Michele Slayden lives in Clovis, but is a native Texan (with the accent to prove it!) She currently works as the bookkeeper for her husband’s non-profit, Off The Front, which reaches underprivileged kids in the Fresno/Clovis area. She is a dedicated wife and mom to three girls, Madison, Cali, and Ella. God has brought her through many challenges but none of which she would trade for anything. She loves investing in others and watching them grow in their understanding of The One True God. Michele loves coffee and great conversation, spending time with family and friends, cycling, reading, writing, and laughing!

More of Michele’s story HERE.

Read Michele’s STG articles HERE.

 

 

 

 

 

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Jaime Strmiska lives in Fresno, California, and works with the Spiritual Formation Team at The Well Community Church. Besides her love of writing, she enjoys pointing others to Christ, having non-surface-y convos. She and her husband, Matt, also have an inkling for diving into other cultures and adventures. Her desire is to be a woman after God’s own heart and to encourage others in that same journey.

More about Jaime’s story HERE.

Read Jaime’s STG articles HERE.

 

 

 

 

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Jessica Visser is the wife of a third generation dairy farmer and mommy of five. After teaching 1st grade for a few years, Jessica became a full time mom when the Lord chose to bless them with children.  She now spends her days at the dairy with her 2 boys while her 2 daughters attend a local Christian school where Jessica volunteers much of her time.  As the mommy of 5 children the Lord has gifted her with the task of raising 4. Her oldest son went to be with the Lord in 2007 when he was just 8 weeks old.  The Lord continues to show His goodness to the Visser family and Jessica is humbled by the opportunity to testify to God’s faithfulness in her life. To contact her for speaking engagements please click HERE.

More about Jessica’s story HERE.

Read Jessica’s STG articles HERE.

 

 

 

 

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Whitney Woollard has served in ministry alongside her husband Neal for over seven years. She is most passionate about equipping others to read and study God’s Word well, resulting in maturing affections for Christ and a growing understanding of his gospel message. She enjoys drinking coffee, reading theology, talking about Jesus, being outside, going on runs, and spending time with family. Neal and Whitney currently live in Portland, OR where they love serving and supporting the local church.

More of Whitney’s story HERE.

Read Whitney’s STG articles HERE.

 

 

 

 

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