God is Bigger Than Any Catastrophe – FT4F0057

Where were you on 9/11?

Guy and Vicky Yasika share about their 9/11 experience, which started with Guy at work in the World Trade Center. Over the course of the next few hours, they saw incredible demonstrations of God's faithfulness and goodness.

But the experience didn't stop for them there. Listen to hear how God has seen them through extended periods of financial distress, near foreclosure, Survivor's Guilt, and more. And, in the end, they and their marriage are stronger.

Find hope as you hear their story and discover how God is using what He's done in and trough them to help others.

A Canceled Meeting Saved Guy's Life

Other than the fact that Guy was in early for a meeting, September 11, 2001 was just like any other day. He arrived to the 78th floor and was set up for a conference call, only to learn that it had been canceled.

With nothing to do until the start of the normal workday, Guy made his way down to the 43rd floor with some coworkers to grab some breakfast. It was then that the building shook as the plane hit the tower.

After a few moments, they made their way to the emergency exit, to be greeted by a flood of people making their way down the stairs towards the ground level.

Power in Community

Meanwhile, Vicky had no idea what was going on. Having stayed up late, she slept in and was woken up by a phone call from her father-in-law, asking if she knew where Guy was.

Soon, friends and neighbors had come over, and the mood was very solemn. With little information, they were glued to the TV, watching the events and praying.

While it was soon clear that this was no accident, it was some time before they knew whether Guy was safe.

A Church, a Cab, and a Train

Along with hundreds of other people, Guy made his way down the stairs, often encouraging those around him, with water pouring down the hot stairwell until they reached the lobby of the building. Once outside, Guy found his way to Trinity Church, where he got on his knees to pray and thank God that he'd made it this far.

Once he rose from his knees, he saw something unusual — a cab in New York City with its doors open, with the driver inviting him and his friends to come in. After a short discussion, they determined that the driver could take them to the train station, escaping the collapse of the first tower by just a few minutes.

After Guy got out of the cab, he was able to borrow a phone to call Vicky and let her know he as okay. At the train station, Guy discovered that the last train out was headed exactly where he needed to go and was able to board.

God's Faithfulness

God saw Guy and Vicky through the attack on the World Trade Center, but the ordeal didn't end there. Because of the uncertainty, there were months with no income, the risk of foreclosure, the emotional toll of Survivor's Guilt, and many other challenges in the years that followed.

Still, while many of the survivors of the attack lost their marriages and families, Guy and Vicky came out of this stronger. More aware of God's goodness and faithfulness.

Not because of their perfection, but because of God's mighty power to save.

They are truly aware that “…works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.” Not just because they've read it. But because they've seen it.


Wounded But Not Broken: 9/11 a Decade – Imagine being in the World Trade Center on September 11th. Go down the stairwell with the author's husband as he recounts the events in graphic detail. .Read how God is bigger than any catastrophe or event and how you can suffer and still come through it with joy.

Prefer a copy of Wounded But Not Broken signed by the author at no extra charge? Email Vicky Yasika at yasika@comcast.net.

About Guy and Vicky Yasika

Guy and Vicky Yasika are survivors of the World Trade Center attack of 9/11 who have seen God's redemptive power. Guy was in the building during the attack and his life was spared through a series of incredible events.

Vicky Yasika is the author or Wounded But Not Broken. She was at home during the attack and lived through the uncertainty of Guy's return while God was working all things together.

Together, they have witnessed first-hand God's goodness in the midst of trial and have come out of it stronger on the other side.

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A God Encounter Reveals the Key to Spiritual Strength – FT4F0056

Have you ever wanted to hear a word from the Lord?

terance and audera clark

That's exactly what happened to AuDera Clark in March of 2020. She was awoken in the early morning hours and an angel told her what to do next. And what God revealed to her is valuable for us as well.

We talked about this earlier with Terance on the FXMissions Leadership Moment (episode 213, episode 214, and episode 215). However, this time we’re able to hear from AuDera as well.

It started in the early morning.

Continue reading “A God Encounter Reveals the Key to Spiritual Strength – FT4F0056”

Sharing God Stories on the Yukon River – FT4F0055

We often hear about sending missionaries to foreign countries. And we hear about evangelism efforts in the cities. But what about remote villages in Alaska.

Listen as DJ and Robin Angaiak share how God began to prepare them, called them and provided for them and their entire family to take a months-long trip down the Yukon river in Alaska.

It's an incredible story of God's faithfulness and growth.

As you listen, you’ll learn:

  • Why DJ wasn't sure he wanted to share with Robin what God showed him while flying back from a conference.
  • Why their previous boating experience was no preparation for what was to come.
  • The challenges they faced as they prepared to embark on their first trip down the Yukon.
  • Where they slept while on their trip.
  • The places they could often find people congregating in the villages.
  • How a prayer and a moose reminded them of Scripture.
  • How things turned out differently than expected.

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From the Forefront, interviews with those of the front of Christian missions and ministry. Learn about leadership, life lessons, and more with the monthly, long form podcast brought to you by the creators of the Leadership Moment Podcast, FXMissions.

From The Deadliest Catch to Fishers of Men – the Story of DJ and Robin Angaiak – FT4F0054

If you were to have met them years ago, DJ and Robin Angaiak wound not have been at the top of your list for missionaries. In fact, they were an unlikely couple in so many ways.

Neither had much, if any, relationship with God. Their relationship with each other was unhealthy. There was so much hopelessness and pain.

However, God has an incredible way of not only returning what's been stolen from us, but also in turning it around for our good and the good of those around us.

As you listen, you'll learn:

  • How a key relationship in school opened up DJ's heart years later.
  • How Robin's insatiable search for something more and reading William Shakespeare opened Robin's eyes to the Gospel.
  • Why the journey from God's calling to actually stepping into missions took so long (and how knowing about call kept them going).

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From the Forefront, interviews with those of the front of Christian missions and ministry. Learn about leadership, life lessons, and more with the monthly, long form podcast brought to you by the creators of the Leadership Moment Podcast, FXMissions.

The Surprising Way God Protected Will and Etta Shehee in Uganda – FT4F0053

Before leaving for Uganda, Will Shehee felt like he and his family had a word from God – that God would protect them. In some ways, that made him feel invincible.

But as he and Etta share in their second episode together with Scott they were far from invincible. 

Still, God showed His incredible faithfulness and used incredible tragedy to strengthen their faith and to reveal a much deeper truth.

As you listen, you’ll learn: 

  • Why Will felt like they would be invincible.
  • What happened when tragedy struck.
  • How God provided support for them in Uganda, and prepared them for this difficulty.
  • What it was like to release even this tragedy to God.
  • How God was faithful to Will and Etta to share a deeper truth  with them on the same day.
  • What they would like for you to remember when you’re facing challenges or tragedies.

This is a powerful and touching story. But even more – it’s a story of God’s goodness.

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From the Forefront, interviews with those of the front of Christian missions and ministry. Learn about leadership, life lessons, and more with the monthly, long form podcast brought to you by the creators of the Leadership Moment Podcast, FXMissions.

Are Conspiracy Theories Biblical? – FT4F0052

Francesco Abortivi rejoins the podcast for this discussion with Scott about conspiracy theory, related to a featured article FXMissions Blog that Francesco authored.  Conspiracies can ruin your life, as the Bible is clear. 

Take your medicine, and push back as needed, but don't fail to ready your mind to resist the seduction of conspiracies. This will help you.

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From the Forefront, interviews with those of the front of Christian missions and ministry. Learn about leadership, life lessons, and more with the monthly, long form podcast brought to you by the creators of the Leadership Moment Podcast, FXMissions.

How God Showed His Faithfulness Through Culture Shock and Disaster in Uganda – FT4F0051

Have you ever found yourself in the face of fear or loss wondering if God is REALLY going to see you through it?

It's at one of those times that Will and Etta Shehee learned a key truth about God's faithfulness – that it's EXACTLY when we want to question God that we most need to remind ourselves of God's faithfulness. That's when they learned that they could rest in God's goodness to see them through, no matter what the outcome.

As you listen, you'll discover

  • How being in Uganda for a few months still didn't prepare them for the shock of really moving their lives there.
  • How simple cultural expectations caused MASSIVE confusion.
  • How God prepared them for a very trying season using a pregnancy.
  • How God turned a driver afraid for his life back around to help Will and Etta, and how his actions may have saved their lives.
  • How God had just the right people in the right places at the right time.

You're sure to be encouraged in our faith and challenged in your walk. I know I was.

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From the Forefront, interviews with those of the front of Christian missions and ministry. Learn about leadership, life lessons, and more with the monthly, long form podcast brought to you by the creators of the Leadership Moment Podcast, FXMissions.

The Great Opportunity: Making Disciples of Jesus in Every Vocation – FT4F0049

Join FromTheForeFront Special Edition as we discuss Dave Buehring's new book. 

Vocational Discipleship is an emerging term (and reality) in our times, and God has given him some revelation and application that will help us get up to speed! Get your copy for Kindle on Amazon now, and the book on on it's official release on Amazon March 30, 2021. 

Find out more about Dave, his team, and their significant contribution in disciple making at Lionshare.org

Find Dave's book, The Great Opportunity on Amazon.