FIJI: From Sickness & Survival to Sustainability & Strength One Man Created A Solution for the Country to Have Clean Water Written by Heidi Ortlip Interview by Kelli Gillespie Fiji is a place known for its breathtaking beaches, world-class surfing and high-end bottled water. But it’s also a country where half the population doesn’t have […]

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GenerateHope. There Is A Way Out. Girls Caught in the Web of Sex Trafficking Written by Samantha Baer She was a young teenager feeling lost and alone. Seeking approval and love, she was led down a path that ultimately destroyed her life. This scenario is all too common for hundreds of girls, who become victims […]

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Transforming the way you see the week so that… Every Monday Matters Written by Nikki Jimenez To many, weekends are the best days of the week, held far superior to any others, particularly in contrast to Mondays. But to others, like Matt Emerzian, Mondays are the best days – because Mondays are days of intentional […]

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Standing Up and Giving Back: Pro Stand Up Paddleboarder Gillian Gibree Written by Mei Ling Starkey When Pro Stand Up Paddleboarder (SUP) Gillian Gibree is not winning competitions, she can still be found in the water giving back to others. From helping with surf camps to teaching water safety instruction, her passion is inspiring others […]

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From Seinfeld, Success & Seeking His Father’s Approval to Three Fishermen and Life-Transforming Faith: Joe Kissack Went From Rock Bottom to Rock Solid Written by Kelli Gillespie Standing on the red carpet at the Emmy Awards, one would think Hollywood executive Joe Kissack was living the American Dream. He had power, wealth, and a loving […]

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Sweet Surrender: Hootie and the Blowfish’s Drummer Jim Sonefeld Leaves A Hard Beat For A New Heart Beat Written by Jess Fierro Standing before nearly 7,000 fans at a recent Hootie and the Blowfish concert, ex-band member Jim Sonefeld preformed one of his new Christian songs with his previous band mates. Later, after hearing only […]

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From Scantily Clad to Truly Glad: Why Model Kylie Bisutti Walked Away from Victoria’s Secret Written by Samantha Baer Being called a “fat cow,” or being told your small frame needs to drop more weight is never something you want to hear, especially if you’re one of the top supermodels in the world. As Victoria […]

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At a time when most kids are graduating college and entering the real world, Clayton Kershaw had become one of the best pitchers in baseball. At a mere 24 years old he’s already won the Pitching Triple Crown, Golden Glove, and the prestigious Cy Young Award, plus he’s a two-time National League All-Star. Being a […]

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Designer Dreams: The Style of Kari Schoeneck Written by Kelli Gillespie From the Midwest to New York City Kari Schoeneck lived out every aspiring designer’s dream. Sewing all her life, she adapted well to the Big Apple, but her talents soon brought her to call San Diego home. Risen caught up with this creative girl […]

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SMALL: Jaim Connor Shares His Story in Schools Across the Country Written by Jaim Connor with Dave Franco Editor’s Note: Every person has been uniquely created and gifted with skills to influence the world. That uniqueness can come in varied forms through speaking, drama, music, technology, relationship building, learning, creativity, or simply serving. TWELVE is […]

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