Unconventional Ministry
Unconventional Ministry S2 EP2 with Ray and Sue Heinen

Unconventional Ministry S2 EP2 with Ray and Sue Heinen

February 11, 2020

Husband and wife Ray and Sue Heinen both have a passion for making the Gospel available in the Middle East and North Africa. As part of the SAT-7 family, they each bring unique perspective into the challenges of the Arabic Church. Ray serves as the Director of Ministry Partnerships with SAT-7 while Sue does volunteer work for the ministry.

Unconventional Ministry S2 EP1 Wes Halula

Unconventional Ministry S2 EP1 Wes Halula

February 4, 2020

Mr. Halula is a Hollywood producer, writer, and director. He has a background in theater and film and previously did improv work for faith-based organizations, incorporating Biblical lessons in real-life scenarios (kind of a modern-day parable). His work shifted more towards film as he rebranded his production company to Pacific Daylight Films. He has experience screenwriting with Disney and working with nonprofit organizations like Compassion International, helping tell stories through film. He enjoys the challenge of learning to tell stories in new, unique ways, hoping to strengthen the faith of others in helping share stories that inspire. 

Unconventional Ministry #43 with Farah Saada (Part 2/2)

Unconventional Ministry #43 with Farah Saada (Part 2/2)

January 28, 2020

Ms. Saada is the Chief Operating Officer at Hope for Ishmael. She is the daughter of Tass Saada, a former Fatah fighter and sniper under Yasser Arafat. She tells his story of how he came to America as an immigrant and started a family, later becoming a new man after accepting Jesus as his Savior. She shares her perspective as well, explaining what it was like being raised initially with a Muslim background and a father she felt very distant from for much of her life. Once her dad became a Christian, he felt God gave him a mission to reconcile Arabs and Jews, and he founded the nonprofit Hope for Ishmael. The whole family is involved with this organization now, operating both in the US and the Middle East.

Unconventional Ministry #42 with Farah Saada (Part 1/2)

Unconventional Ministry #42 with Farah Saada (Part 1/2)

January 21, 2020

Ms. Saada is the Chief Operating Officer at Hope for Ishmael. She is the daughter of Tass Saada, a former Fatah fighter and sniper under Yasser Arafat. She tells his story of how he came to America as an immigrant and started a family, later becoming a new man after accepting Jesus as his Savior. She shares her perspective as well, explaining what it was like being raised initially with a Muslim background and a father she felt very distant from for much of her life. Once her dad became a Christian, he felt God gave him a mission to reconcile Arabs and Jews, and he founded the nonprofit Hope for Ishmael. The whole family is involved with this organization now, operating both in the US and the Middle East.

Unconventional Ministry #41 with Dan Meers

Unconventional Ministry #41 with Dan Meers

January 10, 2020

Mr. Meers comes to work every day in a suit and tail, working as the Kansas City Chiefs football mascot KC Wolf. He has donned the wolf suit for over 30 years, traveling across the country speaking at a variety of events for all ages. He sustained a major injury in 2013 while practicing a stunt for his job and nearly didn’t survive. Miraculously, he recovered and ended up publishing his story (now a 2x published author). He sees his work as a platform to impact others for Christ. He has a real enthusiasm for life and strives to make a lasting impact in his career, family, and ministry.  

Unconventional Ministry #40 with Eirinn Abu

Unconventional Ministry #40 with Eirinn Abu

December 10, 2019

Mr. Abu is a well-known saxophone player who has combined his love of music with ministry in more recent years. He graduated from Shepherd College and James Madison University studying music but sold his saxophone soon afterwards to begin a career as a salesman. He quickly rose through the ranks doing entrepreneurial work, but later rediscovered his passion for music when he bought a saxophone from a pawn shop. He made a name for himself in Nashville and toured around the country for 5 years before settling down in Florida with his wife Brandy. He now enjoys playing for churches and is doing a lineup of Christmas concerts in Florida. His most recent album is a collection of Hymns.

Unconventional Ministry #39 with Pastor Dan Lloyd

Unconventional Ministry #39 with Pastor Dan Lloyd

December 3, 2019

Pastor Dan is the lead pastor of the newly formed Cascadia Church in Federal Way, WA. He was born in Alaska and came to Washington State with his parents as a child. He found Jesus at a Billy Graham crusade when he was in high school. He attended college at Biola University and Talbot School of Theology and began his career planting churches in the Pacific Northwest. Cascadia Church is unconventional in that it allows the congregation to dialogue with the pastor at the sermon’s conclusion, a time he calls “flock talk.” He is also the host of a new radio show “Pastor to Pastor” where he speaks with pastors across the country and interacts with listeners.  

Unconventional Ministry #38 with Jeannie Marie

Unconventional Ministry #38 with Jeannie Marie

November 26, 2019

Ms. Marie is an author, nonprofit strategy mobilizer, speaker, and nonprofit board member. Her most recent book is titled “Across the Street and Around the World” released in Oct. 2018. She grew up as a Third Culture Kid in the Philippines and did some work there translating scripture. She also was a missionary for a brief time in India before moving with her family back to America. She desired to reach other cultures with Christ, and when she befriended an Iraqi refugee in her neighborhood, she began to consider helping other refugees as a calling. Her book is directed towards those wrestling with their calling and helping others develop a new perspective on overseas work.

Unconventional Ministry #37 with Charles Jones

Unconventional Ministry #37 with Charles Jones

November 19, 2019

Mr. Jones is the Senior Area Director for Europe, the Middle East, and Liberia for the International Ministries (IM) of the American Baptist Churches. He was raised in Liberia and left in 1988 to study in the US. He desired to return to Liberia but was unable due to war in the country. He became involved with the American Baptist Mission Center in Pennsylvania and has worked with International Ministry for 22 years. IM is the oldest international mission agency in the US with a cross-cultural mission to invite people to become disciples of Jesus Christ and to proclaim, through both word and deed, God’s reign of justice, peace and abundant life for all creation. IM is also a partner ministry to SAT-7.

Unconventional Ministry #36 with Dave Vander Veen

Unconventional Ministry #36 with Dave Vander Veen

November 12, 2019

Mr. Vander Veen is the Executive Director at Manna Media Inc., a nonprofit which produces Christian media with a goal of pointing people to Christ. He has a background in real estate and land development, gaining an online presence with the introduction of the Internet. He soon had a desire to use media to advance God’s kingdom. What started as a local Christian newspaper online became a nonprofit which incorporated video and social media. He enjoys sharing stories of Christians to relate to people from all walks of life and telling people of the amazing things God is doing.