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Why Choose Dental Implants? With the exception of growing children, dental implants can beneit people of all ages – even those with existing health concerns. Appearance. Dental implants look and function like your natural teeth while increasing your self-assurance and selfimage. Unlike removable dentures that slip, click and make you look and feel older than you are, dental implants give you the conidence to speak and eat without fear of embarrassing slips or clicking sounds. Tooth and jawbone preservation. Unlike bridges that require the cutting down or reshaping of healthy neighboring teeth, dental implants are self-sustaining because they are independently placed and fuse with the jawbone. Integration of the implant with the jawbone also helps prevent bone loss, which often accompanies bridgework and dentures. Unlike ixed bridges and removable dentures that rest on top of the gum line and do not maintain or preserve the jawbone, dental implants are placed in, and fuse with, the

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jawbone to form a lasting bond that maintains and helps preserve bone density in the same manner as healthy, natural teeth. Reliability. Dental implants have a success rate of 95% over 20 years. Cost effectiveness. Depending on the number of teeth being replaced, dental implant tooth replacement may, in the long run, actually cost less than traditional bridgework. Also, bridges and dentures usually need to be replaced every 7-15 years. Over time, replacement costs associated with bridgework and dentures may far exceed the initial cost of dental implants.

The Dental Implant Team? Dental implant placement is a smooth procedure that involves the cooperation of you and the oral healthcare team that will provide you with a beautiful, natural looking and functioning replacement tooth. Your dental implant team is typically composed of you, your restorative dentist, and the oral and maxillofacial surgeon who will place the implant. You are the key member of the team, and all aspects of your case will be discussed with you before the procedure is scheduled.

What is an Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon? Oral and maxillofacial surgery is the specialty of dentistry that includes the diagnosis, surgical and adjunctive treatment of diseases, injuries and defects involving both the functional and aesthetic aspects of the hard and soft tissues of the oral and maxillofacial region. An oral and maxillofacial surgeon is a graduate of an accredited dental school who has completed an additional four or more years of training in an accredited, hospitalbased oral and maxillofacial surgery residency program. They are certiied by the American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery.

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ON OUR COVER O ering a Hand Up

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5 NATURAL BEAUTY Aloe Vera

7 SUPER FOOD Matcha

10 EXERCISE Core Crusher

12 HEALTHY BODY Be Fit Through Thick And Thin!

15 RECIPE White Bean Chili

16 DISCOVER Holiday Time Management Tips

18 MIGHTY KIDS Written Notes of Gratitude

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rowing up, I remember getting a sunburn or cut and my mother constantly grabbing aloe vera lotion to sooth my pain. Instantly I would feel relief along with a cooling sensation, so naturally, as I got older and would still manage to not quite put enough sunscreen on, or when I would every so carelessly get a burn from my curling iron, I too would grab aloe vera. Even though it was introduced to me at an early age, I had no idea what this magical plant had to offer. Taking care of my body has become a huge priority and because of this I have had to step back and reevaluate the products I use, especially when it comes to skincare and beauty. It’s amazing how many brands use harsh chemicals that can take a toll on your body. For me, I have become such an advocate for implementing natural remedies into my beauty routine. During my research I was totally blown away by how great

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an aloe vera plant is for your overall health. Plus, I’m obsessed with the fact that you can literally grow your own in the comfort of your home. Easy and convenient, sign me up! So here’s what I found out; Aloe Vera is a super-cool, super-plant that can be taken internally or applied externally. It has been used since the ancient Egyptians, who called it the “plant of immortality” (no wonder they used it) and contains over 75 different nutrients, vitamins and minerals – wow! It is an anti-inlammatory and contains antibacterial and anti-fugal properties. It provides a hydrating, no-grease feel and is considered a growth hormone that produces new skin, helping it to heal and repair quickly. Super healthy, right?! Plus, when skinning your own plant, it allows you see the effects immediately, as well as making it beyond affordable to use everyday!

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Gratitude The time is right for us to relect on the past year, pausing to gratefully acknowledge the events of our lives. Has the year been good to you, inancially, in relationships, health-wise? Or has there been bad luck, misfortune, hard times? It’s di cult to see positives when setbacks and tragedy occurs. But wisdom tells us that being grateful for all experiences is a practice that changes our lives for the better. Through good and bad times, take Kipling’s advice: “…meet with Triumph and Disaster and treat those two imposters just the same.” Don’t dwell on the adversity or the blessings. Express thankfulness for the beneits of each. Reacting with gratitude brings happiness and success. Hal G Fox Publisher

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CORE CRUSHER FLATTEN YOUR MID-SECTION By: Tami Charbonnet | Model: Linda Ellender | Photographer : Milestone Photography

CONDITIONING THE MUSCLES LOCATED AROUND THE ABDOMINAL REGION AND SPINE OR “THE CORE” IS TOUGH, BUT NECESSARY FOR A HEALTHY LEVEL OF FITNESS. ALONG WITH HEALTHY NUTRITION, THE FOLLOWING EXERCISES WILL HELP MAXIMIZE OPTIMUM POSTURE AND STABILITY, LOWER RISK OF INJURY, AND DEVELOP A STRONG, TIGHT AND TONED MID-SECTION. 1. FOREARM PLANK WITH OPTIONAL ARM LIFT EXTENSION brace core tightly and create a straight line from the base of the neck to the ankles. Shoulders must remain directly over the elbows. If the back begins to sink, bring the knees to the loor and begin again.

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Lift legs around a 45-degree angle, or when you feel your lower back arch away from the loor. Hold for as long as you can!!!! Be sure to keep your head and shoulders off the loor and your lower back pressed into loor. With your core tight and tucked, use your abs to return to the starting position. Relax and recover. Repeat for one minute. Keep your abs engaged as you perform this move. If it gets too hard, bend knees as you lower down.

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Lie face-up on a lat surface. Rest arms alongside the body with palms facing up. Extend legs out long and lift to a 45-degree angle then to above the hips. Slowly drop legs back to 45 degrees and repeat. The spine MUST be anchored to the loor. If you feel the spine lift off loor, bend the knees and repeat until your core is strong enough to extend legs and anchor spine without coming off the loor.


5 4 ADVANCED BONUS MOVE: Tighten the core, arms and butt with resistance bands

5. SCISSOR EXTENSIONS

4. SIMPLE SIDE PLANK WITH CRUNCH OPTION: Roll onto the side of body; lift hips off the loor and balance on one forearm. Contract the abdominal muscles and bend arm gently, and allow hand to rest aside the head for balance. Come down to one knee if needed. Use your breath to guide movement. For a high option, bring the elbow toward the midline of the chest and then back to start position. Hold for one minute and switch sides.

Raise both legs toward the ceiling. Keeping them straight, lower your left leg about 6 inches off the loor. Switch legs and repeat on the other side. Try to complete 20 repetitions without stopping. If this move is too dificult or you feel discomfort, modify my bending the knees and starting with 10 repetitions.

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* Stand on resistance band with feet hip width apart holding handles with both hands. Bend knees slightly, hinge forward from hips keeping chest lifted. Lift elbows out to sides of body to create tension and engage the arms and upper body. Squeeze the butt and kick the heel slowly back and away from midline. Keeping tension, repeat for 1 min on each side. Relax between sets.

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“One person's ideal body weigh may be complete t ly different to another's.”

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BE FIT THROUGH THICK AND THIN! By Tami Charbonnet

eing it is not about being skinny or fat. Natural body weight is as extraordinary and unique as your personality, talents and genetic gifts. According to research, “Body Mass Index (BMI) is not an accurate predictor of ideal weight— BMI measures body fat, but ignores factors such as body type, genetics, and muscle mass.” Your body is an exclusive entity- unlike anyone else's. We are human, thus genetically unique and different. In terms of health and happiness we must not compare ourselves to others or focus on numbers. Instead ask yourself: Do you remember a time when you felt healthy? Do you remember a time when you were eating well without depriving yourself of food? If you need a numeric “goal,” make it your goal to return to your healthiest and happiest weight. But be careful, it may not be attainable to

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return to the same weight you were as a teenager or before you gave birth to children. Our body composition changes with age and life experiences. We have to make the choice to be the best version of our genetic makeup. How much should you weigh for your height & age? Although there is no speciic weight ideal for every person at the same age, we will explore this common question. Body weight must include several factors including age, muscle-fat ratio, height, sex, and bone density. Researchers claim “Body Mass Index is inaccurate as it does not account for muscle mass, and that waist-hip ratio is a better method.” However, “one person's ideal body weight may be completely different to another's.” Never compare yourself to family and friends. These comparisons ignore

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To be strong, t and healthy, one must exercise daily for at least 30 minutes and eat fresh, nutrient dense foods.

comparisons of height, bone density, genes, and even age. Instead, get the facts! Below is a chart to help ind an estimate of where you should be according to the latest BMI chart. However, meet with a health professional, itness professional, or a registered dietitian to help safely guide you to your ideal weight for maximum

According to researchers at Changing Shape in Vancouver, WA, the following is an ideal body weight chart for women. Find more information at www. changingshape.com health and happiness. In the most simple terms: To be strong, it and healthy, one must exercise daily for at least 30 minutes and eat fresh, nutrient dense foods.

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help our pets live a pain free existence, do they appreciate what it is we are trying to do for them? As a veterinarian, I truly believe our pets understand that the care and efforts we take on their behalf to maintain or to improve the quality of their lives are things that they “get”; although they may not show it immediately (especially when you are trying to give a pill to your cat…. mine hisses at me). Many times, my feline patients rub against me or want to be touched after they start to heal or feel better after a treatment or a surgery for a debilitating or painful problem. But the wag of a dog's tail or the purr of a cat shows that there is an emotional part of their brain that appreciates us. And, at the least, they forgive our efforts on their behalf; and, at the most, they thank us daily for what we do for them.

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White Bean Chili This is a nice alternative to red chili. It has a Southwestern flair and is chock-full of vegetables and beans. A true crowd-pleaser! INGREDIENTS • 2 15-ounce cans cannellini beans, rinsed and drained, divided • 2 cups vegetable stock, divided • 1 celery stalk, diced • 1 onion, diced • 4 garlic cloves, minced • 1 jalapeño pepper, seeded and minced • 1 red bell pepper, seeded and diced • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro • 1 cup frozen corn Yields: 4–6 servings Prep Time: 20 minutes Cook Time: 30 minutes

• 1½ cups canned white hominy, rinsed and drained • ½ teaspoon ground cumin • ½ teaspoon ground coriander • 1 teaspoon chili powder • 2 tablespoons nutritional yeast flakes • 2 teaspoons lime juice • One 8-ounce can green chili peppers • ¾ teaspoon sea salt • ¼ teaspoon black pepper

DIRECTIONS  Place half of the cannellini beans in a blender with 1 cup of vegetable stock and blend until smooth and creamy.  In a large soup pot over medium-high heat, sauté celery, onion, garlic, jalapeño, and bell pepper in ½ cup of the vegetable stock.  To the pot of vegetables, add remaining ½ cup vegetable stock, remaining half of the beans, creamy bean mixture, and remaining ingredients. Cook over medium heat for 20–30 minutes or until vegetables are tender and broth is creamy 

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HOLIDAY Time Management Tips By Michele Robert Poche

Tis the season to be busy. From last minute shopping and perpetual gift-wrapping to competitive home decorating and remorseless gingerbread eating, how can we get it all done? With a little tweaking in the time management department, you can be as industrious as one of Santa’s elves this holiday season.

01 02 03 04 05 MAKE A LIST … AND CHECK IT TWICE. Actually, make as many lists as you need. Gift lists, party lists, holiday activities with kids lists … these little gems should be kept handy (I store mine in my phone so they’re always with me) to keep you organized, to enable you to multi-task on the go and, most importantly, to prevent you from forgetting anything.

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TRIM THE TREE AND THE FAT. Take a look at your schedule as well as your daily/weekly/ monthly routine to see what tasks can be eliminated for now. Doctor visits, cleaning out the attic and tackling that tricky recipe? They can all wait. Wait ‘til the new year, close the trap door and pull out the crock pot to make life easier for a while so you can get things done.

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PLUG YOURSELF IN. Electronics are your friends. Use them! Shop on your own time with Amazon, eBay and other commerce websites. Schedule appointments and events then receive the necessary reminders for them with your calendar. Pinch pennies with coupon apps like Retail Me Not and Ibotta. Spread holiday greetings and invitations via social media, messaging and email.

PERFECT THE ART OF SAYING “NO!” Truly, I feel like a hypocrite even typing these words, but I’m committed to this effort. It’s a work in progress. And every time I manage to keep yet another obligation from piling up on my plate, it’s a victory. It’s like getting a little time handed right back to me. And who among us can’t use more time?

PERFECT THE ART OF SAYING “YES!” (Well, now I’m just being ridiculous, right?) The secret to keeping it together is taking the time to breathe. Don’t get so caught up in the hustle and bustle that you don’t stop to enjoy yourself. Whether you have no children, young children or even grandchildren, memories are being made year after year. Don’t miss being a part of them.


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Written Notes of Gratitude Reviving a Lost Art By Michele Robert Poche

As a young mom, I remember hearing a rule of thumb on children’s birthday parties: If your guests are present when you open gifts, you needn’t write thank you notes. I also remember being surprised when I heard this was a sloppy approach to parenting. Is this a teaching moment?

“Feeling gratitude and not expressing it is like wrapping a present and not giving it.” William Arthur Ward

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Feeling appreciated is often what motivates us to repeat the same behavior. Therefore, expressing your thanks is not only proper etiquette, it’s also a great way to pay it forward and ensure that these same acts of kindness will be bestowed on others again and again. Thank you notes or, more eloquently put, letters of gratitude, are becoming a lost art. But they shouldn’t be written merely for tangible gifts. Here are just a few intangible reasons for which a child might consider penning a letter to his or her generous benefactor. • For the teacher who works to help him qualify for the honors program • For the classmate who takes notes all day for a friend when she is absent • For the coach who meets with him on weekends to help him better his game • For the music instructor who accompanies her on her own time at a competition • For the neighbor who “hires” him for spare jobs here and there • For the friend who comes over with clothes and helps her dress for her irst day at a new school • For the nurses who recreate trick-or-treating at the doctor’s ofice because he is too sick to celebrate Halloween • For the scout leader who makes an extra costume for her so she won’t feel left out at the party

Author’s Note: All of the above are non-iction examples from the lives of my children.


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ON THE MARKET'S EDGE A Shopping Plan For Better Health By Tami Charbonnet xercising and eating healthy, nutrient dense foods are important to living a long life, and consuming clean fresh foods does not have to break your budget. Healthy eating begins when we have the right foods within our reach at home. Knowing how to shop wisely at the grocery store is key. Shop along the outer edges of your local grocery store or market. Fresh produce, lean healthy meats, seafood, dairy, non-dairy products, and eggs are usually found along the outer edges. Avoid boxed, processed foods to eliminate consumption of dangerous hydrogenated oils. Also, stay away from the sugary bakery section if you are trying to drop pounds. Colorful, nutrient dense, natural foods must be at the top of everyone’s grocery shopping list. Below are a few simple tips to help jump-start your journey to a long life of wellness.

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by Veronica Coons vcoons@gbtribune.com Photography by Hugo Gonzalez hgonzalez@gbtribune.com eeping an open mind, listening for God’s direction, and accepting change are three lessons Lisa Parr, Great Bend, has learned over the past two decades, and they are at the heart of her work today as the program manager of the discipleship program at the Central Kansas Dream Center. We visited on a Thursday afternoon in September. Three years earlier, she and husband Randy had returned to Great Bend from Mexico, where they were international missionaries with the Assemblies of God church. There, they had built a church near Mazatlan in the state of Sinaloa, led Bible study groups, and were working to help those with life-controlling issues become stronger and better able to care for themselves and their families. The time had come for them to return to the United States. Their focus was to fundraise for the continued support of their mission and to open a Dream Center, a revolutionary approach to healing hurting people and helping them to become whole once more. But, Lisa said, at the time they were leaving, both she and Randy shared a sense that life was about to change once more for them. A melancholy settled over her, because she loved Mexico, their work and the people so much. “We had a feeling something was changing, and that we may not be going back to Mexico,” she said. When they returned to Great Bend, they met Kimberly Becker, director of a shelter for women and children operating out of the basement of the former Roosevelt Junior High School building in the heart of Great Bend. Becker was in the process of doing the groundwork to bring a Dream Center to Great Bend. The meeting was a nudge, and soon the Parrs came to understand that they had been brought full circle on their journey in order to help bring Becker’s vision into reality. Their status with the church was changed from international missionaries to domestic missionaries, and they rolled up their sleeves and got to work.

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Now, we’ve come to realize God sent us out so we could learn how to give back here at home.

Receiving word It wasn’t the irst time they had discerned correctly, Lisa said. In 1999, she and Randy owned and operated a successful contracting business in Great Bend. That year, they made their irst trip as missionaries to Guatemala. It was the irst step towards a life transition that she never before imagined possible. The self-described shy, walllower-type girl she once was felt most comfortable being out of the public eye. She also avoided and dreaded change. Still, she could not deny that despite their success at home, something was missing in their lives. Over the next couple of years, their increasing involvement with mission work began to shape them for what Lisa believes God had planned for them all along. They travelled to several missions in Central and South America over the next couple of years. Randy began to consider the possibility of selling his business and the two pursuing mission work full time. Lisa, on the other hand, would not even talk about it. “It was like I knew if I spoke the idea, it would begin to happen, and I was frightened by the prospect of change,” she said. But one fall day in 2001, she said she heard God speak to her, and tell her to sell the business and go. She responded, telling God that he had to tell Randy. “I couldn’t keep it to myself though,” she said. “I told him I heard from God, and he looked at me and said, ‘we’re selling the

business and becoming missionaries.’ It was so matter-of-fact, and then he told me that God had told him in July, but he had waited for God to tell me because he thought I wouldn’t believe him.” Their families, she said, were confused. They knew Lisa and Randy to make good decisions, but this was so out of the ordinary. It took about a year to sell their business, and that paved the way for them to go to Bible school in Tulsa, Oklahoma. “We never looked back,” she said. “Now, we’ve come to realize God sent us out so we could learn how to give back here at home.”

Listening The Central Kansas Dream Center offers a nine-month residential discipleship program. Lisa teaches the men’s program. In October, the program doubled in size with the opening of the newly remodeled men’s wing. Parr helps the men in the program to ind what drives their life-controlling issues. They run the gamut from drug and alcohol abuse, anger, depression, and the emotional residue left by mental, physical, and sexual abuse. It’s a continuation of the work she was doing with the women of their community in Mexico. “For many, it is one thing. Either something that happened to them, or something they are escaping from,” she said. “If I can help them discover what it is and heal the wound, the reason to self medicate goes away.”

To be accepted into the program, the men must be ready to give up everything for the irst six months. That includes leaving their family, giving up their job, their car and their cell phones. Disciples in the program come from Kansas City and Wichita, as well as many of the smaller cities from all over the state. There are also many local persons who take part in the program. They work on the issues that keep them from living the life they are called to live, she said, and they work on building relationships. “Not everyone who applies to the program is ready for it. Submitting to someone you don’t know is very hard, and takes a lot of courage,” she said. During the last three months of the program, participants are returned responsibility for their lives. “It’s hard to go from total accountability to total freedom,” she said. “Setting boundaries help to avoid relapses.” Most secular programs only last 30 days, she explains. That’s just long enough for participants to inally relax and move into real growth and learning. Parr is pleased the Discipleship program lasts six months, because the extra time translates to greater success. Still, there are those who relapse. “My heart has been broken more times in the past three years than the entire rest of my life,” she said. “But when they make it, it’s really amazing. “ Addiction, after all, is hard.

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arr’s week is full. Bright and early on a Wednesday morning in October, Lisa stands before a small group of men and women at the Central Kansas Dream Center chapel. She shares a passage from the Bible about how Jesus healed a bent-over woman, and changed the way the world saw her. No longer was she the bent-over woman, but a child of Abraham, a child of God. The congregation is still, but as she asks if any of them have ever felt bent over or bound emotionally or spiritually, they begin to nod, slowly. She shares with them photos taken years earlier in Mexico. A man in the photo suffered from an unknown afliction to his back, forcing him to walk on both his hands and feet. She shared about her shock and outrage that the man had to live that way. The people of his community had given him a nickname, much like the bent-over woman. They knew of him, but no one had even known his real name. “Many times in our lives, we feel bentover and bound,” she said. “But God sees us. He can heal us, and we can discard the labels we have put upon ourselves, and reclaim our true identity. We are all children of God, and we have great futures.” The nodding increases. Lisa then asks the people to take some time for prayer, and that she is available to pray with and for them during this time. Many rise and ind places in the chapel where they can be alone. One woman approaches Lisa, full of emotion, and asks for her to pray with her. Then, she seeks out a few others, and sits quietly with them for a short time before inally inding a spot for her own personal prayer. As the meeting ends, the men and women head out of the chapel to their classes where they will continue their personal work in class. The discipleship program uses the Teen Challenge curriculum, which focuses on spiritual growth, their relationship with God, themselves, and family. With the program self-paced, each student is at a different place in the program at any one time. This is how Lisa starts her day every Monday, Wednesday and Friday. Tuesday and Thursday, while the men are learning work skills with Lisa’s husband, she and her assistant conduct interviews with Dream Center applicants, both in-person and over the phone, seeking to learn if they are serious, and if they are ready. The weekends are family time. House Leads, often former students, are available to keep things running smoothly.

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Sh S ha harin i g ssome om me em orre ore Sharing more Between the two of them, Lisa and Randy are parents of ive children. Randy’s three children from a previous marriage all live in Great Bend. They are Angela Parr, Steven Parr and Sarah Love. Sarah is owner of Great Bend’s Skate Center. The couple also adopted two daughters from Mexico. Marissa recently received her Bachelor’s degree and she and her husband are starting a bilingual church in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Vanessa is a freshman at Hoisington High School, and enjoys playing basketball. With so much attention paid to her students, Lisa switches gears and focuses on her family and herself by creating cushions of time in the morning and evening. Finding time to do things together is a top priority for Lisa. She and Vanessa recently began working out together at a local itness center early in the morning. From there, Vanessa goes to school and Lisa heads to work, both awake and ready to start the day. Lisa also inds replenishment by getting away with her family to do something fun. They enjoy four-wheeling along the banks of the Arkansas River, visiting daughter Marissa in Tulsa, and now and then, they simply get away for the evening on a foodie quest for the perfect meal. The family attends church together at the

Dream Center Chapel. This way, Vanessa has the opportunity to spend time with her parents, and to get to know their students. The students, likewise, get to interact with her family, which is important because they can see what a healthy marriage and a healthy family looks like. Many, she adds, have never experienced one themselves. Rather than sheltering her daughter from the sadness in the world, she guides her through it. In this way, growing up in a missionary family has provided Vanessa with an education, Lisa said. Her daughter has witnessed the transformations of many of Lisa’s students, and understands how devastating life controlling issues can be, and how hard they are to overcome. But mostly, Vanessa has seen that through faith and hard work they can be overcome. Through faith and hard work and a willingness to accept change, Lisa knows, anything is possible.


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