The Lydia Project
Episode 88: Making Room For Her - Book Club

Episode 88: Making Room For Her - Book Club

April 15, 2022

Barbara and Stacy Reaoch put the mother-and-daughter-in-law relationship under the microscope (starting with their own) in their new book, Making Room for Her (B&H Publishing). In this Lydia Project Book Club chat, Barbara and Stacy share their wisdom and failures - from over 20 years of forming a mother-in-law and daughter-in-law bond - as well as Biblical insight into growing healthier, God-glorifying in-law relationships. 

Making Room for Her is available at all leading bookstores, including at The Wandering Bookseller with a 15% discount with the code LYDIA15. 

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Barbara Reaoch, author of A Better Than Anything Christmas (2020), is the former director of the children’s division at Bible Study Fellowship International. Her home is in Minneapolis, Minnesota, with her husband, Ron. Prior to her role at BSF, Barbara and Ron lived in Cape Town, South Africa, to teach Bible Study Fellowship classes. They also worked with the Rafiki Foundation to train young women in job and life skills. You can connect with her at www.barbarareaoch.com.

Stacy Reaoch is a pastor’s wife, mother of four, and the author of Wilderness Wanderings: Finding Contentment in the Desert Times of Life. She has written for various ministries including Desiring God, The Gospel Coalition, and Revive Our Hearts. Stacy and her husband, Ben, live in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, with their children. You can find more about Stacy and her writings at www.stacyreaoch.com.

 

Episode 85: Karl Grice

Episode 85: Karl Grice

February 28, 2022

In this episode, Taryn chats to the man behind our Book Club partner, The Wandering Bookseller. Karl shares about his love for books and how The Wandering Bookseller came to be. He also speaks about his struggle with anxiety and God's hand in helping him deeply grasp his love and forgiveness. Karl and The Wandering Bookseller are again offering 15% off all The Lydia Project book club books for 2022. 

 

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Karl Grice has been matching books with people – and people with books – since the turn of the century. He started The Wandering Bookseller to provide hand-picked bookstalls for Christian events across Australia. Karl also curates an indie bookshop in Katoomba, with a piano hidden upstairs, poetry readings and second-hand chairs. Karl and his wife Naomi live with their four children, a few chooks, a vegetable garden and, yes, even more books!"

 

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The Lydia Project: Conversations with Christian Women is a podcast co-hosted by Tori Walker and Taryn Hayes. It features informal chats with Christian women around faith, life, ministry and the ways in which God is shaping their thinking and their lives. The views of TLP guests are their own and do not necessarily reflect the views of the hosts.

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Episode 84: Jan and Chrissy

Episode 84: Jan and Chrissy

February 15, 2022

Jan and Chrissy began meeting together when Chrissy began a traineeship at her local church. Their one-to-one disciplining relationship developed over the course of the year, bringing them both much joy, encouragement, and growth. In this episode, Taryn chats with Jan and Chrissy about the value of mentoring relationships among women and how they grew both relationally and spiritually in their 5 years of meeting together regularly.

 

Jan Wilson has been a Christian for about 35 years after discovering Jesus as an atheist in her mid-thirties. Jan has four adult children and 2 grandchildren. When she is not helping out with grandchildren, she enjoys having great theological chats with her husband, spending time with God, doing her best to keep fit, walking her dog or spending time with Christian sisters. She also likes to relax by reading mediocre novels, watching French films and AFL matches - sometimes while knitting and hoping she doesn't make too many mistakes!

 

Chrissy Vellacott found during year 10 - when she changed schools and was dealing with much uncertainty - that she could trust God, she could know Him, and she could let Him change her life. She enjoys one-to-one discipleship with women from her church, working in AV, and teaching flute. Chrissy and her husband, Andrew, look forward to welcoming their first child in a few months.

 

Episode 83: Growing Together - Book Club

Episode 83: Growing Together - Book Club

January 30, 2022

Growing Together: Taking Mentoring Beyond Small Talk and Prayer Requests by Melissa B Kruger is a gem of a book. Listen as Tori and Taryn unpack the value of this book for women of all ages. If you have ever considered one-to-one mentoring relationships as something you may be interested in AND if it's the last thing you have ever wanted to do, this is a book worth reading. 

Available from The Wandering Bookseller with a 15% discount using the code LYDIA15.

 

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Episode 82: Introducing 2022

Episode 82: Introducing 2022

January 15, 2022

This year is to be one with a focus on relationships - women to women, across the sexes, within the church, with our communities and as Christians in an increasingly hostile world. Join us this year as we chat with Christian women about their personal stories of Christ at work. 

The episode that follows this one will be Tori and Taryn discussing the book Growing Together: Taking Mentoring from Small Talk and Prayer Requests by Melissa Kruger. Still available from The Wandering Bookseller with a 15% discount. Following that episode, we will chat with two women who have had a wonderful experience of one-to-one fellowship. Soon after that we will introduce our first book club book of the year with an interview with the author. 

If you would like to get cracking on reading our book club books for the year, here's the list:

 
Being the Bad Guys - Stephen McAlpine
The Reconnected Heart - Jonathan Andrews
Redeeming Power - Diane Langberg
Making Room for Her - Barbara Reaoch and Stacey Reaoch (available soon from The Wandering Bookseller)
 

 

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Episode 81 : Jo Hobbs

Episode 81 : Jo Hobbs

December 30, 2021

Joanne Hobbs is the CEO of Teen Challenge Qld, a ministry helping young people from addiction to hope. Tori Walker chats with Jo about how she ended up in this position, and how God is at work through the ministry.

 

EPISODE NOTES:

 

Joanne Hobbs is the CEO of Teen Challenge Qld, a ministry helping young people from addiction to hope. Tori Walker chats with Jo about how she ended up in this position, and how God is at work through the ministry.

 

LINKS MENTIONED IN THIS EPISODE:

 

Teen Challenge Qld 

    

 

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TLP Book Club - 04 - Book Chat about Need to Know

TLP Book Club - 04 - Book Chat about Need to Know

December 10, 2021

EPISODE NOTES:

Whether you are a new Christian, or have been for a while and feel in need of a refresher, "Need to Know” will give you the essentials—what you really need to know if you’re going to follow Jesus.

Host Tori Walker chats with Gary Millar about his work at the Queensland Theological College, as well as his most recent book, “Need to Know”.   This practical and easy-to-read book shows readers how letting the fundamental truths of the gospel take root in our hearts changes everything about the way we see God, ourselves and the world around us. He explores what this miraculous change on the inside looks like on the outside as we live our lives shaped around gospel priorities.

Packed full of warmth and wisdom, this book will set anyone up for a lifetime of living for Jesus. It's perfect for giving to new Christians and makes a great gift for baptisms or confirmations. Mentoring questions are included for each chapter, so it's also an ideal resource to use in one-to-one discipleship with younger believers.

“Need to Know” is available online or in bookstores worldwide. In Australia, a 15% discount is available for all Lydia Project Book Club books through The Wandering Bookseller. Simply use the discount code LYDIA15 at the checkout. 

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LINKS MENTIONED IN THIS EPISODE:

 

The Wandering Bookseller: The Lydia Project Collection

 

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The Lydia Project: Conversations with Christian Women is a podcast co-hosted by Tori Walker and Taryn Hayes. It features informal chats with Christian women around faith, life, ministry and the ways in which God is shaping their thinking and their lives. The views of TLP guests are their own and do not necessarily reflect the views of the hosts.

 

Episode 80 : Brooke Prentis

Episode 80 : Brooke Prentis

November 27, 2021

As an Aboriginal Christian Leader who is a descendant of the Waka Waka peoples, Brooke Prentis uses her talents and experience to lead Common Grace, a movement of people pursuing Jesus and justice.  Tori Walker talks with Brooke about her family background, how she came to know Christ at uni, and why she is so passionate about the work she leads at Common Grace.

Brooke Prentis is CEO of Common Grace, a movement of people pursuing Jesus and justice.  Brooke is an Aboriginal Christian Leader who is a descendant of the Waka Waka peoples. Brooke is a writer, speaker, poet, theologian, community pastor, Chartered Accountant, and Company Director.

Brooke has appeared on numerous national TV and Radio programs including ABC's The Drum, NITV's The Point, ABC RN’s Soul Search, God Forbid, and the Religion & Ethics Report.  Brooke shares a message of Reconciliation as friendship across these lands now called Australia. @commongraceaus @brookeprentis.official

 

LINKS MENTIONED IN THIS EPISODE:

 

Common Grace 

 

SHOW SNIPPETS:

 

"Just showing the reality of our warming world."

 

"Together we feel less tired and less alone and so I understand the reality, I can’t afford to be overwhelmed by injustice."

 

"What I pray is that non-indigenous Christians don’t get overwhelmed, because we actually need you to walk alongside us, to share that burden of injustice."

 

"It’s the Body of Christ."

 

"It’s knowing that God is up to something and I want to be part of that something."

 

"Build us up in our leadership and share that across these lands now called Australia."

 

"People don’t know."

 

"The call is still to listen, to learn, and to love."

 

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The Lydia Project: Conversations with Christian Women is a podcast co-hosted by Tori Walker and Taryn Hayes. It features informal chats with Christian women around faith, life, ministry and the ways in which God is shaping their thinking and their lives. The views of TLP guests are their own and do not necessarily reflect the views of the hosts.

 

Episode 79 : Sarah Balogh

Episode 79 : Sarah Balogh

October 30, 2021

What does it actually mean to disciple someone? What is ministry supervision? And why should every ministry have it? These are some of the questions that Sarah Balogh answers in her chat with Taryn today on The Lydia Project. Sarah has a psychology practice in the Blue Mountains in Sydney, which she loves, but she also loves discipling women, caring for people in ministry in her role as a ministry supervisor, enjoying her family and supporting her husband in his role as the CEO of the Gospel Coalition, Australia.

 

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What does it actually mean to disciple someone? What is ministry supervision? And why should every ministry have it? These are some of the questions that Sarah Balogh answers in her chat with Taryn today on The Lydia Project. Sarah has a psychology practice in the Blue Mountains in Sydney, which she loves, but she also loves discipling women, caring for people in ministry in her role as a ministry supervisor, enjoying her family and supporting her husband in his role as the CEO of the Gospel Coalition, Australia.

 

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Sarah Balogh is a Christian, wife, mother, friend, psychologist, ministry supervisor and flower appreciator. She’s also a women’s chaplain at Moore College and loves being involved in her local church, Springwood Anglican. Sarah lives in the Blue Mountains, NSW with her husband, Akos and their three children. In the rare moments when she has time, Sarah likes to write. Many of her articles can be found at The Gospel Coalition, Australia. 

 

LINKS MENTIONED IN THIS EPISODE:

 

Ministry Supervision - What It Is and Why Your Ministry Needs It

Australian Fellowship of Evangelical Students (AFES)

Moore College

Dane Ortlund - Gentle and Lowly

Sarah Balogh.com - Ministry Supervision 

Dandelion and Orchid book 

Sensitivityresearch.com

Praying Life - Paul E Miller

    

SHOW SNIPPETS:

 

“Our house was always full of church, the bible and people.”

 

“Life was faith and faith was life.”

 

“As a young Christian, this was life, true life, if the gospel was true, which I believe it is, then He demanded my whole life.”

“I have a real heart for discipling women.” 

 

“In practical terms, we should always be looking out for someone to disciple.”

 

“Sometimes God is more interested in our holiness than our happiness.”

 

“Often there are gaps between what we say we believe and what we do. A ministry supervisor can help fill the gaps.”

 

“Some of our children by be like dandelions - they can grow anywhere, while others are like orchids - they need a little more care.”

One of my favourite sayings is “I can only do what I can only do. The rest goes to the keeper and that’s God!”

 

“We do life with and for others.”

 

 

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The Lydia Project: Conversations with Christian Women is a podcast co-hosted by Tori Walker and Taryn Hayes. It features informal chats with Christian women around faith, life, ministry and the ways in which God is shaping their thinking and their lives. The views of TLP guests are their own and do not necessarily reflect the views of the hosts.

 

Episode 78: Jo Gibbs

Episode 78: Jo Gibbs

October 15, 2021

Host Tori interviews Jo Gibbs on what the crosscultural life is like and how chronic fatigue affected that. Jo talks about the ministry roles that she has been in as well as how she came to understand who Christ is and what He had done for her.

 

EPISODE NOTES:

 

Host Tori interviews Jo Gibbs on what the crosscultural life is like and how chronic fatigue affected that. Jo talks about the ministry roles that she has been in as well as how she came to understand who Christ is and what He had done for her.

 

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Jo grew up in a non-Christian family but came to Christ while at university. Later on she felt challenged to go serve the Lord overseas and ended up living in a crowded city for 11 years before returning to Australia due to her husband’s health. She took up ministry roles that used her plethora of skills from working in different situations such as, community development, cross-cultural ministry, working with families, kids and youth, then care and discipleship ministry.

 

LINKS MENTIONED IN THIS EPISODE:

 

Anglican Deaconess Ministries

    

SHOW SNIPPETS:

 

"I felt like someone had given me some of the pieces of a jigsaw puzzle but without all of them and without the box with the lid that actually helps to put it together. That’s what it felt like."

 

"I was generally the one arguing with the Christian studies teacher, trying to pull out, what I thought were, apparent contradictions in the Bible or tough questions."

 

"I’d heard about the needs of the Muslim world but honestly at the time I felt really uncomfortable around Muslim women."

 

"I developed a love for Muslim women that went alongside that challenge that I’d heard."

 

"Great, huge needs."

 

"At one point I was a part of a women’s Bible study where the only person in the group who could read was the national leader."

 

"It (the Pentecostal church) often felt like it was, intentionally or unintentionally, focused on what I was doing to generate my Christian life rather than what Christ had done."

 

"I could see God taking me on this gentle process of different denominations."

 

"Rest in all that Christ has done and not what I generate in my Christian life."

 

"I think that remembering what God’s done in the past but also remembering who God is is such an important part of our lives." 

 

"So just trying to pull back, reset my priorities."

 

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