The Storyteller is a 15-minute weekly radio broadcast and podcast featuring true stories from Native American - First Nations people across North America who are following Jesus Christ without reservation. Don't be fooled, this is not some religious, feel good program. This is real life. It's raw, direct and personal. If you're tired of the way things are, or wonder if there really is hope for something better, you may want to listen to some folks who understand. The Storyteller can be heard by radio broadcast in over 400 communities in Canada and the US, and throughout the world via the Internet.
Don tells about the 1964 tidal wave that hit his village of Old Harbor, and about the people that gave their lives to save his village. He also shares about another disaster, his problem with anger. Don's family was being torn apart. When his wife finally gave him an ultimatum, he knew that he had to change.
Don grew up in Old Harbor, Alaska on Kodiak Island. He knew what it was like to live off the ocean, to hunt seal and bear. He also knew the darkness that effected the lives of people in his village... including his own family.
Jeannie' teenage son was murdered. She lived with great anger and hurt... and spent years trying to keep the killer behind bars. Despite her efforts, he was paroled. But one day, while ministering together with her husband in prison, God helped her to forgive the man who killed her son.
When her husband walked out, Jeannie was about to reach for the bottle to ease her pain, but instead reached out to Jesus. She was driven to Him by her realization that she wanted her marriage more than a drink. What happened next is amazing.
Jeannie and her husband, Harlan, were being driven apart by alcohol, and she finally divorced him. When nobody else wanted him, he came back, promising to change, and he did, seriously turning to the God of the Bible. Jeannie, however, did not believe him, and did everything she could to make him fall. Finally, she succeeded in driving him from the home into the arms of another woman. But the story doesn't end there.
Jeannie grew up in an alcoholic home, experiencing much abuse. She had a very low opinion of herself. As a young mother of three, she found herself loosed from an abusive marriage and managed, by determination, to complete her education and support her family. She fell back on alcohol but managed to hide it. She married Harlan, and things only got worse.
Florence was raised up north in Manitoba in the small community of Red Sucker Lake. She bounced around between relatives until she was 17 when she met Conrad. He asked her to marry him. What happened next was very interesting.
Gordon's problems with the spirits weren't over just yet. He says, "When I went home, the stuff was still in my home; the odors, the foul voices, literally torment, and I had also a very serious problem with alcohol back in those days, from drinking constantly..."
While in the hospital recovering from a heart attack, Gordon said, "I was laying in bed and I heard these voices call out to me, 'Gordon, Gordon, Gordon'. I thought somebody was by the window; I got up. I had a heart monitor on - I wasn't connected to any tubing or anything - but I went to the window. Nobody was there, and then I realized the voice was right before me."