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Vadim Dashko finally had everything he had dreamed for as a street boy: a wife, a home, a stable job. But then why was he still so afraid? And what was it about those people from HOPE Ukraine that was so strangely alluring? He resolved to find out, and in the process stumbled upon something that, if true, would mean he’d never have to fear again. Featuring returning guest Dr. Brian Fikkert, co-author of When Helping Hurts, who discusses holistic poverty alleviation.


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“I didn’t understand then, but I understand it now—that’s the way Jesus treats people.”

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Vadim Dashko
Dr. Brian Fikkert


“Relaxing Acoustics” by Black Rhomb
“Too Smooth” by Mattijis Mueller
“Rhythm Roulette” by Reaktor Productions
“Handwritten Letter” by Peter McIsaac Music
“Mystery Box” by Daniel Belardinelli
“Highly Strung” by Jack Pierce

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Episode 1.9: The Whiteboard

Jolie Sifa Kpaka quickly became the talk of the town when she dared to become the first female teacher at the Christian Bilingual University of Congo, a school run by the nonprofit Congo Initiative. Jolie had faced many hardships in her region of the Democratic Republic of Congo, including a civil war that had forced her out of her home. But now she was grappling with a different kind of challenge: could she begin to overturn deep-seated societal norms in order to offer hope to women and to a new generation?