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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


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“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 1.5: An Empty Fridge

When Dr. John Njoroge grew up in the cornfields of rural Kenya, there were days when his family didn’t even have salt in the house. Today, he’s an internationally-recognized apologist and speaker running Valley Light Home, a children’s home for 31 orphans in Kenya. Valley Light is supported by the Atlanta-based nonprofit Just One Africa. We picked Dr. Njoroge’s brain on eurocentrism, apologetics, and the global body of Christ.