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Persevering Under Pressure

In a world growing more resistant to the Christian faith, how will you respond when you face pressure to compromise? We believe God is using these challenges to reach the world with the good news of Jesus Christ. Erin Coates is with us to share the realities she is walking through as her husband, Pastor James Coates, faces jail time in Canada. Sammy Tippit joins this episode with encouragement for enduring hard times and standing strong in our faith.

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Episode Notes:

The World Watch List

“Meet the World’s Fastest-Growing Evangelical Movement” article

“God Is at Work in Iran” podcasts

Sammy Tippit Ministries

“Thriving in a Hostile Culture” transcript

“Letter from a Christian Citizen of Chengdu to the Honorable Mayor”

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About the Hosts

Erin Davis

Erin Davis

Erin Davis is an author, blogger, and speaker who loves to see women of all ages run to the deep well of God’s Word. She is the author of many books and Bible studies including: 7 Feasts, Connected, Beautiful Encounters, and the My Name Is Erin series. She serves on the ministry team of Revive Our Hearts. When she’s not writing, you can find Erin chasing chickens and children on her small farm in the Midwest.

Portia Collins

Portia Collins

Portia Collins is a Christian Bible teacher and writer/blogger who enjoys studying and teaching Scripture.  Portia is the founder of "She Shall Be Called" (SSBC), a women’s ministry centered on helping women understand and embrace true biblical womanhood through solid study of God's Word. To learn more about SSBC, visit  Portia and her husband, Mikhail, have a daughter and currently live in the Mississippi Delta. 

Dannah Gresh

Dannah Gresh

When Dannah Gresh was eight years old, she began praying that God would use her as a Bible teacher for “the nations.” When she sees the flags of many countries waving at a Revive Our Hearts event, it feels like an answer to her prayer.

Dannah is the founder of True Girl which provides tools for moms and grandmothers to disciple their 7–12 year-old girls. On Monday nights, you’ll find Dannah hosting them in her online Bible study. She has authored over twenty-eight books, including Ruth: Becoming a Girl of Loyalty, Lies Girls Believe, and a Bible study for adult women based on the book of Habakkuk. She and her husband, Bob, live on a hobby farm in central Pennsylvania.

Alejandra Slemin

Alejandra Slemin

Alejandra is a sinner who believed in Jesus at the age of seven in her native country, Dominican Republic. She is a wife and homeschool mom. She's passionate about Christ, studying the Scriptures, discipling, teaching, and learning alongside women. Currently, she supports her husband as he serves as a church planter in Victoria, BC, Canada. Alejandra loves herbs, designing headbands with her daughter, being outdoors, and serving her community.

About the Guests

Erin Coates

Erin Coates

Erin is married to the love of her life, James, the preaching Pastor at GraceLife Church of Edmonton (GLC) and graduate of the Master’s Seminary. She homeschools their two boys (18 & 12) and is the Women’s Ministry Director at GLC. This year marks their eleventh year anniversary serving this precious church.

When attending TMS, Erin was introduced to the women’s ministry church at Grace Community Church called Every Woman’s Grace. It modeled the significance of the Titus 2 ministry built upon verse-by-verse teaching through scripture. With a growing concern for the lack of discernment often seen among women and the unbiblical resources aimed them, it is her desire to see this kind of teaching in every women’s ministry. Erin is blessed to be surrounded by women who share the same heart for ministry and sound teaching. They encourage her in her daily life with Christ to excel further. Nothing excites her more than seeing local churches strengthened through Christ exalting biblical exposition, especially as this translates into the spread of the gospel to the nations.

Sammy Tippit

Sammy Tippit

Sammy Tippit is a revivalist/evangelist who has pioneered unique evangelistic efforts for more than fifty years. He’s preached in some of the world’s largest stadiums, in war zones in Africa, and in the middle of the revolution in Romania. He recently proclaimed the gospel to more than fifteen million people by using social media. He is the author of seventeen books. He has been married to Debara “Tex” Tippit for fifty-two years. They live in San Antonio, Texas and have two children and five grandchildren.