Greetings and Welcome!
My goal is to share encouragement, grace, and hope from God's Word, and to brighten your day. Mission trips abroad have enlarged my heart and reminded me once again that regardless of our skin color or location we all need a savior, and His name is Jesus. I pray that my articles will lift your spirits and point you to the One who loves you most.
Fran's newest book
Hope on the Way: Devotions To Go
by Fran Sandin
Do you enjoy traveling? Or like reading about it?
Fran and her husband, Jim, have traveled extensively through the years. In HOPE on the WAY, Fran will take you from Texas to Michigan, Italy, Norway, Ukraine, New Zealand, and beyond as she shares her personal hope-filled stories of God’s powerful hand at work. Several stories include testimonies of folks she met on the way. Throughout the book you will glimpse the faithfulness of God in seasons of both heartache and joy. As you reflect on each encounter, you are reminded to look for HIS moving in your own life. Everyone needs hope and Fran makes it clear where to find it.
Also available on Amazon (print and Kindle) and Barnes & Noble.
Listen to Fran's interview on A Time To Dream Podcast Scroll down to the 10-8-2020 podcast.
Listen to Fran’s January 4, 2020 live radio interview with Nancy Solari, CEO of Living Full Out, Inc. Nancy lives in Oregon, is blind, and after participating in a communications career, started her own show to assist others in overcoming various life challenges. The interview includes commercials and a couple of call-in’s to Nancy in her capacity as a Life Coach before Fran’s interview begins.
You are welcome to download a free copy of:
- What Hope Can Do - by Fran Sandin
- 7 Tips For A Lasting Marriage - by Fran Sandin
- So What Happens Next? - Tract written by Steve Sandin
- Walking Through the Fire (a grief recovery article)
- Ten Days of Encouragement (for anyone who is depressed)
- Ten Ways to Say "I Care" (to encourage grieving mothers)
- The Russian version of See You Later, Jeffrey
May God bless you in your journey of faith.
THE POWER OF
THE WRITTEN WORD
"All Scripture is inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for training in righteousness,
that the man of God may be adequate, equipped for every good work"
(2 Timothy 3: 16,17 ESV).
In 2012 Jim and I were ministry partners for "The Singing Men of Texas" along with Michael and Jan Gott of Gott International Ministries. We traveled with them to the Ukraine and then on to Crimea before it was annexed to Russia. We were helpers in preparing for the concerts and handing out Bibles and books afterward.
During one of our stops I met and interviewed Olesya who was born into a non-Christian home, but her aunt had become a believer after World War II and was influential in her life. As a teenager, Olesya tried to attend church but when she did, her family became angry and forbade her to go or even to read the Bible. However, she found ways to read without them knowing.
Olesya hid a Bible in her room and at night she used a flashlight and read it under her covers or sometime she would sneak it into the bathroom and close the door. She received Christ into her heart at age thirteen but was not baptized until she went to the university at age seventeen.
While there she applied for a job as a church secretary and became employed. She was interested in interviewing Christians who were persecuted during the Soviet Communist regime-many were beaten because of their faith-and they delivered a powerful message. Do not give up! Be strong in Jesus! Encouraged by their steadfast testimonies, she wanted to share their messages with others.
Through some contacts made, she began speaking on the radio. For political reasons, all families during the Soviet regime were required to own a radio. Today Olesya hosts her own program on Transworld Radio to encourage as many as ten million possible listeners.
As Gomer Pyle would say-Surprise, Surprise, Surprise! Once an instrument for evil purposes, the radio is now being used for good. Olesya, blessed by the written word of God, is now blessing others. During our stay, she interviewed participants in our mission effort, recorded their personal stories, and aired them on her radio program. She reported that her family had begun listening, but at that point no decisions had been made for Christ.
Isn’t it just like God to use someone like Olesya to promote His Word? She is a woman with a humble spirit and a servant’s heart. Her love for the Lord is truly an inspiration. I was so blessed to meet her and learn about her ministry.
Dear Heavenly Father, thank you for revealing yourself to Olesya in such a powerful way through your written word and through the testimony of her aunt. Help us realize that someone is also watching us and the way we appropriate Your Word in our daily living. May we live to cause others to want to know you and to love Your Word. Please bless Olesya and her outreach for Your glory. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
Excerpt from Fran’s new book, HOPE on the Way: DEVOTIONS to Go