SHELDON—RiseFest founder Rob Roozeboom is excited about the lineup of speakers at this year’s festival.
The variety of speakers at the festival will give attendees learning opportunities and will provide the speakers opportunities to spread their messages.
Roozeboom is thrilled to welcome Kayla Raymond, the founder of Rosie’s Boutique in Rock Rapids who operates a ministry in Haiti.
Through the ministry, Raymond provides jobs to Haitian women through greeting card creation. The cards are hand-embroidered by the women and Roozeboom bought some cards to use at Rise Ministries.
“I am excited about giving them all the opportunity to share their platforms about what they do,” Roozeboom said.
6 P.M. FRIDAY MAIN STAGE
Owen Githanga is living his dream as a certified public accountant in Colorado; however, the journey to get there is nothing short of miraculous in his eyes.
Raised in a small village on the outskirts of Nairobi, Kenya, his childhood was shaped by extreme poverty. Everything changed when he was invited to participate in a child development program at his church when he was 8.
7:50 P.M. FRIDAY MAIN STAGE
One of 11 siblings, Justin Jenness knew at a young age that going to church was not all faith was; it was a lifestyle, a relationship.
Through the mountains and valleys of life, he has clung to his faith and used his life experiences to help others find their faith.
Originally from Primghar, he has worked as a minister for more than 10 years, beginning in youth ministry. Jenness lives in Sioux Falls, SD, and is a pastor at Southern Hills Church.
12:30 P.M. SATURDAY SEMINAR TENT
From Balaton, MN, Luke Nelson was born after suffering a stroke while still inside his mother’s uterus. Normally, a miscarriage follows an in utero stroke.
As a result, Nelson lost the function of his brain that controls hand-eye coordination. Bullied in high school, Nelson considered suicide but he persevered thanks to his faith.
He is an anti-bullying speaker who loves to speak about his experiences of overcoming adversity.
1:25 P.M. SATURDAY SEMINAR TENT
The creator of D3 Clothing started his business as a freshman at Bethel University in St. Paul, MN.
A suicide of a college classmate impacted Tony Harris enough that he started to reflect on what it meant to him and what many others are potentially struggling with.
He wanted to bring awareness to this in hopes of helping others and preventing suicide. From that experience, D3 was born. D3 stands for dedication, determination and direction.
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Joy Fopma is the development director and founder of Wings of Refuge, a Christ-centered organization based in Iowa Falls and dedicated to helping victims of sex trafficking.
The program was inspired by her own experiences with abuse and victimization and her journey to know Christ.
She is passionate about vision, authentic community, and sharing the mission of ending exploitation for one more girl through speaking to audiences and meeting up for coffee.
3:20 P.M. SATURDAY SEMINAR TENT
The founder of Rosie’s Boutique in Rock Rapids has lived in Haiti since 2012. Kayla Raymond, a mother of four (soon to be five), also operates a Haitian ministry called Touch of Hope.
She will focus on job creation and how people can help the poor through a new business-centered perspective.
Raymond also will talk about her business and positive and sustainable ways people can “help the poor” from a new, fresh, business-minded perspective.
JODIE WEBB AND JOANNE TONES
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Jodie Webb brings a love and knowledge of horses and equine therapy. She is a survivor of sex trafficking.
Webb says God used horses to provide comfort and healing so she created Colors of Hope Equine Restoration Program, a program for victims of sexual abuse and sex trafficking.
Joanna Tones also learned how to become a survivor of sexual abuse but the road was not smooth.
She became a teen mom and dropped out of school. Her spouse abused her and Tones quickly spun out of control.
Tones used her love of the outdoors to overcome her challenges and she put herself through school. She is in her 20th year of business working for an oil and gas bank.
Tones serves on board for a youth and fishing ministry and is the vice president of Colors of Hope.
Their program will focus on how they use horses to restore lives tormented by sexual abuse and sex trafficking and how others can get involved to make a difference.
8:05 P.M. SATURDAY MAIN STAGE
Diagnosed with muscular dystrophy at the age of 5, the founder of RiseFest and Rise Ministries based in Sheldon knows what it is like to wrestle with adversity.
Rob Roozeboom travels the country and gives motivational speeches about overcoming adversity.
He has struggled with substance abuse, depression, loneliness, rebellion and suicidal despair but has successfully journeyed through it all. He is passionate about people finding hope.
Roozeboom lives in Sheldon with his wife, Shayla; son, Jager; and daughters, Riley and Aidan.