January 2020 found Tina Whitlock realizing a dream come true when, after a lengthy interview and hiring process, she landed a contract as a coach for the St. Louis Cardinals. Not only was this an opportunity of a lifetime, but this also made Tina Whitlock the first woman to ever coach with the St. Louis Cardinals organization. Earlier this Spring, Tina arrived at the spring training facility in Jupiter Florida excited and anticipating all that lay ahead. Then, just two short weeks later, spring training was canceled due to the Covid-19 Pandemic. Tina faced this, which to some may appear to be a huge disappointment and loss, with incredible wisdom and firmly rooted faith and hope in Jesus – a faith and hope that has been tried and tested throughout Tina’s life. Tina walked through the loss of her husband and best friend just days before giving birth to their second son, and she testifies to the strength she found as she held on to her faith and hope in Jesus during this very difficult time. Tina lives, teaches, and coaches from a place of insight, wisdom and confidence she has developed, and continues to develop, as she walks her life journey. A life verse for Tina and her family, is Matthew 6:26 “Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your Heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they?”. There is so much to Tina’s story and you will be encouraged and inspired as you listen to her share.
Emily Armstrong is a mom of three and freelance illustrator. Identified as gifted, Emily determined to only participate in things she knew she would do well and did her best to control all factors that could sabotage perfection. By age 17, Emily saw herself as a teenager who had everything under control. Heading to college she was eager to be a grown-up, and the ultimate marker of her new independence would be joining the Bahá’í faith. However Emily found that she was falling short of its requirements and living without an anchor. Emily & her fiancé were invited to attend Alpha. After praying in repentance, Emily said there was sudden clarity. "Yes, this is true, this is real - Jesus really is the Son of God".