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Purposefully Homeless

(Please listen to Rachel’s story by clicking the white play button at the top of this post. You can read the transcript of the story below.)

My name is Rachel and God lead me out on a purposefully homeless journey, where I was without a home and without a job, trusting Him and depending on Him for over 17 months.

I guess, by no fault of my parents, but I had no idea what God was other than you know, my Savior. And to be a good Christian, you’re nice to people and you go to church, and you’re supposed to read the Bible. But I really didn’t, I didn’t have a grasp on that personal relationship, or how real He really is and how involved He really is.

In college, I followed my boyfriend to Washington State University and joined a sorority. When I traveled across the state to visit one of my sisters, in my house, she took me to a party. I had no context or partying outside of a safe, trusted environment. I was away from everybody and anyone I knew, and she disappeared. I ended up blacking out because this guy was coming on to me, and I was really nervous. Right? When you’re nervous, and you’re partying, you drink more. I ended up being raped by this guy. That was a trajectory shift.

Because I didn’t have a relationship with Jesus, I didn’t know to turn to Him. And so I turned to everything that I knew at the time. So I drank more and I just went from relationship to relationship after that, and ended up being sexually abused more than once. A friend introduced me to fitness later that year. I found that it was kind of a eureka moment, where I found strength and control and empowerment through fitness. I thought, man, I have got to let every woman on earth know about strength training, because this is where you get your control back. That turned into personal training, and sports modeling, and putting all of my energy into building a brand of myself, for myself, for the good of building a platform to help women everywhere understand that fitness is your salvation, essentially. I didn’t know I was doing that at the time. But I built this business off of this idea that fitness was God. In every worldly sense, I was crushing it. I was making six figures a couple years out of college. Living in Seattle at the time, had my own personal training business, was training online. And doing all this traveling all over the country doing these jobs. And yet, I didn’t realize that I had been burying all of this trauma and all this pain. I was still living for myself. I’d go to church on Sundays, and then do whatever I wanted during the week. I was in a relationship that was definitely not godly.

Summer of 2011, something changed. There was no earthly reason why, but all of my streams of income just dried up at the same time. I remember deciding to yell at God, blaming Him for this. I started listing off all these things that I had done right, in my mind. Personal development courses, books, and applying all this knowledge, following up with clients and just doing everything in my power, that all the successful people did. And it always worked until that year. So I started listing off all these things, and the audible voice of God shook me and said, “You didn’t do any of that. I did that.”

I found myself on the floor. Because the whole room had shook. And I honestly thought, in that moment, that all of the people in my apartment building were going to come to my room and ask me what the heck I was doing. Because the whole building had to have shook. I even remember checking the newspaper to see if there was an earthquake, and there was nothing. But I found myself on the floor, completely struck by the fear of God. And it was not, it was not worldly fear. It was not the fear of punishment. It was this awe and wonder where I felt equal parts terror, terror and love. And in that moment, I felt so seen and so loved and so corrected. In next six months, I will cry talking about it every time, but He showed me that He was the opposite of what I had been believing that He was. I thought that this post-trauma God that I had been believing in was cross, you know, crossed arms, disgusted, disappointed dad, like, How could you? You’re disgusting. I don’t want anything to do with you. But He saw me as beautiful, and pure, and righteous, regardless of all the stuff that I had been through and had done and had done to me. I fell in love with Him.

So I got baptized that January and He started speaking to me about Los Angeles. So I said, “Okay, I’ll move.” And He provided a place to stay for free for a couple months and in a guest house in BelAir and then provided an apartment. Those are all individual stories of miraculous direction and provision. I thought that that’s how my relationship with God and my life was going to be from there on out. I thought it was just going to be a cake walk. Little did I know that He brought me into a safe apartment in Los Angeles to start stripping me of all this that I had been putting my security in that wasn’t Him.

For the next four years, He did provide for me, but He was teaching me how to trust Him as my provider and not myself. So He took away my business. He slowly but surely took away my clients and slowly but surely took away the consistent modeling and acting income, and there was always just enough. But I remember there being a time specifically where I was so broke. There were specific bills coming through the next day and I was like, “I don’t even have time to go get a job, let alone, make the income to pay this bill. I don’t see a way out. So God, you’re gonna have to be who You say You are.” I was in distress. I was just a face full of tears, snotty tears. And was like “Okay, I’m going to pick myself up, I’m going to go check the mail and get my mind off of this.” In my mailbox, there is a check from a settlement that I didn’t know I was a part of that paid off the entire bill. And $5 extra. And there was a package of coupons from the grocery store that I went to regularly and they were rewarding me for being a preferred customer. There was a free coupon for eggs and a free coupon for oats and a free coupon for unsweetened vanilla almond milk…like all of my exact personal staples, that their computers had been tracking, that gave me free, free coupons for all these things. So I, I was out of food, but He gave me exactly what I needed and the money for the bill. It wasn’t more than enough. But it was exactly enough. It was so awesome. Wow. That wasn’t the only time that He did something like that without the show specific and memorable. So He ended up just drawing me, drawing me deeper and deeper and deeper.

I wasn’t raised this kind of understanding of faith. I’m like, oh my gosh, I gotta go after this thing. There’s so much more. I want more. And if there’s more of Jesus, I want all of Him I can have.

At the end of 2016, the end of a four-year stripping–a really, really hard four years. I was in the middle of trying to get my business off the ground for the fifth year in a row now and He said, “Don’t work.” I had a charity boot camp, I was leading for free. I remember nobody came to it. That was the breaking point. The only person that came was the representative for the charity. It was beyond humbling. And so I took His word for it, I stopped working and I just went into my room and got face down and started learning how to pray really deep intercessory prayer and worshiping, hearing from Him and learning to recognize His voice in more clear ways and He started whispering the word “go.” I didn’t know what that meant. But there was a prophet visiting my church who gave a word for the year. Part of it was, “lighten your load, throw cargo overboard.” And then Holy Spirit started whispering things like, “Be prepared and be alert and get ready.” Like, okay, so I’m just gonna put all these things together and start getting rid of stuff. I sold my furniture that last month. And then I ended up giving a couch to a new friend who I’d just met. He was traveling around the country in his truck, sharing the gospel at AA meetings because Holy Spirit had saved him from drug addiction. He was about to commit suicide and Holy Spirit revealed himself to him and sent him out all around the country doing this. He just happened to be coming through my town that same three days. And the night that I let him stay in my place, I had my best friend and a couple people over just so I wasn’t alone in my place with him. He ended up sharing the story, and Holy Spirit shared with me that that’s what He wanted me to do while he was sharing his story. So I knew that I was leaving without a home in just a couple days. I sold my furniture and packed my car and October 1, I was purposefully homeless. For 17 months, I was traveling Spirit lead. I have a million testimonies in there of how He provided without a job. He gave me a car. He led me into this ministry of healing and supernatural gifts and signs and wonders. And oh my gosh, it was, Yeah, it was amazing.

Whenever I don’t know where to go, when I’m in a city that God leads me to, I go to a Starbucks because they have a public restrooms and free Wi Fi and cheap coffee. So I was at Starbucks looking for an Air BnB because I had a couple bucks to get one night somewhere. (A side note, all of my provision was miraculous–all of it. Because I didn’t have a job. People would randomly send me donations on Venmo, or the cash app, or PayPal or something saying like, “God just put you on my heart, I just want to bless you with this.” God has ways, so even if you don’t know how He’s going to do it, He always, always will. He’s got all the people. He’s got all the finances and all the people and He can speak to anyone anytime and provide for you.)

So, I went to Starbucks and it was kind of funny, because these two obviously homeless guys started hitting on me. I ended up telling my story, like whatever, I’ll just, you know, God uses everything. So this other friend of theirs walks in. He sits down and he is so attentive, and he has a sweeter spirit, you can just tell there was something different about this guy. He hears me mention Jesus and he goes, “Jesus? I’ve just been asking people about Jesus, and nobody’s been able to tell me about Him, will you tell me about Him?” Oh, my gosh, I can’t tell you how excited I was. I ended up going to grab a meal with this guy and hearing his story and sharing more of mine and sharing about Jesus. I just boldly asked him if he wanted to pray and ask Jesus, or and give his life to Jesus, and he did and he was just hands open, weeping. He was a heroin addict. He had lost custody of his child because of his addiction. He wanted to be a good dad. And I don’t know what came over me other than the Holy Spirit. I said, “If I were you, I would go down to the beach right now and get on my knees and just surrender.” And he had Facebook, so I got his information and a couple days later, he messaged me. He said, “I did exactly what you said, and I’ve never felt so much peace. And I’m in the mission now and going through their, their program. So I’m going to get back on my feet.” And he has Jesus now. It’s just amazing.

I had no clue what was going to happen, or how this was going to happen, or where I was going or what I was going to do. All I knew was that He was with me. He would just show me–like when I went out on these walks at night. Umm it was like, We don’t have the spirit of fear, like God is with me. I have nothing to fear. It was just little moments that are hard to like pinpoint, actually, because I didn’t know what they were preparing me for. But just little moments where I was hearing a noise or something and I would just worship through it, or like those walks and Jesus would just remind me like, “Yeah, you have not been given a spirit of fear.” Don’t just read the Word to get information and knowledge in your head. Go to the Word to learn Him–like Jesus, show me who You are. Show me what You’re about. Show me how much You love me and what are Your promises for me? And what can I lean on? And then you test those, when those things come up, it’s like okay, “Well, God, You said that You are my protector. You said that You’re my defender.” And when you are trusting in the Lord, you will not be put to shame. I think that because He led me into it. Like, I didn’t just choose–I’m going to adventure with God and give up all my things. Like it wasn’t a foolish, wasn’t a fool’s errand. I just knew, that I knew that I knew that He was leading me to do this. I didn’t know why, I didn’t know where, I didn’t know what, I didn’t know how. But I knew that He was doing it. And He gave me such a peace for the journey that even if I stressed out about like, I don’t have a place to say, I don’t have money for food. I don’t know where this is coming from. How is He going to do this? All those questions we asked in our flesh. Those are all like, all those are based in unbelief. But as far as fear, like I didn’t have, I didn’t have any fear in this. Like, He leads with peace. He leads with joy. Like, we learn along the road, right? And so He’s expanding the capacity for more as we go. I wasn’t raised with this kind of understanding of faith. This is all like, God spoke to me and then I started you know, hearing about people who had similar faith. That’s how it started. I’m like, oh my gosh, I gotta go after the thing. There’s, there’s so much more. I want more and if there’s more of Jesus, I want all of Him I can have. So, you know, He started speaking to me in new ways and revealing things and it’s just been mind blowing.


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God gave JK a dream that has transformed his life and his entire family. What started as a seed of faith has overflowed to abundant blessings for many.

Setting Captives Free

Once a slave to addiction and pornography, Anthony is now setting captives free through his non-profit and restoring their God-given identity and value.

Sharing God’s Love

Lonnie's desire to share God's love with his community transforms an entire town. From trimming hedges to baking cookies, God uses it all.

Showered with Love

As a young teen in college, Elaina find herself pregnant and afraid. But God stands in the gaps and showers her with love in the most unexpected ways.

Silencing the Inner Critic

Growing up Christian, David saw himself as a disappointment. God's audible voice silenced the inner critic that had tormented David most of his life.

Simple Prayer of Faith

Wade shares how a simple prayer of faith and following Jesus' example of laying hands on the sick has lead to supernatural healings and salvations. The ultimate goal is to follow Jesus.

Simply Say Yes

What can God do with a simple yes? Mike finds out again and again after he gives his life to Jesus and starts tithing.

Sowing Seeds

As racial issues divide a nation, Eniola shares her desire to go beyond unity to sow seeds of oneness for the next generation.

Spiritual Roots

After years of unexplained medical issues, Renee hears that her symptoms have spiritual roots. At the end of her rope, she considers the supernatural. Renee's faith is challenged [...]

Stop Rejecting Me

He spent his entire life rejecting God until kidney failure went from dialysis to a nearly fatal organ transplant, causing Chris to stop running from the only One who could save him.

Student of Forgiveness

Kathryn learns true forgiveness from her Heavenly Father, but had to become a student to truly forgive and find complete freedom for herself.


Leaving his ways and plans behind, Bob chose to surrender everything to the Lord. In doing so, he found true freedom.

Survive or Thrive

Challenged to get from one city to another relying only on God and the kindness of strangers, Thomas learns that he can either survive or thrive. The choice is his.

Tablets of Testimony

Adam and Brooke sit down to discuss what Adam has learned about the tablets of testimony and how their depth reveals something much greater than a law.

The Blessing

What's happened since the break-in? Today we share how God has shown up in a mighty way through blessing after blessing.

The End of Me

Years of addiction and lies bring Ron to the end of himself and to the feet of God. He encounters God in the back of a police car and feels free for the first time.

The Father’s House

When things don't add up, God's miraculous provision provides further confirmation for missionaries to create a discipleship house for lost sons –The Father's House.

The Forgiveness of an Adulterer

A broken past leads to lies and adultery as the foundation of their marriage. Through God's incredible grace and forgiveness, hope is found and a marriage is restored.

The Forgiveness of an Adulterer

A broken past leads to lies and adultery as the foundation of their marriage. Through God's incredible grace and forgiveness, hope is found and a marriage is restored.

The Gift of Compassion

During a mission trip to Congo, Lisa was moved with deep compassion for sexual abuse survivors. She now sees that compassion as a beautiful gift from the Lord.

The Gift of Trust

Faced with infertility, Rod and his wife choose to trust God and His plans for them through the gift of adopting a child with Cerebral Palsy. God has supernaturally revealed [...]

The Heart of the Father

Traumatic events in Sherri's life left her battling fear most of her life. It wasn't until she uncovered the heart of her Father that she was set free.

The Height of Grace in the depths…

Abortion leaves many in the depths of despair, it is only through the heigths of the Father's love and grace that Brooke is able to forgive herself.

The Life God Intended

He had everything the world could offer, but it wasn't the life God intended for Michael. God had a better plan, one that Michael had to hit rock bottom to find.

The Mystery of God

Brad shares about his miraculous healing as a kid which led to a wrestling with faith and science. He's learning to accept the mystery of God.

The Mystery of Prayer

Seeking to understand why some of his prayers are answered and others aren't, Keith finds their is a greater mystery to prayer.

The Power of Identity

Trapped in an addiction to pornography, Josh learns the truth of his identity and the power that has to set him free.

The Power of Story

As a sports writer and pastor, Tyler knows the power of story and shares the profound impact stories have to encourage others, lift spirits, and honor God.

The Power of Testimony

As Brooke and Adam wrestle with their son's diagnosis, they find comfort in a testimony they wrote 4 years earlier that speaks to the power and love of God in their lives.

The Process of Becoming Free

As Cody sings and worships the Lord, he has a revelation that leads to breakthrough in his anxiety. He walks us through those emotions and steps, as he surrenders control to God.

The Risk of Faith

Looking for opportunities to celebrate God, Daniel goes out expecting God to show up in a moment and his faith is increased with every risk he takes.

The Unexpected Church

Through a series of unexpected events, Sam becomes the pastor of a multi-national church and finds immense joy in his calling.

The Wrestle with Hell

Paul's story is a powerful testimony of faith, and love, amid challenges faced by his wife's battle with traumatic visions in hell.

Theology of Suffering

Jim shares about his journey through his wife's life altering diagnosis, near death experience, and the miraculous birth of his son.

There is Always Hope

Throughout her life, Britni has been told by several doctors that there is no hope. But she knows that with God, there's always hope.

There’s Power in the Presence

When the world and all it offers no longer works for Kim, she finds the power and presence of God through worship music and the prophetic.

Today Is The Day

When multiple tragedies strike in Sarah's life she finds herself desperately seeking the Lord. From inner healing to physical healing - today is the day Sarah really meets Jesus.

True Identity

Andrea overcame childhood selective mutism and paralyzing fear through a profound encounter with God, leading her to embrace her true identity.

Trust Me

After receiving a dream from the Lord, Suzanne chooses to trust the Lord with her healing from breast cancer.

TUS Update

Brooke and Adam return home from vacation to find their home has been robbed. They process their loss and the future of the podcast with you, their listeners.

Two Words from a Stranger…

Jeremy prays for an opportunity to share God's love. He receives a word of knowledge for a stranger. Those two specific words change both men forever.

Unbelievable Expectations

From prison to praise, God redeems Mike's life in unbelievable ways causing him to have expectations for hope and favor despite his past.

Unlimited Possibilities

When God awakens Tom's heart and mind to His unlimited possibilities, Tom learns his true identity in Christ.

Unraveling Addiction, Restoring a Marriage

Aaron's life was unraveling because of his addiction and his wife uncovers the truth. Restoring their marriage becomes possible through Jesus, love, and recovery ministry.

Upside Down Kingdom

When Dave decides to attend seminary in Oxford his life is turned upside down for the Kingdom of God and hasn't been the same since.

Vehicle for the Gospel

Rapping and preaching the gospel all over the country turns out to be quite difficult when you don't have a vehicle. Moses prays and fasts for a month asking God for help. The Lord [...]

Voice of God

The appearance of perfection was important for Craig as a Pastor's son, but when he hears the voice of God everything changes. I heard the voice of God in a way that I didn't know [...]

Walk of Faith

Benedikt's walk with God takes him places he never expected as his faith grows with each step.

We Will See

Tara battled unexplained illnesses and debilitating conditions for 10 years, In a surreal moment of divine intervention she was miraculously healed.

When All Else Fails

When everything else has failed him, Neb finds himself at rock bottom crying out to God and wrestling for truth.

When All Seems Lost

On suicide watch all seems lost when JD loses nearly three quarters of a million dollars in three days. But faithful obedience pays off. I thought God was going to bless me. And [...]

When Heaven and Earth Collide

An instrument maker by trade, Caleb receives a digital download of an instrument he has never seen and a tribe name in a dream. This dream ignites a journey where heaven and earth [...]

Whoa, God is Here!

John begins each day with expectancy of what the Holy Spirit will do. Lead by the Spirit, he gets to share in some incredible supernatural experiences with God and His children.

Witness of God

Max's story revolves around his dedication to living out Mark 16:15-18. Through his ministry at a local gym, Max shares multiple stories of the miraculous.

You Belong Here

On her own at 16, Monique was searching for family, identity, a place to belong, and ended up in jail. That's where she cried out to God for the first time and discovered true life.

Your Life Is Not Your Own

Rosie has attempted suicide twice since losing her son and is planning a third attempt the very day that she meets Tyler and Andy who share that her life is not her own and God has [...]

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