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Do you dream of ways to tangibly make the world around you better?

Do you desire to be a person of courageous action?

Join Dave Donaldson and Scott Young as they discuss stories and strategies with leaders, experts, and professionals from around the globe, who will help you uncover the keys to unlocking your full potential, empowering you to leave a legacy of change through kindness and compassion from your neighborhood to the nations.

Dave Donaldson is an author, international speaker, and veteran of Washington, DC, and co-founder of Convoy of Hope and CityServe International. Scott Young is an expert communicator with an extensive broadcasting background and global speaking platform. He currently serves as the lead pastor of Church of Hope in Sarasota, Florida as well as a board member on CityServe International.



Episode 157 with Whitney Pipkin.




Episode #157

What is the best way to Handle Grief? Is it a Posture of Silence or Being Productive?

Death. Prolonged sickness. It is not enjoyable dinner table conversation, yet it is inevitable. Can you prepare for the loss of one you love? Is there a hack for grief that circumnavigates the devastating sadness? An author and accomplished journalist who writes for the Washington Post, National Geographic, and NPR, Whitney Pipkin is recovering from the loss of her mother and the 20-year cancer diagnosis that finally took her precious life. Pipkin shares the journey in her book, We Shall All Be Changed, tackling the uncomfortable subject of a loved one’s death, and how to survive it. Although proactive and willing to have hard, end-of-life conversations with her mom, Pipkin still found the loss devastatingly powerful. Strangely, it was in her grief that she experienced transformation prepared by a loving God who stayed with her. He is the great caregiver, and when we learn to be still with Him and accept His care, it changes us, and the way we chose to live moving forward.

“It’s refreshing to hear success stories of influencers who have made a direct impact in their communities. Every time I hear an episode, it reassures me that with God’s help, I too, can change the world around me. It motivates me to keep going where God had placed me.”

– Jackie, California

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Dave Donaldson has invested his life inspiring, equipping and resourcing leaders in more than 100 countries to bring aid and opportunity to tens of millions of needy and under resourced people. As the former Director for Operation Blessing and co-founder of Convoy of Hope, Dave spearheaded global partnerships with churches, organizations, businesses and governments to mobilize tens of thousands of volunteers worldwide.

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In 2016 Dave retired from Convoy of Hope to launch CityServe International (CSI) to train and resource local churches and non-profits to help people move from dependency to sustainability. CSI is helping communities effectively address systemic poverty, addictions, foster care, job readiness and other areas of need in America. As part of the “Neighborhood to Nations” campaign Dave and the CSI team are partnering with the SoCal Network and World Vision to aid refugees in Turkey, Lebanon and Jordan. Additionally, CSI hosts 150 leaders to Israel annually and partners with the Israeli government to help the poor.

Dave is the host of “INFLUENCERS” on the Charisma Podcast Network where guests from corporate, government, non-profit and church sectors share insights to impacting our culture from local communities, our nation’s capital to hot spots around the globe.

As a veteran of Washington, D.C. for more than a decade, Dave coordinates White House briefings and roundtables between clergy, faith-based organizational leaders and government officials. For several years Donaldson served on a Health and Human Services (HHS) National Council for Mental Health and Substance Abuse (SAMHSA). Dave hosted the first ever National Summit on Foster Care and Adoption with the United States Children’s Bureau. He has served on numerous boards including Vanguard University and the National Football League (NFL) sanctioned Courage Awards, which honors NFL players who have shown courage on and off the field.

Donaldson has advised leaders around the globe, and appeared as a guest on numerous Christian and secular television and radio programs and has authored several books including the best-selling Rock Solid Discipleship program, Relentless – Pursuing a Life that Matters and co-authored with former White House official, Stanley-Carlson, The Revolution of Compassion (The President’s Faith-based and Community Initiative). Dave’s newest book CityServe: Your Church-based Guide to Compassion is co-authored with Wendell Vinson and includes forty leading experts in community-based and global compassion.

Dave earned his Master’s Degree from Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena, California, with a focus on “Developing and Implementing Social Programs in a Cross-cultural Environment.” He and his wife Kristy reside in California and have four adult children.

Scott and his wife, Darla founded the Church of Hope in Sarasota. They have served this church and community for the past 25 years. This ministry of HOPE is known for its passion for Jesus and outreach into the community. They both love to see people grow into their full God given potential.

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Scott loves to follow Jesus. This journey as taken him along many paths. He has served as a Pastor, Evangelist, Professional NSA Speaker, and National Daily Television Producer and Broadcaster (hosting the live call-in program “You & Me”). People who have worked with Scott say he is known for his infectious joy and generous spirit.

He currently serves or has served on the leadership boards of the Christian Television Network, Pen-Florida Assemblies of God (currently as their District Assistant Superintendent), National Assemblies of God as a General Presbyter, Watoto Child Care (International and National Boards), Southeastern University Leadership Round Table and U.S. Missions Director for Pen-Florida (working with church planting and

His education includes an undergraduate degree in theology, a graduate degree in communications, and a doctorate in religious studies.

Scott and Darla are college sweethearts (graduating number one and number two in their class). Darla serves as co-founder of the Church of Hope Ministries and leads in ministries of prayer, teaching, and support for women and families. They have four adult children, three grand babies (as of April 2021) and a dog.

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“God has ordained for you to occupy a seat at the table of influence to bring spiritual and physical renewal to your community. You are His For-Prophet Leader with His prophetic voice!”
– Dave Donaldson


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