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Pastor Brad Hoefs is the host for the program.  

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Jul 5, 2023

Exciting Podcast Alert! 

Hey everyone! I wanted to share an incredible podcast episode that touched my heart and shed light on an important topic.

In this episode, Cristóbal Krusen, the talented writer, director, and performer of the powerful movie "Let Me Have My Son," opens up about his personal journey as a filmmaker and how his son's battle with schizophrenia inspired him to create this moving film. 

"Let Me Have My Son" takes us on a gripping exploration of the challenges faced by individuals with mental illness and their families, providing a thought-provoking and dramatic perspective on their experiences. It's a must-watch for anyone interested in understanding the human side of mental health struggles. 

What makes this film even more special is Chris's son's excitement and hope that it can reach people for Jesus. The movie has received recognition and awards at both secular and Christian film festivals, highlighting its universal impact.

Throughout the podcast, Chris emphasizes the presence of love, both from people and from God. He beautifully reminds us that even in the absence of human love, God's love remains constant and unwavering. Your pain and suffering are not signs of God's rejection or disapproval, especially if you're dealing with mental illness.

Remember, suffering is a part of human existence, even for Christians. But take heart! Your suffering is temporary, not eternal. Lift your eyes up and fix them on Jesus. Trust Him and hold onto Him, for He will send you help in one form or another, offering relief and support.

So, if you're interested in hearing Chris's inspiring story and gaining insights into the making of "Let Me Have My Son," I highly recommend checking out this podcast episode. Let's spread awareness, understanding, and love for those living with mental illness. Together, we can make a difference!

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Pastor Brad Hoefs is an ordained Pastor and Member of the Association of Free Lutheran Congregations. He has been pastoring since 1985, and he is currently the pastor of Anchor of Hope Church in Omaha, Nebraska (since 1995). The church has seen over 110% growth in the 18 months after Fresh Hope started meeting.

Pastor Brad is the Executive Director of He founded Fresh Hope in 2009. 

He is a State-certified Intentional Peer Support Specialist and was appointed by Governor Heineman of Nebraska to serve on the State Advisory Committee on Mental Health Services.

He is also the author of Fresh Hope: Living Well in Spite of a Mental Health Diagnosis, published in 2013.

Pastor Brad has been married to his college sweetheart, Donna, for 34 years, and is the proud father of two adult married children, and ‘Papa’ to 3 grandsons and 1 granddaughter.

If you are interested in more information about Fresh Hope, go to or email, or call 402.932.3089.

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