Kresta in the Afternoon – January 19, 2017 – Hour 1

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+  The Mural Writer (2 segments)

  • Description: We are all born into the world with a purpose. We just need to be quiet and listen for it. Lashelle VanHouten joins us with a moving story of Ed Lantzer - a man who believed he could not love, yet was chosen for an amazing purpose to teach us all about love through his woodworking talents. Ed heard his calling in life. Can you hear yours?
  • Segment Guests:
    • LaShelle VanHouten
      LaShelle VanHouten is an artist and writer. She has a master’s degree in secondary education and teaches art at Kalkaska Public Schools in Kalkaska, Michigan. She is vice president of the My Father’s Love Foundation. LaShelle is the mother of two, Kaleigh and Ty, and the grandmother of one, Elliana. She lives in Eastport, Michigan, with her husband, Ken. Visit
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    • The Mural Writer: The unlikely story of an outcast who fulfilled an extraordinary purpose

      Some people just can’t catch a break. Born and raised in a chicken coop, brain-damaged by scarlet fever, and blamed for the death of his baby brother, Ed Lantzer became what everyone expected him to be: unworthy of love and unable to give it. Knowing no other way, he made sure he lived up to this label by concealing his feelings for his wife and children, eventually abandoning them and setting off in search of his purpose—a purpose he was sure existed, even though he had no idea what it was. He couldn’t write and his only skills involved working with wood, but he had a gift. When he put two pieces of wood together, something magical happened, and people noticed. But Ed continued to sabotage himself and lost everything, until one day his purpose was revealed. This enormous task involved complicated mathematical formulas, esoteric knowledge, and an ability to see in ways inaccessible to normal human beings. And it required that he live the rest of his life in seclusion, deprivation, and complete faith. The result was a masterpiece so exceptional, so profound, that it stands alone in the world. Ed’s amazing journey will inspire some to renew their faith. It will move others to understand the power of love. Ultimately, this is a story that pulls those hidden emotions and secrets from deep down inside our hearts and brings them to the surface. It tells us we’re not alone and that we are loved more than we could possibly have dreamed. We are all born into this world with a purpose. We just need to be quiet and listen for it. Can you hear yours? (learn more)

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