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April 30, 2022 12:30 am
Today, Nikita sits down with good friend Brad Kimberlin. Discussing how God has blessed him even after extraordinary situations in his life.
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This is good Truth Network to man up, welcome back to it's time to man up with the cuticle off the Russian all good edibles nightmare. What a pleasure to have in the studio with me Brad Kimberling today and read. I've become friends over the years, the ESA predominantly a marketplace guy, but in addition to that, though he is moving into the world the ministry, but I want to bring bread want to bring welcome to the show. First of all like you to get and want to bring you in because I just fascinated by your story, you know use you email me some some your back story and the more I read it I was like okay Scott, I have read on the show and some I'm glad you're here today we're just going to dive in. If you will or or jump into to some your story out. I was as I was thinking I was looking at at some of my notes and some of what you sent in and I got this at at a time.
At a time in my life when I had no direction pause right there and say for the listeners out there. I think for some of you maybe many of you, I don't know Brad stories going to be relatable to you, you're going to be able to relate to his story, if I just pause right at a time in my life when I had no direction. Now stop right there at the top of the show and say that might be you even right now you feel like you're listening the shell go. I don't feel like my life has any direction will by the end of the show and Brad story. I think you get.
I think your eyes will be open up believing that praying for that but goes on to say that only look I only look to to to make a living for my family.
I felt empty and alone. I search for careers that could be financially rewarding and enjoyable. I struggled after working for a number of large companies that had very little concerns for their customers.
Other than the amount of their checks so I decided to open my own business is… Stop right there. Brad and and for listeners out there. What went when was the what, what, what time period of your life was a how long ago was that what time period of your life, was that I was back in 1999, 1999. I just had my first son born and the company I was working for was just just gruesome with it the amount of lack of morals that they would put up with just two just to have an income whether it was lying to customers or Chino technicians. They were all about numbers at any cost of the bottom line bottle. I was numbers. This automatic profit didn't show. I'm guessing and in so so putting in that opening part of your story so you can have as you said you use concerts for careers in Canada bounced around to at a number of large cups, he kinda found similar things at some of the other ones of me. Maybe not exactly the same right right not know exactly the exact ways but that very similar in the fact that it all came down to just how much money customers were number there. There was very little concerns whether they were young, elderly, handicap fixed income did matter. It was all about the technicians had a specific dollar amount they had to do everyday in sales. They have a cold. I had a query letter meet this quota Aurel job.
Unfortunately, okay, okay, so you kinda get she can get fed up with that you're bouncing around it and and you make a decision to open your business, I had the biggest thing is not my first son was localities cut so his formula was just a strain on us but a new had a plumbing license had danced around really had looked for something away from the field bottom with the skills I had in the cleaned up gnome business jumped in and said okay finger swim at some savings. Butter jumped in the business and within three months. Just was blessed without leaving out your listening to the Truth Network and TruthNetwork.com cuticle off. I am excited to hear you do know well, maybe. Anyway, Facebook, call my new fan page and and like and follow your listening to the truth network and TruthNetwork.com it was. I thought I was doing it all in the house but things were happening in a great way my family was was take care of, and we just grew the first two years, we grew exponentially and it was a it was his prize. But back in that time it was all about what I need. It was everything I did. I was responsible and taking credit credit for everything. If the rain come. It was because I did some right Jessica.
So you see, so she launching your own business and that's a big step for me to go from what you might see 70 working for corporate America and then stepping into the world of of becoming an entrepreneur and you know self-employed from being an employee to become self-employed. This is a big step in as you said to be arrest, but you make that jump. And in those first couple years you seen some some incredible growth.
Your high not one point he came you'd like to hire some employees so you receive that kind of growth. Yes, yes, but I think I went from just being myself to have five people working for me. Within the first year and 1/2 and wasn't really prepared for the growth didn't have the training that have the knowledge to handle it so it's kind of all seat-of-the-pants and for the most part worked out, butter the relays. I couldn't explain what worked out but but in the right right oh and and I know even along this this journey. As I said earlier, you know, looking at some your story even in the midst of this, you you because you said I felt empty.
I felt alone set. Fast forward about seven years and then in your words, it it all. It all comes crumbling down and not in not only the business but even even your merit just all else comes crumbling. It was a I blamed everything else except you took the credit when things are going right okay but when everything started falling apart as everybody else is else does the best you put tremendous strain on wife and I will actually look at separating up time and just one boy and one boy. Okay and that we had another one lessee generated come only okay and so we struggle through that and in one year, we lost everything we had been multimillion company and in the following year we drop to barely making ends meet while it's okay.
It will say talking currently not a really different game we almost closed will most closed doors because of debt and just low income while okay so you do so at this point your Camry, what, what's that mean what's going on and I know you said your life up to that point it all a bit really is in a sense all been bid about you and write everything that you could do right right right within your own power right in and I like while Selleck which is but it's like things going right to take the credit when things go wrong, was everybody else's fault. I'll bet you I bet you there's a listener out there that could probably really wanted that that is probably either been in that same situation or may even be in it right now to be in a situation right now right so so things are crumbling apart and and then something happens. Jesus steps in and things begin missing Ashley's without my knowing I was like going to church at the time I knew there was got.
I wasn't following I wasn't the I wasn't reading.
I don't think I've ever cracked the Bible since I was eight years old usually grow up in church or anything I've heard Charlie were about 12 and just felt like George okay butter off doing your thing off doing my thing as a let's say nails build my testimony. Butter wife and I got married the last time we were in church and we were sometimes regretted that butter I had the I will say is a come to Jesus moment that it was a it was definitely eye-opening because there were something else work of the me what I think you said in your story. Some of my testimony started in in 2014 on a softball field and Burlington North Carolina. What happened on will often feel we been playing ball and it almost in time.
We played ball. We drank heavily and we were just softball league underwent a softball league.
Drink it up so we set out and we we just played ball all day all night ethic. We were playing about 1230 in the championship game and a good swing the bat and my bicep blew out and it basically, I didn't know where the pain was struck by lightning. I fell to my knees and just dump. I looked at mass of the chaos of Yellowstone will happen, and then I realized it with more data.
I had to continue playing the game for another full inning with one good arm and played second base of reactive position butter. After that I sent my wife a picture of me in an Ace bandage and she said yeah, whatever. Probably going about 1 o'clock in the morning, butter with went home got the got looked at. Dr. Gomez going to have surgery to reattach my bicep and within just few days had that done first.
Dr. got a little careless cut through both Marty's and my arm and had turned it on warm but sudden shift before remove the target so once he suddenly shut and really started to form. He said basically exploded almost bled out. I flatlined a couple times and had had a vascular surgeon come in and make different repairs and more just to save my life or from the entry in the softball field from a simple injury that should've been a outpatient surgery so see your eyes are open. Got summary, I'm just kind of thinking. Here's a recapping your story at this juncture. Business is crumbling your your marriage is in disarray right now. You sustained this injury got is a way of getting our attention yesterday that says yes he does, listening to the TruthNetwork.com kickoff fear if you're needing to buy a car and have marginal credit for considering using buy here pay here that's worse than taking the Russian sickle Winston-Salem motorcars will put you behind the wheel of a car you can rely on while helping rebuild, repair or establish your credit score conveniently located on Silas Creek Pkwy. in Winston-Salem.
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C. The number one.com because you are number one you're listening to the Truth Network and TruthNetwork.com and so so almost 1 flatlined a couple times but you recovered. You recovered and one fast forward from from that point right there to 2016 and tell me from from the things I just described. Fast forward to something that happened March 27 27th 2016. What what got you to that place.
March 27. That was the beginning of a new life wife and I struggled. We were last ditch effort will try this new church outsole online and I was very complacent whatever you want to.
We went that first hour I was there just the amount of love that people portals. Just my almost fell upon we were going for a couple months and really I was trying to get involved and do as much of a good butter one day we were sitting in the interservice and pastor Maida made a call of anyone at didn't know Jesus Lord did know where their eternity will be spent to raise your hand and I don't remember raise my hand but I did actually raise my hand walked into the aisle standing in now, in the next week. We were up scheduled have a baptism and a pastor now slid about our story and told her we were in a sit down in the water. It was really warm felt comfortable but as I went in the water felt the same strike of lightning that I had on the ballfield as you are being subverted as I was being submerged in water.
Leave those old since it that old life and buried in dad and raised to new life SI think it had to pour the water out. It was so dirty it opened my eyes and it had to reflect on all the times that God has handed my life that I had taken credit for Anna. It was really I was an amazing day. I'll never forget it. I'm sure that's it was a new life. For me from watch you for March 27 when when you went when your hand was raised elderly say that it was your hand was raised in. You stepped into the aisle to the baptism.
The following week coming the transformation of a new life. Yes while and so so that wasn't March 2016 so so what what what transitioned like with the business with the marriage. The things begin to then turn around with that the business was still tough. Marriage merger still kind shaky when well men's event five days to spend Lord and just dig in his word and learn who he said I was. I didn't know that Paul was gone. My life with plan only God basically told her to look.
I got him you trust me and let me work on him.
So I came back we we had a bus ride back, and a large group of people waiting to meet us there at the church but is he what and she waited for me to get off the bus and to see just to see if I changed and I told her the only person that I saw Stan the park lot of public of 100 people was her I got it pretty much blinded me to anybody else. There is spotlight on her bed. You better believe it and I asked God while I was there balls on that retreat.
I like you know just just take way if you had a blind meeting anything.
Just take away anything that would be not of you and it. My focus will be on you in my life and he really did a number only because now I can't remember phone numbers. I can't remember names happen when I go to church with seven butter that the one the one I can remember is my wife while what an element to specify listeners out there for the men who are listening if if you're ever interested in perhaps experiencing.
I will say the same thing that Brad experienced as every minute comes to camp at by testimony is typically a different experience about facilitating these these camps for 14+ years now and and no man camp is designed just just to do that just for you to be impacted you to go home a changed man better equipped to be a godly man a godly husband, a godly father to love your wife and children while in the love others well and so be sure to check out man camp.info if you're interested in, and ladies, if you give men your blessing. There's a better chance that they'll actually come if they have your your blessing behind Cheyenne while I'm encouraged by by that I did and and so, so, she saw a changed man. When you got off the boss in and so since that time, things of you've grown together as a couple and yes I know you said with the business get a business you know it's it has its daily issues right and true and can it continues to to you don't have challenges as any business owner would have challenges but one thing I like what you set up in regard to that is is is there is no there's problems that are sometimes beyond our control writer challenges beyond our control. But what you do now is you seek his guidance and trust him even with the bid not just met your family with the business right exactly as always put it in his hands and now you recognize it's all here is not about Brad anymore.
Owner saw is all about the Lord. The brass registers the fabric play a part in in the whole story I just stored what is given me in and do the best can with written wife and I prayed over it and we we decided it it will only Lord we need quick taken hand limit just if we have a decision. We go to him with it and he's never let his room well for those who are business owners out there. This is a good word of advice right there take your hands off it, put it in God's hands and let him take control and they just seek his guidance seek his guidance and and trust him when it comes to make a decision support for your business. For those you out there in the business world.
But let's let let's transition just what you just talk as I know what what you see you got the business so you see your marketplace guy your run of the business of gospel work got it working in your heart worked on you working on the marriage and and now I'm look at the rest of the things you do not mean you lead a men's ministry you you work with the ministry fighting human trafficking, Junior, wife together, together, have a ministry outdoor leadership in this instruction just just give us a little insight into into those within the men's ministry. The how your fighting human trafficking, and then the outdoor leadership fitness instructors was just briefly show the men's ministry started off I buy one well when I come back from the retreat. Talk with former pastors about what the Lord showed me in retreat and it was that there needed to be some attention to the Mennonite church and it was it was a pleasant tone to be passive installments to stand up and to take the fight to the enemy instead of being passive in doing studies. I didn't have any hang time so you he let me that when I went back to the church. The pastor actually had an old piece of artwork that they had originally made for men's ministry that had nothing to do with what had gone on and when I told him what the Lord given me people that script up and it was the name the Lord given meter to make them his ministry with what you call it frontline frontline and the sea, then the this human trafficking was a branch off of the fitness and outdoor leadership. But up. We were introduced to group 611 network through revelation wellness that led us into, but I've never been to a Super Bowl. I still haven't, but they let us to Miami last year for this year. January for the Super Bowl and it was to be on the street just touching base talk with people talking with those every ministry street ministry get down to the face-to-face that one. That's exactly and it was it was very rewarding.
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She found it and that was about three years ago and they had an outdoor component with what what's called rev.
Wilde okay outdoor and it basically taught us how to get outdoors backpack out to the as for outback, I think we were on the count notified energy while beautiful, must be emphasized everything, but I got had a half-hour so force at night and meteor shower. About 75 an hour say were really the site to see what new manufactured fireworks.God created the universe that have blessed you with the with one of his own exactly right. While meteor shower. It was beautiful.
That's amazing and well and the rest of this for our listeners and we were working. Given there's a website work. People find out more about these things that you guys are children of revelation wellness.org is the website for the this is the ministry that heads up the revelation wellness cut off the heads of the rev. Wilde ministry for the outdoor ministry is also a link to the 611 network. They are okay but 611 network.org has its own on okay website as well and all very powerful in whatever revenue we've got to spread the gospel. Yes, and I know you're continuing I know this your continuing your pursuit of your relationship with the Lord and we went through MorningStar University down in Fort Mill and and so kudos to you for continuing to dive into just just pursuing the heart of God and and just things that he's he's deleting you guys to do right so man it's Christmas so good to have you on the sales of the day. I mean again that I just fascinated by your story and you do so many wonderful things in folks just utilize your listening out there mean. Be sure and and dialing to his his website and and check some of these things out. Maybe you may be led to pray for him and his wife and their ministry may be led to perhaps help support what they're doing.
If not through it. If not, through prayer, and/or prayer, you know financially is so into what these guys are doing to do an amazing work in just say get wrap up the show today is an and again so so appreciative of you coming today I can know God's got some great thing for you in the future to wait phenomenal story struck by lightning and a meteor shower to boot them to God just to continue his work in wonderful ways. Does this, he does so well. Let me just say this to you out there if if hearing some of Brad story of me any from from just feeling empty and alone, to just just searching for an offer for meaning in life or purpose in life. It all starts with a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. And if you don't have that day would be a great day to just even pause right now.
Eight. It's as easy as ABC just accept the fact that Jesus lived, died and rose again believe that in your heart of hearts, and confess with your mouth, and the Bible says Romans 10 nine. You shall be saved today be a great day to make that decision.
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