Pat Bradley and Matt Mazoni
The Pat Bradley story is a remarkable one … not so much for the incredible “turnaround” in his life, but for the focus that Pat’s “turnaround” is available for anyone.
Pat, an alcoholic businessman from St. Louis, tells of the time his wife met him at the door, handed him two bags of all his “stuff,” and told him to “get out.” She was getting a divorce.
Getting even drunker that evening proved not to be the solution.
Pat visited the “big Church” (Grace in northwest St. Louis County) to learn more of the “brainwashing” these folks must be doing to his children in school there.
Well, you can hear the brief version of the story … in Pat’s own words.
In their bookstore he bought a copy of Brother Andrew’s, God’s Smuggler … and wanted to do what Brother Andrew did in eastern Europe … and elsewhere.
The new “fire” within Pat Bradley motivated him to self-finance trips to several needy countries. In time he began Crisis Aid International (www.crisisaid.org), risking “life and limb” to help victims of war torn countries .and women trapped in “sex trafficking.” Because of this ongoing effort, about 600 women are now free from it both in the USA and internationally! Food is purchased locally, helping the local country’s economy, assuring acquisition of food that the locals can digest.
What about the reputation of Crisis Aid? Highly respected churches support it. St. Louis Cardinal ace pitcher Adam Wainwright is a supporter and spokesman. When the FBI conducts “stings” to arrest those exploiting children in sex trafficking, they frequently offer the child victims an option to visit and live in a Crisis Aid home. One hundred in the Midwest have done so and are on their way to healing and normalcy!
The second of these two 10-minute radio recordings is with Matt Mazoni, Music Minister of Central Presbyterian Church in a St. Louis suburb. Matt role models a creative way of adding support to life changing Gospel ministries like Crisis Aid. He and his church utilized the “arts” – providing a concert — the proceeds of which go to help the “poorest of the poor” … and those enslaved in the horrible world of sex trafficking … through Crisis Aid International.
A third interview with Pat will be posted soon in a follow-up to these two.