Expect to be intrigued as you hear Tony Kalinowski concisely tell his personal story of his lifechanging spiritual journey. And though Tony is a leader in his profession as the head of a financial planning firm in St. Louis, it has little to do with his profession. But the result? Personal satisfaction, fulfillment, and, yes, great joy and meaning in life!
Tony is again the emcee to the annual “Prayer Breakfast for Greater St. Louis,” and he invites us to join him in this highlight of the year event. In 2019, it happens on Wednesday, April 17, 7:30 – 9:00 AM in the America’s Center. Many hundreds attend. For tickets on this 42nd one, visit www.cbmcstl.com.
The inspirational guest speaker is always a layman … like most who attend … who has been through much, often bruised, but has come through wiser for the experience, with a great story to tell.
And the 2019 Breakfast is no exception. It features Chad Robichaux, who’s background includes being a pro MMA Champion, a former Force Recon Marine, a veteran of Afghanistan, and founder of the Mighty Oaks Foundation. The foundation has helped … and is helping … hundreds of veterans – many of them suicidal — come through PTSD and other wounds of war.
His life and his marriage were nearly destroyed, as he himself was a veteran whose own life became suicidal, nearly ruined by all the devastation that could come from a war experience. But Kathy Robichaux, his terrific wife, stuck with him, even in his unfaithfulness. She challenged him. Since he was successful in everything else that he tried, “Why would he ‘give up’ on his marriage and family?”
Their eventual success would serve as a pattern to help hundreds of others. Together, they founded and lead the Mighty Oaks Foundation and have seen more than 800 veterans plagued by the wounds of war graduate, some of whom would have committed suicide.
A helpful and inspiring 5-mimute video of Kathy and Chad Robichaux can be easily assessed at …https://www.mightyoaksprograms.org/.
Another important video where the couple talks of their shattered marriage … and its restoration … is available by clicking on … .http://www1.cbn.com/video/couple-helps-restore-veterans-and-families-struggling-with-ptsd.
From the Mighty Oaks Foundation website, found at https://www.mightyoaksprograms.org/, this reality:
“After 18 years in the war on terror in Iraq and Afghanistan, more than half of the 2 million Veterans struggle with physical and mental health problems stemming from their service. Every day in America, 20 Veterans commit suicide according to the Department of Veterans Affairs. The V.A. Hotline receives an average of 400 calls per day. At the same time, the divorce rate among active military personnel and returning Veterans is staggering, impacting Veterans, and their families.”
And from Chad and Kathy’s book, Marriage Advance: “Join Chad and Kathy Robichaux as they lead you through 26 weeks of compelling stories with practical questions, helping you build a stronger marriage that will always be ‘advancing’ toward the ultimate success God had in mind when YOU said, ‘I DO!’”
Their book is available at http://www1.cbn.com/books/marriage-advance.
For another important video of a shattered marriage being restored, see .http://www1.cbn.com/video/couple-helps-restore-veterans-and-families-struggling-with-ptsd ,
“Our [mighty Oaks Foundation] purpose is to heal the brokenhearted by addressing the spiritual injury of combat trauma and to reverse its effects in these families that have already sacrificed so much for our nation. After more than 2,000 alumni have participated in our programs, we have and maintain one of the highest success rates of any recovery program in preventing veteran suicide and divorce. In fact, our programs are so successful that we receive hundreds of active duty military on official orders each year.”
Again, more is found at their website … www.mightyoakswarriorprograms.org.
Links to some Stories of past “Prayer Breakfasts for Greater St. Louis” are below:
To hear … “Financial planner Tony Kalinowski emcees, invites us to the annual ‘Prayer Breakfast of Greater St. Louis;’ shares his interesting spiritual journey” … click on …http://haroldhendrick.com/2019/03/05/financial-planner-tony-kalonowski-emcees-invites-us-to-the-annual-prayer-breakfast-of-greater-st-louis-shares-his-interesting-spiritual-journey/
To hear … www.markwhitacre.com: big salary, FBI whistleblower, jailed, found Christ, discipled 50 in Prison … click on … http://haroldhendrick.com/2015/09/05/www-markwhitacre-com-big-salary-fbi-whistleblower-jailed-found-christ-discipled-50-in-prison/
To hear … “Ginger Whitacre made 3 moves to be with husband Mark (www.markwhitacre.com) while he was in prison” … click on … http://haroldhendrick.com/2015/09/09/ginger-whitacre-made-3-moves-to-be-with-husband-mark-www-markwhitacre-com-while-he-was-in-prison/
To hear … “Stan Bower leads www.cbmcstl.com; re STL 2012 Prayer B’fast speaker, a billionaire drawn to Jesus” … click on … http://haroldhendrick.com/2012/02/09/stan-bower-leads-www-cbmcstl-com-re-stl-2012-prayer-bfast-speaker-a-billionaire-drawn-to-jesus/
To hear … “Brig Sorber, CEO, “Two Men and a Truck Intl” tells amazing story; St. Louis Prayer B’fast speaker” … click on … http://haroldhendrick.com/2013/02/22/brig-sorber-ceo-two-men-and-a-truck-intl-tells-amazing-story-st-louis-prayer-bfast-speaker/
To hear … “Mark Whitacre, subject of movie, “The Informant,” leads Greater St. Louis CBMC Prayer Breakfast” … click on … http://haroldhendrick.com/2014/02/01/mark-whitacre-subject-of-movie-the-informant-leads-greater-st-louis-cbmc-prayer-breakfast/
To hear … “Stan Bower on the Prayer Breakfast for Greater St. Louis: Connecting Business People To Commerce” … click on … http://haroldhendrick.com/2009/03/06/stan-bower-on-the-prayer-breakfast-for-greater-st-louis-connecting-business-people-to-commerce/
To hear … “Annual STL Prayer Breakfast Chairman Tony Kalinowski shares of his spiritual journey; welcomes us!” … click on … http://haroldhendrick.com/2013/02/15/annual-stl-prayer-breakfast-chairman-tony-kalinowski-shares-of-his-spiritual-journey-welcomes-us/
And from the annual Congressional Prayer Breakfast on the Illinois side of the St. Louis area, in its entire 20-year history always led by Gary Tedrick …
To hear … “Mark Whitacre: ADM price fixer, FBI whistleblower, suicidal; prison was ‘Best years of my life!’” … click on … http://haroldhendrick.com/2016/04/21/mark-whitacre-adm-price-fixer-fbi-whistleblower-suicidal-prison-was-best-years-of-my-life/
To hear … “Basketball great Steve Stipanovich tells his surprising story at the Congressional Prayer Breakfast” … click on … http://haroldhendrick.com/2014/04/13/basketball-great-steve-stipanovich-tells-his-surprising-story-at-the-congressional-prayer-breakfast/ ; and ..
To hear … Gary Tedrick: Cong Breakfast hosts FBI “whistleblower” Mark Whitacre; Matt Damon played him in movie” … click on … http://haroldhendrick.com/2016/04/15/gary-tedrick-cong-breakfast-hosts-fbi-whistleblower-mark-whitacre-matt-damon-played-him-in-movie/.