We all have a story. A story of our life. A story that contains heartache, trauma, rough times, good times, blessed times. Times that we want to cherish and times we would rather forget. A story can have so many twists and turns that, by the time you reach the end, you have no idea how you got there. Many times and for many people, their story ends without them fulfilling the purpose of their story. Sometimes, our story takes us where we had no clue what our ultimate goal was going to be. But here we are.
The point being, everyone has a story to tell.
Our guest today has made it a point, to not only tell his story, but help and encourage others to share their story as well. In doing so, he helps to instill hope in others and encourage them that God always has the last Word.
Nathan Craft is a husband, father, pastor, writer, speaker and a podcaster. Praise God! He had devoted his life to being a hope-dealer (I did not say dope dealer – I said HOPE dealer – amen)! He believes that everyone is just one heartbeat away from hope, no matter how hopeless things may seem right now. This belief in the power of hope is why Lathan has launched a new non-profit called, “A Heartbeat of Hope,” which aims to spread the words of hope to those who need them most.
Help me welcome to the program, Pastor Lathan Craft! Lathan, thank you for taking the time out of your schedule to join us today.
Other than that brief information I just shared, let me start off by asking you this question first. Can you tell us in your own words, “Who is Lathan Craft?”
In preparation for this interview, I read some things about your upbringing that really has formed what it is you are doing now – giving Hope to the Hopeless. Tell us about your life as a child growing up.
Was there a reason your step-dad was going to take you out to the lake to drown you? Did you do something that set him off or he was “just that way?” And I’m in no way saying what he intended was the correct response to a seven year old boy, I’m just trying to set the picture here of just how demonic he really was.
Your grandparents raised you, taking you to church, etc. But you say that it was all head knowledge for a few years, right?
Until you went to summer camp. What happened at summer camp that gave you a new perspective?
From that point on, how did your life change? You still had several years of school and more growing up to do. But what changed?
When did you receive your call into the ministry?
Where are you located? What part of the country?
Can you tell us the importance of Hope in this dying world? Especially with all that we see happening around us right now.