Today we’d like to introduce you to Amanda Olson and Kristy Hollis.
Amanda and Kristy, can you briefly walk us through your story – how you started and how you got to where you are today.
We became fast friends a little over twenty years ago, when we were both the new kids at Aledo Middle School in Aledo, TX. A lot of people can say that they’ve had lifelong friends, but ours is more than that. Our friendship was formed on a foundation of Christ and quickly turned into a sisterhood that has lasted a lifetime. We dreamed of doing ministry together early on and that dream was realized when we lead a small group of teenage girls during our college years. One summer we took the group to the Revolve Tour in Dallas. The Revolve Tour is a teen girl conference packed with amazing worship and speakers with the goal of giving them an identity in Christ in the midst of a chaotic world and deepening their relationship with him, in a nutshell. This was a three-day conference full of t-shirt making and sleepovers, deep talks and prayers.
During one of the conference days, we both realized that this was what we were meant to do. To help teens, now women, understand God and grow in their relationship with him. Fast forward fifteen years, both now married with children, living in Weatherford and Fort Worth, and we have started on a new ministry venture together, The Send Help Podcast. We share stories from our lives, the ups and the downs, and how God brings us through the insanity that life and motherhood throw at us. We are two moms living in the trenches. Between our crazy kids, amazing husbands, our jobs and our lives; we are surviving on coffee and the grace of God. We want to be a lifeline for other women, bringing encouragement through Jesus, laughter, and sisterhood. There is power in the word of God, shared in our testimonies. So we also want to provide a platform for other women to share their stories and how BIG our God is. When people isolate themselves and believe that they are the only ones going through any given situation, that is a lonely and defeated place. We want them to know that they are not alone, they are not the only ones fighting with their kids or getting poop on their only clean shirt right before they have an important meeting. We’re all in this crazy life together, and we want to come alongside you, support you, and encourage you with some crazy stories and the crazy love of Jesus.
Has it been a smooth road?
It has not been the smoothest road. I had never even listened to a podcast, so I wasn’t sure exactly what Amanda was suggesting that we start. So, obviously, we had to learn a lot about podcasting, to know what we even needed to do. But really, the hardest thing has been finding a balance between raising a family, having other jobs, and recording, editing, and publishing a podcast. Life happens, kids get sick, we get sick, oftentimes we’re recording at ten at night after all of the kids are asleep and we’ve gotten things at home done. But it has been an adventure, we have learned a lot and our friendship has been strengthened through it.
We’d love to hear more about your work and what you are currently focused on. What else should we know?
There are other podcasts and vlogs out there like ours. They are funny and hilarious and we love them. They are great at getting you out of a slump with their humor and letting you know that, yes there are other moms out there in the same place as you. But what is missing from those is Jesus. We know that without Jesus, our lives don’t make sense. We want to offer the hope that he brings in his word. Yes, we’re telling stories from our life, we’re encouraging other moms who find themselves in the same place, but we’re encouraging our listeners by bringing the hope that we find in scripture to make it through another day. Some podcasts are a little heavier because we’re walking through something heavy in our lives and God is showing us something, teaching us something through it. Some episodes are lighter and filled with more humor, but we still want to point our listeners back to God in each episode. Another way that we do this is that we write a blog to partner with each podcast. The blog goes a little deeper, sometimes even a different direction on the same topic, but provides more insight into the scriptures discussed in the podcast episode. We also like to bring in other women to share their experiences and give them a platform to tell what God has done in their lives. Some of our most popular episodes have been our guests telling their stories, and we love that. We’re all in this together. The focus isn’t on us, it’s about speaking truth into the lives of our listeners.
Is our city a good place to do what you do?
Every community in the DFW area could use a local podcast to uplift and encourage them. Fort Worth, Aledo and Weatherford are very supportive of anything local. But, what’s amazing for us is that a podcast can have a worldwide reach. So, our neighborhood can be your neighborhood.
- Website: www.thesendhelppodcast.com
- Instagram: instagram.com/sendhelppodcast
- Facebook: facebook.com/sendhelppodcast
- Twitter: twitter.com/sendhelppodcast