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Don Quijote Buffet Benefit for Homeless December 7

Sunday, December 7 from noon to 5pm, Carlos Rivero continues a nearly three decade old tradition with the Restaurante don Quijote buffet benefit this year to benefit Housing Opportunities. Carlos and his staff prepare and serve a tremendous buffet featuring a variety of traditional don Quiojote items and some specials for this event. Don Quijote donates the food and its staff donate their time so all the money raised can benefit Housing Opportunities.

Additionally support to make the event happen is provided by the Valpo High School Spanish Club. Leading up to the event they sell tickets and talk to area merchants to collect items for the silent auction, door prizes, and raffles. At the event, they host, serve, clear tables, and sell tickets for the raffles.

Since Carlos started this event in the 1990’s, it has raised hundreds of thousands of dollars to help homeless families in Porter County.

Tickets for the event are available at Restaurante don Quijote. Each $35 ticket includes the buffet, entertainment, entry into the door prize drawing, and the chance to participate in the silent auctions and raffle.

The event provides a wonderful portrait of our community coming together to share a meal, some fellowship, and help the homeless in our community.

Free On The Inside Radio with Author Dion Welton now On The Air

WITW 93.5, Valparaiso’s Christian Radio station, is proud to announce a new partnership and welcome a new host/show to the WITW Family.

Dion Welton – author, speaker, and radio host – will be on WITW twice daily with his nationally syndicated program “Free on the Inside.” The show airs Monday through Friday at 7:30am and 6pm. His 2012 book  Are We Really Forgiven, Dion takes on the question that many of us ask many times – can we truly be forgiven. The book gives hope through something only God can provide and a grace which, if we let us, binds us up in the in-comprehensive nature of its power.


Dion speaker who travels country-wide, including a number of stops each year to speak to groups right here in Valparaiso, including Valparaiso University.

Dion’s radio show will give you hope, some answers, and some challenges each day. We hope you find it uplifting and a positive addition to our locally focused programming.

Testimony Tuesday Archive

The finishing touches are being put on a new archive site for our Testimony Tuesday recordings. We hear from listeners regularly requesting the capacity to listen back to our guests. With our limited resources and staffing, it has taken a bit to put together. A separate site has been created and the Testimony Tuesday’s we have are being uploaded.

We have saved many of them in .MP3 format. We have a few on video. We will post the new site as soon as we get a few of the shows of for you.

Testimony Tuesday – Pastor Jim Norris

Chicago Christian Radio from Valparaiso the WITW Morning Show for May 8.

It’s Testimony Tuesday!

I (RG) was joined in studio by one of my (and His) inspiring brother’s in Christ, Pastor Jim Norris. Jim is the Pastor for Boone Grove Christian Church, just south of Valpo. Jim shared the amazing journey God had for him to bring him to be a called Pastor, Practicing the Presence of God from Brother Lawerence, being led by the Holy Spirit and faith in the face of adversity. He shared a more recent addition to his story: There are two questions we need to be prepared to answer for God:

  1. Do you know Me?
  2. Who did you bring with you?

Watch our conversation

Jim and Nancy Norris are active members in the Indiana Dunes Great Banquet community. Banquet is where God crossed our (Jim and my) paths (IDGB #49 – Woot!) While I spoke a lot sharing my thoughts at the wrap-up of our initial visit to Banquet, Jim’s statement of God meeting him in that weekend has always stuck with me. I tend to use a lot of words to empty my heart and mind. Jim was far more selective and even more powerful with his explanation of how God met him that late September weekend in 2006. The weekend for us both redirected our paths to draw nearer to God and be more open to His plan for each of us.

Shortly after our initial weekend together, we served on team together. During that weekend, Jim shared an amazing testament of his ongoing communication with God through lessons learned from “Practice of the Presence of God” taught by 17th century lay monk, Brother Lawrence. The awareness of God’s constant presence and the ability to focus on an incessant conversation/prayer provides an amazingly freeing way to go through our day. It’s not something someone picks up in a day or a week, but through practice – it is the Practice of the Presence of God, you know.

During Jim’s visit for Testimony Tuesday, he shared how he is leaning into faith and believing God for a plan to reach someone who needs to be drawn nearer to God through his (Jim’s) battle with lymphoma. Before Jim and I talked directly, I knew what his attitude would be about what many would see as a devastating diagnosis. I knew he knew where his journey was ultimately leading. I knew he would tell the story of his faith keeping his focus on the long-term and the short-term was just that…temporary.

What I didn’t realize was how it would impact me to hear him say it. What I didn’t realize was how deeply it would grab me to hear him say “just one God.” What I didn’t realize was how far I felt I had to travel to get that confident in my faith.

So I pin that example of commitment to faith on the wall in front of me as a goal, as a reachable possibility, as an inspiration to give over more to Him to see what He has in store.

God’s blessed me with a number of inspiring people along my journey – paths crossing; running together for some time and in some cases diverging. There are some who inspire by their example. There are others who inspire me with their involvement on a regular basis. My hope is that I am sharing these blessings bestowed upon me with someone else who needs to be lifted up in the way I have been.

Just one God, just one.

Testimony Tuesday – Todd Laczynski

WITW Chicago Christian Radio from Valparaiso May 1 Morning Show with Jen Randall and RG Skadberg for Testimony Tuesday with Todd Laczynski

You may have read about the story of Brett Laczynski in The Times – either his graduation held in February or Ernie Banks recent visit. His father, Todd, visited the studio today to talk about how his faith has been prevalent in the long battle with cancer that Brett has endured. Watch the visit on our Testimony Tuesday page and let us know what you think!