Somebody’s Bible on My Desk

Although I’ve only met Fern once, a Bible that belongs to him lays continuously on my desk, a gift he received from his sister right after his conversion in the Miami-Dade Stockade Pre-Trial Detention Center. The Bible is a small and brown King James Version so worn that the golden letters on the cover that […]

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In the words of my kids: I want Mom!

Because my sweet wife left for work before the girls woke up, she wrote them each a note. My youngest, angry that her mother wasn’t home, tossed the note aside. “I don’t want a note!” she yelled, throwing the note to the floor in disgust. ” I want mom!” It wasn’t long until she reconsidered: […]

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Does God Change Lives?

If you asked me point blank whether or not if in the history of creation God had ever answered a prayer and changed a life, I’d say yes. Pin me down for some evidence or an example, what then? Do I go with Jonah’s cry of distress from inside the belly of the whale (how […]

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Fern Remembers Stealing the US Marshal Airplane

As a part of hearing my friend Fern’s testimony, in this podcast episode he remembers the night he stole a U.S. Marshal airplane.  This is a point in Fern’s story that he has come to think of as a sort of flight to redemption, a night which eventually took Fern to prison where he began […]

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Second Chances after Prison

This is the fifth podcast in a series in which I ask Fern to give his testimony. We are working on the manuscript of a book. One of the titles we have thrown around goes something like this… Flight to Redemption: A Story of Cocaine, Prison, and a New Life Through Christ. Fern discusses what […]

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An Honest Prayer: Fern is Released from Prison

In the latest Torg Stories podcasts, we’ve been talking with Fernando Fernandez about his life. This includes time involved with running cocaine, stealing a US Marshal airplane, arrest in Cuba, and a prison conversation to Christianity.   In this episode, Fern finishes his 12-year sentence in Terre Haute and Peoria. He talks about his relationship […]

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God Moments: Fern Gets Sentenced and The Gift of a Bible

“Give me a chance to thank Jose for the Bible,” Fern had prayed. The events that actually allow Fern the chance to do that could be explained away as an amazing coincidence. Fern, however, calls them God moments.   In this conversation, Fern covers his trial, the gift of a Bible, and the invitation from […]

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An Honest Prayer: The DEA Arrests Fern

After hearing about Fern’s theft of a U.S. Marshall plane on the last podcast episode, in this conversation Fern tells us about arriving to Columbia and getting involved with the Medellin Cartel, the first prayer of his life, and his eventual arrest by the DEA in the Bahamas the day after the birth of his son. […]

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An Honest Prayer: Cocaine, Prison, and a New Start

My friend’s friend was said to have stolen an airplane from a Miami airport and delivered it to Colombia. That’s the bit of information that first grabbed my attention. It had been years since I’d heard from my friend Karsten, but he surprised me with a phone call to tell me about his friend Fern […]

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Mushroom Hunter Press Release

The Mushroom Hunter–Torg & His Buddies Have Hunted Morels for Over 50 Years Selected to Appear at Indy Film Fest July 20th & 24th, 2013  The Mushroom Hunter is a documentary short of thirty minutes that tells the story of Martin “Torg” Torgerson and his buddies who have hunted morel mushrooms for over fifty years. […]

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