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We are Giving Away Books to 3 Early Registrants 
Be one of the first 100 Evening of Stories 2019 registrants to be entered into a drawing for a free book of your choice by Leslie Vernick. 

This year we are celebrating the 25th Anniversay of Genesis Institute!  We want to acknowledge and honor those who have dedicated so much of their lives for this ministry. Please join us for a special "Evening of Stories," an intimate dessert Fundraiser event to benefit the work of Genesis Institute. Our hope is that Evening of Stories will encourage and inspire you as you hear stories of God's redemptive work in people's lives.

We are pleased to welcome Leslie Vernick as our keynote speaker.

Our goal for the event is to raise enough funds to support our ministry in the coming year. In order to be able to channel all donations from the event directly to the ministry, we work very hard to have the event paid for in advance. To do this, we need the help of churches, businesses and individuals like you to step up and be willing to help SPONSOR this event. To know more about what it means to be a SPONSOR, please click HERE for more information. If you want to know more about the IMPACT you can have, click HERE.

We are also looking for people to act as table HOSTS who commit to filling a table of 10 people with those that will, hopefully, be touched by what they hear about Genesis and decide to support us as well. If you would like more information on being a table Host, please contact Linda Depew at 509.710.8182.

We want to thank you so much for your support of this vital ministry of the Heart and Soul.

We are excited to bring back His Song Ministries!  His Song is a men’s gospel singing group based in Spokane, Washington, dedicated to presenting Christian Gospel music which will draw people to Jesus Christ and encourage them in their walk with the Lord.

If you have never heard them before, then you are definitely in for a treat!


His Song Ministries ~ Men's Gospel Singing Group


October 3, 2019, 6:30 – 8:30 pm


No Cost Dessert Fundraiser to Benefit
Genesis Institute


Spokane Convention Center

Ballroom 100AB

334 W. Spokane Falls Blvd.

Spokane, WA 99201

Click HERE for a map

Parking:  The best place to park is at the Davenport Grand Hotel parking garage.  There are entrances off Washington and Main Streets.  If you take the garage elevators up to the Skybridge level (should be 2nd floor), then you can walk directly across to the Convention Center.  Once across the street, you can either take the elevator down to the first floor or take the stairs.  Then follow the signs to the Event.

For curbside drop off: - There is a pull through directly in front of the First Interstate Center for the Arts (formerly the INB) and Convention Center.  The entrance to the Convention Center is on the right - you should see signs for the event on various screens.

Please enter through the main doors - you will see display screens directing you to the Evening of Stories. 

Registration Is Now Open!

We are Giving Away Books to 3 Early Registrants 
Be one of the first 100 Evening of Stories 2019 registrants to be entered into a drawing for a free book of your choice by Leslie Vernick. 


About Leslie Vernick

Leslie Vernick is a popular speaker, author, counselor and relationship coach.

She is the author of seven books, including the best selling, The Emotionally Destructive Relationship and her most recent The Emotionally Destructive Marriage. 

Leslie has been a featured guest on Focus on the Family Radio, Family Life Today with Dennis Rainey, New Life Radio and Television with Steve Arterburn, and Moody Mid-Day Connection.

Leslie has spoken nationally and internally in Cuba, Romania, Russia, the Philippines, Hungary, and Iraq. 

In 2013, she received the American Association of Christian Counselors Caregiver Award. 

Leslie’s heart is to equip and empower people to grow strong and be brave so that they can become all God calls them to become. 

She’s been married to Howard for over 40 years and together they have two grown children and three grandchildren. 

For more information, visit her web site at www.leslievernick.com  or www.leslievernick.com/counselors

Event Extras

From Leslie...


One of the reasons I’m so passionate about helping people in difficult and destructive relationships is because I know what it feels like to be in one.

My own painful and destructive relationship with my mother began in my childhood, but it did not stop when I grew up. Even as an adult, I feared her temper. We could not communicate, and she would not or could not acknowledge that she hurt me.

When I was eight years old, my parents went through an ugly divorce. My younger sister, brother, and I went to live with our mother. After years of enduring mom’s alcoholism and abusive behavior, my father finally gained custody of us. My mother remarried and eventually moved to another state. She chose not to stay closely involved with her children.

For more than fifteen years, during my adulthood, I didn’t see or speak to my mom. Before that time, my contact with her was sporadic and always tense. She didn’t attend my wedding, nor was she present when my son was born or my daughter was adopted from Korea. She never shared Christmas with us or invited my family to visit her.

The helplessness, confusion, frustration and hurt can be overwhelming at times. It can be tricky, and sometimes risky, to navigate through it in a God-honoring way.

Even as a Christian counselor, I struggled with how to honor my mother without losing myself.

I eventually learned

  • how and when to set appropriate boundaries
  • how to confront and when to forbear
  • how to overcome evil with good
  • and how to let go of all those negative messages swirling around in my head.

These were just a few of the things I personally had to learn and that I want to teach you through my resources and coaching programs.

The Church has been rather slow to acknowledge the validity of emotional abuse, especially in marriage. My prayer is that God would use me and my written materials to be an advocate for a group of people who have been overlooked and oppressed as well as give them biblical and practical tools to get healthier and possibly turn their relationship around. I don’t want the next generation to repeat the same mistakes.

I am a national and international speaker, author, licensed clinical social worker, consultant and relationship coach with an expertise on the subjects of personal and spiritual growth, marriage improvement, conflict resolution, depression, child abuse, destructive relationships and domestic violence.



We would like to give a special THANK YOU to our Evening of Stories Premier and Executive Sponsors. These businesses and individuals have given at least $2,000 towards paying for our event this year.


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Premier Sponsors: 

Mrs. Ann Hayden

Thanks Mom!


Ziegler Lumber Company

Thanks Neil and Natalie!













Houk Chiropractic

Thanks Dr. Houk!


Moody Aviation!

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