Janet Mitchell

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Location: California
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Candid, dynamic, friendly…and memorable are some of the words used to describe Janet Mitchell. Her fun, engaging style keeps her audiences wanting more. As a master storyteller, she shares her heart, passions and faith, relating incidents from her life that will touch you and make you laugh. Janet addresses relevant life issues and how it just takes one to make a difference in your world!

Janet has held staff positions with Youth for Christ and Forest Home Christian Conference Center and has served as the director of a Christian preschool. Janet is a CLASS Speaker (Christian Leaders, Authors, and Speakers) and is a popular speaker for women’s events, MOPS, family camps and single-parent groups.

As a senior in high school, Janet lost the use of her legs following surgery. On the night of her tenth surgery, she met Marty, who became her cheerleader and was alongside her as she learned to walk again. Eventually, he became her husband. Janet and Marty have been married for over twenty years and have three children. Janet’s knee problems reoccurred when she was thirty-two. She was horrified to learn she had been a victim of medical negligence, fraud and concealment. Her additional surgeries had been attempts to correct the mistakes. Janet has since become a voice for others who have suffered medical fraud. Assembly Bill 2571, borne out of her misfortunes, unanimously passed both the California Assembly and the Senate and was signed into state law on August 31, 2000. Her story, Taking a Stand, has motivated others to “take a stand” and remain firm in their faith through the good, bad, and the outrageous.

Janet’s stories and articles have appeared in the Chicken Soup for the Soul series, Multnomah’s Stories for the Extreme Teen, and in magazines such as Woman’s World, Light and Life and Celebrate Life. Her testimony, “When Doctors Make Mistakes,” was published in the July/August 2005 issue of Today’s Christian Woman magazine. Janet’s book, A Special Kind of Love, published by Broadman and Holman and Focus on the Family, and her Hands on Faith: Family Nights and Hands-On Faith: Family Fun books by Carson-Dellosa are now available. Watch for Janet’s book, Taking a Stand, coming out next fall. It is truly a testimony of God’s faithfulness through the good, bad and outrageous. One thing Janet has learned is:
It just takes one to change the world we live in.

Endorsements

“Janet is a versatile speaker with a passion for her audience. Our women’s group of approximately 200 enjoyed her testimony ‘Taking a Stand’ so much that we invited her back to keynote our Christmas brunch. I can honestly say that Janet touched every woman in the room. Janet is delightful and her ‘Red Cord’ is unforgettable. I look forward to our next experience together.”
Laurie Wren,Vice President
Mountain Christian Fellowship
Lake Arrowhead, California

“Thank you for the wonderful heartfelt message and the practical tools and techniques you brought to the MOPS groups of Saddleback Church. The women left that morning feeling encouraged and inspired by not only your message and shared personal life experiences, but also by your clever creativeness in teaching them how to keep Christ at the center of their families.”
Stacey Woodhart Women’s Ministries/MOPS Community Leader
Saddleback Church, California

“Janet Mitchell ‘s story is a dynamic testimony to God’s faithfulness and grace. In His power, she faces remarkable obstacles and trusts God to bring justice in an unjust situation. Once you begin her story, you won’t want to stop. And your faith and trust in God will grow.”
Kathy Collard Miller – speaker and author

“Janet’s story is a true example of how one woman allowed God to heal her anger and then allowed Him to use her life’s experience to make a difference for others who face similar challenges.”
H. Norman Wright – psychologist, author, speaker

“As a reporter for the Orange County Register, I have written many stories that elicited response from readers, but few have generated the kind of overwhelming outpouring as the story of what Janet Mitchell has endured and overcome. Following the release of her story, people from across the nation wanted to share their own tales of woe with Janet Mitchell – her story spoke to them.”
Mayrav Saar – The Orange County Register

“Janet’s ‘Hand’s On’ Faith and Family Night seminars were very well received at Forest Home Family Camps. Time and again our guests expressed appreciation for the number of creative, practical ideas which Janet brought to them. At the core of her teaching is an obvious passion that family relationships be centered on none other than Jesus Christ. ”
Peggy Heyden – Forest Home Christian Conference Center

Topics include:

The Red Cord
We’ve all been there — in overwhelming situations that appeared far “too big” and where we saw “no way out.” In Janet’s talk, The Red Cord, she shares the story of Rahab and her simple, yet incredible faith. In desperation, Rehab hung a Red Cord, stepped out and trusted, despite her past, vulnerability, rejection, fear for her life, and human odds against her—and God was faithful! Janet says, “You too, can hang a Red Cord—a visible reminder and symbol of the faith you possess. Your Red Cord can be a tool that redirects your thoughts, challenges your disbelief and reminds you of God’s truths and faithfulness.” (45 minutes-3 hours)

All I Know About Love, I’ve Learned From Others
How does one learn to love? Who does one turn to to tell ‘em how it’s done? Through All I Know About Love, I’ve Learned from Others, Janet leaves her audience laughing and in awe. One by one, she shares stories of those who taught her what true love really is. By the examples of others and God’s redeeming grace, you will leave knowing how deeply loved you are and be challenged to be an “other” to the world. (30-60 minutes)

When Women Dare to Dream
All of us have a dream — a goal, aspiration, or vision that we long to see come true. When Women Dare to Dream is for those who wish to turn their God-given dreams, into reality. What are your dreams? What are your secret passions? Could they change your life, or generations to come? Through this time together, Janet will show you that “dreams are not impossibilities; they are God’s gift to all believers.” Learn how to go from being a dreamer to seeing your dreams fulfilled. Explore the stories of Tamar, Rahab, Ruth, and Mary, and discover how they found courage, took risks, trusted God, dared to dream, then changed the world. (45 minutes-3 hours)

The Incredible Gift
Only after Janet coached a woman through childbirth and was given the privilege of becoming the baby’s adopted mother, did she finally understood the meaning of God’s great gift to mankind. In this celebration of Christmas, Janet focuses on the true meaning of Christmas, love of family, and gifts of the heart. Hush your hearts and listen to His whispers as Janet shares this never-to-be-forgotten story of her personal Christmas miracle. (30-60 minutes)

She Loves Me!
Have you ever tried to win the heart of an “impossible” person who simply refused to love you? Have you ever struggled with “getting along” with a co-worker, family member or friend? Years ago, Janet shared this frustration. From “the wedding that almost wasn’t” to the humorous tales of “Janet and Agnes,” Janet shares not only how she became Agnes’s daughter-in-law, but found a cherished friend. Through this hilarious message, Janet shows others how they too, can befriend the impossible. (1-3 hours)

Rising Above the Odds
At the age of nineteen, Janet found herself in a hospital 3,000 miles away from family and friends. With her dreams of her future crushed and the months creeping by, she asked herself, When is it okay to give up? Is there a time when my pain and suffering is so great that it’s okay to quit the fight and resign myself to the reality that I might not walk again? As you hear Janet’s personal story, intertwined with the Scriptures that she clung to, you will be encouraged not to give up. You, too, can rise above the odds that face you. (1-3 hours)

Taking A Stand
What do you do when you discover that your life has been forever changed and you must now live with the consequences of someone else’s mistakes and sin? How do you quench the anger that blazes? As a high school student, Janet had surgery and lost the use of her legs. Ten surgeries and fifteen years later, she was stunned to learn that her “poor” surgical outcome and current conditions were due to her doctors’ secrets, mistakes and lies. Janet’s personal testimony of anger, faith and forgiveness, is sure to inspire all. Through her life lesson she shares that forgiveness begins with a decision to forgive. Jesus shows us that it can be done! (45 minutes-3 hours)

How to Manage Your Health Care
Do you remember what your doctor told you at your last appointment? Did you follow his orders? Do you know for sure that his diagnosis was indeed correct? How was Janet to know that her doctors’ words were not true? How was she to know that she had been led to believe the unbelievable? With up to 98,000 American’s dying each year due to medical mishaps, Janet shares practical ways, tips and suggestions for partnering with your doctors to prevent medical errors.

“Hand On” Faith
How do you instill values in your children? How do you imprint your faith within their hearts? Through “show and tell,” Janet shares practical, fun, and challenging activities you can use to reinforce family values, relationships and faith. You’ll love her ideas for living right-side-up in an upside down world including the Mitchell family’s “Blessing Jar,” (featured in Chicken Soup for the Christian Woman’s Soul) has proven especially helpful when dealing with life’s tougher moments. (30-60 minutes)

Family Nights
Think only June Cleaver could pull off regular Family Nights and only Sharon Osborne can redefine them? Not true, Janet insists, as she shows you the nuts-and-bolts way to pull it off. Prayer, journaling, scrap booking, music, special events, family vests, plus creating family goals and a mission statement are just a few of her can-do ideas. Janet’s kids say, “It’s a terrible thing if we miss a Family Night!” Yours too, can discover the fun of family nights and have an incredible time making lifelong memories. (30-60 minutes )

Holidays, Traditions, and Celebrations
Holidays are times when families come together and create memories that will stay with them throughout a lifetime. These special days help create ties that unite families and establish legacies. So how does a family celebrate Advent, Lent, or Palm Sunday in a way that brings meaning to their faith? What can they do to make Columbus Day, Patriot Day, and Grandparents Day, or Memorial Day a special day, unlike all the others? Who was Saint Patrick and what’s “Boxing day?” Through Janet’s talk, Holidays Traditions, and Celebrations, you will discover ways in which your family can celebrate, create special traditions, and have some “hands-on fun” while enjoying the holidays.

Eeny, Meeny, Miney, Mo—Pick a Preschool for Little Joe
For fifteen years, Janet mixed finger paint, drank blue milk and knew how many monkeys were jumping on the bed. Six of these years, she was director of a Christian Pre-school. So, how does one pick a preschool for their child?Other than the obvious details—cost of tuition, hours of operation and holidays observed—what questions should one ask? Through Janet’s talk you will discover what her life was like walking among two hundred preschoolers. You’ll also be given tips, taking the guesswork out of choosing a preschool for your child. (30-60 minutes)

Words, Words, and More Words
Deuteronomy 6:7, 9 instructs parents to talk to their children. The first words our children hear upon rising and the last words they hear at the end of the day can make a tremendous impact on their lives. In Hands-on Faith: Words, Words, and More Words, parents learn how words can shape and develop their children to become all that God intended them to be. Janet demonstrates how everyday conversations, conferences set up for specific purposes, occasional monologues from parent to child, playful chatter, written words, and affirmation parties can touch a child for life.

A Special Kind of Love
Each child is special, with his or her own unique personality and needs. “The awesome reality,” Janet says, “is that long before your child was born, God chose you to be a part of your child’s life.” In this presentation, Janet helps you discover how God has hand-picked each parent, with his or her own talents, abilities, temperament, strengths, and weaknesses, knowing each is “perfect” for the job. (30-60 minutes)

Janet’s messages may be adapted and/or combined to suit your group’s unique needs and she has other presentations available
on a variety of themes and topics — just ask!