Years ago I used to tell people from stage, everyone dies, we just don’t know when or where or how. You shouldn’t be shocked that people die, you should be surprised that you’re still alive. I said it in a bold way. It was with a hint of exhaustion, because I was tired of people taking their lives for granted, not realizing life is a gift. But then my friend Rich died in a car accident, I was shocked. When the time came to say this part in the 1st show I played after his death, there was no boldness or exhaustion. I trembled when I said it. I preached it to myself. In that moment, I knew that valuing my life, like I preached to others, meant I needed to go home and figure out how to love my growing family. Four years and many miracles later, we have written songs with our friends in their houses and in our living room and basement, and we have been learning a lot about love and not taking life for granted. We’ve learned that if we have the miracle of breath in our lungs and a voice in our heart, then we should use it for love…read more @ilovejoshsturm #IAmAWhosoever 📷 @joshdel
By: The Whosoevers
As we pulled up to the first high school and started to unload I knew this was going to be a big day. We’d planned and prayed for months and we were finally here.
The school bell rang and the band started its set. Some of the lyrics were about suicide, addiction, and self harm and it caught the attention of the students. All too often they are hearing words like these but usually with no explanation or answers until now. Each Whosoever performing had a powerful story and with such a desire to reach these students for Christ, they shared about the honest struggles that they faced in life with the hope that these students will never chose to go down the wrong path but instead accept Jesus in their hearts and follow the purpose and path God intended for them.
As the band played a few songs the lead singer shared about being tormented with thoughts of suicide for many years. When the band concluded Ryan talked about living an empty life filled with money, women, and drugs only to have his friends find him overdosed in a hotel room barely hanging onto his life. These stories of rock bottom breaking moments and the turning point where God met them had the students floored and curious. As the event closed Ryan asked the students to stick a thumbs up if they wanted to accept Jesus into their lives. Thumbs went flying up and voices reverberated across the quad as the students said a prayer inviting Jesus into their lives.
As I started packing up I realized there was still a sea of students that didn’t want to leave yet. The Whosoevers crew came around to hang out. We stayed for hours; nobody was in a hurry it’s was all about those kids that afternoon.
I was moved as I could see the openness and change in many hearts. As I drove home I prayed for that school and for the other schools we were going to visit in the coming weeks, there was a huge need and we were filling it.
If you’d like The Whosoevers to visit your school email firstname.lastname@example.org or call (909) 859-6588
I got involved with #TheWhosoevers because I love Jesus more than anything in life. He is God and he is irresistible. Everything in life makes sense when you really get to know Jesus and his character. I would easily take a bullet before renouncing Jesus. He is more real to me than any human relationship I’ve ever been in. A lot of people think anything to do with Jesus is B.S., and I can’t blame them since organized religion has been dragging His name through the mud for centuries. But as soon as every single human beings spirit leaves their body on death’s day, all the mocking will stop. But the real question is this…who will receive the biggest spanking? The sinners, or the bitter judgmental religious people who caused so many to mock his name? Hmmm…Food for thought. @brianheadwelch #IAmAWhosoever
The Destroy all gods Tour with co-founder of The Whosoevers, Ryan Ries is booking LIMITED speaking dates in Southern California from November thru January!
Ryan Ries is co-founder of The Whosoevers, a movement hell-bent to empower the youth. He travels around the world speaking to individuals of all ages at schools, concerts, churches, and rehabilitation centers. Ryan also hosts a radio talk show airing on 42 stations in 13 states across the country and simulcasted live on KWAVE & KKLA, “Live With Ryan Ries” is broadcast every Saturday night at 9pm PST.
You can learn more about Ryan at http://www.ryan-ries.com/media/my-story/
Or check out his latest interview at https://youtu.be/Iux9wpMsKZU?list=PLTcI3wXbENxhAvXw2zOca9v9zufWXqEQ
If you’d like to book an event with Ryan here are the available dates:
November 4, 8, 11, 18
December 2, 6, 9, 16
January 6, 13, 20, 27
Please email email@example.com if you’re interested!
The Whosoevers changed my life forever. This movement and its founders are reaching people who have no idea of their worth in the eyes of Jesus. People who are lost and ashamed of themselves and their mistakes. When I felt like I was giving up – when I questioned my purpose – when I felt that I had no one – #thewhosoevers drew me in the Love of God and reminded me that I have a Father who loves me regardless! In all my imperfections! They taught me that I am not a slave to this world but rather a daughter of the King. After being baptized on 8•15•15 I came out of that water a new women in Christ. I said goodbye to the old me and life has never been the same. I am a Whosoever saved by Gods grace and I’m blessed by the work they do everyday through Him. -Tori Whosoever
You’re never too old to open new doors….Almost a year ago, I made a promise to myself to change my ways and let my faith grow, I’ve struggled with anxiety and bottled up anger for most of my life, #TheWhosoevers helped me find my faith as well as become a better father, husband, brother, son, and friend, and have now been anxiety and anger free for almost a year!! – Louis Whosoever
One year ago I was 3 ½ months in the hospital and started rehab, post heart double lung transplant. I was there for two weeks learning how to walk, eat, lift basic items and relearn daily activities. It’s amazing that now I can do all of that including miles of bike riding. God deserves all the praise in this journey! Thank you to my beautiful wife you’re my rock and my comfort. – Roo Whosoever
Note from a Student…
“I just wanted to say thank you. It was great meeting a lot of you yesterday and all of you actually did help me in a very big way because I was contemplating suicide yesterday and you guys showed me that there is another way out and suicide isn’t it and neither is drugs and it helped me very much.”
The Whosoevers presents KILL THE NOISE featuring Warped Tour alumni band Dose of Adolescence, autograph signing by freerider Vinnie Carbone, and speaker from The Whosoevers, co-founder Ryan Ries. For booking inquiries email firstname.lastname@example.org or call (844) 428-6275.
Lead singer of P.O.D. and co-founder of The Whosoevers, Sonny Sandoval and the rest of P.O.D. put on an excellent show at the San Diego Padres Games. The crowd embraced the San Diego locals and Sonny’s son Justice as they stepped up to the plate to throw the first pitch and kick off the game. It was an awesome night all around!