It will bless your heart, as it did mine, when you read about Maria's Big House of Hope, dedicated in memory of Steven Curtis Chapman's daughter who was taken from the family in a tragic car accident. Read the family blogs at stevencurtischapman.com to see how God is bringing a blessing out of a great sorrow. The pictures speak a thousand words!
Also, Steven will be singing in Indianapolis this weekend for the Women of Faith Conference!
You might notice a new link on the "Support Thy Word" menu. It says, "Shop CBD." This is one of the easiest and most effortless ways to support Christian Radio!
Whenever you follow any link on our website to CBD's website (ChristianBook.com), Thy Word Network will receive 10% of any and all items you purchase. You don't just have to buy products we recommend in our Quick Picks--you can buy anything at all and Thy Word Network will receive 10% of the value of your purchase.
But you've got to click a link to CBD on our website for us to receive 10% of your purchase. To make this easier than ever, you can now bookmark www.ThyWord.org/cbd/. That link will take you directly to CBD's homepage, AND Thy Word will automatically receive 10% of the value of any items you purchase. So go ahead--bookmark www.ThyWord.org/cbd/ today, and use it whenever you want to buy items from Christian Book Distributers. It's the easiest way to support the Tri-State's favorite Christian Radio Station.
Anyone who has ever attended a Ken Davis comedy event knows that when you leave, your face will hurt from laughing so hard. This was definitely the case for the nearly 800 Thy Word Network listeners who showed up at Bellevue Baptist Church in Owensboro, Ky. on Friday night, March 6.
Ken was in rare form during a show that ran almost two hours, keeping the audience in stitches with some great real-life stories and observations. He also had the opportunity for impromtu humor during two special events facilitated by Thy Word Network's Susan Turner and Bellevue's tech staff.
Listener Jason S. from Newburgh, Ind. surprised girlfriend Crystal with tickets to the event as part of a date night. But unbeknownst to Crystal, he had an even bigger surprise up his sleeve. Right before the show picked up again after an intermission, the audience was greeted with the following video slides:
As you may have guessed, she said "Yes!"
At the end of the night, we were able to celebrate another life milestone - the 7th birthday of a young listener named Willie. Ken called Willie onstage, where he asked Willie a few questions about himself, and lead the audience in singing "Happy Birthday." Apparently determining that Willie was an upstanding young man, Ken asked the tech crew to put up on the screen a photo of his three adorable granddaughters. Ken asked Willie to take a good look at the photo, and then, "Pick one." The audience loved it, but I'm not sure exactly what Willie thought about that particular birthday present!
As a staff, we definitely enjoyed this great evening with Ken Davis and so many of our wonderful listeners! We owe many thanks to the staff of Bellevue, our volunteer ushers and merchandise table workers, and Ken Davis and his staff. We hope to do this again soon!
P.S. Ken Davis and his ministry are sponsored by and big supporters of Compassion International. During his programs, he offers the members of his audience the opportunity to support some of the thousands of children in Third World countries desperately in need of food and other basics of life. We were thrilled to see 19 of those children newly sponsored during our event!
It's a bird! It's a plane! It's ... Thy Word Network's new billboards!
We've recently begun new billboard campaigns in our WBHW and WBGW Translator listening areas, with advertisements currently up in Vincennes, Ind. and Owensboro, Ky. This campaign is meant to emphasize the core truth of our mission here: "Real answers to deal with the reality of life, found in God's Word."
Have you seen one of our billboards? What do you think? Let us know by adding your comment below!
The Broadcast Freedom Act of 2009 was re-introduced in both the House and Senate yesterday. Rep. Mike Pence (R-IN) first introduced the bill in 2007 along with Rep. Greg Walden (R-OR). It is the bill aimed at stopping any re-establishment of the Fairness Doctrine. Senate sponsor Jim DeMint (R-SC) says the Act "would keep radio airwaves free from government censorship and suppression." DeMint's co-sponsor is Sen. John Thune (R-SD). The bill has 24 co-sponsors on the Senate side and more than 110 in the House. This bill has the National Religious Broadcasters' full support.
The first day after Sharathon is more or less a "back to" day.
Back to our regular programming - the familiar voices of James Dobson, John MacArthur, Chuck Swindoll, Janet Parshall and the others are once again broadcasting at their normal times.
Back to a quiet office space - it suddenly seems unusual to not have all the clamor that comes with Share!
Back to remembering to answering the phone myself when it rings - no phone volunteers around to jump on the lit-up lines!
Back to donating a chunk of my weekly paycheck to Subway - most of that awesome food has disappeared from the kitchen. (This is probably the best thing for our waistlines, however!)
And back to the many everyday office duties that are waiting for us ... even when one has to suppress the urge to just zone out and play word games on Facebook all day!
But the great thing about a "back to" day? It's the fact that, thanks to God's provision and the generosity and faithfulness of our listeners, we are able to have one. Since we depend entirely on our Heavenly Father and almost entirely on our listeners for financial support, it is wonderful to know that we can look forward to another year of "Broadcasting God's Word" throughout the Tri-State and even around the world!
A few other notes ...
As of 5:00 PM on September 11, our Sharathon gift total is: $357,688!
If you participated in Sharathon, you do have a gift (The Bible: An Unchanging Book for an Ever-Changing World by AW Tozer and possibly the Brooklyn Tabernacle Choir CD) coming to you, but it will be a few weeks before they hit the mail. The hourly giveaway gifts should also be arriving soon. Thank you for your patience!
We like to use this blog as a way to give our listeners a look "behind the scenes" during Sharathon and other times of the year, and today you get a whole day's worth! What you hear on the air is sometimes only half the story ...
8:00 AM - I'm in the door, having just missed the "morning rush" in Telephone Central. My mom, who is doing our faith promise data entry this week, informs me that we had about 60 calls during the last hour. Awesome news! It appears that she and Priscilla Campbell, our morning data lookup volunteer, kept things running smoothly, because there's no backup paperwork piled on my desk. This is always a plus.
8:15 AM - Breakfast! Some of us eat, others just head straight to the coffee carafes. There is a whole counter-full of morning breads, quiche, fruit and more. Thankfully, this is the only time of year that the majority of us eat like this.
8:50 AM - We've hit one of our "plateaus" - $270,00! Floyd comes out to the main room to announce that we need celebraters. The breakfast crowd moves into the studio to "Hoot & Holler" (Don Chagle's expression). I bring my camera to snap a few more photos that I will hopefully get around to uploading at some point today.
9:20 AM - Match time! A generous supporter of the station has put up $2,500 as an incentive for other callers to match. This generates another flurry of calls and keeps our Telephone Central people busy. I'm now on data lookup duty, and am thrilled with the number of first-time donors calling in this year.
10:08 AM - Our guest hosts generally work in shifts of two hours on, one hour off. Steve Hiller is on his "off hour" and ends up in our office desk area, where Susan, Shirley and my mom have plenty of questions about his job as host for "Prime Time Chicago" on WMBI.
11:07 AM - Two home school families - the Fultons and the Nelsons - stop by to get a quick tour of the station. Combined, there are 15 kids in these two families, and they have filled the studio to overflowing. I think Donna and Steve are loving it as much as the younger ones. Donna has just offered them chocolate chip cookies, and Don immediately protests. I don't think he wants to share.
12:22 PM - We have a crowd at the station today! Lots of ringing phones and conversation and laughter - I think everyone is having a good time. I take my lunch and laptop into the back hall for a few minutes of relative peace and quiet so that I can concentrate! ETA: We have photos!
1:22 PM - $300,000!!! Only $50,000 to go during this "Marathon Sharathon"!
1:57 PM - As I'm walking through the office area I hear two of our little runners arguing over who gets to take the next faith promise copy to the studio. Their mom tells them they can take turns, and the little boy replies, "But nobody's calling!" So if you've been holding off on your faith promise, consider calling now (800-264-5550!) and gainfully employing a little runner!
2:05 PM - I'm so absorbed in updating the website that I completely forget that I've got an on-air shift coming up - good thing I was already hanging out in the studio! I have to rush into Telephone Central to give the phone volunteers the answer key to our Bible Verse Trivia Quiz. John Hayden very nicely covers for me while my side of the mic stand is empty.
3:32 PM - I had to venture into Telephone Central a few minutes ago to ask a question about a faith promise form. Whew! It's loud and crowded (and a little hot and stuffy!) and every time one volunteer puts down the phone it starts to ring again. It's great!
4:26 PM - The excitement indoors is over our climbing Sharathon faith promise total. The excitement outdoors appears to be over our resident Attack Cat and her five kittens. Donna Leland's kids are keeping an eye on them for us this afternoon.
5:24 PM - This past hour has basically been a complete blur. Lots and lots and lots of faith promise forms landing on and leaving my desk! From the sound of things, our on-air hosts are getting a little loopy.
5:50 PM - If this radio thing doesn't work out, John Hayden may have a new career as a Larry the Cable Guy impersonator. ("Git'R'Done!")
6:07 PM - We made it! $352, 508 is our total at the end of Sharathon. Almost everyone in the building packs into the studio to celebrate and give all the praise and glory to God, and Floyd signs us off with the "Halleluiah Chorus."