OCTOBER / November, 2013 NEWSLETTER
From the Desk of Ed Smith,
Founder / President Joy Christian Radio
I bring you greetings in the matchless name of our wonderful Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. I trust that you all had a wonderful summer and the Fall is wonderful as well. Joy Christian Radio has enjoyed the blessings of the Lord this summer, and we have a lot to be thankful for! I would like to share some of our blessings, but first, I would like to mention our Fall “Friend Raiser!”
It is hard to believe this much time has passed, but it has!! Late October is the time to begin our Fall “Friend Raiser!” We do this twice a year; once in the Spring and once in the Fall. Our entire operation here at Joy Christian Radio is dependent on our listeners for prayer and financial support. We believe this is the operational model that God led us to employ, and He has blessed His plan through the years!
Joy Christian Radio operates our fund raising efforts in a very different manner than most other radio stations, in that, we don’t have a “one week, wall-to-wall, do-or-die effort” that absorbs an entire week of “regular” broadcasting; nor do we have “eternal begging for money.” Instead, Joy Christian Radio splits it up over a longer period of time, and we don’t preempt much of our regular programming! You see, we operate under the premise that whatever God gives us, He will make it work to keep us alive. He has always been faithful to follow the model He gave us, and it is a joy and a thrill to watch Him at work. One highlight of our Friend Raisers is that we have “open house,” when we invite our listeners to come to our headquarters and spend some time here getting to know the operations of the network and so that we might have the opportunity to get to know many of you! This Fall, we will have three “open house” celebrations here at our headquarters in Tullahoma, Tennessee between now and the end of the year. Please refer to the “event calendar” for the specific dates for these activities.
This Fall’s Friend Raiser, as always, is more targeted towards making friends, renewing and connecting with old friends, and connecting with our listeners. It is a lot of fun and a wonderful time of ministry! We will present our budgetary needs for the next six months of operations, and we have a very special and much needed project that we would like to see accomplished. I hope and pray that you will begin now to pray about what the Lord would have you do this Friend Raiser season!! Be a part of this ministry! You are our family! We so very much want to see the world have the opportunity to hear the Gospel of Christ, and radio is reaching many for Him!
We will be searching for volunteers to assist us throughout the Friend Raiser season. If you are interested, please call Marie at 931.222.1633. No radio experience is necessary, and no broadcast experience is necessary. Plus, if you tell us that you don’t want to be on the air, we will honor your request!
Here is just a tiny tip of the iceberg of improvements that God has blessed us to be able to accomplish this summer: 1) We overhauled our computer system. That’s no small task! New file servers, new FTP server, new “play-to-air” machines, new production machines, and a new Internet-only radio network! 2) We overhauled our “live” broadcast system and remote control unit. Again, no small task. 3) We started “Bible Talk,” the brand new Internet-only Bible preaching and teaching network! And, we’re already got listeners!! 4) We installed a “new” (actually used) FM transmitter at our WLYJ, Tullahoma station!! It is wonderful! Our signal here at headquarters is much improved!! So, HELLO TO MANY WHO COULDN”T PICK US UP PRIOR TO THIS!!! We are thrilled to have you join the family!!
All of this was made possible because God blessed us to be able to close on our final “investment” AM radio station early this summer! For those who might not be aware of this, Joy Christian Radio was built on ingenuity and a lot of “blood, sweat and tears.” We are NOT money people; never have been, never will be. Instead, I used the talents God gave me as a broadcaster, engineer, operator, manager and “flunky” to acquire “troubled” AM radio stations for little of nothing, fix them up, get them on the air producing some income and sell them for a profit. This money was used to operate our young and growing network and to invest in stations that we wanted to “keep,” such as WLYJ, WLYG and WLYY!! (That’s Tullahoma, TN; Centre, AL; and Copperhill / Blue Ridge, GA if you are unaware of our stations!). All of the proceeds of our station sale this summer were used to purchase the equipment I mentioned.
We used every penny that was donated from the Spring Friend Raiser to operate! And, we were able, for the first time in our history, to use every penny of the investor station sale this summer on equipment! We’re so thrilled! It has been in the past that we would have to use a large portion of our station sales to operate, but not this time! So, we are greatly improved in quality of operations and are now poised for some real growth and improvements that you will love in the months to come.
One more detail and I will let you go. For those of you who are new to our Friend Raisers, we “clear the board” and start over each time! So, if you pledged a monthly amount that is not yet finished, please just keep on keeping on! But, you can let us know if you want to continue to do it again for another six months if you feel led to do so, and I pray you will! Last time, we had a church that jumped in with both feet in support of Joy Christian Radio! Their faithful support has provided a very large portion of our operational funds each month through a monthly love offering, their members who have broadcasts on Joy Christian Radio, and those individuals who support monthly! I am praying that other churches catch the vision and follow the Godly example set by this church! God is already blessing their faithfulness! The response to their outreaches on Joy Christian Radio has been very good, and I pray it gets better. Pastor, will you pray about discussing NOW with your church the idea of supporting this MISSIONS ministry? Never thought of us that way? Well, you should. Joy Christian Radio reaches people that nobody else can reach. And, the “Inspiration for your family and Information you can trust” coming from Joy Christian Radio is second to none in our area! I am very excited about the Friend Raiser!! Please join us!!
In Our Master’s Joyful Service,