Missions and Joy Christian Radio

The first audio clip is my interview with Jimmy Stinson.  The second and third are parts 1 and 2 of my interview with Lulu Birdwell.  Enjoy!

God burdened me with a passion for missions many years ago.  During my college days in the late 1970’s through 1981, I had the privilege of going to the Mexican border and down into the country on several occasions.  Shortly after Marie and I married, we made a summer trip down into Mexico to work with a camp going on there.  These times were among the most special in my early career.  I can honestly say that going to a mission field, seeing how the missionaries live and observing people who have never heard the name of Christ was a life-changer for me.

During those days, I got to know several missionaries that had a huge impact on my life.  Among them were Mike and Evelyn Gary, Florence Tingle, Jimmy and Kitty Stinson and a dear friend in college who went to work with the Navajo Indians in New Mexico, Brenda Lulu Birdwell.  I’ve kept up with all these people since those days and still look to each of them as an example of complete sacrifice to the Lord through service on a cross-cultural mission field.

A while back, I was able to tape a couple of special interviews with two of these people.  Jimmy Stinson and Brenda Lulu Birdwell.

I “recycled” these interviews and aired them on our network during late April when we were talking missions during our Spring Fundraiser.

Joy Christian Radio itself is a missions organization, reaching all 50 states at home with regular listeners and over 110 countries outside the USA who likewise have listeners.  We are ecstatic that God has raised up this ministry that touches so many hearts and is changing lives all over the world.

That said, I am posting these two interviews here.  I pray that you get as much out of listening as I did in recording and presenting them today.

Why Keep Going?

One of the saddest things in the world is a closed church.  For me as a “radio guy,” it’s equally sad to see a radio station that once beamed the Gospel of Christ that is either silent or sold to a secular outlet who now ignores the Gospel.

As a lad just beginning my work in the ministry, I filled the pulpit for about six months at a church in very rural Mississippi.  About 10 years ago, I’d heard the church had closed many years prior, but one day, while in the area, curiosity got the best of me and I thought I’d drive by there just to see if the old building was still standing.  It was.  All boarded up with plywood, bushes out of control all around the building and the grass was knee-deep.  I made my way to the front door where a single glass pane remained uncovered, so I could see into the sanctuary.  The pulpit, the pews and every scrap of furniture was removed.  The songbooks were gone, the Bibles that once filled pew book-holders, the choir seating and even the Baptistery had been stripped out.  I stood there staring at the spectacle and realized that a tear was making its way down my face.  Once-upon-a-time, this building housed many people who were seeking Christ, so many who at the altar that was now gone had sought to come home from the Prodigal highway…..but no more.  Now, it was an empty hulk that probably should have been torn down many years prior but somehow still stood as a reminder that God once moved within His people in that place.

If the Lord tarries His return, and I am still six feet above ground, I’ll celebrate my 43rd year of ministry this July 24.  All these years, I’ve sought to make a difference in people’s lives by pointing them to the Messiah.  Sometimes, as I look around this sin-darkened world that seems to be slipping further and further down the slippery slope towards the Abyss, I sometimes wonder if anyone really cares any more.  I have seen our radio stations struggle just to pay the power bill, and several of them have closed due to lack of interest in the community they served.  I’ve been cheated, mistreated, lied to, and even abused by Christians through the years.  Sometimes, I feel like I should quit, but the truth is that I could never actually do it.  If I were to quit the ministry and Christian Radio broadcasting, all I could do is to be a greeter at Walmart.  I couldn’t do another single thing.

So, what keeps me going?  Why do we risk everything to start another new station in Mississippi?  It’s simple.  That lady that called the station crying who said, “I was away from the Lord.  I’d destroyed my marriage and my family over the past 10 years.  But, last Friday, my son borrowed my car.  He listens to you in the mornings and he changed all the presets on my radio to Joy Christian Radio.  When I tuned in on that Sunday morning, you were praying for the lady who’d gotten away from the Lord, destroyed her family and deep down, really wanted to come home.  I pulled the car over on the side of the road and sat there over an hour and cried.  I called my boss…I was so upset I couldn’t go to work.  Finally, I called my son’s pastor and told him who I was.  He came right over to my house and had prayer with me.  Now, I have my life back!  I have made things right with God and it is because I “accidentally” heard Joy Christian Radio!  Please!  Never quit what you are doing!  It made a difference in my life!  I still want to know…HOW DID YOU KNOW?”

This is but one of many such stories that we could share with you.  I wish this happened every day, but it doesn’t.  Still, we see enough of this to keep going. That is the sole source of our strength – watching God at work in people’s lives!  Knowing that God is using this ministry to touch hearts and lives is the reason we keep on keeping on.

But, we can’t do it alone!  We need you!  Would you pray about supporting this ministry?  Alone, we can so little; but together, with God at the helm, we can do so much and reach so many people!  Will you pray about becoming a supporting financial partner with Joy Christian Radio?  Give us a call for information at 601.557.1211 or go to the support page on this website.

Would you endorse Joy Christian Radio?

                If the Lord tarries His coming and I’m still alive, I’ll celebrate 43 years of serving the Lord in His Ministry of preaching the Word.  A major part of that calling I received in 1976 was my direction towards Christian Radio Broadcasting.  I had been blessed since 1973 to take an electronics course in high school, where my professor was a retired Navy Electronics Engineer and a retired Broadcast Engineer.  He was close friends to a teacher at the Vocational-Technical School across the street who was a Broadcast Engineer with a lifetime of experience and who ended up as my teacher for a year after high school.  It was during my high school years that God impressed more strongly on me the direction of radio broadcasting.  The rest, as they say, is history, and here I am all these years later as the President of a ministry that is reaching around the world with the Hope of the Gospel; and I couldn’t be more elated or happier with my life as it is now.

                The one thing I’ve learned through all these years of work is that each and every time a group of pastors endorses our radio station, we do well in that community.  However, if no pastor endorses us, we fall flat on our face.  Yes, we have had some failures along with the successes through all these years.  And, I can attribute the majority of the reasons for success or failure to that one simple thing. 

Our radio station in a small town in Alabama is a good example.  The people before us had a horrible reputation in this small town, so when we took over it, we “inherited” their reputation.  I was asked to speak at a pastor’s breakfast once, but between the invitation and the actual event date, they had changed moderators.  The new guy was obviously “anti-Christian Radio.”  This was confirmed to me as I walked into the lobby of the building where we were to meet and some pastors had already gathered in the kitchen for the breakfast.  I could hear the new moderator tell these pastors, “I don’t care about the guy who is coming to address us.  I didn’t invite him.  You need to understand that none of you should waste your time and money on any Christian Radio station!  Instead, you should put that money into your local church programs; VBS, Sunday School, Youth work and so forth.  Christian Radio is a waste!”  I found out later that this denominational headquarters is sending out things that actually tell these guys this very thing!  I was appalled, to say the least.  Undaunted, I made my presentation and we still got two of these guys to do radio programs in the end.  We owned and operated that station for 12 years.  Not once did it actually “break even” in income versus expenses.  It was always a burden on other stations to pay its power bills.  It never contributed a dime towards that $100,000 that we invested to buy the station.  It was the sale of another station that paid off the mortgage.  But, we hung on because I truly believed that God wanted us there!  He has confirmed that several times since then as well. 

                What happened?  Two things.  One no pastor in that area ever endorsed the station or promoted it from the pulpit.  And, we had this bunch who actually had a “cheerleader of opposition” to our very existence telling preachers that we were a “waste of money.”  It is very sad they missed such an opportunity!  I have many stories that are totally opposite of this one where pastors endorsed us, we gained many listeners AND the pastors who endorsed us gained ground in their churches!  The Word of God explains what happened….in both cases:  “And a threefold cord is not quicklybroken.”  Ecclesiastes 4:12.  When we stand together, we find strength in numbers.  But, when we stand apart; each doing our own thing, we are weak and vulnerable.  This has proven true time and again in my experience.

                Today, I’m asking each pastor in the listening area of any of our FM stations:  Will you pray about endorsing us?  All you have to do is announce the existence of the station as you see fit:  from the pulpit, in a bulletin, on the bulletin board; or be creative.  And, if you call us and let us know that you’ve done this, we will, in turn, support your church!  I’ll tell you how in detail if you call us….

                Benjamin Franklin once aptly said, “We must, indeed, all hang together or, most assuredly, we shall all hang separately.”   Let’s stand together.  Here is the balance of the passage I quoted earlier from Ecclesiastes 4:8-12.  

There is one alone, without companion:

He has neither son nor brother.

Yet there is no end to all his labors,

Nor is his eye satisfied with riches.

But he never asks,

“For whom do I toil and deprive myself of good?”

This also is vanity and a grave misfortune.

Two are better than one,

Because they have a good reward for their labor.

For if they fall, one will lift up his companion.

But woe to him who is alone when he falls,

For he has no one to help him up.

Again, if two lie down together, they will keep warm;

But how can one be warm alone?

Though one may be overpowered by another, two can withstand him.

And a threefold cord is not quickly broken.

The Challenger Explosion: The Untold Story

This is a story that I made as a post on Facebook. It is a true and touching story that encourages the hearts of all of us as Christians who feel that our Christianity is not welcomed in certain places. There is an -until now- untold story that took place at the high school where school teacher Christa McAuliffe taught. A prayer, led by a staffer who volunteered this…..let the story speak for itself.

Here’s the “rest of the story,” as Paul Harvey used to say.

Today, Monday, January 28 is the 33rd anniversary of the Space Shuttle Challenger’s tragic explosion during liftoff. Millions of Americans, a very large number of them school students watching their teacher, Christa McAuliffe die, along with her fellow astronauts right before their eyes.
Fox News featured this story. I didn’t have any idea this took place! ….until now. It brings tears to my eyes! Thank God for a bold teacher who LED his students rather than just let them drown in their sorrow. This is about a heretofore unmentioned prayer that took place in a government school that was led voluntarily by a dedicated Christian who led the students and faculty immediately after that tragedy took place. Here is an excerpt from that Fox News Story….the “rest of the story.”

“Gathered with students inside Concord High School’s library to watch the launch on a recently donated television, some recalled how fast the festive and highly anticipated morning suddenly turned dark and chaotic.“
Shortly after the explosion, we began hearing a news helicopter overhead. Reporters were crawling all over outside, too. Classes were cancelled. Some of the kids talked to the press, but most were just too upset.”
With the students gone, Concord’s principal Charles Foley convened the faculty together inside the auditorium to discuss the way forward, including a plan to bring in grief counselors to help everyone process the tragedy.
At the conclusion of the briefing, with many on staff still dazed and overwhelmed by what they had all just witnessed, an arm went up in the crowd. It was the hand of Nick Houston, a building and trade teacher.
“I know everybody processes grief differently,” he said. “But the only way I know how to do it is to pray. So, this is only voluntary, but I would like us to pray for the families and for everyone who is hurting.”
Every head bowed and a hush fell over the assembled as Nick proceeded to pray a simple but sincere word of petition. It was a sacred moment, a unifying action that pulled everyone together in their grief and sent them out into the cold New Hampshire afternoon with a spirit of quiet hope after a miserable and tragic morning.
Both Foley and Houston are gone now, their legacies left to the memories of Concord High School’s alumni. I spoke with Barbara Houston last week, Nick’s widow and wife of 63 years. She’s 82 now, misses her beloved husband something terrible, but is relieved that he’s now whole and restored and walking on streets of gold.
I asked her about his special prayer on that tragic day, and she broke down in tears. “I never knew that story,” she said, “but that’s the kind of thing Nick did all the time. He just didn’t talk about himself. He preferred talking about the Lord.”

Now, you know….”The Rest of the Story…..Good…Day.”

Christmas Cards and the most lonely people in the world.

The Most Lonely People in the World

Who do you suppose that would be?  I think it, most certainly, would be the residents of Nursing Homes and similarly related facilities, don’t you?  Often forgotten or rarely visited because most of us young folks don’t like the odor in those places and we hate to see our loved ones in that condition, so we stay away.  God help those poor people!

Well, Joy Christian Radio has taken a role in bringing a bit of cheer to some of these wonderful and very lonely people!

Starting back in 2013, we assumed the helm of a ministry that was begun by two very dedicated ladies in Tennessee 20 years prior to that.  One had passed away and the second had a massive stroke and couldn’t do it any more after she helped us with our first Christmas Card Ministry.  We will forever be in their debt for starting such a wonderful ministry and for convincing me (didn’t take a lot of work) to take over the ministry.

Nowadays, we are distributing tens of thousands of Christmas Cards in three states, and hope to expand next year.  How do we do it?  Well, I’m thrilled you asked.  It’s a partnership!

During the month of January, we collect, purchase and acquire most of the cards to be used next year.  We have a fund raiser that starts on “Black Friday” and goes until sometime in early February that we call “Gifts for the King.”  All that money is used for Christmas Cards and costs related to that ministry.  We have arrangements with a few stores (and hope to get more as time goes on) to buy out their leftover inventory from Christmas at pennies on the dollar.  Once the cards are collected, we begin the work of signing, bundling and preparing the cards for distribution.   Often during the year, we have a “Christmas Card Signing” party; sometimes in July or other months.  Some churches help us by signing cards.  Some people and churches collect cards themselves and bring them to us.  People participate in different ways making all this possible.

Want to get involved?  It takes money, yes, but that is NOT the only way you can get involved!  We need volunteers to help in many ways!  From signing to having the kids do “artwork” on the cards and envelopes to actually helping distribute the cards to collecting cards and money to help out…..lots to do!  If you want to volunteer, call our office at 601.557.1211 and ask for Marie or email ministry@joychristianradio.com for information.  No matter where you live, we can work with you!  Give us a call and let’s expect to see a whole bunch of smiles next Christmas, just as we’ve just seen this year!

-Ed Smith

Joy Christian Radio – A Missions Ministry?

Joy Christian Radio – A Worldwide MISSIOINS ministry!

Joy Christian Radio is a radio station with a world-wide vision and scope of reach!  We have cataloged listeners in over 110 countries; many of whom stay “tuned in” for days at a time.  Also, all 50 states of the USA have listeners as well! 

Why do we consider Joy Christian Radio a “Missions Ministry?”  Well, that’s simple. 

It all started when I was but a lad of 15.  At my home church, where I rarely attended, I happened to be there one day when a missionary on furlough was speaking during the morning service.  I was sufficiently intrigued that I couldn’t forget about that “wild idea” that was floating in my head about reaching the world via radio.  I had been saved as a 10 year old child, but had slipped down the “prodigal highway” by that time in my life.

During my Junior year in high school, a buddy and I double-dated a couple of cheerleader-types in Atlanta, taking them to the Fox Theater to see the rock band, ELO.  It was a Sunday night, and I had been in church with my friend that morning.  His brother-in-law was the pastor, and I couldn’t tell you what the sermon was about, but one line stuck in my head.  Argue the theology of this statement if you wish, but it certainly got my attention!  He said, “if Christ returns to take the church home and you are somewhere you’re not supposed to be, do you really think He will come in that place to get you?  No, you will just miss the bus.  And there isn’t another one.” 

Thank you, Pastor.  That got my attention.  At the Fox Theater, I was of all creatures most miserable.  I left, went outside and sat on the steps at the front of the building.  There, I prayed and asked God to forgive me and promised Him I would indeed seek this “reach the world” idea. 

Ever since then, my heart has been tuned, NOT JUST to one community where our station was located, but to the world! 

Joy Christian Radio now reaches the whole planet via Internet with three radio stations!  No, not just one.  There are three different radio stations online here at the website.  You really should check them ALL out! 

We have Classic Gospel.  That is the traditional / Gospel format we play on most of our FM radio stations.  The same is heard online at Classic Gospel.

We also have Christian Classics.  It contains much the same material so far as short features and information, but the music is Classic…one-of-a-kind Contemporary Christian Classics that will stir your heart and move your soul closer to Christ.  Michael W. Smith, Sandi Patty, Amy Grant, Steven Curtis Chapman and a whole lot more artists round out that special music.

Then, we have Bible Talk.  It’s 24/7 solid, Biblical Talk, Teaching and Preaching by some classic preachers, some modern-day preachers and a lot of great stuff.  Hear Dr. J. Vernon McGee, Dr. David Jeremiah, Dr. Chuck Swindoll, Dr. Charles Stanley and a whole lot more.  Kerby Anderson has “Point of View” Radio Talk show in the evening hours.  Dr. James Dobson is there, along with Adventures in Odyssey that he helped birth, and several other kid-oriented programs as well.

So, tune in and, as we used to say in the old “car-radio” days, RIP THE KNOBS OFF. 

Joy Christian Radio.  It really is “Good Medicine for Your Heart!”

Ed Smith

Joy Christian Radio – Building an Addition to the Foundation

Joy Christian Radio – Building an Addition to the Foundation

By:  Ed Smith

On September 3, 2018, Joy Christian Radio witnessed a miracle.  A birth of sorts.  98.9-FM in the Mississippi Pine Belt went on the air.  This new “baby” has already touched hearts and lives all over the large section of the region it covers in just two short months.  As I drive around the area, my mouth literally hangs open as I realize how large this coverage area is.  Meridian, Laurel, Bay Springs and way over into Alabama….all this and more are covered by this wonderful new outreach of Joy Christian Radio.

During our Share the Joy celebration in October, one of our volunteers voiced a question that we heard several times since 98.9 went on the air.  “Why in the world would you buy a new radio station when our signal (88.5 in Tullahoma) doesn’t even cover Lynchburg (Tennessee)?”  Well, that answer is simple.  The signal of any radio station is determined by the FCC, not by us.  A station’s “footprint” is prepared in advance of the station going on the air by computer simulations that approximate its coverage.  The bottom line is that – a station’s coverage is what it is….and rarely these days can it be expanded, as is the case with 88.5 in Tullahoma.  Believe me, we tried.  We also tried to purchase another station close to Tullahoma and that didn’t work either.  But God opened a wonderful door in the Mississippi Pine Belt, so we jumped at the chance to get such a wonderful station!

So, what do we do now?  Well, we build foundations!  You see, our job with this new “baby” is to build it into a viable and functional part of Joy Christian Radio, and that takes a LOT of work!  I blogged about foundations last entry and the importance of a strong, straight and level foundation and why that is so.  The same is true with 98.9!  The foundation in this station is built two-fold, and in this order.

  • Prayer Support – if we are to survive and reach people with the Hope of the Gospel, we MUST have committed prayer warriors who will pray EVERY DAY for this ministry! Prayer is the cement that the foundation is built from.  Prayer is the careful construction that ensures the foundation is built properly and that it will hold the “dead” and “live” weight of the building and its contents we build on it.  Prayer is the blue print that God provides and we follow to the letter.  So, Prayer is the first and most important element.

  • Financial Support – It is very expensive to own and operate such a facility! God has blessed us with a magnificent facility!  It has a new transmitter, a new antenna, new tower, new roof on the building, new Heat / AC in the studio building and transmitter building and a lot of other things that make it a wonderful opportunity for us.  However, all of these things, though they be new or relatively new, require regular maintenance!  Our power bill would scare you to death on this 25,000 watts station.  The fees imposed by government and music licensing organizations, along with other costs are staggering.  And, I haven’t even gotten to salaries yet.  As of now, we have absolutely zero in salaries because all of us, including my wife, Marie and I are all volunteers.  That can’t go on for a very long time, obviously, as we have to live and we need to hire staff to keep up with the ever-increasing demands as the station grows.  All of that takes money….and a lot of it.  We are frugal and pinch pennies until they squeal, but it still takes a lot of financial backing to run such a station.

We are searching for a few good “heroes” that will step up to the plate and help us in our mission to spread the Hope of the Gospel to the world!  Those who really want to make a real difference.  Those heroes among us that are dedicated to the idea that the Hope of the Gospel is this sin-darkened world’s only real hope is the Hope of the Gospel.

We need you to do two things, and only two things.  1) Will you pray and ask the Lord as to how He would lead you regarding supporting Joy Christian Radio in our mission of spreading the Hope of the Gospel?  AND, 2) Will you simply DO what God leads you to do?

That is all we have ever asked.  If everyone that loves Joy Christian Radio and loves this ministry outreach will do those two simple things, we will have that foundation built in no time and be ready to build the other ministries of Joy Christian Radio in the Pine Belt!  You see, in addition to broadcasting, we also teach Bible Studies, have a wonderful Christmas Card ministries to the shut ins in the area, facilitate Operation Christmas Child shoeboxes, Prayer and Share days, and a lot more.  But, these need to be built on that foundation I spoke of.  Will you be a hero and join the family of supporters?  Just Pray and Obey.

Building the Foundations

The strength of any building lies solely in its foundation.  An improperly built, unlevel or “wompy jawed” (a term coined by a friend) foundation results in a weak building that will fall apart through the years and the weather.  However, a well-built foundation that is level and properly constructed will cause the strength of the building resting on its back to be strong and withstand many years of inclement weather and all the use and abuse of those who live inside its walls. 

The purpose of any foundation is three-fold.

  • To bear the weight (load) of the building and its contents.
  • To anchor it against natural forces such as storms and earth tremors.
  • To isolate it from ground moisture.

 Bearing the Load

In engineering terms, a house foundation must bear the dead and live loads of the house superstructure itself – or the dead weight.  It is called dead weight because that part of the weight of the building never changes. 

 Bearing the Weight of Changing Natural Forces.

The “live” load is the changing weights of contents and people, and the live load of such things as snow on the roof and other naturally occurring changes in weight.  If the house is not anchored properly, it cannot stand; however, a well built foundation with a properly constructed home will withstand all these things….and the years of time as they pass.

 Prevent Ground Moisture.

Some areas of the countryside have more moisture than others, and for some this is more critical than others, however, in all situations, moisture must be prevented from directly impacting the floor structure.  The foundation holds the home up off the ground so that this moisture is separated from the structure, therefore preventing rot and deterioration due to excess moisture soaking into the building. 

       The foundation might seem like a simple part of the construction of a building, but the foundation is the most important part of any construction project.  The same can be said of our lives and our relationship with God.  The person whose foundation is Christ will be able to withstand the dead weight of life and the changing weight of living souls who occupy its borders. 

       The person whose foundation is Christ will have an anchor against natural storms and earthquakes.  The person whose foundation is Christ will be able to be isolated from the elements that satan would throw at them that would rot and cause deterioration of the lifeblood of the person and help the building to last a lifetime.

“Therefore whoever hears these sayings of Mine, and does them, I will liken him to a wise man who built his house on the rock: and the rain descended, the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house; and it did not fall, for it was founded on the rock.

“But everyone who hears these sayings of Mine, and does not do them, will be like a foolish man who built his house on the sand: and the rain descended, the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house; and it fell. And great was its fall.”

-Matthew 7:24-27



Vernon Slate Memorial Building Fund Report May, 2017

May 30, 2017

Report of the Vernon Slate Memorial Building Fund
From the Engineering Department of Joy Christian Radio
Tullahoma, TN

Dear friends and supporters:
We are thrilled to report some stellar progress in the fund raising efforts launched during our recent “Go Reach Your World” Share the Joy Celebration back in early April! If you will remember, we set an engineering fund raising goal of $7,000 in order to build the new CCM Online radio station and to get a piece of equipment repaired that we need to have done.
We were able to raise the entire $7,000 by late April! A local church, Calvary Baptist Church in Tullahoma, stepped up to the plate and made a $3,000 contribution to finish out the entire amount! Others gave sacrificially to help us accomplish these engineering tasks!
The CCM radio station went online formally on Friday, May 12 at Noon Central Time! In order to accomplish this, we had to renovate or build the following computer / switching components:
The “on air” file server had to be replaced with a much faster and more efficient server that would handle all three networks simultaneously. We purchased and refurbished (in house) a used Dell Poweredge Model T-320. We added a full set of new hard drives, increased the memory and serviced the unit. We are very pleased so far with its performance!
We had to replace several of the computer workstations that were showing their age. Failure to do so would cause failure at some point, so we bit the bullet and did all of them.
We purchased and constructed software / computer work stations in rack mount cases to operate the CCM network.
We purchased new audio processors (total of 3) for all three networks. This makes all the equipment uniform and moves us from the old, worn out analog processors we had to modern digital-controlled processing for all three networks.
We built a new and faster Intranet structure to handle the added traffic of the third network.
We paid the Internet fees for the new CCM station for 2017.
We purchased a huge addition to the music library as our existing CCM library was mostly older (but good!) music. We are still adding to the CCM library every week!
We built a new scheduler workstation, new play-to-air workstation and added processing, switching, Distribution Amps and all the needed switching and equipment needed to be able to “go live” at any time we choose.
We reworked the entire Scheduling Workstation console that houses all three schedulers. Classic Gospel, Bible Talk and CCM are housed together in a place where the programming and remote functions can be easily accessed, plus we now have a workstation where a person can work with the schedulers directly. It’s a much needed improvement in that part of the equipment!
That’s the report concerning the construction of the CCM station! We couldn’t be more thrilled with the response! It has been really good thus far. We ask you to continue to pray as we build this new radio station into a new network to run alongside our existing Classic Gospel Network!
The total cost of building the CCM network and all the related work that was done did create a cost overrun as much of the equipment we purchased was more expensive than our estimates indicated. As a result, we have not yet had the Crown Transmitter sent in for repair, but we do still have part of the funds in reserve to get that done. We hope to get that done very soon, the Lord willing! The balance in the VSMBF is $1206.43, and we need a total of $2,000 in order to get the transmitter repaired.
It’s been quite a banner time of progress in the life of Joy Christian Radio! Never in our history have we had such an ability to start a new radio outreach AND refurbish our file servers and workstation computers PLUS replace key components that make our sound better all at once! The new sound of all of our stations and online streams is better than ever! We’re praising God for His provision and for the wonderful improvements!
Please accept my thanks for all the support you gave us! We simply cannot do this alone! But, together, we can reach more and more people globally with the Gospel of Christ! I’m looking forward to some wonderful new reports as to how many people are listening to our new station! Be sure to tell someone about Joy Christian Radio’s CCM Station! Online at our website (www.joychristianradio.com) and via the Tune In App, wherever it is found! (Now on Roku TV devices!).

Submitted by:
Ed Smith,
President / Founder / Chief Engineer
Joy Christian Radio

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