As we get ready to celebrate Thanksgiving, our hearts are full of gratitude for you, our KLRC listening family! When we gather with friends and family, we'll be thanking God for the blessing of serving you each and every day.
Then, on Thursday night, the Positive Difference becomes the Holiday Difference, NWA's Uplifting Christmas Music Station!
One of my favorite films and books is A River Runs Through It by Norman Maclean. It was the thrill and art of fly fishing that first pulled me into this story. However, as I got older, I began to appreciate how the author would describe his family. Maclean would include both joyful and difficult stories about his family. It was a reminder that our family has a huge impact on our lives; and let's face it, there is nothing like the holiday season to remind us of the value and imperfections of our families.
So, here we are in this season of thankfulness, yet how do we have gratitude for our imperfect families?
Sometimes pain can be the catalyst that God uses to completely change the course of our lives, and for Sammy that’s exactly what happened. Sammy lost her best friend since 3rd grade, Deborah, in 2012. Deborah had been adopted and Sammy wanted to do something to honor her memory that would help other foster kids like Deborah. That is how the DEB project was born.
If we could have coffee today I’d say, “God isn’t afraid of the dark.”
He isn’t scared of the secret places in our hearts. The ones that haven’t seen daylight for years. The kind with the locks on the doors. The sort that we don’t talk about.
Wow. We’re so blown away by what God did through YOU this week during KLRC’s Fall Fundraiser!
If you haven’t heard, we ended just before 9:00am on Thursday – a full 9 hours ahead of schedule! As of Thursday afternoon, your pledges totaled $326,126. Not only is KLRC now fully funded through March, but 189 kids in our area are going to receive new shoes and socks through the ministry of Samaritan’s Feet!
In Luke 5, we find Peter after a long night of unsuccessful fishing. The nets had come back empty time after time.
In Luke 5:4, it says, "...[Jesus] said to Simon, 'Put out into the deep water and let down your nets for a catch.'"
One more time, Peter. That was Jesus’ request.
It’s Day 2 of fundraising and we have so much to celebrate already! So many great volunteers, so many great stories, and a really encouraging response all day long!
Did you get to meet Ariana (the sweet little girl with the big smile running around the phone room with the bubble gun)? Ariana models joy in a lot ways. Not just because bubbles are fun (and we all know they are!), but because she knows something else about joy. Ariana's mom has been teaching her about budgeting and putting some money aside for giving, saving, and and for fun.
After much prayer and many hours invested in the budget process this past spring, we determined the listener portion of our budget for 2016 to be $1,110,000.
We anticipated the need to hold two on-air fundraisers to reach our annual listener budget need. The first, KLRC’s Spring Sharathon 2016, happened last March. Our goal for that event was $790,000, and thanks to the generosity of KLRC listeners, we ended up meeting that goal! That leaves us with a funding need this fall of about $320,000.
Shoes. Something most of us take for granted every day. Something that in my house can honestly be a nuisance. The fact is, I don’t have enough room in my closet for all of my shoes. And then there’s the size 12 sneakers my 16 year old boy leaves laying around the house that I trip over at least a few times a day.
It’s hard to believe that something most of us have in excess is the very thing that can change the life of a child. It’s also hard to believe that right here in our community almost 3,000 school aged children were in need of shoes to start this school year.
Our theme for 2016 is “BE ONE,” reflecting our passion to live as one community focused on God and being used by Him to share hope in Jesus and make a positive difference!
As part of our kick-off to the Fall Fundraiser, we are spending Monday focused on prayer.