When we heard about Stephen's story, we just knew we had to share it with you. We'll let him tell you in his own words. "Shortly after we had Ainsley, my wife Leslie began see the effects of her congenital heart defect. She battled severe heart failure and spent close to 3 months in the hospital in Kansas City, while waiting to go to Cleveland Clinic for a heart transplant. Before she could get to Cleveland, her fight ended July 27, 2015."
After much prayer and many hours invested in the budget process, we’ve determined the listener portion of our budget for 2017 to be $1,160,000.
We’re anticipating the need to hold two on-air fundraisers to reach our annual listener budget need. The first is happening March 14-17th during KLRC’s "Be The Change" Spring Fundraiser. Our goal for this specific event is $830,000. That will leave us with a funding need this fall of about $330,000.
Today, more than a dozen children will come into foster care in Arkansas because of abuse or neglect. They will join nearly 4,500 other children in state custody, and this year, more than 7,000 children will spend time in foster care. The greatest need of every child in foster care is a safe, loving family where they can heal and grow. There are currently 1,100 foster homes in Arkansas – too few to meet the needs of children who are taken into care.
At KLRC we have a lot of favorite traditions during our fundraiser celebration week. There’s the confetti cannons, the nerf guns, the amazing phone volunteers, the generous matching challenges from our community, and (our personal favorite) the stories!
But one of our most important traditions is to begin the fundraiser week focused on prayer. Asking God to provide the funds needed to operate a community-supported radio station like KLRC is a huge faith-journey.
Manuel is the type of person who lights up a room. When you pair his infectious smile with his beaming excitement for sharing the good news of Christ, it’s hard not to be smiling along with him. Recently he and the group of young men he mentors visited our station for a tour. Manuel told us that he wanted so badly to show his students “the place God used to change my life.” As we sat down with him to hear his story, we learned that he was not always the man we excitedly welcomed at our door.
I can’t wait to introduce you to a mom I got to meet recently.
Her name is Tysha, and we have a lot in common. We’re both single moms, we both have a house full of children, and we both have a 17 year-old son. But last September, Tysha’s son, Kyler, was driving home and lost his life in a car accident.
Kyler is in heaven.
Our culture is sorely lacking in civility and common decency these days. But I heard a story that lifted my spirits and I’d like to share it with you.
Billy was attending his first day at junior high school. It began with an assembly where all the home room teachers were introduced. First to be introduced was Miss Smith. The ninth graders knew she was an easy grader and not much of a disciplinarian. They began to cheer for her. The next to be introduced was Mr. Brown, who was a young and popular teacher — a special favorite. This time the eighth graders joined in the thundering approval.
There are moments in our lives that change everything. Holding your child for the first time. Losing someone you love. Starting over in a new place.
Brenda shared with us a moment that changed the course of her life, 20 years ago.
I’m author Holley Gerth, and if we could have coffee today I’d say, “Let’s look for the best in each other.”
It seems we are becoming a world that sees the worst in each other. Just take a look on social media. This concerns me because as I like to say, “People tend to become who you believe them to be. So believe the best." No one ever became a better person because someone believed the worst about them.
They say that time is relative. The span of a lifetime is long, unless a lifetime is only 99 days. Matt and Ginny Mooney know how short 99 days is. It’s the number of days they got to share life with their first born son Eliot. In the course of 99 days the Mooney's became a family affected by disability and loss.
After becoming Eliot’s parents they felt God prompting them to provide a place where others facing disability could find hope and community. In 2007 99 Balloons was formed to provide a place of inclusion for everyone, no matter what diagnosis they were facing.