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.
A few weeks ago, Sean (KLRC's Station Manager) and I had the amazing privilege of representing you at the Christian Music Broadcasters awards. That night, the Christian radio industry recognized something we have known for over 30 years: KLRC listeners are the best in the country! Thanks to your faithful listening, showing God’s love through KLRC Cares projects, and generously supporting this ministry, KLRC was chosen as the 2016 Station of the Year!
"I just remember him saying, 'Mom, please, can I give some money? Because I love KLRC. They do such great things and they need to stay on the air so people can hear them!' And so that sweet little boy added up all the money that he had, and it came to like 7 dollars and 63 cents. But it was every penny that he had."
This is a story about Joshua and his heart. His mom told me how this same heart that moved him to give everything he had at age 8, grew even more confident and generous as he grew older.
“Cherish every moment. Live every day to the fullest. Laugh daily.” I could probably conclude this post with just those three wise statements recently shared with us by Renae. But to fully understand the significance of those words, you need to know more about her story.
Renae wrote to us a few weeks ago to share that her family has been fighting some pretty big battles. “My oldest son, Shawn, was diagnosed with large B-cell lymphoma of the spine. We have always trusted God’s plan for our lives, but now we are living that plan. Knowing His ways are better, we fully trusted that God would do what was best for my son.”
Recently I spoke in my home church. We don’t meet in a traditional building, so when I arrived early I was greeted by a team hauling out chairs. After the second service another team started to stack those same chairs onto a trailer.
I was privileged to serve that day — as I spoke to a crowd sitting in chairs placed by unseen hands.
Ken Miller says that when he was a boy, he was intrigued by a cucumber that his uncle kept preserved in a bottle on a shelf.
The intriguing thing about this cucumber was that it was way too large to go through the very narrow neck of the bottle. It was a mystery. But his mother finally explained that when the cucumber was very tiny, it had been passed through the narrow neck and allowed to grow while still attached to the vine.
I realized something the other day. My wife likes to follow certain photographers on Instagram, and occasionally, after the kids go to bed, she will show a photo to me and say, "Look at this one... I really like this one." The photo could be an image of a waterfall, an incredible sunset, or billowing clouds. She loves clouds.
I finally began to realize that it was after the most difficult days that she looked the longest at those beautiful images. Her soul was searching for beauty. We all search for beauty and have been since Eden. If we are honest, we might say our souls crave it.