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."
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.
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.
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!
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.