19 Sep Christian Radio Responds…
Dear Christian Radio,
Here’s what Christian radio is doing, together…
The crisis created by Hurricane Florence is still unfolding. The monster storm slammed North Carolina and South Carolina and then stalled. Rainfall measured in feet—not inches—is devastating a growing impact area. Tens of thousands of families are being driven out of their homes. Lives are being ripped apart and even taken. Yet, in the midst of the crisis…Christian radio is making a difference. Hope is stirring.
This week, the #ENCW Project brought together more than two dozen stations, networks, relief agencies and industry organizations. We heard firsthand from Matt Wall, VP of Development for Carolina Christian Radio. The stations were still off the air and many staffers were trapped by floodwaters at home. Matt still had hope and shared what the people of his area need most.
Stations and relief agencies made connections and offered help live, right on the call! Others were inspired to take action in their own communities to raise support and engage their audiences in reaching out.
“I watched the video conference yesterday and was encouraged by what I heard,” said Jim McDermott, President & General Manager of President, Lake Area Educational Broadcasting, Spirit FM Radio & The Pulse Channel in Lake of the Ozarks, Missouri.
“I wanted to let you all know that we already had a special fundraiser planned for this morning for Convoy of Hope. Our goal was to fill a truck for $7,500. Our listeners did that in 50 minutes. So, we challenged them to fill another truck. They did that in another 50 minutes. So, we said let’s see if we can half fill a truck in the last 20 minutes. We went a little over, but in 40 minutes they filled a third truck! We raised more than $22,500 in two hours and 20 minutes and the money is still coming in. We have great listeners in Missouri, too!”
Convoy of Hope has distributed more than 165,000 pounds of relief supplies. The organization is distributing food, water, baby supplies, hygiene kits and other supplies to shelters, the National Guard, Emergency Operation Centers and neighborhoods in the cities of Wilmington, Raeford, and Raleigh, North Carolina. Currently, they have served more than 2,500 families and over 7,800 individuals. They have made 110 church connections along the coast where they will eventually make deliveries of goods to serve their communities as needed.
KSBJ in Houston, with the help of i5810 Media, went on air and shared the story of God’s Pit Crew, a relief ministry out of Danville, VA. KSBJ had overwhelming response.
“At 7 p.m., (Tuesday, September 18) KSBJ finished at $240,000. That is 4,800 Blessing Buckets or six semis full! What a great day!” Troy West, Program Director, KSBJ, Houston told us.
God’s Pit Crew reported mid-week more than 18 semi loads and some 5,000 Blessing Buckets from its warehouse in Danville have been delivered to the flood zone, with more on the way. The funds raised by stations now will help GPC assemble more buckets to send.
PAR’s five stations held Blessing Bucket drives in the summer. Working with God’s Pit Crew, the stations did live remotes at various locations while listeners gave soap, toothpaste, toothbrushes, cleaning supplies and food that would fill up 5 gallon buckets that would create Blessing Buckets.
Other stations are helping Samaritan’s Purse with volunteers. Many others are assisting Convoy of Hope, including 89.5 KVNE/91.3 KGLY, Tyler Texas.
“We are running live announcements, web and social with updates and asking for donations with a direct link to Convoy,” said Jill Smith, Director of Community Connections.
Amen: The Prayer App is partnering with stations to bathe flood recovery and relief efforts in prayer, according to founder Morgan Wood. She will be updating the app to feature a call to prayer on the main page, inspiring tens of thousands of users.
Radio is reaching out. Help is on the way. Together, we are being the hands and feet of Christ to people most in need.
None of this is easy—far from it. But then, Easy Never Changed The World! #ENCW!
Dear Christian Radio…
1. How is your station/ministry responding to Hurricane Florence?
2. Consider partnering with God’s Pit Crew, Convoy of Hope, and Samaritan’s Purse.