Today we see a multitude of people living in poverty, neglected, and forgotten. We hear over and over again, on the radio, the TV, and in public, “ What will you do to help?”, and yet we go on with our lives. But what if you knew the facts?
-One in every 28 school aged children have a parent in prison. It isn’t their fault, but they have to suffer through the hardship, usually alone.
-Over 100,000 American children have been forced into human sex trafficking in the United States. The average age a girl is trafficked in to prostitution in the Unites States: 12-14 years old.
-There are over 140 million orphans in this world. Most of them live on the streets, in orphanages, or travel from town to town, seeking food and shelter. One thing they are in desperate need of: Shoes.
-More than 120,000 children are in need of good, clean water, and nutritious food. Even more so are these needs upon countries that have been plagued by natural disasters.
Where is the hope for these people? Who can possibly light the way, provide funding for them and still at the same time maintain a presence of their own as an outlet for hope? It’s impossible…but not without God.
K-Love radio station was first launched in the early 1980’s, by a man named Bob Anthony, who’s passion in Christ led him to leave his job at a secular radio station. Another man named Dick Jenkins who helped build K-LOVE up later joined him. 700 local radio stations later, the dream of using the airwaves to reach the masses for Christ was seen as a success. Through consistent prayer and focused individuals, the dream continues on today. Today its vision stands as this:
“To communicate the Gospel through mass media leading as many people as possible toward salvation and spiritual growth”
In an interview I did via email with Alan Mason, Chief Operations Officer for K-LOVE, I asked him about the ministry, it’s funding and what it’s like to be part of a ministry who’s goal is to reach the lost and encourage fellow Christians. He shared with me his experience in broadcast, how in his 45 years he’s never experienced anything like it. “Everyone here is working for the same “boss”. K-LOVE does a bi-annually pledge drive, in the spring and in the summer. Mason shared with me how inspiring it is to the people who work in the building to hear, for two weeks, story after story of how God has used the ministry of K-LOVE to reach ordinary lives and change them. “It’s mind boggling and humbling to see how much the audience supports the station.”
Through the fall pledge drive K-LOVE was fully funded. I took the opportunity to listen in to several days of the pledge drive myself and was amazed by the passion and the desire people have to serve through this ministry. This fall, K-LOVE teamed up with Angel Tree, a prison ministry, that provides children with incarcerated parents. Every time a donor called in to donate $40 a month, Angel Tree will send a Christmas gift and a letter from their parents. As the clock wound down, businesses and families; individual men, women and children stepped up and donated to help not only this cause but fund their local radio station. I asked Mason in our interview, how many new radio stations are formed every year, and he said, “ It's typically around 15-20 per year.” Currently K-Love is undergoing it's spring Pledge Drive. When you donate $40 a month on the easy gift plan, you will also be a part of feeding hungry children through Feed My Starving Children.
Remember those stories above, of all the horrible things happening to children around the world? Well each and everyone one of those ministries receives the support they need, whether it be a financial donation, hands for a project or prayerful support when you donate to K-LOVE.
-Angel Tree will provide children whose parents are in prison, with a gift and the message of the love of God.
-Abolition International will provide accredited resources, strong advocacy, consistent awareness and thorough and compassionate aftercare to those who have been victims to human sex trafficking.
-Shoes for Orphan Souls will provide shoes to orphans and children living in poverty and poor families around the world.
-Convoy of Hope will provide disaster relief to those who need it most. Clean water, nutritious foods, and patient centered medical care aid those suffering the affects of natural disasters.
In closing the interview, I asked what the vision was for the future of K-LOVE and how new programming could be used to reach the next generation. In his response, Mason stated that as they looked to bring more young people to Christ, the use of social media became a very reliable networking tool. “ … the creation of an online K-LOVE Community where listeners can talk with each other and help each other,…” He stated to me that the belief in this project was that it would mobilize and impassion listeners to get involve in their communities for Christ. “We are wanting to demonstrate God's love to people who are tired of being preached to, on the idea that Jesus' love will shine through each of us.” This along with an in depth, long-term look at what will reach the Millennial generation, are where the future of K-LOVE lie. As time moves on, K-LOVE’s message will remain the same, it’s vision will not change, but the hearts and minds of the next generation will constantly fluctuate.
So now you know the facts. What will you do next?
"Love is Patient. Love is Kind."