This is a listener supported ministry. Without the help of those of you who follow this ministry we would not exist. Today I want to look at what we have accomplished because of your prayer and financial support.
We try to keep our fundraising to twice a year, once in the spring and once in the fall. We usually have our fall fundraising in October so we are late this year. We have some exciting things to share with you. These are things that your support has helped us accomplish.
It has been an amazing Journey and I want to say thank you from the bottom of my heart. Let me say again, without those of you who support this ministry, none of this would have been possible.
Four years ago I came off the mission field. We had come home to raise more support and we had just turned our work over to a national pastor. We knew we were in transition and didn’t know exactly what God had in store for us. I was planning to return to York and start a new church. This was something I had wanted to do for some time. I used to be in Harrogate, a town about 30 minutes west of York. I was a missionary in the United Kingdom for some 17 years. We had a Bible college, youth camps, I was involved in 3 different church plants. We were enjoying our ministry and had no plans to leave the field.
While we were home on furlough God started changing my vision. There were some things that happened in England just as I was leaving that really woke me up. Shariah law became part of the legal code, I remember the date very well, September 14, 2008. We had just arrived home and the announcement was made in the newspapers that Shariah law courts were now part of the legal code. This really shocked me. I had heard for about a decade that this was going to happen but I dismissed it. I was one of many who did not believe that this could happen. I didn’t understand the agenda of Islam. I was fairly well versed in the issues of Islam. I had grown up with Muslim friends. I had witnessed to them and tried to evangelize them. Although I had a lot of experience with Islam, I didn’t understand its agenda like I do today.
Because of what I saw in Europe, and other things that were happening in my life, it became clear to me that Islam was being used by Jehovah God to bring judgment on America for her sin. I began preaching this in churches as I traveled. I was urged by friends to take this message to the radio in order to get this truth out to more people.
We talked to the station manager at KARI in Blaine, WA. I had a lot of excitement in my heart about the prospects of radio, but I didn’t have a broadcasting background. I am just a preacher and a missionary. I remember us talking to the station manager near the end of January. There was an open spot and, if I was going to take it, I would start inf February. If I remember correctly I only had 4 days to get our first show together.
There is a lot of work that goes into a radio broadcast, especially at the start. There is the bumper music, the intro and the outtro. There is a lot of research that goes into each broadcast. It was a lot to get done in such a short time. I think I recorded that first broadcast about 5 times before I was happy with it. We have come a long way since then.
It has been your support that has made this happen. We need to call upon you again for your help to keep us on the air, and to keep this ministry going.
You can give whatever amount the Lord lays on your heart, but we have a couple of campaigns that you can participate in. You can give by calling us at 1-800-616-0082 or you can give by clicking on the donate button above.
We have a couple of campaigns we are promoting this month. The first is our Army or Ten. This is such a blessing to our ministry. Many people don’t have the finances to give all that they would love to give. The Army of Ten is an army of people who give $10.00 a month to support this ministry. You can give this on your bank card or by check. If you choose to do it by check we will send you the envelopes for you to send it each month. If you choose to use your bank card, which is the most popular way people give, we keep all of your information safe by using a company that specializes in taking donations. We don’t keep any of your information ourselves.
Our daily broadcast is on about 50 stations. Our Saturday broadcast is on about 250 stations. Our costs are about $200.00 per day for our daily broadcasts.
Our second campaign is to sponsor a day with a one time gift of $200.00. Maybe God has blessed you with means and you could sponsor a whole week with a gift of $1,000.00. Maybe you would like to sponsor a day but you can’t give $200.00 at one time, but you can give it in 4 payments of $50.00 over the next 4 weeks. We call this campaign our Sponsor a Day plan.
As I said before, you can give any amount you want. You can do so by calling 1-800-616-0082 or using the donate button above.
Let me look back again at where we started and where we are today. We started on one small station. I remember talking to the station manager, and he seemed to be excited about bringing Fortress of Faith to his listeners. Dealing with Islam is a difficult topic, It can me mishandled greatly and many do mishandle it. There is a lot of misinformation and things that are just not true, even by well-meaning Christians. It takes a lot of time and research to learn, not only what is true and what is not, but also to learn how to present it for the greatest effect and the least offense.
I am sure that there was a bit of fear in the mind of the station manager at KARI. It was a step of faith to put this ministry on the air, both for the radio station, and for us at Fortress of Faith. I didn’t have the funds, nor did I have anyone backing me to get this off the ground. It is our listeners who have made this happen. God has used you as instruments in getting this message out.
In the short 4 years we have been on the air we have grown to 50 stations playing our daily program. Some of these are good, church owned, stations that play us freely, and we thank them for that. We do have to pay for air time on most of the stations that carry our broadcasts. This is why we are appealing to you to help us.
About 2 years ago we were syndicated on American Family Radio (AFR) for a 1 hour program which we do on Saturday. Another network has now picked us up and we are now on 300 stations across the US with our 1 hour program. These networks are not free, we have to pay for them.
We have only been able to do this because of our donors. It is your generosity that has made this happen.
Not only are we growing on the radio, we are also growing online. We average about 300 hits a day on our website, http://fortressoffaith.org. We have 45,000 downloads of our radio program a month. These downloads are from all over the world. We would not have this much internet traffic if we did not have the publicity of the radio broadcasts.
About a year ago we started pushing our Facebook page. Facebook is a different animal altogether. There are some days that I put a post on Facebook and it is seen and read by over 80,000 people. One piece that we originated has had nearly 300,000 views. Facebook has become a tremendous outreach for us. It is your support that is making this happen.
Another important aspect of this ministry, which cannot be given a monetary value, is our outreach to Muslims with the Gospel. He know of nearly 80 Muslims who have come to Christ because of this ministry. We praise God for this.
This month we well be pushing 2 campaigns: Sponsor a Day with a one time gift of $200.00, and our Army of Ten with a monthly commitment of $10.00. Can you help us today? We should have started last month and as a result our accounts are very low. We need your help quickly if you can. Would you call us today?