What is the Summer Fund Drive?
So, why is Family Life hosting another fund-raiser? Didn’t the ministry just wrap up their Spring Sharathon? Those are legitimate questions that demand honest answers. Yes, the Spring Sharathon has reached and even exceeded its goal which is a huge blessing. We look forward to the Fall Sharathon in October to see how the Lord will once again provide for the ongoing expenses of the ministry for the six-month period. But each year, Family Life hosts two other fund drives for specific projects that are not part of the regular budget that Sharathons fund. One is for a year-end project and the other is during the month of July.
On July 14th, Family Life will host a one-day fund drive called “Watts Up!”. The purpose of this endeavor is to raise the needed finances for some significant radio projects. These projects will greatly enhance Family Life’s radio outreach by adding a combined 25,000 watts of power to some of the newer stations the ministry recently acquired.
Family Life has been extremely blessed by the Lord to be able to put on the air many new stations this year. Five of those stations are already broadcasting the message of hope. One those five is scheduled to move to a new site with much more power and coverage. Four of the newer stations are either moving to new sites or will be completely rebuilt to increase their power and coverage. In each scenario, new equipment such as towers, transmitters, antennas, etc. will make a huge difference in the station’s coverage.
Specifically, here are the five stations that your contribution will help to finalize:
WCOA – Johnstown/Indiana, PA
This station is currently on the air, but the FCC has granted the approval to move to a different site that will greatly increase the coverage and power of this station. This project will include all new equipment with the exception of a tower as Family Life will be leasing an existing tower.
WCGT – Clintonville/Franklin/Grove City, PA
In the Spring Sharathon 2020, listeners contributed funds to help the ministry purchase this station and move to a new tower site. We have been able to purchase some of the equipment, however, we are now looking to add significant coverage by increasing the height of the current tower, a project that is very costly.
WCID – Enfield/Ithaca, NY
Family Life acquired this station along with another one that both reached the Elmira market. Not needing two stations in the same market, our engineering team did some researched and determined that this station could be moved toward the Ithaca area with a great signal. This station will be a total rebuild with a new tower, transmitter, building, antenna, etc. We have been blessed to find landowners who are excited about Family Life coming to the area and are leasing property for this new site.
WCOR – Lafayette Township/Bradford, PA
Once again, this is a station that was basically given to Family Life, but it also covers a current area that other Family Life stations reach. An application is before the FCC to move to a new site just outside of Bradford, PA that will replace a low power translator and will reach many people in this part of Pennsylvania who might struggle to receive a strong signal. Like the station near Ithaca, this will be a total rebuild with all new equipment.
WCOX – Bedford/Altoona, PA
This will be a brand-new station for Family Life, one that the ministry is now in the process of purchasing that will also include a rebuild. Ultimately, Family Life will own the property and the tower but will need to rebuild the transmitter building as well as acquire all new broadcasting equipment to maximize its coverage.
The combined cost for all of these projects averages out to about $30.00/watt. You and your family might prayerfully consider covering the cost of one watt, ten watts, or maybe even 100 watts. Whatever size of wattage you want to cover, you can know that your investment will help Family Life reach even more people with the message of hope found in Jesus Christ.
2021 Summer Fund Drive Letter
REACHING MORE PEOPLE WITH MORE POWER
Wednesday, July 14
When you think about the God you serve, you come to realize that His power is greater than anything you could ever
comprehend. What is really exciting is that His power is at work within us! God’s power measured in His blessing to you is
what keeps you going even when times get rough.
When you think about radio, you may not realize the important role that power plays in providing a quality signal to which
you can listen. For radio stations, power is measured in watts and the more power a station has, the further it reaches with
a listenable signal. For Family Life, there are as many power levels as there are stations. Some are in the hundreds of watts,
while others are in the tens of thousands. The coverage of each station is dependent on the power level.
The Lord has truly blessed Family Life with the opportunity of adding many new stations to the outreach this year. We
could never have imagined how His power would be at work to open the doors for these new signals to come on the air.
We consider each station a sacred trust to be used to bring glory to Him while presenting the message of hope found in
Our passion is to reach as many people as possible, but that comes at a cost. At least five of these new stations can
increase their power but will have to be rebuilt at different sites with new towers, transmitters, and associated equipment.
God has increased the territory for Family Life that only He could do. It is now our responsibility to make the most of that
open door in bringing glory to Him.
Family Life will be holding a one-day fund drive on Wednesday, July 14 to help pay for these construction projects on
these new radio stations. The Lord will use your investment to “up” the wattage and reach more listeners. Your gift of $30
will provide one watt of additional power; your gift of $300 will add ten watts; a $3,000 contribution will grow Family Life’s
outreach by 100 watts. No matter the size of your gift, you can know that you are part of a power surge that the Lord will
use to touch the hearts of people!
“ Thank you for your gift of encouragement, love, & support to individuals & families. This past year I had to
keep reminding myself that God is still on the throne. He got us through my husband’s brain surgery and
my daughter’s cancer surgery. The goodness of God was present all the time and your ministry kept God’s
message of love present throughout the day. Please keep doing what you are doing! We all need that
special dose of Jesus daily.”
“ Life is about change, and the ministry of Family Life through the ‘Holy Spirit’ has totally changed ours.
To God be the Glory!”
“ I wanted to say that my last doctor visit, the nurse asked what I do to help lessen my anxiety. My answer
is, ‘I listen to Family Life’. You are a blessing.”
These are just three of the thousands of lives that have been impacted by what the Lord does through Family Life. It truly
has been an amazing journey of God’s blessing since the first radio station went on the air in 1983. We had no idea of
what He had in store for His ministry at Family Life and we so excited to see how He continues to use it to draw people to
I want to thank you for prayerfully considering investing in the “Watts Up” project as we seek to be faithful to the assignment
that He has entrusted to us to present clearly and unashamedly the Good News of Jesus Christ that has the power to