|2012 - The Year in Review|
"Before people can ask the Lord for help, they must believe in him; and before they can believe in him, they must hear about him; and for them to hear about the Lord, someone must tell them" - Romans 10:14
WPFF produced and presented two sold out concerts featuring the music and ministry of the Newsboys, The City Harmonic, Anthem Lights and Abandon. More than 2,300 attendees included believers who were asked to invite their unsaved friend to these events to hear the Gospel of Jesus presented - as part of the God's Not Dead tour in northeastern Wisconsin and Michigan's upper peninsula.
FEBRUARY - Forget Me Not Valentine Cards
Listeners provided WPFF and WNLI with approximately 3,000 handmade Valentine Cards customized for regional senior citizens. Radio station staff and volunteers delievered the cards to assisted living facilities, nursing homes and care centers around the region - sharing the love of Christ with each card.
MARCH - 28 Hours of Mercy
Listeners were given the opportunity to make a difference in the lives of children around through world through our sister ministry, Mission of Mercy/One Child Matters. For 28 Hours the story was told of children from third world countries who were given medical and dental care, nutritous meals, education and taught the love of Christ - providing them with the opportunity to end their family's cycle of poverty.
APRIL - Bridging The Gap
Listeners pledged funds to help the ministry cover the financial shortfall as a result of missing the October Sharathon goal and unfulfilled pledges. More than $40,000 was raised, pushing the annual funds to more than 90% of our budget to be fully funded for the fiscal year (October-September).
MAY - Radio Road Show
Throughout May, WPFF and WNLI staff visited 15 of the communities the stations serve. Listeners had the opportunity win valuable prizes and meet the leadership team from the ministry.
JUNE - Harmony By The Bay
It was the eighth annual free Christian music festival under the Harmony name in Menominee, Michigan. However, it was WPFF and WNLI's second year overseeing the event. Attendance increased by 60% over the previous year as estimates exceeded 7,500 for the concerts, vendors and family-fun activities in Marina Park. Hundreds of people sought out prayer counselors throughout the 12 hour, free admission event designed to bring in families and seekers to hear the Gospel of Jesus presented.
JULY - Listener Mission Trip
Two dozen listeners joined ministry staff on a mission trip to the African nation of Mozambique. In addition to leading Vacation Bible School for the children of Mission of Mercy/One Child Matters Child Development Centers, gardens and play grounds were developed to provide for the children. Plus, many repairs were done to the school following a recent typhoon. As a result of the trip and other activities, Bethesda Christian Broadcasting listeners sponsored 274 children through the ministry during the year!
AUGUST - Rock The Lakes Festival
The ministry served on the promotional team for the two day Christian music festival presented by the Billy Graham Evangelical Association in Green Bay. The event, along with preliminary and follow up activities, are a part of the plan to lead the area into a revival. Prayer and ministry teams have been started as a result of the festival.
SEPTEMBER - Christian Music Broadcasters Training
Ministry leadership also participates in the advancement of Christian radio through the Christian Music Broadcasters Association. During this event, team leaders meet with artists, record label representatives and other broadcasters to further ministry opportunities by consoladating resources. Additionally, we learn of new music artists who may be able to provide powerful new songs to the radio stations.
OCTOBER - Two Mark Schultz and Anita Renfroe concerts
The last weekend in October was the perfect time to bring in a great story teller and Christian comedianne. More than 1,500 people attended the two concerts on consecutive evenings in the northern and southern parts of the listening area. In addition to the incredible music and hillarious stories, attendees, many bringing their unsaved friends and family, were given the opportunity to make a life-changing decision to follow Christ. Additionally, 99 children were sponsored through Compassion International!
NOVEMBER - Great Turkey Trade In
As a result of the generosity of our listeners more than 3,000 pounds of frozen turkeys were collected during our 'turkey stops' across the region. These delicious birds were distributed to needy area families through local ministries in each community, along with the prayers of those who provided them.
DECEMBER - Gospel For Asia Critter Campaign
For the third year we are teaming with Gospel For Asia offering listeners the opportunity to impact desparate, needy families across the world through the Critter Campaign. Over the past two years, hundreds of families have been blessed with lambs for wool, chickens for breeding and providing eggs, water buffalos for milk, water filters, sewing machines - plus having clean water wells dug in several communities, along many more items; as a result of listeners' generous kindness. Each item is delivered individually by a Christian missionary family. Nearly $25,000 has been raised from this region!