WDTF Two Year Celebration
The following is a speech given by our President, Marion Thomas, at the second annual celebration of the implementation of our radio station in Berkeley Springs, West Virginia. This station is owned and operated by the Defenders of the Faith, Inc. We operate 24 hours per day, seven days per week at 107.9 FM. We provide the best of Catholic programming, provided free by Relevant Radio. Reading through the speech you will see how we got started, how it brought many of us together to evangelize, and how we enjoy our mission. It is included in our newsletter in the hope that those who read it may be motivated in starting their own station. We would be very happy to assist.
WELCOME TO ALL OUR EVANGELISTS
“Proclaim the good news to all creation” is what we are encouraged to do in Mark’s Gospel.
We need God’s help to do this—let us bow our heads in prayer as we pray before every meeting. In the name-- Come Holy Spirit---
In the spirit of prayer, let us
WHERE WE ARE NOW:
Our yearly expenses are about $12,000 if we don’t have problems or do some expansion. These expenses are:
Rent $6,600, Licenses $500, Phone $450, Insurance $261, cost of Defender Newsletter $2,000, Our monthly newsletter which is intended to bring new listeners and increase individual donations is about $1000. This year we have already exceeded our expenses because we had to do considerable remodeling for our own private space, however we had volunteer workers to accomplish this. We had a transmitter failure.
Fortunately our “angels” rose to the occasion and we are still in the black. Now we have our own space and a back-up transmitter.
A SHORT HISTORY LESSON:
The Defender founding fathers are:
It is pretty exciting to actually know our founding fathers!
Now for our younger angels--
We are also blessed with all of authors who write informative and enlightening articles.
A special thanks to all of these people and to every one who has helped in any way. We know that you will get your rewards in Heaven, but we wanted to mention you tonight.
I want you to note that we have no paid staff or expense accounts.
We are blessed with many volunteers—everyday people with God’s help.
HOWEVER, YOU DO NOT NEED TO LIVE HERE TO WORK FOR OUR STATION. THE TELEPHONE AND COMPUTER KNOW NO BOUNDRIES. IF YOU HAVE EXPERTISE LISTEN LIKE SAMUEL WHEN GOD CALLED—“SPEAK LORD, YOUR SERVANT IS LISTENING”.
And now a word FOR our Sponsors:
Many thanks to all of our angel sponsors that are not mentioned on the air but contribute on a monthly basis. We won’t go into names here as most want to remain anonymous. They range from a lady who mailed in a check for $5 to contributors who have donated several thousand dollars. They are our special angels and have kept us operational through some trying times. We love these people as well as the unpaid volunteers and the on-air sponsors and we need to keep them in our prayers.
Plans for future financial achievements:
IN ADDITION TO ALL OF ALL OF THESE PLANS WE HAVE EXCITING NEWS FOR THE FUTURE—
Tonight we ask every person here to be a committee of one to work with the Holy Spirit with the goal of evangelizing every child of God with whom we come in contact.
Pope John Paul II, in the Splendor of Truth, told us to proclaim the Gospel with an evangelization which must be new in its ardor, methods and expression. Relevant Radio was part of the answer to his call—and you helped the dream come true.Return to Top
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