Yesterday was an action-packed day at the Reach Beyond headquarters and we flew open the doors for a live radio broadcast and our first open house with our new name. The Advancement department spearheaded this event. I have such a great team, plus everyone in the building pitched in. It was awesome.
AM91, and they spurred on their listeners to sponsor 426 SonSet radios to be sent to Ghana. I spent 7-8 am on the air with their broadcast team, telling stories of what God is doing through our partner stations in Ghana. Here's one that floored me when I read it:
“Drinking was destroying my life,” confessed 32-year-old Koﬁ, a farmer in southern Ghana. “My life was a mess, and I was suﬀering. I was known as a drunk, and people would make fun of me. Sometimes I didn’t even know which city I was in." He lives with his 9-year-old daughter and 6-year-old son, and his wife works in Accra, 50 miles away. “I would drink and come home late, not even recognizing my children, not knowing their state or whether they had eaten or not,” he admitted.
Koﬁ’s children and brother urged Koﬁ to quit drinking and listen to the local Christian radio station, Victory FM, because of the Christian programs it airs. “I was listening to the station in my room and that’s when my life was transformed,” he related. "Listening to the radio has been helpful to me because now I’ve stopped drinking, I come home early and I take good care of my children.” Koﬁ and his children get up early each morning to listen to the programs, and afterwards the children go to school while he works on his farm.
We had lunch under a tent for everyone. It rained, so I'm glad we had the tent. The Sonflowerz sang and ministered to us during lunch, and we even had some drawings.
My brother, Bobby, came down from Denver and spend a few hours with us, taking in lunch and a tour of our facilities. Noonie took a turn on the phones and she said that's the most number of listeners I've ever talked to during a sharathon. She is usually on the air during events like this.
By the end of the day, I was a zombie. I don't get it, though, because everyone else was still full of energy. Yeah, I'm getting old.
Praise God for the sponsored SonSet radios, which will bring people to Christ when they arrive in Ghana in a few weeks.