On November 4, 2016, an unprecedented outreach opportunity was presented to the Adventist Church with the release of Hacksaw Ridge, the movie about Desmond Doss. Realizing this, WYEJ Radio, Where You Enjoy Jesus, decided to undertake a project to increase awareness of It Is Written and WYEJ Radio in the community by going into theaters to hand out the John Bradshaw book, The Faith of Desmond Doss. A bookmark was inserted into each book letting the reader know this was a gift from WYEJ Radio and how to hear the station. Permission was received to place books on three tables in two theaters. With the support of the North Anderson Adventist Church and It Is Written, 3,400 books have been handed out so far.
Books were always available for movie-goers to pick up on their own, but church members felt the books would have more value to readers if they were also received from a person. The volunteers report that everyone they talked to, some with tears in their eyes, were very impressed with the Desmond Doss story. One lady stopped on her way into the theater to pray over the books, and even volunteered to come back to help. Another lady said she was going to take the book to her Bible study group. Others requested Bible studies and more information about Seventh-day Adventists. Two visited North Anderson the following Sabbath and have continued to attend. If support allows, WYEJ plans for more projects in the community.
WYEJ is a member-owned Seventh-day Adventist radio station located in Anderson, S.C., on the campus of the North Anderson Church. Since August 2015 it has been broadcasting truth, 24 hours a day, seven days a week, on 106.7 FM to the estimated 123,000 residents within its listing area.
WYEJ is an affiliate of LifeTalk Radio. LifeTalk Radio is a ministry of the North American Division of Seventh-day Adventists, providing programming to about 100 stations nationwide. Speakers such as David DeRose, Dwight Nelson, and Shawn Boonstra can be heard daily. Although most programming is prerecorded, Doug Batchelor’s Bible Answers Live is carried live Sundays at 10 p.m. Occasionally other live events such as John Bradshaw’s Revelation Today – Mysteries Revealed can be heard.
Here is what Kevin Pires, pastor of the North Anderson Church, says about LifeTalk Radio: “I am blessed by the music and messages, whether about health or the Word of God.” In addition to WYEJ, LifeTalk Radio can be heard on email@example.com, on Roku, and on smart phones by installing the Apple or Android app. To learn more about LifeTalk Radio, go to www.lifetalk.net.
WYEJ does what it can to keep costs low. One way of doing this is by foregoing the expense of producing local programming, relying instead on the professional programming provided by LifeTalk Radio. North Anderson is a small church with limited resources, but does what it can to help such as providing power and equipment space. Generous financial donations from the Carolina Conference, and used equipment donations from Tim Mamms and the Greenville (N.C.) Church and WFHC Radio in Fletcher, N.C., have made it possible for WYEJ to go on the air.
So where does the support come from? First and most importantly from God, and secondly from individuals like you who feel led to support this ministry. Does WYEJ Radio have needs? Like most ministries, yes. Currently the antenna needs updating to allow listeners to have the highest quality signal without the interference some now experience. Also needed is to address the cost of the transmitter and the updating of computer technology. The cost of covering these needs are approximately $11,500. If you feel led to support WYEJ Radio, tax deductible donations can be made through the North Anderson Adventist Church, 3551 North Highway 81, Anderson, S.C. 29621, or online at https://www.adventistgiving.org/?OrgID=ANT8AN. If you have any questions about WYEJ Radio, please contact Larry Johnson at 803-315-9594, or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you in advance for your support.
Carolina | February 2017