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Friday, October 30, 2009

How Great is OUR GOD!

Vision is officially over. W O W. God showed up with a historic fund raider. We are now over 85% of our goal, with our largest number of givers ever in one campaign. We now have enough money to buy the building, debt free, and we will spend the remainder of this year looking for friends to help out with getting the work done on the building. We will be needing help with painting, some construction, heating and air conditioning help, and a couple of other items. You can check out our website at wbgl.org if you want to see what else we need, and if you missed out on the giving, you can do so here: http://tinyurl.com/givewbgl. God bless you as we continue on the journey!!

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Vision is becoming clear

God is moving at WBGL. He's doing things in ways only He can.

One part of our new building that will need attention is a new roof on the office part of the building. I mentioned that on the air this morning and got a call from Brett Adkisson. He "just happened" to be listening, owns a construction company, and felt his group of guys were suppose to be the ones who put the new roof on, at no charge to us. Wait, it gets better. He said the guy who got him listening to WBGL was the guy he buys shingles from and he called him to get us the best deal possible. This story is still unravelling, so I'll keep you posted.
Now if only we had someone who could donate their painting services and some new floor covering. What does the bible say? "You have not, because you ask not" It's in James. So, I'll be sure to ask!!!

What an incredible journey!!

Jeff
www.wbgl.org

Monday, October 26, 2009

The day befpore the day before.

So, we are now 2 days away from Vision, our Fall fundraiser. It's the fundraiser designed to finish off the building campaign. It's so humbling to say that even before we start, 15% of the money needed to finish the building has already been pledged. Only 85% to go. WOW!
A couple of prayer requests.
HEALTH. We all need it, but in our current confining quarters, if one person gets sick, it often gets "shared" with others around them.
TECHNICAL PROTECTION. We depend on our computers so much during Vision, so pray they are ready for the task at hand.
IN KIND GIVING. As you can imagine, there are lots of items for the new building that can be donated by friends in the industry. A New Roof, Carpeting, Building Materials just to name a few. If you would like some more information on giving these items, give me a call at 217-840-1853. If you want to give towards our new building, you can do so right here. https://donate.familyfriendly.org/ALLEG/wbglwebdefault.asp?P=WBGLEMAIL&C=3VLThanks for supporting Family Friendly, WBGL.

Friday, October 23, 2009

Yesterday is history


So, I was traveling back from our sister station, WIBI, yesterday when I officially got "The News". The contract has been signed. The Ernest money has been deposited. We are nearly there, ready to open the door to our new building. I pulled into my favorite barbeque joint, Smokey Bones, and celebrated. I pulled out my Iphone to blog on this momentous event, and all I could do was write these 2 words. "Contract Signed". What a journey, what a blessing, what a pain, what a God trip this has been. Next week, we are going to raise the rest of the money needed to move into the building, debt free. To God, be the glory!! Here's a video.
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Friday, October 16, 2009

Such a busy, busy, week

Wow. Lots of work done. Lots of meetings with friends and conversations with attorneys. Lots of looking at drawings and forms to fill out. The week is over, the contract is days away from being signed, and we have shown the video at www.wbgl.org . Pray that our computer program that runs our donor program doesn't crash...again. It did twice on Friday. Thank God that we have so many friends that are coming forward and saying, "My company would like to take care of..." So great to have so many friends that do so many important things. Also, pray for no hiccups on this final round of contract finessing.

Jeff

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Friday, October 9, 2009

I Love having great friends

We here at Family Friendly WBGL are so blessed to have some of the greatest friends ever. I want to thank John and Jeff and Elizabeth and Michelle and Star and Bobbie and Ruth and Bill and all who made our recent videos so heartfelt and wonderful. God is using WBGL to touch lives every single moment of every single day. Here's another video. If you have 3 minutes, check it out. You can support our Building the Future campaign at
http://tinyurl.com/ybccvtw

Jeff


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Thursday, October 8, 2009

A day without blogging is like...a day.

No new news on Thursday. No new news yesterday, either. I think God is teaching me patience, and I'm like the kid in the corner with the dunce cap on, though I would suggest that teachers NEVER do that. How completely humiliating!

I do have this little video, from some friends talking about why they support
Family Friendly WBGL. Give it a peak, and let me know what you think. Pray that the lawyers will talk, get things hammered out, and get back to us regular folks by Friday...or Monday...or soon.
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Tuesday, October 6, 2009

This could be THE DAY...or not

I talked with the building owners real estate agent today, and he said, this "could" be the day that the contracts come back from their side. Lots of "could"s in this process of buying a building. This is also the day we could get the pictures back from the photographer for a nifty little video we are putting together to be able to show you the actual building.

I think God has a sense of humor when it comes to our urgency, and His timing. As followers of Christ, our character is shaped, sometimes painfully, by processes that make us more apt to hear Him when He whispers.
Whatever you are going through or looking forward to, trust God and learn His timing. His plan is so much better than ours.

Monday, October 5, 2009

Almost ready for our close up!

This weekend, a photographer friend of ours, http://www.staceyrainerphotography.com
took some pictures of our new future home. I can't wait to show them to you. Really, I can't wait to see them myself! I'm told tomorrow's the day, so as soon as we can, we will get them up for you to see.
That reminds me of a funny story. When Shari, my beautiful wife, and I accepted my job at WBGL, I moved first. I lived with then station manager, Chuck Pryor, and every moment I wasn't working, I was looking at houses, so I could get my family here. I would shoot videos, and send them to Shari in overnight mail. She kept complaining about getting sick every time she watched one of thew videos. Turns out, I was not a very good Videographer, and my movement style of shooting, (here's the kitchen - spin - and the basement -double spin- and the bedrooms) was ahead of it's time. Here's my poor wife trying to get every single detail of every single house, and she was getting sick in the process.
I promise not to do that with any video of the new build. If I do, I'll try to give you a Dramamine warning.

Friday, October 2, 2009

Thank God it's Friday

For a moment, I thought, "wow! Nothing to really post today about the journey towards our new building", then I remembered the following. I had lunch today with a dear friend who I had the privilege of giving a tour of our new building. His excitement was contagious. Every time I walk through the building, I see new things. New opportunities to make a Kingdom impact. When you get to share vision with close friends, you can't help but get those "Spiritual Goose Bumps" all over yourself. I also had the opportunity to talk to the real estate agent representing the owners. He told me they would try to have the contract back to us by Monday or Tuesday. Everything is moving on schedule. God, you are awesome. This journey is so exciting. I love watching you move and shape things into being.

Pray for our photographer. She is planning on taking some pictures so I can finally share with you what this new building looks like. Also, pray for our video guy. He's putting together some fun videos we plan on sharing with you very soon.


To the Journey!

Jeff

Thursday, October 1, 2009

Rainy Days and Thursdays

The rain reminds me of something we found out about the new building from the inspection. The roof is in need of repair. The portion over the offices has a beautiful shake wood roof that is 20 plus years old, or as the inspection states, about at the end of it's life. I thought about that as I was changing a light bulb in our current building. Once we are owners instead of renters, there's lots of things that we will no longer call a landlord about. It will be up to us to fix, when things break down. I would appreciate your prayers that nothing breaks down... for at least the first year.

Does God care about prayers like that? I believe He does. Anything that opens up the lines of communication between Father and son, (or daughter) is welcome dialogue. Think about it with your own family. My son Micah was recently sick with a fever of 102.9. In his delirium, he said, repeatedly, "I Love You, dad". I will never get tired of hearing that. Talk to God today. He loves what you have to say.

Jeff