Dear Friends of WBVN,
It’s not often that we ask for your close attention, but this is one of those times!
After 16 years in the same location, WBVN must relocate its offices and studios. We have shared space with another business from the first day of broadcasting on January 8, 1990. We are grateful for that longstanding and generous partnership, but we will need to leave that facility this spring. The owner of that business has donated our studio location and paid for the electric cost of the WBVN studios all those years. Now, he has started the process of retiring from business. Changing locations will never change the respect and appreciation for all the years of kindness shown by that business.
With all this said, here’s what we are asking of you:
Pray… we are typically very deliberate and will prayerfully move forward one step at a time. We know we have many decisions to make, however, we trust God that there’s a ‘godly option’ for this ministry to follow in order to make the transition as seamless as possible. Being ‘covered’ with prayer during this time is just like laying hands on this ministry. We need and ask you to thoughtfully pray for us.
Secondly, once our board of directors has found a new location, we’ll keep you informed about the practical needs of WBVN to physically move the studio. One thing for sure, we desire to be a blessing to the community even as we change locations. Continuing to broadcast and re-locate at the same time will, to say the least, be interesting and exciting all at once. We will keep you informed about our re-location on our website.
Lastly, this is a new ‘adventure’ for us. Not since the very beginnings of this ministry in 1988 have we faced such an expensive and significant event. However, that same event offers such potential for growth and what we believe will be a new and powerful witness in the communities we serve. A new location will stabilize the ministry studios for the foreseeable future and help secure the vision of this ministry for years to come. We really believe, and sense in our hearts, a “new thing” that the Father is about to do through WBVN and to WBVN. You’re a part of that potential. Playing a larger and renewed role in believer’s lives comes with the opportunity to ‘bear much fruit’ for the Gospel’s sake in this area.
As happens so often in ministry, at the very time of new and increased potential of growth for that ministry, comes more pressure to prevent and abort the realization of that potential. We’ve recently had more people signing up for the newsletter than in many years, our concert attendance is up and we have more people giving financially to this station than ever before. However, in spite of that increase in the number of contributors, the dollar amount of our contributions has been down. Not surprisingly, that decrease has come at the very same time that our cost of operation is increasing and the necessity to move has come along as well. Our listeners have the final say about having WBVN in the area. We love being dependent upon the Spirit of God and you for our existence! It is a shared dependency that we (WBVN) have with you (our listeners). We both rely on one another: us, for your financial support and you for the encouragement that comes from the music and programming.
We are careful about how, when and why we ask our listeners to be involved with this ministry. We understand that you have many ministry commitments. This request comes because of a very real need that will have a long-term impact on Contemporary Christian Music ministry in our listening area. We asked specifically for your help. We are so excited about what will be happening over the next few weeks. We know the amount of hard work involved but we see a real opportunity for WBVN to become closer and more important than ever before for affirming the Body of Christ in our communities. Praise God and thank you for taking the time to read this letter, your prayers, and responding as our Father leads.
I heard kind of a funny story one time that might illustrate where we find ourselves. It was about four people named Everybody, Somebody, Anybody and Nobody. There was an important job to be done and Everybody was sure that Somebody would do it. Anybody could have done it, but Nobody did it. Somebody got angry about that, because it was Everybody’s job. Everybody thought Anybody could do it, but Nobody realized the Everybody wouldn’t do it. It ended up that Everybody blamed Somebody when Nobody did what Anybody could have done. We encourage you to be Somebody that helps support WBVN with your prayers and gifts during this very special time.
For the entire staff at WBVN,