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Let me start by saying that this will be too long to use on the air, which is fine. I just want you at the station to read it anyway! :) I'm not sure how to succinctly explain how much God uses the music of WCIC in my life. It is such a huge part of my spiritual life! There are certain songs that I hear that point me to a very specific instance where God has spoken to me, even when it was something I didn't want to hear. Here are a few I think of off hand. Driving to the hospital a couple years ago to visit a young single mom with HINI, I heard "Finally Home" by Mercy Me just as I pulled into the parking lot. I bawled because I knew she wasn't going to make it. I begged God that it was not the truth, but I knew it was. I walked upstairs to find out that she had just passed away. Even though it was horrible news, it was a reminder that God is always with us, even in sorrow. Driving to visit a friend who was supposed to hear whether or not her adoptive Ethiopian children had passed court after not passing 5 or so times (it's SO hard to wait over here while at the mercy of the Ethiopian courts!), I heard "While I'm Waiting" by John Waller and knew she had not yet passed and was supposed to continue to "worship while I wait." I got there and that was disappointedly the case! Glad to say they passed the next court date, and their 2 beautiful girls have been home for a year now! The morning in Ethiopia where our good friends were going to court for their baby boy and "One Less" by Matthew West played, I KNEW they were going to pass! They did, which rarely happens in Ethiopia the first time! The next day, our family was up for court, and though I listened to that song and loved it, I didn't have the confirmation that I had the day before, and indeed, we did not pass that day, though our directors thought we would. We are happy to say we passed 3 weeks later and have had our 2 children home since last January! No, I wasn't listening to WCIC in Ethiopia- the internet is way too spotty- but I downloaded these songs because I was first introduced to them from WCIC.
Other times the songs have been specific reminders to pray for certain families going through hardships: "Slow Fade" by Casting Crowns for a close family going through unfaithfulness, "Praise You in This Storm" for a family going through a huge spiritual battle with their teens, "Does Anybody Hear Her" by Casting Crowns for a young lady trying to get out of drug abuse, an abusive situation, and whether or not to abort her unborn child. Happy to say she chose life!
Those are just a few. I could name so many more! There are so many other times that the songs just lead me to praise my Lord for His grace and blessings from the depths of my heart! Even the song "You Are So Good to Me" by Third Day that you just played reminds me of the moment my now 7-year-old FINALLY walked at 17 months! So, as you see, this radio station is a HUGE part of my life, and I give every year knowing my gift is small compared to the blessing the radio station has been to me! Thank you!!