Thursday, September 6, 2012

770 AM WCGW Station of the Year Nomination

Central Kentucky’s WCGW 770 AM Southern Gospel receives National Quartet Convention 2012 Radio Station of the Year Nomination.
Lexington, KY, September 6, 2012—WCGW 770 AM Southern Gospel has received the nomination of “Radio Station of the Year” as part of the 2012 National Quartet Convention Music Awards.
WCGW 770 AM Southern Gospel stands out as the only AM Station in this final group of top Southern Gospel Stations across the country. The five radio stations selected for the “Radio Station of the Year” category are decided upon on by a committee of the Industry’s top radio promotion professionals, and voted upon by members of the Southern Gospel Music Guild as well as convention exhibitors deemed by the Awards and Criteria Committee to be experienced and knowledgeable about the Southern Gospel Music Industry.
As part of the convention, and in partnership with the Southern Gospel Music Guild, the 2012 National Quartet Convention Music Awards will be presented on Friday, September 14 at 2:30pm during the Showcase Spectaculars event.
About The National Quartet Convention
The National Quartet Convention is the Christian Music industry’s largest annual event, hosting over 40,000 Southern Gospel fans, 500 exhibitors and some 3000 Southern Gospel artists. This year’s 55th annual National Quartet Convention will take place September 9-15 at the Kentucky Fair and Expo Center at Freedom Hall in Louisville, Kentucky.
About WCGW 770 AM Southern Gospel
Southern Gospel, WCGW 770 AM, a service of the Christian Broadcasting System, Ltd. is Central Kentucky’s Southern Gospel station, providing the best in Southern Gospel music and Christian programming to Central Kentucky for over 25 years.
WCGW 770 AM is a four-time Southern Gospel Music Association award winning “Southern Gospel Station of the Year” and the official radio voice of America’s largest Christian music event, The National Quartet Convention.
For more information about the National Quartet Convention, visit: For more information about 770 AM Southern Gospel, visit:

Friday, August 24, 2012

Changing Lives One Fire Truck at a Time

A fire truck almost brought me to tears today. I'm very happy to be associated, in a very small way, with the ministry of Mission of Hope. We talk a lot about the great work they do and the lives they touch. But I confess it isn't always very personal to me. Today was an exception. I received the email below from Emmette Thompson. Suddenly the people they help became very real to me.

Greetings, Dear Mission Of Hope Friends;
Every week we are blessed to receive wonderful Donations that we in turn deliver to the various Mountain Ministry Centers and Elementary School - Family Resource Centers; which we are so privileged to assist and serve.  They are the "True Hero's" in our eyes...and they are also the ones who get these donations into the hands of those who genuinely need them.  Its gratifying to know that we get to play a small part in such a wonderful ministry field, that god has placed us right in the middle of.
Please enjoy this very special story and thank you from our dear friend, Terrie Cross with Appalachian Life Quality Initiative (ALQI).  She captures in words the heartfelt gratitude from a child...and all of the splendor of what comes with the gift of giving.
Thanks for your friendship and support...and for all you do to help extend The Hope.  
Sincerest Regards;
Emmette Thompson, Executive Director - Mission Of Hope

"Not the last load…but the one before that where we received a lot of baby items…..we had a call about a family needing furniture and clothing because their trailer had burned the night before.  They had 3 children.  I told them to come on down to Main Street as the MOH Truck was there now and we were unloading it.  The mother came with only one of the children – the youngest.  Said all their toys had been lost in the fire too.   We had piled all the baby items out on the street until we got everything else inside and then would carry these things in.  Right in the middle of all the little baby stuff was a red fire engine.  The child looked but never said a word.   Kathy West picked it up and gave it to him.  Even when he left I don't think he understood that the truck was actually his.  He held onto it for dear life…as if we were going to take it away as they left.  His mom had tears in her eyes."
 Thanks, Mission of Hope.   Terrie Cross

Thursday, March 8, 2012

Mission of Hope & Tornado Relief

I received this message today from Mission of Hope Director Emmette Thompson. They are right there on the front lines showing the love of Christ to those affected by Friday's storms in Eastern Kentucky.

Dear Mission Of Hope Friends;
I shared with you in recent days, about the devastation caused by the recent storms; in some of the areas we serve, and some we serve nearby.  I sent out e-mail and phone message appeals; to several of the Ministry Centers we assist.  I didn't realize until Monday, that one of those extremely special Ministry's; was already responding to the urgent needs of those impacted.
On Tuesday morning, our dear Friends from Blaine Church & Outreach; in Blaine, KY (near the KY & WVA border); made the 5 hour trip to Knoxville; for us to load their Truck & Trailer with anything we had that they could use; to get into the hands of families which had lost everything.  They began distributing those items yesterday.
After being in touch with the Staff at Alice Lloyd College, where we are blessed to have our Bill Williams Family Scholarship Endowment; we learned that several of the ALC Students, were from the Counties that were hit the hardest.  And several of them had found out that their Family Homes were totally destroyed.  So yesterday, our dear MOH Friend Don Peek; drove a MOH Truck to Alice Lloyd College, in Pippa Passes, KY; loaded with more items like we sent out on Tuesday.  And today, Alice Lloyd Students & Staff; will take those items over to some of those devastated Family's.  What a blessing and opportunity to serve this will be for them...To go and extend True Hope to some of their own.
There will be a great need for a long time; for help and assistance in these storm ravaged Communities.  I have asked the Staff at Alice Lloyd College; to keep us informed of future needs for their Students & Family's.  And I have also asked them to try and locate for us, a Family that we can send a cleanup and construction Volunteer Team too.  They will follow up with me, when they have more details.  What a special way this would be for the Mission Of Hope to help Students that are trying to get their College Education and now just need some help for their Family's.
Thank you for your friendship and support and for all you do to help us extend True Hope.
Sincerest Regards;
Emmette Thompson, Executive Director - Mission Of Hope
865-584-7571 (Office)

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Tornado Relief Efforts

Here's how you can help with tornado relief efforts:

Just a few days after tornadoes ripped through Indiana and Kentucky we're still trying to get a handle on the extent of damage and what we can do to help. The main thrust of the media campaign is encouraging people to make cash donations to the Red Cross. While the Red Cross does do good work some people want to do more.

I applaud those individuals who took it upon themselves to rent trailers, collect donations on their own, and make a contact in a devastated area to deliver to. Those people are the backbone of America. The neighbors we count on. The neighbors we should all want to be. To them, Good job!

All official reports are that West Liberty is at capacity with donations, and no more are required at this time. (Except for cash.)

West Liberty seems to be getting the focus of the media and thus the relief efforts, but please understand there were many communities affected by the storms on Friday. Just because they are saying West Liberty doesn't need donations that doesn't mean no donations are needed at all.

Today we spoke with an official from Magoffin County, and their situation is different than West Liberty. They very much still need donations, and they are having no problems getting them into the hands of people who need them.

Northeast Christian Church in Lexington has partnered with the Magoffin County Fire Department to assist in delivering much-needed items to Salyersville residents who are recovering from the devastation of Friday's tornado. If you would like to contribute to their efforts, here's how you can help:

Drop off donations at Northeast Christian Church, located at 990 Star Shoot Parkway in Hamburg between 8:30am and 5pm through THIS FRIDAY, March 9. The church will be sending a team to deliver the items on Saturday, March 10.

Bottled water
Non-perishable food items (soup, peanut butter, crackers, snack items that don't require much preparation/heating. The county is under a boil water advisory)
Clean-up supplies including work gloves, latex gloves, hand tools, rakes, bleach,clorox wipes, brooms, etc.
Paper plates, plastic cups, utensils, paper towels

For more information, please contact Northeast Christian Church: 859-299-1251

(Here's an interview we did with Todd Fox of North East Christian Church in Lexington, KY today about their efforts.)

Today I also spoke with Emmette Thompson of Mission of Hope. They have already sent two truck loads into the affected areas through a ministry they support year-round. They are working closely with Alice Lloyd College to assess the needs of their students' families. We will have more information on that in the coming days.

To be sure there is currently a lot of work to be done, and there will be no shortage of hard work in the coming weeks or even months.

Thank you for your willingness and desire to help your neighbors.

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Southern Acres Christian Church

Lead Pastor Cameron McDonald of Southern Acres Christian Church in Lexington, KY is my special guest this week on Focus on the church. Tune in to learn about how they are impacting their community for Christ.

Don't miss Focus on the Church this weekend:

Life 99.1 FM WJMM
Saturday 6:30a, 2:30p, 7:30p
Sunday 1:00p, 5:30p

Saturday 9:00a
Sunday 8:00a

AM 1250 WLRT
Sunday 9:30a, 12:30p

We're looking for pastors to introduce to our audience. If you'd like for us to interview you or your pastor contact Jessica Poulter at 859-264-9700 x230 for more information.