Tuesday, April 16, 2013

The Rewards from Joyful Giving

The theme of the Queen of Peace Radio spring 2013 share-a-thon that just ended was joyful giving based upon the idea that we should give with a joyful heart.  This was the same theme as the fall one.  We did not want to use guilt techniques to get people to give, to talk about such ideas as “your fair share,” or to induce people to give because there was a tax deduction.  Not at all.  We, also, encourage donors to give electronically via electronic transfers from their bank accounts or their credit or debit cards.  We wanted to follow up on the ideas from my last blog about giving because the listeners believe in this ministry.
Jerry Webster, George Barletta, Terri Micillo, Anne Webster
help appeal to listeners during on-air Shareathon.
Not only are we very grateful to our listeners and donors, we are, also, very grateful to the volunteers who help with these share-a-thons.  They are authors, business executives, entrepreneurs, some highly educated and intelligent as well as all of us from all walks of lives including mothers, students, retirees, unemployed, immigrants, cradle Catholics, revert Catholics, and non-Catholics - a real richness of the range of the composition of our Church and community.  What a richness!  During the slow periods, we had very enriching discussions about theology, history, the new pope and what his new papacy may bring, and what is going on in the contemporary church and in society in general.
Anne & Jerry Webster, Diane Herbert answer phones and talk with listeners.
All the volunteers, not only were they financial donors to Queen of Peace Radio but, also, they were giving of their valuable time and talent.  Interestingly, they were not there to get a take-away from their help but they were there because they believe in this ministry and knew of the value and impact that it has on them as well as other listeners.  In the process of giving, we all had an incredible unintended reward from God - we were all enriched by each other and the experience of our involvement of being in the process of soliciting money for this ministry. We heard from our listeners who told us wonderful stories about how this Catholic radio station brought to them messages to help their faith from all ranges of belief, Catholic and non-Catholic alike.
George, Diane, Ray, Tom in studio talking about the value of
knowing your faith and the value of Catholic radio.
So, everyone came away with rewards of immeasurable value - not in money - but of a great and deep spiritual richness. 
Chris Williams, George Barletta, Tom Moran, and Ray Makowski
with award from Catholic Radio Association / EWTN for 15 years
of evangelical zeal for souls. 
For this, we thank God and we, the Board of Directors of Queen of Peace Radio, thank everyone who participated in this share-a-thon and, in particular, we, again, give special thanks to Tom Moran, our General Manager, who always overcomes the obstacles to produce another successful share-a-thon as he did again this past week.

Let me know what you think.

Let the light of our Lord shine upon you!

REM (Ray Makowski) Co-Founder, Director and Secretary-Treasurer


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