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We all do it… We get busy with our own lives

At WAY-FM, we are more than individuals just trying  to make it.  We are a community of believers who are seeking to live out our faith on a daily basis.  This video will challenge you to refocus on who the center of our lives should be. … Continue reading

Help More People Live with Hope in Jesus

Spring Support Drive launches May 3 – and your generosity is vital to give it the best possible start and keep your WayFM going strong.

The great news is that whatever you give today will be DOUBLED up to $25,000 to encourage more people like Beverly and her family!

She writes: “Your station has brought us much-needed support through the isolation of the pandemic – WayFM has helped keep our moods light and focused on the Lord. Thank you!”

We cannot thank you enough for your generosity… and for helping more people live with hope in Jesus!

Surprised by Peace in Hard Times

 

By Bekah, Co-host and Producer, The Wally Show

 

On March 13 of last year, my phone rang at 4 a.m., which is never a good sign.

“Hey, someone at the station has a fever. Why don’t you work from home today?”

The first case of COVID-19 had landed in our state about a week before. Because of my husband’s health issues and his lack of an immune system, my coworkers were being overly cautious. I had no idea that I wouldn’t be returning to the office for an entire year!

Since then, I’ve had the pleasure of experiencing just about every angle of the pandemic: isolation, job loss as my husband’s industry shut down, and health scares (while we’ve been able to stay free of COVID-19, other health issues popped up).

Looking back on the past year is hard. Finding the bright spots in it – even harder. But even in the toughest times, I’ve been consistently thankful for a few unexpected blessings.

Never once did my coworkers question my need to work from home, and they’ve continued to show incredible empathy through every chapter.  Add to that technology that made working from home possible. Sometimes, I forget to take the time to fully appreciate it!! Then there’s my community of friends who love me enough to let me vent. The effect of such grace can’t be overstated.

Finally – and this is really what I want to draw your attention to – God surprised me with peace I didn’t know was possible.

If you’re unfamiliar with my story, my husband’s chronic illness has overshadowed the past five years of our life, and its impact was obviously amplified this past year.

But in the worst moments – the darkest times when I wasn’t sure I was going to survive – God intervened with peace. The more He did, the more I began making it the theme of my prayers – asking not for answers, but comfort.

It’s like the line from the song “Symphony” by Switch…

“Cause even in the madness, there is peace drowning out the voices all around me. Through all of this chaos, you are writing a symphony.”

You see, hard times and peace are not mutually exclusive. And even though life is far from feeling normal again, God continues to surprise me with His peace. I pray He does the same for you.

Invite God to Do What Only He Can!

Psalm 145:18 says, “The Lord is close to all who call on him,” and literally thousands of people are seeing this promise fulfilled in their lives through the WayFM Prayer Wall.

People like Joelle, who recently wrote on the wall:

“I am going through a divorce right now and have found myself in a very rough spot. I know God has a plan in all this craziness and I am trying to let Him have the reins, but it’s hard sometimes. Please just keep me in your prayers.”

Joelle is one of 42,000 people who posted prayers and prayed for others on the Prayer Wall throughout 2020 – and that number keeps growing every day. Through a painful divorce and months without her own home, Joelle found encouragement as friends like you lifted her needs up to God.

God hears and responds when His people pray – and there is nothing more needed in our world today than for God to intervene to do what only He can.

That’s why together with friends like you, WayFM is making plans to expand the reach of the Prayer Wall. Imagine seeing hundreds of thousands –  even a million – people united in prayer for one another, for our nation, and for our world!

Please pray God continues to move through your amazing partnership to reach even more people through the ministry of your WayFM. And know that we’re praying for you too!

*Representative image used.

Wrong Number?

 

 

By: Wally,
The Wally Show

 

 

People call the radio station all the time by accident. For DJs it is a time-honored tradition to mess with people who have called the wrong number. Recently this happened to me, but how the call started and where it ended will stick with me forever as a reminder of why I love what we get to do every day at WayFM, and why it is so important. Here is what happened.

Me: Hey, it’s The Wally Show.

Me: Wally, who is this?

Caller: I am trying to reach Walgreens.

Me: Well, you got Wally from The Wally Show, so you are kind of close. And I think maybe that ointment you need is on aisle 6. (That is the messing with someone part I spoke of earlier!)

Caller: (laughs) What radio station are you with?

We continued to talk, and I told her I was from a Christian radio station called WayFM. She had not heard of us and what happened next surprised me.

She started telling me that her husband of 28 years was battling cancer and then she asked if I could play a song for him. I asked if she had anything in mind or if she wanted me to pick something. She told me to pick a song and she would make sure he was listening.

This is why I am so glad to be at WayFM.  If I were at a pop station or a rock station, what song would I play for him? It would probably have been some sort of generic “you can do it” type song. Instead, the perfect song popped into my head immediately. It was “Even If” by Mercy Me. The lyrics could not have been more perfect for what this lady and her husband were facing. The song says:

They say it only takes a little faith
To move a mountain
Good thing
A little faith is all I have right now
But God, when You choose
To leave mountains unmovable
Give me the strength to be able to sing
It is well with my soul
I know You’re able and I know You can
Save through the fire with Your mighty hand
But even if You don’t
My hope is You alone
I know the sorrow, and I know the hurt
Would all go away if You’d just say the word
But even if You don’t
My hope is You alone

What a gift we have to be able to share that sort of message with people who need it. The irony is this lady never told me her name, but God knows her and saw fit to put us together for a moment to encourage her.

I just love the arch of this story.

1: Lady accidentally calls a radio station.

2: DJ has a little good-natured fun with her and makes her laugh.

3: Lady then feels safe to open up about husband’s serious medical condition.

4: Then a song is played that points them to the hope found in Jesus.

5: Now she knows about WayFM and can tap into that hope and peace every day.

So, wrong number? I think not. I believe that God is constantly seeking us out and giving us just what we need when we need it. I don’t think our paths crossing was an accident or a coincidence.

The irony is I have been talking about how good this was for this lady, but truth be told this was great for my soul as well. This was a wrong number that went right in so many ways.

So if you support WayFM, thank you for helping continue to make moments like this happen.

 

You Help Change Lives That Seem Beyond Hope

Brian’s battle with addiction had reached a breaking point. Brought on by years of depression and anxiety, he lived in constant shame of the person he’d become.

“I was taking so many methadone at times that I wasn’t sure if I was going to wake up the next morning. But I felt like the world would be better off without me so it really didn’t matter.”

When all you see around you are your own mistakes and failures, it’s easy to lose hope – and even feel like you’re beyond hope. But thanks to support from friends like you, Brian soon discovered that God never loses sight of us no matter how dark things get.

Writing in to afternoon host Joy, Brian shared about a WayFM interview God used to reach him when he thought all was lost.

“I ran across an interview you did with Darren Mulligan [from We Are Messengers]… and it helped me in the darkest hour of my life.”

In this powerful conversation, Darren discussed how God redeems even the darkest moments of your past and uses them to lead you deeper into His joy, forgiveness, and freedom. It’s an interview about the power of grace to change a life. And that’s just what happened for Brian!

“After that interview, I dropped to my knees and surrendered my life to God. It gave me just enough hope and strength to have one last fight with my addiction. I quit cold turkey that day.”

“Over the next three weeks I went through deep depression and bad withdrawals, but every time I would feel like I couldn’t make it, I would watch that interview and somehow it gave me strength.”

Maybe you know a bit of what Brian’s talking about – how God uses the honest conversations and encouraging music on your WayFM to speak hope into your day and give you strength for life’s challenges. It’s a testimony a lot of people write in to share – and one your partnership helps make possible.

That’s right… your support keeps WayFM on the radio and streaming online to point people like Brian to the hope of Jesus. You help shine light into people’s darkest hours! And God doesn’t stop there. Read what He’s doing in Brian’s life today:

“I’m currently working on a degree in counseling so I can help others with addiction and depression, and I’m the worship coordinator at my church. It’s amazing how God used that one interview to completely change my life forever.”

Thank you for your investment to help change lives like Brian’s through the hope of Jesus heard every day on your WayFM.

You Help Change Lives That Seem Beyond Hope

Brian’s battle with addiction had reached a breaking point. Brought on by years of depression and anxiety, he lived in constant shame of the person he’d become.

“I was taking so many methadone at times that I wasn’t sure if I was going to wake up the next morning. But I felt like the world would be better off without me so it really didn’t matter.”

When all you see around you are your own mistakes and failures, it’s easy to lose hope – and even feel like you’re beyond hope. But thanks to support from friends like you, Brian soon discovered that God never loses sight of us no matter how dark things get.

Watch Brian’s tell share his story bout how God used a WayFM interview on YouTube to reach him when he thought all was lost.

Make more stories like this possible >

 

Caring for Communities With Jesus’ Love

In response to the pandemic, your WayFM stations around the country have been stepping up to encourage people and show Jesus’ love in action to their local communities.

Together with friends like you, your WayFM partnered with local ministries to thank frontline workers, host socially distant church services, and help those in need.

Here are just a few examples of the impact you’re providing around the country through your local WayFM stations…

  • Operation Beef Stew with a Soldier’s Child – Delivering beef stew meals to military families who’ve lost a parent in battle. This program helped provide food to these single-parent families struggling with financial insecurities and job loss during COVID-19 lockdowns.

  • Beyond Our Wall – A drive-in church service in partnership with 16 local churches, onsite at the local fairgrounds. People in 4,500+ cars were in attendance, and we were able to broadcast the service live on our local frequency so everyone tuned in to WayFM to hear the service from their cars.

  • Signs of Hope campaign – Your WayFM team was able to visit several locations around Nashville and thank workers for their service throughout the COVID-19 lockdowns and restrictions: people at hospitals, restaurants, home improvement stores, and grocery stores.

  • The Community Way – You helped make it possible for your WayFM to partner with various nonprofits and highlight our combined efforts through a video series we created called “The Community Way.” The conversations were focused on how these charities and ministries were helping their communities during the pandemic and connecting people in need with the local organizations equipped to assist them.
  • Delivering meals to the elderly community and picking up groceries to drop off at a food pantry for families in need.

 

Your support makes all of the above initiatives possible. So thank you!

You’re Lifting Hearts in This Crisis

“People are hurting so badly right now. [But] this station helps me so much.”

Kelsey’s story shows how important it is to have a voice of hope in your life, especially now. She’s grateful for how you’ve help bring that to her through your WayFM when she needed it the most. She shares…

“I lost my dad unexpectedly to COVID-19 two months ago after a three-week battle at a local hospital – and then recently lost one of my closest childhood friends from substance abuse.”

How do you deal with a double whammy like that? Thanks to friends like you, WayFM is Kelsey’s soundtrack so she can hear meaningful music and honest conversation that points her to Jesus every single day. What she said next is only possible because of you. She says:

“I look forward to listening and whether it’s that piece of advice I needed to hear or I am suffering in moments of sadness, the worship and encouraging words always help guide me back to His light.”

Of course, having a laugh and feeling part of your WayFM family helps heal her heart too! She adds:

“I love Wally’s sense of humor and how the whole team balances important, serious life lessons from Scripture with funny, real-life situations we all face in a way that reminds us we are all connected and in it together.

“We are not meant to live in fear. We are meant to live in love and peace which can only be sustained by Jesus. So I pray everyone finds that unconditional love I am grateful to have known for years and have every day.”

She. Gets. It. Yes, Kelsey says, “People are hurting so badly right now.” But she’s determined to live in the hope of Christ, which unifies us through His unconditional love. When you support your WayFM, you’re helping  spread Jesus’ love on-air and online.

So thank you for your investment that helps keep meaningful music and honest conversation going out to  people, pointing them to the eternal love of Jesus.

 

Why I’m Thankful at a Time Like This

Wally

By Wally, The Wally Show

When I think of COVID-19, one word that comes to mind is thankful!

I know that might seem odd in the face of all the fear and uncertainty associated with this disease. However, for me I’m truly thankful. I’m thankful my family and I have been spared the very real hardship associated with this virus that has affected so many people.

Sure, we had trouble getting toilet paper at first, but if that’s your worst problem, you’re doing pretty well.

I’m thankful that I’ve been able to continue coming into work every day and do something that matters with my friends Bekah, Betty, and Gavin. We’ve purposely decided to continue being a place of hope for people who might feel hopeless. We use a combination of music, humor, and heart, and the thing I’m really encouraged by is that it’s working!

We hear stories from people every day who are genuinely thankful that your WayFM is there for them:

“WayFM has helped me every day!” —Joanne“You guys are positive, and you keep it real without preaching at me.” —Josh

“I lost my best friend. She was murdered, and I was angry at God, but I kept you guys on and it was kind of that beacon and that voice of hope. I was able to find some joy and even laughter with you guys on the morning show. It would remind me of the way [my friend] Jess used to make me laugh!”—Candace

“You love everybody. So, you are our station. I don’t know how we found you, but we are glad we did.” —Nicole

I’m thankful God allows you and me to play some small role in the hearts He’s reaching out to and comforting. I’m thankful for all the people behind the scenes of the ministry of WayFM, like you, who are committed to helping people.

Lastly, I’m thankful for our thermometer at work that provided one of my favorite funny moments during the coronavirus.

I was taking Betty’s temperature for her and she asked, “What’s it say?” It was almost as if this inanimate thermometer suddenly understood great comedy and said… LO!

In the Middle of Death and Family Conflict, Rachel Found Hope.

When you give, you are WAY-FM. You make stories like Rachel’s possible. Thank you.

Give Now

 

“I’m Rachel from Bowling Green, KY and I am WAY-FM.

I’ve been a single mom most of my life. I was married twice. My first husband didn’t work out – a divorce. My second husband died.

I look back on my life, I have multiple children, I have several grandchildren. I got a Bible from WAY-FM and I gave it to my oldest daughter. And we just have a lot of family issue going on, but I know everyday that I should never give up. And it just kind of helps lift me up to remember even in my darkest moments.

Even when my husband died, it was just there. It was like every song was specifically written for me and to keep going and to keep going after he died.”

-Rachel