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As we continue to celebrate forty years of ministry as WCFC TV38, now the Total Living Network, so many, many moments of God’s provision continue to amaze me.
It was 1976 and I was looking out over the vast cityscape of Chicago from our tiny 500 square foot office space on the 13th floor of the Kemper Insurance Building. I was praying about what to do. It was the new headquarters of Christian Communications of Chicagoland (WCFC TV38) after relocating from a room at Stone Church where I had shared a phone with one of the church ministers. The FCC had awarded us a construction permit to launch the first and only Christian television channel in Chicago, but how it was to happen was the question. We had little money, no equipment, the staff was myself, my secretary, and a few volunteers. To top it all off, we had a very skeptical public doubting that we would ever make it on the air.
The day before, I was told by the Kemper building manager that a newspaper syndication company had gone out of business and all their office equipment was for sale. On one hand, this was an incredible opportunity to purchase all the office furniture we would need for the foreseeable future at pennies on the dollar. But on the other hand, there was tangibly nothing to suggest there would be a future.
Standing at the window that day staring out at the third largest city in America, I asked God for guidance. As I prayed, I sensed God speaking to my spirit in that clear, distinct, inaudible voice I have come to depend on over the years.
“Do you believe I’ve called you here to be a part of a television ministry to reach Chicago and beyond?”
The question was clear enough to warrant my audible response. Shirley and I had settled that question in our minds before accepting the invitation to Chicago. We were supposed to be here. “Yes” I responded “I know you have called me here.” “Then act on that call.”
It was a simple and yet profound word from God. So the real question was—did I trust God’s call or not? The light clicked on and there was a new clarity to my call. TV38/TLN was and is God’s vision, not mine. He had given that vision to Owen Carr and called me to be part of it. God had ordained this television ministry as a gift to all of Chicagoland. He had not called Owen Carr or me to handle the miracles, but only to be His hands and feet on the ground, and do all that we could to bring the vision into reality. My job was to work hard and be faithful to His call. My question was answered…prepare for the future of Christian television in Chicago and beyond.
I called the building manager the same day and arranged for the purchase of the office furniture. He allowed us to store it in an unused office space, and for approximately the next eighteen months we used those desks, chairs and all the other equipment as TV38 continued to grow as a Christian television ministry and as a vital, respected part of Chicagoland.
TLN has always been a “faith ministry,” meaning we have trusted God for our survival for forty years. Being a faith ministry means that we are dependent on people like you who watch and are blessed to stand with us financially. We depend on our faithful viewers being willing to share the heavy financial burden of a television ministry such as TLN.
And I’m just as certain today as I was the day I bought that office furniture that God has ordained this ministry to be a spiritual blessing to Chicago and beyond.
Now with all the new technologies available to us, our ministry opportunities are greater than ever. As I write this letter, I’m bathing it in prayer, praying that God will speak to your heart like He spoke to mine that day nearly forty years ago. I pray that you will sense a prompting from the Holy Spirit to take a piece of the financial burden as your own, however large or small it may be. God has ordained this ministry but He has called all of us to be His hands and feet to make it happen.
Thank You and may God richly bless you this year.
Jerry K. Rose, Chairman of the Board, Total Living International