Become a TLN Financial Partner Today
It was 1976, and after all the impossible circumstances that God had brought us through, the newly-minted TV38, Chicago’s first and only Christian television channel, was finally on the air and ready for our dedication. We chose the large McCormick Center auditorium for our dedication ceremonies because we wanted people to know we were here and that we intended to make a difference!
And who better than Mayor Richard J Daley, the father of another Chicago Mayor, Richard M Daley, to be our guest speaker for the event! Mayor Daley was a strong, no frills leader who led Chicago with a firm hand. There was no doubt that Mayor Daley loved Chicago and was deeply committed to its success. We were aware that the mayor was engaged in an ongoing national controversy along with some local challenges, and there was a better-than-good chance he would not accept our invitation. Nevertheless, we extended our invitation and were, quite frankly, a bit surprised but very appreciative when he said yes! His Chief of Staff told us that he had turned down two requests for national broadcast network interviews to be with us, because TV38 was local and had a commitment to the city. It was an incredible evening and Mayor Daley’s speech was complimentary and well received.
Mayor Daley was right: we were committed to Chicago and Chicagoland—and after 40 years of ministry, our commitment is still strong. Over the years we’ve become part of the Chicagoland community and our roots are deep. Multiple thousands of lives have been impacted spiritually as a result of that commitment, and many more thousands will be impacted spiritually in the months and years to come. Nineteen years ago we broadened our media ministry commitment to include the San Francisco Bay area and many thousands more have been impacted as a result.
And now, as we celebrate our 40th anniversary, our commitment to presenting the Gospel to two of the most influential cities in the world is as strong as ever, as well as our commitment to serve globally. We intend to be here for you, your family and friends and for the millions of others nationally and internationally you may never have the opportunity to meet, but who are desperate to know that someone cares. We intend to let them know that God cares and He wants the best for them through His Son Jesus Christ.
That is TLN’s commitment. We pray it continues to be yours, and that you’ll pray for our ministry and give generously to TLN.
Your gift this month of $25, $50 or a $100 will go a long way in helping us continue to share the Gospel message with the millions we’re able to reach right in their own living rooms. We simply can’t do this alone. But together we can provide the kind of quality Christian programming that will inspire, comfort and bring salvation and eternal life to the millions in Chicagoland and San Francisco—and around the world.
Thank You and may God richly bless you this year.
Jerry K. Rose, Chairman of the Board, Total Living International