STACEY GAGNE –
Yesterday I was sitting in the Passport Health Office realizing it had been almost exactly a year (off by one day) that I was there! Some of you may remember my trip to Ethiopia with Compassion International last October. It was my very first missions trip on my very first passport and really was life changing. Yesterday it was time to update some immunizations for another adventure!
I’m excited to tell you that I am preparing to travel this October to Jacmel, Haiti! I will be traveling with a team going to work with Joy in Hope, a ministry whose vision is to:
“support, encourage and build Haitian families in order to provide them with the spiritual, educational cultural and physical foundation needed to impact their community, their nation and the world for Christ. Joy In Hope accomplishes its mission through three branches of ministry: children’s homes, churches and schools and numerous outreach efforts such as educational programs, evangelism, feeding and nutritional programs and medical clinics. Each of these avenues allows Joy In Hope to provide a Christ-centered model for serving in the local community.”
Our team of 9 from several different states will be joining together to bless this community that is still recovering from the earthquake. It’s also a special trip for me because I’ll be traveling with some friends I have made through volunteering at Creation Festival as well as making some new ones. Also, my friends Gwenn and Nick and their family are on staff with Joy in Hope and live in Jacmel. The leader of our trip is Denise, Gwenn’s mom. I expect that it will be a special trip in many ways and I’m thrilled to introduce the WJTL audience to my friends at Joy in Hope.
Some things we’ll be doing there as a team may include home construction, distribution of diapers, formula and other supplies, working on the land where the Children’s Home is to be built and just generally being an encouragement to the community there in whatever ways we can as we share the Love of Jesus.
I am excited to have the opportunity to serve on this team and share my experiences with the WJTL listening audience. Tune in during the week of October 24th as I report to you live from Jacmel, Haiti! . Thanks for keeping our team in your prayers.
Preparing for the Adventure!
STACEY GAGNE –
Today our office received a note from a contest winner who said “This came at the right time. You can’t imagine how this has helped me know He is real. You can’t imagine all I go through. Thank you so much for this encouragement”.
Sometimes what to us may seem like the littlest thing can make a huge impact. A smile, including someone on your lunch plans after church, a phone call out of the blue, or in this case placing a prize envelope on a car window … what if one small gesture may actually be the way God wants to instill some extra joy or hope into someone’s life? What if today someone needs to see Jesus and you are the one who He is choosing to be seen through?
– encouraged today by seeing someone else being encouraged.
STACEY GAGNE – Our Facebook presence is now completely moved to facebook.com/wjtlradio. We have gone in and deactivated our former WJTL “Person” in favor of this new page that gives us more flexibility and allows us to have more friends! So, if it appears that WJTL dropped off your facebook friend list, be sure to like us at facebook.com/wjtlradio.
WJTL Likes You!
Stacey M. Gagne
STACEY GAGNE – Did you know that WJTL has an internship program? We really enjoy having high school and college students join us each semester as they pursue their interests in Radio, Communications and Music Business among other related majors.
This year we are excited to have two fabulous young women with us! Introducing Interns Julie and Sandra:
Julie Urbanik has been listening to WJTL since she was 7 or 8, so we as a staff have known her for years. Now she’s a student at Millersville University studying Music Business and Technologies. You’ll be able to hear her on the air on Thursday mornings during the Get Up and Go Show with Fred and Lisa and will see her out at some of our summer live remotes. She’s only been with us for one week so far and has already put together our parade playlist, mailed some letters and prizes, updated our events calendar, recorded an on air promo and helped at Walk for Life in Columbia! She’s off to a great start!
Sandra Robinson studies at Grove City College. She’s a Music Education major with interest in Communications. Sandra hosts and co-hosts 2 radio shows at at her school. She also grew up listening to WJTL and loves a variety of different music styles. Sandra will be with us on Tuesdays and will also joining the Get Up and Go Show team this summer. She has a busy schedule with her summer job, but we plan to have her come out to many events too. Tuesday was her first day and she had a great time with Fred and Lisa and our guests!
Please help us make our fabulous interns feel welcome when you see them out at live events. If you or someone you know is pursuing a career in broadcasting or music business or a related field and is interested in future internships at WJTL, please email me at email@example.com.
Coordinator and cheerleader for our Internship Program
STACEY GAGNE- Facebook has proven to be a great tool for us at WJTL to interact with you! Since we’ve been on Facebook we’ve been able to update you more quickly as we post items to the website, weather related news, local events, linking up with other ministries, posting pictures, contests, connecting listeners with each other and so much more!
Since we originally joined Facebook, we have created a fan page that serves us and the listener much better with the biggest plus being no limit on friends… our original page has a huge list of people waiting to be friends.
If you have not liked us at the wjtlradio page, please do so. We will be deactivating the original page very soon so that we send everyone to the same place. We are also active on Flickr Twitter and Youtube.
There are many ways to stay plugged in to the WJTL Community!
Connecting Listeners with WJTL Social Media
STACEY GAGNE – I am learning as I get older that there are so many things that I think I can’t do that I have never tried out of fear or didn’t have faith for. I blogged a bit last year about running and that was definitely one of those things. I think many of us struggle with having a limited vision. Even a limited understanding of what God has made us capable of. I was just thinking about this and was looking at some scripture when I saw these familiar verses in Ephesians 3:
“20Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, 21to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen.”
God, give us revelation of how powerful you are in our lives. Remind us that your power is at work within us. Help us to see how you equip us beyond our imaginations. Show us how you make the impossible possible in our lives for your glory and allow us to be a part of that. Amen.
Being reminded often that what I thought impossible is possible because of God in me.
STACEY GAGNE – Ok, who doesn’t get that song by Francesca Batistelli stuck in their head? I may or may not have been belting it out jokingly through the office this afternoon while adding my own silly lyrics about the frustrations of my day. :). It sure has a hook… and is encouraging listeners, too.
The other day we had a listener call in and say thanks so much for playing that song. She had been driving back and forth across the county all day running errands. She found it was fun and uplifting musically and encouraging. The lyrics remind us that the stuff that “drives us crazy” are the very things that God uses in our lives… from little to big.
James 1: 2-4 reminds us to “Consider it pure joy … whenever you face trials of many kinds, 3 because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. 4 Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.” So, maybe… just maybe… the next time we get cut off in traffic, receive a frustrating phone call or unexpected bill, or can’t find our sunglasses (most of the time mine are sitting on top of my head when I can’t find them) we will think of this song and smile???
Stacey M. Gagne
Being Matured by Joyfully Persevering Through the Little Things
STACEY GAGNE – Are you creative? Are you looking for inspiration? Try going to scripture. I was looking through my journal the other night and noticed that my best and most creative writing comes out during times that I was more focused on reading The Word or spending more focused time with God in prayer and worship. This shouldn’t come as a surprise … inspiration from the Creator. 🙂 But a good reminder, nonetheless.
STACEY GAGNE –
Ok, those lyrics from the song in the movie White Christmas might be a bit of an exaggeration for me … I don’t LONG to shovel, necessarily, but I do love snow. (The way I fell in it when I was shoveling last night… you’d think I “longed to wash my hands, my face and hair” with it, though).
I have so much fun this time of year helping with Operation Snow Crew, especially during the Get Up and Go Show. I love snow, so that is a big part of the excitement for me. I’ve been known to run outside when we get the first flakes of the winter. I also enjoy the change in schedule, getting up “dark and early” and heading home early, too. It’s fun spending time with Fred and Lisa and the other staff in our early morning silliness, going on the air with the DJ’s once in a while, talking with the leadership from local schools, churches and businesses, and getting the word out for families and individuals in the listening area. It’s a challenge to see how quickly we can get the announcements out on the air and on the web. Often times we are updating while Fred and Lisa are mid-way through the list with chats from the office to the studio. 🙂 It definitely can get interesting.
We post the cancellations on the web and read them on the air. Remember you can see the Operation Snow Crew list anytime it’s active. If you’ve noticed that your school, church or local business or organization is not reporting to WJTL, please let them know that we’d love to include them in our listings, too.
Enjoy the snow!
Stacey M. Gagne
-enjoyer of snowcrew and in related news … naps
STACEY GAGNE – I haven’t blogged as much as usual this month… because my fingers have been furiously keeping up with the donations that have poured in! WJTL had a need. Listeners responded. God provided.
I was unsure how things would look as we ended 2010. I trusted that God would take care of us somehow, but wasn’t sure how that would look considering the economy, considering how everyone has responded to the need for so many other organizations in need this year, etc. But here we are having met budget before the end of the day with donations still coming in. What a treat to get to open the envelopes, read the notes, share them with the staff and see our needs being met once again. I have been amazed.
The Jon Foreman Song “Your Love is Strong” is one I’ve really appreciated this year … and these lyrics from scripture seem especially appropriate for today. I’ll post them below.
Happy New Year!
Celebrating the New Year with joy and amazement!
You always amaze me
Let your kingdom come
In my world and in my life
You give me the food I need
To live through the day
And forgive me as I forgive
The people that wronged me
Lead me far from temptation
Deliver me from the evil one
I look out the window
The birds are composing
Not a note is out of tune
Or out of place
I look at the meadow
And stare at the flowers
Better dressed than any girl
On her wedding day
So why do I worry?
Why do I freak out?
God knows what I need
You know what I need
Your love is
Your love is
Your love is strong
The kingdom of the heavens
Is now advancing
Invade my heart
Invade this broken town
The kingdom of the heavens
Is buried treasure
Will you sell yourself
To buy the one you’ve found?
Two things you told me
That you are strong
And you love me
Yes, you love me
Our God in heaven
Thy name above all names
Your kingdom come
Your will be done
On earth as it is in heaven
Give us today our daily bread
Forgive us wicked sinners
Lead us far away from our vices
And deliver us from these prisons”