Listener Testimonies

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I Just Want To Make God Smile…

     Mike had a friend and co-worker who kept talking about God and the Bible. The stories Pat Briggs told were interesting, and Mike found himself thinking about them often. Then Pat told Mike about Strong Tower Radio (91.9 FM in Cadillac). Mike and his wife, Kathleen, listened. They started
to attend Sabbath School and worship services at the Seventh-day Adventist church. Soon they began a Bible study group in their home.
After attending “Unlock Revelation” meetings, Kathleen made the decision to be baptized. When she was asked why baptism was so important to her, she said, “I love our Dear Heavenly Father more than ever! Baptism affirms my identity in Jesus. It’s a declaration of all of the newness of
biblical awareness I’ve received over the past year.” “I’ve learned new truth through new friendships, love, and studies with our church family. It weaves me closer to Jesus. Baptism is a visible replication of His death, burial and resurrection. It ismy desire to do the same with my life today, and forever. Most of all, I just want to make God smile!”

The Door is Always Open…

     As everyone said, “Amen!” to conclude Prayer Meeting, there was a knock at the back door of the church. A weeping stranger pushed the door open. Through his tears he blurted out that his son had just committed suicide. Then Bob collapsed into our arms. Our entire church family surrounded Bob. We prayed, we tried to find comforting words, and we wept with him. We exchanged phone numbers, and invited Bob and his wife to come to church and worship with us on the upcoming Sabbath.
     The next Sabbath, Bob and his wife, Renee, came to church. They joined us in worshipping a God of love, hope, patience and peace. Bob and Renee soon began attending church regularly. Our members worked prayerfully with the Holy Spirit into studying Bible truth. They quickly accepted Jesus as their Lord and Saviour, continued to study and grow, and were baptized.
     But why did Bob choose to turn to the Northwoods Seventh-day Adventist church on that cold February evening? The answer: Strong Tower Radio. You see, Bob works for Luce County and drives truck. He plows snow in the winter and fixes roads throughout the summer and Bob listens to Strong Tower Radio (97.9FM) which covers the eastern U.P. He had come to trust the message he heard each day. When Bob needed spiritual help, he sought out the nearest Seventh-day Adventist Church. Please continue to pray for Bob and Renee. Dealing with the death of their son is still a tremendous struggle!

A Sign From Heaven…

     Viola is a delivery driver and this day found her working in the City of Midland. Her route took her by the Midland Seventh-day Adventist Church. The sign out front flashed information about Strong Tower Radio, 90.7FM, a new Christian radio station. Viola immediately tuned to Strong Tower Radio and began listening. Her heart stirred within her and she began to fall deeply in love with the truths she was hearing.
     Viola shared Strong Tower Radio with her brother Ken. He quickly fell in love too with the truths being proclaimed! After listening for a few months, both Viola and Ken decided they wanted to begin attending the Seventh-day Adventist Church.
     That next Sabbath found Viola and Ken at the Estey Church, sitting on the edge of their seats. They listened to the pastor’s sermon about the state of the dead. Having heard so much on Strong Tower Radio, they were already well acquainted with this truth, yet the pastor brought up additional points that caught their attention. At the conclusion of the service, they met the pastor. A dynamic discussion followed. Ken and Viola received an invitation to come again. They were so excited about what they had learned that both of them were back the next Sabbath. This time they brought their father, David, with them!
     Ken and David continued to attend faithfully, accepting Jesus as their Lord and Saviour. After a few months of additional study and prayer, they were baptized! Ken and David continue to pray for Viola, who has yet to make a full commitment to the God of the Bible. Thank you for praying with them for her.


Bible Worker Sandy & Selma

     Selma’s retired and drives a former co-worker Mary, to appointments around town. During one trip Mary told Selma about a health program she had heard on a new radio station called Strong Tower Radio. Selma quickly tuned-in but was only able to catch the final two minutes of a program
called, “Charcoal Remedies.” It was so interesting, she had to hear the entire program.
     She called the station to get information. George Corliss answered the call. He and Selma had a conversation on health and soon were having a spiritual discussion. Selma had attended a Seventh-day Adventist Church when she was younger, but felt she had too much baggage for God to deal with. She hadn’t been to church in decades.
     George quickly shared with her about a crucified, risen, and soon coming Saviour. She began to see that God loved her with an everlasting love and He has never left her or forsaken her, even for a moment. George asked if a Grand Rapids friend could follow up with Selma. She was glad to have someone drop by. After praying for Selma, George called Pastor Bob Stewart, pastor of the Grand Rapids Central Church.
     Pastor Bob sent Sandy, his wife, to follow up. The very next day, Sandy visited Selma and offered to study the Bible once a week. Selma eagerly accepted and began attending church immediately. After a few months of study, she was baptized on June 10th! Praise God for His great love for each one of us!

God Answers My Request
I had been questioning things of faith for quite some time, yet I really didn’t know how to study the Bible. I began to pray and ask God to answer my request. It was shortly after this, that I came across Strong Tower Radio while scanning through radio stations. How excited I was to hear so many spirit-filled sermons. The music was heart-warming and I thoroughly enjoyed everything they were broadcasting!
     It wasn’t long before I began attending Sabbath School, Worship Service, Wednesday Bible Study, Vespers, and now the new Women’s Ministry Prayer Group at the Decatur Seventh-day Adventist Church here in Illinois. I was baptized on November 12 and continue to attend church faithfully. Praise God!

Jeannette – Alexanda, AZ
     Before my husband, Bob, passed away; he listened to Strong Tower Radio religiously! Some nights he didn’t sleep very well and enjoyed the music and sermons deep into the night. When we lived in Michigan, we were so blessed that 90.7FM from Harrison was available 24/7. May God bless you for all you do. My late husband Bob would have wanted me to give you this gift of $1000.00. You meant so much to him, especially in his last days.

Mary – Roscommon, MI
     “I am on a fixed income and because of this, two years ago, I had to cancel my Cable TV and Internet.
Yet, I have lost nothing and gained a tremendous friend in Strong Tower Radio 93.9FM! I have learned
so much and am so thankful!

Pastor Gibbs & Brent Hampel

     Another precious Strong Tower Radio baptism! Brent, a listener for 18 months was baptized July 15th in Escanaba. He liked the cold so he moved up to the Upper Peninsula 10-years ago when he turned 18. He found STR while scanning his radio dial commuting to work. Brent was raised in a Bible based church but what he heard convicted him of the Sabbath eventually leading him to attend the Seventh-day Adventist Church and requesting baptism.
     Pastor Jacob Gibbs gives Strong Tower Radio credit for Brent’s decision. Strong Tower Radio was “Brent’s first point of contact, his main discipling in the Bible, and it built his faith”.

Future Residents Of New Jerusalem…

     God used Strong Tower Radio and TV-23 to change my life. When I first came to Jesus, my life consisted of sex, drugs and rock n’ roll, alcohol, tobacco, marijuana, pornography, video games and rock music filled my days. Yet, I longed for something different. I believed in God, I just didn’t know who he was and what his plan for my life was. I began studying my Bible and discussing things I’d learned with anyone who would listen. I also started to attend church occasionally. As I came to know the Lord, I began to realize that rock music was the biggest negative in my life.
     Many of my bad habits revolved around rock music. Through my studies I found rock music can actually affect your brain chemistry! With this conviction, I prayerfully stepped out in faith and destroyed my rock music CDs! But, what was I going to replace them with?
Praise God! It was just a matter of days and I discovered Strong Tower Radio! It was the perfect replacement! A HUGE upgrade from what I was listening to. Encouraging, uplifting music, hard-hitting sermons, Bible studies and more that helped me grow closer to God.
I kept listening, studying, praying and as my faith grew, habits I struggled with for many years began to disappear one by one through the blood of Jesus. And God wasn’t done yet!
     My wife, Sarah, and I spent at least $20 each week renting movies. God soon convicted us this was not a good choice. We had already experienced God turning my desires completely around when it came to rock music, so why couldn’t he do the same with movies? After prayer, the first thing we did was throw out our entire movie collection. But we needed to watch something! Sarah began doing a channel scan to see what was available, when all of a sudden, Doug Batchelor came on the screen! We had found Strong Tower Radio TV-23!
     It’s incredible each time we stepped out in faith, God used the ministry of Strong Tower Radio and TV-23 to help meet our spiritual needs. We began attending the Reed City Church late in 2016 and I was baptized March, 2017. Sarah followed and was baptized October 21st! We praise God for Strong Tower Radio and TV-23 and thank every one of the employees, volunteers and donors for making this all possible!


Toni Kaufman-The Desire Of Her Heart

     Toni Kaufman stared at the wall in her room at the homeless shelter she was living at in Cadillac. Something was wrong, really wrong. Her mind had begun to fail her. She had not been able to keep a job for some time now, and she was currently working at a large grocery chain struggling to keep this job too. Toni decided to check into the emergency room at the hospital to have some tests done. A CT Scan showed she had a brain tumor! This landed Toni in Detroit at the Henry Ford Hospital and soon the tumor was removed. However, not long into her recovery she was not progressing well, and it was decided another operation was necessary. After being released from Henry Ford, Toni successfully recovered while living in Cadillac but her daughter lived in Roscommon. She desired to live near them and found an apartment there. It was in Roscommon Toni began listening to Strong Tower Radio, 93.9FM. She attended a number of churches, yet she didn’t know God. She longed for a personal relationship with Him, but had no idea how to begin. Toni didn’t know it then, but God was going to grant her the desire of her heart using Strong Tower Radio. Day after day she listened to the inspirational messages and heart-warming music that began to help her grasp a true knowledge of God’s character and stirred her soul to yearn for a crucified, risen and soon-coming Savior.
     Then she heard a promo on Strong Tower Radio, about a prophecy seminar coming soon to her neighborhood called “Unlock Revelation.” Toni was excited about the opportunity to attend, and she immediately called and registered. However, the more she thought about it, she became increasingly apprehensive about going alone, and finally made the decision not to attend.
     About 2 months later a young man from the Houghton Lake Seventh-Day Adventist Church named Kevin Jacobs greeted her with a big smile. Kevin was following up with individuals who had registered for the seminar, but did not attend. He asked Toni if she would like to do that same prophecy study in the comfort of her home. Her heart was overjoyed and invited Kevin in for a visit. Soon she began taking studies with him and he patiently answered her questions as they proceeded week by week through the seminar. She also continued to listen to Strong Tower Radio, which clarified what she was learning.
     After a few months of study, Toni began to ask Kevin about his church and he gently encouraged her to come and spend the day. However, in attending some churches she had been hurt, and hurt badly. Yet, as her personal relationship with God blossomed so did her faith, and one Sabbath she asked Him to give her the courage needed to attend Kevin’s church. As she celebrated her first Sabbath at the Houghton Lake Seventh-Day Adventist Church, to her surprise, she was welcomed with open arms. She had finally found home!
     Toni continued listening to Strong Tower Radio and the opportunity came up again to register and
experience an “Unlock Revelation.” She attended the entire series, where she became more and more convicted she needed be baptized. When an appeal was made toward the end of the meetings, Toni gladly stood. On November 4, 2017, Toni shared her personal testimony in front of an overcrowded sanctuary, and was gently laid into the watery grave and raised to experience a new life in Christ.

     Thank you for your continued prayers and financial support in Strong Tower Radio. Toni now has a mansion reserved at 114 Glory Street in New Jerusalem right next to her good friend Carol, who also first came to church through listening to Strong Tower Radio! Praise God from whom all blessings flow!

He’s Still Working On Me!

     We are often told, “You have no idea how many people are listening to Strong Tower Radio.” When Gary Steiner called, sharing his deep appreciation for this radio network, this statement seemed more appropriate than ever! Gary, a painter by trade, was listening to our Grand Rapids station, 89.7FM, while working. The owner of the house was our Chief Engineer, Del Reynolds! He heard the station playing and said, “Hey! That’s
Strong Tower Radio! Are you a Strong Tower Radio listener?” Gary has crossed paths several times with our ministry, his first being a call to our “Prayer Hotline.”
     Gary was raised as a preacher’s son but had lost his way. Very transparently he shared serious mistakes he had made throughout his life and now is repentant of. Gary called again just days ago to request a copy of “Spiritual Vigilantes,” a free book we were offering at the time. He said, “Sandy Cole, your receptionist, answered the phone, and is always so kind and encouraging.”
     Gary called again and spoke with Tom Mejeur. He had called just to say, “Thank you!” And said that, “He loves Strong Tower Radio’s strong family emphasis, and wanted us to know that he praises God daily for this station, because it has helped him through many a difficult time.” Gary shared he was going to be in the Cadillac area visiting a friend on Saturday, so Tom invited him to the Cadillac Seventh-Day Adventist Church to worship and then stay for fellowship dinner. Gary came and had a wonderful time!
     Gary is just the tip of the iceberg, as we receive calls nearly every week, about Strong Tower Radio listeners visiting churches or beginning Bible studies throughout Michigan, Illinois and Canada. Thank you for your continued prayers and financial support!

Putting God First!

     My name is Todd Bissonnette. I love the lord and love to share Jesus with others. My wife, Cheryl, and I recently were baptized and became members of the Midland Seventh-day Adventist Church because of listening to Strong Tower Radio, 90.7FM, in Harrison.
     In preparation for our baptism, I told my boss weeks before that my family had made a stand for Christ. I would no longer be working on Saturdays, God’s Sabbath. However, the Friday before our baptism, my boss told me that I had to work on Saturday or I would not have a job come Monday. I quickly told him that I was sorry to hear that, but my wife and I were going to be baptized tomorrow and I would not be in.
     The following day at church was such a blessing. We were baptized along with another couple. I praise God that we have joined such a loving family of believers. Our new church even had special prayer about my job situation.
     I went to work on Monday and “Praise the Lord,” I still had a job! Then the following week I actually received a pay raise! Praise the Lord God Almighty! We love our Jesus! When you put God first, He is able!

     Jim Barclay getting a load of crude oil in his 18-Wheeler. Jim Barclay is a truck driver by trade and hauls crude oil in an 18-wheeler throughout the east Michigan region. Being in the truck 50+ hours each week, Jim enjoys listening to the radio. This particular day Jim wasn’t satisfied with his normal listening routine, so he began channel surfing until he heard a program in which a man was answering questions about the Bible from listeners who were calling in. Fascinated, Jim settled in to listen and kept his radio tuned there throughout the day.
     From that day forward, Jim felt as though God was providing him with “fresh manna” every day, and he gladly feasted upon the unique blend of thought- provoking speakers, stirring inspirational messages and heart-warming music. He loved listening to Pastors Lyle Albrecht, Doug Batchelor and Kenneth Cox, but Pastor Albrecht especially stepped on his toes, particularly when it came to lifestyle issues. Lord have mercy!

Jim & Joy’s Wedding Day

     Jim discovered as he traveled out of the listening area of WAVC 93.9FM in Mio, there were other stations that broadcast the same programming, including WBHL 90.7FM in Harrison and WAWB-LP 107.3 in West Branch. Within a short time, convicted by God’s Spirit, Jim sought out and began to attend the West Branch Seventh-day Adventist Church. The members there welcomed him with open arms, and he soon accepted Jesus as his Lord and Savior and began moving toward baptism.
     As a truck driver of an 18-wheeler, Jim had regular medical check-ups, and the doctor became very concerned when tests showed he had diabetes and needed to go on medication. Devastated, Jim prayed, asking God to help him. Then he remembered he had heard doctors and health experts on Strong Tower Radio share how God’s health message could deliver people from many lifestyle diseases they suffer from. Had God
already provided an answer to his prayer?
     Wanting to know more, Jim asked his new church family if they could help him with his health problems. The members took turns sharing with him about God’s “8 Laws of Health.” Jim soon understood how important sunshine, temperance, fresh air, rest, trust in God, nutrition, exercise and water were to his body, his mind and his soul. The members also shared with him many new recipes to help him defeat diabetes. Jim worked hard incorporating all of this information into his life. And Praise God! At his next appointment, his doctor was astonished! The test to see how far Jim’s diabetes had progressed actually showed that there was not even a hint of diabetes to be found! Can you say AMEN!
     Shortly after this incident, Jim shared with his pastor that he was ready for baptism. The pastor came to Jim’s house and quizzed him on his knowledge of the Bible and his love for Jesus. He soon found that Jim’s listening to Strong Tower Radio had helped him to nurture a wonderful relationship with Jesus. He was baptized on July 25th.
     But, God had an even bigger blessing in store for Jim! At Michigan Camp Meeting 2017, Jim met Joy Branding and it was love at first sight for both of them and on Sunday, January 7, 2018 they were married!! They now live in West Branch and look forward to sharing their faith in a soon coming Savior with their friends and neighbors. God is so good!
     Jim and thousands of others, who travel every day, are listening to God’s word on “The University of Strong Tower Radio.” Day after day they hear and are convicted of the truth as it is in Jesus, and they are picking up their cross and following him. Thank you for your prayers and investment in Strong Tower Radio.

Educated in a Feller Buncher
     Bob Jennings has worked in the forestry business for over 20 years. He currently works in the woods, harvesting trees with a huge machine called a “Feller Buncher.” This unbelievable machine cuts the tree down, delimbs the it, cuts the tree into logs and then stacks them to be picked up and taken to the sawmill.
     Bob always listened to talk radio while working, yet recently he had not gotten much satisfaction from listening to the political and social discussions he had always enjoyed. His heart began to yearn for something else. God led Bob to Strong Tower Radio. He listened, and was soon being drawn into the beginnings of a relationship with a crucified, risen, and soon-coming Saviour.
     After a short period of time, Bob began sharing his convictions with his wife, Kris. He suggested they should begin attending church again. They had attended church and been baptized over 20 years ago, however they never really developed a relationship with Jesus, and gradually fell away. Yet God’s hand is not shortened that he cannot save and He is not willing for any to perish, but for all to come to repentance!
     Bob and Kris began attending churches, trying to find the one that could help them in their new journey to develop and maintain a relationship with Jesus. While attending the 13th Street Seventh-day Adventist Church in Cadillac one Sabbath, Bob met an old friend. George Corliss was there with his wife, Joy. After church, they sat down and caught up with each other. Before leaving, George asked Bob and Kris if they would like to join them in their home for a Bible study on Thursday evenings.
     Bob and Kris spoke decided to accept it. That next Thursday they joined a few others at George and Joy’s home. They began to learn how much God truly loves us and wants us to develop a forever relationship with Him. Bob and Kris began attending both Sabbath School and the Worship Service at the on a regular basis. They never missed a Thursday night Bible study at George and Joy’s home.
They were growing in their faith and enjoying their new church family. When they attended “Unlock Revelation,” a prophecy seminar at the 13th Street Church, they knew they were ready for baptism. They publicly declared their newfound faith on November 4th!
     Bob, Kris, and their granddaughter Emma live in Tustin. They continue to attend the 13th Street Seventh-day Adventist Church, as well their Bible studies. They also continue to listen to the “University of Strong Tower Radio.” They thank you for your investment in Strong Tower Radio.

God’s True Church…

     According to a recent handbook of American churches, there are more than 250 major religious groups in the United States. Each one professes to represent God. Each one claims to be teaching truth. At the same time, each group is different from the others. So how does a person find God’s one true church in this maze of religious traditions?
     Scott and Brandi Miller had been asking God that question for years. They had attended a number of churches. They were looking, always looking, for God’s one true church but to no avail. At the church they were currently attending, the people were great, and they enjoyed themselves immensely, but this was not God’s one true church either. Yet God had heard their prayer, and a miracle was about to happen!
     Scott is a rural mail carrier and spends a lot of time in his vehicle. One day, while scanning the dial, he discovered Strong Tower Radio on 97.9 FM, Newberry. Scott had never heard anything like this before. The speakers systematically unwrapped the truth about the ten commandments, the Sabbath, the state of the dead, hellfire, the second coming and more. Was this God’s true church?
Scott shared with Brandi what he had discovered on the radio. She began listening to all of these
beautiful new truths. God was answering their prayer!
     Scott and Brandi drank deeply from the rivers of living water each day while listening to Strong Tower Radio. God impressed upon them to share what they were learning with their brothers and sisters at church. Sadly, their fellow church members were not as excited as they were about these new truths. They rejected them. Yet, Scott and Brandi did not give up easily. Week after week they continued to share.
In the middle of all of this discussion at church, Scott and Brandi attended the Upper Peninsula State Fair in Escanaba. While there, they met Alisa Fox at a booth sponsored by the Upper Peninsula Seventh-day Adventist Churches. Scott and Brandi shared with her how much they
enjoyed listening to Strong Tower Radio. They said that they were looking for a Seventh-day Adventist Church near their home. Alisa soon learned that they lived only a short distance from the McMillian Northwoods Church where she, herself, attended! Alisa invited them to come and be her special guests and they accepted.
     For a short time, Scott and Brandi attended their regular church and the Northwoods Seventh-day Adventist Church simultaneously. They continued to share the truths they were hearing on Strong Tower Radio and at the Northwoods Church. It was becoming increasingly difficult to even bring up many of the subjects they were learning about, so after much prayer and contemplation, Scott andBrandi decided it was time to move on. At Northwoods, they knew they had finally found God’s true church. They were home!

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