“Vision Radio brings that hope to life. It brings our faith to a concrete place where we can actually see that there is hope in the world.” Nine years ago Dr Sean, a Vision family member, died from a massive heart attack.
‘When you’re an angry violent person, and you’re in a big city like Newcastle upon Tyne, you can have as much trouble as you can handle.’ Dougie March thought he could handle anything. He was a member of an infamous gang of football hooligans, who followed Newcastle FC around the UK, getting in trouble.
Pauline Sangham is a Christian radio broadcaster from South Africa. Her show has more than 60,000 listeners, but like every Christian, she has struggled with her faith. When she was wrestling with difficult questions, God sent Pauline a vivid dream which revealed both hard truth, and amazing hope.
“In these isolated communities where there’s not a lot of fellowship or pastoral ministry it’s great to be able to say, ‘Hey, go to Vision Christian media, go to The Word for Today, be part of it, that resource is there to use.”
“The music certainly helps uplift your spirit when you’re down, for myself and my son who’s only 8. Vision makes you realise you’re not alone and there are other people travelling that same path.” Simon is a recent widower, a solo dad with an 8-year old son after losing his wife to cancer 12-months ago.
“It’s been a momentous day for our country with the announcement of the outcome of the postal survey. It highlights how important Vision’s work is and will continue to be in the future in declaring Hope and Truth within the marketplace. We will keep unashamedly presenting God’s Word right when they need it….” – Phil Edwards, CEO
“Within a few minutes (of listening to Vision Radio) I literally felt a massive sense of peace. My thoughts were being replaced with things that were lovely, true, and praiseworthy.” This is Mandy who’s been listening to Vision Radio for about 2 years after having a session or two with a Christian counsellor.
Vision’s mission is to bring true hope to every Australian. And in every Visionathon, we here so many stories of lives changed and impacted by God working through us. We know there are countless stories which we won’t get to hear, but those people who do call us remind us that we are making a real difference every day.
In the above video Phil Edwards, CEO of Vision Christian Media, shares his heart for bringing True Hope to Australia and the powerful impact your support has.
Visionathon is both a fundraiser and a celebration. It's a time when we celebrate God at work in the lives of everyday people, as we share stories and testimonies from across Australia. It's also an opportunity for you to be part of the family bringing trusted Christian media to our nation, as we gather the funds we need to keep going and keep growing. Our need with this Visionathon is $600,000.
Vision is a non-profit charity, and very much a team effort driven by a groundswell of community support - as this chart shows;
These aren't just numbers - they represent lots of fantastic people like you who have seen what God is doing through Vision and have decided to join in. We are extremely grateful to you and each person for this amazing show of support.
When you give during Visionathon, you are helping bring the true hope of the Gospel to thousands of people nationwide.
Your gift is also Tax Deductible (for Australian taxpayers) - THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT
Melissa from Ferntree Gully in Victoria, a donor to the November Visionathon, has been battling depression and anxiety for 24 years. “When the worries of the day become too big I tune into Vision, focus on God, His love, and how incredibly good He is to me,” Melissa testified.
“To me Vision is like a breath of fresh air, a light in the darkness – that’s what Vision is.” Esther, who lost her husband 2-and-a-half years ago in 2015, said Vision Radio has been a strong companion for her during her troubles.
“I just turn it down very low when I go to bed at night and walk past it and put it back on in the morning and it’s on all day. I don’t like to turn it off, it’s just such a wonderful influence in our lives.”
“10 days ago Phil, my husband of 42 years passed away.” Susan said that although Phil’s death has left the family devastated her resolve has been to keep Christ at the centre of her life through this time of grief.
Hazel shares her story about our 700th community, Lake Nash in NT, which recently connected to Vision Radio. “I lived at Lake Nash for 20-years and I’d heard other Aboriginal communities were getting it (Vision Radio), but I didn’t understand how they got it,” Hazel said.
There are 2 ways you can be part of Visionathon;
1. Tune in and be encouraged by the many stories of God at work, and share the excitement as we move toward the fundraising goal. It's very compelling listening! Visionathon will be live on-air across Australia between 14-17 November 2017. Here's how you can tune in;
2. Consider what part you can play in securing the funds we need for Vision to keep going and keep growing. If you've already decided, you can even get in early and donate now.
Peter was once an alcoholic and a criminal, living what he calls ‘a purposeless life’. But a visit to his parents’ church began a miraculous transformation. Now he’s a travelling evangelist, bringing hope to the outback on his motorcycle.
It’s hard sometimes to talk about your faith with someone from a different faith – someone who has an honestly-held set of beliefs, someone who is sure that those beliefs are true. How do you deal with them with grace, and with love…
Pina is from Waterford in WA. She’s a relative newbie to Vision Christian Radio, having only discovered the station earlier this year. In that short time she says it has come to mean a great deal to her.
There's no shortage of lost and searching people in Australia - just look around.
Our ‘no absolutes’ culture says life is about self-fulfilment. Sure, that feels great for a while but inevitably it leads to dissatisfaction and dead ends. On the other hand, placing Jesus at the centre of your life is radically liberating—bringing true fulfilment and eternal hope.
When David wrote Psalm 62 he knew that his identity, and help, was from God (by the way, this Psalm is so incredibly relevant to our times—I encourage you to read it).
This ‘God-perspective’ on life is a true game changer, and one we are passionately committed to sharing with every Australian! Often we go to great lengths to reach people who others might ignore, as was the case with the launch of our 700th station—in a remote NT indigenous community called Alpurrurulam (Lake Nash), a 20+ hour rocky road drive from Alice Springs. 700 stations is a significant milestone for Vision, but more importantly, the 420 souls who live there now have 24/7 Christian radio.
But there is still much more work to be done. As we stand together, united by the Gospel, the light shines bright in the darkness. Through your support hundreds of thousands of Australians are able to navigate the prevailing winds of our culture, to find the solid rock of Christ.
As the battle for truth rages on, this work becomes even more vital. Your generous financial gifts and prayers during these critical times are so needed and appreciated. You’re creating a legacy of True Hope for Every Australian through your long-term investment in Christian media.
What you do right now impacts tomorrow.
A one-off gift today will see more and more believers continue to be equipped and empowered with the true hope of Jesus.
A monthly gift through our Extra Mile Partner programme—whether it’s just a few dollars or a substantial amount—also means that together we can, God willing, turn back the battle at the gates and continue to proclaim the Word of God.
‘Yesterday as I was driving around doing my jobs in town with your station on the radio, my heart was overwhelmed with gratitude to God for your station and all you are doing in our nation, especially as you are encouraging so many of us during this marriage debate when it can be so easy to feel alone.
God is using you to link us together in a way like no other, brothers and sisters all over this vast land. My heart praises God for Vision!’
‘I smoked marijuana and watched pornography since I was 13. In my 20’s I moved to harder drugs. By age 35 I was addicted heavily to ice, porn, marijuana, cigarettes and alcohol. I couldn’t stop. Then something happened to me I couldn’t explain. I know now it was the Holy Spirit. Jesus came into my life and now I am free.
He has reconciled me with my family. He has taken 20 years of addictions from me and replaced it with love. I can’t put it into words, He’s shown me miracle after miracle in our lives through nature, people and Vision radio. Thank you Jesus and thank you Vision.’
Jason came to the Lord through listening to Vision at Alice Springs back in 2008. That’s one year short of a decade – a Vision radio listener milestone coming up for Jason just around the next bend in the calendar.
Linda from Kingaroy in Queensland shares about the unifying effect Vision Radio has had in the community in the way it’s unified the churches. “It’s the talk, all the interviews are brilliant…”
When Doctors told 15-year-old Bethany she had an aggressive brain tumour, she immediately set the scene for her final year on Earth. ‘Nothing has authority over my life except the Lord Jesus’,’ she declared.