2009 Year in Review - A message from Bryant
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2009 Year in Review

Dear Friend,

It's hard to believe that another year has gone by in the life and ministry of Right From The Heart; and, as always, we have seen God's hand at work in everything we do. I'd like to take a minute of your time to give you a quick synopsis of our 2008-2009 fiscal year and to tell you how much your prayerful participation in our efforts to "reach and disciple people for Jesus Christ through the use of media" has meant to the ministry.

Throughout the year, we have had to make cutbacks in radio and TV airtime purchases and reduced the working hours of our full-time staff members. But despite these challenges, there has been growth in some exciting areas.

Our internet presence continues to grow and the exposure of the daily devotions and sermon downloads has increased dramatically this year. Our internet exposure has grown to over 300,000 "touches" each month!

We've also seen incredible growth in our foreign language ministries, with Spanish language radio broadcasts in Northern Mexico, South Texas, Atlanta, and just recently, in Florida!

In fact, we've been able to maintain a significant presence in Florida on both the English-language Florida News Network and on 5 Spanish-language stations solely due to the generosity of an executive with the company that owns those stations, who has been moved by the mission of the ministry and who supports us through donating excess airtime capacity whenever possible. What a blessing this has been! The graphs will give you an idea of what is happening in giving and internet growth.

There is no doubt that the past 12 months have presented some challenges to the ministry in the form of reduced donations. Like most responsible organizations, we have responded to these challenges by making appropriate cuts in critical expense areas and in re-evaluating our strategies as to how we present the gospel of Jesus Christ to as many people as possible.

While donation revenue is down and we are faced with many challenges, we are reminded of what Paul said to the Church at Philippi in Philippians 3: 4-5. "Brethren, I do not regard myself as having laid hold of it yet, but one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and reaching forward to what lies ahead, I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Jesus Christ." We want you to know the RFTH team is pressing on in these challenging times to that high calling.

Here are some highlights of our recent efforts to "Reach and disciple people for Jesus Christ through the use of media:"

  1. We are broadcasting on the radio in 4 languages (English, Spanish, Hindi, and Polish)
  2. Our radio signals reach at least 6 countries (US, Mexico, India, Pakistan, Poland, and Russia) giving us an audience of literally millions each day!
  3. We're presenting the "good news" over 460,000 times per month via various internet avenues, including over 400,000 daily devotions viewed via email, the website, or increasingly on both our English and Spanish Facebook page.
  4. Our internet touches are coming from over 120 countries each month.
  5. Over 4500 sermons are downloaded monthly from our website. This is equivalent to an additional week of well-attended Sunday services at the church I pastor in Metro Atlanta, Johnson Ferry Baptist!

I know you will share in the excitement of what has been accomplished in 2009 and the tremendous potential we have for reaching people for Christ through the use of the media. We also designed the card in such a way that you can give it to someone who might want to know more about the ministry and we encourage you to share it with a friend.

Right From The Heart's core competency is in creating thought-provoking messages, targeting people who are going about their daily activities and injecting that moment of reflection and direction into their lives that points them to the person of Jesus.

Broadcast media (radio and television) continues to be the broadest and most effective way of reaching people who need to hear the encouraging words of the gospel. We have a tremendous opportunity to share the good news of Jesus Christ around the world, and with your help, we hope to be able to return our radio and TV presence to the levels of 2006 and 2007. If we can return to those levels of broadcasting, we will be able to "touch" 28 million viewers a year in metro Atlanta via television spots, and potentially expand our radio markets in both English and foreign language broadcasts, reaching many millions more.

If you are not a financial supporter, but have been blessed by the ministry and can see the potential for reaching people through the media, I hope you will consider partnering with us. If you are a supporter and have not given this year, we hope to hear from you soon.

In Christ,

Bryant Wright

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