Save Pastor Saeed
Jerry & Blanca recently sat down to talk to Nagmeh Abedini, wife of Pastor Saeed Abedini, who has been in an Iranian prison the last two years for sharing his faith. They talk to Nagmeh about her journey, and how she remains strong in the face of opposition, and just trying to get her voice heard in order to convince those in power to release him. Listen back to the full interview and learn how you can be involved in helping to free him.
Pastor Saeed is a former Muslim who converted to Christianity in 2000. Muslim converts to Christianity suffer discrimination at the hands of Iranian authorities. In July 2012, he and his family made their ninth trip to Iran since 2009 to build an orphanage in the city of Rasht. While there, his passports were confiscated and placed him under house arrest. He was later trasferred to Evin Prison, where he has been since. Last year, a judge sentenced him to eight years. The U.S. State Department has condemned the sentence, and have been working on his release. [from Wikipedia]
Blanca’s Birthday Surprise
Blanca got an unexpected phone call on her birthday while hosting the morning show on her own today. It made her, understandably a little upset, but she handled it with such stride. But you’ll have to listen to what happens next!
Michael W. Smith
Becky gets to sit down with Smitty to talk about life and his show this weekend!
For King & Country
Luke joined Jerry & Blanca to talk about how being a part of one of Christian music’s fastest up-and-coming bands, and a musical family has meant to them. And with two boys, traveling, and some very personal life experiences over the last two years, there’s been plenty of material for inspiration for many of the songs on their upcoming album, which comes out September 16th.
Jerry & Blanca’s Ice Bucket Challenge
They thought they might be able to get out of doing it, but it’s come around to WGTS 91.9′s morning team. Overnight host & Digital Content Coordinator, Rob Conway, had challenged Jerry Woods last week. So today, he convinced Blanca Vega to join him in getting doused in support of some good causes. See what happened here:
I Used To Be So Organized!
Something happens when you become a parent. Things that once took you two seconds now take 20 minutes! And a new school year routine also adds to the stress this time of year.
Glynnis Whitwer can sympathize–she’s a mom of 5 kids, plus her other full-time job is the Executive Director of Communications at Proverbs 31 Ministries. But she also has learned how to not let balancing all of this overwhelm her.
Becky Alignay from Middays got to sit down with her and talk about her new book “I Used to Be So Organized: Help for Restoring Order and Peace.”
Watch Colton Dixon Live In Studio
Colton Dixon joined Jerry & Blanca live in studio on Thursday, August 21st to talk about and share tunes from his new album Anchor that just hit stores this past week. If you missed any of it or want to go back and watch, we’ve got the entire video here for your viewing pleasure.
Cherish Being a Parent
It’s easy for parents to be hard on themselves about how they’re raising their children–and all the expectations that go with it. Scott & Sam found this video from Protective Life they hope will encourage you. You can listen back to their segment with the play button below the video.
Listen back to what Scott & Sam had to say about it here:
Pays to Pray
UPDATE: Since this article was written, the diner mentioned here has come under fire with threats of lawsuits. As a result they have decided to no longer provide this discount to customers. The owner, Mary Haglund says she and her daughter Shama are very saddened by this. “This is a gift that we gave to our customers – this is a gift that has been taken from us. The gift of giving is just as important as receiving the gift.” They still encourage customers to take time before their meal to say a word of gratitude.
Here is the original article from August 5, 2014:
Bowing your head over your meal to say a quick prayer of gratitude may be fairly common in your house…maybe less common in public. It makes some feel uncomfortable–after all, it’s a private moment. But one patron of a restaurant in North Carolina was pleasantly surprised when they received the check for their meal, which contained a 15% discount for ‘Praying in Public.’
The news spread quickly when this was posted on an Orlando, Florida Christian radio station’s Facebook page. And it’s got people talking.
Mary’s Gourmet Diner in Greensboro, NC says, “It’s not really a ‘religious thing.’ It’s a gratitude thing. The restaurant goes on to explain on their Facebook page that it’s not about who you pray to or whether you’re actually communing with a higher power. They just want to surprise their customers by saying ‘thanks’.
So what do you think? Does this make you more willing to say a prayer in a restaurant? Do you wish more establishments did this? And would you do this knowing you might receive a discount? Share your thoughts in the comments below.
One thing’s for certain–apparently it can pay to pray!
Afternoons with Scott & Sam
Take Scott & Sam in the car on your way home every afternoon from 3-7pm. They can’t get you into the HOV lanes, but they can offer you something positive and uplifting while you’re sitting in traffic.
Get to know Scott & Sam better below…
I was born in Grangeville, Idaho. I learned to drive on a tractor. My first exercise program was “Bucking Bales” of hay onto the back of a pickup. Not bad for “Allergy Boy.”
How the radio thing started, “would you like paper or plastic?” I was a teenage high school guy working at the local grocery store, and every department would have me do their in-store announcements. Their sales increased and here I am today because of Jelly Donut sales!
How I hope the Lord uses me…first, I blow it every day, I forget I am supposed to be a spiritual creature instead of the fleshly creature that reaches for the Jelly Donut. My best ministry come from the Lord when I don’t recognize it. When someone compliments something I’ve done, and I know where it came from because often I don’t remember it.
The greatest loves of my life are my beautiful wife, I am still smitten by her! Four children … I had a hand in baptizing them all! What an honor! Gabriel is my man-cub, the youngest in the family with a Black Belt in Tae Kwon Do. McKayla Jordan is not named after Michael Jordan, she’s a Volleyball OH/MB and stellar! She’s the Daddy’s Girl. Tyler is in the Air Force Reserve, has served on tour in the Middle East (scary for parents) and is about to go to flight school to receive his pilots license. Whitney’s married to a man, Ben, who her Daddy approves of! With our first grand-baby, Theo. Whitney is a Mama’s Girl, but she and I have the deep CS Lewis, Chesterton, Tozier conversations. Jett is our Miniature Long-Haired Wiener-Dog…he thinks he’s a rock star and should sample all the food. And Luna is our Parakeet that the neighbors gave us when I said “No Way!” I lost.
What makes me a bit different…I believe I can play guitar well until my bubble bursts when I see others use more than two strings. I have an obsession with Black Bamboo, fresh home-made bagels and Arabica bean certified organic, Free Trade coffee.
It’s not something I’m proud of. I used to avoid church on Mother’s Day because it made me feel like I was missing something important in my life. I was a single girl with a dog for many years. Don’t get me wrong… I loved my life. It’s just that I wanted a family. I thought I’d be a good wife and mother, but it seemed like God had said no. Eight years ago God sent Carlos – a tall handsome businessman with a big heart and a good laugh. He also had three boys… I said “I do” to all of them, and have thanked God with all my heart. The oldest two are in college now and the youngest, Desmond, is 12-years-old.
We gave him a baby sister in 2012 – Zoe. This miracle girl was born with Down Syndrome and for five months suffered from a seizure disorder that seemed incurable. It’s the hardest thing I’ve ever done – watch an innocent baby go through pain and not be able to help her. I spoke about it at a church women’s group. The 300 women there prayed for her to be healed, and she was. She really was. Now she has no seizures. She is smart, gorgeous, fierce and hilarious.
God is faithful. He heals. He has given me life in abundance. Sometimes that means piles of laundry… grass stained socks balled up… the refrigerator door left open (again)… the highchair and the dog smeared with smashed sweet potato. Mostly it means great joy, lots of work, stronger faith, and huge admiration for those parents who have done it so many years more than I have. I love radio and Christian music and am so excited to be back on WGTS 91.9 in the afternoons!