The Story Project
People are impacted every day by what God is doing through WGTS 91.9, and we thought we’d share a few of the stories we hear each day with you.
You can share your story, too! Leave a comment at 800-400-1432 or by email.
Luis was on his way out the door to see his attorney about filing for divorce. But one song altered his course.
Joe struggled with addiction for many years. He shares how WGTS has encouraged him in his journey to remaining sober, and how it’s allowed him to share his faith with co-workers and others around him.
They dreamed of being foster parents and helping children in need. However, God had something in mind for the Phoenix family beyond their dreams. And the path wasn’t always easy. Kristin and Jeff share their journey and how God used their faith to shine a light in some dark moments for their children that gave them hope.
May 15th, 1987 Michael’s life was changed in an instant. How do you pick up the pieces and learn to move forward after a tragedy? He shares what encouraged him to continue pressing on.
Brian wanted to propose to his girlfriend, Jennifer, and he wanted to make it big. Since she is a huge Newsboys fan, he contacted WGTS 91.9 and asked the station for our help. We were more than happy to be part of the celebration! This is the story of the proposal that happened at a special backstage meet and greet event right before DC Fest 2013.
Dawn is a bus driver for Fairfax County Public Schools who just got an excruciating diagnosis. Yet, she has chosen to praise God in the midst of it, and uses it as an opportunity to witness.
George is a truck driver who spends a lot of time alone on the road. One day, something happened where he felt especially alone and in need of comfort from God. Then he heard something on the radio.
Erica had been finding it hard to put past hurts behind her with her family. She shares how WGTS 91.9 helped her realize there was freedom in forgiveness, and how it transformed her relationship with them.
Christy’s life changed forever when her 3 1/2 year old son, Christopher died in a tragic accident. This mother of four was ready to give up on life…but God, through the songs on WGTS 91.9, reached out to her and gave her hope in the midst of the darkest time of her life. Hear the story of how God carried her through, and where He has led her since.
Due to difficult circumstances in Bonnie’s life, she became homeless. Soon, she became ill with pneumonia and was hospitalized. After 4 days in the hospital, she was released, but still had no place to live. Fortunately, thanks to her friend, Bonnie was able to live in a hotel for 3 weeks. During all these challenges, she listened to WGTS 91.9 which brought her hope and peace. Overall, she was able to have a stronger relationship with God and is thankful for WGTS 91.9 for being an inspiration to her life.
Nicole had been listening to WGTS all week during the Spring Fundraiser and really wanted to donate. But, she is a government contract whose company lost their contract. As of the end of May, she would be out of a job. She was terrified but felt somewhere deep down that this was right. She called in to give $1,000 on faith. The next day she was contacted by a recruiter and had a Skype interview. A few days later, Nicole received notice she had been chosen for the position! God hasn’t just blessed her to be able to support WGTS, but all of this tells her that this is right where she should be.
In October 2007, Carrie’s one year-old daughter started having severe medical problems. From May 2009 to the present, they have been going to Johns Hopkins in Baltimore. During all of those drives, they always listen to WGTS 91.9. Her daughter had 9 surgeries in the first five years of her life for one rare thing after another. She lived in severe pain for the first years of her life. Listening to WGTS 91.9 while driving to countless medical appointments, countless medical tests, surgeries, and hospital stays, brought hope and encouragement to Carrie’s family.
In 1997 Jim was following a path of loyalty to the Lord when his fiancé died in a car accident. He became a very bitter man which led to womanizing, alcohol, drugs, and violence. As a result this lifestyle landed him in jail. However, Jim was invited to a Church in jail where he became a Christian. When he got out, he decided to look for something inspirational and by accident he found WGTS 91.9, which he says uplifts him and helps him stay on God’s path.
Carrie’s husband is an Air Force pilot and he deployed in May 2013. Originally the deployment was supposed to be for 7 months but was extended to 10 months (300 days). It’s the longest deployment since they’ve had children. Their children are 9 and 7 years old, and have really missed their daddy. But her husband has been listening to WGTS 91.9 overseas, and it has helped connect them despite the distance, knowing that he is listening to the same radio station that they are.
Daniel was out of a job, and eventually found one out of state (in Michigan) and had to be there during the week and come back home on weekends to be with his wife. As you can imagine, it was very difficult for them, until he put a prayer request on WGTS 91.9′s Prayerworks about finding a job closer to home. Almost immediately, he got responses that people were praying for him. Several days later he got an offer for a job here in DC area and he’s so excited.
John’s wife of 31 years passed away just a little over a year ago. There’s an old radio she got at an auction sitting on the end of their kitchen counter. When she was with him, it played WGTS 91.9 continuously. Until recently, he hasn’t had the courage to turn it on. But when he turned it on, instead of the sadness he feared, he felt comfort listening all day as he was preparing the house for Thanksgiving company. He just can’t explain how much it seemed to turn his house back into a home.
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Samantha Wright shares how Brandon Heath’s “Give Me Your Eyes” opened her to treat others with empathy as well as how God continues to use WGTS 91.9 radio to bring a gentle touch of guidance to her life.
Megan and her family were literally right in the middle of the Capitol Hill shooting in September of 2013. Her 4 year-old son happened to be at work with her when the shots were fired, and for the next several days was experiencing insecurity and fear. Megan shares how God used Chris Tomlin’s “God Of This City” and “Whom Shall I Fear?” to grow her sons’ walk with Him, and learn not to fear.
Vermelle Greene is the principal at S.A.C.R.E.D. Life Academy for Boys, and shares how God used tobyMac’s “Steal My Show” to bring inspiration to the teachers at her school.
Dr. Terry talked about the keys to waiting on God with R.L. Keller, author of “There Are No MacDonald’s In Heaven; Waiting On God”. R.L.’s blog is linked below as well as a link for the book.
About Terry Johnsson
Dr. Terry Johnsson is WGTS 91.9′s station chaplain. And he has a unique story that has inspired thousands over the years. The fact that he was a Presidential Honor Guard (not once, but three times!) is nothing short of a miracle, considering he was diagnosed with an extreme case of dyslexia. Once considered a failure by his teachers (and almost put in a school for mentally disabled children) Terry overcame the obstacles through pure determination and God’s incredible grace. His full story can be found in his books “For His Honor” & ”Aim High.”
Contact Chaplain Terry: firstname.lastname@example.org
Dr. Kevin Leman
Dr. Terry spoke with Dr. Kevin Leman about his new book “The Way of The Wise”.
Dr. Terry spoke with Marlin Harris about his new book ” Let the Beatitudes Be My Attitude in You”.
Linda Evans Shepherd
Have you ever found yourself in a situation where you needed a miracle? Perhaps you are in that situation today or maybe you are wondering if God still work miracles today. Dr. Terry spoke with Linda Evans Shepherd about her new book “When You Need A Miracle”.
John Konrad Tribute Show
This is a special presentation of Breakaway. We are celebrating the life of our friend and General Manager John Konrad who took his last breath on January 2, 2013.
Dr. Terry spoke with Tammy Trent, who shared a wonderful testimony about how God took her through the death of her husband. Tammy wrote about it in her book “Learning To Breathe Again”.
Special Christmas Episode
Join Dr. Terry and guests for Christmas reflections, stories, prayers and great music as we celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ.