By Dan Wooding, Founder of ASSIST News Service
LAKE FOREST, CA (ANS – December 21, 2016) — For several years, Michael Ireland, our Senior Correspondent, and I — who have known each other for more than 40 years (we used to work together on the same newspaper in London, England in the 1970s) — have met up only once a year at the annual convention of Christian media at the National Religious Broadcasters.
This year’s convention, called Proclaim 17, is just around the corner, slated for Feb.27-March 2, 2017, in Orlando, Florida.
As you may or may not know, none of our writers, including myself, take a salary from ASSIST, but consider ourselves “media missionaries,” raising our own support in order to cover the expenses incurred during ministry activities, as we report on the Persecuted Church, as well as Christian Missions and Ministries around the World.
Michael would like to attend the next convention in Florida as part of our reporting team, and is asking for help to cover the cost of a room at the convention hotel. Are you attending the Convention, have a room booked at the Convention Hotel, and wouldn’t mind sharing the accommodation as a gift “in kind” with this fine, English gentleman, who calls himself “A kinder, gentler journalist” If so, perhaps you wouldn’t mind emailing Michael at email@example.com to let him know of your willingness to help him out.
If, however, you would like to help Michael pay for his hotel accommodation, you can make a tax-deductible donation by logging on to https://actintl.givingfuel.com/ireland-michael Instructions on how to give can be found on that page. Artists in Christian Testimony (A.C.T.) International (www.actinternational.org), who handle Michael’s ministry expenses, will receipt you directly for your contribution. (If clicking on the Giving Fuel link above does not work, please copy and paste the link into your browser).
If ten people each donated $100, Michael would then be able to book a room in Orlando. And we, Michael and I, would be able to reconnect once again, as we have at so many NRB Conventions in the past, and a longtime tradition can be continued.
Thank you, in advance, for any consideration you can give to this appeal. I know Michael will appreciate your help.
By the way, here’s a picture taken at a previous NRB Convention with the two us gently “sparring” with George Foreman, the two-time world heavyweight champion and an Olympic gold medalist. Also, a photo below of Peter and Dan Wooding, who will again also be working together at the upcoming NRB Convention, with Joni Eareckson Tada and her husband, Ken, at the 2014 NRB Convention.
About the writer: Dan Wooding, 76, is an award-winning journalist who was born in Nigeria of British missionary parents, and is now living in Southern California with his wife Norma, to whom he has been married for more than 53 years. They have two sons, Andrew and Peter, and six grandchildren who all live in the UK. Dan is the founder of the ASSIST News Service (ANS) and he hosts a weekly radio show and two TV shows, all based in in Southern California. Dan also is the author of some 45 books.
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