By Dan Wooding, Founder of ASSIST News Service
HOLLYWOOD, CA (ANS – June 27, 2016) – For the first time ever, we are holding an ASSISTNEWS-A-THON, and while we will continue to bring you fresh news every day this week, we will also bring you messages from some of our most well-known readers.
They are friends such as Operation Mobilization Founder, George Verwer, who presented yesterday’s message, Pat Boone, Jerry B. Jenkins, Ted Baehr, Stan Jeter and Gary Lane (both of CBN), and others, who will tell you why ASSIST News is an important news source for them. Also during this week, you and your friends, can partner with us.
Your support empowers us to bring news stories from a Christian perspective and vital updates on the persecuted church. These are stories you will often not see anywhere else! Your gift of $25 or more per month, or as a one-off gift, will help us in our goal of raising $25,000 to keep this vital news service free to all our subscribers. (See details below for how you can support ASSIST today).
Our featured ANS friend today is Pat Boone, the veteran American singer, composer, actor, writer and television personality. Many of you, especially our older readers, will remember Pat as a successful pop singer in the United States during the 1950s and early 1960s. Around the world, Pat has sold over 45 million albums, had 38 Top 40 hits and appeared in more than 12 Hollywood films. He is a committed Christian and still holds the Billboard record for 220 consecutive weeks on the charts with one or more songs each week.
So, here is what Pat Boone has to say about ASSIST News Service:
Tuesday, June 19, 2001, was the worst day in the lives of myself and my wife, Shirley, when I discovered that our eldest grandson, Ryan Corbin, then 25 years old, had fallen through a skylight on the roof of the condo where he was living in Southern California, and came extremely close to losing his life.
His skull was crushed as he fell three floors to a cement floor below. Many thought Ryan would never awaken from the deep coma of his mind. And then, if he did, there was the dreaded fear that he would survive at best in a vegetative state.
But then, Dan Wooding, and his ASSIST News Service (ANS), and many others, including veteran TV host, Larry King, launched a prayer campaign for Ryan, whose mother is Lindy Boone Michaelis, one of our four Boone daughters, and slowly but surely he has been making an astonishing recovery.
It was then that I discovered the pulling power of the ASSIST News Service, after thousands of Christians around the world read Dan Wooding’s stories on ANS and began praying for Ryan.
I am so pleased to tell you that Ryan continues to get better and Shirley and I regularly visit him. He’s investigating a different kind of brain therapy to try to help him regain what was lost in that accident all those years.
During one visit, I helped him stand up and he hugged me – he’s 6 foot 4 inches in height – and we talked and kidded a while, and I let him sit back down. With the help of a walker, he can take deliberate steps and, in a pool, even more. Ryan is fun to be with. He’s intelligent and conversational. We’ve still got a ways to go, but we are believing that God is going to restore him completely.
So now, having seen at first-hand, the dedicated work of Dan and his unique ASSIST News Service team of writers, I have no hesitation in asking you to prayerfully consider giving a generous donation to the ministry.
How you can give:
It’s really quite simple. Just go to www.assistnews.net and then scroll to where it says DONATE TO ASSIST NEWS, and then enter the amount you wish to give to keep this amazing news service going. If you prefer a check, just make it out to ASSIST and then mail it to PO Box 609, Lake Forest, CA 92609, USA.
Remember, in the US, all of your gifts are tax-deductible.
Thank you for reading my “Friendly Persuasion” for you to dig deep, so that ANS can go on providing you with these powerful stories about our brothers and sisters around the world who are paying a terrible price for their faith – and thank you also for praying for my grandson, Ryan Corbin. Your prayers are being answered.
I know that Dan Wooding, his wife, Norma, and his talented team of ANS writers, will be so appreciative of your generosity during this, their first ASSIST-A-THON, and I also thank you in advance for supporting ASSIST, which means Aid to Special Saints in Strategic Times. I have no hesitation in endorsing all that they do.
Note from Dan Wooding: I would like to thank Pat Boone for his kind words and support. Pat has been a shining light in Hollywood for so many years now and if you would like to know more about his incredible career, just go to: http://www.patboone.com/.
Photo captions: 1) ASSIST founders, Dan and Norma Wooding, pictured outside their home. 2) ASSISTNEWS-A-THON Logo (By Stuart Bennett). 3) Pat Boone with one-time friendly rival, Elvis Presley, and an unknown friend.. 4) Pat and Shirley Boone with Ryan Corbin on the Red Carpet at Pat’s 80th birthday bash. (Photo: Dan Wooding) 5) Dan Wooding pictured with Pat Boone (wearing a kilt), during a golf tournament for Pat’s grandson, Ryan Corbin. (Pat was paying tribute to the Scotsman who invented the game of golf.)
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