By Dan Wooding, Founder of ASSIST News Service
LAKE FOREST, CA (ANS – May 13, 2017) – Many of my friends have asked me recently why, at the age of 76, I don’t retire and sit back and enjoy living in beautiful Southern California. After all, we have some of the most gorgeous beaches in the world, especially at nearby Laguna Beach, and also the spectacular nearby mountains, which tower above the city where I live with my dear wife of 54 years, Norma.
Of course, retirement is an attractive prospect for some, but I tell them that, with so much persecution going on in the world, how could I stop sharing their stories via the ASSIST News Service? With so much need, how could I stop now? In fact, I am busier now than I’ve ever been in my journIistic life, which began back in London in 1968.
So, I thought I would share with you what a typical week is for me:
My main work is editing the news service, so as the stories come flooding in from our talented team of ANS correspondents from around the world, I spend much of my time editing, formatting and inserting the pictures that illustrate each one of their stories. This can be extremely time-consuming, but also worthwhile, especially as I know you, as our readers, are all both encouraged and challenged by these many stories.
But, on top of this, I’ve been hosting “Front Page Radio” each Sunday at 2:00 PM on the KWVE Radio Network (www.kwve.com) for the last ten years, and so in doing, I have to book the guests, set up the interviews to be conducted either by phone or in-studio, and then edit each one of them, so they are ready for broadcast on this fine Calvary Chapel network that has stations across the United States.
I also write and record five one-minute audio stories for Radio Rhema, New Zealand’s national Christian radio network, and you can check out my latest material at: http://www.rhema.co.nz/shows-djs/our-picks.
Then, at 7:00 AM each Tuesday morning, I set up my laptop with a camera and microphone, and do a live Skype interview with Perry Atkinson of Dove TV in Medford, Oregon, about the two top stories of the week from ANS.
On Thursday morning, at the same time, I share live the top three ANS stories of the week with Roy Hanschke, Denise Washington-Blomberg and Gordy Scott, during their breakfast show at KPOF AM91, which is Denver’s oldest local, listener-supported Christian radio station. Again, I’ve been doing this for some ten years.
Quite often, I am called to comment on stories by overseas stations such as Premier Christian Radio in London, TWR UK in Altrincham, Radio Rhema in New Zealnd, and UCB UK in Stoke-on-Trent. I was kept especially busy doing the Presidential elections.
Regularly, I head off to Hollywood, or other entertainment capitals, to tape interviews for my “Inside Hollywood with Dan Wooding” TV show, and then, every two-weeks, I am joined by my co-host, Dr. Garry Ansdell, senior pastor of Bellflower-based Hosanna Christian Fellowship, in Orange California, for the taping of two of our “Windows on the World” shows. They are all carried on the Holy Spirit Broadcasting Network (http://hsbn.tv), where you can check them out.
As many of you will know, none of our ANS team, including myself, receive a regular salary, but trust the Lord to touch the hearts of people like yourself, to donate to keep us going. We’ve lived like this now for some 25 years, because, when we started the news service, we took a decision to never charge for a subscription to receive our stories right into your in-box.
Recently, however, we have been facing a real crisis, when our funds almost tried up, and we were facing the possible closure of the ASSIST News Service, but I am glad to say that many of our ANS friends from all over the world, have rallied to our support, and also sent some wonderful messages of encouragement saying that we MUST NOT CLOSE ANS. Many of them have also backed it up with donations.
We are so grateful for their kindness, as these gifts have gone a long way to us being able to meet our present expenses, which include office rent, insurance, phone and Internet costs, but we are still are around $1,000 short of covering all of those expenses, and so ensuring the future of ANS, something I am sure you would all welcome. Maybe you could consider sending a donation right now towards that amount, which would help get us over the line.
I know that many of you would not wish ANS to close down, as it is one of the only ways you can get information about the dire situation our brothers and sisters are facing. They are pleading with us to continue bringing you this vital news so you can pray for them, and also get behind them in their desperate time of need.
So, I am coming to you for hopefully a last time, to see if you could help get us over the finish line, especially if you appreciate what we do (and have done for a quarter of a century). Whether you are media, who use our stories, or individuals who enjoy, and are challenged and blessed by our many stories, please prayerfully consider making an urgent and generous donation to ASSIST (tax deductible in the US) to help us continue, and so ensure that we will not have to close our doors.
All you need to do is go to www.assistnews.net and then scroll down the page until you see DONATE TO ASSIST NEWS, and there you can put in the amount you wish to give as a one-off, or monthly offering. I know that many of you would prefer to make out a check, so please do so to ASSIST, and then mail it to: PO Box 609, Lake Forest, CA 92609, USA. (If you are sending a check, would you mind letting me know by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org, what you are kindly sending, so I can tell my dear wife Norma, our volunteer administrator, that the gifts are coming in.)
I want to thank you in advance for standing with us in this time of crisis, and, by doing so, you will be allowing ANS to continue our Kingdom work. Yours will be a “Gift of Hope,” not only for ANS, but also for those that we serve around the world especially those who are suffering so much for their faith in Jesus Christ.
Our full name is Aid to Special Saints in Strategic Times, and your gift will be doing just that. You will be aiding these “Special Saints” in what are the most “Strategic Times” that many of us can remember.
Thank you for standing with us, and also for understanding why I have no plans to retire at this time.
Photo captions: Dan Wooding hosting his “Front Page Radio” show at KWVE. 2) Beautiful Laguna Beach, California. 3) Norma and Dan with their 14-year-old grandson, Edward Wooding, who lives in the UK. 4) Dan Wooding in Pyongyang, North Korea, with Dr. David Cho, the organizer of his visit.
About the writer: Dan Wooding, 76, is an award-winning author, broadcaster and 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 54 years. They have two sons, Andrew and Peter, and six grandchildren who all live in the UK. Besides running the ASSIST News Service, Dan has written some 45 books and hosts a weekly radio show and two TV programs in Southern California. He has reported from most of the world’s hot-spots, and is one of the few Christian journalists allowed into to North Korea to report from this secretive country.
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