In 2013, Gene* was sentenced to 165 years in prison—nearly two lifetimes. He had already given his life to Christ, but he felt utterly hopeless. In a recent letter to us, he writes, “I just wanted to give up and just kill myself. I had no desire to stay in this place and die an old man.”
Gene befriended a fellow brother in Christ while in prison, and together they made a significant discovery. Bored and lonely, they looked to the radio for some sense of comfort or entertainment. In the small-town North Carolina jail, most radio stations they tried did not come through.
But one did, loud and clear.
To Gene, it was the sound of hope. It was Leading The Way programming, broadcasting clear as day over the airwaves of American Family Radio.
Now, every weeknight at 9pm, he tunes in to Leading The Way radio for encouragement. When he wakes up, it is the sole thing he looks forward to everyday. He and his friend often spend hours talking about the messages. He even tells the correctional officers and every Christian he knows to listen in.
Gene faces a dismal life sentence that he will not live to complete, but God is restoring him and strengthening his heart as he hears the Word of God preached. He now understands that God will never leave him nor forsake him. Although in prison, Gene is a free man.
“I firmly believe the Lord Jesus directed me to this ministry to give me hope,” he says. “It literally saved my life.”
Our work is simply this: through satellite broadcasting, radio and TV programming, follow-up teams, Biblical resources—through whatever outlet we can find—we preach Christ. We are determined to be God’s instruments to reach the unreached and the already-reached—those who have never heard and those who have heard the Gospel hundreds of times, but who still need the power of God in their lives.
As you prayerfully consider giving a gift this month, I want you to know that your partnership with me is not in vain, to those who are in desperate need of hope. Thank you for the prayers and support you have given me in this ministry—they are truly a blessing in this Kingdom work.
Michael Youssef, Ph.D.
*To respect his privacy, this man's name has been changed.