The FCC recently held an auction to help improve and expand wireless services across the country to meet the ever-increasing needs of American consumers for faster, higher capacity mobile broadband services. In the auction, TV broadcasters like Radiant Light Broadcasting (RLB) were forced to give up their current broadcast channel without compensation so that commercial wireless service providers like T-Mobile could provide expanded mobile broadband services.
Now that the auction is complete, RLB is being forced to find new channels to broadcast from or go completely off the air. It will cost RLB $150,000 to replace the broadcasting equipment for new channels in the Tri-Cities and Walla Walla metro areas. The financial burden of this FCC mandate may cause RLB to go completely off the air.
This change will not affect the majority of our viewers who watch TBN on the Spectrum cable network. It will be especially detrimental for our viewers who are shut-in or homebound and cannot afford cable or satellite television but currently watch TBN for free over the air with a television antenna.
Every church has them: once-active church members who now have limitations (temporary or permanent) that have reduced their involvement in church. They are known as the homebound or shut-ins, both of which are inadequate terms because they address people’s limitations rather than their gifts. Generally, though, the homebound do provide challenges to the church, because they require specialized care.
In some churches, the homebound (who are primarily older adults and their caregivers) may be forgotten, ignored, or misunderstood. In other churches, these once-active members receive a few visits a year from pastoral staff and volunteers, but they are largely unknown to most of the congregation. For many Radiant Light Broadcasting is their only connection to the Body of Christ:
“Thank you for the broadcasts that carry God’s message to us. It is so wonderful to have you come into our home. We are shut-ins...We have been blessed by your sermons each day. Thank you. -- Starrett”
"Then the King will say to those on His right hand, 'Come, you blessed of My Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world: I was sick and you visited Me.’ Then the righteous will answer Him, saying, 'Lord, when did we see You sick and come to You?’ And the King will answer and say to them, 'Assuredly, I say to you, inasmuch as you did it to one of the least of these My brethren, you did it to Me.’” -- Matthew 25: 34-40 ESP
RLB’s ministry to shut-ins must not end. With your prayers and financial help we can continue to provide free over the air Christian television to our community. The FCC has granted us a license to move Channel 49 to Channel 29 in the Tri-Cities and Channel 47 to Channel 32 in Walla Walla. Are you willing to help those in need? Please consider before God how you could further partner with God and with RLB in this ministry to those who are shut-in or homebound.
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