A renewed hunger for God
Peter and Janet live in the small Western Australian town of Wooroloo. It's on the outer fringe of the Perth metropolitan area and has a population of about 250.
Both Peter and Janet have been born again Christians for many years but through the years had lost sight of the joy of the Lord in everyday life. But all that changed in 2015 when Vision Christian Radio arrived in town.
"We heard about Vision last year from my sister in Northam, she's on a farm" says Joy. "I could see what it had done in her life. We couldn't get reception here in Wooroloo so we rang Vision and enquired about getting a local FM station here". Fortunately a license was available for the town and the wheels were put in motion.
Since Vision arrived, Janet says life hasn't been the same! "It's given us both a renewed hunger for God's Word, it's just been the Holy Spirit bubbling up inside - just falling in love with Jesus all over again".
"And hearing the guys you have on your programme, and your announcers, we just feel we're part of it constantly. And our prayer life has just become a 24 hour thing - when we're awake!"
Each day Peter and Janet also read Vision's daily devotional, The Word for Today. "It's been just brilliant, it's the best series that we've been able to follow."
Clearly the joy of the Lord has been restored to Janet and Peter. "...we are singing again! We haven't been singing for a long time! Don't you forget that the joy of the Lord is your strength!" (See Nehemiah 8:10).
Vision's dream is Trusted Christian Media for every Australian - not just the big cities but also the little place like Wooroloo with just 250 residents. Every day we're capturing the power of media to connect faith to life for hundreds of thousands of Aussies just like Peter and Janet.DONATE NOW It's tax deductible!
Foundations for a new believer
Teena is a Postie in the country town of Chinchilla. Every day she rides her bike delivering the mail, and listens to Vision Christian Radio. She reckons "Vision is just an awesome channel, it has God's hands all over it, or it wouldn't have survived this long!"
God has used the station in a big way in her life, especially in shaping her attitude toward reaching out to her community.
"God uses us wherever we are. Every day there's an opportunity, and as I ride my bike delivering the mail I pray asking God how he can use me".
Vision's ministry also proved to be a huge support for Teena when she first became a Christian. "When I was just a new believer back in 2001 I was put on to Vision Radio and The Word for Today and God used them to mature me as a Christian. Joyce Meyer in particular touched my heart - since then there's been no other radio station, this is it!"
"It is about connecting faith to life but it's about more than that..." the emotion in Teena's voice became quite evident. "It's about hope - people knowing that there is hope (crying) this is what God does when he touches people".
"This radio station is essential. We need Australia to be inundated with Vision Radio everywhere!"
Stories like Teena's keep us going in our dream of Trusted Christian Media for every Australian. We're capturing the power of media to bring the truth and hope of God's word to hundreds of thousands of Aussies wherever they are, even while delivering the mail!DONATE NOW It's tax deductible!
Hope despite the drought
There's a good chance you've never heard of Georgetown. It's a small town in far north Queensland - if you drew a line going south-west from Cairns about 400km you'll run right through it. It's pretty remote, and like many places in outback Australia it's been hit hard by the drought in recent years.
"We are constantly praying for rain out here" says Joe, a local resident. "People on cattle properties are doing it very tough".
Georgetown is very small - a service station, a food shop and a pub along with a collection of houses by the Etheridge River. Its existence is unknown to most and quickly forgotten by those who pass through. So why bother establishing a Christian Radio station there?
Because people are there who need truth, encouragement and hope - and because the local Christians don't have access Christian ministry like the big cities.
People like Joe, who is a chaplain supporting locals work through the issues of life, and especially in dealing with the affects of drought.
Like many others nationwide, Joe finds encouragement and strength for his role as a chaplain by having access to Vision Christian Radio. "Vision makes a very big difference for those of us who go to church here - and those here who are experiencing tough times and can turn on their radio and have a positive influence".
"We need all the Christian connection we can get out here" he says, "there's only about 300 people in town".
Georgetown is just one of hundreds of communities battling drought where Vision brings hope and encouragement 24/7 - as close as the radio. Our dream is Trusted Christian Media for every Australian and people like Joe are the very reason we stand committed to capturing the incredible power of media for good.DONATE NOW It's tax deductible!
Mohammed is from Western Sydney and one day stumbled across Vision Christian Radio.
"I was listening to 2GB and Allan Jones. One day he was talking about politics and I had had enough and changed the station and ended up on 1611AM" (Vision's Western Sydney frequency).
In stark contrast to the typical commercial talk radio chatter, what Mohammed heard on Vision Christian Radio literally changed his life.
"I listened to Dr Youssef that morning what he said impacted me and I had a big turnaround in my life. He was passionately proclaiming the truth - I was searching for this truth for a long time in my life but I couldn't find it".
"Then I read John 14:6 where Jesus said I am the way, the truth and the life, and when I looked into it, I turned around my life from A to Z and saw a great impact in my life".
Prior to this moment, Mohammed had some involvement with church but had been struggling with what it meant to be a Christian. "I had been in the church before, but I did not understand. But God has opened my understanding and the Holy Spirit has spoken to me. The presence of God is so powerful".
Vision Christian Radio was the catalyst God used to reach Mohammed that day. Thousands like him 'stumble across' Vision every day all over Australia, and they too hear the life-giving words of truth and hope found only through Jesus.
When it comes to sharing that truth, Mohammed is pretty fired up! "We shouldn't be just believers, we should be followers of Jesus Christ. I don't know to express my thanks to the Lord, just saying thanks is not enough. He is amazing and everything's changed!"
"And every time I meet a Christian and I always go to their car and change the station [to Vision] and tell them to leave it on this station and you're going to grow".
Vision's dream is Trusted Christian Media for every Australian - in the big smoke of Sydney through to the little towns way out in the back blocks. Together we're capturing the power of media to bring the truth and hope of God's word to hundreds of thousands of Aussies from all walks of life - just like Mohammed whose life was radically changed.DONATE NOW It's tax deductible!
Overcoming depression & anxiety
Wayne lives in Northern NSW. Like many people today, Wayne has battled with the black dog of depression coupled with anxiety.
"I was in a pretty bad way. I tried to take my life."
"While I was in hospital one of my elders brought me a copy of The Word for Today. I started reading that, and when I came home I also started to listen to Vision Radio and a lot of the programmes really spoke to me and God really connected me back to Him, because I'd lost my way.
"I was a Christian and I was pretty ashamed of what I'd done - I wasn't a good example to other people".
But God used Vision's ministry to rebuild Wayne's image of himself, and his relationship with God, in particular the music on Vision Radio.
"I started listening to Vision and gradually God rekindled my interest in singing. I used to sing a lot when I was a kid but I'd never been professionally trained - and I had my daughter's wedding coming up so that gave me a focus to live for. I went to the local conservatorium of music and I learned to sing and then recorded a song for her wedding, which we played." The song was called Every Father's Prayer.
"It really touched her that God used that time to really guide and direct me." A key scripture for Wayne has been Proverbs 4:5-6 which says trust in The Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him and He will direct your path.
"Vision brought that back to me, especially through Greg Laurie - I was listening to one of his messages and he talked about being on a highway and going down a road and not knowing the right way, and a light came on for me".
Wayne's experience is the same as many others around Australia who have gotten into a dark place and lost their way, but God is reaching out to them through Vision's ministry through radio, print, internet and more. Imagine what might have happened if Wayne had not heard that timely word which turned his life around.DONATE NOW It's tax deductible!
What is Visionathon?
Visionathon is an opportunity for people across the nation to join together and in a united mission to bring Trusted Christian Media to every Australian - as simple as switching on your radio, launching an app or reading a book.
An important outcome of Visionathon is the funds raised for the mission, but another is the massive shot of encouragement brought through hearing so many amazing stories about God at work in the lives of everyday Australians!
Why should I donate?
Vision is made possible through the generous support of thousands of people joining together to give what they can - about 75% of our costs are covered in this way (the rest is from product and advertising sales). We receive no Government funding, and we don't have major underwriters. Your donation to Visionathon will help write the next chapter in the story of hope for thousands of people across Australia, in small towns through to our biggest cities.
Is the transaction secure?
Absolutely! We use very high-level SSL security around credit card transactions, and are very particular about following privacy law requirements. When you donate, you become a partner in our mission - great partnerships are built on trust so we won't abuse that.
Why do you need Monthly supporters?
In 2015, funds raised during our Visionathon appeals are projected to cover about a quarter of the total operating costs of the ministry (total costs for the year will be about $5.6 million). Regular support from our "Extra Mile Partners" is a critical part of how we are able to cover the other costs. Monthly support is great for those giving too because it helps with their cashflow too, allowing them to support this vital ministry in an achievable way (and claim a tax deduction!).
How much should I give each month?
It's totally up to you. Most Extra Mile Partners give between $30 - $100 a month, some more and some less.
How does monthly support work? Am I locked in?
You choose the amount to give each month, and how long to give it. Payment can be via credit card or direct debit and you can easily cancel at any time. Getting started is easy, just complete the form on this website, or call us.
What will you use the money for?
Funds raised during Visionathon are a gift toward the UCB Australia development fund (UCB is short for our legal name, United Christian Broadcasters Australia Limited). This fund has Deductible Gift Recipient status with the Australian Tax Office, making your gifts tax deductible.
Funds will be used to cover a myriad of things required to undertake ministry including staffing and facility costs, electricity, broadcast site and licence fees, printing, technology, maintenance, and so on. We take care to ensure good stewardship of donated funds with our processes and governance subject to the rules set by the Australian Charities and Nonprofts Commission and other bodies, and an annual independent audit.
At the end of the day it's not about the money, it's about what it does. Your donation makes it possible for God's word to be broadcast through music, stories and real-life application. Through media that reaches people where they are. At home, in their cars, while waiting for a bus, even on the bus! Timeless truth intersecting with the everyday, bringing life and hope. And how can you put a price on that? No matter how much you can give, the important thing is that we all play our part.
Simply, it's the amount we need. It might sound like a big number, but it is very achievable when we all work together! This amount is put into perspective when you consider the size and impact of the ministry, which broadcasts 24 hours a day to over 600 communities. In the past year alone we distributed over half a million copies of The Word for Today (including 120,000+ copies of the youth edition), we received and prayed over 45,000 prayer requests, and distributed tens of thousands of faith-inspiring Christian products. Our mobile app has had over 110,000 downloads and has been used over 3.5 million times since launch in 2012. They're not just numbers, they're stories. About real people who turn to us every day for encouragement, biblical perspective and hope. Your tax-deductible donation right now will help us keep going, and keep growing
What's happening with the Next Gen Strategy?
In November 2014 we announced plans for a new focus on reaching and discipling the next generation. In October 2015 we launched Vision180 - a 24/7 youth music channel, website and quarterly magazine. Thousands of younger kids are now watching the Superbook series which we've brought to Australia, plus we're working with a range of youth ministries in other ways. All of this will empower young people to go against the flow of secular culture and follow Jesus. Your tax-deductible donation will be an investment in these young people
What's happening with new stations?
In November 2014 we also announced a goal to establish 50 new Vision stations over the following year. That was an ambitious goal and we are thrilled that we've been able to bring many of these new stations already, however a few setbacks have meant it'll take a bit longer than 12 months to reach the 50. Our team are doggedly committed to expanding the reach of our network and we continue to secure new licenses as they become available. Your donation will ensure we are in a strong position to keep bringing Christian radio to unreached towns and cities all across Australia.
Who is Vision?
Vision Christian Media is a non-profit charity. In 2015 we changed our name We exist to bring trusted Christian media that empowers people to live out their faith and transform their community. We do this through radio, print, online and physical media products.
We were formerly known as UCB Australia and in fact our legal (company) name remains United Christian Broadcasters Australia Limited. UCB was formed in 1988 and in the early days played a key role in establishing almost 30 Christian Community stations across Australia before becoming a broadcaster and publisher. The majority of those stations continue today and although independent we continue to assist many of them in various ways. This ethos of helping others continues today as we play a hands-on role in helping fledgling broadcasters in Asia/Pacific including PNG, The Solomons, Nepal, Philippines, and soon also East Timor. Broader afield, we work alongside many other Christian groups worldwide under the banner of "United Christian Broadcasters", sharing ideas and resources (although each of these groups is independent).
Read more about what we do at http://ucb.com.au/about-ucb-australia or read our history at http://ucb.com.au/history
Are donations tax deductible?
Yes (for Australian taxpayers) any donation of $2 or more qualifies. Funds raised during Visionathon will be given toward the UCB Australia development fund, which is a tax office approved Deductible Gift Recipient entity under the Register of Australian Cultural Organisations. We will send you a receipt which you can claim on your tax return.
How do I get to the regular Vision website?
Just click on the button at the top of this page.
Can my business support Vision?
Yes it can, and business support is tax deductible too.