Media Makes a Difference for Volunteer

Alma maintains the GHM database.

HEARTS AFLAME:  ALMA DIXON KNOWS DATA MATTERS

Alma Dixon is a volunteer we can’t live without.  Our database of donors, volunteers and partners is critical to our operation and she’s the one who keeps it percolating along.  Because of her, our supporters get their their newsletters, e-news and records of their donations.  When we pick up the phone and call someone, the number is available because Alma keeps the database humming.  It’s a huge job and its one she volunteers for.

When we asked how she became involved with GHM, her answer was a smile and one name: Steve Sharp.  Steve was worship minister at Alma’s church when he started his ministry in Central Asia.  When he asked her to help, she “really had no choice – he never takes no as an answer.”

Sermon Tapes Put Jesus in the Driver’s Seat

Alma knows the effectiveness of media when it comes to the Gospel.  She had been brought up in a Christian home, but admits “Jesus was a passenger in [my] life.”  After she was married her brother sent her some sermon tapes which caused her to change drivers.  “The Lord began to soften my heart, I started reading the Bible, attending church and eventually I relinquished the driving to Him.”

That’s the kind of life-changing message GHM brings to The Middle East and Central Asia.  Religious leaders there promote a monotheistic belief system, but that system does not satisfy the hearts of the men, women and children of the region.  Alma reminds us, ” The people in that part of the world are eager for spiritual answers and they are responding to the Gospel message.”

Zafar, Umida and Feruza, Musician, Host and Co-host of Shukur Aytaman, Our Uzbek Women’s program

Through satellite broadcasting, GHM delivers the Gospel into the living rooms of countries like Azerbaijan, Uzbekistan, Turkey, Iran and Kazakhstan.  When a viewer is touched by the message of our programming, there are hundreds of home pastors, trained and spiritually mentored by GHM, who can bring the viewers into their hidden churches.  As Alma pointed out, these home churches are not filled only by our viewers, but many in those areas are encountering Jesus in visions and dreams.  Even as many here in the Western World are turning their backs on Christianity, the Lord is moving in The Middle East and Central Asia.

“Think eternally, life passes quickly,” is the message Alma wants to pass on to others.  She knows her work for GHM is for the Lord and she’s happy to be a part of reaching others so far away with the Gospel.  Wouldn’t you like to join Alma and many others in supporting GHM with your time, talents and money?

Fulfilling the Great Commission in this generation.

Set Your Heart Aflame

Like Alma, you can partner with Global Heart Ministries to Fulfill The Great Commission in this generation. Together we can bring the light and the truth of Jesus Christ right into the living rooms of every deceived child, every oppressed woman, and every hurting home. This is our message. This is our call.

We invite you to join this vision as a volunteer, a prayer warrior, or a financial donor.  Contact us today by phone or email.  Let us know how you’d like to partner with us as we reach out to the Most Unreached Regions of the World.

 

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The Value of Esther’s Friends

HEARTS OVERFLOWING: CALLING FOR SOME SUPERWOMEN

We Do a Lot With a Little

Global Heart Ministries!  People tend to assume any organization with the word “global” in its name must be huge.  When it comes to reach, GHM certainly qualifies, because of the millions who tune into our programs through satellite broadcasting.  However, there’s only a handful of people who are actually on-staff with the ministry, around ten in total, according to how you count them.  (We also have a Board of Directors and an advisory board who are critical to our success, but are not considered staff.)

One of the ways we stretch our assets is through volunteerism.  Around the world, from home pastors in our target countries to guests on our programs, to the ladies who fold our newsletters, GHM thrives through the efforts of our volunteers – and when it comes to volunteers, Esther’s Friends are the bomb.

Lori’s very elegant table

A Little Background

Though volunteers have been the backbone of this organization from the very beginning, last year we decided to formalize their role.  We had a tea hosted by volunteers that we called The Open Hearts High Tea.  From that we developed a list of about forty-five women who said they were interested in volunteering with us and we dubbed them Esther’s Friends in honor of the women who fasted with Queen Esther before she went to the king with her request to save the Jewish nation from annihilation.

Hooray for Esther’s Friends!

If you think 45 women doesn’t sound like a lot, then you’re forgetting how few people we have on staff.  The role of Esther’s Friends in our ministry is critical.  

One of the most important roles these volunteers play in our organization is their willingness to pray for us.  Almost half these women agreed to receive a weekly prayer update and pray for our needs.  We know those prayers are effective, because we see the results every day.

To describe all the other things these women have done for us since the tea would take a whole lot more than one blog.  Yes, they hand address invitations, fold newsletters, and help us with other clerical work, but that’s the tip of the iceberg.

When events come along they sponsor tables, help us play hostess, find silent auction donations, assist with set-up and break-down, and just about anything else we need help with.  When we’re getting ready for a video shoot, they bring in food, host our guests in their homes, and help out on the crew.  Whatever the project, when we put out the call, we get the help we need.

There’s Room for You

While we are grateful for every single woman who devotes her time and energy to this ministry, in spite of the many other things claiming their time and attention, the truth is, the scope of our ministry gives us plenty of room for many more of Esther’s Friends.

When we dream, we dream of fundraising events organized and managed completely by volunteers, weekly prayer meetings right in our conference room, volunteers willing to fill part-time positions needed on our staff, volunteers who act as a liaison between the women in their church and GHM, teams of volunteers to make phone calls to donors – and a woman who leads them in all these efforts as the president of the group.  The possibilities are only limited by the imaginations of the women who are ready to step forward and count themselves among Esther’s Friends.  Are you one of those women?

Fulfilling the Great Commission in this generation.

Join Your Heart to Ours

By partnering with Global Heart Ministries during our film shoots you are helping to fulfill The Great Commission in this generation. Together we can bring the light and the truth of Jesus Christ right into the living rooms of every deceived child, every oppressed woman, and every hurting home. This is our message. This is our call.

We invite you to join this vision as a volunteer, a prayer warrior, or a financial donor. Contact us today by phone or email. Let us know how you’d like to partner with us as we reach out to the Most Unreached regions of the world.

Sweet Conversations Shoot Needs You!

An expensive undertaking

HEARTS ON THE MOVE: THE COST OF FILMING

The Costs of Video Shoots

It costs a lot to film a season of programs.  Considering the millions of people our programs reach via satellite broadcasting, it’s money well invested.  One day we sat down with a calculator to put a price tag on an individual contact for one of our children’s programs.  We discovered two children could hear the Gospel for a quarter.  That’s a pretty big return on the investment of twenty-five cents.

It is only because we are a media organization that we can reach inside some of our target countries at all.  Most nations in The Middle East and Central Asia do not allow any missionaries in their countries at all, so we couldn’t send anyone there if we wanted to.  While this is challenging in many ways, it opens the door for economy.  The price of the shoot wouldn’t begin to cover the cost of having a missionary and his family in these countries and the missionary would never be able to reach the millions of people our programs do.

Setting up our shoot in the conference room

Other Money-Saving Measures

Two other factors add to the economical nature of our video ministry:  The Hope Center and volunteers.  Ministries who are tenants of The Hope Center get a lot of perks, which is why there is such a long waiting list and also why we feel so blessed to office there.  Chief among those perks are the opportunity to use the conference rooms during the work day free of additional fees. We take over two of the large venues on the first floor of the building.  Imagine what it would cost to pay for studio time.  We are so grateful to be at The Hope Center.

GHM volunteer with slate and white balance board

Our other important financial weapon is volunteers. Many people on a GHM set are volunteering their time, beginning with our talent and their guests. Professional make-up experts, cameramen, production assistants, and others show up and put in long days for the pure joy of serving the Lord and the people in our target countries.  But that’s only the beginning.  All of our guests are hosted in private homes.  Volunteers run errands and make trips to the airport for us.  During our last shoot we saved over $1000 because volunteers provided all our meals.

Sweet Conversations Shoot Later This Month 

We’ve already made a call for volunteers for the Sweet Conversations video shoot coming June 25-July 1, but while you might not have time to join us at the shoot, perhaps you’d like to underwrite one (or more) of these expenses:

  • $4 – the cost of two dozen hard-boiled eggs – one of our crew’s favorite snacks, a days’ supply.
  • $5 – two 24 packs of 8 oz water bottles, will last a couple of days
  • $15 – for a 24 pack of AA batteries, a critical, frequently needed item
  • $25 – the cost of doughnuts for the morning break (many on the set arrive very early and by 8 AM need a pick-me-up)
  • $55 – to pay for gas for a round-trip visit to DFW Airport
  • $100 – Selection of sodas for crew lasting all week
  • $150 – the cost of providing a mid-day meal for the crew at The Hope Center’s Cafe 6:19
  • $200 – to pay an on-set technician for a day’s work (and this is a rate much lower than these professionals usually make)

Or perhaps you’d be interested in underwriting the cost of an episode.  Please contact us for more information.

Fulfilling the Great Commission in this generation.

Join Your Heart to Ours

By partnering with Global Heart Ministries during our film shoots you are helping to fulfill The Great Commission in this generation. Together we can bring the light and the truth of Jesus Christ right into the living rooms of every deceived child, every oppressed woman, and every hurting home. This is our message. This is our call.

We invite you to join this vision as a volunteer, a prayer warrior, or a financial donor. Contact us today by phone or email. Let us know how you’d like to partner with us as we reach out to the Most Unreached regions of the world.

 

 

A Invitation to Serve

On the Set with Sweet Conversations

HEARTS ON THE MOVE: SWEET CONVERSATIONS FILM SHOOT JUNE 25-JULY 1

Be Part of the Fun!

Come join us in June for a Sweet Conversations film shoot.  If you’ve been a part of one of our previous shoots, then you already know the excitement involved in filming a season of shows.  If not, then why not let June be the month you change that?  We’ll be filming Season Four of our Azerbaijani Women’s Talk Show, Sirin Sobat (Sweet Conversations).

Narmin and Tarana, the lovely co-hosts of Sweet Conversations, bring a mixture of Azerbaijani culture, current topics for women, beautiful paintings, and the Good News of the Gospel to Azerbaijani speaking audiences throughout Central Asia. For one long grueling week, they abandon their lives in other cities and come to our temporary studio to film an entire season of programs.

Global Heart Ministries
Sweet Conversations hosts Narmin & Tarana encourage Azerbaijani women all over Central Asia.

Thirteen Shows in One Week

It is necessary to film thirteen episodes because our satellite providers require that number in order to air our seasons.  We set up for our shoot in a conference room at The Hope Center and then take care of everything–set-up, filming and break-down–in one week so the other ministries at The Hope Center can utilize the space for their events. With only one week available our talent, technicians, and volunteers are in for some intense work. The call sheet assignments start very early each day and often go on until late in the evening.

Our goal is to have at least one guest per show and this season our guest list will include several visitors from Azerbaijan. Shuffling personnel in and out for the various episodes, finding them a place to stay, and transporting them to and from the airport is a huge logistical nightmare.

Just one of many jobs on the set

So How Can You Help?

First, you can start praying – right now. We’ve been lining up our guests for months.  For this season the task includes dealing with bureaucratic red tape in Azerbaijan for the necessary visas.  While that’s going on, we’re not free to share exactly who our guests will be, but we can tell you the list is exciting.

Like other Christians in Central Asia, Azerbaijanis face persecution for their faith and that makes the visa process more difficult.  The Spirit is moving and doors are opening, but for every joyful success for our believing friends, there is another story of violence, incarceration, and loss of property.  

And There’s More

We also need other kinds of help from our faithful volunteers. Here are a few of the ways you can help:

Transportation – Whether you can help out with one trip to the airport or are available all week to help move people around and run errands, we sincerely need your help.
Hosting Talent – In the Central Asian culture, guests expect to be hosted in a home, rather than in a hotel, so all of the talent will need a place to stay while they are here. Some will only need to stay for one night, while others will need to stay all week.
Providing Food – Each day we have to feed all the people working on the set. We need help in a variety of ways.

  • Each morning we have donuts. Whether you’d like to pick them up yourself and visit the set, or just underwrite the cost we’d really appreciate it.
  • Each midday we have lunch and some days we need dinner. You can help us by underwriting the cost of feeding the crew at The Hope Center’s Cafe 6:19, you can order pizzas to be delivered, pick up your favorite fast food, or if you like to cook, we’d love for you to bring us a meal.
  • We keep a table full of healthy snacks for breaks. Whether you’d like to donate individual snack items, underwrite our shopping trip to Costco, or have an organization that would like to take over the whole job, it would really be a blessing.

Prayer – This is something we always need, but most especially during our shoots. You can lift us up during the day as you go about your routine or you are welcome to arrange a visit to the set and pray as you observe.

Fulfilling the Great Commission in this generation.

Join Your Heart to Ours

By partnering with Global Heart Ministries during our film shoots you are helping to fulfill The Great Commission in this generation. Together we can bring the light and the truth of Jesus Christ right into the living rooms of every deceived child, every oppressed woman, and every hurting home. This is our message. This is our call.

We invite you to join this vision as a volunteer, a prayer warrior, or a financial donor. Contact us today by phone or email. Let us know how you’d like to partner with us as we reach out to the Most Unreached regions of the world.

Daniel’s Men of Valor

Is this the Darius who fasted for Daniel in the Lion’s Den?

HEARTS OVERFLOWING: ANOTHER PERSIAN LINK

Ripped from the Pages of History

This month we’ve been taking a look at Ancient Persia, tracing its links to the Bible and to modern day culture.  Last week we explored the story of Queen Esther and how situations in her life inspired our women’s volunteer organization.  Well, there’s another GHM tie to Ancient Persia we want to share.

Daniel in the Lion’s Den is one of those stories many of us heard first in Sunday School or Vacation Bible School.  The exciting tale follows Daniel into a den of hungry lions where he is forced to spend the night.  God protects Daniel from harm and we were taught He can do the same for us.

While Daniel was alone with God in the Lion’s den, he was not alone in his daily walk.  When Daniel was brought to Babylon as a captive, other young men from Israel were also taken away in exile at the same time and trained alongside Daniel to serve in the court of Nebuchadnezzar.  These men stood together faithfully to face the challenges of life in a foreign court.  The rules of law, fiery furnaces, and hungry lions couldn’t convince them to abandon their faith.  Their influence was so great that even the king himself honored Daniel’s God.

But Nebuchadnezzar’s son Belshazzar (Nabonidus) did not follow his father in honoring the Israelite God and chose to insult Daniel’s God by using captured Temple treasures at one of his banquets.  In the Bible, it is at this moment that God allowed the Persians to take over the kingdom, and Darius the Mede, later known as Darius I, became ruler of Babylon.

We do not know if this Darius was the same general who later became Darius the Great, but history does tell us Cyrus, who carried the title King of Kings, installed Medo-Persians to rule conquered lands alongside the trustworthy men who were already governing the nations.  History also tells us that rather than using battering rams and a siege to conquer Babylon, Cyrus used propaganda to influence the citizens who over threw their own king. Perhaps Belshazzar/Nabonidus was that king.  It makes sense for Cyrus to install one of his lieutenants to be in charge of Babylon and oversee his benevolent practices of rule, which included freedom of religion. 

Just like King Nebuchadnezzar, King Darius recognized the talents and gifts of Daniel and kept him among his advisers and officials.  And just as the evil Haman set a trap for Mordecai in the story of Queen Esther which, if successful, would have wiped out the Jewish race, jealous courtiers also sat a trap for Daniel.  In Daniel’s case, God sent angels to hold the mouths of the lions closed and in the morning was able to share the testimony of it with the king.  Just as Darius had predicted, “Your God whom you constantly serve will Himself deliver you,” Daniel 6:16.

Daniels Men of Valor

Can you imagine the prayer meeting that was held as Daniel spent the night in the Lion’s Den?  Do you think Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego were still alive at the time, lifting up the name of Daniel before the throne of God or do you think it was their sons? Even King Darius spent the night fasting.  If this King of Babylon was the general who became Darius the Great, then imagine what an influence this miracle would have had on him.

Little is accomplished in the Kingdom of God by one person alone and it’s the same way at GHM.  President/CEO, Steve Sharp travels  around the world engaging organizations and foundations to support our work, but he is able to do that because so many wonderful volunteers and prayer warriors are standing with him–our own Shadrachs, Meshachs, and Abednigos.

In honor of the men who stood beside Daniel in Babylon, we call the gentlemen who stand beside GHM Daniel’s Men of Valor.  These men support us in prayer and donations, but they also show up to give us a helping hand when there is some heavy lifting to do.  In cooperation with Esther’s Friends, they multiply our ability to do the task set before us. Are you a man who would like to stand beside Global Heart Ministries?  Then please contact our volunteer coordinator via email, jane.sadek@globalheartministries.com.

Join Your Heart to Ours

Joining Daniel’s Men of Valor is just one of the ways you can partner with Global Heart Ministries to fulfill The Great Commission in this generation. Together we can bring the light and the truth of Jesus Christ right into the living rooms of every deceived child, every oppressed woman, and every hurting home. This is our message. This is our call.

We invite you to join this vision as a volunteer, a prayer warrior, or a financial donor.  Contact us today by phone or email.  Let us know how you’d like to partner with us as we reach out to the Most Unreached Regions of the World.

How Did a Jewess Become Queen of Persia?

HEARTS OVERFLOWING: QUEEN ESTHER AND ESTHER’S FRIENDS

Esther by Narmin Backus
Esther by Narmin Backus

Once Upon a Time

While the Bible contains many accounts reading more like an adventure story than part of a religious text, it could be argued the tale of Haddesah is one of the more remarkable:

A young orphan is being raised by her uncle in the city of Susa.  One day it is announced the king ‘s eunuchs are holding a beauty contest to find a new queen.  The lovely Haddesah is quickly chosen to be among the contestants and her personality is so sweetly unique she gains the notice of all.  Because of a friendship with the eunuch in charge of the contest and her own wisdom, she gains the king’s favor when presented to him and the lovely Haddesah becomes Queen Esther.  

The most wondrous thing about this tale is that it is absolutely true, but what makes it even more amazing is this: Haddesah is a Jew.  Today’s Jews still celebrate the festival of Purim, which commemorates her astonishing contribution to the nation of Israel.  How in the world did a Jewish orphan end up queen of a Persian court?

Artist's conceptual drawing of the Hanging Gardens of Babylon
Artist’s conceptual drawing of the Hanging Gardens of Babylon

The Babylonian Captivity

If you’ve read our most recent blogs about Persian history and culture, you’ll remember the Babylonian captivity of the nation of Israel, by King Nebuchadnezzar, brought Israeli captives from Israel to Babylon.  Then Cyrus the Great conquered Babylon, so he inherited the lands Nebuchadnezzar controlled and the Jewish captives in Babylon.

The magnanimous Cyrus allowed all of his subjects to follow their own religious persuasions and he allowed Jewish captives to return home.  The book of Nehemiah tells the story of the return to Jerusalem to rebuild the wall and the Temple.  However, not everyone wanted to return.

The Jews had been in Babylon for 70 years.  Many had been born there.  Many held important positions in the government of the Babylonians and continued to earn favors under Cyrus.  A life rebuilding their traditional home did not seem as desirable as continuing their pleasant sojourn under the auspices of the wise King Cyrus.

Susa today, a UNESCO world heritage site dates back to the time of Queen Esther
Susa today, a UNESCO world heritage site dates back to the time of Queen Esther

Enter Xerxes and the City of Susa

Susa is the city where the action in the book of Esther took place. While there are some scholars who tag Artaxerxes as the Persian king called Ahasuerus in the Book of Esther, most say Ahasuerus was Xerxes, the son of Darius.  Both kings made their home in Susa, a city which associated with both Daniel and Nehemiah, so one might say Haddesah was in the right place at the right time to save the Jewish nation.

Remember, at the time of Esther/Haddesah, Persia included everything from Turkey to India west to east and everything from Egypt to Russia south to north.  This means that the city of Jerusalem and its new temple were included.  It also means that far flung Jewish communities, like those still existing in Uzbekistan until today were under the rule of Queen Esther.

When the evil courtier Haman, frustrated by Queen Esther’s uncle Mordecai, tricked the King into allowing all the Jews of the Persian Empire to be killed, the entire Jewish race was within the reaches of the empire and they would have all been slain.  But King Ahasuerus didn’t know his queen was a Jew.  The wily Mordecai had insisted she keep this part of her history a secret.

Before revealing how Haman’s evil plot would reach into the palace of Susa and cost the king his queen, Esther and her ladies fasted and prayed.  The roll-out of Esther’s reveal contains cliff-hangers of the highest order, but they also demonstrate dramatically how the will of the Lord works out in the lives of real people – like the King and Queen of Persia, an evil courtier named Haman and Uncle Mordecai, who eventually became second only to the King in Persia.

Esther’s Friends

When Queen Esther wondered if it was indeed her place to approach the king about Haman’s scheme, her uncle told her it was likely God had placed her in her high position, “for such a time as this.”  Like Queen Esther, Global Heart Ministries has been placed in history at a very specific time – a time when technology has opened a window for the Gospel to shine its light into the Middle East and Central Asia.  We have no idea if this modern day miracle will continue, but as long as it does, like Esther, “thus [we] will go.”

Also, like Queen Esther, we have a group of ladies who join us in our endeavors.  We call them Esther’s Friends.  They pray for us, volunteer with us and donate to us on a regular basis, helping to further the Kingdom of God among the Persians and the Arabs.  If you’d like to join Esther’s Friends in our battle for the Gospel in the Middle East and Central Asia, contact our volunteer coordinator at jane.sadek@globalheartministries.org

Join Your Heart to Ours

Joining Esther’s Friends is just one of the ways you can partner with Global Heart Ministries to fulfill The Great Commission in this generation. Together we can bring the light and the truth of Jesus Christ right into the living rooms of every deceived child, every oppressed woman, and every hurting home. This is our message. This is our call.

We invite you to join this vision as a volunteer, a prayer warrior, or a financial donor.  Contact us today by phone or email.  Let us know how you’d like to partner with us as we reach out to the Most Unreached Regions of the World.

 

 

When God Has a Different Idea

DSC_0586HEARTS OVERFLOWING: A CHANGE OF PLANS

Always Listening for God’s Direction

Jeremiah 29:11 promises God has plans to “prosper us…to give hope and a future,” but we have a responsibility to stay close to Him and dependent on His leading.  Thankfully, His plans are always so much better than ours.  A good example was last year’s A Night of Dreams.  We almost cancelled it, but God had other plans.  We searched our hearts and made one relatively minor logistical change.  Almost immediately God confirmed it was the change He wanted.  The evening was our most successful event to date.
 Waiting on the Lord has its challenges.  Proverbs 12:5 assures us “the plans of the righteous are just” and in our ministry we must make plans.  We can’t just decide one day to film an episode or two.  The logistical hurdles of a video shoot are mind-boggling, as are plans for an Open Hearts High Tea.

Calendars, Budgets and Other Challenges

The 2016 Open Hearts High Tea was a huge success.  Many of you told us you couldn’t wait until we had another one.  As we set the calendar for 2017 we discussed the next tea, but we didn’t get it right.  Almost immediately we began running into roadblocks, but not before we’d already announced we were looking for table hostesses.

In ministry there are always a few bumps in the road.  Sometimes it’s God testing our faith.  Sometimes it’s Satan trying to discourage us.  We don’t scratch our plans just because something will be hard, but we are alert for His still small voice.

It soon became clear we were running into more than a few roadblocks.  God had his hand on the brake and it didn’t matter how much coal we shoveled into the furnace, the Open Hearts High Tea wasn’t on God’s timetable for April 2017.

If you’ve been praying about being a table hostess for the tea, here’s an answer to your prayer.  Maybe God would prefer you volunteered for the upcoming video shoot March 5-12.  Or maybe you should consider sponsoring a table for A Night of Dreams on November 10th.  The bottom line is this, we can’t do what we do without you, whether you are a prayer partner, volunteer or donor.

 Exciting days are ahead.  We’re working on a series of new events for the summer that women will love – and we might even have a tea later in the year, but all that is still in the works.

Join Your Heart to Ours

Sponsoring a table at one of our events is just one of the ways you can partner with Global Heart Ministries to fulfill The Great Commission in this generation. Together we can bring the light and the truth of Jesus Christ right into the living rooms of every deceived child, every oppressed woman, and every hurting home. This is our message. This is our call.

We invite you to join this vision as a volunteer, a prayer warrior, or a financial donor.  Contact us today by phone or email.  Let us know how you’d like to partner with us as we reach out to the Most Unreached Regions of the World.

 

 

Shukar Aytaman Film Shoot Coming

2015-10-19-18-14-21HEARTS ON THE MOVE: UZBEK WOMEN’S TALK SHOW TO BE FILMED IN MARCH


It’s Show Time!

We’re excited to announce we’ll be filming Season Four of our Uzbek Women’s Talk Show, Shukar Aytaman (I Am Thankful), in March.

Co-hosting the show are Umida and her sister, Feruza.  These beautiful Uzbek women share the Gospel in an engaging format, which addresses the concerns of the women in their country and points them to Jesus Christ as the only answer. For one week a year, they abandon their usual jobs for the set of their TV show, but it’s not all make-up calls and time in the spotlight.  The week is long and grueling.

Thirteen Shows in One Week

Because we don’t have our own recording studio, we set up for our shoot in a conference room at The Hope Center.  We only have one week to take care of everything – set-up, filming and break-down.  We pull in our talent, technicians and volunteers for one week of intense filming.  The call sheet assignments start very early each day and often go on until late in the evening.

We have to film thirteen episodes, because the satellite providers require that number in order to air our seasons.  Our goal is to have at least one guest per show and we also have Zafar, our favorite Uzbek musician, come for the filming.  Shuffling personnel in and out for the various episodes, finding them a place to stay and transporting them to and from the airport is a huge logistical nightmare.

So How Can You Help?

First, you can start praying – right now.  Umida will be lining up our guests in the coming weeks and it is a difficult job, especially because of cultural challenges.  Umida is young and she is a woman, which in the Uzbek culture means she should be quiet and wait until she is approached.  When she calls and emails people who are her elders, especially men, they can take offense.

In addition, because of the intense persecutions Uzbek Believers face in their own country, even after they move to the States or Canada they are afraid.  They worry about what could happen to their family and friends back in Uzbekistan if they show their face or use their name on a Christian TV program.  They are also suspicious of being spied upon and reported to the government.

And There’s More

We also need other kinds of help from our faithful volunteers.  Here are a few of the ways you can help:

  • Transportation – Whether you can help out with one trip to the airport or are available all week to help move people around and run errands, we sincerely need your help.
  • Hosting Talent – In the Uzbek culture, guests expect to be hosted in a home, rather than in a hotel, so all of the talent will need a place to stay while they are here.  Some will only need to stay for one night, while others will need to stay all week.
  • Providing Food – Each day we have to feed all the people working on the set.   We need help in a variety of ways.
    • Each morning we have donuts.  Whether you’d like to pick them up yourself and visit the set, or just underwrite the cost we’d really appreciate it.
    •  Each midday we have lunch and some days we need dinner.  You can help us by underwriting the cost of feeding the crew at the Hope Center’s Cafe 6:19.  Or you can order pizzas to be delivered, or pick up your favorite fast food, or if you like to cook, we’d love for you to bring us a meal.
    •   We keep a table full of healthy snacks for breaks.  Whether you’d like to donate individual snack items, underwrite our shopping trip to Costco or have an organization that would like to take over the whole job, it would really be a blessing.
  • Prayer – This is something we always need, but most especially during our shoots.  You can lift us up during the day as you go about your routine or you are welcome to arrange a visit to the set and pray as you observe.

Join Your Heart to Ours

By partnering with Global Heart Ministries during our film shoots you are helping to fulfill The Great Commission in this generation. Together we can bring the light and the truth of Jesus Christ right into the living rooms of every deceived child, every oppressed woman, and every hurting home. This is our message. This is our call.

We invite you to join this vision as a volunteer, a prayer warrior, or a financial donor.  Contact us today by phone or email.  Let us know how you’d like to partner with us as we reach out to the Most Unreached regions of the world.

Matching Funds Campaign a Success

cup-holderHEARTS OVERFLOWING: HOW $10K GREW TO $20K AND BEYOND

Looking for Change in the Cup Holder

We’ve all been there.  You’re picking up the dry cleaning or going through the fast food drive-through and suddenly you discover you’re a little short.  It’s not much in the big scheme of things, but you’re a little uncomfortable.  First, you check the cup holder for loose change.  Maybe you look in the glove box or feel around in the bottom of your purse.  In the end, you might have to sheepishly apologize to the clerk and hurry home.

That’s what the last year has been like at Global Heart Ministries.  Time after time a door was opened or an opportunity presented itself, but when we looked into our wallet, we realized we weren’t able to walk through the door or take advantage of the opportunity.  Then we got to the end of the year and realized we’d fallen a little short of our financial goals.

We’re Fine, Really

We’re not complaining.  This last year was an amazing one and we can’t believe how God has blessed us.  We’re so grateful for all the support we receive, through prayer, volunteering and donations.  We know God is providing us with just the amount He wants us to have, but we can’t help yearning for just a little bit more.

Did you know if we could afford to produce the programs to fill it, some of our satellites would double the amount of broadcast time they donate to us?  Did you know we own the rights to a gorgeous animated series, but we can’t afford to dub the voices?  Did you know we could lip-synch dub shows we have already produced into different languages and multiply their audience?  These are just a few of the financial challenges we face every day, knowing there would be so much more we could do, if we just had a little bit more.

How One Donation Encouraged Others

At the end of last year we we were standing at the checkout counter going through our pockets and came up short.  One of our beloved donors called to offer us a loan.  We loved their heart, but in order to keep our financial accreditation we can’t accept loans.  So, they said they’d have to pray about that.

We were very surprised when they called back a short time later and offered $10,000 in a matching funds challenge.  If we could raise $10K, then they’d match it.

This was not some rich philanthropist.  This was just a regular guy with a modest 9-5 job, but he’d been tucking money into his savings from time to time and now he was offering it to us.  We hesitated to accept his offer, but he was adamant; we needed to allow him to be obedient.  His only caveat was anonymity.

How About You?

Does God tug at your heart a little bit when you hear about Central Asia and the Middle East?  Do you wish there was something you could do?  Perhaps there is.

Writing a check is an easy  way to donate, but there are others:

  • Donate appreciated stock.
  • Donate cars, RV’s, boats and other big ticket items.
  • Donate your time and talents as a volunteer.
  • Make in-kind donations for special event silent auctions or to meet current needs, like video equipment, framing, and artistic supplies.
  • Make memorial donations for loved ones or mark special occasions for special people who have a heart for ministry.
  • Talk to the missions committee at your church and suggest they support GHM.
  • Suggest your Sunday School Class, Life Group, or Fellowship Group adopt us as a special project – either for financial support or as volunteers.
  • Invite a group of friends over to your home to hear the GHM story from our founder or one of our TV hosts.
  • Sponsor a table at one of our fundraising events.
  • Create a legacy by including the ministry in your will.

 Perhaps you like the idea of a matching funds challenge.  The challenge amount can be offered by an individual, a group or a business.  You can remain anonymous, encourage others by using your name or honor someone else.  We’re only limited by our imagination.

Join Your Heart to Ours

You can partner with Global Heart Ministries to fulfill The Great Commission in this generation. Together we can bring the light and the truth of Jesus Christ right into the living rooms of every deceived child, every oppressed woman, and every hurting home. This is our message. This is our call.

We invite you to join this vision as a volunteer, a prayer warrior, or a financial donor.  Contact us today by phone or email.  Let us know how you’d like to partner with us as we reach out to the Most Unreached Regions of the World.

Let’s Party – GHM Style

Steve Sharp and Umida look on as Abror shares his story at A Night of Dreams.
Steve Sharp and Umida look on as Abror shares his story at A Night of Dreams.

HEARTS OVERFLOWING – OPEN HEARTS HIGH TEA & OUR ANNUAL FUNDRAISER

We Need You

This year GHM will have two major events and for each one we need our wonderful supporters to step forward and help us out.  On Sunday, April 23rd will be our second annual Open Hearts High Tea to recruit members for Esther’s Friends and on Saturday, August 19th we’re having our second Annual General Fundraiser (possibly another A Night of Dreams), which is critical to all of our endeavors.  Both events are major undertakings and our table hosts are one of the most important keys to the success of our events.

Lovely Ladies at Pretty Tables for a Delicious High Tea
Lovely Ladies at Pretty Tables for a Delicious High Tea

What is a Table Host?

A Table Host is someone who is excited about the opportunity to help us share the work and message of GHM with their friends, family, acquaintances, and associates.  This is the primary motivation for stepping up to this task.  If you believe the job GHM is doing in Central Asia and the Middle East is an important one, then you are a prime candidate.  We’re going to work hard to produce a quality event to inform and entertain your guests.  We just need you to invite them, encourage them to attend, and host them at the event.  If you love us, then you have everything you need to be a successful Table Host.

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Open Hearts High Tea

Plans for the Tea are already underway.  In fact, we’ll mail the Save the Date cards out at the end of the month.  We’d like to include your friends on our mailing list, so please let us know you’re interested as soon as possible.

Lori's very elegant table
Lori’s very elegant table

The job is easy and fun.  Here’s the fun part.  Our table hostesses decorate their tables with their own table settings and imagination.  You can use your grandmother’s fine china, a colorful collection of unmatched place settings, your Christmas dinnerware or anything your creativity suggests.  Last year’s tables ran the gamut from very elegant to charmingly whimsical.

The other fun part of your job is inviting your friends to the party.  First, gather up the names and contact information of all the women you think might enjoy the tea – members of your Sunday School Class or Bible Study, friends from church and other organizations, your next door neighbor or best friend from high school.  Tell them all to look for the Save the Date card in the mail and find out who thinks they’ll be able to attend.

dsc_0399The most important part of your job as a hostess is to build excitement among your guests and motivate them to attend the event.  There is no charge for the tea, but we’ll need your help as we confirm your guests’ reservations and arrange their seating around your table.  In some cases, your guests may need suggestions for car-pooling or other logistical issues.

Last year’s tea was an unqualified success and we think this year will be even more fun.  Hostesses will be admitted early to set up their tables and then the doors will open.  The excitement will be contagious.  Our primary purpose of the Tea is to engage the hearts of women to join Esther’s Friends, our women’s volunteer group.

GHM TV Personalities are volunteers
GHM TV Personalities at A Night of Dreams

The August Fundraiser

Table Hosts are just as important for our Fundraiser, but their role is somewhat different, because our purpose is different.  Raising financial support is our primary goal and to be successful we need two things.

First, the cost of the event must be covered so donations received at the evening will go directly to our bottom line.  For this reason, we ask our table host to confirm their sponsorship with a donation covering the cost of the meals at their table.  The cost of hosting a table in 2017 has yet to be determined, but in 2016 table hosts paid $500 for 9 seats, which included a GHM staff member at each table.

dsc_0109Covering our costs is important, but the whole purpose of the event is to fill a room with people who have a desire and an ability to financially support our ministry.   Like the Tea Hostesses, the most important part of your job as a Table Host for our fundraiser is to build excitement among your guests, but we’re asking you to also qualify your guests as possible donors.

Sponsorship at a variety of levels will be available, so as you’re inviting people to attend, if there are those who can’t attend, but would like to participate, there will be opportunities for them, too.

 

Fulfilling the Great Commission in this generation.
Fulfilling the Great Commission in this generation.

Share the Overflowing Joy

You can partner with Global Heart Ministries s a Table Host at either or both of these events to fulfill The Great Commission in this generation. Together we can bring the light and the truth of Jesus Christ right into the living rooms of every deceived child, every oppressed woman, and every hurting home. This is our message. This is our call.

We invite you to explore this vision and consider being a volunteer, a prayer warrior, or a financial donor.  Contact us today by phone or email.  Let us know how you’d like to partner with us as we reach out to the most unreached regions of the world.