The day after Labor Day, we awoke to smoke and forest fires throughout our home state. I have lived in Oregon most of my life and had yet to experience a Natural Disaster.
My role at Hope 1079 is to lead our team in Promotions. With a promotion comes a plan and a strategy, but there was no strategy with an unexpected Natural Disaster.
Our radio station immediately became boots on the ground at the local evacuation centers not just as a resource to our listeners on the latest forest fire reports, but to serve and pray for our hurting community who had lost everything.
No promotional plan, no strategy prepared us for what we walked into each day. We quickly became aware that the only thing that we needed was desperate dependence upon Jesus. He is the one who gives us the words to encourage and bring hope to the hurting.
While the fires have mostly died down now, our radio station will forever be changed. We have realized the importance of allowing God to interrupt our day. We see the value in loving our listeners behind the mic and off the mic in our community.
I was thinking about how Jesus spent his last meal with his disciples. He knew that he would be denied and that He would have to give up His life for all of us. Yet, he chose to be present and wash his disciple’s feet.
It made me ask myself the question, would we? Would I be willing to come off the stage, come away from the microphone, and wash our listener’s feet?
Friend, I hope today that we would realize the humbling opportunity we each have to speak into the lives of so many. Still, I also hope our hearts would be so surrendered that we would also pause long enough to be willing to hear what our listeners have to say and ask them if we could serve them by washing their feet.
Promotions Director, KHPE/Albany
Bethany joined Hope 107.9, in Albany, Oregon, part-time in 2016, the Social Media Director, but her role quickly expanded and evolved into a full-time position as Marketing and Social Media Director.
She enjoys networking with people from all walks of life and has a deep passion for encouraging and helping others to be all that God has created and called them to be!
During her short tenure at Hope, she’s helped developed and host a podcast called, ‘Bringing Her Hope’, where she interviews a variety of women who share their story of how God carried them through something challenging and brought hope and healing to their lives. The goal of the podcast is to impact women and encourage them in their own journey.
She’s also helped build a ministry called ‘Prayer Live’. Each week prayer requests are gathered via our social media platforms and Bethany goes live on Facebook and Instagram and shares scripture and encouragement as she prays with our community of listeners.
When she’s not working, you can find her on all sorts of outdoor adventures making memories with her two kids and spending intentional time with her friends!
All of this fuels her soul as she lives into her personal calling of connecting others to Jesus!