The following are examples of individuals who have contacted Family Shield during and following the Family Shield radio program, as well as our other outreach and equipping ministries. God continues to open doors for us to share His love and to strengthen individuals and families.
A wife whose husband was having an affair
The radio program had just ended when the engineer said, "Kay, you have a call."
"Hello, Mrs. Meyer, are we off the air?"
"Good. You talked today about prayer. I really need your prayers. Would you pray for me and my husband?"
During the next few minutes, this woman shared her story with me. Some months before she learned that her husband had been involved in a long-term affair. She was understandably hurt, angry, and upset. "Mrs. Meyer, he was my best friend! I feel so betrayed! I don't know what to do or where to go for help. I just can't seem to get over the hurt."
She wanted to learn how to forgive him and rebuild their shaky relationship. As we talked I learned she and her husband had not attended church for many years. I couldn't help but ask, "If you never go to church, why are you listening to a Christian radio program?" She responded, "Because I need help and I thought you might be able to offer some answers."
What an open door for the message of God's love through Christ. Toward the end of the conversation I shared the Gospel and prayed with her. Later we referred her to a Christian counselor and to a congregation near her home. The last time we talked she and her husband were still married and they were attending church. They were also still in counseling. Situations like this often seem impossible to you and me, but God performs miracles everyday. He is in the business of restoring broken relationships! After all, isn't that what He sent His Son into the world to do?
Opportunities to share the Gospel abound on Christian radio. Although the Gospel is free, radio airtime is not. Your support makes this outreach possible.
James called our office with questions about the Christian faith after hearing a radio program. We answered his questions, shared the Gospel, sent resources, and helped connect him to a local congregation near his home.
Marcie stated, "I always thought good works were necessary to have God accept me and grant me eternal life. You said on the radio program that good works are not what get us into heaven, but only our faith in Christ. Would you explain that further?"
Matt said, "I tuned in your program for the first time several weeks ago. I used to go to church, but stopped attending when I went to college. I found your program on parenting very interesting. My son is five years old. Could you send me a copy of your recent radio program on "Boundaries for Children?"
Jane stated, "Until I heard your radio guest give signs for parents whose children were involved in the occult, I never knew my teenage son was involved in such things. Thank you for your program! It may have saved my son's life!"
A recovering compulsive gambler
A radio guest was a recovering compulsive gambler who shared, "I was $400,000 in debt, on the verge of divorce, and couldn't stop gambling. Finally, I cried out to the Lord for help and confessed my sins. The Lord forgave me! With His help and the support of my church family, I have been able to stop gambling."
Wayne, a disfellowshipped Jehovah's Witness
Wayne Rogers, a Jehovah's Witness who was disfellowshipped because he disagreed with the Watchtower Society's ban on blood transfusions (over 1,000 individuals die each year because they refuse to receive blood) said during an interview on a radio program, "When I tried to explain to my wife why I disagreed with the Watchtower Societies teaching against having blood transfusions, she put her hands over her ears and ran out of the room. Later the elders encouraged her to obtain a separation. It's a fact-cults divide families!
The Follow Up Services of Family Shield Ministries
We receive over 7,000 calls, e-mails, request for prayer, and letters each year through our various ministries. Many callers request prayer for specific family concerns or issues. One of the questions that help us learn whether callers are attending church is, "Where do you fellowship?" Many do not attend church or do not know Christ. Research by George Barna has documented that 10-15% of all Christian radio listeners are unchurched.
Clarence is a prisoner. He wrote,"Last month after reading the Portals of Prayer I asked the Lord to forgive my sins and placed my faith in Christ. Now that I know the Lord, I want to grow in His Word. Can you send me additional resources and help me find someone who will correspond with me about Christian issues?" We were able to assist him with his request. We receive many letters from prisoners throughout the United States. Thank you for your support as we minister to them.
A local pastor
"Does Family Shield have information on "Wicca?" a local pastor asked. A teacher who attends my congregation has a high school student dabbling in Witchcraft. She wants to warn her of its dangers." We shared resources and produced two-radio programs on Wicca and Witchcraft with Christian experts.
A caller seeking help for her neighbor
"Our next door neighbor doesn't attend church. Yesterday she asked if I knew of an organization that could help her. She recently got a divorce and is dealing with a lot of anger. Is there a Christian divorce recovery group that we could recommend?" We referred this caller to a Christian divorce recovery organization and added her to our prayer list.
An aunt seeking help for her niece
"Our niece is pregnant. She wants to keep the baby, but her parents want her to get an abortion. She needs a place to live. Is there an organization that can assist her?" We referred this person to Our Lady's Inn, a Christian maternity home.
Michael wrote, "I am married with two small children ages 5 and 4. My wife is currently in a shelter with the children. I work every day and live in a motel. I have no car, no savings, no checking, and no credit. I am 35 years old, am not addicted to drugs and do not drink. We are homeless not because of substance abuse but because we are victims of crime. We lost all our furniture, clothes, photos, birth documents and were left on the street. I have worked everyday and we survive week to week. We finally got to the point after 2 years where we could not pay the rent and had to move. We need help with housing, food, and dental needs. Most of all, my family would like to be together under one roof. Please help." We forwarded this message to numerous congregations and agencies, and made many telephone calls to agencies in Chicago to find assistance for this family. We were able to help this family and connected them Lutheran Church Charities of Chicago.
The Counter-Cult Ministry
Family Shield's Counter-Cult Ministry specializes in sharing Christ with Jehovah's Witnesses and Mormons and helps and refers individuals who contact us for help to other apologetic organizations that specialize in cults, the occult, and other false religions. Kay Meyer and Dr. Jeff Schwehm wrote the following stories about those they have assisted:
Betty called asking for literature and prayer for her daughter, Cathy, who is a Jehovah's Witness. She asked me to meet with her daughter and son-in-law. I did. We discussed God's Word over Betty's kitchen table for three hours. I focused on the Gospel, talked about the humanity and Deity of Jesus Christ, and touched briefly on the organization's false prophecies. Although I was willing to continue talking with them, they refused to do so. Please pray for Betty, Cathy, and her son-in-law.
Kathy was the first Jehovah's Witness I witnessed to in 1981. Over the next six years I shared my faith with Kathy, her husband, Terry, his sister, and his sister's teenage daughters. All were Jehovah's Witnesses. In 1987 Kathy and Terry agreed to meet with me for a Bible study. We met for over eight months. Eventually I shared information about the Watchtower Society's false prophecies. They broke off the Bible study and will no longer talk with me.
During that same time I began another Bible study with Pat, who was one of the only Christians in this family. At the time, she was a new Christian. Pat was Terry's ex-wife and the mother of Amy, Terry's daughter.
After all these years, I am again working with this family. Pat called me. She just found out her daughter, Amy, had decided to become a Jehovah's Witness.
Pat stated, "I wish I had witnessed more often to my daughter over the years. I never realized her father and stepmother were taking every opportunity to teach her about the false teachings of the Watchtower Society. She now believes Jesus is only a man and that she must do good works to obtain eternal life. Why didn't I speak up more for Christ! It's so sad! Amy won't allow me to talk to my granddaughter about Jesus. I can't give my granddaughter birthday or Christmas presents. Please, Kay, ask Christians to pray for my daughter, Amy, and my granddaughter!"
Martha called after a Family Shield radio program that had addressed "Witnessing to Jehovah's Witnesses." She has a son and three grandchildren who are Jehovah's Witnesses. Some years before she had refused to become a Jehovah's Witness. Because of that decision, her son, daughter-in-law, and grandchildren will not talk to her. She cried as we spoke. She's lonely. She used to be Catholic, but stopped attending church almost ten years ago. I prayed with her, shared the Gospel, and encouraged her to attend church again. I asked if I could refer her name to a local LCMS congregation. She said "yes." Please pray for Martha and for her family.
Don Nelson wrote us asking for information concerning witnessing to Jehovah's Witnesses. His son and daughter-in-law had begun studying with Witnesses. Don lived in Colorado. I corresponded and spoke with him by telephone regularly. He wanted to learn more about the Jehovah's Witnesses so he could share his faith and explain their false teachings to his children. We mailed CD's of the ten-day radio series, other resources, tracts, a series of articles on this topic, and a list of books and other resources. We encouraged him to pray that God would work in his children's lives. It took three years. But, finally, he wrote to let us know his children had stopped association with the Witnesses and had returned to a Christian congregation. We praise God for parents who witness to children!
Ruth worked at AM 850 KFUO and recorded the first ten-day radio series entitled "Witnessing to Jehovah's Witnesses" presented by Kay Meyer. After it was taped, she asked if she could send copies of the tapes to her son and daughter-in- law in Germany. They had begun studying with Jehovah's Witnesses while stationed there. I gave her additional resources to include with the tapes. After listening to the tapes and reading the literature they stopped studying with the Witnesses. Today they are active in a Christian denomination.
Over the next four years KFUO and Family Shield mailed 200 additional CD's to individuals who requested them. They have been used by the Lord to help many escape the trap of the Watchtower Bible and Track Society and equip Christians to witness more effectively to Witnesses.
Today the Counter Cult Outreach Ministry is one of our largest and most needed FSM ministries. Most of our work involves helping family members and friends of Jehovah's Witnesses and Mormons.
From Dr. Jeff Schwehm:
Please note that Dr. Schwehm, an ex-Jehovah's Witness, uses pseudonyms because most individuals associated with the Jehovah's Witnesses must have their identities protected from retaliation by the leaders of the Jehovah's Witnesses. Dr. Schwehm is a chemistry professor at a University and works as one of Family Shield's CCM ministry volunteers.
While discussing religious issues in an Internet chat room, I spoke with a JW named "Emily" who wanted to discuss religion. During our discussion, it became apparent that "Emily" has serious doubts about her beliefs as a Jehovah's Witnesses. During the next few weeks, I was able to send her literature critical of some of the false doctrines of Jehovah's Witnesses. "Emily" and I correspond regularly via the Internet and the telephone on issues relating to the Jehovah's Witnesses. Please pray for "Emily."
In another instance, I met a gentleman on the Internet named "David" who was thinking of being baptized as a Jehovah's Witnesses. However, there were still some issues that he was dealing with that were preventing him from taking this last step toward joining the Jehovah's Witnesses. While speaking with him, I shared the scripture at John 5:24 and Eph. 2: 8-10 that clearly shows that one is saved due to faith and not due to any works. In the next few weeks, "David" told me that he was no longer considering baptism by the Jehovah's Witnesses. He also told me that he was interested in finding a church home that taught that salvation was only through Jesus.
In another instance, I met an active Jehovah's Witness on the Internet whom we will call "Floyd." "Floyd" serves in his Jehovah's Witness congregation as a Deacon. During our conversation, "Floyd" shared with me his doubts about his beliefs as a Jehovah's Witness and we made arrangements to continue to discuss these doubts over the Internet.
The Great Commission Column
Kay Meyer, the founder and president of Family Shield Ministries, wrote a witnessing column in the St. Louis Metro Voice newspaper for over 20 years entitled "The Great Commission." Below are some of the comments from people who read the column. It was designed to help Christians learn to witness.
Paul was an agnostic who lived in New York when he contacted the Family Shield office. He was upset because Kay Meyer had stated in an article she wrote, "Only those who have faith in Christ will obtain eternal life in heaven." Paul and Kay spoke and corresponded for over two years. The Gospel was proclaimed, the Word was shared. It took time, patience, and many prayers. Last year Paul called us to ask us to refer him to a congregation. He had recently placed his faith in Christ after reading the Bible for over a year. Thank you for your prayers.
"I was always afraid to speak up for Christ, but after reading your column for the past few years, I began praying that God would help me talk to family and friends about my Savior. Yesterday God opened a door for me to talk about Jesus with a co-worker. He gave me the words in the hour that I needed them. Thank you for your column!"
Matt called after he read the five-month series on "Witnessing to Jehovah's Witnesses." He had tried to witness to a Jehovah's Witnesses and had many questions. We answered his questions, encouraged him to continue to share his faith, and sent him a packet of print information that will help him continue to grow in his ability to share his faith.
Educational Programs and Resources
"Your ministry and teaching has had a great impact on my husband and I. We are thrilled that you will be presenting a seminar on learning to witness at our congregation soon. Thank you for your work."
"Thank you for presenting "Reaching Families for Christ through Lutheran Schools" to the staff at St. John's Lutheran School! Your program assisted us in creating a plan to more effectively reach unchurched parents in our school!"
"Thank you for presenting "Setting Boundaries for Children" at the parenting class last week at Hope Church. I could tell from the discussion that the parents gained valuable insights into how to set boundaries in the home. After the class one mother told me, "I can't wait to get home to implement some of the suggestions that were shared today." I appreciate the fact that you related faith to daily life and helped parents realize that forgiveness is a necessary ingredient in healthy families."
"I have always been reluctant to talk about my faith, but after attending the six-week seminar on "Witnessing-A Lifestyle," I was able to share my faith with my neighbor. Thank you for giving me the ability and courage to share Christ with my family and friends!"
"I just finished your book "Witnessing--A Lifestyle." It is full of excellent ideas for families to share their faith in the home, as well as in the community. Thank you."
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