PRESBYTERIAN REFORMED CHURCH, MAROONDAH
desire for a radio ministry began some time before the inception of Amazing
Grace. Graeme had been involved in radio ministry whilst living in
the time in
the end of 1997 a few stations in the east of
radio ministry was a team effort. The PRC
There have been very significant provisions for the radio ministry. The early programs were recorded on an Ampex Studio Mastering Recorder using the downstairs powder room as a recording booth. A serious breakdown in the Ampex machine in 1998 led to the purchase of state of the art digital recording software and associated gear, including a CD duplication system. A very generous gift from the PRC Sutherland congregation of $20,000 enabled us to obtain a sound booth for the recording of the messages, voiceovers etc. In July 2006 a bequest from an estate enabled upgrading of the computer and the audio processing systems used to record the programs. These provisions were key elements to attain the broadcast quality of Amazing Grace and the expansion which followed.
were greatly encouraged by the support of men from within the PRC who offered
to preach on the program. Greg Fox spoke on Missions, Denis Shelton on the
Shorter Catechism, Don Burgess added a series on the
of the highlights of the ministry was its great expansion. It commenced with a
program on a local community station (Eastern FM). From this the ministry grew
to 27 stations touching many thousands of people each week. Wayne Phillips of
Freshstream FM had a vision for a commercially owned and operated Christian
radio network. After initial contact with him we obtained a time slot on the
stations in his network. As Freshstream FM (later FLOW FM) expanded so did our
outreach. Several stations in various parts of country
addition to these large networks there were individual stations in
important expansion of the radio ministry took place when the program messages
and related bible reading were put on the Amazing Grace website. At the time of
writing this report there are over eight years of programs available online. We
don’t keep a record of the hits on the site – but we have heard from a church
Obviously a great highlight of Amazing Grace was the contact with people. We received feedback from many sources. Some was through personal conversation, others wrote to us, sent emails or spoke on the phone. Many requested copies of particular programs. Expressions of thanks for the hymns played on Amazing Grace was a regular theme of the feedback but the benefit of the messages came across with remarks like “the message meant so much to me” “I listen every Sunday morning” “ I don’t know what I’d do without it”. There were a few who opposed the messages and sent anonymous notes. The Lord God richly blessed the ministry over the years – just to read one letter from someone whose heart and life were changed and touched by it makes it eternally worthwhile.
It is with great sadness that this ministry has come to a close.
We give thanks to God for all that has been accomplished through this humble ministry over the last thirteen years. To Him be the glory.
Isaiah 55:11 “So shall my word be that goes forth out of my mouth: it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it”
(as edited by B Gregor)