Mount Vernon Nazarene University: Life Changing


WNZR's Lifeline 2014 is a Great Success

Music NoteApril 30, 2014

MOUNT VERNON, Ohio - WNZR, 90.9 FM, a broadcast ministry of Mount Vernon Nazarene University, is celebrating the success of Lifeline 2014, the radio station's annual fundraiser. Lifeline 2014 was held in early March with a goal of $60,000. This year's effort has brought in $63,850 in pledges, and the total continues to rise.

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"God is so faithful," said Marcy Rinehart, WNZR station manager. "We are so honored to be part of a ministry that is growing and reaching our community for Christ. Thank you to everyone who pledged their support and became partners in our radio ministry!"

The theme of Lifeline 2014 was "Live with Abandon," based on Hebrews 12:1-2. The writer of Hebrews reminds readers to cast away everything that hinders them and to focus on Jesus. The WNZR staff encouraged the listening audience to live with this abandon and to help the station continue growing its ministry to Knox County. Blessed with over 250 ministry partners, the WNZR staff was greatly encouraged.

Lifeline 2014 began Wednesday morning, March 5, with the annual "Day of Prayer and Praise." Activities began with a special edition of "The Morning Thing." The WNZR Staff took time to share their stories, praises, and prayer requests. Throughout the day, WNZR continued to focus on praising God, sharing prayer requests and testimonies and praying for the community. Listeners called in to share their personal stories about God's work in their lives.

Official fund-raising days were March 6-8. Numerous special events were scheduled, including the "Lifeline Choice Challenge" which offered gift certificates to those pledging $150 or more. The PTLIF (Praise the Lord It's Friday) Party was held on Friday. Over 150 families enjoyed food, games and fun. On Saturday, WNZR headed out into the community and took "Lifeline on the Road." Two groups of WNZR staff members with the help of five MVNU students completed two service projects to give back to the community.

"It is truly a miracle to see the donations pour in during Lifeline every year," remarked MVNU senior Chris Runion, a video/radio broadcasting and sports management major from Charleston, West Virginia. "During my time at WNZR, the economy has not always been the best, but WNZR has continued to grow. While our goal is to strive and reach out to our community, it couldn't be done without your gracious gifts and prayers."

There were 53 first-time donors to Lifeline 2014, along with 189 renewed supporters, demonstrating that God is continually reaching new people and families through WNZR.

"Lifeline 2014 was another example of not only the generosity of listeners, but also the partnership that allows this station to grow," said MVNU Director of Broadcasting Joe Rinehart. "This incredible display of giving will allow WNZR to maintain a strong and vibrant ministry while training MVNU students."

"Your donation means a lot to us here at WNZR," said senior Shelby Jones, a graphic design major from Urbana, Ohio. "Because of you, we can continue to connect with listeners through our ministry. Your donation is a blessing, and we cannot thank you enough for your support."

WNZR is a non-commercial station funded in part through listener support. The funds raised during Lifeline 2014 will be used to meet the needs of student personnel, including a leadership staff, summer staff, and the co-hosts of "The Morning Thing" and "The Afternoon Drive." Funds will also allow WNZR to continue to produce quality, family friendly radio programming throughout the Knox County area and improve our video and social media outreach. WNZR thanks everyone who helped make Lifeline 2014 a fun and exciting time of praising God and raising needed funds for WNZR's ministry.

WNZR 90.9 FM is celebrating 27 years as Knox County's hometown Christian radio station. WNZR broadcasts contemporary Christian music, family-oriented programs, sports, news and weather 24 hours a day. All who wish to support Lifeline 2014 or who would like more information, please visit, or contact WNZR at (740) 392-9090.

Mount Vernon Nazarene University is a private, four-year, intentionally Christian teaching university for traditional age students, graduate students and working adults. With a 400-acre main campus in Mount Vernon, Ohio, and several convenient Graduate and Professional Studies locations throughout the state, MVNU emphasizes academic excellence, spiritual growth and service to community and church. MVNU offers an affordable education to more than 2,200 students from 29 states and 12 countries/U.S. territories.

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