Bott Network stations to focus on Lottie Moon
By Allen Palmeri
December 2, 2003
Groundbreaking 1-hour broadcast scheduled for Dec. 16
JEFFERSON CITY – Continuing its like-minded commitment to world evangelization with the Missouri Baptist Convention (MBC) and the Southern Baptist Convention (SBC), Bott Radio Network will air a groundbreaking radio interview focusing on the Great Commission significance of the Lottie Moon Christmas Offering.
Bott Radio Network President Dick Bott is setting aside the 2 p.m. hour (CST) Dec. 16, for Jerry Rankin, president of the International Mission Board (IMB) of the SBC, and Avery Willis Jr., senior vice president of overseas operations with the IMB. Harold Hendrick, a Bott Radio host in St. Louis and a member of First Baptist Church, Ferguson, will conduct the interview.
“If the Lord hadn’t raised up Dick Bott, this wouldn’t be happening," Hendrick said.
The warm working relationship that has developed between Bott and the MBC was evident a month ago at the MBC’s. Bott Radio officials were delighted by what took place both in and around their display booth, Hendrick said. The idea for the interview came out of that.
“It was such a sweet experience for all concerned," Hendrick said. “This is kind of the next step."
The Bott listening audience is more Great Commission than Southern Baptist in nature, which means that some listeners will not know the significance of Lottie Moon, Hendrick said. Rankin and Willis will be speaking about the spirit of Lottie Moon, which has essentially become the spirit of missions since the inception of the offering in 1888, he said.
The largest mission force in the world – 5,607 Southern Baptists – relies on half of the Lottie Moon offering for its support. The overall SBC goal for this year’s offering is $133 million; the MBC share of that goal is $3.5 million.
With Southern Baptist missionaries at the point of attack, God is doing exciting things all around the world, Hendrick said. Of particular interest is the move of the Holy Spirit in Africa and South America , he said.
“We want to really encourage the listeners that God is wonderfully at work," Hendrick said. “He’s doing these amazing things. That’s what we’ll talk about."
Bott’s radio stations blanket Missouri. The Lottie Moon Christmas Offering interview will be aired on all Bott stations, which means every station in Missouri and beyond. Here is a list of those stations:
KSIV 1320 AM and 91.5 FM, St. Louis; KAYX, Richmond/Lexington, 92.5 FM; KCRL, Lake of the Ozarks, 90.3 FM; KLTE, Kirksville, 107.9 FM; KSCV, Springfield, 90.1 FM; KMCV, Jefferson City/Columbia, 89.9 FM; and KCCV 760 AM and 92.3 FM, Kansas City. A Memphis, Tenn., station, WCRV, 640 AM, provides additional Missouri coverage by reaching the Bootheel.
Other states that will be reached by the broadcast are Oklahoma, Tennessee, Alabama, Mississippi, Arkansas, Louisiana, Kentucky, Indiana, Kansas, Nebraska and California.