Lives Touched by Better Life- March 2019

We get many wonderful calls and emails from viewers and so we’ve created this place to share them each month. Let’s get right into the stories.

CANADA: We recently got a call from a Canadian man who had somehow discovered Better Life on the internet. He had been enjoying our programming and he called to get a vegetarian cookbook and some herb charts sent to him. It was great to hear from someone from another country! 

DUBAI: Speaking of another country, we also got a DVD request from someone in the city of Dubai, in the United Arab Emirates! Now that Better Life is streaming on Roku, Apple TV and iOS plus putting programs on YouTube, we expect even more contacts like this as time goes on. Praise the Lord that the reach of our programming is increasing!

CORVALLIS: Diane called us from Corvallis saying that she needed to get a copy of our new program “Boots ‘n Bibles” to share with a friend. She told us that she wasn’t an Adventist, but she really enjoyed watching our programming. She indicated she had a fondness for Adventists as her husband had been treated down in Loma Linda years ago and she had also been able to hear Doug Batchelor give his testimony while there.

EUGENE: Cora called us from Eugene saying that she has been watching Better Life for a couple weeks and she wanted to find out more about Seventh-day Adventists.

MEDFORD: And finally we were talking to a lady from Medford the other day who shared that she had learned the truth about the Sabbath from Better Life 15 years ago! Praise the Lord for His work through Better Life!

Portland Station Update

Attention Portland viewers! We’ve recieved word that the owner of the station plans to shut it down soon. Better Life doesn’t have the funds to purchase it, so we are advising those in the Portland viewing area to switch to Roku or Apple TV as soon as they can. If you have questions about this change please call us here at the station at (541) 474-3089.

Charlie Oliver Replaces Kip Bradford as Executive Director

Charlie Oliver (left) and Kip Bradford (right)

Charlie Oliver (left) and Kip Bradford (right)

Kip: I have some big news for you in this issue of “Behind the Scenes.” You see, for a long time now I’ve felt called to be more involved in pastoral work. So a while back I began continuing my education with the goal of becoming a pastor. Well, God has opened up the door just recently and I accepted a call to pastor the Gateway and Sonrise Seventh-day Adventist churches here in southern Oregon. 

Of course that left my position here at Better Life open. But where God guides, He provides and I’m pleased to introduce you to Better Life’s new executive director, Charlie Oliver. I’d like to give him a chance to introduce himself to you now.

Charlie: Thanks Kip, it is truly a blessing to join the Better Life team.  In the short time I’ve been working here, I’ve already seen so many examples of God using this ministry to reach out to the public in amazing ways. I’m thankful that His providence has seen fit to bring me here. 

Allow me to share a bit about my background. I earned my degree in Business Administration: Information Systems at the University of Washington, and have spent most of my working career providing technical and organization support in the small business sector. I am a lifelong Seventh-day Adventist, and grew up listening to stories of my grandparents’ adventures working as missionaries in the Far East.  A desire to share the good news of Jesus Christ is strong in my family, and I’m thrilled at the opportunity to serve at Better Life.

My wife and I, along with our three sons, moved to southern Oregon last fall, when Tanya accepted the call to teach at the Adventist school here in Grants Pass. As we settled into our new community, I was seeking God’s will for my life moving forward. Well, as Kip has mentioned, about this time he decided to accept the call to become a pastor and the Better Life board began the search to find a replacement. Unexpectedly they began talking with me. One thing led to another and here I am!

I am thankful for the experiences that ultimately brought me here. I think that my passion for evangelism, combined with the skills that I bring to the table in the IT department will be helpful as Better Life looks toward the media of the future. More and more broadcasting is heading to the Internet and we prayerfully want to leverage these opportunities to extend our reach and do our part to spread the good news of Jesus Christ around the world. 

I appreciate your prayers for Better Life during this transition, and I want you to know that I’m committed to continuing down the path that our founder, Delmer Wagner started so many years ago. - CO

"Boots 'n Bibles" premieres in February!

Kip Bradford leads out in this new cowboy church program seen on Better Life TV.

Kip Bradford leads out in this new cowboy church program seen on Better Life TV.

Better Life is pleased to announce a brand new series that we’ve been working on for quite some time. It’s called, “Boots ‘n Bibles” and it’s a program especially for the cowboy and cowgirl at heart. It includes good gospel country, gospel bluegrass and Southern gospel music along with solid down to earth teachings from the word of God! 

So join Kip Bradford and our friends from the Gateway Seventh-day Adventist church each week for “Boots ‘n Bibles!” 

And if you live in the area, you’re welcome to attend cowboy church personally. It’s the first Saturday of each month. Call Better Life Broadcasting at (541) 474-3089 for more details. 

See our programming schedule for airing days and times.

Delmer Wagner, Founder of Better Life Passes

Delmer Wagner Passes at Age 87

We regret to announce that Delmer Wagner, the founder of Better Life went to his rest on December 22nd, 2018 at age 87. 

There will be a “Celebration of Life” for him held on January 6th at 2 PM at the Grants Pass Seventh-day Adventist church located at 1360 NE 9h st. in Grants Pass Oregon. The public is invited to attend.

The family is requesting that contributions be made to Better Life in lieu of gifts or flowers, and when you send in your donation you may request a copy of a book about the history of Better Life.

We mourn the loss of our dear brother and friend who is now sleeping until the wonderful return of Jesus, but we are thankful for the ministry that he started so many years ago. Delmer had a heart for evangelism and we pray that he is overwhelmed in heaven when he sees those who are there because of the ministry of Better Life.  

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