Behind the Scenes with Better Life April 2019

I’m Seeing Wonderful Results!

Executive Director, Charlie Oliver

Executive Director, Charlie Oliver

Friends, in the short time I’ve been with Better Life I’ve been impressed with the encouraging soul winning stories viewers share with this ministry on a regular basis. I wanted to share with you personally one such story that especially caught my eye.
We recently spoke with a lady who, along with her husband, had been baptized after watching Better Life for about a year. She told us that, although she had been raised in a Christian home, she decided to head into the world when she was about 17 and stayed there until she was about 40. In the back of her mind she knew that one day she would return to the Lord, but still she ventured onto Satan’s ground. Even in this lost condition she saw the hand of the Lord in her life. One day while in an occult book store, an older looking man took her by the hand and led her outside saying, “You don’t belong here.” When she turned around a moment later, he was gone. She took the cue from the Lord and left her occult practices that day.
Years later, now a Christian, she found herself in southern Oregon. One day she read a frightening sermon and was so moved that she decided to stop watching secular TV. As she searched for an alternative, she came across Better Life Television! She started watching Doug Batchelor, Ken Cox and John Bradshaw and she was hooked. She asked God to help her discern if what she was watching was truth and as she continued studying she was drawn further into Bible truth.
She told us that she always feared death, but the ministers on Better Life led her to understand what the Bible really says about the topic. She happily told us that she no longer fears death or the second coming! Praise the Lord! 
During her studies, our friend came to accept the Sabbath and she also enjoyed learning about end-time prophecies. She said Better Life has been a real teaching tool for her, and that she’s studied end-time prophecy so much that she could probably give a talk on it herself! She pointed out that some pastors just give their opinions, but on Better Life she found pastors that taught what the Bible says, and that there’s a big difference between the two.
This dear lady has found a better life in another way, too. She has given up smoking for the past six months and has overcome her addiction to buying clothing and jewelry. She jokingly said that she should have become an Adventist earlier because it would have saved her a lot of money!
There were tears in her voice as she shared her testimony and newfound joy.  Friend, your prayers and financial support help make stories like these happen. Thank you so much for supporting the ministry of Better Life.- CO


Meet the Better Life Team!

Douglas Garcia

Douglas Garcia

Hi, my name is Douglas Garcia and I’ve worked at Better Life for over eight years as Creative Director. Before that I spent over 12 years at 3ABN and 5 years at Amazing Facts. It’s been great working for a soul-winning ministry like Better Life. I’ve been able to talk with many of you on the phone and your stories are so encouraging! Sayuri and I have also had a great time producing the “Stories of Faith” series which shares modern day miracle stories with our audience. I’m so thankful that people are willing to support Better Life as we seek to reach out even more!


Lives Touched by Better Life

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.

AFTER HOURS: Our editor was working late one night when the phone began to ring. Usually we don’t answer the phone after hours, but our editor was impressed to do so this time. 
On the other end of the line was a man named William who began sharing how he was having problems with his family, his health and money. It seems that William had a stroke a year after having heart surgery and money had been a big issue for him and burden for the family. But William had also stumbled upon Better Life TV and had been watching our programs. He decided to reach out by calling the prayer line and in this moment of discouragement God had our editor pick up the phone! William was thrilled that he was able to pray to someone right then, and we praise the Lord that He impressed our editor to pick up the phone too! It’s wonderful to be able to serve others in this way.

GRANTS PASS, OR: The other day we got a call from Kathy and she requested a free copy of the book, The Desire of Ages. We were happy to help her out and as we spoke with her on the phone she told us her story. She said that when she was a little girl going to church one Sunday with her grandma she passed a man on the street who said to her, “You’re going to church on the wrong day.” That struck her as an odd thing to say and she never forgot it.
Fast forward to 1991, when she moved to Oregon and discovered a channel called, “Better Life TV”. By watching it she was finally able to understand what the man told her so many years ago! 
But there’s more to the story. While she was watching Better Life, her late husband, who she said probably considered himself an agnostic, would listen too. In the end they both ended up getting baptized! Although he has since passed away, she has the hope of the resurrection to look forward to.
Thank you so much for helping Better Life continue to be a beacon of hope for lost souls!

Thank you for supporting the outreach ministry of Better Life.

NEWS NOTES

CAMP MEETING 2019
Save the date! This year’s Camp Meeting will be held at Milo Adventist Academy the weekend of June 7-9. Our keynote speaker will be Dick Duerksen. Registration will open May 1st and we’ll be posting more information on our website soon. Please plan to join us for this wonderful time of fellowship and praise!

APRIL SCHEDULE CHANGES
Pastor Ken Cox is now presenting his “Revelation of Jesus Christ” series on Better Life. This seminar series can be seen nightly, Sunday-Thursday at 9 PM. 
The “3ABN Sabbath School Panel” now airs at 5 PM Friday followed at 6 PM by Doug Batchelor’s “Sabbath School Study Hour.” In just two hours you can be very prepared for Sabbath school class the next morning!
Stephen Bohr’s programs can now be found under the general heading, “Secrets Unsealed” and Doug Batchelor’s series are now under the heading, “Doug Batchelor” on our monthly program schedule. 
You can find our April schedule on the back page of this newsletter.


New Logo for “Better Life Today”

New Logo for “Better Life Today”

“Better Life Today” Overhaul

Behind the scenes we have been working to give our flagship program a much needed total overhaul. Soon you’ll be seeing new graphics like the one above and an entirely new format for this long standing program. 
Our new focus will be on all the wonderful changes that can happen in your life when you let Jesus be your Lord and Savior. Hence, how to have a “Better Life”!
The revised program will feature a magazine-style format with more on-location segments. We are looking forward to begin releasing new episodes by this May. We think you’re really going to love the new program! Your support makes programs like this possible.


Gluten-free Pizza Crust

Contributed by Rebekah Hill, Programming Dept.


In a blender, blend the following ingredients:

1/2 cup water

1/4 cup oil

1 cup cooked potatoes

In a separate bowl, thoroughly combine the following ingredients:

1 cup rice flour

1/4 cup garbanzo flour

1 tsp. salt

1 Tbs. garlic powder

1/2 tsp. oregano

1/2 tsp. basil

Mix the wet ingredients with the dry ingredients. Add extra rice flour as needed until doughy consistency is reached. Press out by hand (does not roll). Add pizza toppings as desired. Bake at 350˚F until crust is golden, 15-30 minutes.