Behind the Scenes with Better Life
July 2019

God’s Wonderful Freedom

Executive Director,  Charlie Oliver

Executive Director,
Charlie Oliver

Consider freedom. What thoughts spring into mind? Freedom from oppression? Freedom from worries? Freedom from self-doubt? This month, in America, we celebrate Independence Day, a holiday set aside in remembrance of the congressional declaration that the thirteen American colonies were now united, free, and independent states. The fairs, carnivals, fireworks and picnics all point to this most basic of human desires: freedom!

As a Christian, freedom holds a deeper meaning for me. As I reflect upon freedom, I think of Eleanor Roosevelt’s statement about how freedom comes with responsibility. Now, she’s simply referencing humanity in general, so what of the responsibilities that come with being a Christian? Fortunately, this is a question that God readily answers for us in Scripture, telling us the source of true freedom. Read with me from Matthew 11:28-30 (NKJV), where Jesus says:

“Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.”

Yes! Now that is freedom! Satan is devious in his ability to steal our joy, blinding us to the freedom that can only be found by laying our burdens at the feet of Christ. I look at my own life, and don’t have to search long to see examples of how Satan shackles me with the burdens of this life. Well, Satan, you are a liar. Jesus is my hope, my joy, and my freedom! In Psalm 30:5, David writes that weeping may tarry for the night, but joy comes with the morning. And, when we take the yoke of Jesus, it is ALWAYS morning!

Friends, thank you for walking with Better Life, and carrying the yoke of Christ with us as we share His blessed message with a world desperately in need of real freedom. Continue to partner with us, and experience the true joy that only comes from walking together with Jesus Christ! - CO 

Meet the Better Life Team!

Cody Nelson

Cody Nelson

Hi, my name is Cody Nelson and I work as the Assistant to the Executive Director. 

My job includes organizing and looking through files to find information about our transmitter locations and other data. I also answer the phone, mail out viewer requests and sell donated items online. I even get to help the production team from time to time when they are recording in the studio. My office is right next to the front door, so it’s likely I’ll be the first face you see if you come to visit!

I’ve moved around quite a bit growing up but have lived in Grants Pass, OR for the past eight years. God opened doors and led me to Better Life this past December.  

I enjoy coming to work and hearing stories from callers and visitors about how Better Life is changing their lives. Knowing that I have a small part in that is just the greatest feeling.

She Needed Comfort & Truth

A few days ago, we got a call from a lady who we’ll call Rosa. Rosa lives in Reno and recently she had to cancel her cable TV to save money. As she was scanning her local over-the-air channels to see what was available for free she providentially stumbled upon Vida Mejor TV! 

Rosa told us that she has been watching for three months now and the station has been a big blessing to her. You see, Rosa has had a difficult life. Fourteen years ago she lost her husband. Four years ago she lost her son. And about a year ago one of her daughters was killed. Rosa said that as she began watching Vida Mejor TV it seemed like many of the programs were talking about the comfort that God brings to our life and the hope of seeing our loved ones again at the resurrection. This was very comforting to her.

She also began to learn that the church she had been attending was not teaching all the things they should be. As she watched a program on Revelation she came to see that we are living in the last days. 

The reason that Rosa called us was to find out the address of a local Adventist church in her area. She wanted a church that taught the same things she was learning from her TV. We were happy to find that there was a Spanish Adventist church only about five blocks away! Although she told us that Vida Mejor TV is her spiritual food, we were happy to hear that she wanted to join others in worship too!

At the end of our conversation we asked if we could pray with her. She agreed, but before we could start she called for her twelve year old granddaughter to come over and join us. During the prayer we could hear the young person respond with words like, “Yes, Jesus!” which was so sweet.

Rosa told us, “Every time I watch Vida Mejor the programs speak to me!” 

We are working with the local church to begin Bible studies with Rosa and she is excited.

Thank you for helping Better Life continue to broadcast to souls like Rosa who are searching for hope and comfort.

Thank you for supporting the outreach ministry of Better Life.


Do you shop on Amazon? Did you know that there is an easy way to raise money for Better Life by simply shopping on Amazon’s secondary site

This is so amazing! You pay the same prices you do on the regular website BUT Amazon will contribute a portion of your purchase to Better Life! Can you believe it? It’s true! 

Note, when you begin using they will ask you what organization you would like the money sent to. To find us, you need to type in, “Better Life Television Inc.” and our name will pop us as a choice.

Call us if you have any questions about this amazing fund-raising program.

We had a wonderful time with Dick Duerksen at the last Better Life Camp Meeting and now you can order copies of the meetings on DVD for a simple price of $19.95 USD for the set. You can place your order by calling our office at (541) 474-3089. If you call after hours please leave a message and we will return your call promptly. (Offer for U.S. orders only.)

Chilled Fruit Soup

Contributed by Rebekah Hill, Better Life Master Control Operator

Soak for 5 minutes in a large pot: 

4 c. pineapple juice

1/2 c. minute tapioca

Cook over low heat until tapioca is clear, stirring frequently so it doesn’t stick to the pot.


4 c. orange or other fruit juice

Chill in fridge for an hour. Add fresh, frozen, or canned fruit such as mandarin oranges, peaches, mangoes, berries, etc. Enjoy!