Behind the Scenes with Better Life March 2019

Some BIG News!

Charlie Oliver & Pastor Kip Bradford

Charlie Oliver & Pastor Kip Bradford

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

Meet the Better Life Team!

Daniel Hill

Daniel Hill

Hi, my name is Daniel Hill and I work in the production department here at Better Life. I’m the director as well as a video editor. I also enjoy  using the technical skills God gave me to help to keep Better Life broadcasting equipment on the air. 

I grew up in the beautiful Columbia River Gorge and spent two years doing mission work in Africa. I enjoy learning what makes technology tick and putting that knowledge to use. I’m glad Better Life exists to spread the three angels’ message and I’m so thankful for our generous supporters.

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.

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!

Thank you for supporting the outreach ministry of Better Life.


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.

Beginning in March we are airing a new program entitled  “Secrets to Wellness” at 7:30 on Wednesdays. The host is Mark Finley’s wife, “Teenie” Finley. Also, don’t forget that our new program “Boots ‘n Bibles” is now available weekly on Better Life. Check our program schedule for the programs marked with the “New” symbol. 

We’re planning a big overhaul of the “Better Life Today” program. Over the next few months we’ll be going to a new “magazine” style format that includes interesting segments and reports. These changes will require funding, so if you’re interested in supporting this much needed update to our flagship program please call us at (541) 474-3089.

Urgent Computer Need

Our media department is in desperate need of a new graphics computer. We have begun the overhaul of our Better Life Today program and the ancient 10 year-old computer we are using is really slowing things down. If you’d like to help boost productivity by helping us raise the $7,000 we need, please contact us at (541) 474-3089. If you can help with even a portion of this amount it would be greatly appreciated.

Edamame Salad

Contributed by Rebekah Hill, Programming Dept.

1 12-oz. pkg. frozen green unshelled edamame soybeans (available at most Walmarts)

1 16-oz. pkg. frozen white corn

1 8-oz. can water chestnuts, sliced into thin strips

2/3 cup celery, finely chopped

1/3 cup green onion, thinly sliced

1/4 cup red pepper, diced

1 clove garlic, pressed

5 Tbs. lemon juice

1 1/2 Tbs. honey

1 1/2 tsp. salt

1/8 tsp. dill

1/4 tsp. basil

1 Tbs. fresh parsley, finely chopped (optional)

Combine the first 7 ingredients in a large bowl. In a small jar, combine the last 6 ingredients and shake until thoroughly mixed to form the dressing. Stir the dressing into the veggies, cover, and chill at least 2 hours before serving. Best if made the day before serving.