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October 2, 2020

A Small Church Dreams Big

The Shelbyville Church is not a very big church, with a membership of only about 40 to 45 members who attend faithfully every Sabbath. Nevertheless, what we’ve accomplished is proof that God does not need much to work with to perform miracles and to get His Word out.

Through a low-power radio station operating from within the church building, this little church has managed to reach many people within the last few years. 

The Shelbyville Church has broadcast with Life Talk Radio Network on radio station WSHI LP 98.5 FM since May 2007. The members of the church, with assistance from Don Meyer, broadcast the Sabbath sermons live over the airways every Sabbath morning at 11:30 a.m., along with different programming from Amazing Facts, It is Written and Voice of Prophecy.  

The radio ministry is touching so many people and the church hears testimony regularly from people who have listened and felt the Holy Spirit move them. One listener in particular, Merv, is always sending in considerable donations and tells us how much he enjoys the Christian station. He is a very generous giver and the donations that he provides is similar to the woman Jesus spoke of in Mark 12:43–44; Calling his disciples to Him, Jesus said, ‘Truly I tell you, this poor widow has put more into the treasury than all the others. They all gave out of their wealth; but she, out of her poverty, put in everything — all she had to live on.’ He donates, he says, because “I have been truly touched and blessed by listening to this radio station and I want to make sure that it doesn’t leave.” He also stated, “I’m sure it is touching many other people’s lives by what you are doing with this ministry.” And he’s right. Many others have been blessed through this church’s radio ministry.  

The radio station primarily runs on donations from church members and listeners. Although there have been many times that it looked like the radio station was not going to make it financially, “We have witnessed many miracles along the way as God provided and still provides for us today,” says Tammy Begley, assistant program director of WSHI and one of the voices on the air.  

Although the station is considered low power with a broadcast range of around 15 miles, several listeners said that they received the transmission all the way into Greensburg, over 22 miles away. “It might be low power,” explains John Begley, program director of WSHI, “but God doesn’t need much power to get His message across,”  

You can hear WSHI 98.5 FM 24/7 on the radio. There is also a link on the website: www.shelbyvillesda.org on WSHI 98.5 FM Christian Radio