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Yea, and all that will godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution. 1 Timothy 3:12

March 2005

Dear friend of KHCS,

Last month I wrote you about the persecution of Christians around the world.  In Indonesia, Muslim mobs burn Christian villages to the ground and murder any Christians who cannot escape into the jungle. 

In the Sudan, Christian areas are bombed by government planes; millions have died and many more forced into slavery.

This violence has reached our shores with the brutal murder of a Coptic Christian family in New Jersey, whose bodies were found bound, gagged and stabbed to death.  The father, Hossam Armanious, 47, had boldly proclaimed his faith on Internet chat rooms and invited Muslims to give their lives to Christ.  

Meanwhile, Jeremy Reynalds, a freelance writer and founder of Joy Junction, a homeless shelter in Albuquerque, NM, has been targeted for assassination by Islamists because he successfully got an Islamic jihadist website closed down. 

Closer to home, and thankfully not as violent, are the attitudes expressed by some in the local homosexual community.  You may have heard about the controversial e-mail sent out a few months ago by the activist group called the Desert Stonewall Democrats.  Somehow I received a copy of that e-mail.  While most local media concentrated on the last few paragraphs that called state assemblywoman Bonnie Garcia a “whore,” the first part was primarily a hate-filled screed against the “religious right,” calling us “evangelical lunatics.”

Not content with that, it called us “whiny weasly bastards,” and said: “Do something for our community . . . vote . . . fight . . .and kick the bastards until they are down . . . and then kick them again!”  Somehow the leader of the Desert Stonewall Democrats, George Zander, declared this part of the e-mail to be OK.  He also has called Christians part of an “evil political movement.”

I do hope that this group is not promoting actual violence against Christians, though it does reveal their anger.

As Christians, we are not to respond in kind.  All people deserve to receive the love of Christ.  But, we should not allow this kind of verbal terrorism to cow us into submission.  We cannot just shut up and turn away from the teachings of Scripture.    (See 2 Timothy 2:25)

And I hope that the teaching and encouragement that you receive daily through our programs and music on Joy 92-FM help you to stand against this sort of anti-Christian bigotry.  We are here 24 hours a day to encourage you in the ways of the Lord. 

I do have to share with you that while listener contributions so far this year are a bit higher than in 2004, we still have just enough to cover regular operating expenses.  I have been asked, when is KHCS going to get the repeater (translator) in Yucca Valley?  The answer is simply: when the funds are available. 

Also this year we need to replace several items of obsolete broadcast equipment.  Parts for these are now unavailable, and, if this equipment breaks down, you could be without the ministry of Joy 92 for an indefinite period.  

I hope you will become a Ministry Partner with KHCS if you have not done so already.  Please remember, all of your contributions are tax deductible and immediately go into the service of bringing the Word of God to the Coachella Valley and beyond.

Thank you so very much!

In His joy!


Glen Kippel

Glen Kippel
General Manager

Mailing Address:
KHCS - Joy92
PO Box 2507
Palm Springs, CA  92263