God Must Love a Bargain!
by Marta Davis
It was 3:00 am and Ron Davis, manager of Better Life Television (BLTV), was seeking God’s will for the television ministry and had not slept all night. As he continued praying, he was strongly impressed by God to “go ye into all of Oregon and further into California, reaching as many as you can as quick as you can, with the saving message of Jesus Christ!” Little did he know what power lay behind that command.
It was soon after this that Ron learned of a pair of TV stations for sale in the areas of Roseburg and Eugene, Oregon. The full-power Roseburg channel would not only broadcast over the air, but by law would also have to be carried on Dish Network, DirecTV and basic cable in Benton, Coos, Douglas, and Lane counties! The stations would have a great reach, but the asking price was a whopping $4 million!
Better Life didn't have the money for such a big project. However, seeing the impact of television in southern Oregon, coupled with God’s command to go forward, compelled them to try. After consultation with the BLTV board and a lot of prayer, Better Life stepped out in faith and made an offer of $2.7 million.
Amazingly, the sellers accepted, and Better Life began in earnest to raise the funds! Over time they received donations and commitments totaling nearly $1.3 million. Then, right in the middle of fundraising, the unthinkable happened! The seller sold the station to a different buyer!
In disbelief and disappointment, Better Life returned the funds and released those who had made commitments. However, the prayers continued in belief that this station was meant for God’s work, and that God would work it out.
In September 2008, the seller contacted Better Life to say, “The buyer withdrew his offer. Are you still interested?” Needless to say, they were ecstatic at this miraculous turn of events! God had indeed answered their prayers! After more prayers and meetings, they decided to offer only $1.9 million for the station ($800,000 less than their original offer!) The seller reluctantly accepted.
Again, fund raising began in an attempt to meet a looming deadline, but the economic downturn had taken its toll and money was tight. Then suddenly and unexpectedly the seller filed for bankruptcy. Better Life was stunned and wondered, "Now what do we do, Lord?"
Better Life was informed they would now be negotiating with the bankruptcy court. Negotiations began and finally a purchase price of $975,000 was agreed upon ($725,000 less than their second offer). They could see God’s fingerprints all over these amazing events!
With only one day left, two church members offered loans totaling $200,000. Better Life asked their attorney to make an offer of $900,000. The attorney felt sure it would be rejected, but went ahead. God had other plans however, and the offer was accepted!
Finally, three years later, in July 2009, they purchased the stations for less than a quarter of the original asking price! Today, God is using KTVC & KAMK to broadcast the transforming truth of God’s word to over half million potential viewers, with many visiting and joining area churches!
Time is short, but there is still so much work to do! Reaching people through mass media is important as God continues to open doors and windows of opportunity. Better Life's outreach is like placing a evangelist in every home, providing an amazing opportunity to reach those who are looking for Jesus!