By Portia Williams
SOUTH SHORE, Ky. — Sounds of Southern Gospel music accompanied by guitar-playing created an atmosphere fit for warmth and fellowship at the 50th anniversary of Kneel at the Cross Gospel Hour Radio broadcast held Sunday, Feb. 2.
For 50 years, Kneel At The Cross Gospel Hour radio broadcast has been aired on WIOI 1010 A.M. every Sunday morning from 8:30 a.m. until 9:30 a.m. and is continuing today to spread the gospel message to the community.
Kneel At The Cross founder, Curtis Jones said it was important to come back to for the special service and celebration.
“We are so glad that Kneel At The Cross has been on the air for 50 years. We appreciate everybody that has made this possible. Several people have stepped in to keep this broadcast going after we relocated to Tennessee. When one would leave, as they felt the leading of the Lord to do another work, God always had someone else to step into their place,” Jones said.
Jones said he is very grateful the commitment of the people to the broadcast.
“You don’t hear of too many radio programs anymore going for 50 years. I thank God for everyone, even Mr. Maillet, Chip Maillet of Maillet Media, we are so thankful for him. I am not sure if he is still living or not, but he took us in, way back 50 years ago, and he was with us for years,” Jones said.
The program included singing, and personal testimonies by some who attended the service in regard to how God has worked in their own lives, and has kept Kneel At The Cross going for so many years.
Jones and his wife Wilma are in the process or relocating back to the area, as Jones will be serving as Pastor at Rush Free Baptist Church. Terry and Jan Breech are the current hosts of Kneel At The Cross.
“We have been hosting this program for close to four years, and have been a part of Kneel At The Cross for almost 23 years, helping the pastors that have come in and out,” Jan Breech said.
Breech said the preaching segment of the broadcast is done by local preachers that give of their time.
“We have different preachers that come in each month and help us, one of them is brother Raymond Lewis, Joey Nelson, Dave Lute,” Breech said.
Breech said she believes Kneel At The Cross has made a positive difference in the local community.
“I think it has made a difference for the shut-ins, the older people that cannot get out and go to church. Also, we have people that are lost that listen to the broadcast that comment on it, and have even offered to help support it. It just spreads the good news of Jesus that there is hope out there in the world,” Breech said.
She said Kneel At The Cross has been uplifting to her personally.
“It is a spiritual uplift to be a part of something like this. It helps us. You can be down-hearted, and it will lift you up, just trying to help someone else,” Breech said.
Jones delivered the sermon, which focused on holding on to the truth of the gospel of Jesus Christ, and having a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. The broadcast was followed by dinner that was served at Rush Free Baptist Church.
“I just thank God that the program has been on the air for 50 years. How much longer? I don’t know. I hope it continues to go on and on until Jesus comes, but we’ll just have to wait and see about that. We just desire your prayers. We pray that God will keep using this program for His honor,” Jones said.
Portia Williams can be reached at 740-353-3101, ext. 286, or on Twitter @PortiaWillPDT.