Austin, TX, October 13, 2009 --(PR.com
)-- The Great Shalom Broadcast Ministries, Inc., A 501(c)3 from Austin, Texas, proclaiming that God wants total-wellbeing for all children is expanding worldwide today via UCR, (Universal Christian Radio) satellite radio bundled with some TV channels and also available online at www.universalchristianradio.com. UCR is on Galaxy 19, Glory Star, and SpiritCast. Airing Mondays 10:30 Central Time/4:30 GMT.
Sharon Sarles, founder of The Great Shalom, testifies to God miraculously healing a grandson from brain injuries following an auto accident. Sarles also recounts in next week's episode how he and other grandchildren overcame serious learning diagnoses through better lifestyle measures, innovative educational practices, as well as faith in God's Biblical promises of healing. The broadcast alternately preaches God's goodness and desire that children prosper and interviews a variety of experts sharing practical ideas for addressing the problems of children.
Learning disabilities, developmental delays, and a variety of dysfunctions are increasing in prevalence to pandemic proportions, yet Sarles knew of no one who approached the problem with militant faith. Sarles is grateful to be in the field. “Called to preach, yet having spent so many years as an educator, I felt uniquely prepared to address the issue,” Sarles continues to teach junior college level Sociology. She has worked in early childhood, including consulting. “I've been asked how many children are affected. If you start figuring 1 in 150 for Autism spectrum disorder according to the CDC – and that is an undercount - 1 in 10 for ADD/ADHD according to a study in the UK, 1 in 30 for dyslexia – a guess, 30% Learning Disabilities – LDAT count from the 1980s and limited to those only who are substantially brighter than average, and something for speech problems, and sensory integration problems are way up – well you are talking a lot of kids. When you start talking about toxicity, poor diet, nature deficit disorder, poor teaching, and losing of character values, you are talking about everyone.”
How does faith address the issue? People often now believe the gospel message addresses their own here-and-now wellbeing. People often embrace healing and sometimes even prosperity, explains Sarles, but how much more should we believe that God wants shalom – eternal salvation, healing, and success for children. Sarles claims to be orthodox in doctrine and charismatic, but invites a wide variety of guests on the broadcast. “Anybody with a positive idea for children. We tell the Baptist children's pastor that he is not responsible for what the pentecostal guy said before him.” Sarles admits that she has had a non-Christian on, who nevertheless was an expert in a subject matter.
The name of the broadcast comes from Isaiah 54:13 “all your offspring shall be taught of the Lord, and great shall be their shalom.” A young woman, helping the family through the auto accident by visiting the hospital gave Sarles this verse to encourage her to believe for full healing for her offspring. "She told me that God was good.." Sarles says, “Although I nodded reflexively, I did a double take. Then I studied it out, and found she was right. God is good, better that we imagine. And salvation includes more than a fire escape – although moral and eternal soul change is no small matter.”
Some months after the family had been discharged, Sarles was explaining to her pastor at the time that she was temporarily moving to be with her grandchildren so that she could homeschool them. “I could work all my life and never afford the therapy I can give them. Can you really do that? Then you write a book!” The book is forthcoming, but Sarles is sharing what she knows in the broadcast.
The Great Shalom Broadcast has been on the air in Austin for 15 months on the only Christian teaching and talk channel in that metro area. It expands today to worldwide on Universal Christian Radio, airing Mondays 10:30 Central Time or 4:30 GMT. More resources are available at www.greatshalom.org.