Fall Sharathon 2017

Food and activities | 5K Race | Station goals


A few months ago, I had a lunch engagement with a businessman and his wife. It was a privilege for me as they are friends of Family Life and regular supporters.  During the conversation, the wife looked at me and said, "I don't know if you know this or not, but twenty years ago I came to Christ as a result of listening to Family Life."

To God be the Glory!

Last month, one of the young people that Family Life has worked with, both in Performing Arts and with the Kids Corner segment on the radio, was one of three finalist in the nationwide Adventures in Odyssey "Get in the Show!" contest.  As we congratulated her on this wonderful achievement, her mother expressed heartfelt appreciation for all that Family Life has done for their children.

To God be the Glory!

A woman who recently joined Family Life's staff, poked her head into my office the other day, and with tremendous gratitude thanked me for allowing her to work in the Biblical Counseling Department.  You see, she had been through The Healing Journey program years earlier, and the Lord used this program, overseen by Family Life, to impact her marriage in a tremendous way.

To God be the Glory!

Space does not permit me to share all of the life changing victories and all the stories of encouragement, help, and training that have happened as a result of God working through His ministry at Family Life.  For 60 years, the Lord has continually used this outreach to impact lives with the message of hope.  In a world where negative headlines dominate the news cycle every day, individuals and families are looking for hope.  I am convinced that the Lord raised up Family Life to share hope - hope that is found in Jesus Christ!

At Family Life, our theme for the past six decades has been "To God be the Glory!" for He has done great things.  What started out as a fledgling youth ministry that reached hundreds of teenagers each year has been blessed by the Lord to grow into a multi-faceted outreach that touches the hearts of millions from all walks of life and in every age group.  And it is people just like you that God uses to make it all possible!

Twice a year, Family Life holds a "sharathon."  During this four-day event, we watch the Lord pour out His blessing as He provides the financial need for the entire ministry for the next six months.  That blessing involves you!  He uses your generous and sacrificial financial support to sustain this ministry.  Without your help, Family Life would not exist.

One of the greatest blessings in my life is to hear from so many faith partners as they share their gratitude for the opportunity to take part in what God is doing at Family Life.  Our prayer is that you would have that same outlook as you consider being a part of the Fall Sharathon October 11-14.  Every individual and family prayerfully doing what they can, and every station reaching its goal will be so important in helping Family Life meet its financial need for the next six months.

Thank you in advance for being part of the family that allows Family Life to thrive!  Thank you for praying for the ministry as you ask the Lord to pour out His blessing upon every outreach and department!  Thank you for asking the Lord what part He would have you commit to, for being obedient to His leading, and for helping Family Life with a sacrificial contribution to the Fall Sharathon!

We are blessed when you support the ministry of Family Life!  You can partner during the sharathon in one of three ways: send a gift with your faith promise to Family Life; PO Box 506; Bath, NY 14810; contribute online; or call us at 800-927-9083 during the sharathon.  And be sure to follow your station's progress.

Family Life understands that the local church is ordained of God, and because of that we would encourage you NOT to give to Family Life what belongs to your local church!

Our passion is that God will continue to use this ministry in the most effective and productive ways to reach young people, adults, and senior citizens with the message of hope in Jesus Christ.  Your response is an incredible blessing to us and truly an answer to our prayers for God to supply the needs of the ministry.  We invite you to join us and a great choir of voices at the close of the Fall Sharathon Saturday evening as we lift our voices in praise singing, "To God be the Glory!"

Yours in Christ,

Rick Snavely

P.S.  You can join the excitement by volunteering for the Fall Sharathon. Learn more online, or call 800.927.9083.

P.P.S.  We trust that you will enjoy our sharathon theme song as our friends, Selah have created a remake of the hymn, "To God be the Glory" in celebration of Family Life's 60th Anniversary!

Family Life is a 501(c)3 Organization.

Stations Goals



WCII (Spencer)


WCOU (Attica/Buffalo)


WCOT (Jamestown)


WCIH (Elmira)


WCIK (Avoca)


WCIY (Canandaigua/Rochester)


WCOH (Dubois)


WCOV (Friendship)


WCIS (DeRuyter/Syracuse)


WCIP (Clyde)


WCOG (Galeton)


WCIJ (Unadilla)


WILQ-HD2 (Central PA)




WCIN (Tunkhannock)


WCOB (Cambridge Springs)


WCGM (Wattsburg)


WCIM (Shenandoah)


WCOM (Silver Creek)


WCOF (Arcade)


WCOP (Farmington Township)


WCIG (Dallas)


WCIO (Oswego)


WCIT (Oneida)


WCOX (Trout Run)


WCID (Laporte)