A GATHERING IN THE GARDEN TO PRAY FOR HEALING AND RENEWAL
to honor the memories of those who suffered and made sacrifices on 9-11.
To commemorate the 15th anniversary of 9-11, Guido Evangelistic Association will host a community-wide 9-11 service that will feature pastors from six local churches.
“We want to confront people with the fact of evil,” said Dr. Larry Guido, event coordinator. But there’s more. “On 9-11, we saw the embodiment of evil, but we also saw the grace of God in the responders and in those who continued to care for the casualties.”
Through the service, which will be held on Sunday, Sept. 11 at 6 p.m. at Guido’s Hamstra Center, Dr. Guido said the goal will be for the public to “look at what was, what is and what can be.”
The program will begin with a montage of pictures from 9-11-01, when the World Trade Center’s Twin Towers and the Pentagon were attacked by Islamic terrorists.
The Georgia State Patrol Color Guard will post the colors and the Cedar Street Praise Kids will perform.
A roll call of first responders has been planned as well.
Brent Carter will give the invocation and Mayor Billy Trapnell will give the welcome.
Rev. Bill Vansant of New Life Baptist Church will speak on “The Face of Evil” and Rev. Bo Fulginiti of Cedar Street Baptist Church will speak on “The Promise and Process of God’s Healing.” Rev. Tom Osborn of Metter First Baptist will focus his words on “Call for Repentance and Renewal.”
Prayers for Overcoming the Fact and Force of Evil as well as Healing, Strength and Courage and for Individual and National Repentance and Renewal will be offered Mike Newman of Metter Primitive Baptist Church; Allen Cason of Metter United Methodist Church; and Allen Kea of Metter Church of God.
Jody Nasworthy, minister of music at Cedar Street, will perform “God Bless America.”
Another highlight of the evening will be the introduction of Captain Skip Sterling, who will join the Guido Bible Institute with a Crisis Intervention Ministry training program.
eSeeds for Android and iPhone
What if reading devotional materials was as easy as reaching for the telephone? Well, now there’s an app that does just that. The new eSeeds application puts the daily devotionals, Seeds of Wisdom, as close as the reader’s smartphone. This app is the brainchild of Guido Evangelistic Association President, Dr. Larry Guido, and GEA Board Member, Ron Stalnaker.
Included with the daily devotionals is a full bible available in multiple translations. The daily “seed” can be easily read. The text size can be manipulated to suit the reader’s needs and there is a night mode for reading in low-light and dark settings. In order to accommodate just about anyone, the app provides a feature that will read the devotional and the bible aloud. Making the app fully interactive, the time feature can be set to send a reminder at the same time each day and prayer requests can be submitted via the telephone as well. As readers find devotionals they enjoy or scriptures they would like to share with others, all content on the app can be easily shared on social media such as Facebook and Twitter or it can be sent via email.
Until now, the app was only available on Android Smartphones. Getting the eSeeds on an Android phone is as easy as going to the Google Play page and searching for “eSeeds.” The link to the app will appear. The Apple version of the app for I-Phones has been developed, approved and is now available in the App Store. According to Stalnaker, who is Associate CIO and Director of Enterprise Application Services at Georgia Southern University, “I was talking about developing eSEEDS for the i-Phone one day at work and Francis Okechukwu, a graduate student from Nigeria, said, ‘I can build an app for that!’”
Okechukwu is studying mechanical engineering at Georgia Southern University. He already holds a degree in Physics from the University of Ibadan, and he and his brother co-founded one of the first mobile app companies in his country, Servotronics Technology. Okechukwu says he always wanted to design and build a daily devotional app and even had ideas of what it would look like. He explained, “In today’s fast-paced world, it is vital to stay prayerful and remember our Faith every day.”
In working with the eSeeds app, he was able to harmonize all of his ideas with the devotionals produced by the Guido Evangelistic Association. “The e-Seeds content makes it possible and easy to stay in touch with Jesus by using the technology that is always right at our fingertips,” Okechukwu explained. Because of the technology involved, the app engages users of various age ranges. He continues, “One can simply pick up the phone, open the app, and begin reflecting on God’s Word anywhere at any time.”
For over 63 years, GEA has faithfully served the Lord by sowing God’s Word to individuals all over the world. First through evangelistic meetings, then radio and television broadcast, and now via the internet and Smart phones, the ministry has presented God’s message of love, mercy, grace, and salvation to the world. With the new eSeeds app, the messages from the Sower invite people to delve deeper into their Christian Faith wherever and whenever they feel the need. God’s message of love and hope has not changed, however the methods of spreading His word have been expanded to include modern technology.
According to Stalnaker, the Apple version of the app contains much richer features than the Android version. Because of this, the Android version will be rewritten and enriched soon.
When the day has been difficult and God’s wisdom seems out of touch, pick up a smartphone, click on eSeeds, and realize that no matter what the problem is “There’s an App for that.” Click here to go to the Apple page directly.
New Networks Added
Guido Evangelistic Association (GEA) has recently received word that the well-known and much loved Michael Guido telecast “A Seed for the Garden of Your Heart” will be aired on the NRB and DAYSTAR networks. These two Christian networks have a viewership of millions. Through the magic of television and satellite technology, the “most beautiful gardens in Georgia,” located in Metter, will be broadcast throughout the world.
Dr. Larry Guido, president of GEA, speaks with excitement about the prospects of the program being aired on these networks. He said, “This program will go into 100 million homes several times each day. If it is aired four times daily, that will be 400 million potential viewers on a daily basis. What a blessing!”
The video programs that put Metter, GA, on the map originated in 1972 when Dr. Michael Guido expanded his television ministry to include the one minute TV seeds that were filmed and produced in Guido Gardens. Even after over 40 years, the simple, inspirational and encouraging “Seed” has continued to be aired over television stations, satellites and the Armed Forces Network over 1.75 million times per year worldwide. The addition of NRB and DAYSTAR will more than double the potential viewership.
To produce the “Seed” program from the grounds of Guido Gardens, Dr. Michael Guido worked with Mobile Production Services of Columbus, Ohio, for many years. Over 12,000 one minute telecasts were filmed, edited, and made ready for broadcast. Eric Riley, owner of Mobile Production Services, captured the beauty of the Gardens and enhanced the program with the signature sound of birds chirping as the program was introduced. That sound and the calming voice of Michael Guido became a mainstay of television throughout the 1970’s, 80’s, and 90’s. Visitors to the Metter area continue to stop by Guido Gardens to see for themselves the place they watched on television for so many years. “Almost all visitors who reminisce about watching Michael Guido on TV comment on the bird ‘chirp’ that came to be his signature,” said a GEA staffer. Many even whistle the tune!
Eric Riley continues to support the Guido ministries even though Michael Guido passed away many years ago. As video and television technology has changed, he has kept the precious “Seed” program up to date. First, he re-recorded each of the 12,000 broadcasts using state of the art digital equipment so that they could continue to be broadcast as television has moved from the analog to the digital format.
Whenever Riley is in the Metter, Georgia, area, he stops by the Guido Studios to visit with his old friends. On a recent visit, he brought forth an idea to promote the programs on some new television outlets. This led to the new relationship with NRB and DAYSTAR.
NRB is the National Religious Broadcasters Network. It is an international association of committed broadcasters and Christian communicators who work together to spread the life-changing Truth of the Gospel of Jesus Christ through electronic media. Ironically, NRB presented a Milestone Special Service Award to GEA in 2009 even though the programs were not being aired through the network. The Milestone Award is given in recognition of pioneers in Christian communication who have demonstrated exemplary service in the broadcasting industry for five or more decades.
DAYSTAR is an interdenominational and multi-cultural network committed to providing quality television to refresh the lives and renew the hearts of their viewers. It is one of the two largest Christian networks in the world. Operating over 70 television stations, DAYSTAR has a potential audience of 100 million homes in the United States alone. They also broadcast to over 200 countries and 680 million homes each day via satellite. With satellite and digital technology, their programs are also available “On-Demand” and through Livestreaming.
Says Larry Guido, “There is no way to measure the number of people who will see the broadcasts through these various forms of media. My brother could not imagine that his face and voice would be carried all over the world through such amazing technology. He would find it fascinating, as do I!”
As with all forms of media advancements, there are new requirements to make the broadcasts appealing to new viewers and to make them work with the newest equipment. Now each of the 12,000 minute-long broadcasts that have been upgraded from video to digital format will have to undergo another update. They will be re-mastered into high definition and high resolution format to make them suitable for 21st century televisions.
Through the magic of television and its newest and most modern production techniques, people around the world will take a virtual visit to Guido Gardens in Metter, Georgia, where they will receive “A Seed for the Garden of Your Heart.” And the birds will continue to chirp!