July 14, 2016
Dear Apostles for Our Lady,
Mary TV’s coffee/tea house is buzzing with happy pilgrims! Tell everyone you know going to Medjugorje to stop on in… Rosie has a pot of tea waiting!!!!
We’re grateful to Mary TV’s intercessors and donors – the most important part of our team – for making it possible for us to be in Medjugorje for the 35th Anniversary of Our Lady’s apparitions! It was a time of amazing grace for us all…. (and you were there with us…. every day Cathy and I lit a candle for our Mary TV shipmates – remembering you in all our prayers – as you were so obviously remembering us in yours)!
A candle a day for your intentions!
“Give thanks to God with me for the gift of my being with you… Persevere in prayer so that, with you, I can realize my plans,” Our Lady told us in her Anniversary message of June 25th. And on July 2nd: “Dear children! My real, living presence among you should make you happy because this is the great love of my Son. He is sending me among you so that, with a motherly love, I may grant you safety!”
Is there anyone in the world today not concerned for their safety? This message needs to get spread! And with the Parish’s Information Center no longer giving out Our Lady’s messages Mary TV’s mission is even more important!
Divine appointments and new initiatives:
Thanks to your prayers our precious days in Medjugorje were filled with what can only be called divine appointments! Everywhere we went – every day – it seemed we were running into the right person we needed to see just at the right moment! And this continued until just before we left. In fact, as we were about to step into our cab taking us to the airport just after English Mass, I looked up at the last two people I was saying good-bye to – and out of the blue it dawned upon me they were the two people who needed to be in contact with one another in order for Mary TV to set up a third POV camera at a strategic place of prayer in Medjugorje, where Our Lady’s children from around the world would be able to pray 24/7 – at any time of day or night! I hadn’t even had setting up that POV camera on my “to do” list! But at the very last moment before leaving, just before stepping into the cab, it was arranged!
During our time in Medjugorje Mary TV added another program. Often Fr. Leon will give a little timely catechesis just before the beginning of Mass. Mary TV is now recording and starting to air these little pearls of great price, “Sanctuary Snippets”. You won’t want to miss these either!
Cathy and shipmate Sabina react to Fr. Leon’s Snippet!
After Josip and Christina’s wedding, two buses were waiting to take us to the reception. Sabrina, who had sent her purse ahead of her with a friend, to save her a seat, found the bus had left without her. The directions to the reception were in her purse. But just then someone came around the corner of the church who recognized her: “You are Fruit show #123…. I’m Fruit show #215! Traci gave her money to take a cab and directions to the reception…
Our technical team from the US was able to witness our team in Medjugorje in action. Tom and Matt noticed the Zubac’s boys were nursing equipment along – somehow keeping old equipment going while doing their jobs. They would never have told us new equipment was needed (constant use in all kinds of weather, the equipment takes a beating) so we have purchased new equipment.
We have purchased new and refurbished equipment and need to get it over to Medjugorje. If you know anyone going, please ask them if they’d be willing to take an extra suitcase for Mary TV (Mary TV will pay the $100 charge). We hope to get this equipment to Medjugorje before the Youth Festival, which begins on August 1st.
Here is a list of some of the important equipment and software that Mary TV needs to continue!
Stream Decoders $1,299.00 (x2) = $2598.00
Streaming computer for Channel $2300.00
(These decoders will stabilize our live stream from Medjugorje and the USA. Much needed!)
Denis & Cathy Travel Streaming Kit
(Denis and Cathy need to be able to do the daily rosary while away from home!)
Camera to laptop adapter $299.00
Wirecast license $699.00
Medjugorje Studio and Coffee house
(The live streaming from Medjugorje is our connection with Our Lady!!)
Teradek 555 Repair $500.00
Headphones (2 sets) $79.98
Cube 555 $1499.00
External hard drive array $1300.00
Signage box for MaryTV Coffee House $650.00
Access point $300.00
Edit software dongle $700.00
Total needed for upgrades and improvements this summer: $14,631.96
Wish list for the future:
Mary TV Studio:
Construction of a bathroom $3000.00
Construction of an elevator to access the basement studios: 30,000.00
Microwave dish to go line of site from cameras in the field to the fiber optics in our studio (by-passing cell tower on the mountain) $20,000
Steady Cam for smooth camera work on mountains: $5,000
(Backordered in April from B&H. It has been backordered all this time, and has never come. So the order was just canceled).