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About Tony Koretz's Journey
In June 2015 my friend Chris who had noted that “no one much” in New Zealand seemed to be performing a watchman role on the internet, suggested to me (Tony) that the two of us should start a podcast to warn people about a coming global financial collapse, and to encourage them to prepare spiritually, and also to make physical preparations for what lies ahead. The two of us had already spent many hours discussing the fact that the church as a whole has not been addressing the pressing global, issues, and had been lamenting the spiritual decline that is so prevalent by and large in Western Christianity. Both of us had already been warning people of what lies ahead, and trying to wake them up for a considerable period of time before embarking on this endeavour to launch a podcast. After praying about it and seeking God for direction, we decided to do the first A Minute to Midnite show, which we published on July 1st 2015.
The first dozen shows we did went pretty well generally, but I was feeling a bit discouraged by the amount of work it took to make the shows, versus the size of the audience, and was ready to quit doing them after Episode 12 which only had about 300 views on youtube at the time. I was thinking it wasn’t worth the effort if no one was listening. I told my friend Brook in the USA I was thinking of stopping doing the show. She gave me a right telling off when I said I was going to quit, basically saying that the videos were being watched by those that needed to hear them, and it didn’t matter if it was only 300 people. It was 300 people whom God wanted to hear them! So Brook encouraged me to keep going. Which I did (with Chris’s obvious help and input too).
Interestingly Episode 13 which followed that, brought Carolyn Hamlett onto the show, and the number of viewers exploded. We haven’t looked back since! So thank you Brook for encouraging me to keep going! A few episodes later we got Joanie Stahl on the show as a guest. Joanie just fitted our vision so closely that she then became an important part of our daily lives. It wasn’t too long after that that we decided that a Minute to Midnite should be a team effort (or maybe more like it God turned us into a team). Matt who had been one of our followers from the first show, and who also lives in New Zealand (not far from Chris and I) joined us, and Brook and Joanie who both live in America became integral parts of the A Minute To Midnite team.
Since the very first show, it has been me (Tony) who has written, played and recorded all the music that appears in each show. I also record and edit the videos and audio, and I run and maintain the website and youtube channel.
It was in February 2016 that we launched the current www.aminutetomidnite.com website. Up till then we only had a splash screen website.
Joanie answers a large part of the emails, as well as writing many of the articles on the site, (and speaks wonderfully on some of the shows), Matt and Chris come on the show regularly, and also give input into the episodes etc. Matt also contributes some great written articles for the site. Brook writes articles for us, and is currently building us a Facebook page (which she will manage), and together we all encourage one another and keep each other accountable somewhat for what goes on in the team, and everyone contributes in a great spirit. I guess I am the defacto team leader, and I am so grateful for the great unity among us.
So here we are now heading towards mid 2016, and A minute To Midnite is a strongly united little group that consists of Tony, Matt, Chris ( New Zealand), and Joanie and Brook (USA)
I pray God continues to use us and direct our steps in the days ahead!