April 2019 Family News

Dan is working on a report for our board of directors to summarize the prominent challenges we face in effectively leveraging next-generation technologies and make recommendations for how SonSet Solutions should respond to these challenges, both in the Mission and in the unreached world.

Barb continues to work in the local public schools assisting with Happy Day Bible clubs and a new after-school program for third graders where 60 percent of the students come from non-English-speaking homes.

Jenny and Oscar’s ministry is going well in Mexico as the church where they work continues to grow and may need to have two services on Sundays to accommodate everyone.

Emily continues to work part-time at SonSet Solutions and has taken another part-time position with a local healthcare organization.

John has a new job with Old Gold Barbecue, an up-and-coming startup in Indianapolis.

What is the next tech for missions?

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Popularity of radio as a primary media source for communicating the gospel to the masses is slowing in much of the world.  Smart phones and the Internet are rapidly becoming the primary source of media and information even in the developing world as evidenced by the use of smart phones in remote towns of Africa and South America. As major businesses actively seek to connect the globe to the Internet, SonSet Solutions is researching how we might provide technology-based solutions to advance the Gospel in the coming years.

  • While radio will continue to be used for communicating the Good News of salvation through Jesus Christ, what other means should be added and how?
  • How can we use technology to help others and show that we care about the whole person—both physical and spiritual?

The world of technology is constantly changing and advancing, but the need to have a right relationship with God does not change. Our challenge is to find ways to adapt new technology to communicate the unchanging message.

 

Crown FM Asaba is on the air!

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Described as “One of the best things that has happened to Asaba” by a Facebook reviewer, in just a few months of broadcasting to the city this station has become a favorite spot on the dial for many in Asaba, Nigeria.

Nothing is easy in Africa, and starting this radio station certainly wasn’t. Enormous challenges standing in the way did not deter Benny King from pursuing his dream of establishing Christian radio in this metropolitan area. Paperwork, approvals, signatures, funding, and frequency assignment took weeks longer than hoped. But with great joy and celebration they have hit the airwaves. This new station in Asaba, the state capitol city, is reaching those who govern and make laws.

SonSet Solutions is privileged to assist by supplying transmitters, computers, antennas, cables, and such, along with necessary training and trouble-shooting. What an honor to partner with Nigerians desiring to reach their own communities with the truth of God’s word.

Joy to the World!

The angel said to the shepherds, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is Christ, the Lord.” We rejoice as celebrate the birth of our Savior.

Over Thanksgiving break, we were able to spend a week in Mexico with our daughter Jenny and family. We had a great time visiting a church where they are assisting, and we kicked off the Christmas season with our grandsons (pictured above) at a local mall.

May you and your loved ones have a joyous Christmas and blessed New Year!

Bringing Joy to People in Faraway Lands

Reaching people in faraway lands includes sharing the gospel by radio as far away as Timbuktu. In 2007, a new radio station went on the air in Timbuktu, Mali. This station spreads the gospel message in five local languages to an area along the Niger River dominated by Islam and traditional religions.

This fall the pastor who operates the station contacted SonSet Solutions for help to resolve a transmitter problem. The eleven-year-old transmitter was then sent to Elkhart for repair and refurbishment. Once serviced and returned, we trust this transmitter will provide many more years of broadcasting the gospel message in Timbuktu!

During 2018, we at SonSet Solutions have been able to work with over 165 ministries in more than 60 countries! We have sent out nearly 150 SonSetLink™ remote water monitoring systems, helped plant and maintain many radio stations and provided thousands of SonSet® radios to get the gospel into people’s hands.