October 2009 Family Update

In July, Jenny traveled to Mexico, to teach English and work with a local church. Her desire is to support herself financially teaching English while working with the church ministry. We hope she will be able to come home for Christmas.

In August, Emily began pursuing a business major at Grace College in Winona Lake, Indiana. Since she is only an hour’s drive from home, we do get to see her once in a while.

This fall semester, John decided to change his major to business and marketing which seems like a good fit since he is an excellent salesman.

With all three children away from home, we (Dan and Barb) are enjoying our empty nest. Although we sometimes miss our children, our desire is that they become independent from us and follow the Lord.

The Fragility of Life

Dan with his brothers, Rick and Bob

A number of events these past few months have caused me (Dan) to reflect on the fragility of our lives. First, we, like millions of others, experienced significant financial loss.

Then in August, my brother, Rick, was killed in a farm accident when some heavy steel corral panels fell on him. No one expected such a sudden ending of his life on earth. My brother, Bob, and I were thankful that we had had a good time with him just one month before when we took the photo below. (Rick is on the left.)

This past week, a neighbor boy only a few doors down from our house died from a drug overdose. He lived a troubled life, and it was disturbing to see it end at only 21 years of age.

All of these earthly troubles remind me that our hope is in the Lord Jesus Christ, not in ourselves or other people. My brother, Rick, had that hope, and he is with his Lord, but I wonder whether the neighbor boy had any hope.

We desire to continue in our ministry with HCJB Global and our local church because we want others to know that this fragile life only makes sense when it revolves around Jesus Christ. As the Apostle Paul said, “He is before all things, and in him all things hold together.” Colossians 1:17 NIV

Media Center Takes Shape

Diagram of the Jack and June Nikkel Media CenterThe J & J Nikkel Media Center under construction in our Technology Center building will provide an environment for gaining hands-on experience with current and emerging media technologies. In addition to providing support for training and learning activities, this facility can be used for the production of audio and video content for use by HCJB Global and its partner ministries.

The never-ending need to communicate the love of God to the world will be better met by having a facility to produce media and train missionaries and partners in its use.

Christian Radio in Cotahuasi Canyon

Cotahuasi family with SonSet radio Senda Christiana (the Christian Way) is on the air in the rugged Cotahuasi Canyon of southern Peru after years of planning and hard work by SIM missionaries, HCJB Global engineers, and local believers. This 300-watt, FM station is broadcasting the good news of Jesus Christ to villagers in remote Quechua communities.  Where missionaries could only visit several times a year, the radio waves deliver Bible teaching every day, penetrating into all the nooks and crannies of the world’s deepest canyon above sea level. Programming is focused on Bible teaching and practical life application for Christians, as well as clear scripture reading in both Quechua and Spanish.  Listeners are learning about God’s holiness, about the horridness of sin, and their need for a Savior.

One hundred solar powered, pre-tuned SonSet® radios from the HCJB Global Technology Center have already reached the Cotahuasi Canyon for distribution among the believers living in isolated villages.  Four hundred more of these radios are awaiting shipment as hurdles of “red tape” are cleared.  Pray with us for favorable government action in Peru to speed them on their way.  Many hearts are spiritually hungry and open to learning God’s ways.

Helping Christians Around the World

Display of flags representing countries assisted

This display of flags at the front of the HCJB Global Technology Center meeting room represents the nations of the world where we have been able to assist fellow Christians during the past quarter year. Millions of people can be influenced by these ministries. What a privilege for us and for those who support our ministry to be able to help others share the gospel of Jesus Christ through radio and other media!

Since 2007, we have assisted 243 ministries in 95 countries. We are deeply grateful for those who partner with us through prayer and giving. We are all in this work together for the glory of God.