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.

Micro Power Generation for Suriname Radio

Testing a micro hydroelectric generator
How do you power a radio station that is so remote, you cannot even walk to it? A small Christian station in the jungles of Suriname (near Venezuela) that we have assisted has been using wind and solar power energy to charge batteries, but this system only provides enough energy for three hours of broadcasting a day. Greg Jardine, a Canadian broadcast engineer, located a small hydro-generator that can provide 1,000-1,500 watts of continuous power from a mountain stream. In April, Greg tested the unit pictured above at the HCJB Global Technology Center here in Elkhart. Of course, we techies were fascinated with this innovative technology and will consider using it in other remote areas. We gain great satisfaction in putting technology to work for God’s Kingdom purposes.

SonSet® Radios in Haiti

Handing out a SonSet radio in HaitiLast month [April 2009], Stanley Stankovich of “Faith by Hearing” encouraged us with his report of how the solar-powered radios produced by the HCJB Global Technology Center are bringing the gospel to the people of Haiti. Mr. Stankovich distributed a number of these radios including 50 to officials in government offices.

Many people in Haiti cannot read, so radio or audio recordings are critical to getting the Christian message to the masses. These radios are pretuned to receive only the local Christian FM stations, and the people are eager to listen. Even the voodoo priest pictured above wanted a radio so that he could hear. For more information about the SonSet radios see: http://www.sonsetradio.com.

Technology for Evangelism & Discipleship

Tech graphic of people working around the worldAlthough the message of the Bible does not change, our world is rapidly changing; and HCJB Global is working to find ways of using new technology to deliver the timeless message.

Dan is on a mission-wide committee researching opportunities for using new technology. One type of technology has emerged as being almost universal throughout the world – cell phones. Sixty percent of the people of the world have cell phones including even some poor children of Africa. Our next task is to determine how we could use cell phone technology for Christian outreach.

The following report illustrates how emerging mobile phone technology can be used in missions:

And there are growing opportunities to use mobiles in evangelism and discipleship. One pastor in India writes, “I am working as an ordinary pastor with the Church of North India in a rural area. It is good for me that I download your worship and outreach songs on my PC and through that to my mobile phone to show the rural people how to worship by heart.”

Radio ministries have a wonderful opportunity to create MP3-download web pages of selected past programs. These programs are especially helpful in cultures where there is little printed material. These pages can also explain how to place MP3 downloads into mobile devices and suggest ways to share them with others.

Source: Lausanne World Pulse