Dan’s Quick Trip to Mexico

In August, while Jenny and Oscar were in Mexico for several weeks leading a musical ministry team from their church in Indiana, I (Dan) was called upon to make an unexpected trip to deliver some electronic equipment to them for the sound system at their Queretaro church. I received notice of the urgent need to make the trip at 11:00 a.m. on a Friday morning, quickly found a bargain plane ticket, and was in Queretaro by 6:30 a.m. the next morning. The equipment helped the church save a substantial sum of money and provided them with better tools for ministry allowing a musical/evangelistic outreach to go on. I was also able to help with Spanish/English interpretation and take photos for the music group at the church.

Being an engineer, I like to think things through, so this spur-of-the-moment trip was a stretching experience. Through it all I learned (or relearned) several lessons:

  1. Be ready to serve on short notice.
  2. Be flexible and change plans when a ministry opportunity appears unexpectedly.
  3. There are many ways we can serve in ministry—music, preaching, technology, photography, or just being a courier.
  4. When we serve, we are blessed.
  5. When we give, whether it is time or money, we receive.

You can view the video of Jenny and Oscar’s that I contributed to here.

Exploring Mobile Media in Burkina Faso

The cell phone revolution is a common phenomenon among our partners, including those in Africa. Three partners have contacted us just in the last nine months requesting our help to move their radio ministries toward a mobile-friendly media ministry model. The developing world is skipping right over wired telephones, cable internet, and desktop computer technologies in favor of the smartphone, which can provide all of the communication advantages available on these previous platforms but at a much lower cost overall. These tools provide an opportunity for another way to communicate the message of salvation through Jesus Christ.

This summer, one of our missionaries will lead a team of media interns to Burkina Faso to assist Radio Evangile Développement (RED), one of our ministry partners. They will evaluate the mobile media landscape in that country and learn how young people are using their cell phones to interact with the world around them.

A Bright Light in Madagascar

During 2016 our team at SonSet Solutions helped establish 17 new community Christian radio stations. One of these stations was in a large refugee camp in Uganda where victims of war have fled from South Sudan. The camp is expanding in size so quickly that we are already working on an upgrade to increase the reach of the station.

Another station with a potentially large impact is in an isolated area of Madagascar. The following note is from a ministry worker on site that we have supported throughout this endeavor.

He says, “We would love to thank you from the bottom of our hearts for your precious investment you made for Radio RFJ – FM104 in Madagascar. With your competent and sacrificial support and technical assistance you made it possible for us to go on air at the end of November 2016! This gives around 100,000 people access to the Good News. They can progress on their journey to find purpose and focus in life by discovering Jesus as their savior and king, and grow steadily towards maturity in Christ. For the majority of people RFJ is the only way to get access to Christian content such as worship, biblical teaching, prayer, etc. as there is neither electricity in the villages nor money or Christian resources in the form of Bibles, literature, cassette tapes or CDs available at all in [our area]. Through the radio, a sustainable shift is taking place in the spiritual atmosphere in the region. Daily 17 hours of worship, word of God, prayers and biblical truth is broadcast and ‘proclaimed’ into houses, families, businesses, markets, rice fields, etc. This will have a deep impact, God’s word never goes out in vain.”

Miracle in Mali

malipumpinstallStephen Peacock traveled to Mali recently to install LifePumpsTM with Design Outreach carrying 18 audio Bibles in the dialect of the village where he would be working. As was his habit, this SonSet Solutions missionary planned to leave the audio Bibles with people in the community giving them something even more important than clean water – the eternal Word of God.

It was a huge disappointment to find that the leaders of the community had no interest in receiving the Bibles, although they were friendly and appreciative of the clean water system and monitor. Stephen writes, “At the end of an otherwise productive week, I had packed the audio Bibles in my suitcase to return to the U.S. but felt discouraged at this failed part of the mission. However, God delights in working in ways above and beyond our capabilities.”

The night before the missionaries left Mali, with suitcases packed and the audio Bibles tucked away, they headed off to a local restaurant for dinner. Standing in line, they met a Korean man who spoke English and were astonished to find this man was part of a mission team traveling to a Christian hospital 300 kilometers (186 miles) away. Their work was to address physical needs while distributing audio Bibles to address spiritual needs.
“We give out these audio Bibles, but our supply has run dry and we need more,” remarked the Korean man. “People are asking for them, but we don’t have any to give.” With immense joy Stephen ran back to his hotel room, grabbed the box of audio Bibles, and handed him the whole supply.

It appears that the delay, the timing, the waiting for this perfect moment to meet a real need from a brother they “happened” to bump into, was all part of God’s sovereign plan. Now the Bibles would be distributed to not just 18 people, but to 18 families in a far eastern corner of Mali. Stephen declared the circumstances surrounding this event a miracle.

The men parted ways giving thanks to God who truly knows all things and works all things out in marvelous ways.
(Story from sonsetsolutions.org)

All in a Day’s Work for a Missionary Engineer

So what kinds of things does a guy like Dan do as a missionary engineer?

  • Researches new ways to use technology in mission work (like the Wi-Fi devices described below)
  • Helps a partner ministry purchase the right computer equipment
  • Sets up and maintains computers and computer networks for the SonSet Solutions office
  • Maintains ministry Internet web sites

What does the above have to do with “missionary” work?

We provide technology-based solutions to advance the Gospel worldwide. Our desire that people everywhere would come to know Jesus Christ who said, “…I have come that they may have life and have it more abundantly.”

Thank you to everyone who supports us in this ministry.