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.

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.

Remembering the Past, Looking to the Future

Barb and Dan 35-year recognitionAt the annual Technology Center staff picnic, Ron Cline, past president of HCJB Global, presented us with a plague recognizing 35 years of ministry. Barb spent two years with ABWE in Brazil and three years with the Christian Missionary Alliance in Ecuador before marrying Dan and joining HCJB in 1983. Dan worked on radio automation systems in Ecuador from 1977 until 1984. After a short time of work at mission headquarters, we were assigned to Elkhart where Dan has helped design high-power transmitters, set up the computer network at the Technology Center, and construct a radio station in the Central African Republic.

In the future, Dan looks forward to helping partners use not only radio, but also smartphone and computer tablet technology for evangelism and discipleship. The technology changes, but our desire to use it to communicate the gospel of Christ remains the same.

We consider it a privilege to use our time and talents for the Lord’s work and hope to continue in this work as God provides through his people.

 

Highlights from 2011

  • Gifts from supporters helped make it possible for millions to hear the gospel via broadcasts from nearly 400 partner stations in about 100 countries.
  • Weekly listenership to Arabic programs in the North Africa/Middle East Region (via shortwave and satellite) increased to 1.75 million.
  • HCJB Global helped plant the first four of 100 community radio stations across Thailand and provided equipment for five others.
  • HCJB Global accelerated the use of new media with a focus on millennials but attracting users of all ages; averaging 6,000 cell phone text messages monthly in Latin America; attracting 25,000 online listeners monthly in Quito.

 

My Passion

Dan at workIt’s hard to believe it, but this January marks the beginning of my 35th year of ministry with HCJB Global. The world and the missionary enterprise have changed greatly over these 34 years, and it made me think about my motivation for Christian ministry.

Since I was a child, I have had a fascination with technology a passion for the gospel (good news) of salvation through Jesus Christ, and a desire to spread that good news to the world. When I began working at Radio Station HCJB in Quito, Ecuador in 1977, most of the proclamation of the message was through shortwave radio, reaching across the world and behind the “iron curtain” of the Soviet Union. Now the world communicates more via local radio, satellites, the Internet, and cell phones, and I am privileged to be part of a team at the HCJB Global Technology Center that is working to harness those technologies for the Lord’s work.

Our new Media Center, which was inaugurated last fall, will help produce Christian audio and video content that can be viewed on a cell phone, iPad, iPod, personal computer, or whatever technology comes next. I want to  help ministry partners communicate in such a way that the listener/viewer/user, sees Christ in the message. I want to help in the production of content that is more than entertainment or mere information, but becomes a life-changing message. This media should attract the non-believer, but still have an underlying Christian message.

Much of the world’s population is young, and I want to reach the “millennial generation”, those born between the mid-1970s to the early 2000s. I want to clearly communicate biblical truth to young people so that they can become part of the church and use their God-given talents to glorify Him. More than merely understanding them and helping them “do their thing”, I would move them to do “God’s thing.”

My passion is to know Christ and to make him known. Barb and I cannot do it alone, but only with the prayer and financial partnership of like-minded believers. If you are not part of our support team, we invite you to join us.