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.

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.

Radio: A Powerful Media in Africa

A pastor in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) has been using radio for several years to reach people with the gospel message in his area. Recently, God opened the doors for him to start another radio station in a different part of the country. This area of the DRC is very poor and has historically been a satanic stronghold. He is eager to start this new gospel outreach over the airwaves with equipment he received from SonSet Solutions. Having utilized radio for a number of years already, he writes:

“We don’t cease to praise God for the help you have given us to proclaim the Good News every day. Surely many people are receiving Jesus and turning away from their sins. Let me inform you that radio is the powerful media in many countries here in Africa. It is among the best way to communicate the Kingdom of God to many people.”

 Recently SonSet Solutions has received requests for assistance in establishing or expanding radio outreach in Kenya, Tanzania, and Cameroon. We are thankful for all who partner with us through giving and prayer to make this ministry possible.

Wi-Fi without the Internet

People all around the world, even in rural Africa, have smartphones, and use their phone like a handheld computer. Many ministries would like to distribute community development and Christian materials to local smartphone users, but the local connection to the Internet is either too slow or (more likely) non-existent. Dan and other engineers at SonSet Solutions are researching and experimenting with small Wi-Fi devices that function as miniature libraries containing videos, audio Bibles, and digital books that can be downloaded to a smartphone.

This July, we sent two palm-sized units for testing by a ministry to refugees in Uganda and to a pastors conference in Burkina Faso. Each unit contained the complete two-hour Jesus Film and audio Bibles in English or French and several local tribal languages. Anyone within a 200-ft. radius is able to “see” the Wi-Fi library with their phone and either view or download the videos and books for later. Local pastors and leaders can use a laptop computer to add their own materials to the Wi-Fi library and customize the look and feel for the local community.