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.

Clean Water and the Gospel

Our son-in-law, Cody Hall, is a mechanical engineer who came through the SonSet Solutions apprenticeship program. Cody and our daughter Emily just returned from a very successful trip to Kenya where they saw God at work in many ways.

SonSet Solutions’ ministry partner Harvesters International works with Pokot Outreach Ministries (POM), a ministry founded and led by nationals focused on reaching the Pokot people with the Good News of Jesus. They accomplish this by evangelizing the people in villages and communities where they help provide clean water. The work is led by Pokot pastors who have completed a rigorous two-year training program. As people come to Christ, these pastors go out and start more churches farther out in the West Pokot County of Kenya and across the border into Uganda and South Sudan.

After installing two SonSetLink™ water monitors at a children’s home, Cody and Emily traveled into the bush to visit two recently installed wells. They talked with about 20 people who had walked nine miles with their donkeys loaded with water jugs to collect water. They had left their village early in the morning, and it took them several hours to fill their jugs.

The Pokot people are nomads and travel depending on where the water sources are. Their livelihood is their livestock (goats and cattle). These 20 people had recently come across the border from Uganda and are moving closer to the well so they will not have to walk so far.

Asked if the water from the pump was better than the water from an older hand-dug well, they enthusiastically said, “Yes! We are feeling better since drinking this water!” What a joy to hear this! POM says this happens often; that groups find a reliable source of clean water installed by POM and become established nearby, instead of wandering to where the next water source is. It is into this community that POM sends one of their pastors to build relationships with the people, lead them to Jesus, and a new church grows organically. This is the church-planting model that POM has been pursuing successfully for over 20 years.

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.

Sharing the Good News in Niger

God is at work through the ministry of Radio Fidelite, a partner station located in Niamey, Niger. One of the radio announcers visited the nearby villages to meet with listeners. On one trip he was asked to bring some things to the village. The requested items included mosquito nets and some SonSet® solar-powered radios so the people could listen to Radio Fidelite.
On a return trip to the same village, the announcer was confronted by a group of 100 angry men who wanted him to take the nets and radios back. This group also threatened him with bodily harm. He responded saying: “I know who the one is in you who is fighting against me. And I know the One in me who is able to protect me. There is nothing you can do to me! And I cannot fight against you because the One in me has tied my feet and hands so I cannot fight you.” At that the angry group left, allowing him to leave their village untouched.
A second nearby village heard about this incident and the village imam (Muslim priest) invited the announcer to come visit them: “We want you to come to our village and start a church. We now know that if Jesus is the One who caused you to respond the way you did to those who wanted to take your life, then we want what you have!” The announcer has visited that village several times since then to share with them about God’s indescribable gift; he hopes to start a church there soon. (story by Kevin Mayer)
“Thank you” to everyone who supports SonSet Solutions and our ministry for the part you have in making God’s gift of salvation known throughout the world.