We join with others around the world today as we celebrate the lives of our mothers. Our's are home with the Lord, but never forgotten. We look forward to the glorious day when we will be reunited with them and our blessed Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.
Celebrated your birthday Richard on May 2, so far away from Grampian, PA. I took this photo of you with my little Brownie camera in your "Robin Hood" hat with the feather. I was thinking...he will become President someday. Your calling to become an "Ambassador for Christ" is far better. All our love and many more prayers, Barb and Smitty
View our video giving an overview of God at work in the Democratic Republic of Congo opening the country to the very first non-governmental radio station in 1992.
Without training, funding or even a license the McDonald's, moved by faith with a vision from the Lord to use FM and Shortwave to encourage the people of D. R. Congo through (25) twenty-five years of war and personal struggles to remain steadfast and hopeful.
Let the Lord inspire you to reach out to a hurting world this Easter Season.
(Richard was recovering from the cold / flu but happy to visit with Pastor Malandela who had traveled 204 miles to share his completed "Jesus Story" project.)
Richard shares, "We had a good meeting with Pastor Malandela from Kindu who is on our BESI / DRC Board. He and his team working with SIL (Summer Institute of Linguistics) have completed the recording of the text they have translated into their own "Heart Language" of KIZIMBA, or ZIMBA spoken by the Wazimba Tribe. There are over 200 languages / dialects spoken in DRC. Check out http://www.muturzikin.com/cartesafrique/12.htm Zimba is number 216 at the bottom of the listing. There are approximately 120,000 speaking this language.
KIZIMBA (or Zimba) is one of the Unreached Language Groups. We will add KIZIMBA Bible readings as a new program to our daily broadcasts on Radio Kahuzi.
Soon, we hope to edit the film and load the "Jesus Story" onto Bible Players and MegaVoice Players for use with our fellow-Christians in DRC. We, currently, use the "Jesus Story" in Swahili on our daily broadcasts.
One of Kathy and my first responsibilities in 1976, when I was learning Swahili, was to oversee the Swahili Bible Translation Team for the United Bible Society's translation work.
Pastor Mutangi, a former member of our African Board and Radio Bible Teacher was one of four pastors who completed the translation work of the WHOLE Bible in Swahili. He is home with the Lord, but has left a legacy for the Gospel's sake.
RICHARD REMEMBERS...DENNY PROUGH, HOME WITH THE LORD, JANUARY 28, 2018
Kathy and I are so Thankful to have been working together
with Dennis Prough as the Lord guided our steps in the same direction for so
many years, and as the Holy Spirit knit our skills and lives together to parallel
what He was doing in the World of Gospel Outreach.
Praise the Lord, Denny was always there when
he could help BESI / Radio Kahuzi blossom in ministry, to the Praise of our Lord Jesus
Several of us of the same age as Denny started out with fantastic fellowship at the Altoona Bible Church. We also attended Penn State University together, and were both seeking to serve the Lord with a life-mate who shared the same precious faith
and desire to see the world come to know the Lord Jesus Christ in a personal way.
I began recording our Pastor's
messages with a Bible-sized reel-to-reel recorder my father gave me for
college. I went on to Grace College and
Denny left for, the U.S. Army, and Moody Bible Institute, but the reunions and Bible teaching at ABC drew
a hand-full of us together over the years to Keep On Keeping ON with the recorded Word through various ministries. For Denny, it was at the Altoona Bible Church: TV, Radio and Audio
Tape Ministries, where Denny became the strong arm that kept things growing
and out-reaching. We will all rejoice to see in Eternity how all this fit together to produce BESI and Radio
Kathy and I, and our Team here in D. R. Congo, send our thanks
and love to Linda Prough and Family, with sincere condolences, as Denny has been called to his higher service with the great saints and the Lord Himself, who
welcomes Denny with Great Applause!Praise the Lord for Denny's life, service, and fellowship for the Truth of
the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
Denny monitoring the Altoona Bible Church's radio program, "Joy In The Morning" and on TV, "The Life of Triumph"
You will be missed as a member and voice of wisdom on our U.S. BESI / Radio Kahuzi Board of Directors beginning in the early 1990s. Until we meet again, "A job well done!"
It's almost Christmas, once again! When we all love to remember... and I remember Mama and Papa, Millie and Fred Bahler and those precious times of family and friends, and the good food and all the church celebrations: Celebrating the Coming of our Lord Jesus Christ as a Baby--to be the Savior of mankind!
As a missionary kid, being raised in the Belgian Congo (Zaire), Democratic Republic of the Congo, the precious memories flood back--of life with the lions, monkeys, elephants, water buffalo, and antelope, especially at Christmas time!
Rich presenting a goat as "Bride Price" to elders
45 Years Together...
Our most Memorable Christmas Season was December 16, 1972, when we were married by Pastor and Missionary Wayne Schoonover in Pastor Vern Schutz's Berean Church in Grand Rapids, Mi., and coming to the Congo together. My plan was to return from college as a single missionary, but the Lord had another plan.
Richard and I THANK the LORD for ALL of YOU who became members of our extended family at that time."Working Together with Christ."
Later, you shared in our Rejoicing when we arrived in Bukavu for Christmas Dinner with our parents, the Bahlers, on December 25,1975 to begin our ministry with them!
We praise our Savior! We had no idea then the unique open door He would give us to share His Story through Radio Kahuzi carrying on my parent's legacy....Thank you mom and dad for setting the foundation for an amazing ministry of reaching precious souls for Christ.
Wish we could be there to help you celebrate your 45th Wedding Anniversary tomorrow! We'll be there in spirit. Do you remember presenting a goat to Kathy's church elders? You must have had some culture shock, Rich. Hope you can take time to go to the Orchid to celebrate!