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Wednesday, January 22, 2020


Proverbs 3: 5 & 6 
"Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not to your own understanding!"

Kathy and I are Praising the Lord for His Guidance and Deliverance in 2019 and Beyond! We send you New Years Greetings, trusting our Lord for His best blessings and joy throughout this new season to serve Him!

We Thank You for your Faithfulness to the Lord and His Work here in the African Great Lakes Region, as we have experienced His Spirit's Intervention in so many lives and situations, for which we appreciate your sharing in the ministries through Prayer and Giving!

Recent news headlines cause us to seek your prayers in a new way as our team also lives with uncertainties resulting from the past forty years of world conflict and those who would hinder us in the region.

Our Christmas Season became a time of added stress and grieving for our Radio Staff and Radio Club families.

Two other team members were briefly hospitalized curtailing some planned Christmas Ceremonies with seven Kahuzi Radio Clubs. These vital team members operate the Panzi / Kazaroho Health Clinic and Nutrition Center providing health care to the destitute. Their Christmas ceremonies became a combined memorial and funeral service as the mother of our Coordinator and Radio Club President died on Christmas Eve.

As Believer's in Christ we know that all of these painful, earthly experiences are only temporary. 

"For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, worketh for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory; II Corinthians 4: 17.

Our transmission repairs were successful and the 2000 Range Rover now has all gears working and the replaced exhaust pipes no longer block the exhaust flow! But our master mechanic did not come from Kigali (seven hour drive) with the computer monitor to reset the electronics and remove the computer's "Over Heat" warning on the gear box and exhaust system, possibly because of the confrontations at the border.   

Each day brings new details of the complications at the border

Recently, Kathy heard a report that Kenyan and Rwandan forces eliminated a group of Islamic terrorists on the Kenya / Somalia border. I have not been able to confirm it.

But for Kathy and me, those kinds of warnings began in 1983 when the U.S. Embassy in Kigali, Rwanda warned us to never let our baggage out of our sight, as we were in danger because we were being Medevaced to Washington, DC for eye surgery. 

As it turned out our Air France flight was the first plane to carry a bomb that exploded in the Paris airport terminal immediately after we deplaned and transferred to our TWA flight. Thankfully, nothing was slipped into our baggage but as we later learned, we were the target for planting the bomb. The man seated beside us, on the Air France flight, told us he was Gaddafi's Finance Minister coming from Bujumbura, Burundi where he was financing the building of Libya's Islamic mosques and other projects in the region. Two years later, they succeeded with a similar TWA flight! 

So we appreciate prayer for our team, our region, and our travels,
as this new period of uncertainty begins with the Iran situation and the regions!

10 - 40 Window
10 - 40 Window
Recently we were asked to consider broadcasting the "The Story of Jesus" from
the "Jesus Film" in Arabic and other languages of and to the 10 - 40 Window, but our frequency has already experienced jamming from Iran and Russia, so we will need to pray before adding to our notoriety in those countries just North of us! We currently reach this area in English, French, Swahili and others, but not Arabic, yet.

During the Christmas and New Year season Radio Kahuzi has enjoyed continuing our tradition of broadcasting the sound tract from the film and now we have the new audio radio version in MP3 format that we have added links to our !

Also, we are adding Bible messages in French, Swahili and English on a daily basis as D and M and the Smiths collaborate with our translation effort. You can click our link below to follow our "BESI Publications" progress.  

We are thankful the Lord is giving us this means of leaving an on-going testimony for future generations after the Rapture has taken us Home to Glory! 

We praise the Lord for our ever improving set of tools for ministry outreach!

Thank You for
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Serving in His Grace, 
Richard and Kathy McDonald

Keep Looking Up...
...for His Soon Appearing in the Heavenlies!

Tuesday, December 24, 2019


It’s Christmas once again! And doesn’t that bring back memories! I remember how everyone had their favorite stories to tell when the missionary families got together, and what a wonderful time we had, sitting around the Christmas tree, drinking the last cup of coffee, with all the cookies and chocolates, to make it all so sweet.

First we had the reading of the Scriptures of Jesus’s birth, “And she shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call his name JESUS: for he shall save his people from their sins. Now all this was done, that it might be fulfilled which was spoken of the Lord by the prophet, saying, Behold, a virgin shall be with child, and shall bring forth a son, and they shall call his name Emmanuel, which being interpreted is, God with us.” Matthew 1:21-23. Then the stories would start coming, about Christmases of more recent years...

One year, a young Missionary couple, just starting their lives, to serve the Lord in the Congo, arrived in Kinshasa, the BIG CITY as it was so famously called. And when they arrived at their Hotel, they found that the airline only gave them a room and not food! So with a dollar in their pocket, (someone had advised them not to carry any extra cash, so they wouldn’t lose it!) they took a walk around the Memling Hotel, and found a couple avocados and some sandwich bread to buy from one of the street vendors - for a dollar - and that was Christmas Eve supper! Imagine how they felt about that! But, being young, and knowing that the next day, they would be flying on to Bukavu, to finally arrive and be celebrating with Fred and Millie Bahler, Kathy’s parents, they were so happy!

The next day, Christmas Day, they finally were on their plane, headed for Bukavu, eight hours away and half way across Africa. But first, they had to stop in Goma, where they learned from the pilots that there was a storm, so they didn’t know for sure if they’d be able to land. Most pilots found excuses like this, for not flying on to Bukavu! But, Richard had an idea, and decided to tell the Steward to give a note with a missionary pilot’s radio frequency to the pilots, and to tell them to call Kathy’s Father, Fred Bahler on the HF radio and ask for his pilot’s weather report
So, the pilot did just that, and finding that the weather wasn’t that bad, they were able to stay on the plane and make the last leg of their flight on to Bukavu! As they watched and prayed, just before landing at Bukavu’s Kavumu Airport, (which was very, very short air strip), they saw Lake Kivu churning and throwing up white caps, which didn’t seem too reassuring!

Fred and Millie Bahler, Kathy (Bahler) and Richard McDonald
But, the next thing they knew, they were landing with screeching tires, and the 737’s huge metal retro-shields on the jet engines, in front of us, flung open, and the retro rockets fired, to suddenly stop, at the end of the runway! As the plane turned to taxi back from the end, they looked down the huge cliff below the plane – it seemed a mile deep ! What a shocking revelation! No wonder pilots did not want to land at Bukavu – with hardly any runway, and a Huge drop-off at the end! But Praising the Lord, they had made it!!!

Sooo began our adventure into Missionary life in Zaire, formerly the Belgian Congo, and now the Democratic Republic of the Congo. And, so the exciting adventures just kept coming and coming, and we know that the Lord brought us through all of them, even when we didn’t know what to do so many times! All Praise for all these Wonderful years goes to our Heavenly Father, for taking care of Richard and Kathleen Sheryle (Bahler) McDonald!!!

We THANK YOU ALL for praying and giving, some of you from 1972; and we Praise the Lord for all the special friends He has Called Along-Side His Ministry to us and through us, through these Very Blessed Years of Service in His Family!! It is a miracle!

With Much Love and Prayers
 for a Blessed Christmas and New Year, 
Richard and KathMcDonald

Tuesday, November 5, 2019

She died of a Broken Heart...


Greetings from D R Congo,

Here we are with Thanksgiving just around the corner and does that ever bring back memories.

First, we want to thank you for all your help  and  prayer support for us. I should have written  sooner, but with our lights and batteries the way they are, we  just have to work around all of that "fujo" (craziness)! Right now at 1 PM, the lights  are off again, but in a few hours we might  have them on again. 

Gala, Kathy, Richard
Gala and her husband invented the Go Ye Radio.
Gala will most likely win a Nobel Peace Prize for her
work on Reconciliation and Peace between tribes.

Before the 1996 wars, we used to have Thanksgiving with all the Missionaries in town, and there were quite a few. We used to all bring a dish of some favorite food, and many times we even had turkey! One of the Missionaries would fatten up a local, skinny turkey, and cook it for the rest of us. One year, one of our Missionaries brought out a turkey from the States in their luggage! Of course, the bag or trunk got mislaid or delayed and it  thawed out on the trip, but we held our breath and cooked it anyway! We all made it! If we don't have turkey, we buy some  chickens and  pretend they're turkeys!!   

At Thanksgiving time, we're always asked what we're thankful for. We could take forever to make a very long list to answer that  question, but since we don't have that much time (in heaven we'll  have that privilege), here are a few things we're very thankful for: 

First, we who are saved because of our Lord Jesus Christ, Who  died and was buried and rose again the third day, have eternal life! We will Praise Him forever and ever!

We're thankful for family and friends, especially Harold and Barbara Smith, who have dedicated their lives to serving our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ along with our special BESI Board of  Directors, Representatives, Churches, Prayer Warriors, and  Partners who also have come-along-side, with the Holy Spirit's  Enabling, to keep us in the D. R. Congo and Central Africa with  the Radio and other outreach Ministries going with their love, prayers, and hard work!! 

Just this week, we were reminded, of how thankful we should be, each day and moment, of how the Lord brings us through so many good times and even the hard times. He is always Faithful! This little story is to remind us of how thankful we should be...

 ...A man and his wife and five children recently moved to Bukavu from the jungle to escape the dangers of living down-country. As time went on, the kids settled into school and the oldest girl of 14  years became the #1 best student in all the schools, always  achieving the highest grades. She was so happy. Then, the  family started running out of money, and the father went back  down-country to go find work, but all during the past six months, the mother and children didn't hear from him!       

One day, the mother didn't have anymore flour or oil to prepare food to sell at the market and went back home at the end of the day only to find her 14 year old girl all curled up, not wanting to  look at her little brother and sisters because she knew that there was no more food in the house, and their mother hadn't come home with any food either! She was losing hope.

The next day, yesterday, the mother found her daughter had died, and the Doctors say that in shock, she just had given up hope. Doctors couldn't find anything wrong with her. Her heart just gave out from the worries of life!

Sunday, October 20, 2019

The McDonald's Cherith Brook Experience

Kathy and Richard prepare to return to Bukavu, DRCongo in 1983
after Richard's emergency eye surgery in Washington, DC
to repair torn retinas. Kathy was his "eyes" during the 
long year of recovery...another Cherith Brook Experience.

Richard and Kathy McDonald stepped out in faith in 1973 as missionaries to the people of Zaire, formerly the Belgian Congo, and, now known as the Democratic Republic of Congo.

They began their ministry without a fully funded base of support. Richard provided funding by accepting a secular position and using those funds to begin missionary service as "Tentmakers" following the expample of the Apostle Paul.

Years later, in 1986 Believer's Express Service, inc. was established to create a donor base of friends and family to underwrite the ministry with prayer and financial support. The McDonalds stepped out in faith, once again, to launch a new ministry in Christian radio. A license for RADIO KAHUZI, the first free, non-government radio station was granted to the McDonalds in 1991 by President Mobutu. By December 24, 1992 RADIO KAHUZI was on the air broadcasting the Gospel.

Sadly, in 1994 trouble across the border in Rwanda spilled into Bukau, DRC with the Rwandan Genocide. In 1996 Richard and Kathy were, literally, pinned to the floor while rockets flew over their heads, financial support dried up and there were days with little to eat. There would be two more invasions in 1998 and 2000 with more hardships.

During these troubling times in 1996 the Lord sent a most unlikely business couple living in Bukavu to minister to their physical needs, providing food and protection during at the invasion of the city. This husband and wife practiced two different world religions unlike a simple faith in the Lord Jesus Christ that Richard and Kathy wanted to share with their heaven-sent friends.

Richard and Kathy were led by the Lord to begin a personal study of the life of Elijah and his Cherith Brook experience as it seemed so similar to what they were going through. It has remained one of their most precious Scriptures throughout their life-changing experiences in missionary service.

I Kings 17: 3 - 6

Get thee hence, and turn eastward, and hide thyself by the brook Cherith, that is before Jordan. And it shall be, that thou shalt drink of the brook; and I have commanded the ravens to feed thee there. So he went and did according unto the word of the Lord: for he went and dwelt by the brook Cherith, that is before Jordan. And the ravens brought him bread and flesh in the morning, and bread and flesh in the evening; and he drank of the brook.

Richard's first life-changing experience happened on July 23, 1963 when he came to faith in the Lord Jesus Christ during a personal conversation with Pastor Henry F. Kulp. (Richard was raised in Christian Science and this was a very big step of faith.)

Richard's spiritual growth began while sitting under the ministry of this great man of God and Bible teacher. Sharing these wonderful teachings has been a life-long pursuit.

These messages from Pastor Kulp date back to the 1960s and have been translated from English into French and Swahili. This is a work in progress and additional messages are added as they are translated, edited and added to their blogs.

May your life be blessed as you read and absorb these wonderful Words of Life that will prepare you for your own Cherith Brook Experience. May the Lord bless you as you "...grow in Grace and in the knowledge of Christ."

(The links to these precious messages are to your right of this article.)

Thursday, July 25, 2019


Today, July 26, is Sweet Kathleen's birthday. In this photo you were 15, we believe. While you were having your photo taken in Africa (1963), your future husband, Richard was coming to know the Lord Jesus Christ in July 1963 in Altoona, Pennsylvania. He was also sharing his newly found faith in a note to his mother, Faith. Having been raised in Christian Science this was a big step, but the first step in his journey to find you, Kathy, the love of his life and partner in ministry for 47 years. Your life has been a blessing and testimony to us all. 


Our birthday wish for you would be many more years to serve Him.

Monday, July 15, 2019


Radio Kahuzi reports first case of Ebola in Goma about 100 miles north of Bukavu home of Radio Kahuzi Station, Staff and families. Believed to have been spread via person traveling by bus from a city north of Goma.

Map from Goma, Democratic Republic of the Congo to Bukavu, Democratic Republic of the Congo

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Thursday, July 4, 2019

Happy Birthday, Radio Kahuzi as the First Licensed Station in DRC 28 Years Ago Today!

On July 4, 1991 our license was signed into law by 
President Mobutu! 

As we revisit July 4,1991 each year, Kathy and I are very thankful to have lived several zenith events where we have experienced the Holy Spirit's intervention. Despite our frequent incapacity and simplicity as we live through this Age of Grace, we realize we are nearing the end times and the end of the Holy Spirit's working alongside believers in the Body of Christ. 

(Amazingly, the granting of free radio / TV for D. R. Congo was 200 years after America added the Amendment to the Constitution establishing and guaranteeing Freedom of Press and Speech in America.)

In our legal application to the government, we named our station "Cherith Radio" memorializing our difficult experience, which seemed to parallel the Prophet Elijah's tutoring by the Holy Spirit at Cherith Brook near the Jordan River. Later, Fred Bahler, Kathy's father named it Radio Kahuzi after Mount Kahuzi--Parc National de Kahuzi-Biega, the highest peak and home of the silverback gorilla near Bukavu. 

Kathy and I, along with Fred, had begun our "Tent Making Ministry" (self support) with the Lord's direction which took us through the Cherith Brook experience bringing into our lives a professional couple, Wim and Lita, of Coka Cola Company, with facilities in Bukavu. We were personally invited to minister to them. They were of two different world religions, and considered us as "Holy People." However, the Lord used them to minister to us physically with food and fellowship as we shared the Gospel and Christ's presence and testimony. They also listened and were ministered to by our radio broadcasts, which had just begun. 

We chose our logo for BESI, representing the "Widow of Zarephath" and her son written about in I Kings 17: 1- 12. She is represented in our logo carrying a bundle of sticks and the embers of fire on her head with which to prepare their last meal. Having only enough flour for one cake and a little oil she shared and ministered to Elijah the Tishbite during his time of discouragement and famine. The story teaches us is to keep our eyes, our heart, and, our mind on Jesus Christ, so that the Holy Spirit can walk and work effectively beside us!

Though we had requested and developed the dossier for a broadcast license over five years of working through each layer of the government's administration, Kathy and I had no earthly reason to hope and no real idea what the Holy Spirit was preparing for the DRC, (formerly, Zaire) until the 4th of July, 1991, when we saw the American Ambassador and the Cultural Affairs Officer on National Television, presenting a golden American Eagle to President Mobutu as they said good-bye and left the country. 

Our Permit, signed that day, ended the state monopoly on television and radio! We believe the Lord led President Mobutu to end the Party State and change the Constitution, opening the Nation to the first multi-party elections and to Freedom of the Press, with BESI's permission as a private national broadcaster in Shortwave and FM. Over the twenty-eight years since we received the first license, more than a thousand radios and TV stations have flourished in the DRC, and the Lord has created wonderful stories of conversion and reconciliation of warring groups through our broadcasts and listener responses. Many times militant, and warring factions took the time to listen to the News and programming of Radio Kahuzi. 

 Mai-Mai Commanders who came 
to faith in Christ while resting in the 
hills above Bukavu preparing to 
overrun the City and Radio Kahuzi.
One such testimony is of the conversion of two commandos on Christmas Day in 2000, after a third of Bukavu had fallen into their control. After hearing the Word of God (in their own heart language) over Radio Kahuzi they repented, laid down their weapons of war, and returned home to Fizi Territory five hundred miles to the South. There they constructed a church to the Praise of the Lord Jesus Christ. "So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the Word of God." Romans 10: 17. 

Through these years of war and conflict, it has always been a moment-by-moment test between the flesh and the spirit-–to be absorbed by the problems weighing heavily all around us in this carnal world, or, by walking in, or by, the Spirit. Pray with us to Keep Looking Up to the Lord, living above it, so to speak, as the Holy Spirit continues doing what He will always do, if we let Him and have confidence in Him--and not to be distracted in ourselves, or our circumstances.   

This labor of love is possible only because of you, our Partners and Prayer Warriors and BESI Representatives of Radio Kahuzi helping to keep our feeble hands raised in prayer for Him to accomplish His directive will in our lives and ministry.

Keep Walking by the Spirit! And, 
Keep Looking Up!

In His Love and Care,
Richard and Kathy McDonald