Radio Kahuzi Video

Saturday, February 3, 2018

The "Jesus Story" Translated into KIZIMBA by Radio Kahuzi Team

(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  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.

Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Home With the Lord...


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 Christ.

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 Kahuzi!  

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!"

Sunday, December 24, 2017

Christmas in the darkness

Kathy Remembers Kathy w parents
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.

Friday, December 15, 2017

Rich and Kathy Celebrate their 45th Wedding Anniversary Dec 16!

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!

Monday, December 11, 2017

Pygmie Groups Listens to Radio Kahuzi


Praise the Lord! Because, All the Victories are in Christ Alone! 

So many times we wonder why things don't move ahead as fast as we would like, but in the end the Lord tells us to "Be still, and know that I am God!" And in His timing, He shows us what His Will is--in our lives and the life of Radio Kahuzi!

Just the other day, when we were feeling kind-a frustrated because of how slow things were happening, we received a story from one of our journalists of how the Pygmies really appreciate what Radio Kahuzi has done for them! 

One of our friends went out to visit them in their village, and was asking some of the men about their traditions of not going to the hospital, when their wives give birth, and when they get sick; and their answers were quite amazing. They use their own plants from the forest, to treat their maladies, and they really work! They eat mostly forest plants so they don't have any extra fat on their bodies. They are very lean and strong! They use their traditional bows and arrows, so no one messes with them!

Visitors froma radio club deep in the jungle
Pygmie listeners 
visited our studio.
When our friend started asking them all these questions, they started getting nervous, but then he showed them his Radio Kahuzi identity card, and they got "all smiles" and said they loved the radio programs -- as that was the only radio they listened to! So, everything was OK! Praise the Lord for Radio Kahuzi and the Word of God!

Thank you each one, for all your prayers and support all these years! It's always amazing to us even now, to hear of what impact the radio ministry has on folks and what the Word of God does to change lives; it's such a miracle - supernatural Work of the Holy Spirit, every day during these past twenty-five years of broadcasting the Gospel! (December 24, 2017)

Thursday, September 28, 2017

A Happy Warrior Home in Glory!

Harold Smith & Jim Lawhon enjoying a happy time at NRB 2010

To Dad's friends and fellow servants in the Lord.  

This is daughter Linda informing you that  God's servant Jim is 
now in heaven celebrating with his heavenly Father.  

He went peacefully last night with family by his side.  He gave a 
brave amd valiant effort the last few weeks as he worked to 
regain his strength following surgery and complications to 

God saw him through several victories along the way.  
Praise God. 

A friend of mine commented that he is probably checking 
to see if God's communication towers are working.  
Communication and keeping a promise he made to God 
were his life.  

He loved all of you. Thank you for being part of his life 
and serving the Lord. Praise be to our Lord!

Linda (Lawhon) Ross

Dear Linda, Dennis and the Lawhon Family,

It is sad for us, but joyful for Jim to be home with the Lord! 
Our love, prayers and gratitude to all the Lawhon Family 
for sharing your amazing father with us.

His love for Radio Kahuzi goes back to Kathy's father, 
Fred Bahler's last years in the States when we first learned 
about Jim's contacts with Fred. I believe he even went to 
visit Fred in Milwaukee and began his love affair with 
Rich and Kathy and Radio Kahuzi.

He was a constant encouragement to us in the home 
office with his regular phone calls: "just checking up 
on progress." His calls were always followed with a "gift" 
to move us ahead, which were so very timely. 

He was, also, right in the forefront of pushing for help 
from the engineering side of things. In those early days 
when we felt so alone and no one would listen to our 
pleas for was Jim who interceded for us 
and made the cogs and wheels turn in our direction. 
Without Jim's love, prayers, investment and intervention, 
most likely, we would not have gotten far. 

Thank you, Jim and for allowing the Holy Spirit to work 
through you. You made the Mountains Move and we will 
be thinking of you as we celebrate 25 Years of broadcasting 
the Gospel in Congo on December 24, 2017! 

Jim was with us at NRB 2010 to see Rich and Kathy 
awarded the "International Impact Award." How proud 
he was to see this happen.

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We Will ...Keep Looking Up! 
Harold and Barbara Smith & BESI / Radio Kahuzi Board of Directors

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                 Ron & Barbara Cline, Kathy & Richard McDonald 
                            Barbara & Harold Smith NRB 2010
                           (Jim was there enjoying the victory!)

Sunday, September 24, 2017


Remember, when you "take the knee" it is simply practice for a future event in your life:

"For it is written, As I live, saith the Lord, every knee shall bow to me, and every tongue shall confess to God." Romans 14: 11

"That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth; And that every tongue shall confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father." Phillippians 2: 10, 11.