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Sunday, May 13, 2018

Our Mothers

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.

 Faith Alma McDonald
 Mildred (Millie) Bahler
Sarah Ruth Smith

Saturday, May 5, 2018


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

Sunday, April 1, 2018

"The McDonald Story" / Bringing Gospel Radio to the Congo


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.

The McDonald Story

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!