Monday, July 5, 2010

A Day of Mourning

The Radio Kahuzi Staff and the BESI Board of Directors join the Congolese people in a Day of Mourning for the victims of the tanker explosion.

Richard reported, "Yes, we saw the burned truck and body bags on French TV news; and the helicopters have been flying over our station this afternoon, helping some victims get to hospitals here. There will be need to medically evacuate many to better hospitals specializing on burns.

"It is a real tragedy for many families and that whole area--as people would have been there from many villages for the out-door market.

"Remember the families who lost loved ones and those who will have years of medical follow-up for those who recover!

"May the Lord Minister in Grace and Mercy to those touched; May He come soon!

"Love, Richard & Kathy

"P.S Sange is close to where I had my retinas torn in 1983."

Sunday, July 4, 2010

Happy 4th of July!

Happy Birthday, America and BESI / Radio Kahuzi!

Nineteen years ago on July 4, 1991 the permit for our radio ministry was signed into law after many long hours, days and months of work on the technical papers required for the very first non-government radio station in Zaire, (previously known as the Belgian Congo) now the Democratic Republic of Congo.

The permit was signed by both the Minister of State for Information and Press and the Minister of State for Agriculture. Their letters agreed to the technical papers proposing several of each: FM, medium wave, and shortwave broadcasting transmitters for Christian programming, as well as for agricultural and other rural-development broadcasting, including health, hygiene, and nutrition. They classified it as a Program of Priority Public Investments, allowing customs exemptions for importations of equipment.

Congratulations, Rich and Kathy for your vision and perseverance in the Gospel of Jesus Christ!

God Bless America and God bless Central Africa.

Saturday, July 3, 2010

DR Congo Tanker fire kills 200 Near Bukavu