Friday, December 2, 2011

Thanksgiving in Africa

Dear Friends of BESI / Radio Kahuzi,

Thanksgiving and Christmas are almost here! Where do we start in remembering those special times, but I guess it would be good to start at the beginning.

First, we thank the Lord for dying on the cross for our sin and for giving us eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord. We thank the Lord for His Word and for the Holy Spirit who makes clear the mystery of His grace by rightly dividing the Word of Truth, so that we can clearly understand the Scriptures!

We thank the Lord for all the loved ones in our lives who showed us the way to walk in the Spirit from the beginning.

We Praise the Lord for our Grandparents who made it possible for Freddy and Milly Bahler in the early 1940’s to accept the call to become missionaries to the Belgian Congo.

A special thank you to Grandma Bahler, who would save some of her chicken sales money to help out the young Bahler couple as they attended Mr. Baker's evening Bible classes, were married, and attended Moody Bible Institute before going to the Congo.

Years later, they helped in a big way to keep the family and ministry going on themission field. Praise to our Heavenly Father!

So many of our loved ones who helped Rich and me start off our lives as missionaries have gone on to be with the Lord, but their help keeps living on and on in the lives of so many.
We praise our Lord for our fathers and mothers, uncles and aunts, cousins, brothers and sisters, church family, pastors and friends, and some folks that we didn’t even know, who helped and continue to help with the ministry that the Lord laid on the hearts of His children, to carry out His plans.

(Fred & Millie - 1945 / Faith & Ward McDonald - 1958 to right)

Because of the Radio Kahuzi ministry, we are encouraged over and over again through the testimony of folks that tell us how the Word has impacted their lives since the beginning in 1992.

Just last week a young couple were walking by, and the young man started looking and pointing into our yard; and since I didn’t know him, I asked if I could help them. He said he was showing his girl friend where Radio Kahuzi was, and was surprised that it was still here, and the antennas were still here.

He was really pleased, as he was a little kid during the war years here. He told us he remembered listening to Radio Kahuzi all the time, and he seemed so pleased that we were still on the air.

Presidential Visitor's Press Card for Radio Kahuzi

It is hard to believe we’re looking forward to another Presidential election (Nov, Dec, & Jan) and that it’s been five years since the first one! We’re praying for the Lord’s will in the coming days, for wisdom and compassion to all who are elected in the government.

As Christmas is just around the corner we have started to decorate the house. It is my favorite time of the year. The sermons and music from Radio Kahuzi won’t let anyone forget what a special holiday it is!

With love and gratitude to each one for the gifts and prayers to keep Radio Kahuzi on the air!

With Thanksgiving…Keep Looking Up!
In His Love and Service to reach the next generation,
Richard & Kathy McDonald
Our BESI / Radio Kahuzi Board of Directors
And Harold and Barbara Smith

Radio Kahuzi Staff

I GIVE you thanks, O God, for those who mean so much to me—Those to whom I can go at any time.

Those with whom I can talk and keep nothing back, knowing that they will not laugh at my dreams or my failures.

Those, in whose presence it is easier to be good--Those who by their warning have held me back from mistakes I might have made.

Above all, I thank you for Jesus Christ, Lord of my heart and Savior of my soul, in whose Name I offer with thanksgiving. --William Barclay (adapted)


Vehicle Fund: $ 5991 Amount Needed: $11,009

Thursday, September 22, 2011

2010 In Review - Catching up!

We have a little catching up to do! On February 9th our blogger, Barbara Smith, was admitted to the hospital and later on February 28th had to have three stints implanted to correct a blockage of 99.9% in the main artery!

So here we are six months later and playing catch up. There is always so much happening on the field it is hard to keep up with it all. If you are reading this you must be one of those special people with a large appetite for world news that you don't get from the cable. Read on.

To our Wonderful BESI / Radio Kahuzi Partners,

Kathy and I want to express our great appreciation for your faithfulness in 2010!

On December 16, 1972, 38 years ago, Kathy and I began our new life together as young missionaries. For me, I had to learn a whole new language and a new way of thinking in a new culture. After so many years it is hard to remember any other life but in Africa.

It is also hard to believe that 18 years ago, Christmas Eve of 1992, we were airing our very first broadcast on Radio Kahuzi.

During this past year of 2010 our Lord has comforted us, and shown us His Great Love and Sustaining Grace through our partnership with you. We are so thankful to be part of a ministry that preaches the Word of an abundant life in Christ to fellow-believers in the Body of Christ, and reaching out to those still in darkness here in the heart of Africa.

Pray with us as we continue to trust the Lord Jesus

Christ for the future expansion of this work, and seek His Wisdom and Guidance for the way forward.

2009 – 2010 was a time of hindrance with continuing military and political instability and lack of security throughout the region. We struggled with questions regarding technical details in placing new repeater sites with solar panels and battery storage to power FM Translators in distant territories some 500 miles from Bukavu.

Meanwhile, the Lord has encouraged us with many FM radio stations volunteering to rebroadcast our different programs in the four provinces where they are! This has been a real shot in the arm for us, as many of these stations are in the center of present day military confrontations. This gave us the means of giving radios to the combatants and getting the Gospel to them in FM as well as short-wave.

This cooperation allowed us to increase our radius of outreach across the heart of Africa, with listeners now calling in by cell phone from Bukavu and as far as Kinshasa over 1,000 miles from Bukavu.

However, our dream to reach and penetrate the valleys between the mountains with a clearer signal on FM is still ahead of us. This will still require the installation of the 10 FM Cornerstone repeaters on specific mountaintops as there remain thousands down in the deep valleys who do not own shortwave radios, but may have FM radios. WE MUST REACH THEM!

So looking back over 2010, here are the highlights:

· Kathy and I traveled home February 9 through March 18 to attend the National Religious Broadcaster’s Convention.
Radio Kahuzi was awarded the
2010 NRB Media Award for International Impact, and presented on March 1. We are humbled and honored and received it on behalf of you and your family who have helped to make this ministry possible.

Kathy and I also received a beautiful bronzed microphone as the recipients of HCJB Global’s “Timothy” Award. We spoke at HCJB’s International Luncheon and were interviewed by past president, Ron Cline and current president, Wayne Pederson.

· We met with Allan McGuirl, (recipient of the NRB Lifetime Achievement Award) retired President of Galcom International, and new President, Tim Whitehead, at the NRB convention to learn about their new FM Cornerstone equipment and renewed our dream to plant one on each of ten (10) mountains in D R Congo.

· We learned about Facebook and blogs, which are a tremendous treat for us. You can find our links at

· We met with folks from MegaVoice at the NRB Convention and learned about their digital Audio Bible. Later in the year, Charles Cibene, CEO, MegaVoice contacted us from Tiberus, Israel to begin a new partnership with a donation of (800) of the FM Ambassador units, which combines a Galcom radio with a MegaVoice Audio Bible Player.

· Amazing new technology: Also, included in the shipment is a gift called a Scribe: Create your audio production anywhere in the world and load it onto waiting NGP or FM Ambassadors. Bible translation projects, New Testaments, complete Bibles, Bible stories, discipleship training, church planting, evangelism and other subjects are secure on the MegaVoice NGP Ambassador.

· (Photo: Dr Dobson approaching Richard to shake hands and say thank you.)

We met with Focus on the Family personnel and made plans to continue receiving their international materials even though Dr. Dobson was stepping down.

· Though our radio staff had been reduced to three, the work of Radio Kahuzi has continued to blossom in 2010 and bring better tools and technology to get the job done. Our team in Bukavu received new programs and equipment to make the transition completely into digital recording, editing, and broadcasting. Please remember to pray for the teachers and training needed.

· Lord willing, we will soon receive another 1,000 GALCOM solar fix-tuned short wave receivers to fortify the outreach further and further into the jungles and mountains. Over 15,500 have already been distributed.

· New Programming: Dr. Charles Stanley’s “In Touch” ministries.

· Seven new languages / dialects doubling our outreach to include: English, French, African French, Swahili, Kinyarwandan, Llingala, Mashi, Kikongo, Kibembe, Kilega, Kiluba, Luganda, Masaai. As well as Mandarin and Russian on the MegaVoice Audio Bible distributed to UN Soldiers. Photo to right: Chinese doctor receives Galcom shortwave.

· Met with the new Governor at his mansion and had the honor of offering prayer and presenting seven Galcom radios, and a Swahili Scofield Bible.

· Richard attended and broadcast portions of a conference regarding violence against women. The First Lady, Mrs. Kabili, was the keynote speaker.

· David Aldous, Media Productions, London, England approached us at NRB and offered his voice over services, free of charge, after meeting Richard and Kathy and hearing some of their story. The voice over with music is complete and we are preparing to add video. Lord willing, we will have it completed in time to celebrate the 25th Anniversary of BESI on March 11, 2011 and provide a copy of “The McDonald Story” to our partners.

· The New Year brought an offer from Aurora Ministries to provide “Audio Bibles for the Blind” including the shipping. They also gave permission to broadcast portions of their “International Children’s Bible” Narrated by David Carlson with TWR and a dear friend of the Smith’s. Photo: David and Flo Carlson.

· Such a small world…Nancy Woolnaugh, former missionary with HCJB and professor of Harold and Barbara Smith at Toccoa Falls College assisted David in the recording production. We are definitely “fitly joined together” in the Body of Christ.

The Lord’s blessings are new every morning. May we continue to be FAITHFUL, as our LORD is always FAITHFUL and keeps us going!

Keep Looking Up!
Rich & Kathy McDonald

Harold & Barbara Smith

Current Projects:

Property / Housing / Studio: $250,000 / Designated to date: $3,875

FM Cornerstone Project / Phase I – 3 units: $10,000 / Designated to date: $4,250

McDonald’s need a car – current car over 20 years old: $17 - $20,000

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Radio Kahuzi Listed as "Member Voice" with NRB!

NRB (National Religious Broadcasters) listed Radio Kahuzi as a "Member Voice" on their list of "Christian Communicators Impacting the World." We are very excited about this honor!!

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Happy New Year from Radio Kahuzi!

Thank you for joining with us in partnership through your prayers and your financial giving during 2010. It has made all the difference in D R Congo and around the world.

Richard and Kathy are working on “A Year in review” report, which we will be sharing with you later. In the meantime, we will tell you about one event that took us all by surprise, which Richard shares as follows:

“The Governor asked the Directors of all the radio stations and TVs to come to his mansion for dinner at 7 PM on December 27 to discuss his first 100 days in service. Before he came into the hall, I was sitting at the far end of a long banquet table. (There was a huge buffet along the side.) The Governor entered and called for his Director in charge to rearrange the seating. He asked me to take the first seat next to him. Then he asked me to say Grace before they began eating! Normally, each one would have already begun to eat. Praying at all is quite a change for these kinds of meetings. The Governor even included in his final remarks that "we even began in prayer before eating!" So we had a very enjoyable first encounter discussing his first 100 days of service. The Governor had a long presentation in which he referred to ”Radio Kahuzi” or “Richard” quite a few times, which gives me some hope he may try to help us make the changes we need in government regulation, as that was the gist of his plan, to meet in another 100 days to see how much change he and each one of us are able to achieve as we work forward.

After the banquet, I presented him with a black box containing his Christmas and New Year cards, along with a gift of seven Galcom radios, and a Swahili Scofield Bible. He asked me to show him how the radios work and was pleased he could connect his ear-plug cord into the radio, since he always has one in his left ear for his telephone, etc. He said he may buy a fifth telephone to monitor the call-ins from journalists and directors...All his telephones were ringing during our time with him.”

As you can see, God continues to use Richard and Kathy in a very strategic time and place to further the outreach of the Gospel. We know each one of us are to be a “peculiar” people –sanctified and set apart. I am sure Richard and Kathy feel peculiar in another way…for Richard he must wonder…how in the world did I get here from growing up in a little town of Grampian, PA! It is all so mysterious how God places his people where they are to accomplish His purpose in the vast world with billions of souls wandering about. You are where you are and no less important than Richard and Kathy.

We sincerely appreciate your participation in their ministry and God’s great plan for the ages. “Who gave himself for us, that he might redeem us from all iniquity, and purify unto himself a PECULIAR PEOPLE, zealous of good works.” Titus 2:14.

“In the hope of eternal life, which God, that cannot lie, promised before the world began; But hath in due times manifested his word through preaching, which is committed unto me according to the commandment of God our Saviour;” Titus 1:2 3.

Yes, we need you to continue to partner with us in this New Year, 2011, which begins Radio Kahuzi’s 19th year on the air! There are thousands who have yet to hear the Blessed Name of our Lord Jesus Christ. Let us all remain faithful together in 2011. Maybe this will be the year of “His Appearing” in the heavens for us, and all who have come to faith in Christ. Pray that many precious souls will hear God’s wonderful plan of Salvation over the airwaves of Radio Kahuzi in this new year…even the Governor.

Keep Looking Up!

P.S. By God’s Grace, Believer’s Express Service, Inc. celebrates its 25th
year of ministry, March 11, 2011!