Monday, June 24, 2013

Reaching Gold Miners for Christ

Have you ever thought of how a gold mine would have anything to do with a Christian radio station like Radio Kahuzi? 

Just the other day, one of our friends was telling me how a visitor came to their church and after church the man came to our friend’s house to have a bite to eat. As they visited, this friend proceeded to tell how he listened to Radio Kahuzi even when working in the gold mines. But, the interesting thing he shared was, that before the men go down into the mine, they listen first to see if Radio Kahuzi is on the air, and that way, when they hear Radio Kahuzi, they know that everything’s o.k. in Bukavu! 

Interesting how radio can be appreciated in so many ways. The gold miners don’t have very easy lives to say the least, and many times, because the mines are just dug with shovels and picks and with no safety precautions, so many times the holes just collapse and people lose their lives.  So, we’re thankful they are getting the Word of God in a very unusual setting. And, in such dangerous conditions. 

Flower Power

What does a bucket of flowers and Radio Kahuzi have in common? Well, let me tell you! Our friend, JP grows gardens of flowers as did his father before him, and now, twice a week, he comes walking up the street, with a bucket of flowers on his head, going door to door, selling them.  And, every time he comes to our house, he has with him his little Galcom radio, enjoying the music and sermons from Radio Kahuzi. He loves his little short wave radio, as he was from another religion, and then, accepted Christ Jesus as Lord, and now appreciates his life in the Lord and loves listening to the programs on Radio Kahuzi.  We have many opportunities to discuss the things of the Lord with him, and we try to encourage him, as he does us so many times. He’s growing in the Word!

Thank you for supporting Radio Kahuzi and for praying for all the “little people” that are so many times over-looked because they don’t have the riches or power like some very few.  But, they have the “Unsearchable Riches of Christ” which is far better.

Keep Looking Up!
Richard and Kathy

Friday, June 21, 2013

Villagers Receive Security Warnings 
(April 2013 issue)

Rich welcoming Commander, Vladimir
One of the responsibilities of operating the only shortwave signal in D.R. Congo is to inform the population regarding security in the region and particularly villages in remote areas that are in imminent threat of attack by rebels. Or, the planned movement of UN forces through their area to pursue, capture and repatriate groups remaining in Congo these many years after the 1994 genocide.

Through messages of reconciliation broadcast by Radio Kahuzi for the past eight months there have been successes.

Richard attends a meeting at MONUSCO DDRRR in Bukavu with the new commander, Vladimir, in a Press Conference / Cafe de Presse about broadcasting to the FDLR / Hutu rebels in the DRC to encourage them to lay down their arms and go home to Rwanda.

Samuel with new radios
 The redesigned Galcom shortwave radio receivers are EXCELLENT! They have a new loop antenna that doubles the reception of our shortwave signal. These will help us reach the Hutu and other belligerents where they are in the jungle, or on the mountains with the Joyous Easter message of Reconciliation! Yes, He is Risen as He said!

One of the last of the Mai Mai rebel commandos is finally integrated his men into the National Army last week-end. This is a real work-in-progress which is finally bearing results.

Gregoire showing two new FM repeates
Our journalist, Pastor Gregoir, has met with him several times and been in cell phone contact for counseling over the years to help him make the right choices and finally join the normal society.

This contact began years ago, when the Mai Mai leader refused to meet a high level US military delegation to talk about Peace unless they came with our journalist alone. He could not trust anyone except Radio Kahuzi, as he had been listening with his small Galcom receiver--probably stolen in a pillaging campaign in that remote territory.

"And as Jesus passed by, he saw a man which was blind from his birth....Jesus answered, ....I must work the works of him that sent me, while it is day: the night cometh, when no man can work. As long as I am in the world, I am the light of the world."

Thank you for laboring with us in the Love of Jesus. You are helping to set men free.

Please pray with us for wisdom as we continue to look for a new home for Radio Kahuzi. The current situation will be out of reach in 2014. Our God is able to do exceeding abundantly above all we can ask or think. We will trust Him!

If you are on the Internet type "Sounds of Radio Kahuzi" in your search engine and it will take you to a morning of broadcasting (in Lingala) on Radio Kahuzi. It is a UTube presentation along with photos of daily life in Bukavu.

Thank you for helping to keep Radio Kahuzi broadcasting in twelve languages! Your gifts, large or small, are so very much appreciated! We are a non-commercial, non-profit, and do not ask our listeners for support as they are some of the poorest people in the world. We, also, do not charge our programmers. We operate by the Grace of God and His provision through folks like you with a heart for ALL the precious people of D. R. Congo. Thank You!

Keep Looking Up!
Richard and Kathy McDonald

Our List of Christian Programmers / Programs
Adrian Rogers, “Love Worth Finding” ~~  Dr. Charles Stanley, “In Touch”  ~~  Pacific Garden Mission, “Unshackled”  ~~  Uncle Charlie, “Children’s Bible Hour”  ~~  Dr. James Dobson, “Focus on the Family”  & “Adventures in Odyssey”  ~~  Institute for Creation Research, “Science, Scripture & Salvation”  ~~  J. Vernon McGee, “Thru the Bible”  ~~  Dick Woodward (ICM), “Mini Bible College”  ~~  Dr. Ken Gangle, “Morning Light”  ~~  Radio Bible Class, “Our Daily Bread”