Saturday, December 20, 2014

A Season of Joy

Celebrating 22 Years of Gospel Broadcasting on Dec. 24, 2014

Tell it Abroad...a Message of Hope to all People

Dear Friends of BESI / Radio Kahuzi,

The Christmas message that a very special child was born at the time of God the Father’s choosing and that for our redemption He allowed His only begotten Son to die at the appointed time...this message is the only reason for the existence of Radio Kahuzi.

This life-changing message is the reason the McDonalds have risk their lives living in and through all the horrendous events of the past 22 years. Most of us would have given up and fled in fear, but God has given them a vision of the millions of lost souls who need to hear God’s words of love and grace until it penetrates the heart. They have committed their lives to finish their course until His appointed time.

Once, again, the Lord has shown just how powerful this message of Christmas can be in the heart of a lost soul. A few months ago the President of a Kahuzi Radio Club wondered why the Lord allowed his family to be forced to move. Then their new neighbor, a little old man, heard their Galcom radio and came across the road to hear what they were listening to. He was trusting in the "old gods from days gone by."

After several daily “coffee times” with Claude, who was able to interpret the messages and explain the Gospel to him, he accepted Jesus Christ as his personal Savior! Through prayer and witness of the Holy Spirit, and reading the verses, he finally saw the light and gave his heart to the Lord, after all the years of darkness! 

"And this is the record, that God hath given to us eternal life, and this life is in his Son. He that hath not the son of God hath not life. These things have I written unto you that believe on the name of the Son of God; that ye may know that ye have eternal life, and that ye may believe on the name of the Son of God." I John 5: 11 - 13.

Before he found Jesus, his hope was placed in the gods that lived in the trees, or fetishes of food left for them to eat, but he never saw anything happen. Before Claude led him to the Lord, he just couldn't believe that he didn't have to go to church to “get saved,” because anyway, he didn't have the right clothes.

Now, he doesn't want anyone to leave his house, after visiting him, before they have a word of prayer together. He doesn't have the strength to walk to church anymore, but he knows he is secure in Christ! This makes our efforts to share the Good News all worthwhile.

Our Phase I progress: It was in July, or earlier that Richard noticed the vision in his right eye fading. For a month or more, he did not tell Kathy that he could only see with one eye since he also knew there were no funds for a trip home and it was hard keeping up with the day-to-day budget and the construction of the new studio. Not until the word came from our home office on August 19 that a special gift had arrived to be used “wherever needed” did he go to Kathy and tell her of his urgent need to have an eye operation in the States.The special funds made it possible to keep all the work going while the McDonalds would be away on “medical leave,” and their Frequent Flyer Miles provided, almost free, round-trip tickets with Delta. Rejoice with us that Kathy & Richard are home in Bukavu with his new eyesight.

So, here we are in December. While they were in the States we were able to pay the blacksmith to manufacture the ironwork for the windows and doors and the masons have been working all week on the interior finishing, and electrical wiring is being installed, as we write.

We are praying to be on air at our new location by January 1, 2015!

Phase II: Praise Him! The search for a property in Rwanda is over and Rich and Kathy took possession of the keys on December 2. With your help we were able to pay the first two years' rent in advance, with an option to purchase anytime during those first two years

It was without a proper kitchen and bath; however, while Rich and Kathy were in the States the owner installed both...another Praise!

The owner also promised to help them bring their two trailer loads of household and equipment across the border when the time comes...another praise!

Phase III progress: On Dec. 3rd Richard crossed the border and registered as new residents of Rwanda, and obtained the forms and lists of documents needed to submit in Kigali for Rwandan recognition of our BESI statutes. He also obtained registration for their car. Lord willing, he will complete the governmental procedures to establish our Rwanda missionary radio ministry.

There are a lot more details and plans for expansion that we will share with you, but they will need to wait until the first steps are taken.

May God bless you for all you have done to make it possible for Kathy to enjoy her very first modern kitchen. What a wonderful Anniversary present (Dec. 16th) for Rich and Kathy to be able to breath in the “relative” safety of Rwanda and for Kathy to be able to bake cookies in a real oven. (She has been boiling drinking water outside on a charcoal fire for years.)

Thank you for partnering with Radio Kahuzi. With your support in 2015 we can continue to be an instrument of blessing to Congo and the African Great Lakes countries, planting and watering the seed of the Word. Rejoice with us this Christmas Season to know it is all bearing fruit to His Glory and Praise.

Keep Looking Up!
Harold D. Smith, President

Tuesday, December 16, 2014



Wishing you many more years together. We remember that day clearly those many years ago. We drove with the family from PA in a winter blizzard, sliding our way into Grand Rapids, MI. Carol Ann had to get out of the car and push us out of the snow and ice. She was all dressed up for the wedding and the wind was so fierce that her fine hairdo blew in every direction. I remember that I sang to the accompaniment of Vern Stromberg's piano and another professional on the violin. I think one of the songs was "There is No Greater Love." Your love for each other could be no greater!

Much love and more prayers, Barb and Smitty

Kathy and Rich McDonald celebrate 42 years of marriage on December 16.

Monday, December 15, 2014


 International Award for Excellence from Moody Broadcasting

Dr. Joseph Stowell, former President of Moody Bible Institute

Robert Neff and wife, Miriam and family
Mr. Neff was the Vice President of Moody Broadcasting at the time of the presentation of our award. The award also included a monetary gift to the ministry.

Sunday, November 30, 2014

Keeping the Saints out of Heaven

             "Love Worth Finding" airing on Radio Kahuzi since 1994.                     
Do you know what the average prayer request is about? Physical healing. Pray for my aunt who is a Christian and she is about to die. Pray for my saved uncle who is having heart surgery. How many prayer meetings have you been to where people asked for prayer for their lost neighbor who is going to hell?

We are, more often than not, interested in keeping the saints out of heaven, than we are in keeping the lost out of hell. It is not a tragedy to die and go to heaven. It is a tragedy to die and go to hell. Friend, it's time we elevated our prayers outside of the physical realm of life into the spiritual realm.

Take a look at your prayer list today--where are the lost who need to be saved? What are you doing to help them find their way?

"For the Son of man is come to seek and to save that which was lost." Luke 19:10 
                                                                                                    --Adrian Rogers, "First Light"

Barbara, Dr and Mrs. Adrian Rogers, and Harold Smith, President, BESI / Radio Kahuzi since 1986
  A year and eight months after this photo was taken on Feb 15, 2004 Dr. Rogers was with his Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ. As Adrian would say, "from my heart to yours" he is still speaking daily to our Radio Kahuzi listeners throughout Burundi, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania and Uganda and all of the African Great Lakes region.




                                      BY BRINGING THE GOSPEL TO RWANDA

(Did you know Rwanda's official language is English!) 

Greetings to our, dear, friends and Prayer Partners,

Kathy and I were temporarily relieved knowing that the Congo / Rwanda border closes at precisely 6:00 PM and we had arrived at about 5:20 PM with Mr. National, our faithful taxi-man, who rescued us at the Kigali International Airport after dark, when the hotel bus had left us stranded. Other taxis wanted $50 to take us to our hotel.

We called him, and he came and took us to our hotel for a lot less! Then he agreed to take us to the government bureaus Saturday, but all the ones we needed were closed until Monday, so we asked him to drive us to Bukavu six hours from Kigali, before we broke out in fever from our Yellow Fever shots, that were starting to affect us ...all we need is to be put in quarantine there, or between borders, since Ebola is all the rage these days!

No-man's land Congo / Rwanda
Thankfully, since there was no car there in Cyangugu, to receive us, Mr. National was willing to drive us with all of our baggage across the bridge separating Rwanda from the DRC, but when we got up the hill to the DRC crossing barrier, it was already padlocked shut as of 5:30!

Basadeke, our resourceful friend, told Kathy to stay in the car out of sight, as she seemed to be running a fever, while I ran to the Public Health and Hygiene metal quonset hut in "No-Man's-Land" just outside the access gate into the DRC to present our "Proof of Vaccination" booklets and submit to the laser temperature check. (Last month they arrested a man there for resisting after they pointed the laser thermometer at his head and he knocked it to the ground and broke it!)

The doctor had already left; and when he returned, I greeted him and introduced myself as
Director of Radio Kahuzi coming back to Bukavu with our International Vaccination booklets in order.  He was on his way home, and did not want to bother me with the formalities, as Immigration was closing!

I ran through the door at the side of the barrier and into the Immigration Office, presented our passports; but the officer said go outside the office and get the two forms to complete! They were not about Ebola, as I thought, but the details he needed to have about each emigrant. Finally they followed his order to stamp our passports for "Entry into the DRC," and I sighed a sigh of relief.

Outside in "No-Man's-Land" Kathy and Basadeke were able to hail a taxi from up the road inside the border crossing to come down just to the closed gate where they transferred all the baggage under the locked barrier and into the other taxi. I asked the immigration official if we needed to present our personal effects and baggage to a custom's officer, and he said "no" we don't need to bother you since it's just your personal effects.

So we were in the taxi and out of there as fast as the ancient vehicle could creep. When we got home everyone celebrated our return with flash lights as the block was pitch black, and the electricity had been off all day long! We even noticed up the block from our house,
the electricity cables were dangling into the ditch beside the road, and light poles in various angles with the ground, and half-a-pole ominously pointing horizontally at the entrance into MONUSCO (UN) HQ!

At 1:00 AM the current still has not been reestablished. Not such a tremendous reception after a month on Safari and six or seven hours on the road back home, but our bed feels good and reassuring even before  we get the dust covers off and clean sheets for the next steps of Faith and Adventure into the Greater Great Lakes of Africa.

Good Night!
Keep Looking UP! 
And Keep On Keeping ON!!

In His Love and Care, 
Richard & Kathy McDonald


PS:  We stopped by the new house in Cyangugu, Rwanda to see if it is getting ready for our December 1st entry. Praise the Lord, the owner has put in our new kitchen with window and suspended cabinets and sink, though it has only one basin, but he has truly out done our expectations with the bath tub and deluxe shower head fixtures, off the master bed- room, and the same flexible shower head in the bathroom beside the visitor's bedroom.

He put tile in all the rooms and around the house; plus all three annex rooms in a separate

building behind the house. He seems to have repainted inside and outside with enamel oil based paint, pink in some rooms and outside it is a light brown. I'm not sure why he changed from white to brown? If that's the final coat, we won't be able to call it "The Little White House."! We will have to get used to whatever he has planned and we can hardly wait to begin moving in!

Praise the LORD for His Faithfulness in sending us back with crystal clear eyesight restored, broken teeth repaired, protection from Yellow Fever, and Satan's wiles and schemes, sealed for our Eternal Destination in the Heavenliest Places with our Co-Worker and Co-Heritor --  Christ Jesus, Himself!     


Monday, November 10, 2014

In Loving Memory

Saying goodbye to Jill until we meet again in Glory...As Christians and believers in the resurrection this is our Blessed Hope...that we shall see Him face to face.

Still smiling and surrounded by family and friends, Jill made her exit from this life Friday, November 7th into the presence of Almighty God, our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.

"We are confident, I say, and willing rather to be absent from the body, and to be present with the Lord." II Corinthians 5: 8.

Always seeking the Lord's will for her life Jill surrendered her soul and spirit into His care and keeping and is now resting in His arms of love.

She is also renewing her mother / daughter relationship as earlier this year on May 28, 2014, dear Phyllis entered into His Presence. Their labor in this world is completed and they can now hear His well done!

On behalf of our BESI / Radio Kahuzi Board of Directors, we extend our love, prayers and condolences to Jill's husband, Wayne, three sons and their wives, Cory and Kim,  Joel and Amy,  Brian and Hannah. She is also survived by nine grandchildren, two bothers, Mark and Wayne, and father, Wayne Schoonover our devoted friend and BESI Board member.

BESI / Radio Kahuzi Board:

Bill Bunch
Traynor (Frosty) Hansen
Pastor Calvin Lowder
Denny Prough
Wayne Schoonover
Harold and Barbara Smith
Darlene and Duane Wriglesworth

Friday, November 7, 2014

Once I was blind...



"For His name's sake they went forth." John 3:7

Our Lord has told us how love to Him is to manifest itself. "Lovest thou Me?" "Feed My sheep"--identify yourself with My interests in other people, not, identify Me with your interests in other people. First Corinthians 13: 4-8 gives the character of this love, it is the love of God expressing itself. The test of my love for Jesus is the pratical one, all the rest is sentimental jargon.
---from "My Utmost for His Highest" by Oswald Chambers 

Dear Friends of BESI / Radio Kahuzi,

Greetings to our Fellow Workers and Joint-heirs with Christ Jesus in His Ministry!

We arrived in the States with a dead computer and phone, but the Lord helped us get to the operating room before the now mandatory "21 day quarantine" for all travelers coming from certain countries where Ebola exists.

Later, we went to a dentist in Florida where they said they could not serve us for 21 days. Two men saw our passports and heard the word "EBOLA" and immediately got up and RAN out of the clinic!

After a long journey, we can share that the Lord used our eye problem to advance the future planning of BESI in Central Africa, and that the laser surgery was successful! Praise Him!
We arrived in Washington on the 8th; on the 9th we arrived at Dr. Nancy Thomas' office, and right away, she saw the secondary cataract had grown behind the lens. She explained it as trying to look through wax paper. It is called a "false cataract."

Rich went into surgery where she cut a cross and about ten minutes later, his vision was crystal clear in the right eye.  What a miracle!!  Dr. Thomas found that Richard's left eye was beginning to have the same problem. So, the next day, our dear friend, Wayne Van Andel drove us back for the second laser surgery. She found his retinas are perfectly well, which was of concern. The doctor in Bukavu said the reason for the blindness was that Richard's "rods and cones were dying"! 

After two nights at Best Western, Dulles Int. Airport and  three trips to Dr. Thomas, Pastor Cal, a BESI board member from Virginia, came to pick us up and took us back to their home in Stephens City where we shared our long-range vision for BESI's outreach in the African Great Lakes. 

We returned to Dr. Thomas for the last evaluation, then on to an  Evangelism Conference in Cumberland, MD, where we met  Pastor Jordan for the first time. We shared our short presentation during the conference and the next day they took everyone on a train ride through the beautiful fall, colored Cumberland mountains and did street evangelism distributing Gospel tracts.

Next, we went by car from Maryland to Grand Rapids with Pastor Cal and Judy Lowder to visit our dear friend, Jill, Wayne Schoonover's daughter.

Then we went on down to Elkhart with board members, Bill and Mary Bunch and Wayne Schoonover. The recently renamed HCJB
Engineering Center, now known as "Son Set Solutions"  agreed to work directly with us. HCJB Global has also been renamed "Reach Beyond." They have given "Son Set Solutions" autonomy, which allows for more flexibility in our technical relationship. We had dinner with senior technician, Mike Axman, our good friend, supporter, and tech support since 1992.

The next day Mary Bunch and Debbie Meier drove us to Chicago and Moody Church at the invitation of Dr. Erwin Lutzer for a meeting over lunch with Yvonne
Carlson, Directress of Moody Church Media; and Michael Pitts, Head of Operations and Media at Moody Broadcasting. They also indicated their interest in our future plans for the Great Lakes Region. We have been broadcasting Dr. Erwin Lutzer's "Running to Win" on Radio Kahuzi for the past six months.

Later, Mary Bunch and Debbie took us to Chicago to catch a plane to Florida. Before we left, we stopped off at Moody Bible Institute for a visit as Richard and I have never been there. What a surprise we had when Richard asked the secretary if there was a way to check the archives for a graduate alumni, Fred and Milley BAHLER. She found it right away and showed us a Moody Yearbook for 1945 and found my
Daddy's picture and my Mom's name, as they are both Moody alumni  of 1945! In the hall we found their names on a memorial list along with hundreds of other students!! What great  memories that brought back!

We flew into Tampa on Oct 15 and have been enjoying our own little house for R and R and preparing for our BESI board meeting, and a visit to Grace Bible Fellowship in Nokomis, FL; however, the non-stop activity has finally taken its toll and we are taking the "cure" for malaria and trying to remain still and quiet. This is hard to do when there is so much to do before our Lord's soon return.

We spent Sunday the 19th at Palma Sola Community Church in Bradenton, FL, which included a beautiful tribute to Pastor Richard Erickson for his years of dedicated ministry to the Lord.

We appreciate your prayers for renewed strength to complete our journey back to D R Congo and Rwanda, our new home by December 1. Amazing!

Keep Looking Up!
Richard and Kathy McDonald

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Richard's Second Eye Surgery!

Dear Friends of BESI / Radio Kahuzi,

Pastor Calvin Lowder picked Rich and Kathy up at their motel at 11:30 am on October 9. The surgeon examined both Richard's eyes at 1 pm and determined that they both had "false cataracts".

She was successful in removing the problem in the right eye and when we finally found them back at the motel around 6:30 pm they were excited to give us their good report. They needed to return the next morning to repeat the procedure on his left eye as the same problem was starting to cloud his vision.

They were hoping their luggage would be there when they returned to their room; however, it did not arrive until very late that evening, so they are still in their travel clothes from Oct 5, but we both agreed that was the least of their worries. At least Kathy will not be taking a blind man back to Congo. God is so good...

Kathy visited with Dr. Thomas and was relieved to find out it would be all OK after a long week of travel and just now knowing how it would turn out.

On Friday Pastor Cal drove them back to Stephens City, a two hour drive, and Cal and the McDonalds prepared to speak Friday night at the Cumberland Conference, and stay overnight at the Downtown Cumberland Ramada then back to Pastor Cal's house for some recovery time over the weekend.

On Monday, Oct 13 they drove back to DC for follow-up...

We praise the Lord we had a great last interview with Dr Thomas!

She said my retinas are perfect! We are sure that is a relative comparison, but we are so thankful we won't need to have them checked, or worked on for a LOONNGGGGG time now that she has checked the two surgeries she has done. She gave me a new prescription for glasses for the change in one eye.

Basically, she laser-cut a cross in each lens sheath so the light could pass through the eye to the retina at the back. It opened in each eye automatically because of the surface tension on this curved sac that holds the lens in place. No problems...

We are back at Cal's, planning to go with them to Grand Rapids tomorrow (Oct 14) to visit with Bill and Mary Bunch family and Wayne Schoonover and his daughter Jill before leaving for Africa. They are all like family having also worked in Africa with Kathy's parents, Fred and Millie Bahler.

Lord willing, Bill, Mary and Wayne will travel with us to Elkart Thursday to see the HCJB team and discuss future plans and equipment needs. Wayne and Bill are members of our BESI Board.

I'll cut and send as I need to write to our team in Bukavu, where the main problem continues to be power outages in the afternoons.

We covet your prayers and good wishes for them.

Praise our LORD as His blessings are new every morning.

Keep Looking Up!
Richard and Kathy McDonald

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Richard is Preparing for Eye Surgery

A Message from
Dr. Adrian Rogers, "Love Worth Finding"
Runners train themselves to be focused on one thing--the finish line. They have one desire and they are not going to let what is going on in the stands or who is lagging behind to distract them. Paul had the same sense. He, too, believed that you could not win a race by looking over your shoulder or glancing to the right or the left. You can't see what is ahead when you've got your headlight on the rear bumper. Paul forgot his past glory, past mistakes, past grief, past everything. Paul refused to let his past keep him from reaching his goal. What are you doing in your race to claim the prize of a closer walk with God?  
"I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus." Phil. 3:14.

Dear Friends of BESI / Radio Kahuzi, What a wonderful surprise you all gave us when we read Barbara's updates telling us of your help in such a big way! We are so blessed and we know that this all is showing us the Love that comes from our Lord Jesus through your working together with us to spread the Gospel, even in these difficult situations. Thank you, thank you, thank you for helping us at this time! The lights are off, again, so we're running the radios on batteries and the light plant.  Sunday afternoons are slow, the one who flips the switch to put our electricity on is probably sleeping or something, so we'll have a while yet to wait for it to come on. We always have hot water in the thermoses so, I got my cup-a coffee while we hold on with flashlights. It's dark in the house in the back rooms so trying to pack and get things in order for the trip by flashlights. 
Yes, we're getting things ready for the big trip. It's always such a busy time, as you know, trying to leave the food and fellows that guard and the journalists programs all in order ahead a month, and the lists and lists to make out for everyone to follow so that each one has their own job to do. We're packing up the living room and dining room so that one of the fellows can come in and mop and dust while we're gone and keeping an eye on the parrot to make sure he gets outside and cleaned and brought in before it rains, and making sure the windows are closed at night and the lights turned on and making sure that no one leaves the water faucet outside on, all makes lots of business.  And, that's just a little bit of what has to be done before we leave. Oh, and don't forget the kitties and the doggie food portioned out, and the salaries and water and electricity and taxes all paid ahead a month. You see why we don't go away too often.
Thank you again for all you've done to help make this possible! 

Rich, here with the...Rest of the Story!

First, thank you for your intercessory prayer. God does hear and answer our pleas for help. Nailing down the plane tickets, hotels, and transport is always tricky but with the help of our niece, Kim Beck, all is secure. Bukavu - Kigali - Entebbe - Amsterdam - London - Wash DC beginning Oct 6 and landing in DC Oct 8 with surgery Oct 9. The Oct 9 surgery all depends on what our surgeon finds. If it is more than she can treat with laser in her office, we would most likely add a day at a nearby surgical center.

In the meantime, we have been working hard to secure a rental / purchase agreement on Phase II: "The Little White House" across the border in Cyangugu, Rwanda. This move must take place before December 31st to avoid the double rent promised by our current landlady. This also means that Phase I must be completed and ready to go "ON AIR" at the same time. So where are we?

On September 18th and 19th Kathy and I were at a real Low, even to the point of turning down the offer to rent "The Little White House" as the terms had changed and his wife was not in agreement to sell after days of negotiations, etc. Then Bosco (the owner) came to our gate with the rent contract for ten years--with no option to buy!  

We began discussing the contract, when my phone rang, and Danny our journalist signaled a problem in the radio room. I excused myself to take care of the technical problem and asked Kathy to continue the discussions in Swahili. The generator had begun accelerating for a few bursts and settled down before I got there. I turned the SW transmitter on again and checked out the generator. It all seemed normal, so I told Danny to shut it down if it happened again, while I returned to the negotiations. As it turned out, Kathy was able to put everything in perspective and Bosco, our new landlord, agreed to a number of modifications to the contract. It suddenly was very helpful and Ideal for our needs.  

He said he paid a lawyer $150 to prepare the document, but he was willing to work with us to make this work the way we want and need, rather than keeping to the lawyer's scenario. Rather than having to come up with 8 years of rent in one payment after a year, we could pay another two years or three next year, to make it a 5-year contract to rent, with the promise that he would be willing (and his wife who was not willing till now) to sell the house to us if that was what we desire after five years. We said we don't need a modern kitchen and bath room, (to keep it simple) but he said he wants to use the two year's rent we paid to make the changes, and showed us a website picture of the kitchen with 5 choices of color. Kathy agreed to the wood colored, built-in cabinets. He said that anywhere along the process the Lord provides the funds to purchase, he would return the outstanding rent toward the payment. He said he would have it all ready for our return in November for 1st of December occupancy. He would help with the trucks for passing the border with our "déménagement."

He offered to meet us in Kigali and take us to the airport, after meeting and letting his wife get to know us--an important factor in all this. He said he would take us to the US Embassy Monday before our evening flight and help us make contact with some Rwandan authorities, to introduce our plans for BESI / Rwanda. He said the government works hand in hand with America, and that Non-profit organizations can easily buy large tracts of land from the government to develop their projects.

Praise the LORD! In His Love and Care, Richard and Kathy 

(Photo: Barbara and I celebrated our 55th Wedding Anniversary in June.)

The Lord has lifted a heavy burden...making a way where there seemed to be no way. We know your intercessory prayer made the difference. We have been struggling to find a way to reduce the cost of excessive rent for the past three or four years with many dead ends and closed doors. All along the Lord had plans to use this dilemma to direct our eyes across the border to open a new field of service! If we would have stayed at the current location the rent would have been raised to $3,000 a month, compared to less that $500 in a new field of ministry. 

Sometimes the Lord has to make our situation so unbearable we have no choice but to follow his lead. We always think "Bigger is Better" when most of the time "Less is More." 

Second, Praise the Lord! We were seeking Delta SkyMiles to cover the trip but found Rich and Kathy's Sky Miles had accumulated over the years and was nearly the 80,000 each required. With your help we were able to purchase additional miles and Frequent Flyer tickets for just under $1,500. The airlines said this trip would have cost over $9,000!

Third, we talked to Dr. Thomas and were ready to pay cash in advance and asked her how much to send. She said she would do it for $500. She said, "This is strange, but I was just thinking about Kathy and Richard as I was dusting off and photographing the little woven huts they gave me in 2010." If she can do all the laser surgery in her office the $5,000 will be reduced to $500! 

Please join us in a prayer of rejoicing for all that the Lord has and will do in their lives. May Rich and Kathy continue to be a blessing as they travel the world for His Glory. 

"Little is much, if God is in it, Labor not for wealth or fame.
 There's a crown and you can win it, if you go in Jesus Name!"

Keep Looking Up,
Harold Smith, President

Friday, September 12, 2014

In Loving Memory of our mother

Faith McDonald
February 1912 - 
September 2000
Barbara, Richard and Mother

I will not see you here again,
But you will see me there,
On that glorious morning when
We will meet Him in the air.

When we will hear the 
trumpet sound
And then a mighty shout,
As Jesus comes from 
heaven down
To call His people out.

For then the living and 
the dead
Asleep in Christ will be,
In a moment changed instead
To immortality.

Then all the saints of 
ages past
Will rise in one accord,
And we will follow them,
at last
Together in the Lord.

Remembering you today, mother, 
and knowing you are face to face
with our Lord Jesus Christ.
Your loving Family

Sunday, July 13, 2014

Richard McDonald

Life in Bukavu

Richard's Banking Experience

From time to time when emergencies arise on the field and there is not enough time to make a funds transfer, we rely upon a special friend to provide a quick loan. On June 2 Richard found himself in such a situation. Unpleasant as it is to ask for help, this occasion seems ordained by the Lord as it resulted in an unexpected encounter.

Richard writes, Today I saw Richard Lugano who opened the Internet Cafe  in town to see if he could loan us some funds to cover our emergency.

(Photo to right: Richard sharing the Good News with acquaintance he met at Cafe. We cannot share his name or show his face as it would be too dangerous for him so Richard Lugano is substitute.)

While I waited for Richard to return the Lord gave me something to do. A man came into Richard's Centre Informatic and shook hands saying he remembered me from the American Consulate / Cultural Center back in the 1980s. He shared that in those days he had been a photographer and operated a small film development studio. As we talked about  Bukavu history, I asked him if he was a Christian believer. He said, "No, I keep falling into sin."

So we discussed how the Lord opened the way for the "Idea" of Radio Kahuzi, when the Lord used my torn retina problems and a helicopter flight to the mountain hospital, where the President of Far East Broadcasting Association was staying overnight. This CEO shared that he had decided not to open a radio station in Congo, but shared the possibilities of international broadcasting.

I shared with my photographer friend how I met with the Provincial Governor the very next day before leaving for the States because of severe medical complications with my earlier eye surgery, and how I asked him for permission to use an abandoned radio studio to begin a Christian radio network. He remembered the Governor.

I also shared that the Governor had received Christ as his Savior only weeks before coming to Bukavu to become our Governor, and his Administrative Assistant, Mr Yumba, had been saved only three months before. He could understand how the Lord was working behind the scenes to use each of them and us to prepare the "Way" for the radio network to be born.

Richard meets with Prime Minister
Then I shared that several years later we met with President Mobutu and the Director of his Office, who pointed out in two meetings that it was impossible, as the Constitution of Zaire did not provide for other radios, as the OZRT or RTNC had a monopoly on public broadcasting.

Being a photo journalist, he was keenly interested that President Mobutu asked for our statutes and promised to see what could be done to help Believers Express Service Inc, with this project.

Richard worked 3 yrs on BESI statutes

He listened with understanding when we showed how all of this was "so impossible to hope for," but a year later the President decided to end the "One-Party-State" and to allow multi-party elections. And, two days later President Mobutu signed a Presidential Decree recognizing the American BESI as a Congolese Association so it could pursue its projects to development, thus birthing Radio Kahuzi as a National Network of Radio Broacasting and opening the nation to other radios and TV stations and freedom of the press.

As I shared that we could not take anything with us when we die, not a shirt, telephone, house, car, etc., but as Christian Believers, Richard Lugano and I were laying up treasures in Heaven, and when we died, the Lord would give special responsibilities to those who served him here below, he seemed to reflect and lowered his head.

At that point he asked me to pray for him; and as we continued, he repeated it. So, when I saw his head was bowed, I asked if he wanted me to lead him in prayer to receive Christ Jesus as his Savior. He said, "Yes." So I prayed and he repeated each sentence exactly. We included phrases to help explain exactly what this meant.

Afterward we shared II Cor. 5:21 with him and wrote down a diagram of what the verse describes and asked him to prayerfully study this tonight and see if he understands his Position In Christ after a few days.

We Praise the Lord there was a reason for me to wait for Richard. It was "A Different Kind of Banking."

Two More Precious Souls

Again, on June 10 I had the joy of leading another man in prayer of salvation in front of the shop. He came across the street and asked for a Galcom radio when he saw me getting ready to drive away. I shared II Cor 5: 21 with him in a diagram on the hood of the car after he shared that he thought God would take him when he died because God gave him life in the first place and that made him a child of God.

I shared that it is necessary to receive Jesus Christ as Savior because God sent Him to become a man to receive our sins on the cross and make it possible for any man to receive His Righteousness by Faith through the cross.

A man asked us to move my car so he could get out onto the road, so he quickly prayed the sinners prayer with me and I gave him the diagram of II Cor 5:21 to study. He said he will cherish it and study the verse in his Bible.

At home later the same day, a Radio Club President came to ask for a Bible, and I had the privileged of sharing the same verse in diagram in the cover of his new Bible and read together in Swahili, II Cor 5: 21, and after he prayed the sinners prayer and read the verse in Swahili, he said he would share all this with his children and his wife at home.

"For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in Him." II Cor. 5:21.

I had him write his name in the diagram in the cover of his Bible to confirm and keep for future reference with "June 11, 2014" by his name.

In His Service, Rich and Kathy 

                                    "My table is full, but my fields are empty,
                                      who will go and work for Him Today!"