Dear Friends of Radio Kahuzi,
FIRST, we want to THANK YOU SOOOO VERY, VERY, VERY much for your continued encouragement and the gifts you have sent to help us and Radio Kahuzi to keep on keeping on!!!!
Today, we woke up to a cold, dark and rainy day, but the lights are still on, which is wonderful, since we had about five days without SNEL electric. So, today it's a “blessing day,” with the rain, and lights on, too. (Out here in Africa, rain means the Lord is blessing us!)
We're still in the thick of packing boxes and moving things out to the new studio and the little
Long awaited Move to Rwanda
This week we took our first load of household goods over to Rwanda, thanks to our neighbor who lent us their special driver and vehicle, with all the
permission papers, to carry the load across the two borders. The man who drove us is a business man here in town, and everyone seems to know him at the borders, so there were no problems. Well, actually, he and Richard were stopped at a barricade just before the border by soldiers and police who were refusing to let them pass. They were going to block the shipment of household effects because Richard was in the vehicle. They mistook him for a Canadian working for the gold mines. Then the traffic policeman’s phone rang and it was the head of traffic patrol! The head of the traffic patrol somehow knew the driver, and his instructions got the soldiers to release Richard and his baggage, so they could be on their way! God is so good! Thank you again, LORD for Your rapid intervention!!!
Radio Kahuzi's New Home
The new studio is coming together very nicely! We will be able to purchase four large 200 AH batteries soon with a “special” gift and another four batteries later, as the Lord provides, to bring our electrical backup “on line” and begin broadcasting in our new studio! The second set of four will cost $1,500. Pray with us for that need.
Please pray also for the other backup system promised locally, a large enough generator to support the Studio and the Shortwave transmitter. The electrical outages are sometimes many days as the government is trying to revamp their ancient hydroelectric turbines to serve several million more homes than before.
Pray for wisdom as we try to configure our new Shortwave antenna to fit into a very small yard without developing interference to others as it is against the law!
Until we make the transition, we are thankful our present Studio and SW antenna continue to communicate the Gospel throughout Central Africa as it has for these many years. We cannot predict the exact date all conditions will come together to shut down the present studio and move the transmitters to the new studio, but we are praying this will occur before the end of the year and the beginning of our 24th year of broadcasting from D. R. Congo!
Thank you for your prayers and help with our radio ministry through all these years! We never could have imagined that we would be so privileged to reach souls through radio along with so many others that have come alongside, like you, to make such a difference in people's lives through the hearing of the Word of God!
With love and thanksgiving in our hearts to you,
"So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God." Romans 10: 17.
"Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all we can ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us....." Ephesians 3: 20.
This promise from the Lord has certainly been proven true as we have watched the Lord increase Rich and Kathy's faith over these past thirty years since Believer's Express Service was incorporated on March 11, 1986.
Barbara and I have been along for the amazing ride and have witnessed all that God is able to do in the lives of those willing to give Him free reign over the good and the bad, the joys and the sorrows. It all works to His Glory!
Once all the dust is settled on Phase I and Phase II, we are trusting the Lord to allow us to bring Rich and Kathy home to celebrate our 30th Anniversary with the Board of Directors and as many friends and churches as the Lord provides opportunity.
With Thanksgiving in our hearts to all who have participated in prayer and in financial assistance to complete Phase I: The New Studio in Bukavu, D. R. Congo and Phase II: The Purchase of a new home and property in Rwanda, we say a great big "Thank You"! This is all amazing since Radio Kahuzi is a commercial free station and fully funded by friends in the States. We broadcast in D. R. Congo simply to share the love of Christ and have never ask for funding from our listening audience.
So, your prayers, along with any gifts, large or small, are appreciated to help Rich and Kathy continue their life and ministry in D. R. Congo and a new ministry in Rwanda.
May the Lord bless you and your family as you celebrate another year of Thanksgiving in Christ's unconditional Love and
Harold and Barbara Smith