SonSet Solutions video team to film in refugee camp – A SonSet Solutions missionary, a summer intern, and two working visitors will be traveling to Uganda this summer to create a video about partnerships, featuring SonSet Solutions’ partnership with High Adventure Gospel Communication Ministry and their radio station in the refugee camp in the Adjumani district of northern Uganda. Please pray for wisdom as details are finalized, for safety as they travel, and for an enriching and useful educational experience for our intern.
Radio Kahuzi is back on the air – Praise God that the shortwave broadcasts of Radio Kahuzi in the Democratic Republic of the Congo are back on the air after a move to a new location. SonSet Solutions provided them with a new antenna and technical support for the move. An email from the field reports the radio equipment is working well and producing a strong signal.
New FM radio station in Peru – The impact of SonSet Solutions is ultimately experienced through the fruitfulness of those we serve with technology-based solutions for advancing the gospel. Please pray for Radio Logos in the northeastern Amazon region of Peru. They have been licensed for a new FM station and must be on the air by June 16. Some of the critical equipment must still be shipped and successfully navigate customs.
Successful repairs made and broadcasts resumed in Central African Republic – Praise the Lord for a successful trip to the Central African Republic for one of our team members. He was able to diagnose a technical problem and get partner ministry Water for Good’s radio station back on the air. He also made an overall assessment of the radio station infrastructure and will be able to advise regarding future updates.
Ministry workers needed – Ask the Lord to lead us to just the right people who can fill critically important ministry functions at SonSet Solutions in Student Mobilization and Public Relations.
Open doors for ministry collaboration – Praise God for visits on the same day from two like-minded organizations that were excited to explore new areas of ministry collaboration with SonSet Solutions. Pray that as new doors of opportunity open we will be faithful to make the most of them.
Restoring broadcasts in Central African Republic – A SonSet Solutions engineer’s trip to the Central African Republic (CAR) for our partner Water for Good to repair their radio station’s transmitter was postponed due to an airline strike and inter-faith violence in the capital (see prayer request for 5-4-18). The violence has been quelled and the flights resumed. Our engineer left for the CAR on 5-10-18. Pray for wisdom as he repairs the transmitter and for safety as he works and travels in the country.
Ministries explore expanded collaboration – SonSet Solutions partners with Water Mission to provide monitors for the clean water wells and water systems they install in needy communities abroad. Leadership from both missions met recently to explore ideas for further collaboration. Pray for wisdom as they consider future ministry opportunities.
Christian radio ministry in Papua New Guinea relocating to more secure site – Wantok Radio Light, a Christian radio ministry in Papua New Guinea and partner of SonSet Solutions, is seeking to move their shortwave site to a more secure location but approval by the country’s regulatory agency has been delayed. Please pray for the necessary documents to be obtained and approval given.
Airline strike delays radio transmitter repair in Central African Republic – A SonSet Solutions engineer’s trip to the Central African Republic (CAR) for our partner Water for Good to repair their radio station’s transmitter was postponed due to an airline strike. Also, inter-faith violence has occurred recently in the capital and periodically elsewhere in the country. Pray for resumption of flights so that the transmitter can be repaired and the broadcasts restored, and that the station’s message will bring unity and peace through Christ to all the people of the CAR.
SonSet Solutions Canada receives tax-exempt status – Praise the Lord that SonSet Solutions Canada received its tax-exempt status from authorities. Pray for executive director Ian Leaver and the board of directors as they shape the new organization for fruitful service.
Seeking open doors for importation of SonSet® radios – Thank God for new possibilities for ministry collaboration that continue to spring from our recent experiences in Uganda. Radio Usalama FM in northern Uganda has one million refugees living within its coverage area. Pray for the door to open for duty-free importation of SonSet radios so that more of these refugees can hear a message of hope and reconciliation.
Clean water opens doors for gospel ministry – When clean water ministries drill a well for a community, it often opens up opportunities for sharing the gospel. We help our partners keep the clean water flowing by providing monitors that track the function of their wells 24/7 and provide data that is easily accessible on the Internet. Pray that the gospel might advance into new areas as we pursue additional partnerships with two clean water ministries.
Summer interns see how their career can advance the gospel – Ten college students have accepted summer internships with SonSet Solutions. Pray for strong connections as they seek partners who will support them with prayer and finances this summer. Pray also that their experiences here will help them to see how their chosen career can be used to advance the gospel.
Growing opportunities lead to increased responsibilities – In order to keep up with SonSet Solutions’ growing opportunities for ministry and the responsibilities that accompany them, our leadership team and managers wear multiple “hats.” Pray for wisdom, good time management, stamina, and that their vision for kingdom work remains strong.
Work team prepares SonSet® radios for Alaska – SonSet Solutions will host a work team on April 21 to prepare 60 radios for distribution by our radio partner KYKD in Alaska. The station’s programming is oriented to the Yup’ik people, the major culture of the region, but KYKD desires to bring the gospel to all people in their listening area. Pray that the recipients of these radios and their families will respond to the gospel message.
Upgrades and training for Radio Lumiere in Haiti – Two SonSet Solutions missionaries are providing important computer system upgrades for our partner Radio Lumiere in Haiti and are training staff on their use (see April 6 prayer request). A former Radio Lumiere station manager is providing valuable assistance as a translator. Pray that arrangements can be made for him to provide ongoing training and support for staff as they work toward proficiency in these new systems.
Improving cross-cultural communication and understanding – Recently SonSet Solutions managers explored ideas for improving communication with our international partners so that we might be better able to understand their technical needs and create solutions that work in their particular cultural context. Pray for wisdom as we strive to help partners in other lands and cultures advance the gospel.
Victim of brutal attack recovering – We are pleased to report that Francis from Uganda is out of the hospital after a brutal attack by robbers (see 3/30/18 prayer request). Pray that he will soon be well enough to travel to SonSet Solutions for the technical training that will help him sustain radio Usalama FM, a ministry bringing hope and reconciliation through the gospel to refugees in northern Uganda.
Vibrant working relationship between SonSet Solutions and LeTourneau University – On a recent trip to his alma mater LeTourneau University, SonSet Solutions’ president David Russell was told by engineering faculty of their strong desire to continue the long-term partnership with SonSet Solutions. Through participation in our spring break and summer internship programs, many LeTourneau students have discovered how engineering can be used to advance the gospel. Praise God for this vibrant working relationship, and pray that God would call out more engineers for gospel work.
Missionaries serve in local church ministry – In addition to their work here at SonSet Solutions, our missionaries and staff serve in their local churches as children’s workers, teachers, youth leaders, deacons, etc. Pray for wisdom for balancing their many responsibilities and a continual dependence on the Spirit for fruitful ministry.
Opportunities for service and support – Every spring SonSet Solutions invites people to participate financially in what the Lord is doing through this ministry. Our 2018 Case for Support document will soon be arriving at people’s homes. New doors for effective service are opening before us. Thank the Lord with us for those who already give financially and ask him to stir the hearts of more of his children to be part of this team.
Expanding the reach of partners through SonSet® radio distribution – We are excited about the opportunity to greatly expand the reach of our ministry partners’ broadcast ministries in Burkina Faso, Peru, Papua New Guinea and Uganda through the distribution of SonSet radios. Pray for clarity regarding how many radios should be designated for each of these countries this year and when the corresponding shipments should take place.
Updating and training for partner in Haiti – Two SonSet Solutions missionaries are traveling to Haiti April 2-21 to work with our partner Radio Lumiere in Port Au Prince. They will be installing systems that will allow Radio Lumiere to store and play music and broadcast content in a digital format. This will make it easier to create and broadcast their radio programs. Please pray for safety as they travel, productivity as they work, and good communication (translation) as they train the staff.
Technical training postponed due to vicious attack – The equipping of others for effective use of technology in Kingdom work is a particular privilege we have at SonSet Solutions. A representative of High Adventure Gospel Communication Ministries was scheduled to be at SonSet Solutions this week to receive specialized technical training for their radio ministry in northern Uganda. Just before embarking on his visit, Francis was attacked by robbers and sustained serious injuries requiring hospitalization. Please pray for his full recovery and resumption of ministry work.
More workers needed for growing service opportunities – As our network of contacts with ministry workers around the globe continues to grow, we recognize that the opportunities for Kingdom service are essentially unlimited. Pray for discernment as we seek open doors that will lead to effective work, and ask the Lord to send more workers who are full of enthusiasm for the things God is doing.
Radio equipment held up in customs – A shipment of SonSet® radios and radio station equipment for our partner in a West African country was sent out early in March and has been held up in customs. Our partner requests prayer that the shipment would be released soon.
Investing in Students Through Summer Internships – The SonSet Solutions staff looks forward each year to investing in the hands-on training and spiritual growth of service-minded students during our ten-week summer internship program. Pray for discernment as we process this year’s large volume of applications.
Safe Transit for Repaired Radio Equipment – Pray for the safe arrival of a repaired FM transmitter on its way to our partner RAO FM in Goma, Democratic Republic of Congo. The shipment had been delayed due to a freight embargo at the destination airport, which has since been lifted.
SonSet Radios® Released in Nepal – A shipment of 400 SonSet radios for a partner in Nepal had been held up at the border. We just received word that it has been released. Pray for safe delivery and that the message heard on those radios will bear spiritual fruit in the hearts of the listeners.