Across Nations – We are preparing a shipment of 200 SonSet® radios for Across Nations who covers the Navajo Nation in Arizona and New Mexico with Christian radio broadcasts. The Navajo Nation is currently experiencing a total lockdown. Several have tested positive for COVID-19, and roads are blocked to prevent travel in and out of the community. The radios will bring the gospel into the remotest parts of their land where electricity is a luxury. Please pray for the radios as they are distributed and for the Lord to prepare the hearts for those who will receive one.
Summer 2020 Interns – Some of our summer interns have already joined us, working remotely from home. Please pray for these three students as they are scheduled to arrive from Ohio, Washington and California at the end of May. Our program begins June 1. Join us in prayer as we invest in them and as they spend their summer with us. We pray for the Lord to use them mightily during this time.
Board meetings – Please pray for our coworkers who are preparing for a board meeting on June 6. We pray for continued wisdom for our SonSet Solutions board of directors as they meet and for this time to be productive and encouraging.
Harvesters International – Please pray that Harvesters International will navigate this crisis well, particularly as their in-country partners in India and South Sudan have been hit hard by food shortages during the pandemic. Please pray also as they share the gospel while meeting needs of the hungry in those locations.
Dominican Republic – There were recent preparations for the installation of a Solar Media Center WiFi hotspot at a church in the Dominican Republic. Just last year, a prototype test confirmed to our partner that the concept of distributing content to cell phones is feasible. Please pray as the installation is completed and that this new avenue of reaching others will be fruitful.
Design Outreach (DO) in Malawi – This week a DO teammate will be traveling to three Lifepump™ sites to install SonSetLink™ monitors. He will also do COVID-19 training during this time which includes measures to slow the spread, such as hand washing, social distancing and other things. Please pray that this will provide an avenue for the gospel to be shared. Pray for the hearts that will hear the gospel.
Transitioning – We are very excited that this past week, our SonSet Solutions team members began transitioning back to the office after working remotely. This is being done in phases, in compliance with direction from Indiana State authorities. We appreciate your prayers as we continue to provide assistance and support for our partner ministries. This is a difficult time for many of our partners who operate on small budgets.
Personnel Needs – Would you pray with us and ask the Lord to send us more workers to meet critical needs here in Elkhart? The opportunities for Kingdom service are great.
Guinea-Bissau – Earlier this year, we shipped a radio data system encoder to Radio Evangelica FM. With instructions from SonSet Solutions for connecting it to an FM transmitter, Radio Evangelica FM was able to make it operational. Please pray as this station shares the good news and provides hope, through God’s Word, to the people of this nation.
Unreached Peoples Mission (UPM) – Please pray for this ministry in Tanzania. The Tanzanian government is requiring that any pastor in the country complete a theological education and have a diploma or certificate by 2022, or they cannot continue to be ministers. 75% of the 100+ pastors with UPM need this diploma/certification. While UPM has an 18-month curriculum that qualifies, it is unlikely that these pastors will be able to assemble for this training, due to travel restrictions and additional financial hardships as a result of the pandemic. Pray for a good resolution to this as well as God’s financial provision for UPM.
Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) – Earlier this year we were able to supply equipment to upgrade the Radio Kahuzi studios (in the DRC) from analog to digital. This upgrade has led the station to greater outreach, especially with changes necessaries due to COVID-19. They have been able to broadcast podcasts and access other digital resources as a result of the upgrade. Please pray as Radio Kahuzi continues to utilize these new tools to continue to provide meaningful and life-changing messages.
“The SonSet® Radio is a Good Tool” – This is a quote from the director of Radio Logos in Peru. We are in praise that a family has put their trust in the Lord this past week! They overheard the Radio Logos programming that their neighbors were listening to. They went to Radio Logos and put their trust in the Lord. Because of faithful provision of SonSet radios, the director of this station was able to give this family their own SonSet radio, so they can continue to listen on their own. Please pray for these new followers as they grow in Christ as well as for the fruitful ministry of Radio Logos.
Summer Internships 2020 – Praise the Lord for a third intern who has committed to a summer internship. Pray for our three interns as they build their teams of ministry partners who will sponsor them financially.
Leadership Decisions – While we are already working from home, our leadership team needs to make plans for our return to working at the office. Please pray for wisdom with this so it is done appropriately.
Radio Joy – We are working with our partner Lowell Wertz on a couple of new repeater stations for Radio Joy in Tanzania. Pray the Lord will give them wisdom and guidance as they begin to put a plan together.
Work Continues – We work remotely with our ministry partners every day. Travel is restricted in almost every country worldwide. Please pray for good connections as we use the phone, internet, cell apps, and other technologies to communicate and provide support for our partners. This helps the people we serve get up and running again when they bump into technical challenges.
Shipment Update – Please pray for the shipment of SonSetLink™ water monitors sent to two of our ministry partners in Malawi this past week. It was due to arrive this week; pray that it clears customs quickly.
Radio Sangu ya Mbote – A teammate is working with partner station Radio Sangu ya MBote in the Republic of Congo. They were off the air, but were able to get back on using a repaired 250-watt FM transmitter. However, they are struggling with AC power and grounding issues. Pray that they can resolve this so they can broadcast the gospel and health messages during this epidemic.
Wantok Radio Light – The country of Papua New Guinea is in lockdown mode with all domestic and international flights canceled as well as church services. Praise that with all church services canceled, Wantok Radio Light continues to be a source of great blessing for many of the people. Please pray as some of the stations are off the air currently, and the engineer cannot travel to attend to them because of the lockdown.
Radio Évangile Développement (RED) – Please pray for the ministry of RED as they minister to their listeners from the main station in the capital city, Ouagadougou. Since they are in lockdown, not allowing anyone in or out, no one is able to travel to the other stations in the network to even help with technical issues. In addition, violence in the north continues to displace people in Burkina Faso. Pray that the stations will have a powerful witness in the midst of these challenges.
Radio Logos – The news from Chazuta, Peru is that Radio Logos is proving to be a great blessing to listeners as they are in a country-wide lock-down. Let’s praise the Lord for this and also seek his protection over the station’s personnel and broadcast infrastructure.
Radio Lumiere – Please pray for Radio Lumiere in Haiti. All churches are closed, most businesses are closed, and they are travel restricted; churches and listeners are unable to give offerings to support Radio Lumiere, and they have had to reduce operating hours by half, laid off half of the staff, and cut remaining salaries by half. Please pray for provision for this partner ministry so it can continue to offer the hope of salvation.
Shipment – Please pray for a shipment of SonSetLink™ water monitors sent to two of our ministry partners in Malawi this past week. Pray for its timely arrival and for the equipment to clear customs quickly.
Radio Kahuzi – Because of the Coronavirus, there has been a slowdown of donations to their ministry. This affects the broadcasting of the gospel from their studio in Bukavu, Democratic Republic of the Congo. It limits their ability to keep the station on the air and to pay government taxes, which is a requirement. Please pray for the provision of this ministry so it can offer hope of the gospel to their community.
COVID-19 Stay-at-Home Order — Our SonSet Solutions team members are now working from home, in compliance with direction from Indiana authorities. We praise the Lord for technology that allows us to do this so we can continue to provide assistance and support for our partner ministries during this time.
Travel Restrictions — We know of a number of people associated with our ministry partners who are trying to travel to other countries during this time of worldwide travel restrictions. Please pray that the Lord will open up solutions for each of them to make their journeys to return home.
Inspiracom — Pray for Inspiracom’s network of 14 radio stations along the US/Mexico border as they broadcast a message of hope to those living in uncertainty and fear during this time. Pray for wisdom and grace for the those who are sitting behind the microphones that they may speak the words of Jesus.
Wisdom – Pray for wisdom and strength for our leaders — national, local, and spiritual, as they make difficult decisions in the coming weeks. Please pray that the Lord would have His gracious hand on this process of containment of COVID-19 — that sickness and deaths will level off and recovery time to ourselves and the economy is minimized. Pray He uses His people in this crisis to be a blessing and draw people to Himself.
Summer interns – Please pray for our students that have applied and have been accepted for our summer internship program, especially as they work on their partnership development and as they finish out their spring semester during this challenging time.
Possible delays – Please pray for wisdom as we need to adjust for COVID-19 and for the ministry partners that are affected by recent travel bans — the assistance they need may be delayed. Please pray for SonSet Solutions as we seek creative work-arounds.