Radio Usalama FM was established to bring hope, peace, and reconciliation through the gospel to hundreds of thousands of refugees fleeing tribal wars in South Sudan and seeking refuge in neighboring Uganda at the Adjumani refugee camp. As the refugee crisis deepened and the camp expanded, SonSet Solutions helped provide equipment and technical support to extend the station’s coverage. SonSet Solution’s President David Russell and coworker Jack Kinney visited the refugee camp last month.
During their visit, David and Jack recognized that the signal of Radio Usalama, a ministry of High Adventure Gospel Communication Ministries (HAGCM), was greatly diminished. At the station, they quickly diagnosed the problem — a faulty connection between the transmitter and the antenna. This reduced the signal to a fraction of its original strength, resulting in a poor signal close to the station and likely no signal in outlying areas.
Fixing it required specialized tools, but they had none. The cable needed a new connector. They didn’t have that either. They needed a sharp knife to cut the cable, but the best knife available was a dull dagger. A fix seemed impossible, but God was working out his sovereign plan. Years before, Jack had worked at a company where he was taught how to connect cables just like this one without specialized tools. Because of that training, he was able with God’s help to figure out how it could be done with no real tools at all. With much prayer and by fashioning what was available into makeshift implements (like sharpening the dagger on a rock), Jack and David repaired and reconnected the line. The result was immediate and dramatic. A powerful signal was restored.
The very next day, Jack and David participated with HAGCM in a distribution of solar-powered radios at a refugee camp in another district. As families turned on their radios, the Radio Usalama signal “came booming in and the people were thrilled!” reported David. Both he and Jack marveled at God’s timing. If the repair hadn’t happened when it did, the people would have had radios, but no signal. Now, instead of static or silence, they were hearing the message of hope loud and clear.
HAGCM is one of four partners who will be the focus of SonSet Solutions’ 2018 SonSet® Radio Initiative. Through the initiative, SonSet Solutions hopes to distribute 10,000 SonSet radios to help these ministries expand their reach and deepen their impact.
Written by Marla Bender