- Invisible Waves Changing Lives
Suffering from depression and contemplating suicide, a teacher was aimlessly fiddling with the dial on her radio one night, and happened upon Radio Light, a Christian station dedicated to the propagation of the gospel. Something she heard intrigued her. The message from the Bible brought a ray of hope into her heart that was strong enough to dispel the dark thoughts of suicide. She eventually gave her life to Christ.
A taxi driver listened to various radio stations as he ferried people to their destinations. One day the radio dial broke while it was on Radio Light. From then on, he had no other options—just Christian radio all day long. The message penetrated, and he too gave his life to Christ.
Radio waves go out silently and invisibly, so we don’t always know where they are going and who they might impact. We daily help our radio planting partners around the world with radio equipment, training, and technical support and pray that God’s Word, riding on the radio waves, will change the lives of listeners.Continue reading →
- A Moment with the President
Grab a cup of coffee, have a seat, and join us as we get to know a bit about SonSet Solutions President and CEO David Russell and the ministry he serves. You may be surprised at his background and his favorite dessert! Since November 2016 marks the 30th anniversary of SonSet Solutions, he also shares his excitement and vision for the ministry!
David is a telecommunications engineer by trade and gained experience in the aerospace industry of Southern California. Even though he worked in the “concrete jungle” of Los Angeles, his actual roots are in the Amazon jungle of Peru, where he was born to missionary parents who translated God’s Word into the language of a stone-age tribal group. His multicultural and multilingual upbringing prepared him well for a missionary career that has taken him to many parts of the globe.
David joined the ministry of HCJB World Radio in 1991 serving in Ecuador for nine years before transitioning to what was then known as the HCJB World Radio Engineering Center in Elkhart, Indiana. This operation, now known as SonSet Solutions, was originally created to take on an incredibly daunting task in the mid 1970s during the Cold War. Learn moreContinue reading →
- Hurricane Matthew Disaster Relief
Ravaged. Devastated. Massive destruction. Three days of terror.
These are a few of the words that have been used to describe the country of Haiti in the wake of Hurricane Matthew. A country already reeling from the devastating earthquake in 2010, Haiti is in a state of crisis with the death toll reaching 1,000 and climbing.
SonSet Solutions is ready to send one of our own, Leon Amstutz, to help get our partner, Radio Lumiѐre on the air again. “Radio plays an important role in times of crisis,” says Ted Miller, a SonSet Solutions broadcast engineer. “A lot of communities are cut off from communication and people need to find out where aid is available. Radio broadcasts will also tell people how to avoid diseases such as cholera, which is already becoming an epidemic in some areas. Just as importantly, Christian broadcasts give people hope as they are given spiritual truths that help make sense of the mess.”
Radio Lumiѐre, which has been broadcasting for 57 years, covers up to 94 percent of the country of Haiti with gospel programming. With 10 installations throughout the country, eight of them are located in the hardest-hit areas and six of those have been severely damaged. Downed towers, damaged buildings, water-logged electronic equipment, and failed transmitters are just a few of the punches Hurricane Matthew has given the stations.Continue reading →
- Meeting Needs in Mali
Stephen Peacock traveled to Mali recently to install LifePumpsTM with Design Outreach carrying 18 audio Bibles in the dialect of the village where he would be working. As was his habit, this SonSet Solutions missionary planned to leave the audio Bibles with people in the community giving them something even more important than clean water–the eternal Word of God.
It was a huge disappointment to find that the leaders of the community had no interest in receiving the Bibles, although they were friendly and appreciative of the clean water system and monitor. Stephen writes, “At the end of an otherwise productive week, I had packed the audio Bibles in my suitcase to return to the U.S. but felt discouraged at this failed part of the mission. However, God delights in working in ways above and beyond our capabilities.”Continue reading →
- Potential Blessings for Benin
Christians in Benin, West Africa, have found SonSet Solutions’ solar lamp pole (SLP) to be useful in areas where electricity is not readily accessible. Using this ministry tool, which was specifically tailored for their needs, they found a unique way to share the gospel of Jesus with people in their communities. Believers are calling the SLP the Living Oasis, a fitting name for a box that offers life in a dry and dusty land!
So far, one prototype has been placed in Benin to experiment with this new concept. The hope is to place these units in churches, hospitals, clinics, stores, schools, or anywhere it would be appropriate. This will provide not only a lamp to light the darkness, but also a Wi-Fi hot spot for charging cell phones and using those phones to download information, listen to Christian radio, or watch an evangelistic video. The prototype in Benin has been loaded with the French Bible, Christian radio programming, and versions of the “Jesus” film in French, Fufilde, and Bariba, the main languages of the region.Continue reading →
- We’ve a Story to Tell
What an exciting day in November 1974, when the interval signal for TWR Swaziland first rang out with the last line of “We’ve A Story To Tell To The Nations.” So many miracles — a license to broadcast in Swaziland, land on which to build, land that was perfect for the radio transmissions, workers, and sand delivered by a flood right to the site exactly when it was needed. The list of God’s blessings on TWR Swaziland continues to grow.
Now God has provided a larger, newer, more powerful 100,000-watt medium wave transmitter. Larry McGuire, a TWR missionary who serves at SonSet Solutions, is currently helping with the upgrade of the medium wave (AM) antenna system to handle the full 100,000 watts. This, by God’s grace, will send the gospel to more people hungry for God’s Word.Continue reading →
- Destiny FM Reaches the Unreached
This is what Jim and Jenny Duncan, missionaries to Belize and partners of SonSet Solutions, heard from a listener when a broken transmitter forced Destiny 105.1 FM off the air.
In April, SonSet Solutions missionaries Alan and Sarah Good traveled to Belize to return the repaired transmitter and reinstall it so that Destiny FM could resume its on air ministries.
Though Belize is a country of many nationalities, its Mennonite community is a significant part of Destiny FM’s target audience. Approximately 12,000 Mennonites live in Belize. While some have integrated into Central American culture, others remain in colonies and try to preserve the “Old Order Mennonite” beliefs and culture. Though many Mennonites believe faith in Jesus is the only way to eternal life, a significant number miss the freedom the gospel provides and put too great an emphasis on rules and works as a means of being made right with God. Henry Redekopp, a pastor from the evangelistic sub colony, says the Old Colony Mennonites are a largely unreached people group in Belize, but now radio is able to reach them in their own language.Continue reading →
- It is Impossible to Just Look Away
It is called the ‘Tower of Power’ and is finally completed and proclaiming the Gospel of Jesus Christ via radio. The 300-foot tower is a culmination of 10 years of planning and prayer at Pioneer Christian Hospital in Impfondo, Republic of Congo, Africa.
The connection between SonSet Solutions and Pioneer Christian Hospital was birthed in 2006 when Dr. Joe Harvey, director of the African hospital, attended a consortium in Ghana. The meeting summit was intended to reveal how radio and medicine could partner together and show what the ‘Voice and Hands’ ministry could accomplish in Africa.
Dr. Joe walked away from that summit with a dream of having a radio station as part of the hospital ministry. Along that journey the team hit many snags, but God was faithful to honor their hard work and to answer prayer. The temporary radio station went on the air in January 2014. It would be another two years and many roadblocks before the station antenna site would be moved from the hospital’s water tower to a tall radio tower structure.Continue reading →
- Potential Blessings for Benin