- Choosing the Difficult Path
If given the opportunity to escape an impoverished homeland and live comfortably in an affluent country, what choice would you make?
Etienne was born in Burkina Faso, a poor land-locked country in West Africa where daily existence was hard. Faithfully practicing his family’s religion, Etienne prayed five times a day, but a unique opportunity transformed his life. Unlike his siblings, Etienne was able to go to school where a friend introduced him to Jesus Christ. He went on to France to study evangelism and to Denmark for Bible school.
“Use me as you want,” he told God one day. He sensed God telling him, “Go back to your country. Go back to your friends and share what you have received.”
“That was the turning point,” Etienne stated as he shared with our staff about this difficult decision. Life was hard in Burkina Faso and the opportunity had been given to him to live a better life in France. “I couldn’t resist the call of God.” Etienne decided to return to his homeland.Continue reading →
- A World Cup Win for Liberian Youth
Joseph Kebbie was just 12 years old when the civil war broke out in Liberia in 1989. Being forced to become a child soldier was a constant fear and avoiding that fate a constant challenge.
God used the childhood experiences of war to develop in Joseph a passion for the young people of Liberia. Seventy percent of the population is under the age of 37. With the help of SonSet Solutions and other ministry partners, Joseph has established Vox TransMedia, a radio and media ministry designed to bring the message of hope and reconciliation through the gospel to the former child soldiers and victims of war who are now young adults.
Recently, Joseph reported on a successful, youth evangelistic event:
This year Vox TransMedia strategically engaged the Liberian youth through our Sports Outreach program during the [soccer] World Cup by providing a temporary theater that hosted up to a hundred youth or more per match. The service was rendered at no cost to the viewers, thanks to the support of friends like you.Continue reading →
- Witch Doctor to Preacher
Unable to keep others from attending, he decided to have a look for himself. Little did he know his life would forever be changed by what he would hear. Benedict was a practicing animist witch doctor in Tanzania. A team from Unreached Peoples Mission (UPM) had come to his village to share the good news of Christ. Benedict was strongly against this but couldn’t resist the urge to see what it was all about. That night the gospel was clearly presented, and he couldn’t deny the conviction he felt in his heart. He immediately went home and destroyed his idols and tools for witchcraft.
Wanting to learn more about God and tell others what he had experienced, Benedict attended the UPM missionary training center in Itigi, Tanzania, where he received theological, vocational and academic training. He is now the pastor of a growing church in the same village where he first practiced as a witch doctor!Continue reading →
- Harassed by “Hyenas”
“They’re like hyenas that won’t leave me alone, biting at my heels!” This was the desperate cry of a tormented woman in a settlement of the Gabbra people located along the Kenya/Ethiopia border. Her town’s name, Dukana, means “darkness” or “emptiness.” Thirty years ago there was only one known Christ follower. It was another 15 years before one more Gabbra openly declared their faith in Christ. Today, God’s Spirit is visibly working there. A ministry worker that SonSet Solutions supports through technology tools and services reports, “In the last two years people have responded like never before!”
Radio BHB Chalbi FM 91.1 is now on the air five hours per day. Previously, our partners were limited in their reach, focusing on “hut-to-hut” visitation. With upcoming enhancements to their equipment, they plan to increase their broadcast hours and significantly extend their coverage. Other technologies are also proving effective in delivering God’s word and for building relationships of trust. These include Wi-Fi “hotspots” loaded with Christian content for viewing or downloading with cell phones, and also reliable clean water sources.Continue reading →
- A Blessing in Disguise
WIVV is on the air! After 11 months, the station is now broadcasting at full power. It has been a year since Hurricanes Irma and Maria hit the Caribbean islands and disabled “The Rock Radio Network” of three stations, a ministry of Calvary Evangelistic Mission (CEM) in Puerto Rico. WIVV AM-1370 on Vieques Island, the first full-time Christian radio station in the eastern Caribbean, was hit the hardest.
Among the casualties were both the broadcasting and microwave link towers. Sea swells caused a lake to form at the site making it impossible to begin work until it could be drained. It took nine months for electricity to be restored to the area.Continue reading →
- Reconciliation in the Midst of Civil War
When tribal divisions erupted into civil war in South Sudan, nearly a million South Sudanese from 41 tribes ran for their lives across the border into Northern Uganda. There they became refugees, many with little more than the clothes on their back. Fortunately, Uganda welcomed them in peace, creating camps for them to live in and attempting to meet their basic needs.
Radio Usalama FM was established in one of these camps. As the refugee numbers increased, the station increased its power and expanded its reach with the help of SonSet Solutions. With so little to call their own, refugees have been heard calling Radio Usalama FM “our station,” as its message of peace and reconciliation through the gospel is beginning to unite in Christ the many divergent people in the camps.
- A Summer to Remember
Ten of us from seven different colleges and diverse fields of study came to SonSet Solutions during the summer of 2018 to participate in their internship program. Whether engaged to be married, out of college looking toward the next steps in life, or finishing a degree, we all found ourselves discovering how our passions and hard-earned skills could be used for kingdom work.
At the beginning of the summer, the air was filled with awkward pauses and uncomfortable laughs. As the weeks progressed, we found ourselves growing closer as friends while simultaneously expanding our skills and maturing in our walk with God.
Comparing his internship with others he’s had, Michael, an electrical engineering student from California Baptist University remarked, “There have been times I’ve been working at other internships and… [what I was working on] was not integral to the product development. But here, they need to have this test setup. It is an important thing, and I’m glad that I can help.”Continue reading →
- Changing Lives Together
“There is no single technology or ministry that can meet every water need in Africa. We must work together,” said Dr. Spencer Bogle from The Water Project. Stephen Peacock from SonSet Solutions, Rich Arthur from Design Outreach, and a team of five mission groups gathered together to distribute 2,000 Gideon Bibles and install two new LifePumps™ at two Kenyan schools. The team’s first job was to replace an old Afridev pump with a LifePump next to an elementary school in the slum area of Kakamega. As the curious eyes of young onlookers watched, Rich and Stephen trained the Kenyan missionaries on the installation of LifePumps.
During the second pump’s installation, Stephen and Rich became overseers and watched the Kenyans work by themselves to get the second pump up and running. Everything was going smoothly until the pump hit an unexpected layer of silt. Unsure of what to do, Stephen and Rich were reliant on a South Sudanese team member, who had specialized in drilling wells as a private contractor. This African missionary gave instructions to the group and, within two days, the well was cleared and ready to serve the community. Stephen said, “Here was something that we were completely stuck on, but God provided a guy who was trained and knew exactly what to do.”Continue reading →
- Witch Doctor to Preacher