- 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 →
- Dr. Joe’s Dream
Imagine for a moment, you are injured and taken to the hospital. You are admitted and receive treatment. As you recover, you feel your stomach growl. It has been a while since you have eaten. You are hungry. But the hospital has no food to give you. Without a family member to help, you will die, not from your original injury, but from starvation, right there in the hospital.
This is the reality of many hospitals in the developing world. They care deeply for the physical needs of the people, but there are no resources to feed their patients. For many refugees and outcast members of the community, such as patients suffering from leprosy, there is no one to care for these needs, which can result in the patient starving to death.
Our team of four traveled to the small town of Impfondo in the French-speaking country of the Republic of Congo. In this small town is a 60-bed missionary hospital, Pioneer Christian Hospital, a ministry of Global Outreach Mission. Our team went to assist with various projects. One member of our team, Candice Scatliff, a nutritionist, was there to assist in establishing a feeding program for patients.
The dream of medical director Dr. Joseph Harvey is to establish a program in which the hospital is able to provide nourishment to all inpatients, thus improving prognosis, recovery time, and the overall health of patients. The challenges to this goal are many: Lack of resources, logistics, and know-how. This is where Candice came in. For the two weeks she was in the Congo, her main focus was to overcome these challenges. She met frequently with the medical staff, worked with the hospital cook (for the few who can afford to buy food), lobbied aid organizations, provided training in nutrition to the head of nursing administration, and even recorded radio programs (translated into French and Lingala, the local languages) addressing nutrition-related health concerns in the area.Continue reading →
- You Cannot Do That in This Country
With a population of 81 million people, Turkey is predominantly Muslim—99.8% in fact. Less than 0.2% is considered evangelical Christian. In theory, Turkey recognizes the civil, political, and cultural rights of non-Muslim minorities; however, evangelical believers are still subject to political and social pressures from the local populous which have escalated into violent acts. Despite its tiny minority, the church continues to preach the gospel of Jesus Christ, no matter the cost. Our partner, Radio Shema, is at the forefront of this movement.
Founded in 2001, Radio Shema is one of two Christian radio stations in the country. Radio Shema is located in Ankara, the country’s capital, and broadcasts to an estimated nine million people in the greater Ankara metropolitan region and surrounding cities. “We know that our station is making an impact in the lives of people here as many have written in asking questions about God, Christianity, the Church, our programming, music artists, and other such topics.”Continue reading →
- Potential Blessings for Benin