Radio Planting Stories
Since 1989, HCJB Global has been “radio planting” – partnering with local believers who recognise the great impact that radio can have in sharing the gospel in their communities. We empower these national Christians by helping them with purchasing and installing the transmitters, antennas and studio equipment for the launch of a local FM radio station. Our staff then conducts training about how to produce effective evangelism and discipleship programmes and how to manage the station. We continue to mentor and encourage the believers as they operate the radio ministries on their own.
We’ve collaborated with over 215 partners in over 110 countries in Africa, Asia, Europe and Latin America, and more than 375 stations have been planted. Here are some recent causes for celebration and praise.
Largest Muslim population in the world
We’ve partnered with 5 groups on 46 stations since 2004!
Read a story about how listening to a partner radio station in Indonesia changed this man’s life.
Learn about a “new broadcasters” training course in Indonesia.
Nepal was once the only Hindu Kingdom in the world, but now the doors have opened for the Good News to enter.
In the last two years, we assisted local believers to start four radio stations that have already had great impact in their communities.
One station manager told us: “We have a cell group that has formed in a town in central Nepal, which is the outcome of people listening to our radio broadcasts. There are now 12 people ready for baptism. We are planning to build a church in this town. Please pray for us.”
Watch this video about the beginning of one of the stations and this one to see station equipment being installed.
In two years, with three partners, HCJB Global helped launch five FM radio stations in Ghana. See the story about the official dedication of the most recent one in Saboba.
One caller wrote, “I was listening to the radio in my village when at dawn I heard the Through the Bible message in Twi (a Ghanaian language). From that day, I have continued to tune in at that time. It has had a great impact on me and my family.”
A fellowship of evangelical churches has a vision to plant a network of 100 radio stations along with their goal to start 7,000 cell groups to reach 80,000 villages in this country, which is 95% Buddhist.
HCJB Global worked together with this group to develop six stations in Thailand this past year. Several were near borders with other countries that share a common language, so the impact reaches even beyond Thailand itself! There are many more stations to go, and 16 local groups are ready to begin the process of starting a station.
Three years ago, HCJB Global helped launch Life FM, the first evangelical radio station in Cork, Ireland.
Life FM has a passion to reach the youth in this city, where the suicide rate in the past year rose 45%! It was especially high among cab drivers, so the station produced a special series of programmes speaking to taxi drivers and recorded the testimony of several Christian cabbies to broadcast as outreach to this audience.
Croatia is less than 0.25% evangelical. It typically takes 15 years to plant a church. But the younger generation of Croatians are the most open to Christianity. Our local partner has tried for years to receive an FM radio license but is always denied.
HCJB Global assisted these Christians with a recording studio so they can produce programmes for an Internet Radio Station they are creating. Their target is the unreached young people of the country. Our staff just trained 63 volunteer programme producers who have a heart to reach their communities through this Internet radio station. Pray for the group as they launch this ministry – and for HCJB Global as we schedule more training sessions.
During and since the 2010 earthquake in Haiti, HCJB Global has helped both our radio partners with repairs, upgrades and technical training at their stations so that they can continue to reach out with the Gospel of Jesus Christ to those who are still hurting and searching for hope and peace.
Solar‐powered radios fix‐tuned to the partner radio stations were also distributed among patients and in tent cities.
They waited over 2 years, but now a Christian group has approval for an FM radio station in Pichanaki. They have a deadline to be up and running within one year. Pray as we help these passionate believers with funds for equipment and conduct training. They have a vision to reach out to young people in this rural area that has little opportunity for hearing the gospel.
HCJB Global has worked for many years with a partner who now has a network of 8 stations and wants to expand their outreach. Read about the potential to work with Pastor Kiemdé to reach this new area where 62% of the population is under the age of 20 and 40% are Muslim.
Liberia is a country still recovering from horrific civil war. Christians at Africa Bible College University are poised to launch a radio station on their campus that will reach into the northern part of the country and as a ministry to the Ivorian refugees living in camps on the border. HCJB Global staff are teaching short‐term courses this summer to help prepare for the launch of their station. Our engineers will work alongside them during the installation of equipment.
PRAISE GOD TOGETHER WITH US for the effective way that partner radio ministries are reaching out to their communities around the world.
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