Listener Testimonies from Stereo Bienestar
Puerto Barrios, Izabal, Guatemala
Stereo Bienestar, a radio station located
on the patio of the Puerto Barrios Church of the Nazarene in Guatemala
celebrated its first anniversary in December 2002. The impact
that this radio station is having on the Puerto Barrios community has
been phenominal. Following are just 3 of the accounts received recently
about listeners who lives have been changed for Christ after listening
to the station’s programs.
I am 25 and a social work student. I have four siblings. When we were
very young my parents took us to an evangelical church, but as we grew
up we fell further away from the way of the Lord. Leaving the things of
God brought bad consequences in our lives, the worst of which is that
I have a brother in prison in Los Achiotes, Zacapa for killing a policeman.
Before that problem my dad, in desperation and confusion, returned to
his former life: drunk, gambler, heavy drinker. The power of God had brought
him out of this situation, but Satan returned to tempt him.
I want to tell you that radio has helped
us greatly, because that is where we have found strength. I have recorded
several messages that I have taken to my brother and I am sure that he
will soon return to the Lord. Thank you for blessing our lives with RADIO.
Karina Vásquez, Puerto Barrios,
A couple (Noah and Rosa López)
arrived one Friday night at the church in Puerto Barrios and asked to
meet the pastor of the church and the presenter of the program “Communicating
with God.” From the way they acted, we assumed they were Christians,
but later they indicated that they were not believers but were faithful
listeners to the radio station Stereo Bienestar and they had it playing
all day long. The next day they came back with their two daughters and
when the preacher gave the invitation to accept Jesus Christ, the whole
family went forward.
German Picavea – MAC Region Radio
Mr. Hugo Contreras came to the Church
of the Nazarene of Puerto Barrios on Sunday, the 25th of August, and was
converted in an evangelistic service of the campaign we had last week.
When the pastor, Rev. Julio Gonzáles, talked with him, Mr. Contreras
mentioned that he had been a leader in the Mormon Church, but through
the broadcast of Stereo Bienestar, he felt strongly motivated to find
the Church of the nazarene and give his life to Jesus. He also mentioned
that in making this decision he is willing to face the problems that his
association with the Mormon Church will bring. It’s worth facing
German Picavea – MAC Region Radio
As the church’s annual pastoral report was prepared recently, the
impact that the radio station has had was evaluated. The report shared
the following aspects of the radio ministry which were considered very
- The church of the Nazarene of Puerto
Barrios baptized and received 66 new members during 2002. This represents
a 33% growth which is greater than any the church had previously experienced.
They believe this growth can be explained by the many evangelistic radio
programs that teach the message of Holiness, bring familiarity of the
church to the listener who in turn finds an easy tie to the congregation.
- The church of the Nazarene on the Atlantic
District considerably increased its ability to communicate with the
congregations located in the areas of Puerto Barrios, Santo Tomas, Livingston
and Champona by using the radio station to maintain contact with its
members. This support from the radio is particularly important considering
the station transmits 19 hours per day. A large majority of the members
of the Church of the Nazarene that live in the area listen to radio,
maintain contact with their church and church family, and receive information
on activities and important announcements.
- The Church of the Nazarene has earned
the respect among the Christian and non-Christian people of the region
for sharing its beliefs and doctrine – both of which have been
well received. A weekly Bible study based on the Spanish Sunday School
curriculum (Sendero de la Verdad) is broadcast. Social interest items
are discussed which helps make known the position of the Puerto Barrios
Humberto Teos Morales, Director Stereo Bienestar
--World Mission Communications
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