Is It Really Worth it? - A grateful African village will tell you YES! [Read more]
Branching Out to Tape Ministry for Very Remote Places - Hand-cranked cassette players take the Gospel once again to unreached areas of Papua New Guinea. [Read more]
Young People in West Mediterranean Field to Minister Through Media - "If we don't communicate in the Church, it will be impossible for man to understand God." Eloize Reis, Western Mediterranean Field Communications Team. [Read more]
World Mission Broadcast and Olivet Nazarene University to Partner - A new partnership will give students opportunity to learn more about using media to share God's love. [Read more]
What Makes You Happy? - A British survey yields surprising results. [Read more]
Is It Really Worth It?
We are often asked whether it is really worth putting so much effort into old media like radio. Yet it is never hard to come up with the answer of YES!
It is true that technology has advanced tremendously, and yet radio remains a great ministry tool in most African settings. Radio ministry is hard and costly work that begins with planning and funding?but when we get powerful, life-changing testimonies, we know we are doing the right thing.
For the last six years the Church of the Nazarene has worked in partnership with Radio Uzima Tanzania (RUT). We air a youth program known as Tafakari Ya Siku (Daily Meditation) in the Kiswahili (Swahili) language. The program airs twice weekly and is a great blessing to the people in the villages that can hear Radio Uzima. WMB's African radio team has received many prayer requests, testimonies, and comments from faithful listeners whose lives have been changed by the Lord through this radio program. One of those listeners is David.
David Munga is a resident of Masaki Village in Dodoma, Tanzania; and he is a changed man. David is a mason and recently shared his testimony. His family (two brothers and a relative) were struck and killed by lightening on a rainy afternoon, leaving him alone. Great fear haunted him! His relatives isolated themselves from him because of the Sukuma tribe's taboos and cultural restrictions. Among these people, it is believed that people who are struck by lightening are evil, and no one should associate with them, lest you get infected with the bad omen.
One Saturday afternoon David heard a voice from his small, old radio receiver saying "There is One who cares and loves those who are unlovable and lonely? the Lord Jesus. He is inviting those who are afraid and weary and is offering them rest and safety that the community can't offer."
"I knew this [was] an offer to me; and that afternoon, I gave my all to Jesus," said David. After weeks of communication and visitation with Pastor Ronic, David joined the Iringa Road Church of the Nazarene where he has been a member for four months. Brother Munga and many others don't have the means to communicate their gratitude to the Church of the Nazarene for making it possible for the Word of God to reach and change their lives through radio. These villagers do not have cell phones or mail services to communicate their appreciation, but according to David, they say "? We always thank God for things like radio and the people who use them to reach disadvantaged villagers like us. We can't read the Bible on our own. It is likely that the only way we would receive the Good News is by hearing."
WMB's radio team members, local churches, and pastors are grateful witnesses of radio's continued viability to provide powerful, life-changing work in the lives of African listeners.
--- World Mission Broadcast Africa
Reaching Out to the Remotest Places
Many places in Papua New Guinea (PNG) don't have roads that lead to main cities, nor do they have ability to utilize many government services. The East and West Kambia districts of the Western Highlands Province are such places. With a population totaling 35,000, people in this area have little access to basic services like roads, bridges, schools, and health centers. Communication is limited to two-way radio. People walk long trails and sleep in the thick jungles in the open space for three nights to travel to their nearest provincial headquarters.
There are 15 Nazarene congregations in the East and West Kambia districts. The zone pastor and the PNG Nazarene Radio Ministry team have reinstituted a proven plan to effectively reach these people in the remotest of areas. The plan is to copy radio programs to cassette tapes and supply them with hand-cranked cassette players.
The Nazarene Radio Ministry team will give one hand-cranked player to each pastor along with cassette tapes full of the Gospel message from WMB radio programs.
As the zone pastor traveled recently, he visited each church and played the programs for those who don't know Jesus. At least 10 people accepted the Lord, and they are now members of the Church of the Nazarene in East and West Kambia.
While usage of hand-cranked cassette players has been done before, this is a new concept for people in this area. They had never thought that people could use radio or cassette tapes to share the word of God. Now people in the East and West Kambia districts are turning up in huge numbers to listen to the radio programs on tapes. They are requesting more copies of the programs and cassette tape players.
Papua New Guinea has other areas where radio signals cannot reach. World Mission Broadcast (WMB) intends to connect with these people through cassette tapes or with other technology like digital "Proclaimers" and portable MP3 players. This is a viable way to extend radio ministry to the remotest part of Papua New Guinea where precious people who are illiterate live and who learn by hearing. They need to hear the Gospel.
--- World Mission Broadcast Asia-Pacific
Young People in West Mediterranean Field to Minister Through Media
A group of Spanish and Portuguese young people met March 3-4, 2011, to discuss establishing a new communications team in the West Mediterranean Field. The team included four young people from Spain and three from Portugal, along with Kyle Himmelwright, the field strategy coordinator, his wife, Jayme, and Dennis Mohn, the Eurasia Region communications coordinator. Several others from Spain and Portugal were not able to attend, but will participate in the ministry.
The meeting was the initial step in launching the region's first field communications team. The purpose was for the group to get acquainted, share ideas, and discuss objectives.
"I am thankful for the people that see the upside of technology and want to use it to assist their field and its districts in their efforts to be the Church," said Mohn.
During the meetings, Mohn observed that these are an enthusiastic group of skilled young people who are passionate about Jesus and want to use their multimedia talents to share Christ's love with others. Each of the team members is trained in or currently studying Web site design, graphic design, video production, or mass communications.
"This is a start," said Junior Pereira, a team member from Spain. "The church has a lot of ministries, and communications is a very important ministry. I think we can implement this throughout the whole region."
Pereira would like to design Web sites and videos for the church and is currently studying towards a bachelor's degree in Web design and art direction. "This is another way for me to work for God," he said.
Team member Alejandra (Jessica) Martin attended the 2011 Leadership Conference in Büsingen with her husband, Jonathan, where she heard keynote speaker Leonard Sweet discuss how the Church needs to reach out and connect with the younger "Google World."
"It's good to see the Church updating itself for this Google generation," said Jessica. "It was good to hear about it in Büsingen and then later be a part of it in the meetings in Portugal."
Portuguese team-member Eloize Reis said the meeting allowed her to connect with the Spanish group and learn the goal of communications in the region.
During the meetings, Reis realized the church in Spain and Portugal have slightly different goals. In Portugal, the goal is to teach people how to use social networks and to develop interaction between the local churches. In Spain the biggest necessity is supporting families in the community through social services. The Internet could be used to promote this work, said Reis.
Pereira said the church needs to study the context for communications in each country in the region because every nation has a different mindset. The type of communication that works in Spain may not work in Portugal or elsewhere in the field.
"It was important to know that we had the same vision and have the opportunity to share ideas and projects that Portugal communications has for the future," said Reis. "Communications is how a man understands his neighbor. We must be clear and powerful in showing the world the way for salvation. If we don't communicate in the Church, it will be impossible for man to understand God."
The team would like to take their next step; there are plans for a second meeting in Portugal later in the year. "Imagine how much we could accomplish if every field would follow the example of the West Mediterranean?" said Mohn. "We will make it happen somehow."
--- World Mission Broadcast Eurasia
Text Messaging and a Red Radio
World Mission Broadcast (WMB) and Olivet Nazarene University (ONU) recently announced a new partnership alliance with the appointment of Brian Utter, WMB global coordinator, as program director of the Shine.FM radio network.
Utter will continue in his role as global coordinator, assisting in media strategy development with the world regions. This partnership will also benefit Olivet students by providing worldwide internship and volunteer opportunities
"Brian brings a great skill set to WONU/Shine.FM with his global media experience. Our students will benefit by working with him," said the station's operations manager Carl Fletcher.
According to Utter, "Olivet students will benefit from the partnership by participating in internships around the world that will complement the skills they have acquired from their education. This will also open up a global perspective of the opportunities to serve in media ministries outside North America. Students will work alongside national media teams in developing new language ministries and training in new digital production techniques."
Since August 2008, Utter has served as global coordinator with WMB. Prior to that, he was WMB's regional coordinator for South America for seven years. Under his leadership, that broadcast ministry grew to be the most successful in the organization's history. He also helped begin the program Mujer Valiosa (Valued Women), which currently has a monthly radio audience of 40 million in 24 countries and a monthly television audience of nearly 100 million in 21 countries.
Utter graduated with a bachelor's degree in communications from Olivet in 1991. He received a master's degree in missiology from Nazarene Theological Seminary in 1994 and a master's degree in communications from the University of Barcelona in Spain in 2008.
--- World Mission Broadcast Global
What Makes You Happy?
A recent study conducted in England reveals that listening to the radio makes people happier and gives them higher energy levels.
Over 1,000 Britons were polled via their smartphones and asked to record what media they were consuming and to rate their mood and energy levels while doing so.
Radio came out on top. Respondents recorded a 100 percent lift in happiness and 300 percent boost to their energy levels when listening to a radio show versus not consuming any type of media at all.
"People are the happiest and most energetic when listening to radio. It plays an important emotional role in people's lives," said Mark Barber, planning director at the Radio Advertising Bureau, which commissioned the research.
"People use radio as a lifestyle support system and to make themselves feel better about their lives.?Our latest research highlights the immense potential of radio to influence emotions."
The reality is that happiness is just an emotion that can come and go, but this research again points to the tremendous power radio has to influence people. WMB is all about influencing people! Not simply making them happy, but to share the JOY that can be found in knowing the Son of God.
Thank you for helping WMB share joy! Consider making a monthly gift commitment. For more information, visit broadcast.nazarene.org/contribute.aspx or mail your gift to:
|Church of the Nazarene
Global Treasury Services
P.O. Box 843116
Kansas City, MO 64184-3116
|Church of the Nazarene Canada
20 Regan Rd., Unit 9
Brian Utter, Global Coordinator