Through Christ’s redemptive plan, His gift of salvation has been extended to all men. In Paul’s first letter to Timothy, he said that God “desires all men to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth. For there is one God and one mediator also between God and men, the man Christ Jesus” (I Tim. 2:4-5). Since every human being must know God’s desire, our goal as a ministry is to proclaim about this mediator. He is allowing us to take this message to needy hearts through radio. This effective way of reaching people is transforming hearts in different places in Latin America. Rejoice with us with what the Lord is doing through our radio programs.
Consuelo, an elderly lady from Peru, within the last months has been struggling with cancer, due to a tumor that has been developing in her tongue. Since January she has been listening to a local radio station that airs our program and she has been having a greater interest in learning more about the Scriptures. Her interests lead her to call our missionary Rene Hurtado. She asked him if he would be willing to visit her. A few days later, Rene visited her and he realized immediately that she had a strong devotion for her religious traditions since she had several images of saints and virgins around her bed. Rene’s first impression was that it would be too difficult to make her understand that Christ is the only mediator between God and men. But the Lord gave Rene the right words, and Consuelo’s heart was receptive to the message from the Scriptures. It seemed that her heart was prepared to accept Christ as she heard the message of salvation through the radio programs. Rene’s visit was the instrument that God used to help this lady to come to the knowledge of the truth and thus have peace with God. During their conversation a nurse and another lady that were present, also trusted Christ as their personal Savior.
Quillacollo, a small town near Cochabamba, is famous for the production of an alcoholic beverage made of corn; therefore, a large portion of its population has problems with alcoholism. This place is also an important religious center. In August, people from all over Bolivia, travel to this religious center looking for the prosperity offered by the Virgen de Urkupiña. Those who are trying to obtain a miracle must buy from the street vendor’s miniature cars, houses, trucks, or any other object according to their need.
Then, all what they have to do is to leave the object at the feet of the image and wait until the virgin responds to their need. Proclaiming the Gospel in this town is not an easy task, but our missionary, Pedro Salces, traveled to this region to visit several radio stations.
As a result of this trip, a secular radio station agreed to air the programs.
Pray for the salvation of the people in Quillacollo, as now they will have a way to hear through our programs about the only mediator between God and men.
A man that lives in Tegucigalpa, Honduras, called our missionary Melvin Zelaya at 11:30 in the night. He was in despair since he was dealing with a severe crisis in his life. He was dating a woman, but one day she decided to break their relationship and went to live with another man. A few days later this woman died. As he heard the news, his world was torn apart. While he was drinking alcohol, trying to cope with his despair, a terrible thought crossed his mind. He felt that suicide would be the best option to end his suffering. Having a gun at his disposition, he heard our program through a radio station. Hearing that Christ understands and cares about our lives, he memorized the phone number given at the end of the program and called Melvin asking for help. Understanding that this man would make a fatal decision, Melvin shared with him passages from the Scriptures that reassured him that God loved him and had an special plan for his life. He understood that God loved him in spite of the trial that he was going through. After praying for him, his voice sounded more relaxed. Melvin encouraged him to visit a church where he would learn more from the Scriptures. Pray for this man and many others that in the midst of their situations need to have a personal encounter with Christ. Pray that the Lord would continue using our programs through the 122 stations that are broadcasting our programs in Honduras.
God continues blessing our missionaries’ efforts as they seek for more outlets to proclaim the Good News of salvation. By the first quarter of 2011 we have surpassed the 1500 stations transmitting our programs! Please, pray for our need to add a new national missionary in Argentina. There are places in this country just as in Sardinata, Colombia, or Quillacollo, Bolivia, without any presence of Christian churches and therefore, radio might be the instrument to lead people to the knowledge of Christ.
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