Saturday, January 26, 2008

Turn your radio on!

We received great news this week concerning the radio ministry that we have been involved in here in Burkina. For over a year now Southwest Gospel Radio has been broadcasting Bible lessons and health programmes each week in the Loron language.

Galcom International, a North American organization which provides technical equipment for the communication of the Gospel worldwide, has donated 1,000 solar-powered, fixed-frequency radios for use among the Loron people here in Burkina. The radios have cleared customs and are now sitting in our kitchen, ready to be distributed among the Loron!

The radios are robust little things with a good quality speaker, rechargeable batteries and a solar panel. They are fixed to receive just one station, FM 99.7, the frequency of the local Christian radio, Southwest Gospel Radio (RESO), so the radios cannot be abused.

We will probably not be able to use all the radios among the Loron here in Burkina - there are maybe only 400 or so Loron homesteads - so 500 radios have been given to the folks at the Christian radio for them to use in their work among the other tribal groups in the area.

What started out as a small missionary project among the children at the Sunday school of our home church in Northern Ireland, has mushroomed into something that could have a huge impact on bringing the gospel to many thousands of people from different tribes living in isolated villages and homesteads all over southwest Burkina.