Powerful media: Radio directly to remote villages

   News: An application for a new station in Pucallpa, Peru. Pray the License for a shortwave radio station will be issued soon. This station will be able to cover the Southwest part of the country. 
   Training for station techs, program designers plus Godly managers will be next. Some stations have several Christian Fellowship join together to form a Co-op for station management and financial needs. How wonderful that Christians work together to bring to Good News to the airwaves in remote area and many different dialects.   

Scripture engagement open to the entire community

  One of our team members worked in Bible translation in an area where there was no radio programming in the local language.  When the owners of a local Christian radio station discovered that an audio recording was available of the Gospel of Mark in the local language, they began broadcasting it for one hour each afternoon.  If you were to walk through the villages during the hour of the radio broadcast, you would hear the Gospel of Mark coming from the radios in so many homes that it was like hearing it in “Surround Sound.” 

  Radio has been the most powerful media platform for communication in Latin America. Most everyone listens to radio, and many listen throughout much of the day. It is commonly believed that if something is important, it will be heard on the radio.  Radio is where people look for entertainment, information and news. For many indigenous groups, listening to radio is essential. It would be hard for them to imagine life without it.  

Radio Programming Content:  

The most common forms of religious radio content in Latin America are preaching and music.  Playing Scripture portions is another common programming option since it requires little preparation.  Radio programming that features a variety of elements is generally the most effective for engaging audiences.  Below are some elements that can be considered as providing interesting ways to engage with Scripture in a radio program.

·        Scripture Readings - Dramatized readings greatly increase people’s ability to pay attention, and to understand and remember the passage being read.  Dramatized reading may require a bit of extra preparation, but is always worth it.  Using one of the Faith Comes By Hearing recordings can help provide dramatized readings of high quality. 

Greetings -  Listeners pass on greetings, birthday wishes, and messages to other listeners. Look for ways to get audience engagement, such as through contests with prizes.  Rewards for participation could include vernacular Scripture portions, vernacular music and videos, etc.

Audio Dramas - These have a wonderfully enjoyable way of enabling listeners to enter into the story.  Dramas can broach biblical topics and cultural issues through one-time  or serial performances.  Cultural issues need to be explored with local content developers.  (The Culture Meets Scripture workshop can be very helpful in this.)  Positive traits of a culture can be used to show how biblical concepts are already present in the culture, and how they can be strengthened, such as the value for strong families, honor and respect for others, a responsible work ethic, living in harmony with others, etc.  Every culture also has problems and struggles that need to be discussed, such as sexual abuse, alcoholism and drug addiction, gossip, machismo, bullying, etc.  Radio dramas can powerfully address these topics in ways that are different than, and that can be coordinated with, talk shows.
Announcements - Community events and community service opportunities can help the entire community and thus adds value to the program.
Humor - Riddles or jokes can draw in more listeners and add flavor to any program, especially if they have a Scripture-related application.  Proverbs 17:22 says, “A cheerful heart is good medicine….”Click here to got to “Video: So real we feel we are there,” or first tell us how radio has impacted Scripture engagement in your life.

Llata, Peru a remote village at 11,000 ft
with a peak at 13,000 ft. FM Transmitter is installed at the very top. Signal travels way up and down the valley below. Very successful. Hundreds of villages covered.  The local evangelicals banded together to make this station so successful. Just updated with a remote transmitter link.

This crowd  met to celebrate installation of this Station. As they filled up the common space donating funds from meager resources for evangelism of their neighbors far and near.
                                Ethnic Radio Ministries 
 
  The goals of Radio Logos include airing programs in pastoral training, evangelism, Biblical teaching, promoting Mother Tongue scripture use to remote areas, social connection and information, education in health, agriculture, and general communication from authorities.
   We assist evangelical churches in their goals to evangelize neighboring groups through radio and recorded media.
  Media specialists in Bogata  produce 7 minute Bible readings in the indigenous languages for radio;  Trans World Radio personnel are assisting in the production of radio programs for Mother Tongues in Venezuala; building a recording studio on the Amazon; and  training Bible School students in production of radio programs.
  
  Ray has been assisting very poor families he has helped in the past with school materials for their children  and determine their need for the new year starting in February. We are seeking sponsors to help these children escape poverty by a proper education and share God's love with them. Please let us know your willingness to help.
 

  We so appreciate all of you who have a part in our ministry by prayer and/or financial support. We can't do it without you.

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                         Ray and Doris Rising       
Financial support: Wycliffe Bible Translators
                        P.O. Box
628200
                        Orlando, Fl 32862-8200
     Project:   AMA Group AMD4RAD
                           (for Ethnic Radio and
                            Ray and Doris Rising)
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  Glen Smith, Project and Donor Coordinator
Email: glen_smith@sil.org
       

    (We love to hear from you. Keep us posted with your email address changes.)

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   Update
September 2013

       Dedication Celebration for Radio Logos in Chazuta, Peru
  Close to 500 people attended this big festive occasion to celebrate God's gracious gifts of hard work and  sacrificial giving to make Radio Logos a fruitful and dynamic voice all over South America!
 
  So many came to be part of the Dedication Ceremony in Chazuta
Radio Logos. Want to see a short video of the Dedication ceremony? Click Link for a short video:  
http://vimeo.com/75500237

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                   Peru: Ethnic owned and operated radio stations.

The estimated cost for each Ethnic Radio station is;

  • FM  station  $33,079
  • Short Wave $43,580 

A typical Radio station is made up of the following components.    

Antenna farm, Recording Studio, Broadcasting Studio, Music & Program libraries, Training of DJs and station technicians, Antenna-to-studio radio link, and a reliable local electrical grid.

The Goal is to build one new radio station and renovate one station each year.

  • 2015 saw Quechua FM Radio Station completed in Llata,  Peru.The antenna site is 13,000 feet above sea level. It will cover well over 100 villages.

This is the only legal radio station in the area.  The Quechua FM Radio Station in Huanuco is owned by Pastor Rubin Matias.  During the Communist take over in Peru many of his colleagues were gunned down by the guerrillas. They planned to kill him as well. He asked, “And what kind of a threat is a blind man to you?” His radio station has been on the air for 18 years. The government just fined him for the antiquated antenna-to-studio link plus operating on an unauthorized frequency. I met him in Lima at the Ethnic Radio Conference. He has an awesome baritone singing voice and plays the accordion well.

They really need our help.  $5,750.00 will do it. He and his wife make an awesome team.

 Please send gifts to:

Wycliffe Bible Translators                        P.O. Box 628200                                  Orlando, FL 32862-8200                        AMG – Ethnic Radio 4RAD

On Line Giving.

http://www.wycliffe.org/give/waystogive.aspx

Please mention the gift is for AMG-Ethnic Radio 4RAD

Designate:

  1. For building Ethnic Radio Stations
  2. For Spanish Hesperian Health Guide Libraries for Ethnic Radio Stations.

Each radio station will need to be financially self sufficient. Because their listening audience is made up of subsistence farmers it will be necessary to have a mini industry to financially support each station. The mini industry or cottage industry will need to meet a felt need within each language & culture group.All ideas are welcome. J

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If you have any questions please contact me at;

 Glenn Smith                                                               5011 B Addison Rd.                                                          Waxhaw, NC 28173                                     glenn_smith@sil.org                                                      PH 704-843-4345

Thank you for your tender loving care.

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Previous Posts:
         Current Projects
     Pray for these to be funded and completed   soon.
  1. FM Station for Chazuta to cover the first 40 miles the Shortwave skips over.
  2. Ongoing training for Ethnic Quechua and other people that desire to evangelize using recordings and radio media for scriptures.
  3. Complete the recording studio near Leticia Columbia for Scripture recordings for various groups hidden in the jungles.
 Wouldn't it be wonderful to have all these communities experience what it means to be really free? !!

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  Evangelism with Technology 12/13
These are photos of indigenous using laptop
computers in Colombia and Peru.

Ethnic Lady Recoding in the Studio
Ethnic Lady recording in Studio
Recording Engineer at Work
Ray & Glenn present a Laptop
to a trained Engineer

                                             Ethnic Translator receives Laptop for transalation

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  Radio Logos-Recording Studio    
          Chazuta, Peru
          April 23, 2013
  GOOD NEWS! The recording studios now a reality. A work team consisting of Electronic Engineer Wayne Borthwick, Project Director Ray Rising along with 4 others have arrived home after completing, not only the interior of the sound studio, but also the recording equipment and associated gear.
   This means the studio can be used by the men and ladies that have been trained to operate the facility for the production of scripture for many different language groups that can currently hear the signal of Radio Logos.
We rejoice that God has answered many many prayers to get this beautiful studio to get the scripture, stories, and music that is so effectively used on the air. Much rejoicing is happening in the Local Congregation of believers that have prayed and worked so hard to make this a reality.
  We praise the Lord and Thank Him for all the donations and hard work for so many -some we may never meet -that this is now an operational studio for God's work. The fields are white to harvest with the Holy Spirit touching many hundreds and thousands of individuals and language groups.
   Further the transmitter building is the recipient of better air conditioning which mandated the conversion from single phase power to 3-phase which we pray will be more stable and consistent to provide continuous transmitter operation.
  The comment from Mr. Rising was "they have a beautiful studio now". Praise the Lord!
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   The Chazuta Transmitter has been repaired and is On The Air as of 1/24/2013, Praise the Lord. The engineers  found several problems stemming from power surges. An extra filter has been installed to assure this will not happen again, Thank You to all who have prayed to get the transmitter repaired and those who donated financially to this project along with the engineering team to rework and install new modules.
  A number
of villages have been calling asking "why is the station not on the air". The people have missed it greatly. This is a vital link to having good evangelical programming to so many needing and wanting sound teaching. 
  More support by donations of laptop computers, financial support to train more people to produce programs in more languages.
  Pastor Jairo and the congregation in Chazuta have a great passion to reach all the language groups in range of this short wave station. Many more people are needed to be trained to expertly produce  these programs.
  The satellite dish link to HCJB still needs to be installed and made operational to allow programs already produced by HCJB to be downloaded via satellite for broadcast. HCJB has assisted in many ways to allow this station to be operational. We are so encouraged for their support.
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    Would you church consider becoming a "Sister Church" to the Chazuta Conregation in supporting Radio Logos?        This Partnership is needed for encouragement, financial, prayer,  and spiritual encouragement. The evil one has tried all kinds of ways to prevent these broadcasts from becoming a reality.  If you have any interest please contact us for more details.
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        Chazuta, Peru
 Radio Logos is broadcasting from Chazuta Peru on 4810 SW with listener reports from Sweden, Illinois, New York, and California. These reports demonstrate the far reaching effects of this media.
   Many language groups can and are receiving this station signal in their own language and dialect. A more complete report is on the Project AMG Chazuta Radio. See the menu on the top left side this page.
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Donate using the following methods

Project Name: AMG Chazuta Radio (Wycliffe Bible Translators)
*Please follow these instructions to donate. If you wish to speak to Project Manger call as below:
 1.  Log into the Wycliffe website at www.wycliffe.org
 2.  Click on the Give link at the top of the page.

 3. Scroll over to the missionary ministries link and click on it.
 4. Click on the link (in the second paragraph) that states "click here" in bold letters.

 5. In the first name field please type in Americas. In the last name field type in Group
  6. In the special instructions box  type in the following comment:  AMA Group AMD4RAD
 7. Follow the prompts and complete your donation.

If you wish to speak to the Project Manager call:

  • Phone: 704-843-4345, Ask for Glenn Smith - Project Manager, AMG Chazuta Radio
  • Email for instructions: Write to Glenn Smith with Subject Re: AMG Chazuta Radio
  • Mail:
    • AMG Chazuta Radio
      C/o Glenn Smith/WBT
      5011-B Addison Rd
      Waxhaw NC 28173