Rising update for September:
In the last 3 months scripture based radio programs have been produced in 3 minority language groups
in Colombia: Koreguaje, Guambiano and Paez/Nasa. The Guambianos worked with the Paez/Nasa to produce
these programs for their community radio station. The managers of the Guambiano radio station asked me if
it was okay to air these programs on 8 other FM stations that the Guambianos listen to. PTL for this means
of spreading His Word! This has been a joint coordinated project with various North American and nationals
working together plus the important part of your partnership with us in prayer and financial support. Many
more “tribes” will be before the throne!
Here are some of the testimonies of the listeners:
Praise the Lord for the efforts of many to make these testimonies possible.
1. The granting of a license for a short wave station in Pucallpa, Peru. This will cover an area of 14 minority language groups.
2. - I am planning a trip to Colombia in late September to make contacts and coordinate for:
- The distribution of the book ‘Guerilla Hostage’ in Spanish. They are all printed PTL! Thank you for your donations!
- The technical work and radio programs with Guambiano radio network
- Level One Christian radio programs with the Ticunas on the Amazon
- The recording studio for Katios
We have seen a downward trend in our support the last 4 months. Wycliffe raised all the quotas by
18% so we are at 75% support. That equals $1100/month lacking. Please pray with us concerning this
need so that we can continue this ministry that God has called us to.
3. “The greatest missionary is the Bible in the mother tongue. It never needs a furlough and is never
considered a foreigner.” Cameron Townsend, ( founder of Wycliffe Bible Translators.)
Ray and Doris Rising
Update from the Smiths:
The Ticuna and the Matses have been at war with each other for generations. Just take a look at what Jesus has been doing.
TODAY *** A
young man is recording bible stories in the Matses
language and they are being aired by the Chazuta Ethnic Christian Radio Station. He is wearing a head dress which is not Matses but Ticuna. The man operating the sound board is a Ticuna. What a difference the Bible makes. !!
Many of you prayed us through the early days before and after the 1969 peaceful contact with the feared Matses. Linda joined the Matses team in 1972 and I joined after converting the aircraft fleet to solid state equipment. That was in 1973.
We lived with the Matses eight years. Harriet
Fields and Hattie Kneeland were the translators. Harriet has gone on to
be with the Lord. Hattie is revising the Matses Bible. Thanks Hat. Please pray for Hat she has a bad case of TMB.
Many of you sent us to the field in 1966. Thank you. All of you have kept us there. How can we thank you enough? “Jesus, my request is that you bless each one”.
Blessing to you and yours.Glenn and Linda Smith
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.
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.
Ethnic Radio Ministries
Ray and Doris Rising
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.
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)
Glen Smith, Project and Donor Coordinator
(We love to hear from you. Keep us posted with your email address changes.)
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!Radio Logos. Want to see a short video of the Dedication ceremony? Click Link for a short video:
Peru: Ethnic owned and operated radio stations.
The estimated cost for each Ethnic Radio station is;
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.
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.
Please mention the gift is for AMG-Ethnic Radio 4RAD
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. J30428 Charlotte, NC 28230-0428
If you have any questions please contact me at;
Glenn Smith 5011 B Addison Rd. Waxhaw,
NC 28173 firstname.lastname@example.org PH 704-843-4345
Pray for these to be funded and completed soon.
Wouldn't it be wonderful to have all these communities experience what it means to be really free? !!
Evangelism with Technology 12/13
These are photos of indigenous using laptop
Radio Logos-Recording Studio
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!
-----------------------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.
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.
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.
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:
We are so delighted to be able to post a video with testimonials how remote groups are enjoying and responding to to Broadcasts:
A further update from Director Ray Rising: https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B7bKGuFW0KQWZUVlUnV2b3NwNWs/view
We praise the Lord for the wonderful seed being sown and the Harvest it brings. What a wonderful blessing!
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.
The predominance of radio is being challenged by other forms of media, but radio continues to be a cost effective medium for reaching almost any given population. Radio can cross geographical barriers as well as inter-confessional and denominational barriers which divide many communities.
Small, local radio stations tend to be hungry for programming, and charge relatively little for air time. Some are even willing to give free air time.
Many radio stations now also broadcast via the Internet, and various apps make it easy for people to listen to these “webcasts” via a smartphone, tablet or computer that can connect to the Internet. See wikipedia.org/wiki/Internet_radio for more information.
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.
· “Word of the Day” is
a way to feature a key biblical word or phrase to increase
understanding and conversation about potential applications. It is best
to avoid obscure words and phrases since there are so many others which
are major themes of Scripture. Doing this in the local language will
connect deeply with people’s hearts and minds, thus making it far more
meaningful to how they live than if it were allowed to become a
vocabulary lesson for the national language.
· 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.
· Talk shows - Topics of community interest are discussed by a talk show host and someone who is regarded as knowledgeable of what the Bible says on a selected topic. This can also be done with a panel of people expressing their questions and perspectives. Topics might include issues of interpersonal relationships, temptation, discouragement, trauma, financial management, cultural change, agriculture, animal husbandry, nutrition, hygiene and health issues. Two basic approaches to talk shows are scripted and unscripted conversations. A scripted conversation involves following a prescribed plan of discussion. An unscripted talk show requires a high level of participant expertise and wisdom. In both of these approaches, it is important that the participants be people who are able to wisely articulate local concerns, doubts, beliefs, and ways of thinking, and can show how the Bible addresses these in a way that makes sense in the local culture and language.
· God-At-Work Stories - Local residents share stories how they have seen their lives transformed through Scripture. Interviews should be pre-recorded so that they can be edited for appropriate content and time frame.
· Music - Radio broadcast of music can be enhanced with discussions about song lyrics and how they relate to Scripture. These are most effective when the participants prepare beforehand to discuss pre-selected songs.
· Interviews - Local Christian musicians and other kinds of artists, merchants, educators and other kinds of professionals, are invited to talk with them about their life, work, and the role that Scripture plays in what they do and how they think. It is recommended that there be some research done beforehand to know the interviewees’ quality of spiritual life and the part that Scripture has in their life; also to know about their reputation and the quality of their home life and business practices. Interviews should always be pre-recorded for editing for content and time frame.
· 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.
· Call-in Talk Shows - With the mobile phone now ubiquitous, a radio talk show in which the host(s) converse with listeners is very doable, and listeners can also send their comments and questions to the radio station via SMS text messages. The person(s) hosting the show will need to be knowledgable of local views and biblical insights on the selected topic, they need to understand how to handle and show respect for opposing views, and they need to be able to keep the show moving along while being live on the air. This is not an easy task, but has lots of potential for helpful dialogue.
· Talk about Language - Comparisons between the local language and the national language regarding the usage and meaning of words, figurative speech, analogies, and other language features which are relevant to Scripture can help listeners be more effectively bilingual, while creating a greater appreciation for their own language.
· Announcements - Community events and community service opportunities can help the entire community and thus adds value to the program.