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Pioneering Form of ‘Conversational’ Christian Broadcasting Makes an Impact in Eastern Europe

Secular music mix approach developed with Reach Beyond’s help to encourage listeners to ‘think for themselves’ spreads in parts of former Soviet Union
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo., Aug. 15, 2017 /Christian Newswire/ — A pioneering form of evangelistic Christian radio is spreading across parts of Eastern Europe, asking questions instead of giving answers.
Photo: Reach Beyond trainer Dave Jolly at the Joy FM studios in Romania.
Mixing secular and Christian music with conversation-starting commentary about life, Joy FM is breaking new ground and winning an audience in Romania and neighboring Moldova.
A partnership between Colorado Springs, Colo.-headquartered media and medical ministry Reach Beyond and local Christian ministries in both countries, Joy FM broadcasts 24/7 on eight stations under the tagline, “Music. Life. Community.”
The target audience is the majority unchurched population in each country, both of which were long under communist rule.
“The people were told what to think for a long time, but now we are encouraging them to think for themselves, so we ask a lot of questions on air,” said Reach Beyond’s Dave Jolly who helped launch the project.
“We’re a very different kind of station because we are not telling people what to think or believe; we want to ask questions to bring people into conversation and hopefully point them to a relationship with Jesus.”
Joy FM first went on the air in Arad, in western Romania, in late 2014. The response was positive with the phone calls, emails and social media responses. Then operators of seven Christian radio stations in neighboring Moldova–which was part of Romania until 1991–learned about the project and wanted to be part of it.
Those stations dropped their former, more traditional format of Christian music in June, becoming part of the Joy FM partnership. Now they carry the programming from Arad, whose Romanian-speaking presenters can be understood by many Moldovans who speak Romanian.
The opportunity in each country is big. According to Operation World, evangelical Christians account for only about 5 percent of Romania’s almost 20 million population and just 4 percent of Moldova’s 4 million people.
The Moldova expansion has been welcomed as an early affirmation of the new broadcast approach with hopes that it might be extended to other parts of the region.
The Joy FM menu is mainly English and Romanian secular music plus some Christian songs in both English and Romanian. “It’s a good mix of carefully chosen secular music,” said Jolly. “We don’t want it to detract from the main purpose, so we screen it very carefully.
“You can always find ideas in secular songs that can jump-start conversations, whether they are about relationships, broken relationships or love,” he continued. “We take them and use them as jumping-off points for dialogue.”
A former station manager in the U.S., Jolly has served in various duties with Reach Beyond, the latest one based in Arad since 2014. Originally the station manager, he has since moved into a consultancy role after helping train national staff.
He asked Reach Beyond supporters to pray that financial support would be forthcoming to keep the Joy FM stations on air, and for the development of a network of supporters to help befriend listeners who seek more information about faith through the broadcasts and connect them with local churches.
“It’s very exciting to see how Joy FM is being received because of its completely unique approach,” Jolly said. “It is an affirmation of the vision that we have to see God use us to communicate His truth in a different way and a confirmation that asking questions and trying to build relationships is working and impacting people, probably more so than preaching in this particular region of the world.”
Reach Beyond (reachbeyond.org) is a media- and medical-based evangelical ministry with operations on five continents. It spreads the message of Jesus in places that are primarily unreached or unengaged in the gospel. Reach Beyond uses media, including radio broadcasts, webcasts, social media and the distribution of solar-powered radios. It also reaches out to the needy throughout its growing network of healthcare services.
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Rev. Franklin Graham Joins Tony Perkins on the Radio to Discuss the World Summit in Defense of Persecuted Christians

WASHINGTON, May 3, 2017 /Christian Newswire/ — Yesterday, Rev. Franklin Graham appeared on Washington Watch with Tony Perkins, a national radio show which airs on more than 240 stations across the country. On the show, Graham discussed the persecution of Christians around the world and the need to stand for religious liberty both at home and overseas.

Rev. Graham has worked to respond to the genocide against Christians around the world by putting a spotlight on this issue, “It’s because of what is happening at an alarming rate around the world, where thousands of Christians have been killed, it’s around a 100,000 a year are being killed just for their faith. We’re seeing entire areas of the Middle East that are being eradicated.” Graham went on, “This is happening not just at the hands of Islam but, we see around the world where Christians, where they’re the minority, where they’re being persecuted. I want our politicians to see what’s happening and I want the voices of these people who have been persecuted, I want their voices to be heard. I want to give them a stage for them to be able to tell their stories and do it right there in Washington where hopefully we can see some policy changes.”

Family Research Council President Tony Perkins, the host of Washington Watch, added, “I’m not sure people realize just how significant this problem is, Christians throughout the world were killed for no other reason than that they follow Jesus Christ. And that has been growing over the last few years.”

“I think in large part it’s driven by the indifference toward religious freedom here at home. It’s sending a message to the terrorists and tyrants abroad that they’re free to do as they please when it comes to Christians.” concluded Perkins.

Chrisagis Brothers with Hollywood Icons Sharing Jesus

LOS ANGELES, May 1, 2017 /Christian Newswire/ — The Chrisagis Brothers hit radio success with “It’s A God Thing.” The show is being heard by 6 million listeners a week. The Brothers have had the biggest names in both the Christian world and the Hollywood world of legends and iconic stars speaking about Jesus. The show runs every week on both Wilkinsradio.com and WTYM Radio. The show started as a whim that Evangelist Sherry Caudill told the brothers about and Dr. John Bashline saw the vision and felt it was needed in this time and season. So Dr. John decided to put the Brothers on the air. This was the 4th time the Brothers did their own radio show but this time it is gold.

 

The Brothers started with guests that are dear friends of theirs like legendary Christian recording artists: Scott Wesley Brown, Russ Taff, Farrell & Farrell, David Meece, Steve Camp, Leon Patillo, Dave Boyer, Chuck Girard, Steve Archer, Stephanie Boosahda, and Chris Christian. Now the show has taken new flight and a bigger audience. With the bigger audience comes some of the world’s biggest iconic legends of TV, film and music like Dolly Parton (photo left), Cheryl Ladd (photo right), Loni Anderson, Lindsay Wagner, Erik Estrada, Joe Penny, Jennifer O’Neill, Jack Scalia, Kevin Sorbo, Corbin Bersen, Cristina Ferrare, Melba Moore, Pat Boone, Mariette Hartley, and the list goes on. Some of these famous stars have known the Brothers for a lifetime and love them as does their 6 million listeners. Each star talks about their lives, struggles, family, their successful careers, and their faith in Jesus Christ.

 

This show is an up-lifting inspirational show like no other. A lot of it has to do with the loving hearts and personalities of the Brothers. They are very loved hosts, who the guests respect and know that the Brothers have integrity and love for each person being interviewed. The series runs every Friday on Wilkins radio at 10:30 am and on WTYM Radio every Sunday at 11 am.

 

Keep checking at chrisagisbrothersministries.org for the Chrisagis Brothers latest guests and projects like the Legends Concert August 19th in Wheeling West Virginia at the Performing Arts Center at Wheeling Park High School at 6:30 pm with the greatest Grammy and Dove Christian recording artists like Phil Keaggy, Dino, Michael English, Wayne Watson, and Scott Wesley Brown. The show will be hosted by the Brothers and beautiful legendary actress and model Jennifer O’Neill.

By Faith with Frank Shelton: Episode 15

In this episode my friend Frank interviews his wife Ruth. Ruth Shelton grew up the daughter of a preacher during some of the worst years of the civil war in El Salvador. With Faith as her strength she made her way to Dallas, Texas worked as a housekeeper. She then began her career in Christian radio, first as a volunteer. As she became better trained her responsibilities increased. God then opened the door for her to help start a new Spanish language Christian station in Washington D. C. That station WWGB is now the largest Spanish language Christian station across several states. Ruth Shelton the preachers daughter from a war torn developing country is now the General Manager of that station . In this interview Ruth talks about the importance of her faith in making this journey. Enjoy this episode, right here, right now !

SonSet Solutions to Become Independent, Nonprofit Ministry

Move Allows Organization to Cultivate New Ministry Opportunities While Still Serving Technology Needs of Reach Beyond
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo., Sept. 29, 2014 /Christian Newswire/ — The board of trustees of Reach Beyond (www.reachbeyond.org) announced today that SonSet Solutions, its technology division based in Elkhart, Ind., will become a new independent nonprofit ministry effective Jan. 1, 2015. The move will allow SonSet Solutions to pursue new ministry opportunities while continuing to serve the technology needs of Reach Beyond.
Photo: Engineers at SonSet Solutions prepare a 100-kw shortwave transmitter for use at the Reach Beyond-Australia international broadcast facility in Kununurra, Australia.
For nearly 30 years, SonSet Solutions (formerly HCJB Global Technology Center) has been the technology division of Reach Beyond, providing radio technology, broadcast equipment and other engineering services to help spread the gospel to unreached people around the globe. Reach Beyond and SonSet Solutions believe the move will multiply the impact of both organizations.
“As technological developments continue to emerge at a mind-boggling rate and shape the world around us, it is more imperative than ever that Christ’s followers seize the capabilities available to us for communicating the message of new life in Jesus Christ,” said David Russell, executive director of SonSet Solutions. “The move by the board of trustees of Reach Beyond will help strengthen the church and engage more believers in God’s work.”
Established in 1986, SonSet Solutions also provides critical assistance to ministry partners who are communicating the gospel, often in difficult-to-reach locations. This includes expert advice and training for various communications technologies, the design and manufacture of quality equipment, such as transmitters, antennas, the SonSet® fixed-tuned solar-powered radio and water well development tools. It also includes troubleshooting help, repair and installation services, mentoring for technology students and research into emerging media technologies.
“The world we live in today is not the same as it was 20 or 30 years ago,” said Wayne Pederson, president and CEO of Reach Beyond. “Being flexible and innovative are key components to helping us reach those who have never heard the name of Christ. This move will help Reach Beyond and SonSet Solutions focus specifically on our unique missions. It will make us both stronger and more nimble as we tell the world about Christ.”
SonSet Solutions’ original mandate was to develop high-powered broadcast tools for the cooperative missions initiative “World By 2000.” In partnership with international ministry organizations like TWR, FEBC and SIM, the goal was to bring Christian radio programs to all the world’s major language groups. Other technical developments led to a highly effective ministry thrust known as “radio planting,” which is responsible today for more than 450 community Christian FM stations owned and operated by national partners.
The newly independent ministry currently works with more than 100 different ministries each year, enabling technology-dependent efforts and initiatives to grow and thrive.
“Our passion to see the name of Christ boldly proclaimed throughout the earth is what brings us together with many individuals and organizations,” Russell said. “Our love for technology and an ability to harness the tools it provides for the cause of Christ is what sets us apart.”
Additional information about SonSet Solutions and its new status is available at www.reachbeyond.org.
For 82 years the passion of Reach Beyond (formerly HCJB Global) (www.reachbeyond.org) has been to make disciples of Christ. Using mass media, healthcare and education, and working with partners around the world, Reach Beyond has ministries in more than 100 countries. The gospel is aired in more than 120 languages and dialects. Thousands of healthcare patients are meeting Jesus. Local believers are being trained as missionaries, pastors, broadcasters and healthcare providers.

Revival Reaches 1.5 Million Weekly on Christian Radio

IRVINE, Calif., Aug. 27, 2014 /Christian Newswire/ — Revival Outside the Walls (ROTW), a California-based ministry resource, now reaches 1.5 million people weekly on Christian radio. Its radio program, 60 Second Re-Charge with Barry Meguiar, reminds and motivates listeners to share their faith at every opportunity. The broadcast is heard on 16 percent of Christian radio stations nationwide and currently airs on over 300 outlets.

ROTW is a non-clergy, lay-led resource for faith-sharing founded in 2011 by Barry Meguiar, President of Meguiar’s Car Wax and Host of Discovery’s Velocity Channel Car Crazy TV. ROTW partnered with broadcasters at the National Religious Broadcasters (NRB) Convention to launch its 60-second features. These radio segments, produced by Meguiar, deliver high-energy messages that motivate listeners to share their faith at every opportunity.

“God’s called us to change our world, one person at a time,” Meguiar said.

ROTW’s mission is to motivate, equip and send lay people of all ages and stages in their spiritual walk into full-time service as Christ’s Ambassadors, outside the walls of their churches.

For more information, please visit: www.ROTW.com.

About Revival Outside the Walls:
Revival Outside the Walls (ROTW) is a non-clergy, lay led ministry resource for lay people intentionally sharing their faith. Founded by Barry Meguiar, President of Meguiar’s Car Wax and Host of Car Crazy TV on Discovery’s Velocity Network, ROTW challenges lay people to get off the bench (pew) and into the game where the adventure of being a Christian begins. To learn more, visit
www.ROTW.com.

100th Radio Station Goes On-Air in Largely Unreached Asia-Pacific Region

Thousands Come to Christ Each Year through Innovative Reach Beyond Radio Plant Ministry   
NASHVILLE, Feb. 24, 2014 /Christian Newswire/ — Reach Beyond (www.reachbeyond.org), formerly HCJB Global, announced today at the National Religious Broadcasters convention that it has planted its 100th radio station in the highly populated but largely unreached Asia Pacific region.
Photo: Missionary Lisa Balzer trains a pastor on the various aspects of producing a community radio broadcast at Reach Beyond’s 100th radio station in the highly populated but largely unreached Asia-Pacific region.
In the last 10 years, the mass media and healthcare ministry has launched radio stations across the region, including in Indonesia, Thailand, Nepal and Cambodia; the 100th station is located in Thailand. The effort is part of the ministry’s renewed plans to reach the unreached with the gospel, and is part of its work to help provide medical care, church planting, discipleship, evangelism and community development to needy communities.
“While the Asia Pacific region is highly populated, with more than half the world’s population, the gospel has barely penetrated the area,” said Wayne Pederson, president and CEO of Reach Beyond. “We’ve made this part of the world a special focus for our renewed efforts to reach the unreached, and Christian radio is one of the most effective and economical ways to do that.”
Reach Beyond forms radio planting partnerships with local people, which empowers them to reach their communities through FM radios. The radio ministry provides the broadcast equipment, training and technical support, while the local partner owns and operates the radio station. Since the station is locally owned and operated, it is better equipped to understand the audience and determine the most effective approach to programming.
“Our radio partners conservatively estimate that more than 10,000 people come to Christ each year through the radio station plants,” said Ty Stakes, executive director of Reach Beyond-Asia Pacific. “This means more than 100,000 people have come to Christ in just the last decade. We have adopted aggressive plans to expedite the number of radio stations across the region, which will hopefully result in hundreds of thousands more coming to know Jesus.”
Reach Beyond partners already have a deep commitment and passion for outreach and a proven record in terms of ministry. Since FM radio is still the most important communication medium in this area, the radio stations serve as amplifiers for their message. Each station fits the broadcasts around its unique context, and many of the programs are pre-evangelistic, meaning the deeper presentation of the gospel often happens off-air.
A dressmaker in Thailand tuned into “Happy FM” one day and heard the announcer, who is also a pastor, talk about love. Encouraged by the topic, the dressmaker called the station and talked with the pastor on the air. The pastor then invited her to church, where she found the love of Christ and a body of believers. She now helps others find Christ’s love through radio.
In Thailand, only 0.5 percent of the population is Christian. Most people do not even know what a Christian is and have great reluctance to visit a church, even if it’s within walking distance of their home. The radio stations have allowed local Christians and churches to engage the population in ways they couldn’t without radio.
As part of its overall mission, Reach Beyond hopes to plant an additional 100 stations in the next five years, moving at double the pace of the previous decade. In addition, partners in Thailand aim to start 100 community stations in the country by 2020. Nepalese partners have a vision for an additional 25 to 30 stations, with Reach Beyond playing critical roles in both endeavors.
“The Asia Pacific region is home to nearly one billion unreached people and hundreds of unreached people groups,” Pederson said. “Our strategy puts us right in the midst of these communities and gives us the best opportunity yet to share the hope found in Jesus. The last 10 years have seen incredible progress; the next 10 years will put us even closer to reaching the unreached.”
More about Reach Beyond’s ministry, including Pederson’s new book, “Reach Beyond — Comfort, Compassion and the Cause of Christ,” can be found at www.reachbeyond.org.
For 81 years the passion of Reach Beyond (formerly HCJB Global) (www.reachbeyond.org) has been to make disciples of Christ. Using mass media, healthcare and education and working with partners around the world, Reach Beyond has ministries in more than 100 countries. The gospel is aired in more than 120 languages and dialects. Thousands of healthcare patients are meeting Jesus. Local believers are being trained as missionaries, pastors, broadcasters and healthcare providers.

Christian Radio Station Falls Prey to Looters in Central African Republic Coup

HCJB Global Partner Station Crippled During Desperation of Nation without Order

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo., March 28, 2013 /Christian Newswire/ — An HCJB Global partner radio station in Bangui, Central African Republic (CAR), has been overrun by looters following a weekend coup. As rebels and gunmen roam the streets, the station operated by ICDI has been stripped of equipment essential to continue operation.

Photo: Staff members work on producing a radio program at ICDI’s sound room in Boali, about 65 miles outside of the capital. Left to right: Matongo Bienvenu (deejay), Samuel (lead person) and Boniface (technician).

“We are grateful to learn that all of the ICDI staff from the station are safe,” said Wayne Pederson, president and CEO of HCJB Global. “However, there is much distress among our personnel, not only for the destruction of the station in which they have invested their lives, but also for the people of Central African Republic, who have been thrown into disorder.”

About 5,000 Seleka rebel fighters poured into the capital city of Bangui Sunday, March 24, ousting President Francois Bozie and setting up their own self-proclaimed president. In the ensuing chaos, looters and armed rebels took to the streets.

As the nation struggles to restore order, throngs of the 600,000 population who had exhausted food and supplies during the takeover flocked to the markets on Tuesday. In the face of sporadic gunfire, many claimed desperation and turned to open looting.

Some equipment of the HCJB Global partner station had been moved to the ministry’s offices in Bangui for protection after the fighting began. However, as the conflict escalated, local staff members were forced to abandon the compound. Looters confiscated what they could and damaged much of the rest.

The looting of the station’s computer and soundboard has put the station off the air. In addition, three of the mission’s vehicles were stolen. Alexandre Pembi, who has served the mission for many years, returned to challenge the looters without success and narrowly escaped harm. No radio personnel can take action currently because it is unsafe for anyone to be out in public.

A humanitarian crisis is feared in the wake of disorder, lack of power and looting. Pederson called for prayer for the safety of the ICDI and HCJB Global staff during the volatility.

“In their time of desperation, the people of CAR need the message of hope broadcast on their radios,” he said. “Pray that we will soon be delivering that message again.”

To learn more about HCJB Global or to contribute to the crippled radio station in Bangui, visit www.hcjbglobal.org.

For 80 years the passion of HCJB Global (www.hcjbglobal.org) has been to make disciples of Christ. Using mass media, healthcare and education, and working with partners around the world, HCJB Global has ministries in more than 100 countries. The gospel is aired in more than 120 languages and dialects. Thousands of healthcare patients are meeting Jesus. Local believers are being trained as missionaries, pastors, broadcasters and healthcare providers.

Fiji Christian Radio Outlets Still Silent Two Months After Cyclone

Island Chain Nation Marked by Rival Ethnicities and Segregation Left without Message of Hope

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo., March 5, 2013 /Christian Newswire/ — More than two months after Tropical Cyclone Evan ripped through Fiji, residents in the western half of the island chain nation remain cut off from Christian radio programming.

Photo: High winds from Cyclone Evan buffeted the partner FM repeater station in Sigatoka, Fiji, knocking it off the air in mid-December. More than 300,000 people in western Fiji remain without Christian broadcasts

The area left with silent radio receivers is largely composed of immigrants who are 97 percent Hindu, Sikh and Muslim. Many arrived in Fiji as indentured servants. Decades of former British rule ending in 1970 and four military coups in the last 20 years have left these minorities in poverty, spiritual darkness and racial segregation.

“Without these towers, there are no Christian broadcasts and other essential information in Hindi or Fijian for these residents,” said Wayne Pederson, president and CEO of HCJB Global. “They are waiting every day for the message of hope and inspiration to be restored.”

Two of the four HCJB partner Radio Light outlets still without towers eliminated coverage to 300,000 people, a full half of the former 600,000 listening audience. The outlets broadcast a wide variety of content, including news, Christian programming, weather, music, social programming and community service announcements.

When Fiji’s electrical grid was shut down by the cyclone, Radio Light first used diesel generators to continue operation. While the base stations ultimately regained power, the two repeaters that extend the reach of the base stations to one-half of Fiji did not survive. When reconnected to the power grid, they were permanently damaged by strong power surges.

The two repeater outlets incurred more than $30,000 in damages. In addition to wreaking havoc on Fiji, Tropical Cyclone Evan also caused damages of $15,000 to HCJB Global’s partner stations on nearby Samoa.

Fiji is home to nearly 900,000 people on more than 300 islands. Located 1,300 miles northeast of New Zealand, it is easy prey to frequent storms.

Alcoholism, drug abuse and broken homes are widespread in the affected area. Radio Light’s previous broadcasts are now silenced on vital spiritual solutions to these deeply rooted social issues, including AIDS, poverty and social integration for these immigrants.

“It is imperative we restore power as quickly as possible to these 300,000 listeners,” said Pederson. “These minorities are dependent on us for much more than news and weather. We must send them the message of love, hope and inspiration.”

To help restore the Christian message to these 300,000 people, visit www.hcjb.org/give-to-priority-projects.html.

For 81 years the passion of HCJB Global (www.hcjbglobal.org) has been to make disciples of Christ. Using mass media, healthcare and education and working with partners around the world, HCJB Global has ministries in more than 100 countries. The gospel is aired in more than 120 languages and dialects. Thousands of healthcare patients are meeting Jesus. Local believers are being trained as missionaries, pastors, broadcasters and healthcare providers.

The New Praise.com, a Music Faith-Based Website with Free Online Christian Music Radio Launches

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Symbol of Christianity, white version. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

New Music Site Praise.com Launches with Worship Artist Emphasis

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va., Oct. 16, 2012 /Christian Newswire/ — Today, Praise.com, a new faith-based website launches to the public. Dedicated to communicating the message of Jesus Christ to a hurting world, the site gives music lovers a unique opportunity to experience praise and worship music at a new level.

Praise.com offers the latest in contemporary praise and worship, music news, original videos and reviews from a Christian perspective. Users can listen to inspiring music, read reviews of recent album releases, watch videos of today’s biggest contemporary artists, read thought provoking devotionals, even read the Bible online, all ways to deepen one’s faith.

Perhaps the most exciting element of Praise.com is Praise Radio, a free online Christian radio station. In addition to providing a constant stream of the latest praise and worship music from artists including Chris Tomlin, Kari Jobe and Hillsong UNITED, the player features song lyrics, concert information, artist bios and even an easy and simple ways to purchase music.

“We are thrilled by all the possibilities that Praise.com offers our users,” said President Michael Stonecypher. “We hope people will be encouraged to grow in their faith and tell others about it.”

Stats about online radio continue to point to a trend of new, innovative stations and formats making waves among the industry and listeners: Current estimates report nearly 100 million Internet users tune in to online radio stations weekly. In the meantime, terrestrial stations that stream online are seeing their audiences expand beyond the physical limits of wavelength and signal strength to reach listeners in distant new markets. That’s why the reach of Praise Radio expands beyond one site and listeners can find Praise Radio whether they’re on Praise.com, through iTunes or Tunein.com.

“You need to keep in mind today’s radio is now an interactive medium,” Stonecypher says, “engaging millions of consumers online and via mobile devices every week with limitless boundaries globally.”

To celebrate the launch of Praise.com, users are invited to register to win an all-inclusive trip for two on The Music Boat Cruise 2012, from Premier Christian Cruises. Hitting the high seas from November 5-9, a random winner and guest will sail to Grand Turk Island while enjoying uplifting music from Newsboys, Natalie Grant, Kutless and many others. The giveaway includes round-trip airfare and will draw to a close on October 25. Beyond a promotion to announce the launch of the site, according to Stonecypher, the giveaway is part of a larger mission for Praise.com.

“Obviously we want to provide a place on the Internet where Christians can listen to great music and find uplifting content, but our main goal is quite simple,” Stonecypher said. “We want people to be blessed.”

Users seeking further information and to sign up to receive the latest news, reviews and inspirational features via email, can visit www.praise.com.