Forgive my tardiness in sending you my first update. This is honestly the first opportunity I have had to collect my thoughts and put them into written words.
Today is Wednesday. Karen and I arrived here in Kigoma Monday afternoon after a particularly long set of flights (leaving Houston at 7:40am on Saturday.) It takes a LONG time to get to Australia, but thankfully there is now a direct flight from Houston. That’s not the case here. We had four stops (Washington, DC, Zurich, Nairobi, and Dar Es Salaam) before we arrived in Kigoma. Those all add quite a bit of time to the trip. The upside is that you can get off the plane and stretch your legs.
Monday afternoon had me checking and adjusting all of the new equipment in the installation for the live broadcasts we are here to help Radio Joy begin. The station has been on the air for about two years. But, to this point, all of their work has been pre-recorded. Now, it’s time to introduce live-broadcasting to their portfolio. As many of you may remember, I was here with a team of KSBJ supporters a year ago to begin this training. This week, we review, re-train, and (the Lord willing) begin live broadcast on Thursday afternoon. We will leave on Friday morning.
Today will be “hands-on” training for all of the presenters teaching them how to adjust levels, audition songs, conduct phone interviews, etc. while talking live into a microphone. That sounds easier than it will be for many here, so I thank you in advance for your prayers.
There are still a few electronic hurdles to jump through. I’ve had to rely on my decades of watching great audio engineers to try and provide troubleshooting for the technical side of things. That’s a stretch for me, but I am thankful that so far, God has given me wisdom I didn’t think I had.
Thanks for your prayers. I hope to get you one or two more reports before I leave.
Blessings to each of you.
Jon & Karen