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Radio Joy – Sharing Hope Around the Globe

Radio Joy has been on the air less than a year, but the impact is already putting this station on the map. KSBJ helped this radio station launch and is beginning ongoing work of mentoring them in operations, logistics and outreach. Jon Hull recently traveled to Kigoma, Tanzania to work with KSBJ’s newest Mentoring partner station. This is a station that clearly shows the favor you can receive when you decide to serve others in Christlike ways.

Here are just two examples.

A few days after Radio Joy signed on the air, their director got word that the head of the Tanzanian Communication office was in town and wanted to see him. As he walked into the room, the official stood and said, “We have a problem. The population in your area has increased rapidly, and if there was an emergency or disaster, we have no way of letting the people know. I am calling a meeting of every Pastor and every Imam under your signal and will ask them to choose someone from their congregation who will ALWAYS monitor your station. If there is a problem, will your radio station help us to get the word out?” “Of course,” the director replied, “And, I’ll give every Pastor and Imam a special radio that will help them do this job.” So today, someone from every church AND every mosque in the area is “monitoring” Radio Joy.

As is every Tanzanian fisherman on Lake Tanganyika.

Early in the morning, you can gaze at Lake Tanganyika and see hundreds of small fishing boats moored in the harbor. Kigoma is a fishing village on this huge lake that shares its borders with four countries. The men who work those boats, mostly Muslim men, return from fishing all night. They sell their catch and go home to sleep, but while they work, from sundown to sunup they have a Christian witness with them because of Radio Joy.

When the station was launched, the director and his staff decided to give EVERY fisherman a solar powered radio permanently tuned to the station. When the fishermen go out at night, they have their radios strapped around their necks. When they come home, they put them in the sunlight and recharge them for the night’s catch. “Passing alongside the Sea of Galilee, he saw Simon and Andrew the brother of Simon casting a net into the sea, for they were fishermen. And Jesus said to them, ‘Follow me, and I will make you become fishers of men.’ And immediately they left their nets and followed him.” (Mark 1:16-18)

God is working in Tanzania. Radio Joy is sharing the Gospel of Christ in Africa which is the BEST thing they do there! We’re so glad that KSBJ gets to be a part of that calling.

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KSBJ Mentoring is intentionally developing and actively mentoring over 40 stations around the globe teaching them how to use the powerful tool of radio to impact local communities for Christ with the hope only Jesus can give.

You help share this hope through KSBJ’s mentoring program every time you give to KSBJ. Thank you for being a part of broadcasting KSBJ across the world to expand God’s Kingdom.

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