After three years of planning, the first Christian radio network began in 2002 as FM station Wantok (OneTalk) Radio Light went on the air in Papua New Guinea with the help of HCJB Global. It has since been rated as the leading radio station in the capital city of Port Moresby.
Following that initial station launch, HCJB Global partnered with Wantok Radio Light to put in a shortwave station and 15 FM repeater stations that have made the network’s Christian programs available to the nation’s entire population of nearly 5 million in the official language of English as well as Pidgin.
The broadcasters have again asked HCJB Global to assist them as they expand the network with a goal of installing 15 more repeaters in the next year, and we are gearing up to lend our technical expertise and equipment so that our local Christian partners can fulfill that vision.
As the network continues to grow, the leaders have recognized the ongoing need for training for both their programmers and their technical staff, so HCJB Global is collaborating with the local believers to equip the radio station workers and mobilize them for even more effective ministry.
The impact of Christian radio in Papua New Guinea is expanding ...
Pastor Joe has been doing a live evening program called “The Chapel in the Air” since 2009. It is so popular with listeners that he receives about 17,000 text messages a month – half of them from people enquiring about finding a personal relationship with Jesus Christ.
In one remote town, Wantok Radio Light is the only radio station in the area, so listeners report that even in the local bar, Christian radio and the gospel of Jesus Christ is being heard!
Shortly after the station was installed in Kainantu, a gang leader heard “Unshackled” playing the radio. This program is a dramatization of true stories of real people whose lives have been changed by Jesus Christ. As a result, this gang leader of 33 years accepted Jesus Christ as his Savior and even cut down a tree where animal sacrifices were made to initiate new gang members.
One listener said that he and many other men work in an oil field and live away from their families for long periods of time. After working all day, several of the men gather around a shortwave radio to listen to a “Focus on the Family” program aired nightly on Wantok Radio Light. After they listen, they discuss the issues. They have realized what kind of fathers they should be and how they should direct their families. This man says that some of the men who listen together are Christians, some are not but they all love Wantok Radio Light.