Although Christian radio stations are not possible in North Africa or the Middle East, those living there are still hearing the Gospel through HCJB Global’s shortwave, satellite and Internet radio broadcasting. Programs are produced by over 50 groups of local believers who we have trained as radio broadcasters and who have given evidence of their commitment to reach their communities for Christ. To allow these believers to record the programs quickly and easily, we provide them with portable studios they can use in their own city and then send us the recorded programs for broadcasting back into their countries.
FUNDS NEEDED FOR ONE PORTABLE STUDIO - TOTAL: $5,862
THE NEED AND THE SOLUTION
The 355.2 million people living in North Africa and the Middle East are about 98.99% Muslim. Political and cultural restrictions deny them access to the Good News of Jesus Christ, yet many are searching for love, truth and hope in their lives.
Most people in this region will never personally meet a Christian, and laws often forbid the sharing of Christian ideas. But radio overcomes obstacles like illiteracy and cultural pressures. The ability to listen in secret makes it an effective tool for both evangelism and discipleship. And responses and feedback have taught us that many radio listeners are finding answers to their hearts’ searching as a result of hearing the Gospel.
A recent independent media survey revealed that more than 1.5 million people listen weekly to either the satellite or shortwave service broadcasts of HCJB Global. And that does not include those who listen online via the Internet.
Since 1998, HCJB Global has been partnering with small groups of believers in North Africa and the Middle East who have a passion to use radio to reach their people for Christ. Innovations in technology have made it possible for us to supply our partners with equipment so they can record programs and send them to us without the risk of traveling outside of their country or making contact with non-Arabic speakers.
Each portable studio consists of a laptop computer with an external sound card/hard drive, software for audio recording and editing, professional microphone and headphone, and special security software. The entire studio fits into two small briefcases or shopping bags so it can be easily transported without attracting attention.
Portable studios empower and mobilize these local believers in North Africa and the Middle East to reach their own communities for Christ. HCJB Global provides equipment, training and broadcast airtime, and our partners provide the original ideas, cultural insights, and their own voices so that the content will be most effective in reaching listeners’ hearts.
We are eager to supply more portable studios this year to new groups in the region -- as well as upgrade others already in place -- so that many more people in this region can come to know the Savior.
Response From a Listener
When I listen about Jesus Christ I feel a peace inside that I have never felt before. I do not feel at peace unless I listen to your radio station and hear about Jesus. I am very eager to learn more about Him. Please send me the Bible and correspondence course and help me to embrace Christianity and be part of the Christian believers.