An Update from SIM Nigeria

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This is a note from our partner from SIM (Serving In Missions), Rick Bradford.

“While travelling back to the capital city in Nigeria, I would always pass a sign that said “TIV” village. I became very curious and looked up what TIV was on the Internet. I discovered that they were another tribe of people.

When I arrived back in Canada, I asked Galcom if they could download the language of TIV on a MP3. They did and I took it back to Nigeria with me.

While going through the mission hospital in the evening to pray for patients, we met a lady who hardly said a word. I asked the nurses what was wrong, and they said that she did’t understand our language. I asked if they knew what language she spoke, and they told me they thought she spoke TIV.

To my surprise these words rang in my ears. Just maybe this was the reason I was curious about that sign earlier on the road. So I went back to my residence on the compound and found the TIV MP3 of the Bible that I had brought with me. I immediately went back to the hospital ward and gave it to the lady.

While starting it for her and turning up the volume, I could see the immediate change in her demeanor, as she heard and understood the words being said. She smiled, then she sat up and started to beam with joy. Her language being spoken out of this device gave her so much joy. She was in the hospital for more than a month and listened every day to the solar powered MP3 of the Bible in her language. I gave the device to her so that she could take it back to her village in hopes that one day I will come to her village with more solar powered MP3s of the Bible in her language.”

Radio in Colombia

Colombia is a country that is only slightly larger than the state of Texas, yet civil war has been raging there for 40 years and thousands have lost their lives in the conflict. It is the most intense fighting that Latin America has ever seen.

Russell Stendal, a missionary to Colombia, has partnered closely with Galcom International. His parents became Colombian missionaries when Russell was eight; he later branched out with his own ministry – often a dangerous undertaking. Stendal has been kidnapped five times by guerrillas and also has been jailed; but instead of letting this intimidate him, Stendal has come to believe that his captors are more imprisoned by fear and hopelessness than he ever was during his captivity. Now Stendal’s goal is to distribute radios to one in ten of the guerrillas and the para-military, in order to saturate this group with the Gospel and its message of hope. Even the president of Colombia has a little Galcom radio sitting on his desk.

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The ministry of Colombia Para Christo, which is run by Stendal, has two radio stations. Russell also has his pilot’s license and drops packages by plane into areas of Colombia that cannot be reached by vehicle, as well as dangerous places where most would not dare to go. These packages contain a bible and a Galcom radio, along with other faith-based material. He turns on each radio before he tosses it out of his plane in order to make the radio audible to the people seeking the package as it lands. Some on the ground at first think it is a bomb that is being dropped, but then they hear the radio, speaking to them in their own language.

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These radios deliver a clear message about God and His love.

Over the years that Galcom has been associated with Russell Stendal, he has given out more than 1,000 solar-powered radios to Colombians. The ones propagating the violence are facing increasing opposition because so many are becoming Christians through Galcom’s radios.

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Russell has written several books. Among them is Rescue the Captors, which recounts his personal story.  If you are interested in receiving a copy, contact our Galcom office at 905-574-4626.

Angels, Part 8

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Angels, Part 8 by Allan McGuirl

In our last devotional on angels, we left off with the breaking of the seventh seal and the seven angels prepared to sound their trumpets. What follows is God’s judgment on the world. This is a strong challenge to each of us to be prepared to meet our maker. I, for one, do not want to face the judgment of a holy God.

Yes, Revelation 8 has seven angels with seven messages. Listen to what takes place: “The first angel sounded his trumpet, and there came hail and fire mixed with blood, and it was hurled down on the earth. A third of the earth was burned up, a third of the trees were burned up, and all the green grass was burned up.” Can you imagine the amount of smoke alone from such a massive fire covering the earth?

Then it speaks of a second angel in verse 8, “the second angel sounded his trumpet, and something like a huge mountain, all ablaze, was thrown into the sea. A third of the sea turned into blood, a third of the living creatures in the sea died, and a third of the ships were destroyed.” I can picture many commercial ships carrying cargo, many massive tourist ships and cruise ships suddenly gone. Perhaps people will be saying, “I heard of this before, that it was going to happen, but I didn’t believe it.” But then they would be gone.  For them it would be late to decide what they will do with Jesus.

Now we come to the third angel. Revelation 8:10 says, “The third angel sounded his trumpet, and a great star, blazing like a torch, fell from the sky on a third of the rivers and on the springs of water – the name of the star is Wormwood. A third of the waters turned bitter, and many people died from the waters that had become bitter.” Now many may question God’s judgment on these people, but these are the same ones who, when the Lamb of God opened the seals on the scroll and they saw the impending doom, instead of turning to God for mercy, they cried out to the mountains and rocks to “fall on us and hide us from the face of Him who sits on the throne and from the wrath of the Lamb! For the great day of their wrath has come, and who can withstand it?” Of course, there is nowhere we can hide from Him. They choose to harden their hearts instead of repenting and in doing so choose their own fate.

Now the “fourth angel sounded his trumpet and a third of the sun was struck, a third of the moon, and a third of the stars, so that a third of them turned dark. A third of the day was without light, and also a third of the night.” As you well know, this signals catastrophe for the earth. But this is not all.

Just before the firth angel sounds his trumpet, an eagle flies through the air crying out, “Woe!  Woe, woe to the inhabitants of the earth, because of the trumpet blasts about to be sounded by the other three angels.” As the fifth angel sounds his trumpet, John writes that he saw “a star that had fallen from the sky to the earth. The star was given the key to the shaft of the Abyss. When he opened the Abyss, smoke rose from it like the smoke from a gigantic furnace. The sun and sky were darkened by the smoke from the Abyss. And out of the smoke locusts came down on the earth and were given power like that of scorpions of the earth. They were told not to harm the grass of the earth or any plant or tree, but only those people who did not have the seal of God on their foreheads. They were not allowed to kill them but only to torture them for five months. And the agony they suffered was like that of the sting of a scorpion when it strikes. During those days people will seek death but will not find it; they will long to die, but death will elude them.” They had a king over them, the angel of the Abyss, whose name in Hebrew is Abaddon and in Greek is Apollyon (that is, Destroyer). There are many who refuse to believe in God or accept the salvation provided in Jesus Christ. They say, “I will do it my way, I have my own beliefs.” Unfortunately, no personal beliefs can cleanse us from sin and rescue us from separation from a holy God.

The sixth angel sounds his trumpet and Revelation says he was told to release the four angels who are bound at the great river Euphrates. With their mounted troops they were kept for this very moment to destroy a third of mankind with fire, smoke and sulfur. John goes on to say, “Still, the rest of the people did not repent of the work of their hands; they did not stop worshipping demons, and idols of gold, silver, bronze, stone and wood – idols that cannot see or hear or walk. Nor did they repent of their murders, their magic arts, their sexual immorality or their thefts.”

Now before the seventh angel sounds his trumpet, chapters 10 and 11 contain an interlude which we do not have time to discuss here, nor is there time to discuss the many happenings which occur at the sounding of the seventh trumpet, except to say that there is great praise and adoration for Jesus the Messiah and God the Father as God’s temple in heaven is opened, and Satan finally meets his eternal reward. Why don’t you read these chapters in the book of Revelation for yourself? God has placed all these events in His Word to inform and warn us about the last days. Let’s make sure that we are prepared to meet Him and have received His eternal life.

Radio in Kenya

Kenya is another country that is effectively using radio to bring many to Christ. Galcom International has partnered with the station “Radio Imani” to build a broadcasting tower to fulfill their mission to reach Kenya.

Thousands of these listeners and viewers are nourished spiritually; hundreds are surrendering their lives to Christ in our vigils, many more call to be led to Christ after listening and watching these broadcasts; and there are those touched by Radio Imani’s outreach ministries to prison and the far-flung communities in the interior parts of Kenya who accept Jesus as their Lord and personal savior.

God is drawing the Africans to faith at an unprecedented rate, and these new Christians need to continue receiving the good news on the airwaves! This is possible if Imani is on air!

This is a quote from a listener to Imani Radio:

“God speaks in many ways; I thank God for the Imani presenters, they really touch our lives through their presentations, teaching and preaching. There are times I am so low in the spirit, especially when my sister was admitted at the hospital. Through listening to Imani and their prayers and encouraging words when I called the studio, my sister has now been discharged and my faith has also grown. I thank God and give him all the glory!”  – Mathias Okech from Mitume

A Radio Was My Missionary

As you may remember from an earlier post on November 14th regarding Mongolia’s Christian radio station, Wind FM, Galcom International has assisted Pastor Bat, who runs the station, in extending the station’s ability in spreading the Gospel by helping with two station installations. Mongolians have been listening through the audio Bible/radios Pastor Bat has delivered, and he is encouraged by the many Mongolians who have made decisions to accept Christ as their Savior.

Here is one such testimony:

“My name’s Enkhmaa. I’m a middle-aged person. I work in a state-funded kindergarten. Several years ago my husband passed away from cancer. When my husband was alive, we did everything to fight his cancer. We went to the Buddhist monastery, saw shamans and others. Nothing helped us to make us happier or healthy.

I’ve been listening to Wind FM for two or three years. I often listen to the radio from morning to night. My green Galcom radio is constantly turned on. I really love hearing what’s spoken on the radio.

One day I discovered a Biblical program that came on the air at 2 pm, but I was non-Christian. However, I did not turn off the radio and just listened. Because of Buddhism and Shamanism, all my faith was already quenched. While I heard Christian preachers, I had been thinking a lot of things. Through the Biblical programs, I was able to understand that if Jesus would become a model of my whole life, I could become a good mother.

So I decided to take help from Jesus for me and my children. Nobody told me the Gospel news when I accepted Jesus. I just listened to what Jesus had done for me. After I received Him, I started to go to the church. Now I always attend church and a cell group. I am more joyful, peaceful and powerful in Him.”

What a great testimony regarding how Galcom’s little solar missionaries can influence a person’s life for Him!

Angels, Part 7

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Angels, Part 7, by Allan McGuirl

Today we go right into the book of Revelation, and my, this book speaks so much about angels. For instance, I was reading chapter 7:1, and what a spectacular sight is described. The apostle John says, “I saw four angels standing at the four corners of the earth.” Yes, folks, that is what it says. Wow! But notice, next it says, “Holding back the four winds of the earth to prevent any wind from blowing on the land or on the sea or on any tree. Then I saw another angel coming up from the east, having the seal of the living God. He called out in a loud voice to the four angels who had been given power to harm the land and the sea. Do not harm the land or the sea or the trees until we put a seal on the foreheads of the servants of our God.” The servants referred to here are the specific 144,000 from all the tribes of Israel. Again we see God’s special grace for His chosen people.

I am amazed at the fantastic picture we see described in Scripture. Besides the 144,000, there is an innumerable multitude; as the apostle John says, “After this I looked, and there before me was a great multitude that no one could count, from every nation, tribe, people and language, standing before the throne and before the Lamb. They were wearing white robes and were holding palm branches in their hands. And they cried out in a loud voice: ‘Salvation belongs to our God, who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb.’” Can you envision this scene? Of course, the palm branches remind us of the triumphal entry of Christ into Jerusalem before His crucifixion – that was only a foretaste. This is the real thing: Jesus will take His place as King of Kings and Lord of Lords, having redeemed His people through His death and resurrection. What an awesome Saviour! Do you see what you will be wearing that day when you see the Lamb of God? The Bible says we will be wearing white robes and holding palm branches in our hands, and shouting, “Salvation belongs to our God, who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb.”

As we continue to verse 11 we read, “All the angels,” and as we mentioned last week these too are more than can be numbered, “were standing around the throne and around the elders and the four living creatures. They fell down on their faces before the throne and worshipped God, saying, ‘Amen! Praise and glory and wisdom and thanks and honour and power and strength be to our God for ever and ever. Amen!’” How do we comprehend such an astounding rendition of praise and worship? You know, in these days we honour celebrities and authorities with our human pomp and ceremony, some with great dignity and protocol; others, such as rock stars, with roaring shouts, idolization, swooning and total abandon. But nothing holds a candle to this complete submission and adoration; the holy, pure and totally deserved honour and glory that is given to Christ the King. We long to see Him, whose amazing grace has lifted us from the miry pit of sin, placed our feet on the solid rock, put a new song in our mouths, and faithfully renewed us day by day!

But oh, my friend, we look at the next chapter in Revelation and we see as the seventh seal is opened that seven angels are standing before God with seven trumpets. Can you picture that sight? Then another angel appears with a golden censer. He is given a large quantity of incense to offer, along with the prayers of all God’s people, on the golden altar in front of the throne. Of course, the earthly tabernacle and temple was just a picture of the reality of heaven; the altar of incense was just outside the curtain that divided the holy place from the holy of holies. Beyond that curtain was the ark of the covenant covered with the mercy seat. Now, in heaven, we see the true altar of incense before the very throne of God. You remember that the curtain was torn from top to bottom when Christ finished His redemptive work on the cross, signifying that Jesus Himself had opened the way for access to God the Father.

Revelation 8:5 goes on to say, “Then the angel took the censer, filled it with fire from the altar, and hurled it on the earth; and there came peals of thunder, rumblings, flashes of lightning and an earthquake.” God’s judgment is come upon all those who refused to acknowledge Him. They have repeatedly turned their backs on God and now God will deal with them. My friend, I trust you have turned your life over to Jesus and experienced His forgiveness of sin and been born again into His eternal family. You do not want to be among those who will face the wrath of God against sin and ungodliness.

What great joy we will know when we meet people in person from every tribe and tongue and nation and language, all praising our great Saviour. That is what is so exciting about the Galcom radios and audio Bibles. They are reaching into many countries where missionaries are not able to go. They are reaching people in their own language with the Good News of salvation. Because of them, many will stand around God’s throne praising Him on that great day. I trust we will see you there. If you are still searching for God’s truth, why not call us at 1-877-242-5266, and we can send you a radio tuned to your local Christian radio station so that you can learn more about God’s marvelous plan for your life, and one day join us around God’s heavenly throne, praising Him.

Do You Play Golf?

Summer is here again, which means it will soon be time for Galcom International’s Golf Tournament!  This year, we will be celebrating our ninth annual charity tournament at Flamborough Hills Golf Club on August 21st. Galcom began this golf tournament  to raise funds for the radios we send to many people groups needing to hear the Gospel.

Galcom’s solar radios provide a link for its listeners to local, national and international news. They are tuned in to the local Christian radio station and can provide information on topics such as health, infant and child care, disaster relief, and the all-important message of God’s love and forgiveness. Galcom’s audio Bibles can be programmed in over 6,000 languages/dialects, they are another durable, solar-powered way of presenting the Gospel.

Each year, the golf tournament proves to be a great day of playing golf out on the links, followed by a delicious dinner in the clubhouse, a thought-provoking speaker, and a prize for the participants.

If you would like more information about joining us for the day, or if you feel led to donate a prize, please contact our office at 905-574-4626. You can also register online for the golf tournament.

Radio 4VEH in Haiti

In the early years of Radio 4VEH ministry, very few people in Haiti had radios to listen to the radio programs. Our engineers built and distributed fix-tuned radio sets in key community locations, but these bulky radios needed batteries replaced frequently. As technologies advanced, so have our tools for ministry. Since 1996, more than 60,000 solar-powered radios, fix-tuned to Radio 4VEH, have been given out to households.

The newest solar radio from Galcom International is an answer to our prayers.  As well as being highly portable and extremely durable, the solar panel on the back means they are easily recharged in the sun, which eliminates the need to buy new batteries. And in response to the high rate of illiteracy, each radio now includes an audio New Testament in Haitian Creole.

These radios will broadcast the life-changing programming of Radio 4VEH for years to come – ensuring daily access to the Gospel, prayer, worship music and a strong Christian community.

Currently, Galcom International is holding a special fundraising campaign on the radio station WDCX. Please pray for the campaign as it is in it’s fifth week.  Galcom is on daily at 8pm EST. We have repackaged some of our favourite interviews. You can listen online at www.wdcxradio.com.

The 3 Keys of Missional Living

Missional living is described as adopting the thinking, behavior, and practices of a missionary to engage people in the Christian message.

According Jesus’ statements in the Gospel according to John, every Christian has been sent by Jesus with the gospel to those in the surrounding culture for the sake of the King and His kingdom: “The Church is sent into the world to continue that which he came to do, in the power of the same Spirit, reconciling people to God.” Jesus said, “As the Father has sent Me, I am sending you.” (John 20:21)

Lesslie Newbigin writes, “No one can say: ‘Since I’m not called to be a missionary, I do not have to evangelize my friends and neighbors.’ There is no difference, in spiritual terms, between a missionary witnessing in his home town and a missionary witnessing in Katmandu, Nepal. We are all called to go—even if it is only to the next room, or the next block.”

How can you gain this perspective for your life? Being missional is not just putting a block of time into your agenda to do something for your neighbours or your community, it involves everything we do and everything we say. All of these actions should be pointing to the Savior. Here are some simple ideas:

  1. Pray – pray for your neighbours, your community, your country and the people that govern it.  Pray also for your church family and your pastor. Years ago, I had a miscarriage and a pastor friend of mine said that he would pray for me as it was the least he could do. Then he said, “No, I will pray for you because it is the most I can do.”  Here at Galcom International, we have awesome volunteers, ministry partners and supporters, and we are upheld by the people who give of their time to daily pray for this ministry.
  2. Give – Give of yourself, your time and your money. The Christians in the early church sold their property and possessions to give to anyone that had need. (Acts 2:45) Shouldn’t we be doing the same? The act of giving should focus on our emotions rather than our pocketbooks. Ministries that proclaim the Gospel have basic needs that must be met such as heat, hydro and paying their staff. So, in this aspect, money is needed.
  3. Serve – There is a group that is called “The Simple Way” (www.thesimpleway.org) whose members, seeing the number of uninhabited buildings, along with the homelessness and the poverty, have moved into the inner city of Philadelphia. You may think that this is extreme, but is it really? Isn’t this what Jesus did?  Moreover, this is precisely what missionaries do as well, when they serve in a foreign land.

There is a multitude of ways you can serve your community, from making muffins for an elderly neighbour to hosting a community barbeque to donating money to a Christian ministry. There are so many hurting people in our communities and throughout the world. Everyone needs the opportunity to see God’s love in action and each Christian needs to take responsibility to see that this happens. Ephesian 6:7 says:” Serve wholeheartedly, as if you were serving the Lord, not people”. If these three attributes every day practice, we are able adding a missional perspective and purpose to our lives.

Angels, Part 6

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Angels, Part 6 by Allan McGuirl

Today we come to the very last and probably most pondered book of the Bible, Revelation. In chapters 2 and 3 we see that each of the seven churches mentioned are represented by an angel or messenger. Volumes have been written about these messages to the seven churches on encouragement and judgment, so we will not deal with that here. Then, in chapter 5, God is on His heavenly throne, holding a scroll written on both sides and sealed with seven seals. A mighty angel shouts with a loud voice, “Who is worthy to break the seals and open the scroll?” John, who recorded this event, wrote, “I wept and wept because no one was found who was worthy to open the scroll or look inside.” But one of the elders worshipping around the throne of God says, “Do not weep! See the Lion of the tribe of Judah, the Root of David, has triumphed. He is able to open the scroll and its seven seals.”

The next verse is astounding to me: “Then I saw a Lamb, looking as if it had been slain, standing at the center of the throne.” Do you picture Jesus, the King of Kings, appearing in heaven as a slain Lamb? To me this says that Jesus, in order to be our Saviour, humbled Himself to be, at least in one aspect of His being, an eternally sacrificial Lamb. How amazing His love and grace toward us! Jesus is worshipped in heaven by the four living creatures and the twenty-four elders, who sing this song: “You are worthy to take the scroll and to open its seals, because you were slain, and with your blood you purchased for God persons from every tribe and language and people and nation. You have made them to be a kingdom and priests to serve our God, and they will reign on earth.” As they sing this song of praise, an innumerable chorus of angels join in and with a loud voice proclaim, “Worthy is the Lamb, who was slain, to receive power and wealth and wisdom and strength and honour and glory and praise!” Then every creature in heaven, on earth and in the sea joins the praise, saying, “To Him who sits on the throne and to the Lamb be praise and honour and glory and power, for ever and ever!” Can you picture this scene? Can you hear the thunderous roar of praise? Can you feel the heavens reverberate with the vibrations of millions of voices and your heart swell with adoration? How great is our God!

The Bible clearly states that one day, “At the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue acknowledge that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.” For the believer in Jesus Christ who has been forgiven and adopted into His family, we bow the knee willingly and humbly. But some will bow in that day unwillingly, not accepting Him as their personal Redeemer and, as Revelation says, will face Him as their Judge. He will take into account everything they have done, and since they have not accepted Jesus’ payment for their sins, the payment will be exacted from them. As we know from Romans 6:23, “the wages of sin is death” – eternal death. They will be separated from God forever. They will never experience cleansing. They will never know the glory of worshipping the Lord as we mentioned earlier. They will never enjoy the blessing of dwelling in God’s presence for all eternity.

Dear friend, have you come to this amazing Jesus and asked for His forgiveness? Have you given your life over to this Lord, the all-powerful one, the one who is the sacrificial Lamb who died to pay the price for our sin? He has an awesome purpose for your life and a marvellous plan that will enable you to reach the potential of all that He has created you for, and beyond that, have eternal life with Him.

Just recently, I talked to a lady and she said, “I don’t believe all that. I have my own way of feeling a spirit that comforts me at times. I am alright. I am not afraid of the hereafter.” In contrast, Jesus says, “Except a man be born again he cannot enter the kingdom of God.” The most quoted verse in the Bible is probably John 3:16, “For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life.” Where do you stand? Are you going to hear that angelic chorus of millions of angels, or is God going to say to you, “Depart from me, I never knew you”?

And for those of you who are believers and know God’s forgiveness, are you rejoicing in His blessing on your life and the sure hope of an amazing future with Him? God has so much in store for you, not only in eternity but here and now. Are you appropriating His love, kindness, strength, wisdom and grace today? I trust you are. Until next time, may the Lord richly bless you.