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.”

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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.