Galcom International relies on its many volunteers; not only the volunteers that physically come into the office and help assemble radios, but also volunteers who do not live nearby but are interested in Galcom and its ministry. They are known as Volunteer Area Representatives and they share the ministry of Galcom in and around the location where they live. These VARs will speak about Galcom in their local church, represent Galcom at conferences, and will sometimes go on a mission trip with Galcom staff members.
One of Galcom’s Volunteer Area Representatives that lives on the east coast of Canada is Dan Peacock. Dan has gone on previous trips with Galcom to Haiti and Indonesia.
This past spring, Dan was able to travel to Solwezi, Zambia to assist with a tower installation. He raised $2,500 for the trip with the help of his community and friends, as well as using the 10 per cent of his earnings which he saved in a peanut butter jar specifically for this mission trip.
During his stay there, he assisted with the installation of a 110-foot antenna tower, installation of a new transmitter, and helped with the maintenance at Solwezi FCC Radio, a Christian radio station. Dan travelled alongside of Galcom’s staff member, Dave Casement. After arriving at Solwezi, the team and several local strong men began prep work for the tower (which was two weeks late arriving).
The men dug a hole by hand for the foundation. Following that, they positioned the rebar into the hole and then poured the initial slab of concrete.
The tower equipment arrived in one big box and once it arrived, the tower had to be assembled like a giant toy building set. Although the project was not totally completed during Peacock’s stay, the remainder of the team was able to stay in Zambia in order to finish the installation.
“In the end, even with many delays and setbacks, the work was completed and Solwezi FCC radio more than doubled its broadcast area. This means that the Gospel message is getting out to the people in Zambia,” said Peacock.
“These people here in Solwezi are facing many challenges in running the station. But at the same time, they are generous to the churches that we visited, doing what they can to help them build their ministries. It really impressed me that in the midst of their struggles they still reach out to help others. I hope that I can learn from their example. The three weeks that I spent in Africa will be a time I will not soon forget. Getting to know the people that I was working with left a lasting impression.”