Sharing the Galcom Impact Out East and in Zambia

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 12800319_10153412794276146_8769341682772857729_nDan 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.”

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4 Reasons You Should Go On A Mission Trip

“If you’ve never been on a mission trip…you really are missing out.” (This was said by a woman who just returned from a Galcom International mission trip to Haiti.)

What is so special about going on a mission trip, you ask? Well, here are a few thoughts on why going on a mission trip is important and why everyone (if you have the chance) should go:

1. Because you are a foreigner, chances are that people will remember you and the kindness you brought as well as the message you have shared.

2. Because of the type of mission trips that Galcom partim-in-haiti-146ticipates in: with Galcom, it
generally means that you are taking radios with you and will be handing them out. Long after you are gone, these people will still have a radio to listen to. They will be able to continue to grow in faith through their radios.

3. A mission trip will enable you to use your God-given skills. If you are crafty like me, you can use your crafting abilities to make bracelets with the local children using the colours of the wordless book which has a different colour on each page, showing the way of salvation. Do you have engineering or electrical abilities? You can help install a radio station or tower, and so a comfort with heights would be helpful.

4. And finally, for a slightly more selfish reason: the effect that going on a mission trip will have on you!  Traveling to a foreign country will make you see the world in a different light. You will make some friends! You will be able to share your faith, not only in words, but in actions as well.

And during the aftermath of the trip, when you come home, you will be much more grateful for all that you have and have access to. It could also possibly change your relationship with God. A mission trip not only beneficial to the people that you are ministering to, in whatever country you travel to, but it can be a valuable experience for you as well.