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.

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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.

Angels, Part 5

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Angels, Part 5 by Allan McGuirl

In our study of angels, we have seen them as guardian angels, angels with words of wisdom, good news, comfort and judgment. Judgment is the area we are going to talk about today, found in the small book of Jude. Jude was a disciple of Jesus, a brother of James the Just, and a half-brother to Jesus. He is also known as Thaddeus, or Judas; although his name was shortened to Jude to distinguish him from Judas Iscariot, who betrayed Jesus. Jude wrote a very short epistle, only one chapter in length, but it has some interesting mentions of angels. He addresses his letter to “those who have been called, who are loved in God the Father and kept by Jesus Christ.”(v1) This in itself is a truth of great value, for we are “kept by Jesus.”

Jude reminds us in verse 4 that, unfortunately, there were godless men who were seeking to change the grace of God into a license for immorality and denying Jesus Christ, our only Sovereign and Lord. There are people who are walking in that same ungodly pathway today; people who, for the sake of their own lusts, have tried to make God’s word condone their evil practices. In fact, Jude goes on to say that there were “angels who did not keep their positions of authority but abandoned their proper dwelling” (which of course was in the presence of God in heaven). And what happened to them? We come to one of the most solemn passages in the Bible. Listen carefully to what these angels, who turned their backs on God, faced. The Bible says, “These He has kept in darkness, bound with everlasting chains for judgment on the great Day.” They are kept, even now, in total darkness, and I believe this means spiritual darkness and the inability to grasp truth. They are separated from God’s presence for all eternity. Notice, also, that they are bound hand-and-foot with chains until the judgment on that great Day. We also see that they are compared to the inhabitants of Sodom and Gomorrah with their sexual immorality and perversion. And throughout this chapter the fate of the fallen angels is linked hand-in-hand with the fate of those people who refuse to turn to God in repentance and accept the forgiveness graciously provided for all mankind through the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. They will suffer the punishment of eternal fire. In verse 13 we are told that those who reject Jesus are like wandering stars for whom blackest darkness has been reserved forever.

Let me digress for a moment here. I have heard a good number of people joke about hell and boast about joining their friends there and playing cards and having a great time. The Bible makes it very clear that there will be no friends there, only the restriction of chains on hands and feet, total darkness with nothing to see, and complete silence with nothing to hear, like wandering stars light-years from any other influence. In that place of torment, only the memory will play over and over again – the foolish pride, boasting, stubbornness, and selfishness of one who has rejected the truth and refused the knowledge of Jesus Christ.

Jesus, the Son of God, humbled Himself to become a human to live in this wicked and perverse world for the purpose of taking on Himself the punishment for the sins of all mankind. He knew our sins already had us condemned before a holy God and His amazing love came to redeem us and make a way of escape – not only to escape the judgment of sin but to also receive adoption into God’s family and become joint heirs with His Son Jesus Christ. The God of this universe did not do this lightly, and if we choose to treat His generous and gracious offer frivolously, we need to be warned that we will stand before Him in judgment. Let me urge you to turn to Him and receive His amazing grace now without hesitating a moment longer. Read the Bible and discover for yourself what God really has to say to you.

Jude goes on to talk about Michael the archangel. While ungodly people may reject authority and heap abuse on celestial beings, Jude says, “Even the archangel Michael, when he was disputing with the devil about the body of Moses, did not himself dare to condemn him for slander but said, ‘The Lord rebuke you!’”(v9) And in referring to Enoch, he says, “See, the Lord is coming with thousands upon thousands of His holy ones to judge everyone, and to convict all of them of all the ungodly acts they have committed in their ungodliness, and of all the defiant words ungodly sinners have spoken against him.”(v14) Jude finishes his epistle with these well-known words, “To Him who is able to keep you from falling and to present you faultless before the presence of His glory with exceeding joy, to the only wise God our Saviour, be glory and majesty, dominion and power, both now and ever.  Amen.”(v24,25)

Have you placed yourself in His keeping? Are you ready to be presented before God’s presence without sin? I John 1:9 tells us, “If we confess our sin, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” Have you trusted Him for forgiveness? If not, why not pray this prayer today? Admit to Jesus that you are a sinner and that you believe He as the Son of God died in your place to take the punishment for your sin. Ask for His forgiveness and cleansing. Then find others who believe in Him and meet together with them so that you can grow in your knowledge of Jesus. May the Lord richly bless you.

Angels, Part 4

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Angels, Part 4 by Allan McGuirl

We are continuing our study week by week on angels, and we have discovered certain facts about angels and their encounters with people. We have learned that angels are spirit beings, although they can assume a human appearance. They can appear in many forms, and we will look more at that in the weeks to come. They are eternal beings who live with God and are His messengers, except for the fallen angels, including Satan. These fallen angels have been banished from heaven. They are referred to as demons.  Satan and his demons are opposed to God and His eternal plan; they are constantly seeking to deceive humans and lead them against God and His purposes. We know that Satan cannot ultimately succeed and that God will, in His good time, mete out judgment against him.

Angels, because they are essentially invisible, can be in our midst without our knowledge. In some instances, they are visible to one or more people but not to others. One passage of scripture, in II Kings 6, is truly amazing. The King of Aram was planning various surprise attacks on the Israelites from different locations. However, each time he showed up with his chariots and soldiers, he would find that the Israelites were not surprised at all but were armed and ready to defend themselves. This happened so many times that the King was sure there must be a traitor in their midst tipping off the Israelite army. In frustration and fury he demanded to know who it was. However, instead of a traitor in their midst, there was an informant in the Israelite camp. His men revealed to him, as we see in II Kings 6:12 that, “Elisha, the prophet who is in Israel, tells the king of Israel the very words you speak in your bedroom.”

The King of Aram instructed his men to find out where this Elisha was. They returned with the news that Elisha was in the city of Dothan. So the King encircled the city under the cover of night with a huge army of chariots and footmen. What is interesting is that when Elisha’s servant woke up early in the morning he looked around in every direction and saw they were surrounded by an army with horses and chariots. He cried out to Elisha, “What shall we do?!” Elisha seemed unperturbed and simply replied, “Don’t be afraid. Those who are with us are more than those who are with them.” Then Elisha prayed, “Open his eyes, Lord, so that he may see.” Then the Lord opened the servant’s eyes and he looked and saw the hills full of horses and chariots of fire all around Elisha. There is not time now to tell you the rest of this amazing story, but you can read it for yourself in II Kings chapter 6.

This chapter reminds me of a true story that was told to me about a missionary serving in a field hospital in Africa. Regularly he travelled by bicycle through the jungle trails to a nearby city for supplies. This journey would take two days and required camping overnight at a halfway point. So on one of these trips he arrived in the city where he would collect money from the bank, purchase medicine and supplies, and then begin the two-day trip back to the hospital. Upon arrival in the city, he observed two men fighting and recognized one of them as a man he had treated previously and had witnessed to him about the Lord Jesus Christ. After completing his business in the city, he started back home and arrived there without incident.

Two week later, he repeated the journey. Upon arrival in the city he was approached by that same young man he had seen fighting on the previous visit. The man told him that he was aware of the money and drugs the missionary was carrying and, with some of his friends, had followed him into the jungle. Their intent, of course, was to overtake him at the halfway point and kill him for the money and drugs. As he continued his story, he said in amazement, “Just as we were getting ready to move into your camp, we saw you were surrounded by 26 armed guards.” The missionary laughed and assured him he was definitely alone at the campsite. However, the young man pressed the point and said, “No, sir.  I was not the only person to see the guards. My five friends also saw them and we all counted them. It was because of those guards that we were afraid and left you alone.” The missionary was obviously perplexed since he knew he had been travelling by himself.

Sometime later, when he was on furlough speaking at his supporting church, he related this incident to the congregation. As he was finishing the story, one of the men jumped to his feet and interrupted him asking him the exact date when this happened. The missionary thought back and told him the day. Then the man related this amazing event:  “On the night of this encounter, it was morning here and I was preparing to go and play golf. I was about to tee off when I felt the strong urge to pray for you. In fact, the urging of the Lord was so strong that I called the men of the church to meet me in the sanctuary to pray. We gathered together and prayed on your behalf, not really knowing why but realizing that somehow you needed to be upheld in prayer.” The missionary asked all of the men in the congregation who had met that day to pray to stand up. He wasn’t looking at their faces or who they were, he was busy counting. There were 26!

Folks, this story is an incredible example of how the Spirit of the Lord moves in mysterious ways, putting His guardian angels in place just at the right time to protect His children. Thank you, Lord, for your guardian angels and for answers to prayer. We will share more about angels next week. God bless you.

He’s Talking to You

Below is an interview that Men for Missions had with Galcom’s director, Tim Whitehead.

2016

“My entrance into the radio business was very much a call from God. I was a sports marketing major in university working on a commerce degree, and I had to do an internship. My goal was to be a big executive in the sports world. God literally spoke to me and said, “That’s not what I have planned for your life.”

My wife and I prayed about it, and we contacted a large television ministry in Canada. I wrote to them and said, “I’m required to work for free for four months.” They asked, “What are you doing?” I answered, “Accounting and marketing.” Their response, “We need accounting help.” So I was at a TV ministry for ten years and learned all sorts of great stuff.

Ten years later, I was sitting in my church pew, minding my own business, and a missionary that our church supported gave a challenge. Allan McGuirl, who founded the ministry of Galcom, did his normal missionary presentation; here’s what we’re doing, here’s what’s going on, and here are the testimonies. He walked away from the pulpit, turned around, came back, and said, “I have a prayer request. I’m 70 years old, we’re looking for a younger man to take over.” God literally tapped me on the shoulder and said, “He’s talking to you!” And that is how I ended up at Galcom.

Galcom’s mission is to multiply the impact of missionaries and pastors around the world. We build radio stations in very remote areas. Then we manufacture and distribute solar powered fixed-tuned radios locked onto those stations. Missionaries traveling from place to place can leave radios behind and multiply their ministry.

Over the last few years, we’ve been making solar powered radios with a built-in audio Bible. The listener can toggle back and forth between the radio and the Bible.

Some of the exciting impact that radio is having today is live teaching every day, news, health information as well as the Scriptures.

In Haiti, for example, where we partner with OMS and Radio 4VEH, because there is no electricity in most of the country and high illiteracy, radio is an efficient way to reach the people. To date, about 13,000 Galcom radios, fix-tuned to 4VEH, have been distributed and are daily witnessing and helping disciple 78,000 people.

My journey to do, go, and give what God asks began in church when God tapped me on the shoulder. My commitment continues today, multiplied through Galcom ministries around the world.”

Angels, Part 3

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Angels, Part 3 by Allan McGuirl

Today we carry on with our study of angels. So far we have discovered that all angels were created by God, even before the creation of the world. We are also aware that Satan is a fallen angel. He was the most beautiful and powerful of all the angels God created. His pride and stated intention to usurp God’s authority ended in his being cast out of heaven, along with all the angels who supported him. He is now the prince of this world, the prince of darkness, the great deceiver, and the father of lies, whose sole purpose is to bring destruction to God’s plan of salvation for mankind. He and his demons, the angels who fell with him, will face final judgment, as we read in the book of Revelation.

Now today let’s look at some of the features about angels that perhaps you were not aware of and see what we can learn. Angels are created beings. Colossians 1:16 says, “For in Him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things have been created through Him and for Him.” Psalm 104:4 tells us they are spirit beings and Luke 20:35 and 36 tells us they are eternal beings. Jesus says, “But those who are considered worthy of taking part in the age to come and in the resurrection from the dead will neither marry nor be given in marriage, and they can no longer die; for they are like the angels…” Again in Matthew 22:30, Jesus says, “At the resurrection people will neither marry nor be given in marriage; they will be like the angels in heaven.”

Another interesting fact is that angels are numerous. Daniel, in his vision in Daniel 7:10, tells us, “A river of fire was flowing, coming out from before Him. Thousands upon thousands attended Him; ten thousand times ten thousand stood before Him. The court was seated, and the books were opened.” Again in Matthew 28:53, Jesus says, “Do you think I cannot call on my Father, and He will at once put at my disposal more than twelve legions of angels?” And in Hebrews 12:22 we read, “But you have come to Mount Zion, to the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem. You have come to thousands upon thousands of angels in joyful assembly.”

Did you know that the angels take an interest in people? Yes, in the affairs of men! Let’s take a look at an interesting event where a real angel visits Daniel, the same Daniel who was thrown into the lion’s den. However, I believe this event could have been even more startling to Daniel than being thrown into the lion’s den. It takes place in the third year of Cyrus the king of Persia. You will likely want to read this chapter, and perhaps the whole book of Daniel, after you hear this.

Daniel 10:1 says that Daniel received a message concerning a great war from a spirit being in a vision. He was fasting and praying because he was extremely troubled by things God had revealed to him, things that would happen on this earth. In his vision, Daniel is standing on the bank of the Tigris River where an angel stands before him dressed in linen and a belt of gold around his waist. His body is like chrysolite, a transparent covering of precious stones having many colours. His face was like lightning, his eyes flaming torches, and his arms and legs gleamed like burning bronze. His voice was like the sound of a multitude. Although Daniel had others with him, they couldn’t see the vision, but fled in terror. As Daniel took in this great vision, his strength left him, his face turned deathly pale, and he became helpless. But then the angelic being spoke to him, and as he listened, he fell into a deep sleep. The angel told Daniel not to be afraid. At this point, I think, how could you not be afraid?!

Then the angel went on to explain to him things that will happen in the future. Daniel was bowed down to the ground; he was speechless and could hardly breathe. The angel touched Daniel and imparted strength to him as he continued the revelation. The angel was aware of Daniel’s state and graciously encouraged and strengthened him. Daniel knew what it was to fight spiritual battles, where our “struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.” (Ephesians 6:12)

Probably, apart from Revelation, Daniel is the most prophetic book. Many detailed prophecies regarding the Babylonian Empire, the Medo-Persian Empire, the Greek conquest, and the rise of the Roman Empire are prophesied distinctly. These prophecies are detailed and vivid, spoken hundreds of years before they actually took place. Many people have attempted to discredit this book by saying it was written much later in time. However, for the one who knows of the power of God, it is not at all surprising that God would reveal these truths to Daniel for our benefit many years later. This makes the accounts of his visions and meetings with angels (he encountered them on several occasions) all the more astounding.

Perhaps some of you have had spiritual battles of your own. It is so important to know that although the forces of evil are great, our God is greater still. Greater is He that is in us than he that is in the world. As Romans states, “Where sin abounded, grace did much more abound.” God has His angels, messengers of light, working throughout this world on behalf of His people. So, as Deuteronomy 31:6 instructs us, we can “Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the Lord your God goes with you; He will never leave you nor forsake you.”