The Great Commission...
Jesus said, " I tell you, open your eyes and look at the fields. They are ripe for harvest." John 4:35
God's very nature is love and mercy. God does not want anyone to perish.
Many millions of people throughout the world have never heard the Good News.
Billions of people around the world have ready access to the Good News about Jesus Christ through radio, television, books, and all manner of printed material. However, there are millions of people in Third World countries and remote regions who have no way of hearing the gospel. For centuries, missionaries have worked tirelessly throughout the world, but there are still not enough missionaries to reach everyone.
Remember Jesus said, "Go into all the world and preach the Gospel to every living creature." Mark 16:15
Unless everyone has a way of hearing the Gospel, we are not being obedient to Christ's commission to preach the Gospel to the whole earth.
In 1985, Ron Cline, president of World Radio Missionary Fellowship and HCJB, realized that present missionary radio broadcasts were reaching 80% of the world's population, not the necessary 100%:
"We broadcast the Gospel of Jesus Christ around the world, around the clock and we do it in many different languages. Via radio we talk with people all over the world. Some of them live where Christianity is outlawed. Many are where missionaries cannot minister. We have discovered that many of our listeners have no church to attend and no bible to read. We sense a great responsibility. We won't be satisfied until all have had the opportunity to hear."
A commitment by four world wide broadcasters will provide every man, woman, and child on earth with the opportunity to hear the Gospel of Jesus Christ in a language they can understand. These broadcasters are World Radio Missionary Fellowship and HCJB, SIM International Radio, the Far East Broadcasting Company and Trans World Radio. There are currently "138 World by 2000" languages being broadcast.
In 1986, Harold Kent, a Florida business man, was impressed by God that there were multitudes of people around the world who had no way to hear the Gospel:
Kent was introduced to Ken Crowell, the president Galtronics, an antenna manufacturing firm in Tiberius, Israel. Kent and Crowell were immediately knit together in a vision to produce fix-tuned radios to help reach the unreached millions with the Gospel along with a man from Canada, Mr. Allan McGuirl, with Gospel Recording.
The vision was to produce a radio to be that could be sent around the world to wherever Christian broadcasting would be received. Whenever the radio is turned on, it would receive a Christian station in that location. A Galtronics engineers was put to work on the project. A program was set up with a long range goal of putting a million radios in the Middle East--getting fix-tuned radios into Lebanon, Syria, Jordan, areas around Israel and distributing them to the Muslims, the Christian enclaves, and especially in the war-torn Lebanon. A radio with headset was designed for the Middle East for Voice of Hope Christian radio. About 40,000 of these radios were manufactured in the first production lot and were distributed to Muslims in the area. Imagine 40,000 Shiite Muslims in war-torn Lebanon wearing headsets and listening to Christian radio! That's exactly what happened. There were great reports from Boy Scout groups, Muslim groups, Christian groups, from the U.N. so development of the radio continued.
Galcom soon learned that in some regions the best reception is best with AM radios, while in other areas, FM is best. And to reach the most remote areas of the world, short wave radios are needed. Dr. Christian Derks in Germany answered Galcom's need for a specialist in short wave radio.
Another issue was power: although the radios were provided with long lasting batteries, once a battery became dead in remote areas a replacement battery would be nearly impossible to find. The Galcom engineers set out to find another solution. This time they looked to a source as old as the universe: the sun. They developed a radio with a solar panel so that it can operate with or without batteries. Today we have three types of radio: the Matthew, the Mark and the Luke versions-- AM, FM and SW. They come as solar, non-solar, and with headset or speaker.
A solar powered P.A. system has also been produced so that it can be used by missionaries and teachers in remote areas.
One of the bonuses of Galcom manufacturing in Israel is that it is able to employ Christians, Jews, Arabs, Russian immigrants, and even Faloshas, the Black Jews from Ethiopia. Although these workers are from varied cultural and religious backgrounds they work in harmony.
Remember Jesus said, "Look at the fields. They are ripe for harvest. The harvest is plentiful, but the workers are few." John 4:35
Ask the Lord of the Harvest to send out workers into the harvest fields. Let us not become weary in well doing. For at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up. Will you join in this massive effort of reaching the whole world? Will you help give ears so that all people will have the means to hear the Gospel. The Gospel messages are being broadcast by World Radio Missionary Fellowship and HCJB, SIM International Radio, The Far East Radio Broadcasting Company and Trans World Radio. The Word of God and His truth are being broadcast to the world. Millions of unreached people will receive the good news in their own language if they have the means to hear. "Go ye into all the world and preach the Gospel to every living creature."
You can help by providing more fix-tuned radios--radios to be given away in remote areas throughout the world. This Gospel of the Kingdom will be preached throughout the whole world as a testimony to all nations and then the end will come.