Exciting Times at FEBC Thailand

With the retirement of the former director of FEBC Thailand your prayer support becomes critical. Transitions in leadership are always a challenge and give our enemy a chance to oppose the ministry. Please pray for new FEBC Thailand field director Noppakhun as he works to encourage the staff, stabilize funding and keep the many Transnational Ethnic Tribal Language broadcasts that he supervises going strong.

With your prayers and financial support behind me we are able to make a consistent effort to provide business advice, consulting, organizational help and especially friendship and encouragement to Noppakhun Prasobkiatkit the new Field Director of FEBC Thailand. It is an understatement to call this a bumpy transition and continued support including my presence physically and via today’s modern communication channels is making a difference. Nopp has a spectrum of problems to deal with urgently including encouraging the staff, growing the field’s financial support base, maintaining tribal language production in 16 different languages and meeting all the many partners of FEBC Thailand who he is expected to work with.

L-R Nopp, Josh, Guy and the computers

Nopp, a tribal ethnic language producer within FEBC Thailand for a number of years, is the best choice to ensure the ministry moves forward, but he faces a steep learning curve. FEBC International with your help has committed my help in providing business coaching, financial review and support, assistance with funding proposals and liaison with other funding partners that support the ministry.

In conjunction with Ed Cannon, FEBC USA President and FEBC International Chairman and Kevin Keegan, President of FEBC Australia and FEBC International Executive Committee point of contact for this work, I am spending a lot of time and travel making sure that this ministry continues strong. It is going to be a regular travel destination for me over the next few months.

Tribal Folks Come to Jesus

Your prayer and financial support make you a significant partner in the ministry as FEBC broadcasts a number of languages into remote tribal areas using large transmitters and even larger antennas located in Iba and Bocuae, Philippines.  Most of the programming broadcast is recorded secretly inside our creative access and closed countries by local pastors and programmers then sent to the Philippines by internet.

The pastors and programmers visit the remote areas where our listeners live, often traveling for days from village to village spreading the good news of the Gospel.  On a recent visit the staff reported 2 new tribal language listeners received Jesus

“Yesterday. A new language listeners come to a small church in mountain. They want to see the radio programmer. Some of them requested to receive the Lord. The programmer said to me. There are many people listening a good news on radio. so he bought some radios to give.”

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Bible Study with an FEBC Programmer – somewhere out in the mountains of SE Asia

In this particular language and place our broadcaster’s life is in danger because he shares the Gospel in his own heart language to his own tribe.  Pray for the safety of all our programmers and pastors working in dangerous areas and pray that FEBC will continue to see the harvest of fruit for the kingdom of God everywhere that listeners can hear our programming.

According to my records we are currently providing content to listeners in 109 languages reaching people in 49 different countries using AM, FM, Short Wave, audio on demand, mp3 player boxes, live streaming and via many social media channels all in order to communicate the Good News among the nations by media, to inspire people to follow Jesus Christ.

Mobile Apps Support Ethnic Languages

Your support of “Radio” ministry in the modern day is something much broader than AM, FM and ShortWave broadcasts.  To quote a now somewhat dated commercial, “this isn’t your parent’s radio.”  At FEBC most of our languages have a broadcast, a web stream, audio on demand download and increasingly an App for smartphone that lets listeners find the content they want and form relationships with our country/language ministries via social media.   A good example of an on line web presence that will ask if you want to get the App for your phone is our new Cantonese local web radio offered by FEBC Hong Kong: SooRadio.net.

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As of today, FEBC has more than 38 languages with streaming or audio on demand web services and at least 20 languages where the ministry has deployed a smart phone App.  I use the word at least because this area of ministry development is happening so quickly and in so many countries that my information is always behind the times.

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And it isn’t just the big languages with a web presence.  With the ability to use templates provided by major app platforms even our tribal languages can mange to have Apps and a web presence.  You know kids these days always have a smart phone in their hand and they can watch or listen to any content they want.  We all work to promote professional content development by our fields and language teams so that they can compete with secular media for the clicks, likes and downloads that measure ministry effectiveness today.

FEBC is still committed to AM, FM and ShortWave radio too.  Each of these different media channels is effective in its own right and when targeted to appropriate language and cultural groups.  Even in the late 70’s, FEBC was focused on Short Wave radio as the only channel that was available in most of the areas where we work.  Now the first step in planting a new radio/web/social media ministry is to do an on the ground survey to find out what where the target population goes in terms of media channels for their news, information and entertainment. Using that information we can target a mix of effective channels to use in reaching that group for the gospel.  The goal is to be fruitful and efficient in ministry as we seek to reach people from every tribe and tongue and nation.  Thank you for supporting Chris and I, and FEBC International, as we pursue that goal.