I had a very satisfying and encouraging visit with the leadership staff of Voice of Love (FEBC) Cambodia in mid- June. There were a number of action items as part of the visit. My main goal was to continue in person a review of their progress against strategic plan goals that I had been working on via email with Field Director Makara. The strategic plan is aggressive and calls for reaching each locality of Cambodia with the Gospel of Jesus Christ. They have made significant progress over the last 18 months.
To reach all of Cambodia a combination of media channels including radio, player boxes, streaming audio, audio on demand, social media and staff visits will be needed. In the coming months pray as the team seeks to expand their listener base through upgrade of a translator station in Kampong Thom, expanded player box distribution and an experimental effort to recruit new listeners to our on line platforms in several provincial cities.
In addition to the strategic plan review, I took the opportunity to train and work hand in hand with the management team on some basic project management skills in order to encourage deeper planning discipline and a more organized approach. This kind of short teaching combined with side by side work/coaching provides groundwork and practice in skills along with making progress in planning out areas of strategy that have not yet received a deep review.
Most organizations are able to execute project work and day to day operations but are challenged to do a good job of project definition. I encourage the question “what will this look like/include when it is done?” Training in the discipline of creating a work breakdown structure puts a tool for good definition in the hands of the staff. Teaching, coaching, encouraging and reinforcing all lead to slow steady uptake of business skills. This is one of the ways that I can add value to our project and strategic planning processes and the ability of our field staff to use them.
In addition to the work with strategic planning and coaching in planning methods I was able to work on the details of the Kampong Thom project and also did my part to hold another Amateur Radio Exam Session at National Polytechnic Institute of Cambodia. We had an NPIC teach pass the test as a new technician class ham.
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.”
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.
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Just returning from the FEBC International’s International Committee Conference (ICC) and the buzz is that it was one of the best ever. I think that is because of your prayer support. Whenever people from so many countries get together, it is prayer support, that makes sure relationships stay positive and ensures that real communication takes place among the participants.
Each year all of the Field Directors and Chairperson’s of the board gather as the official governing body of FEBC International Association. There are meetings where these representatives take up the business of FEBC, vote to elect new Association officers, review and vote on any proposed changes to the membership and have plenty of fellowship. Sharing stories of challenges, best practices and wisdom that comes from experience is a very important part of the gathering.
Accomplishments of Note
Your prayers had an impact on this year’s annual FEBC IC Conference. All the participants agreed that it was incredibly productive and that our field directors and board chairmen did a lot of relationship building. Key accomplishments to celebrate at the ICC were:
FEBC welcomed Kyrgyzstan as a new member field of FEBC Internatinal
FEBC welcomed new associate field Ukraine
To provide better accountability and to protect the name of FEBC, the IC delegated more authority to the Executive Committee to enforce the charter standards of FEBC International
Announced initial funding for and creation of a new International Growth Fund, administered by the Executive Committee to promote strategic efforts to expand the ministry of FEBC
International Service Team – FEBC International
How beautiful are the feet of those who bring Good News
Left to right: Guy, Brigit, Mike, Jeff, Vicki, Owen, David, Barb, Vaughan, Bob, Jonathan
The International Service team attends the ICC each year. The team’s admin group, Barb, Vicki, Brigit and Vaughan along with International Service Coordinator Guy support the operation of the convention. The other team members attend because its very cost effective to be present when all of your “clients” are in the same place at the same time. Everyone was able to get together at the ICC this year except Eila, who stayed home to take care of her husband as he recovers from a difficult illness.