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.

EMDC Conference Update

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The EMDC Conference is a private event, so pictures and names are limited.  This year over 700 people attended from 63 countries.  Many of the countries represented would include closed and creative access countries.  The conference is held in alternate years either in Netherlands or in Chiangmai Thailand.  Ahead of the actual EMDC is a Pre-EMDC training event.

Pre-EMDC is a Training Opportunity

The Content, Audience Relations, and Research (CAR) Team of the IST uses this event as a focal point for getting FEBC’s content creators together when the venue is Chaingmai. It is much cheaper for our teams to come to Thailand than to go to Western Europe.  The CAR Team encourages our national staff to attend the pre-EMDC Training which included 19 training tracks this year.   Some of the many tracks offered were:

  • Video Production/Radio Production for Beginners
  • Creating Bible Comics for your Culture
  • Advanced Audio/Radio Production
  • Hands-On Orality Training with ‘Simply The Story’
  • Scripture Engagement: New Insights in Missiology
  • Social Media and Digital Engagement: Discipleship and Development
  • And many more

Working with our field leaders, the CAR Team helps the staff select training tracks that align with their field’s needs and their roles within FEBC.  Our many field staff don’t get together regularly, so these opportunities are priceless in providing the kind of interactions that lead to innovation and creativity, both of which are needed to conceive, write and produce the kind of content that will draw an audience and lead them to Jesus.

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The FEBC Contingent at our “FEBC Day” at EMDC

FEBC Field staff from Russia, Ukraine, Mongolia, Philippines, Indonesia, Cambodia and India sent staff.  The IST was represented by Bob, Jeff and Guy.  Bob heads the CAR Team, Jeff is our newest CAR Team member and Guy was there to lend gravitas 🙂 ; Guy was also there for several other meetings with different mission organizations that were scheduled during Pre-EMDC training.

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The four main goals of the EMDC are:

  1. To provide a meeting place where those engaged in minority language work (whether in-country or displaced) can interact with communication and media specialists to develop media strategies, explore the use of ethno-arts, and assess and prioritize media products.
  2. To network existing regional media organizations with minority language teams for present or future partnerships on actual, doable projects.
  3. To help those with some material to be able to record, edit, mix, and finish their project in hands-on workshops (or at a minimum connect with those who will see them through to the end).
  4. To provide a venue where minority language workers can express their media-related needs, learn from one another in areas of methodology and strategy, and explore ways in which they might share resources.

What takes place?
In addition to plenary sessions, workshops, and training, language-specific, country-specific, or ethnic group-specific working groups will be meeting. Specific ethnic groups will discuss language programs and language planning.

EMDC is a multi-agency consultation that meets alternately in Asia and Europe. Minority language workers in the greater Eurasia region meet with media specialists (radio, TV, Internet, mobile, social media), IT Technicians, recording specialists, graphic artists, digital publishers, and specialists in Orality and Ethno-Arts.

Guy’s Impressions

It was  joy to be together, first, with so many of our creative and motivated content creation staff.  I am humbled by how the Lord has blessed Chris and I through our obedience to his call to FEBC with opportunities to have so many friends from many countries who are passionate about Jesus.  I love to give of my life in whatever way necessary to see them grow in their capacity to minister.

I came away from the EMDC Conference proper with some strong impressions:

  1. FEBC should do more of the “lifting” to assist with this conference since it is very valuable to us and we bring a large contingent.
  2. More of our fields and especially our minority language folks would be encouraged and their skills strengthened if they attended.  I will be making a push to have these folks invited to attend in two years and possibly have a Transnational Ethnic Minority Language meeting of FEBC during the next conference in Chiangmai.
  3. We have ministry partners who would benefit from attending.  I will add them to the “secret” mailing list so they will be informed.
  4. I appreciate Bob’s passion for coming along side our content teams and encouraging them to experiment and grow in their ability to be effective ministers to their audiences.