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Guess Who Depends
Scott Pelley is the anchor and managing
editor of the “CBS Evening News” and a correspondent for the
weekly “60 Minutes” program. In an article titled, “Personal
Best: My Stuff,” he wrote these words:
“This shortwave radio is absolutely
essential. It’s about 20 years old. The letters are worn off
the buttons, but I know where Voice of America and the BBC are.
As a war reporter, you might be in the middle of the action but
not know what’s happening. This keeps you connected. The radio
and I have been in some scrapes, and we’ve always made it back.
Imagine what’s in it: Iraq sand, Sudan dust, Central African
Republic dirt. You can’t buy that—you’ve got to go out there
and collect it yourself. Someday when I hit the ‘on’ button,
the screen won’t come to life, and it’ll break my heart.”
World Christian Broadcasting typically
thinks of people in the remote sections of the world as its
audience. But Scott Pelley’s experience reminds us that there
are a lot of “wired-in” people who depend on shortwave, too.
Throughout the world we hear of professional people who have all
the latest electronic “stuff,” but they still depend on their
shortwave radio to tell them the “real story” about things
happening in the world—news their own governmental news sources
aren’t telling them.
Once Madagascar World Voice joins KNLS in
daily broadcasting, roughly 90% of the world will be in the
range of World Christian Broadcasting’s voice. Consider this:
there are approximately 3 billion shortwave radios in the
world. Roughly one third of those radios are playing at any
moment of the day, and research shows that each radio is being
listened to by an average of three people at a time. That means
that at any moment of the day, three billion people are
listening to shortwave radio! When MWV is on the air, sometime
in 2015, those three billion people will have an option they
haven’t even dreamed of until now. May God hasten the day!
The big news we have been
waiting for has finally, finally, finally, FINALLY come!
The "Accord de Siege" was
handed over to us by the government of Madagascar about 3:30
Madagascar time on November 14. "Accord de Siege" is simply the
French phrase for the document that allows us to do business in
Madagascar. That is the last (repeat: LAST) hurdle before we can put
the transmitters "on the water" headed from Houston to Madagascar.
It is awesome to think of
the untold millions of people in Africa, Latin America, India, the
Middle East, and western China and Russia who will soon be able to
tune in to MWV (Madagascar World Voice) and hear the Good News of
Jesus Christ. Praise God!
As you pray, thank
God for this great event and please ask Him for His blessings as we
move forward under His guidance. Our staff in Madagascar has done a
great job in preparing the station site. Our Programming staff in
Franklin, Tennessee, is working hard to assure that we will have
programming ready to fill up the broadcast days from Madagascar.
Of course, with added blessings always come added
responsibilities. To ship the transmitters to Madagascar, to fill
the tanks with diesel fuel, and to provide other start-up costs, the
cost will be approximately $250,000. Would you be able to help? A
gift large or small would help. Click
here to make a contribution.