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COMES FROM RADIO
Shortwave broadcasting was pioneered by Marconi
in the early 1920’s, and was immediately put into use by warring
nations in World War I—mostly for propaganda purposes. By the
1930’s many stations were operating including Radio Moscow, the
Voice of America, Vatican Radio, HCJB in Ecuador, Radio Ceylon, and
others. Through the years more and more governments and religious
groups have vied for frequency space. In recent years the Chinese
government, especially, is dedicated to increasing its shortwave
propaganda presence throughout the world.
signals bounce off the ionosphere, so can travel over the curvature
of the earth. AM and FM do not have that capability, so for
long-distance transmission (in the words of Nirmal Ghosh, Indonesia
Bureau Chief of the Singapore Press) “shortwave is king.”
Listening to Shortwave Radio
Ghosh continued, “From the high mountains of
Nepal to the rice fields of Sumatra and Sri Lanka, the distant sound
of a voice or music that you hear in the silence of late evening
still comes from a radio. Hundreds of millions of people across
half the planet still rely on little radio sets, which far exceed
television sets and vastly outnumber Internet connections, to keep
informed. The receiver doesn’t need a cable point or satellite dish
or even electricity; a small battery-powered radio will do. . . .
Local FM radio stations and Internet service providers can be shut
down by the authorities, but it is difficult to shut down shortwave
All praise goes to God for the 31 years World
Christian Broadcasting’s KNLS shortwave station has been operating
out of Anchor Point, Alaska. Millions of people throughout Russia,
China, and the Pacific Rim (as well as many others throughout the
world) have benefitted from our programming. Only God knows how
many have heard the words, turned to the Word, and have given their
lives to Jesus. And only God knows how many will hear and respond
once our Madagascar station is up and running! We live in a badly
damaged world that desperately needs Good News!
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.