HIV/AIDS, White House
Bible Study and Doug Poling
As the years have passed, we have discovered that our audience
appreciates the interviews that we include in our Chinese programs. While we
cannot count the number of listeners we have, we do see the statistics that
the website company sends us and so we get some idea of what program content
our audience particularly likes. Interviews are among the segments that are
most listened to on the Internet website
We had 223,000 hits on
www.smzg.org during August. Of these hits, three interviews were
accessed over 6,000 times.
We made several interviews during September, but some of
these will not air until October. Shu Mei Lee interviewed a social scientist
from Asia whose specialty is HIV/AIDS. He gave detailed and up-to-date
information about this disease in the Orient--how it is spread and how
expensive it is—socially, morally, physically and financially.
Hurricanes Harvey and Irma gave us opportunity to talk about disaster
relief in the USA. Some Chinese Christians worked as volunteers and packed
boxes at Churches of Christ Disaster Relief Effort one day. We invited them
to visit our studios so Edward Ho could interview them about their
experiences. They were so excited about all that they saw and did! And this
enthusiasm was easily conveyed to our radio audience. Various countries
leave disaster relief to the government, but these interviews showed how
Americans depend a lot on volunteerism to carry out relief work. We showed
how Christians provide relief to the needy and how they do it all to the
glory of God as well as to the benefit of mankind.
Ho also interviewed an Asian minister who works in several countries. This
minister has blessed the poor and suffering in Vietnam and the Philippines;
he has also worked in Hong Kong, China and elsewhere. During his brief visit
to the USA, he spoke through a non-Christian translator to a group of
Christians who wanted to know how he brings someone to Jesus. Before
everything was over, he had converted and baptized the translator! This same
enthusiasm for the gospel came through his interview and it will influence
our radio audience.
Nashvillian Marie Smith has volunteered at World Christian Broadcasting a
half-day each week for about fifteen years. It dawned on me recently that
Marie would make an interesting interview for our Chinese audience! Marie,
however, has not invented anything, and she is not wealthy or famous; so why
would she be an interesting interview? In fact, she asked me that very
question! I replied that she is so unlike most anyone the Chinese have ever
seen! At ninety years old(!), she still has an office job at Lipscomb
University; she still drives, lives by herself and does volunteer work as
well! The Marie Smith interview will appear on
www.smzg.org on October 7; it will remain on the front page for a few
days, so I invite you to listen to this special segment about a sweet,
capable, interesting, busy and Godly lady.
Just to give you an idea that interviews are not always easily produced
segments, I will mention one that did not work out. I asked a woman who has
a unique specialty in a certain area of child rearing to do an interview
with Shu Mei Lee; she accepted. I told her that we would base the interview
on questions that both Shu Mei and I would prepare. We told her about the
questions, as well as what we hoped to accomplish in the interview. The lady
and Shu Mei discussed the content at length and made a date for the
interview. Two days before the interview, however, the lady telephoned me
and canceled the recording session. This shows the frustration we face
Besides the interviews, Edward Ho also wrote some articles: No More Low
Self-Esteem; Suffering with Christ; and From President Trump’s White House
to David’s Heart. Edward Ho learned that some people on President Trump’s
White House staff have Bible study together each week, and so he was
prompted to write this third article. Edward Ho noted that King David also
filled his heart with God’s Word, and today the Bible can fill the hearts of
all people. Indeed, Bible study is worthwhile.
Besides the Marie Smith interview, I wrote two prayers: Prayer for People
who are Hurting, and a Prayer of Thanksgiving. Each year we add some items
to the already large amount of material we air regarding American
Thanksgiving. It is impressive to our non-Christian audience that a nation
has a Day of Thanksgiving. Of course, we always interpret this occasion as
giving thanks to God and we show the historical connection between America
and belief in God, the Bible and Christianity.
Saving the best ‘til last… We at World Christian Broadcasting have a
staff devotional each Thursday at 2:15. I invite you to listen to a
presentation that Doug Poling made at such a devotional during September.
Doug is retired from CBS News and is a former World Christian Broadcasting
board member as well. He has loved and has been intimately involved in this
ministry since its beginning. You can see and hear his presentation, “Is
Anyone Listening?” at
https://youtu.be/-veShDzZfXY . The photo shows Doug behind the
microphone as he records one of the scripts that he writes for our English
broadcast every month.
Thanks for reading.