Thank You Video from Ukraine

Posted: July 18, 2017 at 10:59 am

Eduard Kurylenko practiced his English for some time in order to send you this special message of thanks, from Kiev Ukraine.

This brief one-minute video is a sincere word of gratitude for your prayers and support. See behind the microphones and meet the real people who you support. They are very grateful to you, and so are their listeners.  

Click the video image below, and enjoy. 

Matt, Cass, and Caz.

FEBC New Zealand.

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From Jerusalem to Mongolia

Posted: April 13, 2017 at 1:03 pm

This Easter FEBC Mongolia is broadcasting special programmes including Lee Strobel’s book “The Case for Christ” across the capital city and nine other provinces!

The events of that incredible Passover season will echo across Mongolia on our network of FM stations like WindFM in UlaanBaatar.

To celebrate and support this special Easter outreach FEBC New Zealand is giving away the beautiful print “Road to the Cross, Jerusalem” (below right) by New Zealand artist Graham Braddock, with donations of $150.00 or more.

 

Enjoy Jerusalem and support Christian broadcasting in Mongolia with a donation today. Thank you. You can make your donation and order your print by calling our office during normal office hours, freephone 0800 433 226  /  0800 4 FEBCNZ .  Or you can donate online and leave us a note in the Comments box on the donation page – “Please send me the Braddock print…”

 

When not airing special seasonal programmes, WindFM follows a programming pattern we call W.E.L.L.

Thank you.

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Radio Crosses Boundaries & Borders – an interview with Matt Perry

Posted: October 5, 2016 at 12:48 pm

Matt Perry recently sat down with John Peachey at Radio Rhema, and had a friendly chat about some not-so-friendly places where radio is delivering hope. John asked Matt about the power of media broadcasting to overcome normal boundaries and get into places where people, and even the internet sometimes, cannot reach.

You can hear the full interview here by clicking the image below (19 minutes). We welcome any comments or questions you have about FEBC and media ministry.  See the link below the interview, to buy the very radios we smuggle into North Korea.

Enjoy.

 

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New Odessa Station Prepares to Broadcast Love!

Posted: September 23, 2016 at 12:01 pm

As FEBC builds a new FM station in the conflicted nation of Ukraine, Dr Victor Akhterov has sent a special Thank You message to FEBC New Zealand supporters.

Located on the Black Sea, the million-strong port city of Odessa reflects the duel nature of Ukraine’s current reality. It flourishes with art and passion rooted in Jewish charm and is home to many Russian and Ukrainian comedians. This cultural hub and third largest city in Ukraine has been called “A smile of God.”

However, it is also notoriously known as “Mother Odessa,” referring to its role as a long-standing capital of crime.

“As our country is going through the biggest challenge of our generation, we need the voice of reason, morality, and love in our city. FEBC is that voice. We need you here, friends.” – Tatyana, a young Christian in Odessa

Despite efforts by the Ukrainian president to combat a shocking amount of corruption and criminal activity, crime increased 30% last year and conflict grows daily, threatening the stability and progress of this beloved city.

Today, Odessa is wounded and terrified.

A protester walks past a burning pro-Russian tent camp near the trade union building in Odessa May 2, 2014. REUTERS/Yevgeny Volokin (UKRAINE - Tags: POLITICS CIVIL UNREST TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY)

A protester walks past a burning pro-Russian tent camp near the trade union building in Odessa May 2, 2014. REUTERS/Yevgeny Volokin.

That’s why, when the Ukrainian National Media Licensing Commission was deciding to whom they should give an FM frequency in Odessa, they agreed a Christian voice was desperately needed there. FEBC was granted a permission to build a station in that city.

The new transmitter has recently arrived in Odessa, Ukraine, and Dr Victor Akhterov described the next steps to changing lives in Ukraine:

  1. Build the new station in Odessa. As the transmitter and antenna have just arrived (see them in the video), we now need to establish communication lines to receive our existing signal from Kiev.
  2. Develop our broadcast centre in Kiev, the capital of Ukraine. Most of the radio programmes for Odessa and other stations in Ukraine will originate from FEBC Kiev.

Please prayer for: the installation process to be smooth, and the test broadcasts to be totally successful. May the technology serve the LORD and the people well.

This is what the donations and prayers from New Zealand, Australia, USA, and Canada are building – facilities and programmes that broadcast the love of God to wounded and lost people. To make a special donation to Ukraine please click on the Donate button below, choose Special Appeal, and type “Ukraine” in the comments box down the page.

Thank you.

 

 

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Russia’s New Anti-Missionary Law

Posted: July 14, 2016 at 3:22 pm

Russian Orthodox Church gives a medal to Irina Yarovaya, the author of the new law, for "strengthening moral and spiritual culture of Russia."

Russian Orthodox Church gives a medal to Irina Yarovaya, the author of the new law, for “strengthening moral and spiritual culture of Russia.”

On July 7, 2016, Russian President Vladimir Putin signed into law highly controversial legislation aimed at terrorism and extremism. However, part of the law harshly restricts missionary activity, which is very distressing news to Russian evangelicals.

The law restricts proselytizing in people’s homes, where many evangelicals gather for worship and home groups, as well as on-the-street evangelism. What especially worries FEBC and other media organizations is that the new law limits media-related evangelistic activities, including social media and Internet postings. Laypersons will no longer be able to share the Good News without special permission.

It is not exactly clear how the new law will impact evangelistic activities in Russia. Some Christians hope the law will be used against Islamic terrorist groups, but many fear that local government officials and Orthodox zealots will use it to restrict evangelical activity. Individuals found guilty of violating the new law will be fined up to $800 USD, while organizations found in violation will be fined up to $15,500. Foreigners found in violation will be deported.

FEBC affiliates in Russia who have committed themselves to bringing the Gospel to Russia since the first radio station launched in 1992 are under tremendous pressure from the government.

Despite all these difficulties, FEBC continues to grow, reaching greater number of listeners through new media, which includes satellite, online, smart phone apps, and other new technologies, in addition to FM broadcasting. “Today, we are reaching more than a million listeners on a daily basis,” said Dr. Victor Akhterov, director of FEBC Russian Ministries, “and this number will grow as we invest more into new and creative ways of delivering the Gospel.”

FEBC is also establishing a strong new presence in Ukraine and other countries in that area in order to be broadcasting to Russia from there, if need arises.

FEBC New Zealand regularly supports our FEBC partners in Russia and Ukraine. You can support FM, AM, and Internet broadcasts in these nations by clicking the Donate link below or above. Please pray for great wisdom and courage for our brothers and sisters in Christ.

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Hello From Seoul. Christian Defector Broadcasts Good News To The North.

Posted: June 9, 2016 at 4:57 pm

Kim Chung-seong, a North Korean defector and a Christian missionary, broadcasts from a radio station in Seoul, South Korea.

For an hour each day, Kim Chung-seong, a defector from North Korea and a Christian missionary, takes to the microphone in a small Seoul studio.

At 1 am, his show ‘Hello from Seoul, the Republic of Korea’ sends a mix of gospel music and news into North Korea, defying the isolated state’s efforts to keep its people in the dark about the world, religion and the truth about its leaders.

“Brothers and sisters in the North, I hope this time can be a moment of prayer for a miracle that every party member of North Korea at the party congress can meet God, not take a further step into the cult of personality,” Kim said.

He was referring to the meeting of the North’s ruling Workers’ Party this month, where young leader Kim Jong Un was unanimously elevated to party chairman.

“I am desperately praying that North Korea’s Kim Jong Un and all administrators under him kneel down in front of God and repent for their sins, leave the path of tormenting their people,” Kim, who came to the South in 2004, said in his studio at the Far East Broadcasting Company.

[This article was first published in Christianity Today, 31st May 2016. Click here to read the whole story.]

 

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Reach Much Greater Than Expected in Kyrgyzstan!

Posted: November 4, 2015 at 4:18 pm

Our newest FM station is on-air with test broadcasts, and the audience is not what was expected! While we anticipated a reach of around 300,000 people, early indications are that the listening audience is more like half a million! Merry Christmas Kyrgyzstan!

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This is Station Director Jaynsh with Ulanbek running tests on the transmitter. Janysh says

“We will be the first Gospel station here. For this we need your prayer, and your financial support to set up this station and hold it on air.
I really want to say Thanks to God, that FEBC has a radio ministry here in Kyrgyzstan that helps me to reach, and to love my people. Thank you.”

FEBC has been broadcasting on OK FM in Bishkek since 2012. These programmes are family-focused and speak biblically to a culturally Muslim nation. This newest station in Issyk-Kul will relay the main programmes from Bishkek, and mark a great step forward as we widen our audience and impact in Central Asia.

Rudi Wiens is Regional Coordinator for Eurasia and works closely with Janysh in Kyrgyzstan. He recently wrote to thank New Zealand and other nations who’re helping to build a Christian witness in Central Asia.

“In our Kyrgyz broadcasts, we often talk about good and godly relationships. Many people, especially in this culturally Muslim environment, struggle with this issue and are open to good counsel. We know that real help comes from the Lord, thus we try to direct them to salvation in Jesus.”

Please pray that the reach and impact of this new station will be especially great as we tell the real Christmas story for the first time over the next few months, and that many would be astonished at the wisdom and understanding of Christ.

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Religious Russia: Then and Now.

Posted: September 15, 2015 at 11:09 am

I recently introduced you to Victor Akhterov, director of Russian Ministries with FEBC. This week I want to share an audio interview he did in Australia talking about religious repression and freedom in Russia. This is from both an historical and a contemporary perspective. Victor talks about his own father being imprisoned for his faith when Victor was a teenager, and gives us an insider’s take on religious freedom in Russia today. He finishes with some of the country’s social issues that particularly affect its next generation.

Feel free to leave a comment.

God bless.

NB: Because the MP3 file is a little large, listening is by clicking the link or the picture, and going to the original site. Click here to listen.

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FEBC Announcer Stunned to Silence!

Posted: September 1, 2015 at 5:30 pm

Russian Ministries Director Victor Akhterov shared recently of how a caller in Russia stunned him into silence with her challenging question.

Victor was speaking about the philosophical reasons for believing in God. He went on to describe the difficult moments and the surprising responses that followed.

(Victor Akhterov) Being lost for words is not good on the radio!

(Victor Akhterov) Being lost for words is not good on the radio!

“This woman calls me and says: ‘You keep talking about this wonderful God who loves us, who is there for us, who knows all about our needs. It sounds so great but – you know what? – my husband left me three weeks ago and I cannot go out of the apartment because I have a little daughter who has Down syndrome, and I cannot leave her. I lost my job because of this. And you’re telling me that there’s a loving God. Why doesn’t he come to my little apartment and see how real it is?’ – and she just hung up.

“What do you say to that, you know? So I was just silent for a second, which is not a good thing for radio, but people started to call in and offer help. They offered to babysit and take care of her daughter and to enrol her in a programme in a church and to pick them up if necessary. It was such an outpouring of Christian love, such a great example of where God is – he’s right there, he’s in us and is working through us.”

The caller is now in church and her daughter is enrolled in a programme for disabled kids.

To listen to FEBC online in Russian, click here to visit Radio Teos.

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Not Just Cute. Radical!

Posted: July 24, 2015 at 5:38 pm

FEBC’s Mongolia team have done it again. In line with our idea that we communicate “On air, online, and on the ground” some of the team put together a Vacation Bible School during the recent school holidays. This took place in a relatively small city of Baganuur, population 30,000.

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268 children came along from this traditionally atheistic society, kids from all sorts of backgrounds. After a few days of singing, crafts, and teaching about Jesus, 146 young people put up their hands to say “Yes, I want to follow Jesus.” ! That’s nearly .5% of the population of Baganuur!

Please pray for these children:

That they grow strong and courageous in their faith.

 

That the seeds of truth and promise will grow in their lives and help them throughout their years.

May they be a great influence on their whole generation in Mongolia.

Amen!

Be encouraged

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