NRB Strategic Partnerships Prayer Newsletter
Bringing Light to the Darkness,
Hope to the Hopeless
Thirty years. A lot has happened in that time. A lot has changed. Family. Neighborhood. Technology. The world. But some things in Haiti have not changed at all.
Thirty years. That’s about how long it has been since I was in Haiti. As you read this letter, I am in Cape Haitian in the north of this country that is the poorest of this whole hemisphere. I am here to document the work at Radio 4VEH. Later we will travel to Port au Prince to visit Radio Lumière.
The world responded two years ago to the massive 7.0 earthquake that struck on January 12, 2010, centered just 16 miles from Port au Prince. Over 50 strong aftershocks continued for weeks. Most reports say over 300,000 died, over 300,000 were injured, and over 1 million were left homeless.
Much aid has poured into Haiti over these past couple of years. Christian ministries, always active in this island nation that shares Hispaniola with Dominican Republic, were also quickly on the scene, sharing help and hope. The visual images are locked into my mind, and the news video was gripping.
From my experience there thirty years ago, I can say that Haiti was a mess economically, socially, and spiritually before the earthquake. The plight of the individual continues to sink lower and lower. There is much for which to pray as you think of Haiti.
But there also is hope. Evangelicals are growing in number on this island so gripped by the spirit of voodoo. Churches and the various denominations are working together like never before to bring the light of the Gospel to needy Haitians.
Operation World, the encyclopedic prayer guide for the whole world, says of media ministries on the island, “Christian radio is possibly the most effective tool for reaching and discipling Haitians.” It goes on to detail the work of Radio Lumière and Radio 4VEH, the two stations that NRB is helping this year through its 2011 Convention offering. The book says a high proportion of the entire population listen to these two stations. Couple this with programs beamed into Haiti from TWR and others, and there is much cause for hope.
As you think of Haiti and pray for it, pray for these radio ministries. Vandalism of towers and transmitters, sporadic electricity, and general economic challenges are barriers to the proclamation of the Gospel.
While it cannot always be seen on the surface, change is happening in Haiti, as lives are impacted by the Gospel of Christ, and hearts turn from the darkness of Satan to the Light of the world, Jesus.
We’ll have an update for you after we return.
Ministry Praise and Prayer Requests
As we look to the closing days of 2011, I want to give thanks to the Lord for the great ministries we are privileged to know and work with around the world. I will list the country, ministry name, city, and key people in leadership.
Radio 7, Tirana - Enkelejda Kumaraku.
Radio Emanuel, Korcè - Tani and Eftali Baraku
Radio Mosoj Chaski, Cochabamba - Cam and Mary Hurst, Ann Wheeler
Radio Gospel, Paris - Paul and Lori Harrigan
Good News Television, Chennai - Ashvin Dhyriam
Radio Dian Mandari, Bali - Pastor Paulus
Radio 7, Pristina - Enkelejda Kumaraku
New ministry work, Lahor - Pastor Salem Johnson
Alfa Omega Television, Timisoara - Tudor and Merila Petan
Radio Voice of the Gospel, Bucharest - Lucian Despa
ELION Media Ministry, Belgrade - Sasko and Ira Bogeski
HopeFM, Stockholm - Roger and Marie Arnfjell
Radio Shema, Ankara - Soner Tufan
My prayer is that you will continue to pray for NRB’s Strategic Partnerships division. The opportunities continue to grow, and we need ongoing financial support to accomplish all God has called us to do. Any financial gifts God leads you to give can be directed to:
NRB, 9510 Technology Drive, Manassas, VA 20110
Indicate it is for Strategic Partnerships
Also pray for my wife Judy and me as we head to Albania and Kosovo right after Christmas. We are excited to see the work in Pristina first hand, and to pray for and encourage the dedicated people who are working to bring the claims of Christ to this almost totally Muslim country.
Ronald L. Harris, DD
Senior Vice President for Strategic Partnerships
National Religious Broadcasters
703-330-7000 (NRB HQ)
NRB / 9510 Technology Drive / Manassas, VA / 20110