NRB Strategic Partnerships Prayer Newsletter
Following the Spirit's Prompting
It happened at church a few weeks ago. I was standing at the front of the sanctuary when a couple that I only knew by face spoke to me. After a quick greeting they said, “If the pastor had asked for people to come forward who needed prayer, we would have been the first ones down the aisle.”
I’m not on the church staff, but I often lead a prayer in the Sunday morning worship time, so some folks think of me as a pastor on the staff. However, I never want to probe beyond what a person might want to reveal. They offered that there were things going on in their lives that were hard to understand. Though they were smiling, I could tell they were distressed.
After sharing some spiritual thoughts and a verse or two, I felt the Spirit’s prompting. While there were many, many folks around us, I asked them if I could pray for them right there. The couple quickly responded, “Yes!” After all, that is what they had mentioned right at the start. That was an obvious prompting of God’s Spirit.
There is a lot I have yet to learn, and I certainly haven’t “arrived” spiritually. However, through the years I have seen how God works when I am sensitive to that prompting of the Holy Spirit.
It happened again the other day. I was ready to call a broadcast friend to ask for some information. But just before I dialed, I thought of different person, a broadcaster that I hadn’t talked to in a while, and I called him instead. When he answered, I knew he was dealing with something. God had directed me to one who was hurting, and allowed me to share the Lord’s wisdom and some Chrsitian love. What a privilege to watch God orchestrate opportunities to encourage believers and share hope with those without Christ.
You probably have stories to tell, too. One man told me of carrying money in his billfold that was set aside to give to whomever the Lord prompts him to bless. That must be quite an experience, to be God’s agent in such a tangible way.
When I see the Lord at work in this way, I wonder why I don’t respond to the Spirit’s prompting more? A note. A phone call. A word of encouragement. A quiet prayer. Or all of the above.
So. What are you sensing the Spirit prompting you to do?
International Ministry Prayer Needs and Blessings
God is at work in a mighty way on a global basis. I am glad He has called out dedicated and talented servants who are using media in effective ways to spread the Gospel and build up followers of Christ. Thank you for praying for each of these and many others who depend on your prayers and support.
Major International Ministries
Let me first mention three key ministries, NRB members, who are doing great work all around the world. I hope you will pray for each of them, their leaders, staff, and partners all over the globe. I can’t list all the great work they do, but I’ll include their web address, so you can see for yourself what they are doing.
Far East Broadcasting Company, Ed Cannon, President www.febc.org
HCJB Global, Wayne Pederson, President, www.hcjb.org
TWR, Lauren Libby, President, www.twr.org
We thank God for the work these effective organizations have done for many decades using the powerful tools of electronic media to share the hope found in Jesus Christ. And we praise God for the passionate men he has called to lead them.
Having just celebrated their 10th anniversary, Radio 7 in Tirana is busy adding another station to its ministry. A license has been secured and a transmitter installed in Shkoder, Albania to carry Christian programming to this northern part of the country. This is an area that needs a strong, evangelical voice to dispel the darkness. Pray for Enkelejda Kumaraku and her staff at Radio 7 as they build out this station and add programming to impact the hearts of the people in northern Albania. And continue to pray for Radio 7 in Kosovo as they impact a culture that is almost totally Muslim.
Radio Shema has been an effective voice for Christ in the capital of Ankara for many years. Recently, we have heard of threats of harm to the station and the staff. It serves as a reminder that many of these Christian broadcasters serve in places where the Gospel is not welcome by many. Pray for Soner Tufan, the head of Radio Shema, and their staff, that God would protect them as they faithfully proclaim His truth.
I know that the station needs financial partners and programmers who will help them with radio content that will allow them to remain strong (and even grow) in the face of opposition.
Radio Gospel continues their quest for a broadcast frequency for Paris that would allow them to reach the 20% of the population of France who live in the capital. This has been a big challenge over the past several years. A recent change in the government leadership in France means that the regulating body over broadcast frequencies would change personnel. Pray that new appointees would be more open to the application Radio Gospel would present in the future.
In the meantime, Radio Gospel is using the Internet and smart phone apps to get their programming out, and using the time to learn how to better program to reach their audience.
ELION Media Ministry is seeing its role expand with new opportunities to support the evangelical work in Serbia. That includes spearheading possible media campaigns in Serbia, Macedonia, and Montenegro. They are helping to lay the groundwork for efforts that can reach tens of thousands for Christ. In addition, they are facilitating conferences and events that will bring the hope of Christ to many people. One such event is a series of meetings with Nick Vujicic, an Australian motivational speaker and evangelist. His ministry, Life Without Limbs (www.lifewithoutlimbs.org) shows the power of God to bring hope to any life, including his own. Nick Vujicic has no arms or legs. Pray for Sasko Bogeski of ELION Media as he organizes these meetings for this September in two cities in Serbia.
Sasko was also part of a team of evangelicals from Serbia sent to Budapest, Hungary to deliver a letter to the Franklin Graham organization. It was an invitation to the Graham organization asking them to come to Serbia to hold evangelistic meetings. The team was able to observe the efforts of staff and many volunteers, and will hope to see such meetings in their country in the future.
September is the month for what is being called the “All India Kingdom Media Conference.” NRB is assisting key Christian broadcasters in India with a media training in radio, TV, Internet/social media, print graphics, and other key areas. They are estimating, as many as 300 participants from all across India might attend the conference, set for September 19-22, in Allahabad, India.
There is much work to do for this conference, such as lining up the U.S. NRB members who will be the teaching faculty. Publicity for the event across India will be important to get a good representative group of the evangelical broadcasters impacting that vast region for Christ.
NRB members gave and pledged some $14,000 during the last Convention worship service to help underwrite this exciting event. More will be needed to help cover some of the cost of the attendees. NRB instructors will pay their own travel expenses from the U.S. to Allahabad.
Moody Broadcasting is leading the next training sessions for Christian broadcasters in the Balkans. Bruce Everhart and others at Moody Broadcasting are doing a good job as they determine the needs of the Christian broadcasters in that part of Eastern Europe. Current plans call for workshop and training sessions to be held in November. Pray for Bruce Everhart and the Moody leadership team, and for the Balkans leadership team…Lucian Despa and Tudor Petan from Romania, Enkelejda Kumaraku from Albania, Stoyko Petkov from Bulgaria, and Sasko Bogeski from Serbia… as they work on training needs, dates, locations, and the many details and logistics needed for a successful event. NRB will assist as needed for a successful event.
God has done so much through this international ministry effort of NRB. Over the years we have worked with 12-14 ministries that have the potential to impact God’s work in so many countries. In recent weeks several have given in significant ways to support the various missions, broadcast stations, programs, and training. Others have committed to monthly giving to help us stay connected to Christian broadcasters around the globe. It is such a blessing and encouragement.
If God prompts you (See above!) and you would like to join others in giving to the NRB Strategic Partnership work, please contact me. My email is email@example.com, and my cell phone is 214-912-7658. Or, you may send a contribution to NRB, 9510 Technology Drive, Manassas, VA 20110.
Thank you for your continued prayers for these who serve in their countries, using the powerful tools of electronic media to tell the eternal story of hope found only in Jesus Christ. You are a blessing.
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