FEBC recently launched a brand new station in the twin cities of Slavyansk and Kramatorsk in densely populated eastern Ukraine, where the organization has had a ministry since 1995.
In addition to these cities, the station will be heard in several towns for a total reach of one million potential listeners.
"For us, it is a many-fold miracle," shared the station director, Viktor Kurilenko, who has ministered through FEBC and produced hundreds of powerful radio programs since 1995.
"First, we received the frequency while hoping against all hope, and God answered our prayers," he reported. "Then, some faithful FEBC supporters came through with donations that made it possible for us to purchase the transmitter and start broadcasting. And now we continue by the grace of God."
As Russia struggles through a new wave of government control, FEBC realizes that this window of opportunity to openly bring the Gospel to Slavic people is not guaranteed to remain open indefinitely. But for as long as possible, the ministry intends for the new station to serve as a voice of evangelical Christianity that will challenge people and invite them to experience life in connection with a local church.
According to FEBC, local churches plan to provide limited financial support to the new station, as well as technical and programming support. At this point in time, the ministry is broadcasting simply from a laptop computer connected to a transmitter.
"A local church provided us space for a studio, but we need to renovate it," the ministry reported recently.
"We also need to embark on live broadcasts locally as well as transmit programs from Moscow and St. Petersburg," it added. "We believe thousands of lives will be transformed through this new undertaking."
The ministry is asking for prayers for the thousands of new listeners in Slavyansk and Kramatorsk, and for their efforts in promoting the station through a word-of-mouth campaign. The ministry is also hoping to advertise the station on a billboard and to receive financial support for the new station's staff and for equipping the studio and building communication lines.
"Local churches in the twin cities are doing all they can to help the new station," reported the ministry. "But they still need help to ensure that the station reaches thousands of their countrymen. Currently, the biggest need is studio equipment."
Published: August 8, 2013