NRB member organizations Reach Beyond, Far East Broadcasting Company (FEBC), and Moody Global Ministries combined their efforts last month and raised $311,519 to fund equipment to start radio stations in three major cities in Mongolia that do not have access to Christian radio.
The additional stations will cover an estimated 90 percent of the country, and more than 450,000 Mongolians will now have access to local Christian broadcasts for the first time.
“This three-way partnership multiplied everyone's efforts,” said Steve Johnson, Reach Beyond's Executive Director of Communication. “There was a synergy that helped make this a great success. Each of the ministries and its people had specific roles, and we came together as a unified part of the body of Christ.”
For their part, Moody Radio launched informal on-air campaigns to help stir support for “Mission: Mongolia” with the goal of raising $200,000 to add three FM repeater stations in Mongolia. The month-long effort was capped with a share-a-thon that included two days of live broadcasts.
Throughout July, more than 2,300 Moody listeners responded with pledges. Then, during the two-day share-a-thon, July 30-31, an estimated 1,300 listeners made pledges. Having met 155 percent of the goal, the additional funds will support the new stations' first-year operating costs.
“I believe God is extraordinarily pleased when three large global ministries work collaboratively to extend His Kingdom,” remarked Reach Beyond President Wayne Pederson.
As a result of the effort, FEBC's award-winning flagship station, WIND-FM in Mongolia's capital of Ulaanbaatar, will microwave its signal to Bulgan, Nalaih, and Sainshand for simultaneous rebroadcast. With these three new repeater stations, FEBC will now have seven stations in Mongolia. Their goal is to cover the entire nation by 2020 with 21 stations.
According to Operation World, Mongolia has the eighth fastest growing church in the world, but the country is still under-reached as evangelicals represent only about 1.2 percent of the population of nearly 3 million. Radio could be a key way to reach them with the Gospel message.
The partnership continues to receive donations for the campaign and encourages donors to make their contributions by clicking here.
In addition to funding the stations, Reach Beyond and FEBC donors have provided more than 900 solar-powered, fixed-tuned SonSet® radios that FEBC-Mongolia will distribute so people near the stations can listen to the broadcasts.
By NRB Staff
Published: August 20, 2015