Five years ago, there was not a single Christian radio station in Greenland – the world’s largest island. Today, there are at least a dozen – more than half of which were installed just this past summer.
Behind the landmark effort is Galcom International, which installed its first radio station in the church of Pastor John Nielsen in the capital city of Nuuk in September 2008. In 2011, Galcom Co-Founder and International Director Emeritus Allan McGuirl, who spearheaded the first effort, returned to Greenland with four team members and installed repeater stations in four other Greenland communities.
Most recently, in August, McGuirl retuned once again with seven more team members to lead Galcom’s most ambitious project ever – installing seven repeater stations in 10 days.
“By God’s grace and the gifts of Galcom and the workmanship of the teams, we now have 11 radio [repeater] stations ‘on air’ with 12 hours of daily Christian programs,” reported Nielsen in a message to Galcom. “Now, small towns can have a fix-tuned radio in every household. Imagine what the Gospel can do. We pray for revival in Greenland!”
According to McGuirl, the 12 stations presently reach 90% of Greenland’s population. The hope is to eventually make Christian radio available to every community in Greenland, where Christians reportedly make up less than 2% of the population.
Thanks to Galcom, that vision is closer to becoming a reality. And with additional prayer and funding, that could happen in the near future.
“Pray for revival and that God will move in a mighty way,” urged McGuirl.
For over two decades, Galcom has worked to give help and tools to missionaries that have answered the call of Christ to "Go into all the world and preach the Gospel to every creature" (Mark 16:15). Galcom believes that, by using radios, missionaries are able to multiply their impact and reach more people and a larger area with the Gospel every day.
PHOTOS ABOVE: (1) Galcom Co-Founder and International Director Emeritus Allan McGuirl poses for a photo after he and his team set up and tested a station's studio equipment. (2) An antenna is shown attached to a church. (3) Allan McGuirl poses for a photo with three women who were trained on how to use radio station equipment. Photographs courtesy of Galcom International.
Published: December 6, 2012