At NRB 2024, International Christian Leaders Talk Global Gospel Outreach

NRB | March 21, 2024 | NRB News

On Thursday, Feb. 22, Christian commentators from across the globe gathered to discuss gospel media and expansion in hard-to-reach regions. This mainstage session presented a firsthand point of view from media leaders who are working on the ground in India, Turkey, Africa, and Latin America.

CFO of Petra Media Group Sarah Wibberly, who lives and works in Turkey, discussed how God is using media to spread the Gospel in the country.

“Christians in Turkey, they can’t have churches,” Wibberly said. “There’s harassment from families. They lose their jobs if they come to faith. But 24 hours a day, seven days a week, we can have Christian broadcasts in Turkey. And praise God.”

She explained how she can operate her ministry with confidence and hope, despite knowing she is under heavy government scrutiny.

“We want to see the church grow,” Wibberly said. “Through radio, we can strengthen the church because the people know that Christians are there and that there’s a way to find Jesus.”

Ashvin Dhyriam, managing director of GoodNews Channel, discussed the opportunities for ministry that exist even within the challenges and opposition in India: “We run four TV stations, and we have reached 180 million people.” Despite obstacles, Dhyriam is steadfast in his goal to push forward in the mission of sharing the gospel throughout India.

“God will stop you and send you,” Dhyriam said. “And after He sends you, He will stretch you. And after He stretches you, He will satisfy you. We are going through a stretching process, but I strongly believe we will see satisfaction. So let’s not give up.”

Bishop Sunday Onuoha, founder and president of Vision Africa Ministries, discussed his situation doing ministry in Nigeria, where there is an equal number of Muslims and Christians coexisting in the nation.

“As we celebrate that people are giving their lives to Jesus,” Onuoha said, “we are also in pain of the activities of the extremists and fundamentalists who will walk into the church and kidnap people worshiping. The good news is that in the midst of all of this, God is raising men and women, who are excited for the Gospel, who are offering themselves for the ministry. People are daily giving their lives to Jesus. We need to celebrate it.”

Arnold Enns, President & CEO of COICOM (Iberoamerican Confederation of Communicators, Pastors, and Christian Leaders) discussed the state of the Christian church in Latin America.

“Latin America is divided somewhat between the socialist governments and the other side,” Enns said, “and people are not finding answers in politics or in all the mayhem that’s going on. But they’re looking for a positive change, and they’re finding that in the church. So that’s sort of the story that I see throughout Latin America, that there’s people who are hungry for the Lord. Radio is an explosion in Latin America.”

This mainstage session was part of the NRB Forum series presented live at the 2024 NRB International Christian Media Convention. To learn more about the NRB Convention, click here.

The forum was sponsored by DonorDirect by Ministry Brands, which is the go-to provider for ministries’ donor management needs.

To stream recordings of the 2025 NRB Convention, please visit NRB’s digital storefront. The next NRB Convention will be held February 24-27, 2025, at the Gaylord Texan Resort & Convention Center, Grapevine, Texas. For more information, go to www.nrbconvention.org.

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