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RADIO STATION IN LIBERIA CONTINUES TO DEVELOP
We are very thankful for all the prayer going up for Free Presbyterian Radio 92.5 FM, the new radio station operating from the mission compound in Duazon since April 2017. Rev. David DiCanio has been doing most of the work of gathering up a database of programs, boosting or compressing the audio when necessary, and slotting each day’s programming into the software that runs the station. Of the 18 hours of daily broadcasting, 7 hours include the preaching of over 40 different FPC ministers from the United Kingdom, United States, Canada, and Australia. Other programs include daily devotionals, Scripture readings, church history, hymn histories, dramatized biographies of famous Christians, children’s programs, science programs, Q&A with Dr. Cairns, and programs that focus on a Biblical view of the family, education, and current events.

As the initial work of gathering programs reaches completion, our next step has been to advertise. We’ve been doing this by giving out business cards and bumper stickers. Some of our church people have heard the station playing in taxis, others have heard our programs from houses in their community, and one man even reported that a Pentecostal church was blaring it through their loud speaker a few Sundays ago! We’ve also had a few visitors at church each week who came as a direct result of the new station. Several said they found our frequency while flipping through the dial.

One of the godly young men from the Paynesville congregation has been spending time at a couple of the major intersections offering to put our bumper sticker on the back window of the taxis while they are stopped at traffic lights. Many have agreed, and some even immediately switched their radios to the station.

At the moment, we are really praying that the Lord will continue to provide the finances needed to run the station for 18 hours a day. We start broadcasting at 5am, which is when many Liberians wake up and turn on their radios, and shut down at 11pm, which is when most Liberians go to bed. Some small stations close down for a few hours each afternoon to save money, but we have been loath to do so for fear of losing our audience; if our station goes off the air, then those who were listening will probably flick to another station and may not come back to ours. Also, our Let The Bible Speak program on ELWA Radio (the large Christian station in Liberia) advertises our new station at the end of each program every afternoon. We fear listeners would hear the advert and check our station, only to find static.

So, since April, we have been running the station (and therefore running the generator) 6 hours a day beyond the normal 12 hours for which fuel had been budgeted for the compound as a whole. The extra expense has been met so far by gifts for the radio work, but at this point, there is just no more money to run the extra hours. Therefore we are facing the immediate possibility of having to shut down for several hours each day. Do please join us in praying that the Lord, Who has provided for this station so marvellously already, will continue to provide what is needed.
JOANNE GREER - OCTOBER 2017
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