I would like to share a few ideas and blessings about having a radio ministry.
Around March 2009, the Lord opened up the doors for a radio ministry here in La Plata, Argentina. Monday thru Friday from 8am to 9am, I now have the opportunity to preach to a possible crowd of close to one million people! Where the city of La Plata with surroundings reaches over 1 million people, the Lord opened the doors to preach on a radio station that reaches the entire city and extending outwards (except for a few low spots). I must say that at first I was very excited, but never imagined all the work it takes to prepare a one hour a day messages. It is one thing preaching to people you are looking at, but another when you are talking to a microphone and imagining that thousands could be listening. I would like to share a few words of why I think every missionary and church should take advantage of the local radio:
- Whereas I may pass out hundreds of tracts, the radio allows me to get into thousands of houses of people that may never read a tract.
- Whereas our church may never grow to one thousand in attendance, we can tell people about our church in a way bigger than a sign, tract, or invitation. (This doesn’t mean we don’t believe God is going to allow our church to grow bigger J )
- The Gospel can be heard by people that would have to take 2 or 3 buses to get to our church. Since our city is big, we may be on the oposite side of town for some, but the radio is right inside their house or car!
- Christians that are sick, disabled, elderly, etc, can hear the radio and use it as a discipleship course to grow more and more in their spiritual life.
- People that are away from the Lord can hear the sound doctrine and hear about a fundamental church where they can get back on their feet and begin to go forward for the Lord.
- The church realizes that they are having a small part in reaching their city and doing what they were made to do – fulfill the Great Comission!
- It helps me as a preacher realize that God can do bigger things than I can imagine!