MEDIAlliance International is blessed to have great ministry partners around the world. We were especially blessed to have many of our international friends at the recent National Religious Broadcasters convention in Nashville, Tennessee.
We sat with Soner Tufan of Turkey to talk about the opportunities and challenges for Radio Shema in Ankara. Soner, and his American assistant Sarah Wibberly, gave me the latest update on evangelicals in Turkey. Out of a population of 77 million, there are likely no more than six thousand evangelical followers of Christ. What a challenge…but what an opportunity. In God’s providence, He has placed Radio Shema, a voice for the Gospel, in the capital city of Ankara, to share God’s Truth.
Our dear friends, Tudor and Merila Petan from Romania were also at the NRB 2014 conference. Their broadcast ministry, Alfa Omega Television, is impacting lives all across Romania and into the surrounding countries of Eastern Europe. If you look at the map of that part of the world, you see that Romania is the next-door neighbor to Ukraine. With all the turmoil in that country, Romanians are keeping a close eye on the situation. We prayed with Tudor and Merila…for their country, their ministry, and for a greater impact for the Gospel.
More media training is on the books for the entire Balkan region, with Moody Broadcasting taking the lead and MEDIAlliance assisting in some of the teaching areas. This team effort is called the Global Partners Training. We appreciate the ongoing relationship with Moody on this project.
We spent time with Storly and Kate Michel with Radio 4VEH in Haiti. At their invitation, MEDIAlliance International plans to hold media training on that island nation in 2015. We spent a week there in December 2011, and I am impressed with Radio 4VEH. Their programming impacts people in towns and jungle villages with solid
Gospel presentations on their various station frequencies.
At the Sunday morning worship service I sat with Tani Baraku from Korce, Albania, Cristina Olariu from Timisoara, Romania, and Ratna Sajja, who ministers in his native country of India. Standing and singing praise to our Lord with such a diverse Christian family gave me a small taste of what heaven will be like.
At the NRB Convention, MEDIAlliance connects many of these internationals to US ministries for potential programming for their stations. We also hear of the challenges and opportunities in these various countries, often praying for God to open doors and provide programming and resources that will change hearts and cultures. I know many of you pray with me for those needs…and it is greatly appreciated.
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