At the very end of the book of Acts, Paul, speaking to the Jews in Rome, tells them: “Therefore let it be known to you that this salvation of God has been sent to the Gentiles, they will listen.” A few days ago I completed the last program of my series entitled “The Bible recounted to children” (nearly 200 programs each lasting 15 minutes), ending the retelling of the historical portions of the Bible with the book of Acts. After writing these words from Paul, I invited my young listeners (mostly African children who regularly tune in to these broadcasts of Reformed Faith and Life), to further read the Bible. By so doing, I told them, they would learn more about the wonderful message of salvation which God has given to us by his grace alone, through Jesus Christ.
Paul’s message keeps being sent out to the Gentiles, so that they may listen to it. During his time, Paul, of course, did not have radio as a means to proclaim the Gospel to the nations; but today, the Lord has graciously provided us with this powerful instrument to spread his Word. When you think that Africa’s population is growing at such a rate that in 2060—according to statistics—it will have exceeded the combined populations of China and India regardless of pandemics and wars, then you realize how important it is to tell children where their salvation lies and how they are to govern their lives in a godly way.
Another target: France
In the meantime, another evangelistic front lies wide open: that of France. Although an area of difficult spiritual warfare, the contacts I maintain in France with evangelists and Christian radios assure me that people in France are searching. Materialism and secularization do not provide them with satisfying answers. Fears of Islam’s strong rise, global instability, social, economic and financial upheavals, and the upsurge in violent crime, are but some of the factors which create despondency in the population. In this context, how saddening to read in the media, on a regular basis, strong anti-Christian statements, if not, at times, outright blasphemies. The heat of these sinners’ condition gets worse, but they do not properly analyze their moral, spiritual and cultural failures. Revelation 16:8-9 inevitably comes to mind: “The fourth angel poured out his bowl on the sun, and it was allowed to scorch people with fire. They were scorched by the fierce heat, and they cursed the name of God who had power over these plagues. They did not repent and give him glory.”
Still, God has his people receive the Good News—people who are in the situation they are in because, sadly, too few courageous evangelists or pastors are willing to proclaim the full counsel of the Almighty. After more than two years spent in preparing shorter radio messages (most Christian radios in France ask that messages be a maximum of four minutes for the sake of better impact on listeners), a series of nearly one hundred programs is now ready. It was specifically designed for a French audience, raising issues in a style adapted to the French culture. This series must now come on the air wherever Christian radio stations are willing to use the material. The promotion and distribution of these messages is crucial so that the efforts spent in producing them are not wasted¼ In the meantime, longer programs are being prepared, recorded, and put on the air, mostly for our African audience.
Rev. Eric Kayayan