Storly & Kate Michel, OMS missionaries, write, “Sometimes we wonder who is listening to Radio 4VEH, and what kind of impact the radio programs are having. After all, our goal is that people’s lives will be transformed as they listen and respond to what they hear.
In January, Storly met a listener in Phaeton, an old factory town of a few thousand people living with no electricity, on the coast of north east Haiti.
Storly said: I was walking around the village, checking on our evangelism and solar radio distribution teams. As I passed a one-roomed home, I noticed an old man sitting alone inside. He was listening to 4VEH on a solar radio. One of our teams must have given him this radio already. We started talking. I said “I see you have a radio. It’s great that you’re listening to 4VEH.”
He told me his name is Ethius. He said, “I’m so very grateful for this new radio because my eyes are bad, I can’t read anymore. But I can listen to the Bible now.” He showed me his well-worn Bible. He’s a believer in Jesus, and used to be a deacon at church. But now his eyesight is fading and he can’t read anymore. Limited in what he can do, he knows the radio will be a constant companion.
While we were talking, one of the guys from the local church came in and asked him, “Do you know who you’re talking to?”
He said “No, …we were just talking.”
The guy from the church told him, “That’s Storly.”
And Ethius said: “Storly Michel??!?”
[Storly’s voice is well-known in Haiti, as he’s the voice of Bib la, the daily Bible reading in Haitian Creole; of Atravè Labib, the Thru The Bible study from Genesis to Revelation radio programme; the director of Radio 4VEH.]
Ethius’ response? He started crying.
He said “Thank you God, I’m so happy. I never knew I would meet Storly Michel in my life. And now here he is, I’m talking with him. Thank you God!” “God sent you to me today!”
This lady has a fantastic smile, doesn’t she? It took a while for that smile to show. We met her in the village of Leroux Cachiman, about an hour’s drive north east of Cap-Haitien in the back of a truck, as we worked with the church there going door-to-door (or more accurately, yard-to-yard: if people in Haiti are at home, they’re usually outside during the day, busy washing clothes in a plastic bowl, preparing food on the outdoor charcoal fire, or looking after small children.)
When we started talking with this young mother about God, and if she knew Jesus, she was reluctant to talk, not wanting to make eye contact. It turned out she was ashamed because the father of her baby had left her, and she thought God wouldn’t accept her now. This false concept is very common in Haiti, and elsewhere. As we continued to talk with her family—her mother, father and several younger siblings in the yard—her mother prayed a simple sinner’s prayer, asking Jesus to forgive her and be her Saviour. The daughter’s face softened as one of our team, Keri, on a short-term missions trip, shared with her (through a translator) that no-one is beyond God’s grace. There is nothing too bad that it can’t be forgiven if we ask him. It touched a chord in her, and she committed her life to Jesus.
On that day, 55 people in the village of Leroux Cachiman made Jesus Lord of their lives. And regardless of their decisions about God, we left new solar radios with each family we talked with, to bless and encourage them by the daily broadcasting of Christian Radio 4VEH, and the New Testament in their own language.”
Radio 4VEH is a ministry of One Mission Society and faithfully supported by mission teams through Men for Missions. Radio 4VEH has been broadcasting since 1950 to reach Haitians for Christ and transform lives and society through the Holy Spirit. Each solar radio, fix-tuned to Christian Radio 4VEH, and loaded with an audio New Testament in Haitian Creole, is delivered to a family in Haiti as they hear the Gospel.
If you feel prompted to support this ministry to get 160,000 radios sponsored to minister to one million people in Haiti every day, donations can be sent to the Manchester office (cheques should be made payable to `OMS’ and marked for Project RESHO), or why not join a short-term team to Haiti?
If you would like to receive regular news from Storly & Kate, we can add you to their Prayer Letter mailing list.
Visit www.resoundinghope.org and www.radio4veh.org to read more testimonies, and find out how you can be involved in this ministry.