Adventist World Radio has many avenues for distributing programs today, from traditional shortwave radio broadcasts that continue to serve listeners in closed countries, to online communities built around popular social media platforms. Some of the best ideas for outreach come from our local production teams. In China, special audio players that we call “godpods” are being manufactured locally. Radio volunteers and church members personally present these players to listeners. Three days later, they return and ask the listeners, “Have you tried the player yet? If not, I must take it back and give to someone who will listen.” That personal approach is proving to be highly motivational, and it has taken very little time for the listener testimonies to start pouring in. Here we share a small sample of the letters that have touched our hearts.
“I would like to sincerely thank the
person who donates the players.
I am a lady in my 70s. When I was
young, I did not go to school, so I
was not well educated. I spent most
of my time taking care of children and
housework. While getting old, I did
not go out for recreational activities,
even when I was staying idly inside.
“Usually, young men are reluctant to
come into contact with an old woman
like me, but one day, a young man
spoke to me on the road, saying that
he can deliver the gospel to me if I
believe in God.
“Although I have not yet formally entered
the church, I am interested in
faith. Recently, this young man gave
me a solar Bible player carrying poetry,
Bible stories, and religious books,
and told me how to use it.
“I am very grateful, because it solves
my vacuity, loneliness, and boredom;
I want to listen to the contents of
the player more, as it can enrich my
spiritual life in old age. I would like to
have more contact with this young
man, and believe in God with him.”
“I am an unrepentant Christian, who does not even participate in gatherings. But since the church gave me a player recently, I have been listening to it every day.
“I like the poems of praise very much. I liked singing when I was
young, and now I have the chance to listen to the songs and Bible
stories whenever and wherever possible. Thank God for His great
grace and love, and not leaving me behind! I would like to believe
in God and aspire to be a repentant Christian.
“My husband has been listening to the Bible since we got the player,
and he is now very fond of religious beliefs and willing to go to
the gatherings with me. Thank God for bringing so much grace to
our family through the player!”
“I was a devout Buddhist, but also a childless elderly wretch. My
son died because of work. When my husband and I were in great
sorrow, we met my friend, W. She told my husband and me to
believe in God. So my husband and I agreed to take the Buddhas
away from our house and stop serving them. So the elders and
brothers and sisters of the Adventist church came to our house
to pray. Later, I was given a player to listen to the Bible whenever
and wherever. My husband and I feel a lot better, and we opened
ourselves and put down a lot. Thank you for the church. Thank you
for the people sending the player.”
Shelley Nolan Freesland is the Adventist World Radio Communication director at the
General Conference world headquarters.