"Lord, I feel like I need spiritual encouragement! Please send me spiritual encouragement today!" I prayed one morning about 2 weeks ago. I had just woken up to consciousness and was still lying in bed.
Ashamed, I thought of the past few days, when it seemed I lacked joy and cheerfulness as I had gone throughout my day. "I don't want to live another day like this!" I thought.
Later that day, I received a phone text from my sister-in-law, Mona. She said, "The guys are doing a test for the radio transmitter. Be listening and praying!"
Now, you remember we have moved to a small town nearly 2 hours away. My heart sank. "I will be praying," I thought, "but I'm sure I won't be listening!"
That evening, my brother Tom called: "Hey, Anna! We just did our first test, and we are getting texts from..." and he named 6 surrounding villages. "Can you hear us?" I told him, "No. We can't hear you from here." I was so thankful and excited for him, but I couldn't help feeling sad and disappointed for me!!!
Later my Honey came home and said, "Hey! Listen to this!" He could hear the new Christian radio station in his car!!!! He pulled the car right up next to our front door, opened his car door, and we heard the beautiful music and Tom's voice coming through clearly over the radio waves!
Amazing! We sat on our front steps and listened. Absolutely wonderful!!!!
Then, my Honey remembered Dad's old short-wave radio, which we had recently brought to our house. "I'll bet we can hear it on that!" he said, and hooked up the old short-wave. Sure enough, 104.3 FM could be heard clearly in our livingroom!
Lovely, up-lifting, encouraging music could be heard, streaming through our home.
I know God heard me. 24-hour uplifting, encouraging, edifying programming that I can listen to all day long!!!
Truly, a red-letter day for Christians in Chiapas, who desire to listen to Godly programming that glorifies our Lord, lifting up the name of our Saviour through "Radio Compasión."
It has been a long road, especially for Tom and his family, to get to this point. I know many miles travelled, sharing in churches, Christians all over the world giving, men and women working, much sweat, many tears, big sacrifices, and literally years of praying have been invested into getting Baptist Compassion Radio set up.
"Thank you, Lord, for this blessing!" My heart has been blessed many times over in the 12 days that this radio began its broadcasting.
I trust that with time, I will be able share with you some of the many texts that Tom has received (and continues to receive daily) from people listening from miles away, over mountain ranges, and in little Indian huts.
But for one lady, it's made the world of difference, as this radio station makes its way over an amazing distance, and God made it reach far enough for me to be able to hear.
Because one morning I prayed for much-needed spiritual encouragement.
Thank you, Lord. Thank you, Tom. Thank you to any of you out there who are reading this, who gave sacrifically toward this ministry.
It is finally a reality, and I get to enjoy it!!!