I am writing to share an urgent prayer request.
We just received shocking news from the Russian government:
“Your license to broadcast on AM radio in St. Petersburg and Moscow will not be renewed as of April 16, 2016.”
For more than a decade, these two AM stations have been our primary channels to share the Gospel with a potential audience of more than twenty million men, women, and children in Russia. You have rejoiced with us through the years as millions have responded and shared their life-changing testimonies. Now is the time to pray with us, for the millions more at risk of never hearing the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
Using unofficial channels, we discovered that the pressure comes from particular people at the top, who are highly influential; that’s all I am at liberty to share. We are convinced these forces are specifically targeting FEBC Russia because we are an evangelical organization that reaches so many with the Gospel.
Challenges are great. Opportunities are exciting. We know that God still wants us to share the Good News with millions of Russians.
Ironically, this news came as we were reviewing our Strategic Plan in Moscow to determine how to implement a gradual switch from AM to FM, online, mobile app and satellite broadcasting over the next three years. We know these newer channels will prove to be even more effective and efficient. The challenge is that the government shutdown will force this 3-year transition to take place in one month– which is why we are asking for your prayers.
Please pray with us right now:
- For wisdom in condensing a 3-year transition from AM radio to just one month.
- Energy for our staff as additional work is added to their daily tasks.
- For the most effective ways to employ new cell phone apps, satellite and Internet broadcasting.
- For the Lord’s protection from opposing forces in the government.
- If it’s the Lord’s will, for a miracle to renew our AM license on April 16.
- Wisdom in how to continue to work with the government to save at least Moscow and FM stations that could also be affected by this action.
I want you to know that we have been working on a strategic plan to reach even more people with the Gospel. In some ways, this shocking news simply speeds up the implementation of this plan. Today, more than half the people who listen to radio in Russia listen online or by using cell phone apps. FEBC-Russia has more than 100,000 regular online/cell phone listeners. We certainly don’t want to lose our audience of 250,000 in St. Petersburg. In fact, we not only want to retain our audience there, but increase it throughout the country.
Our desire is for God’s will to be done. Above all, we want to be responsive to God’s leading. Thank you for covering us in your prayers.
–Victor Akhterov, Director of FEBC-Russia and Ukraine
FEBC in Russia
Radio Teos, as we are known in Russia, has been broadcasting the Gospel by shortwave since the late 1940s. In February 1992, after the fall of communism, FEBC Russia became incorporated within the country, where it expanded its broadcast ministry.
To Neighboring Countries
10 Local Languages
Are Used in Broadcasts
100 kw Shortwave Radio Station
Transmits to Entire Former Soviet Union
Russia Ministry Highlights
With main studios in Moscow and St. Petersburg, FEBC broadcasters reach not only Russia but other countries with sizable Russian-speaking populations such as Ukraine and Kazakhstan, as well as several ethnic people groups. With Internet and satellite broadcasting, FEBC saturates Russia and surrounding countries with the Gospel through 40 hours/day of broadcasting. FEBC offers a variety of programs on topics such as the Bible, Faith in God, the Christian Life, and Christian News and Commentaries. Other programs address issues related to children, young people, alcoholics, abortion, foster care/adoption and marriage. FEBC operates the following local radio stations,
- Moscow, AM 1134
- St. Petersburg, AM 1089
- Norilsk, FM 107
- Kayerkan, FM 105.7
- Slavyansk/Kramatorsk, Ukraine FM 68
We also broadcast from a 100 kilowatt shortwave transmitter in the Philippines. This signal covers the entire area of the former Soviet Union, bringing the Good News to multitudes who live there. Our broadcasts are offered in the following languages: Russian, Ukrainian, Kazakh, Tartar, Chuvash, Kirghiz, Mari-Low, Osetin, Udmurt, Uzbek.
Other Support Ministries
Working hand in hand with Russian believers, FEBC’s staff supports the Russian church by inviting pastors to their programs and encouraging listeners to become part of a body of local believers.
We support foster care and adoption, as well as drug rehab centers. We also conduct training seminars, offer concerts and special church services, and help kids living on the streets. In addition, we provide phone consultations for people in crises.
In 2010, 36,300 listeners called, emailed, or texted FEBC Russia.