Josephine Inspired A Campaign
On the outskirts of Bacolod City, on the island of Negros in the Philippines, is a small sub-city called Purok Seaside. Here, houses are built of cheap materials, like bamboo and tin, while the floors are made of dirt. Most of the people in this region live below the poverty line, working low-paying jobs just to put enough food on the table. This is where Josephine Cabaya lives.
As a widow living in one of the poorest communities in Bacolod City, Philippines, she couldn’t afford to buy a radio to keep listening to her favorite station: FEBC radio. Now, thanks to the gift of a radio from local staff, she’s able to listen whenever she wants.
“Your programs help me grow strong in the Word of God,” Josephine says. “I have many trials, but by listening to the Word of God, I put my trust in Him and I’m encouraged daily by the worship and preaching I hear on the radio.”
Through Slums, Cities and Rural Areas
Above you see a video of Leah Navarro, an FEBC staff member. She’s about to distribute radios to a group of locals who’ve congregated inside a local church. Among them is Jalin Namanzo.
Jalin, 29, became an Evangelical Christian in 2013, and since then she’s been listening to local FEBC programs to learn more about her newfound faith. Now, with her own radio, she’s excited to tune in to the children’s programs every Saturday with her 2-year-old daughter, Isaaca, pictured here. Not only does this help her explain complex ideas about God to Isaaca, but as a nursery school teacher, she uses the programs to teach Bible stories to her students.
Where We’re Headed
The Philippines is home to over 100 million people, scattered across over 7,000 islands. Our teams journeyed to two of these islands: Luzon, home to the capital of Manila, and Negros, where Bacolod City and Cabacungan are.
Next week we’ll share the story of two more people from the Bacolod City region, who received radios and told us what they meant to them. Join us over the next 7 weeks as we take you throughout the Philippines to several different radio distributions. From rural areas, to urban ones; through slums, dangerous neighborhoods and the poorest of the poor, you’ll see the lengths our staff go to distribute radios to people who desperately need them.