Journey Into A Village
And See the Impact
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.”
With 25 radios in hand, our local Filipino staff drove into a village in the Cabacungan region of the island of Negros in the Philippines (seen on the map below). This rural area consists primarily of sugarcane, rice and corn fields, all with the towering Canlaon active volcano towering above them.
Jude Press explains how the radios work and what programs the villagers can listen to. Each radio is tuned only to FEBC’s station, and can be plugged in or battery operated. The programs FEBC Philippines air range from Bible stories for children, to sermons by well-known Filipino pastors.
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.
Hermenia and Primo Lampaso hold their new radio outside their home. The radio can now be a constant companion as Hermenia cooks dinner, or for when Primo goes out into the fields to work.
Beneath an awning at the back of the Lampaso’s house, Leah Navarro, host of one of FEBC Philippines’ radio programs, hands a radio to an elder member of the community. At the end of the day, this village of a hundred people gathers in several places like this one to listen to nightly radio programs.
In another part of Cabacungan, Leah goes into a small home made out of bamboo, to give a young woman her first radio. Houses like this one use wood-burning stoves for cooking, and often have hard-packed dirt floors.
Eniquita (yellow shirt) and Danna (pink) listen to their new radio a quarter mile from where the Lampasos live.
Dionisia holds her granddaughter in front of her house. At the top, there is an intercom that she and her husband connect a radio to, so that the entire village of 100 people can hear the radio while they work. Now, instead of secular programs, they’ll be listening to Bible stories, theological teachings, and much more through FEBC broadcasts.