Journey Into A Village
And See the Impact
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 and other FEBC Philippines staff walk around rice paddies beneath Mt. Canlaon, carrying radios to distribute to several farming families that have expressed interest in FEBC’s broadcasts to a local pastor, who FEBC partners with in the region.
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.
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.