It is a joy for YASKI staff to meet with their listeners. Face-to-face visits allow them direct input, witnessing both the personal struggles and spiritual growth of their listeners. They also learn what programs they listen to. Through personal visitations, they’re also better equipped to pray for the needs of their listeners.
From February 27-March 1, 2012, Nuel Christiawan from Heartline’s Production House (HPH) had an opportunity to visit Sasaknese program listeners in Lombok, West Lesser Sundas.
Loyal Listener for 17 Years
Meet Jayadi, one of their listeners and the founder of the MAPEM Club (Monitor Friendly Media). Jayadi has been a loyal listener of the Sasaknese program for 17 years, since 1995. As village secretary, Jayadi is open to the Gospel and very knowledgeable about Christianity.
“I am quite concerned with the closing of some radio transmitters like BBC and KFBS Saipan,” Jayadi recently shared. “All of us at the MAPEM Club are hoping and praying that FEBC Manila will continue to air the Sasaknese program. We are also hoping this program will focus more attention on local culture so it will become better known to the public.”
The Risk was Significant
YASKI’s Sasaknese program has reached other souls for Christ, such as DW. At first, DW did not believe in Jesus and the risk he took to follow Him was significant. But he decided to take God’s calling on his life seriously and he began studying at a theological school in Mataram.
“I was threatened by my parents and relatives; they wanted to kill me because I received the Gospel and was saved by Christ. But this did not prevent me from sharing my faith with them. I also shared YASKI’s program with my ministry in East Lombok. Thank you, YASKI, for the two radios you gave me. I’m going to deliver them to the people in East Lombok.”
Praise God that He has used the Sasaknese program to bring significant transformation to the lives of these listeners. Testimonies like these support the impact – and need – to continue broadcasts in ethnic languages. In addition to Sasaknese, YASKI also offers broadcasts in the following languages: Sundanese, Javanese, Minangnese, Bataknese, Banjar, Oganese and Komering. Other people groups they hope to reach still await a broadcast in their language.