Radio Kahuzi Video

Saturday, December 20, 2014

A Season of Joy

Celebrating 22 Years of Gospel Broadcasting on Dec. 24, 2014

Tell it Abroad...a Message of Hope to all People

Dear Friends of BESI / Radio Kahuzi,

The Christmas message that a very special child was born at the time of God the Father’s choosing and that for our redemption He allowed His only begotten Son to die at the appointed time...this message is the only reason for the existence of Radio Kahuzi.

This life-changing message is the reason the McDonalds have risk their lives living in and through all the horrendous events of the past 22 years. Most of us would have given up and fled in fear, but God has given them a vision of the millions of lost souls who need to hear God’s words of love and grace until it penetrates the heart. They have committed their lives to finish their course until His appointed time.

Once, again, the Lord has shown just how powerful this message of Christmas can be in the heart of a lost soul. A few months ago the President of a Kahuzi Radio Club wondered why the Lord allowed his family to be forced to move. Then their new neighbor, a little old man, heard their Galcom radio and came across the road to hear what they were listening to. He was trusting in the "old gods from days gone by."

After several daily “coffee times” with Claude, who was able to interpret the messages and explain the Gospel to him, he accepted Jesus Christ as his personal Savior! Through prayer and witness of the Holy Spirit, and reading the verses, he finally saw the light and gave his heart to the Lord, after all the years of darkness! 

"And this is the record, that God hath given to us eternal life, and this life is in his Son. He that hath not the son of God hath not life. These things have I written unto you that believe on the name of the Son of God; that ye may know that ye have eternal life, and that ye may believe on the name of the Son of God." I John 5: 11 - 13.

Before he found Jesus, his hope was placed in the gods that lived in the trees, or fetishes of food left for them to eat, but he never saw anything happen. Before Claude led him to the Lord, he just couldn't believe that he didn't have to go to church to “get saved,” because anyway, he didn't have the right clothes.

Now, he doesn't want anyone to leave his house, after visiting him, before they have a word of prayer together. He doesn't have the strength to walk to church anymore, but he knows he is secure in Christ! This makes our efforts to share the Good News all worthwhile.

Our Phase I progress: It was in July, or earlier that Richard noticed the vision in his right eye fading. For a month or more, he did not tell Kathy that he could only see with one eye since he also knew there were no funds for a trip home and it was hard keeping up with the day-to-day budget and the construction of the new studio. Not until the word came from our home office on August 19 that a special gift had arrived to be used “wherever needed” did he go to Kathy and tell her of his urgent need to have an eye operation in the States.The special funds made it possible to keep all the work going while the McDonalds would be away on “medical leave,” and their Frequent Flyer Miles provided, almost free, round-trip tickets with Delta. Rejoice with us that Kathy & Richard are home in Bukavu with his new eyesight.

So, here we are in December. While they were in the States we were able to pay the blacksmith to manufacture the ironwork for the windows and doors and the masons have been working all week on the interior finishing, and electrical wiring is being installed, as we write.

We are praying to be on air at our new location by January 1, 2015!

Phase II: Praise Him! The search for a property in Rwanda is over and Rich and Kathy took possession of the keys on December 2. With your help we were able to pay the first two years' rent in advance, with an option to purchase anytime during those first two years

It was without a proper kitchen and bath; however, while Rich and Kathy were in the States the owner installed both...another Praise!

The owner also promised to help them bring their two trailer loads of household and equipment across the border when the time comes...another praise!

Phase III progress: On Dec. 3rd Richard crossed the border and registered as new residents of Rwanda, and obtained the forms and lists of documents needed to submit in Kigali for Rwandan recognition of our BESI statutes. He also obtained registration for their car. Lord willing, he will complete the governmental procedures to establish our Rwanda missionary radio ministry.

There are a lot more details and plans for expansion that we will share with you, but they will need to wait until the first steps are taken.

May God bless you for all you have done to make it possible for Kathy to enjoy her very first modern kitchen. What a wonderful Anniversary present (Dec. 16th) for Rich and Kathy to be able to breath in the “relative” safety of Rwanda and for Kathy to be able to bake cookies in a real oven. (She has been boiling drinking water outside on a charcoal fire for years.)

Thank you for partnering with Radio Kahuzi. With your support in 2015 we can continue to be an instrument of blessing to Congo and the African Great Lakes countries, planting and watering the seed of the Word. Rejoice with us this Christmas Season to know it is all bearing fruit to His Glory and Praise.

Keep Looking Up!
Harold D. Smith, President

Tuesday, December 16, 2014



Wishing you many more years together. We remember that day clearly those many years ago. We drove with the family from PA in a winter blizzard, sliding our way into Grand Rapids, MI. Carol Ann had to get out of the car and push us out of the snow and ice. She was all dressed up for the wedding and the wind was so fierce that her fine hairdo blew in every direction. I remember that I sang to the accompaniment of Vern Stromberg's piano and another professional on the violin. I think one of the songs was "There is No Greater Love." Your love for each other could be no greater!

Much love and more prayers, Barb and Smitty

Kathy and Rich McDonald celebrate 42 years of marriage on December 16.

Monday, December 15, 2014


 International Award for Excellence from Moody Broadcasting

Dr. Joseph Stowell, former President of Moody Bible Institute

Robert Neff and wife, Miriam and family
Mr. Neff was the Vice President of Moody Broadcasting at the time of the presentation of our award. The award also included a monetary gift to the ministry.

Sunday, November 30, 2014

Keeping the Saints out of Heaven

             "Love Worth Finding" airing on Radio Kahuzi since 1994.                     
Do you know what the average prayer request is about? Physical healing. Pray for my aunt who is a Christian and she is about to die. Pray for my saved uncle who is having heart surgery. How many prayer meetings have you been to where people asked for prayer for their lost neighbor who is going to hell?

We are, more often than not, interested in keeping the saints out of heaven, than we are in keeping the lost out of hell. It is not a tragedy to die and go to heaven. It is a tragedy to die and go to hell. Friend, it's time we elevated our prayers outside of the physical realm of life into the spiritual realm.

Take a look at your prayer list today--where are the lost who need to be saved? What are you doing to help them find their way?

"For the Son of man is come to seek and to save that which was lost." Luke 19:10 
                                                                                                    --Adrian Rogers, "First Light"

Barbara, Dr and Mrs. Adrian Rogers, and Harold Smith, President, BESI / Radio Kahuzi since 1986
  A year and eight months after this photo was taken on Feb 15, 2004 Dr. Rogers was with his Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ. As Adrian would say, "from my heart to yours" he is still speaking daily to our Radio Kahuzi listeners throughout Burundi, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania and Uganda and all of the African Great Lakes region.




                                      BY BRINGING THE GOSPEL TO RWANDA

(Did you know Rwanda's official language is English!) 

Greetings to our, dear, friends and Prayer Partners,

Kathy and I were temporarily relieved knowing that the Congo / Rwanda border closes at precisely 6:00 PM and we had arrived at about 5:20 PM with Mr. National, our faithful taxi-man, who rescued us at the Kigali International Airport after dark, when the hotel bus had left us stranded. Other taxis wanted $50 to take us to our hotel.

We called him, and he came and took us to our hotel for a lot less! Then he agreed to take us to the government bureaus Saturday, but all the ones we needed were closed until Monday, so we asked him to drive us to Bukavu six hours from Kigali, before we broke out in fever from our Yellow Fever shots, that were starting to affect us ...all we need is to be put in quarantine there, or between borders, since Ebola is all the rage these days!

No-man's land Congo / Rwanda
Thankfully, since there was no car there in Cyangugu, to receive us, Mr. National was willing to drive us with all of our baggage across the bridge separating Rwanda from the DRC, but when we got up the hill to the DRC crossing barrier, it was already padlocked shut as of 5:30!

Basadeke, our resourceful friend, told Kathy to stay in the car out of sight, as she seemed to be running a fever, while I ran to the Public Health and Hygiene metal quonset hut in "No-Man's-Land" just outside the access gate into the DRC to present our "Proof of Vaccination" booklets and submit to the laser temperature check. (Last month they arrested a man there for resisting after they pointed the laser thermometer at his head and he knocked it to the ground and broke it!)

The doctor had already left; and when he returned, I greeted him and introduced myself as
Director of Radio Kahuzi coming back to Bukavu with our International Vaccination booklets in order.  He was on his way home, and did not want to bother me with the formalities, as Immigration was closing!

I ran through the door at the side of the barrier and into the Immigration Office, presented our passports; but the officer said go outside the office and get the two forms to complete! They were not about Ebola, as I thought, but the details he needed to have about each emigrant. Finally they followed his order to stamp our passports for "Entry into the DRC," and I sighed a sigh of relief.

Outside in "No-Man's-Land" Kathy and Basadeke were able to hail a taxi from up the road inside the border crossing to come down just to the closed gate where they transferred all the baggage under the locked barrier and into the other taxi. I asked the immigration official if we needed to present our personal effects and baggage to a custom's officer, and he said "no" we don't need to bother you since it's just your personal effects.

So we were in the taxi and out of there as fast as the ancient vehicle could creep. When we got home everyone celebrated our return with flash lights as the block was pitch black, and the electricity had been off all day long! We even noticed up the block from our house,
the electricity cables were dangling into the ditch beside the road, and light poles in various angles with the ground, and half-a-pole ominously pointing horizontally at the entrance into MONUSCO (UN) HQ!

At 1:00 AM the current still has not been reestablished. Not such a tremendous reception after a month on Safari and six or seven hours on the road back home, but our bed feels good and reassuring even before  we get the dust covers off and clean sheets for the next steps of Faith and Adventure into the Greater Great Lakes of Africa.

Good Night!
Keep Looking UP! 
And Keep On Keeping ON!!

In His Love and Care, 
Richard & Kathy McDonald


PS:  We stopped by the new house in Cyangugu, Rwanda to see if it is getting ready for our December 1st entry. Praise the Lord, the owner has put in our new kitchen with window and suspended cabinets and sink, though it has only one basin, but he has truly out done our expectations with the bath tub and deluxe shower head fixtures, off the master bed- room, and the same flexible shower head in the bathroom beside the visitor's bedroom.

He put tile in all the rooms and around the house; plus all three annex rooms in a separate

building behind the house. He seems to have repainted inside and outside with enamel oil based paint, pink in some rooms and outside it is a light brown. I'm not sure why he changed from white to brown? If that's the final coat, we won't be able to call it "The Little White House."! We will have to get used to whatever he has planned and we can hardly wait to begin moving in!

Praise the LORD for His Faithfulness in sending us back with crystal clear eyesight restored, broken teeth repaired, protection from Yellow Fever, and Satan's wiles and schemes, sealed for our Eternal Destination in the Heavenliest Places with our Co-Worker and Co-Heritor --  Christ Jesus, Himself!     


Monday, November 10, 2014

In Loving Memory

Saying goodbye to Jill until we meet again in Glory...As Christians and believers in the resurrection this is our Blessed Hope...that we shall see Him face to face.

Still smiling and surrounded by family and friends, Jill made her exit from this life Friday, November 7th into the presence of Almighty God, our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.

"We are confident, I say, and willing rather to be absent from the body, and to be present with the Lord." II Corinthians 5: 8.

Always seeking the Lord's will for her life Jill surrendered her soul and spirit into His care and keeping and is now resting in His arms of love.

She is also renewing her mother / daughter relationship as earlier this year on May 28, 2014, dear Phyllis entered into His Presence. Their labor in this world is completed and they can now hear His well done!

On behalf of our BESI / Radio Kahuzi Board of Directors, we extend our love, prayers and condolences to Jill's husband, Wayne, three sons and their wives, Cory and Kim,  Joel and Amy,  Brian and Hannah. She is also survived by nine grandchildren, two bothers, Mark and Wayne, and father, Wayne Schoonover our devoted friend and BESI Board member.

BESI / Radio Kahuzi Board:

Bill Bunch
Traynor (Frosty) Hansen
Pastor Calvin Lowder
Denny Prough
Wayne Schoonover
Harold and Barbara Smith
Darlene and Duane Wriglesworth

Friday, November 7, 2014

Once I was blind...



"For His name's sake they went forth." John 3:7

Our Lord has told us how love to Him is to manifest itself. "Lovest thou Me?" "Feed My sheep"--identify yourself with My interests in other people, not, identify Me with your interests in other people. First Corinthians 13: 4-8 gives the character of this love, it is the love of God expressing itself. The test of my love for Jesus is the pratical one, all the rest is sentimental jargon.
---from "My Utmost for His Highest" by Oswald Chambers 

Dear Friends of BESI / Radio Kahuzi,

Greetings to our Fellow Workers and Joint-heirs with Christ Jesus in His Ministry!

We arrived in the States with a dead computer and phone, but the Lord helped us get to the operating room before the now mandatory "21 day quarantine" for all travelers coming from certain countries where Ebola exists.

Later, we went to a dentist in Florida where they said they could not serve us for 21 days. Two men saw our passports and heard the word "EBOLA" and immediately got up and RAN out of the clinic!

After a long journey, we can share that the Lord used our eye problem to advance the future planning of BESI in Central Africa, and that the laser surgery was successful! Praise Him!
We arrived in Washington on the 8th; on the 9th we arrived at Dr. Nancy Thomas' office, and right away, she saw the secondary cataract had grown behind the lens. She explained it as trying to look through wax paper. It is called a "false cataract."

Rich went into surgery where she cut a cross and about ten minutes later, his vision was crystal clear in the right eye.  What a miracle!!  Dr. Thomas found that Richard's left eye was beginning to have the same problem. So, the next day, our dear friend, Wayne Van Andel drove us back for the second laser surgery. She found his retinas are perfectly well, which was of concern. The doctor in Bukavu said the reason for the blindness was that Richard's "rods and cones were dying"! 

After two nights at Best Western, Dulles Int. Airport and  three trips to Dr. Thomas, Pastor Cal, a BESI board member from Virginia, came to pick us up and took us back to their home in Stephens City where we shared our long-range vision for BESI's outreach in the African Great Lakes. 

We returned to Dr. Thomas for the last evaluation, then on to an  Evangelism Conference in Cumberland, MD, where we met  Pastor Jordan for the first time. We shared our short presentation during the conference and the next day they took everyone on a train ride through the beautiful fall, colored Cumberland mountains and did street evangelism distributing Gospel tracts.

Next, we went by car from Maryland to Grand Rapids with Pastor Cal and Judy Lowder to visit our dear friend, Jill, Wayne Schoonover's daughter.

Then we went on down to Elkhart with board members, Bill and Mary Bunch and Wayne Schoonover. The recently renamed HCJB
Engineering Center, now known as "Son Set Solutions"  agreed to work directly with us. HCJB Global has also been renamed "Reach Beyond." They have given "Son Set Solutions" autonomy, which allows for more flexibility in our technical relationship. We had dinner with senior technician, Mike Axman, our good friend, supporter, and tech support since 1992.

The next day Mary Bunch and Debbie Meier drove us to Chicago and Moody Church at the invitation of Dr. Erwin Lutzer for a meeting over lunch with Yvonne
Carlson, Directress of Moody Church Media; and Michael Pitts, Head of Operations and Media at Moody Broadcasting. They also indicated their interest in our future plans for the Great Lakes Region. We have been broadcasting Dr. Erwin Lutzer's "Running to Win" on Radio Kahuzi for the past six months.

Later, Mary Bunch and Debbie took us to Chicago to catch a plane to Florida. Before we left, we stopped off at Moody Bible Institute for a visit as Richard and I have never been there. What a surprise we had when Richard asked the secretary if there was a way to check the archives for a graduate alumni, Fred and Milley BAHLER. She found it right away and showed us a Moody Yearbook for 1945 and found my
Daddy's picture and my Mom's name, as they are both Moody alumni  of 1945! In the hall we found their names on a memorial list along with hundreds of other students!! What great  memories that brought back!

We flew into Tampa on Oct 15 and have been enjoying our own little house for R and R and preparing for our BESI board meeting, and a visit to Grace Bible Fellowship in Nokomis, FL; however, the non-stop activity has finally taken its toll and we are taking the "cure" for malaria and trying to remain still and quiet. This is hard to do when there is so much to do before our Lord's soon return.

We spent Sunday the 19th at Palma Sola Community Church in Bradenton, FL, which included a beautiful tribute to Pastor Richard Erickson for his years of dedicated ministry to the Lord.

We appreciate your prayers for renewed strength to complete our journey back to D R Congo and Rwanda, our new home by December 1. Amazing!

Keep Looking Up!
Richard and Kathy McDonald