Radio Kahuzi Video

Wednesday, November 18, 2015


Dear Friends of Radio Kahuzi,

FIRST, we want to THANK YOU SOOOO VERY, VERY, VERY much for your continued encouragement and the gifts you have sent to help us and Radio Kahuzi to keep on keeping on!!!!

Today, we woke up to a cold, dark and rainy day, but the lights are still on, which is wonderful, since we had about five days without SNEL electric. So, today it's a “blessing day,” with the rain, and lights on, too. (Out here in Africa, rain means the Lord is blessing us!)

Then, comes the sunshine, when unexpectedly, one of our helpers told me of a young man that just came here from down-country and the story that this young man told him was just so encouraging to our broadcast team. He said that when he was in the forest walking from village to village, he couldn't find any churches for many, many kilometers, but he had his little blue Shortwave Galcom fixed-tuned radio, and he listened to Radio Kahuzi, which became his little church all along the way! Because of the many troubles that continue down-country some villages and churches are being abandoned; and whole villages are being burned out. The Word of God can't be silenced even though Satan would like to have that happen.

We're still in the thick of packing boxes and moving things out to the new studio and the little
apartment there. It's a hard job, as when the lights are out, then it's flashlight time; or when it rains like today, then there's no transporting boxes, except getting them ready to load again when the sun comes out. And then, there are the times the electricity is off for five days and the doubts that come! But, thankfully, the electricity is on today!

Long awaited Move to Rwanda
This week we took our first load of household goods over to Rwanda, thanks to our neighbor who lent us their special driver and vehicle, with all the
permission papers, to carry the load across the two borders. The man who drove us is a business man here in town, and everyone seems to know him at the borders, so there were no problems. Well, actually, he and Richard were stopped at a barricade just before the border by soldiers and police who were refusing to let them pass. They were going to block the shipment of household effects because Richard was in the vehicle. They mistook him for a Canadian working for the gold mines. Then the traffic policeman’s phone rang and it was the head of traffic patrol! The head of the traffic patrol somehow knew the driver, and his instructions got the soldiers to release Richard and his baggage, so they could be on their way! God is so good! Thank you again, LORD for Your rapid intervention!!!

Richard adds, We Praise the Lord Jesus Christ for His Intervention and Sustaining Grace! It's always amazing how, out of the blue, the Lord brings to us folks to help us! We had never met this man, (special driver) but our neighbor works with him in several businesses, and sent him to help us as they knew we certainly would need help, and they love the radio work and Kathy for her nurture and the messages that have helped their kids for over 23 years now, as they have listened and responded positively since they were little kids. The Lord is Truly Working in their hearts!

Radio Kahuzi's New Home
The new studio is coming together very nicely! We will be able to purchase four large 200 AH batteries soon with a “special” gift and another four batteries later, as the Lord provides, to bring our electrical backup “on line” and begin broadcasting in our new studio! The second set of four will cost $1,500. Pray with us for that need.

Please pray also for the other backup system promised locally, a large enough generator to support the Studio and the Shortwave transmitter. The electrical outages are sometimes many days as the government is trying to revamp their ancient hydroelectric turbines to serve several million more homes than before.

Pray for wisdom as we try to configure our new Shortwave antenna to fit into a very small yard without developing interference to others as it is against the law!

Until we make the transition, we are thankful our present Studio and SW antenna continue to communicate the Gospel throughout Central Africa as it has for these many years. We cannot predict the exact date all conditions will come together to shut down the present studio and move the transmitters to the new studio, but we are praying this will occur before the end of the year and the beginning of our 24th year of broadcasting from D. R. Congo!

Thank you for your prayers and help with our radio ministry through all these years! We never could have imagined that we would be so privileged to reach souls through radio along with so many others that have come alongside, like you, to make such a difference in people's lives through the hearing of the Word of God!

With love and thanksgiving in our hearts to you,

"So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God." Romans 10: 17.

A Message from the Smiths
"Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all we can ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us....." Ephesians 3: 20.

This promise from the Lord has certainly been proven true as we have watched the Lord increase Rich and Kathy's faith over these past thirty years since Believer's Express Service was incorporated on March 11, 1986.

Barbara and I have been along for the amazing ride and have witnessed all that God is able to do in the lives of those willing to give Him free reign over the good and the bad, the joys and the sorrows. It all works to His Glory!

Once all the dust is settled on Phase I and Phase II, we are trusting the Lord to allow us to bring Rich and Kathy home to celebrate our 30th Anniversary with the Board of Directors and as many friends and churches as the Lord provides opportunity.

With Thanksgiving in our hearts to all who have participated in prayer and in financial assistance to complete Phase I: The New Studio in Bukavu, D. R. Congo and Phase II: The Purchase of a new home and property in Rwanda, we say a great big "Thank You"! This is all amazing since Radio Kahuzi is a commercial free station and fully funded by friends in the States. We broadcast in D. R. Congo simply to share the love of Christ and have never ask for funding from our listening audience.   

So, your prayers, along with any gifts, large or small, are appreciated to help Rich and Kathy continue their life and ministry in D. R. Congo and a new ministry in Rwanda.

May the Lord bless you and your family as you celebrate another year of Thanksgiving in Christ's unconditional Love and

Harold and Barbara Smith

Thursday, October 29, 2015

Beginning the Big Move!

We praise our Lord for friends like you who help us keep keeping on!! The radio ministry isn't easy; and we're soooo thankful when we have the encouragement from folks like you!
We're in the thick of dry season; it rained a little yesterday, but not enough to do anything, just makes the leaves dry up more. The roads are being graded as usual during dry season, so the dust is just horrendous and all the walkers just suffer so much! Everyone will be happy when the rains start again; although, then everyone will be crying about all the mud!! They added piles of top soil / not clay or argyle soil / to spread on top of the graded road. That means we will have clouds of dust if they don't put black top over it!!!!
We're in the thick of moving the radio station and the household goods from 40 years living out here; can you imagine what that's like. We just have to take it little by little, otherwise one gets overwhelmed when looking at the whole picture!
Rich is putting up the antenna for the FM at the new two room / two story radio studio. We've been moving heavy, heavy furniture from the radio room that stores all the cassettes and CD's and Mini-discs with a flat bed truck that our neighbor lent to us for a few days. So much work ahead! But, it'll be worth it -- when we finally move into the house that our board has worked sooooo hard to buy. If the Lord wills, no more renting and landlords, raising rent every time one turns around.

Across the Border
We were wondering how in the world we would ever get enough funds to buy the little house on the hill in Rwanda, and because of you all investing so much to make this happen, we just marvel how the Lord has worked this all out little by little. It's a big lesson in going by faith, and we still can't quite believe it yet. I guess when we give our friend (the owner) the last payment and we finally get all our belongings across the border, into the house, then, it'll all seem more real!!!
If the Lord wills, as soon as we get moved over, and we get the furniture placed in their places, I'll put the little Christmas dolly and the glass ornaments in the glass door cupboard that Rich had made for me one year. That will sit in the kitchen so we can put our good dishes and little special gifts that remind us to pray for you all! And, then we can put the electric candle in one of the windows at Christmas time (over there they say that the electricity hardly ever goes out) can you imagine that!!!

The water is supposed to be on most of the time, too!!  And, it's really clean! We already buy bottled water for drinking from over there (Rwanda), we boil the lake water from here in Bukavu for coffee and brushing teeth and sometimes drinking too, when the other water runs out.
Thank you to each one who helped to make our dream of property and a home in Rwanda come true!  We pray that the Lord will use it for His Honor and Glory!

Thank you soooo very much for your gifts and for your prayers, so much needed!

Keep Looking Up!
Rich and Kathy McDonald

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Face to Face With Jesus

Harold Smith, BESI / Radio Kahuzi President, Barbara Smith, Secretary, Phyllis and Wayne Schoonover

Three Members of the Schoonover Family are Enjoying their Face to Face with Jesus!

A man full of wisdom, encouragement and discretion are among the attributes of Wayne Keith Schoonover, Sr. 

Wayne joined our BESI Board of Directors in May of 2006 serving until his home going to Glory on October 14, 2015.

Wayne will be greatly missed by our BESI / Radio Kahuzi Board of Directors and many Pastors and Christian Families in the D R Congo.

Harold D. Smith, President

A Little Family History from Kathy

We remember this precious family with our shared experiences and memories of missionary life in D R Congo (formerly Zaire) and the War of Independence, during Mobutu's seizure of power in a military coup in 1965, followed by five years of political upheaval following independence known as the Congo Crisis. We all fled across the border into Rwanda to wait out the war with the Lindquists, the Schoonovers, and the Bahlers (Kathy’s family). 

When we all came back to the States from the Congo in 1960, because of the troubles, we had the privilege of having Uncle Wayne as our pastor in Derbe, Colorado. Wonderful times of growing in the Word and making lots of American friends.

Jill's Face to Face with Jesus

Jill (Schoonover) Hodgson, Home to Glory November 7, 2014  / Kathy on left, and Kim Hodgson on right 
In November of 2014 we made an emergency trip home for Richard’s eye surgeries, followed by a visit with the Schoonover families to say our goodbyes to Jill, daughter of Wayne and Phyllis Schoonover. Jill was ready and looking forward to making her entrance into Heaven after years of battling cancer, knowing II Corinthians 5:6 ”We are confident, I say, and willing rather to be absent from the body, and to be present with the Lord.” Jill entered Heaven’s Gate on November 7, 2014. Jill’s mother, Phyllis, had already taken her journey on May 28, 2014.
Mike Axman, Richard and Kathy McDonald, Bill and Mary Bunch, and Wayne Schoonover

During our visit in November 2014, we went on down to Elkhart with board members, Bill and Mary Bunch and Wayne Schoonover to connect with our partners for technical assistance in Elkhart, IN at the HCJB Engineering Center now known as “Son Set Solutions.”

We enjoyed dinner with senior technician, Mike Axman, our good friend, and tech support since 1992. We are so thankful that we had this time with Wayne as it became our last visit and fellowship together until we meet again in Glory.
Wayne and Phyllis Schoonover reunited in Heaven with daughter, Jill

 Richard shares, I met Wayne before I met Phyllis in 1970, when he spoke at GBC of how it was when he was a college student and some of the pranks they played; then he challenged me that teaching in Kenya in English would be great, but had I considered being a teacher of Grace pastors in the Congo where he and Phyllis were missionaries.

Wayne Schoonover, Jr. was used of the Lord to help bring Kathy and me together as a serious couple in Blessed Courtship. Later, Uncle Wayne was the Pastor who married Kathy and me, and helped us join them as Grace Missionaries in the Congo in 1975.

Again, in 1985 Wayne’s wisdom was needed as Kathy and I were seeking the Lord’s direction–regarding whether to begin an independent missionary organization. Knowing us so personally, Wayne encouraged us to step out by faith and organize a new mission, which became Believer’s Express Service, Inc. on March 11, 1986. We will celebrate 30 years of ministry in Congo next year, 2016. BESI developed into missionary radio in 1992. This opened the Congo to it's present-day Freedom of Broadcasting; celebrating 23 years of broadcasting the Gospel on December 24, 2015.

Our journey with Wayne and the Schoonover family has been a long and fruitful one.

Uncle Wayne, Auntie Phyllis and Jill are all greatly missed, but our Reunion is not far behind. So, come quickly, Lord Jesus.

Friday, August 7, 2015

Earthquake Kills at Least Five People in Bukavu

Richard and Kathy McDonald report:

We had two earth quakes last night about 3:30 AM — about 6 on the Richter scale or more.

The SW & FM tower / rack moved about a foot, against the heavy desk and UPS batteries!

The walls cracked in the bedroom and radio room, and the cement walk began to buckled up outside the studio room door. All those places are along a line, probably a fault line under the house. The hot water heater broke loose on one side — its bolt pulled out of the wall. It  swung on the chain and holder on the other side and burst free from the input water line. It is dangling by one finger hold of the support brace and the chain I attached, just in case… We will have no hot water tonight. Hopefully, I’ll be able to fix it tomorrow / Saturday.  I took pictures for use later with the LL, as she may be able to get help fixing the problems related to the quake; especially if it was the mines blasting to see where the gold is. They take radar type x-rays from planes and satellite to see what is under the ground. Most of our neighbors have re-built their houses after the last huge quake.

We are praying that after shocks will not damage our new, two story studio.

Lake Kivu is a volcanic lake sitting on a fault line connected to several volcanoes about 100 miles north in Goma which feed methane gas into Lake Kivu.  The gas escapes from the lake causing skin and eye problems.

There is much new construction due to finding gold and now uranium. The explosion of the population has put a huge drain on the very old water and electricity system causing extreme service outages.

                                          Center of the city of Bukavu

Sunday, July 5, 2015

Media Trailblazer: Adversity birthing new freedom for broadcasting

The first broadcast license for D R Congo (formerly Zaire) was signed on July 4, 1991 to allow FM, medium wave, and shortwave broadcasting of Christian programming, as well as agricultural and rural development broadcasting, including health, hygiene, and nutrition.

A new era of communicating directly to the people of Congo was ushered in. This has been followed by the creation and opening of many radio and TV stations across the country.

(Photo: In 2014, our journalist, Gregoir, on right in red shirt, attended a radio training workshop at the U.S. Embassy in Kinshasa with journalists from stations all over D. R. Congo.)

Prior to 1992 it was against the law to even do ham radio out of the country. What a milestone for democracy! 

Trailblazing does not come without adversity. Even as Job was tested in his day, God allowed Richard and Kathleen in 1983 to face the sudden shock of major eye surgery for torn retinas. (Many times our disappointments are God's way of placing us in a position of opportunity...of pointing us in a new direction for our lives and/or ministries.) 

During this time they were able to use funds received as a result of a work related vehicle accident, causing torn retinas, to allow the McDonalds to launch Believer's Express Service, Inc., as a Christian, non-profit organization in 1986.
God allowed Richard and Kathleen to remain in Congo in 1979 and continue as volunteers, directing the American Cultural Center / Reading Room from 1981 until its closing in 1986. They also taught English to eager students and government officials. 
Why is that important? Because it provided the opportunity to introduce Christian concepts of democracy to Governor, Mwando N'Simba, Kilolo, Kimbwa wa Mulona, and other leaders in Kivu Province over a period of years. After a year as the first test case for decentralization, Kivu Province's governor was moved up to the President's cabinet to become Zaire's first Minister of State for Administration of the Territory and Decentralization providing a friend in high places. The Lord provided Richard the unique experience of greatly helping Governor Mwando N'Simba in this period of transition.

Several years later, when Richard was in desperate straits and could not get from home to town to promote the communication project with authorities, the Minister of State arrived next door. The Minister was used of the Lord to hand carry the project proposal to the General Secretary of the Party (the number two person of the government) and to get a favorable written response from this man, the main political adviser to the President.

The new conviction to pursue a broadcast permit also came at a time of deep dependence on the Lord--when Richard had to be flown by helicopter to a hospital for evaluation of renewed problems with his repaired retinas.

By faith, in 1987, even before we had the first license, we presented our vision for broadcasting to officials of HCJB World Radio (now Reach Beyond). The McDonalds were operating completely by faith.
Richard signs proposal to HCJB
"Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen." (Heb. 11: 1.)

Richard and Kathy McDonald had no experience in operating radio equipment, they also had no equipment, and they had no money to buy equipment. A few years earlier in 1986 Richard ask his sister, Barbara, to incorporate a non-profit, and establish a home office. There was no donor base, no grants, no wealthy backers, only a coffee table and an old manual typewriter. But, they knew God was in this for the long haul, and so were they.

HCJB's Vice President, Ben Cummings said it was interesting since they had already been requesting a similar permit in East Africa. He pointed out that Bukavu is perfectly placed to broadcast into many unreached areas such as India and Eastern Europe by shortwave radio signals, because of the north-south direction and distance. Cummings requested that they be kept informed. They did more than that, they would not take "NO", or silence for an answer!" as Ron Cline, former President of HCJB stated when they met for the presentation to the McDonalds of NRB's (National Religious Broadcasters) "The 2010 International Impact Award" in Nashville.

Ron & Barb Cline, Kathy & Rich, Barbara & Harold Smith
So, what is faith? 

"Through faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that things which are seen were not made of things which do appear." (Heb. 11: 3.)

God takes nothing and turns it into something. What a mystery! God will make it all plain to us when we get home to Glory.

Praise Him...the Alpha and the Omega!


On July 4, 1991, BESI's application for a free, private radio license was used of the Lord to end the governmental monopoly on broadcasting; establishing the first private Christian development radio network, including the present ministry of Radio Kahuzi, broadcasting the Gospel in twelve languages in FM and Shortwave and distributing MegaVoice Bibles in Mandarin and Russian to UN troops.

Richard receives Prime Minister Kendo wa Dondo

On April 24, 1991, President Mubutu announced that he was stepping down as President of the MPR party, ending the governmental monopolies, and turning the government over to the Prime Minister who would work with the different branches of the government to change the constitution and to provide for multi-party elections. Interestingly, Believer's Express Service, Inc. was made a Zairian (Congolese) association by Presidential Decree two days later on April 26, 1991. (Zairian Law number 91-1234).

Later, the permit for our radio ministry was signed on July 4, 1991, by both the Minister of State for Information and Press and the Minister of State for Agriculture; thus, helping to open the country to a free media by receiving the very first license for a private, Christian, non-governmental radio station.

To God be the Glory!

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

He is not here, He is Risen indeed!

His Resurrection Destiny

"Ought not Christ to have suffered these things, and  enter into His glory?! Luke 24: 26

Our Lord's Cross is the gateway into His life: His Resurrection means that He has power now to convey His life to me. When I am born again from above, I receive from the Risen Lord His very life.

Our Lord's Resurrection destiny is to bring "many sons into glory." The fulfilling of His destiny gives Him the right to make us sons and daughters of God. We are never in the relationship to God that the Son of God is in; but we are brought by the Son into the relation of sonship. When Our Lord rose from the dead, He rose to an absolutely new life, to a life He did not live before He was incarnate. He rose to a life that had never been before; and His resurrection means for us that we are raised to His risen life, not to our old life. One day we shall have a body like unto His glorious body, but we can know now the efficacy of His resurrection and walk in newness of life. "I would know Him in the power of His resurrection."

"As Thou hast given Him power over all flesh, that He should give eternal life to as many as Thou hast given Him." "Holy Spirit" is the experimental name of Eternal Life working in human beings here and now. The Holy Spirit is the Deity in proceeding power Who applies the Atonement to our experience. Thank God it is gloriously and majestically true that the Holy Ghost can work in us the very nature of Jesus if we will obey Him. 

Oswald Chambers, "My Utmost for His Highest"

New Life in Christ Demonstrated
Mr. Cataloge has no legs to walk with but,
one day the lame shall leap for JOY! 

Dear Friends of Radio Kahuzi,

Kathy shared, “Today, going and coming from church, on this Palm Sunday, the word was, “Machumi died”; everyone we met greeted us with “Machumi died!”

Yes, it's always a sad day when one of our friends dies, but Machumi was a very special, kind of man.(Regretfully, we have no photo of Machumi, but he is not forgotten by our Lord.) He always showed up with his “coop-coop” to keep the grass cut down at our neighbor's yard, and always greeted everyone with the biggest smile that you've ever seen. He was always willing to help when
one would ask him to do something, and never griped about not getting paid enough for his work! He was not disabled. We all called him the “airplane” as he lived way up high in the mountains and walked that path everyday, back and forth to work, a couple hours walk, and never showed up late for work ~ unless it rained hard or he got sick, but otherwise, a very faithful worker!

 During the past few months he became ill, and went to the hospital, but the doctors sent him home, as they said they couldn't do anything for him. He's been suffering with cancer of the stomach, and as he became weaker and weaker, we knew the Lord would be calling him home soon. Anyone that visited him always came back with the report that he always kept his little red Galcom radio next to his side and wouldn't be without it. We had given him the radio a few years back, and he faithfully kept it running! We're thankful that he's been hearing the Word of God and the Christian music all these years, and we trust that one day we will all meet him again in Heaven and hear the rest of his story!!

The day he died, it was a dark, drizzly day, and as his kids showed up next door where he had worked, we met them just as they were heading home -- the long trek over the mountain foot paths over that highest last mountain ridge to bury their dad in a wooden coffin right next to their home. (People in the villages can bury loved ones right next to their house.)

We gave them a little gift so they could get a taxi at least part of the way home. Hard day for them for sure! They thanked us for the Galcom Radios we had given to them and others and our Faithful Broadcasts that helped them so much be “in-touch” with the Gospel and the Good News each day.

“How beautiful it is to know Jesus’ promise, “...I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live: and whosoever liveth and believeth in me shall never die. Believest thou this?”

We're thankful for the faithful ones who “keep on keeping on,”even when life is really hard in these lands, and Machumi was one of the Faithful Ones! He truly is missed!

The blind, the deaf, and the lame come searching for help 
and leave with the Word of God. We give them the help that 
you place in our hands.

We're thankful for the faithful ones who “keep on keeping on,” even when life is really hard in these lands, and Machumi was one of the Faithful Ones! He truly is missed!
Mr. Cataloge receives the Gospel-the Good News!
Thank you for praying for us and for all the listeners that have been encouraged and many who have been given Eternal Life because of hearing the Word of God through Radio Kahuzi. It's always amazing to see how the Lord is Working in Listeners' lives!! So many times it's just the one-on-one testimony that brings the Gospel to the unsaved. Praise our Lord!

Today, we had the opportunity to, personally, share a clear presentation of the Gospel with Mr. Catalogĕ, President of the Kahuzi Radio Club “Mupendo.” (Mapendo is Swahili for “LOVE.”) The members of his Radio Club, like Mr. Cataloguĕ, are disabled by polio. They make their daily living by using their three-wheeled-chairs to transport goods like sacks of salt or flour, etc., up the long hill
and through the Ruzizi border crossing, customs free.
There is Much love and Thankfulness in our hearts for each one of you who help to keep Radio Kahuzi on the air broadcasting seven days a week.

Keep Looking Up! In His Love,
Rich and Kathy McDonald

A Message from the President
Our progress on the new studio is slow, but sure because the Good News that, “He is Risen” needs to be told again, and again. With your gifts and prayers you make this all possible.

With many hindrances, we began laying brick in Oct 2013. By August 2014 Richard was loosing his sight and came to States for surgery.

We are now in April 2015 hindered again with bureaucracy in many areas. PRAY! Pray that the government “red tape” will be removed to install our electric underground cable this week.

“...If God be for us, who can be against us.” Rom. 8:31

May God bless you as you partner with BESI to blanket the African Great Lakes Region with the Good News of Christ's Death, Burial, and Resurrection.

Keep Looking Up!
Harold D. Smith, President

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

A Surprise in Rwanda

Dear Friends of BESI / Radio Kahuzi,

Just when we thought we had no alternative after we move from our current house and studio in March, the Lord supplied our need out of His Abundance.

Kathy and I were planning to sleep in the new studio at times when we could not make it across the border into Rwanda before it closed at 5:30 pm. There may be other times when there are  personnel, or equipment emergencies that would require us to stay in Bukavu at the station. 

But, to our surprise, the family decided to let us rent the first floor apartment right beside the studio at a low fixed rent. This comes at a great sacrifice to their income, but we praise the Lord for their love of our ministry. The apartment even has a bathroom. Not only will it save money, not having to build on the new rooms to our studio construction for shower and restroom, but it will save us valuable time constructing additions on two floors!! That was my nightmare....This is a real burden lifted!  

"...He is able to do exceeding, abundantly above all we could ask or think." 

As you can see from the photo, the studio is coming toward completion. The walls are done inside and out, waiting to be painted, but we STILL need to add the sound-proofing divider wall between the microphone, machines, transmitters, battery charger, and UPS power supply, etc.! The grounds are being prepared for the laying of a 1,000 meter electric supply line cable, grounding cables, meter, fuse box, switches, outlets and connections inside.

This week the local SNEL electric company is reinstalling a transformer to convert the 3000 Volts to 220 Volts for our avenue. Hopefully, they will help us lay our new underground cable this week. There is still so very much to do--so that we can move everything out of our home / studio for the past 18 years, and prepare it for new residents!

A Note from Kathy
The water company just dropped off the six meter heavy metal pipe at the studio / apartment where we will open the brick wall to add an entrance for a short driveway and parking area to house our two large trailer containers full of equipment, and a collection of 43 years of living in Africa. This offer of storage space from the family will save us storage fees in town, plus all our equipment will be safe and close at hand.

It's hard to believe that we're moving out of this home that we've lived in for the past 18 years, but we are and it's a big, big mountain to move.

We found an old trunk we packed away in 1979! Inside were curtains and those curtains look the same as the day we packed them. What a blessing! New curtains for our little apartment just up the street right beside the new studio!

We are getting the radio equipment ready for the big move to it's new home, but the new studio still needs painting and electric lines installed and new poles for the antennas and glass put in the windows, so there's lots to do yet.

I keep remembering the last time we moved into this house, the day that the war started here, and while the guns were going off, we were bringing our last load down to this house and we slept the night on the floor! I always thought our next move would be to Heaven, but here we are, moving again! At least there's no war going on! Always something to be thankful for!

"The steps of a good man are ordered by the LORD: and He delighteth in his way."  Ps. 37:23.

On the Rwandan Side
We have had good meetings with the Immigration authorities, to see what is the best procedure for getting our visas and opening our new outreach. The normal two year visa seems to be the best method.

Lord willing, this will allow us to quickly receive the authorization to begin our new ministry including pastoral training, church planting and distance education, leading to our "Great Lakes Grace Radio and Christian Polytechnic Institute" ministry in Rwanda.

Broadcasting in Rwandaʼs "heart language" of Kinyarwandan and English will require equipping young Rwandans in technical radio, i.e. digital programming, journalism, antenna, recording, editing, sound and management skills, etc..

Classes will also be taught in English, along with elementary through high school distance education, through the Internet. This will all be under our (BESI) Believerʼs Express Service, Inc. umbrella. This is the basis of our statutes for authorization that Richard will submit to the Rwandan government. Pray for Richard as he writes the new statutes which will require much wisdom from the Lord.

Of course, none of this will happen without intercession and fervent prayer; and it will come to pass only in the Lordʼs timing and plan. We have learned from our experience with the D. R. Congo (Zaire) government to ask for a broad vision of future ministry, making sure you cover all possibilities, so we donʼt need to go back again, and again for permissions. The above outline of our vision for Rwanda will not be implemented over night, but through the Lordʼs provision and timing.

As we work together with the Lord, let us trust Him for the future ministry of BESI / Radio Kahuzi / Great Lakes Grace Radio / Christian Polytechnic Institute.

May He find us good stewards of our time and talents and not find us empty handed at His Appearing in the Heavens for us. "Must I go and empty handed, must I meet my Saviour so..." 

Let Us Keep Looking Up!

Visitors From the Past
Kathy and I are thankful that the Lord has raised up and returned to us a good friend and a dedicated former Bukavu missionary kid, Mark Neil, now a senior executive officer and lawyer of a large multinational corporation in Kigali to help us get started in Rwanda, along with an American lawyer at the U.S. Embassy.

Mark invited Kathy and me to his wife Amyʼs special Birthday / Valentineʼs Day get together with 25 guests from the U.S., Rwanda and DRC. All were involved in Christian ministry in the three countries, and were a real blessing and encouragement to us. 

Mark and Amy brought us gifts, including a MacBook Pro for the ministry and a popcorn popper with a yearʼs supply of popcorn. What a surprise blessing!

We had a nice surprise when we went to Cyangugu to stay the night at the Peace Guest House! When the staff found out that we're the directors of Radio Kahuzi, they got big smiles, and said they listen to us all the time, and that we're their favorite radio station from their neighboring country, which is Bukavu, DRC. That made us feel so good!

A Message From the President
We have heard the call to go into Rwanda while the door is still open. Won't you, prayerfully, go with us as the Holy Spirit leads. Please consider a gift, large or small, to help us reach our goal of $93,000 for Phase II: "The Little Brown House".

Or, possibly God has placed you in a position to provide a loan with interest to secure the ministry into the future. If God is calling you to make this possible, please give us a call to discuss such a commitment. (941) 746-1974.

May God bless you as you serve Him in His place of choosing.

Keep Looking Up!
Harold D. Smith, President