Uganda’s Night Radio must go on – sadly without brother Innocent!

For years GNN has supported Uganda’s Christian Night Radio programs on the RadioHeart broadcasting station. During the early morning hours of every Wednesday word is spread over the radio to four countries in East Africa. Based on the large number of calls flooding the studio phonelines, I have concluded that the given estimation of 1 million active listeners can’t be far off. After all, there are at least 25 million people living within the RadioHeart broadcast range!

Accident

On February 25th, 2016, Night Radio’s right-hand man, Innocent, was preaching at a church on the outskirts of Mubende. On his way home Innocent’s motorcycle was hit by another motorcycle in a busy roundabout. He flew off the motorcycle head first onto the pavement. Blood poured out from his mouth, nose and ears…

He was rushed to a health centre and then transferred to a hospital in Kampala. There was nothing to be done anymore. The faithful evangelist succumbed to his injuries at 6 am the next morning. His wife was left without a husband and their five children without a father. The following Saturday a large group of friends and coworkers accompanied Innocent on his last journey. I will remember Innocent as a good-natured and helpful partner during our missions in Uganda.

  • GNN has sent support to help Innocent’s family.

Interestingly, Pastor John Magaba, the founder of these night programs was also in a serious car accident himself a while ago. There’s no doubt that the enemy is unhappy with this fruitful ministry bringing people to Jesus.

  • Uganda’s Night Radio programs and workers need our prayers!

Radio Conference

Pastor Aki Miettinen and I will be joining a RadioHeart Prayer Conference for the second time on Friday May 20th starting at 9 o’clock in the evening. The last conference had 500 participants, many of whom were saved through radio programs. Fervent prayers continued overnight until Saturday morning and the programs were broadcast live on the air across 4 countries in East Africa.

  • Please remember this mission in your prayers!
  • Do you wish to support Uganda’s Night Radio and Innocent’s family? Click here to donate.

– Arto Sädeaho –

Just one soul!

A young couple in South East Asia, let’s call them Otto and Anita, set out to reach an unreached tribe a couple of years ago. With great excitement, the couple made a plan for how to convey the loving presence of God to this tribe.

Contacts from the marketplace

Each morning, Anita would make portioned meals. Together with Otto they would sell the food at the local marketplace. This is how they were able to introduce themselves to the people of that tribe. The food sold well, but the people ended up having prejudices toward them because they were foreign, and especially because they were Christians.

Hindering prejudices

The difficult treatment from the locals made living everyday life into a heavy burden. Then, slowly, the opportunity opened up to share their faith with the locals. They were able to tell them that Isa Almasih (Jesus) is not only a prophet but that He died on the cross for all of our sins, providing a way for us to receive forgiveness. While discussing with Otto, he said faintly: “We have done everything in our power, but we won just one soul unto the Lord ..”

Just one soul?

My heart ached to hear their sad words. Otto and Anita had such high hopes when they left to touch the hearts of these tribes and to win souls with the Gospel.

‘Our calling was being put to the test. Will we succeed? Do we stay in the place where we were called to, no matter the cost?’

I tried to find the words to encourage this couple in despair.

Heroes in dark places

Then it occurred to me to tell them how important this work really is! In truth, they were hastening the coming of the moment described in Revelations (7: 9), the part in the bible which declares: I looked, and there before me was a great multitude that no one could count, from “every nation, tribe, people and language,” standing before the throne and before the Lamb.
Others may not appreciate what Otto and Anita have done, but they are still pioneers of God, real heroes! They can be sure that they were true in their efforts and tried their best. Also, one day they will get to hear, “Well done, good and faithful servant! Come and share your master’s happiness!”

Hope gives motivation

I could sense sorrow diminishing and hope beginning to rise. This understanding gave them hope which turned into motivation. Before leaving, I blessed Otto and Anita, promising them that we would always remember them in our prayers when returning to Finland.

Amongst all of the mass events and large congregations, we may have lost sight of saving that one soul. That one soul’s value is actually immeasurable because that one soul is of great importance to God. Also, that soul will eventually transition from here to eternity.

Once we reach heaven there will be an even greater measure of value for the effort that we make to win souls.

Good news in Africa!

During my first visit to Mubende, in 2011, pastor John Magabe had requested us to speak on the local night radio. To our surprise he abruptly woke us up at 2 am and then asked for us to be ready and at the radio station for 3 am.

At first I felt like my thoughts were not flowing but then I closed my eyes and started focusing on the listening audience and poured out my innermost thoughts. The next thing I knew, I was being poked on my shoulder to close the session.

Immediately following the broadcast, the radio station was flooded with phone calls. There were even calls from the neighbouring countries: some people wanted to give their lives to Jesus, others were facing illness or needed prayer for problems within their families.

None of us felt like sleeping after that! We prayed fervently on behalf of these various needs. The RadioHeart 102.3 FM listener survey confirms that the messages do reach people and that prayers are answered!

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GNN Finland has renewed its website. On these pages you will find information about the association and how we operate, as well as current information about international missions work.

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Night radio reaches people!

In January 2013, I was speaking with my fellow pastor on the Ugandan Christian night radio for the third time. In the early hours of the morning (, between 3 and 6 am,) the program is broadcast to 25 million listeners throughout western Uganda, Congo, Rwanda and Tanzania.

Every Wednesday’s program reaches one million people. After our broadcast 20 calls flooded the phonelines and seven people made the decision to give their lives to Jesus. One of the calls came from Kigali, in the neighbouring country of Rwanda.

GNN Finland supports RadioHeart 102.3 FM programs and its occasional Radio Conferences.