Sunday, March 16, 2014

Radio 102.3 FM 1 year Update

continued from email.....

Ebed Jacques-Director RVS
Listeners call for prayer requests for them and for families too. We sometimes ask how they receive the radio and the answers always come positive with telling about our radio programs: Pastor Serge's Teaching, Sermons, Morning Christian magazine, Bible reading, music etc...
Our listeners surely appreciate the work that is being done here. People who did not know us before even thought we were a radio from Port au Prince.

Jimmy, Odnes, Jonet, Polidort are our principal hard workers here. Their work encourages me to be able to work harder for the Lord.

Shawn and Pilot Wolfgang

 Radio Air Drop

In April, the Ears To Hear air plane radio drop-out impacted the whole town but the people from the NW were complaining that they are too faithful with RVS that we did not think of them. The prison distribution was such a great experience too.

Galcom Solar Radio

Hand sewn Parachutes

Solar Powered Radios Fix-Tuned to 102.3 FM

A radio dropped from the plane with the parachute deployed.

Loading the plane to prepare for the trip to Haiti.

Flying over Port au Prince on the way to St Marc

Power Problems

Some weeks later we were about to organize our programming but a sudden power problem happened in the town, we stopped working. When the power came back we found out that the Church's cable that connects to the street power was stolen and it took some time before the church repaired the connection. We do not know what happened but the power was fixed after more than a month without working, we found out that our inverter was broken while there was not enough street power time to operate our equipments. The programming we were building, organizing little by little could not continue due to power problem but we still had the few time on air that people enjoyed and they called all the time to ask why we are not as we were. 

We need a diesel 7KW Generator similar to this for RVS

We finally thought, through this power trouble, that we needed a generator. By searching Port au Prince’s stores we eventually found out that a 7 KW Diesel Kubota would be ideal for us to use as a power source. Later twelve hours of power became available for us.

When the power came back again to the normal 12 hours we still needed a power inverter to make our eight 6 Volts bring more power time to the not-regular/daily-12-hour power time.

On November, thanks to the Lord and people praying for us, there was a fund that was available for us. It was from the Nazarene Mission and was about exactly the amount needed to buy a new inverter to replace the one we could not fix. We decided not to fix the inverter but buying a new one. It took us time to buy the new one since we could not find a store where the same quality is available. By the help of the Lord Jesus we finally found a store who had it on January and we bought and installed it.

The radio is at least airing 16 hours daily; this poor power time is now due to our old batteries that are at the end of their life. Three more generators came to Saint Marc power plant are being installed and it announces to be a lot more power time in the town. This makes us not able to take a decision whether to launch the generator project or the batteries project. We will restart to build our programming soon again. The people still have great love for the 102.3 FM. They call us all the time to thank us and tell us what they would like. We tell them to be patient and to pray as we are working on things.

So far, despite difficulties, we are doing great these days! We learn from our experiences and difficulties to better understand the future. Our equipments are still the same except one of the microphones stand that has a minor damage. We still need a two or three more computers and some other things too. We hope God will provide soon.

Thank you for your heart for this ministry in Saint Marc, Haiti. God Bless You.

note from ETH: if you have unwanted laptops we have several needs at this station and the one in Constanza for working Laptops, and external Hard drives to store Radio Programs / editing and broadcast. Please drop a line to ETH if you would like to help out.

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