Broadcasting the Gospel

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Peter “On Air”

On one occasion in the post war years SGA’s founder, Peter Deyneka, was preaching in Russia. At the end of the service a brother prayed: 
‘Thank you, God for the broadcasted Russian language. Lord, save millions of our Russian people over the radio’.

On one occasion in the post war years SGA’s founder, Peter Deyneka, was preaching in Russia. At the end of the service a brother prayed:
‘Thank you, God for the broadcasted Russian language. Lord, save millions of our Russian people over the radio’. We praise God for the many millions of Russians, and others across the nations who have heard the Gospel ‘through the airwaves’ and have come to faith in Christ. SGA International has had a long history of broadcasting the Gospel and encouraging believers by means of radio. The Communist authorities were able to put up barriers and walls to make it difficult for evangelists to enter Soviet-controlled countries or import Christian literature, but it could not stop the Word of God being broadcast across the airwaves!

In more recent years SGA[UK] has taken an active role in supporting radio ministry in Poland, Romania and Central Asia.

‘Voice of the Gospel’ (VoG) Poland is based in Warsaw and has been led by SGA’s friend Henryk Dedo for more than 30 years. Its programmes are broadcast daily by up to 50 Polish radio stations. SGA[UK] supports the ministry regularly. The organization co-operates with commercial stations, and some internet providers.

Polish stations, Radio 1 and 3, are national and offer VoG Poland prime time for their broadcasts. Programmes can be heard in almost 300 Polish towns and cities, and it is estimated that about 220,000 Poles tune in weekly, including ‘congregations’ in some unusual places - 165 prisons and detention centres, housing 80,000 offenders. It is believed that 90% of prisons tune in to VoG Poland!

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To truly appreciate these figures they need to be set in the spiritual context of Poland. The Evangelical Church makes up approx. 0.3% of the population and there are large areas of the country where there is no local Gospel witness. With such a setting, radio is an integral tool for effective Gospel ministry in the spiritually barren country of Poland.

SGA also supports Voice of the Gospel in Romania, where Christian radio stations broadcast from a number of major cities. The Oradea ministry in which SGA[UK] has a particular interest, was established in 1994, and broadcasts 24 hours daily. The team there, about 15 people in all, has been led by Daniel Burtic since its inception. As well as programmes for general listening, which include items of local news, and social and economic issues, the team produces special broadcasts for children, young people, and families. The major output consists of sermons, missionary news, musical items, interviews, testimonies, and devotional material. About 300 contributors are involved, many of whom are pastors, supplemented from time to time by items from special visiting guests. It is estimated that about 50% of the material produced in Oradea is used by other stations across the country.

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More recently SGA[UK] has undertaken sponsorship of a 15-minute programme produced by Trans World Radio, entitled ‘Power in Persecution’. It is produced by believers who have suffered persecution for their faith in Jesus with the aim of encouraging those who are under persecution.  This is now being broadcast weekly into many parts of Central Asia on Saturday evenings on both medium-wave radio and the internet, and is part of TWR’s wider regular ministry which reaches into Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan.  It is an invaluable further investment by SGA[UK] in radio ministry and represents a cordial and happy partnership with our TWR friends.


To the prayer of that old Russian believer many years ago we would add, ‘Thank you Lord for Christian Radio ministries reaching right across Eastern Europe and Central Asia where SGA ministers.’