May 1, 2018
by Dennis Wiens
A Short Visit Shows Lasting Change
Recently, I had the privilege to return, for a short visit, to where we worked in Mali, West Africa as Christian workers 20 years ago with our former agency. We had been involved with leadership training and helping pioneer a low watt solar powered FM radio station model for church-based sustainable development. Not only had we given funds to projects, but we had invested over 20 years of our lives to work alongside the Malian church. To do that we had to raise our own financial support team, who faithfully supported, prayed for and encouraged us in our work and ministry, now over 40 years ago.
When I returned to Mali, I was not prepared for what I found – I found churches full; I found second generation Christians engaging with their church. While under many stresses and with limited western resources, I found a church that’s not sitting around waiting for help. I found a church reaching out and impacting their culture and society. That low watt solar powered FM radio station model for church based sustainable development has grown. The Mali church has taken ownership of the project! Now it is a significant ministry tool for the Church. All forms of media like radio, television, social media and print play a major part. I met many of the key leaders in the church. I sat with my former students, heard stories of hardship and incredible impact! I saw projects we had raised funds for now thriving. I saw churches built by North American work teams had become hubs for the many daughter churches around them! All on their own without Western workers help! Churches in the capital city are full! God is at work in so many ways.
Yesterday’s Investment: Today’s Impact
Yes, yesterday’s investment is, today, paying significant dividends and valued added resources for the Kingdom!
Now we have new ministry tools and strategies with new models of collaborative partnerships! Your living generously is enabling you to be involved in kingdom investment that has had and is having increased impact for the Gospel.
Computers have changed our lives! They have also changed ministry. Now there are new ways of communication that overcome historic boundaries to the distribution of content – the Gospel.
SAT-7 as an indigenous broadcast media satellite television ministry, pioneering a new model of partnership, is an example of a new paradigm in ministry. It is not an overstatement to say that this is a historic chance to respond to Christ’s call to discipleship on an unprecedented scale.
While in Mali, located in sub-Sahara Africa, I met friends who shared with me that people they know are watching SAT-7 Middle East broadcasts. Far from the primary focus area, SAT-7 viewers! Technology knows no boundaries! Technology transcends historic obstacles to the distribution of the Gospel using traditional models. Technology allows the indigenous Church to speak into their own realities, shape public perceptions and correct wrong worldviews. Indigenous media ministries, like SAT-7, allow the Church to make its claim to a Biblical Christianity in a culturally relevant, appropriate and positive way that is demystifying public perceptions of Christianity.
Your generous financial gifts, regularly given, over an extended period of time, will yield a return on investment you had not imagined! Thank you for your regular gifts that are making the impossible, possible!
SAT-7 USA Vice President of Ministry Partnerships | Dennis Wiens uses his international experience and knowledge of cross-cultural ministry to the advancement of SAT-7, speaking and informing as he networks with churches throughout the United States.