Throughout the Asia pacific region

Keep Persevering And You’ll Win

‘The Lord God will help Me; therefore I will not be disgraced; therefore I have set My face like a flint, and I know that I will not be ashamed.’ Isaiah 50:7 NKJV

Prize fighter James Corbett was once asked: ‘What’s the most important thing for a man to do to become a champion?’

He replied, ‘Fight one more round.’

Successful people have different talents, but they all have these qualities: perseverance, tenacity, and stick-to-it-iveness. Thomas Grey wrote 75 drafts of ‘Elegy Written in a Country Churchyard’ before he was satisfied with his poetic masterpiece. S.N. Behrman, the American playwright, wrote plays for 11 years before he sold a single one. Somerset Maugham earned only $500 in his first ten years as a writer. While working full time in a factory, Enrico Caruso studied voice for 12 years before becoming a successful performer. George Gershwin composed almost 100 melodies before he sold his first one—for $5.

There’s an important lesson for you in each of these stories: if your dream doesn’t come true immediately, don’t get discouraged. Continue to pursue your craft and develop your talent. Study and learn. Grow by experience. Keep working. Victory goes to the man or woman who is willing to ‘fight one more round’. When you quit, God can do no more for you. But when you hang-in-there, He will come to your aid.

Note what His Word says: ‘The Lord God will help Me; therefore I will not be disgraced; therefore I have set My face like a flint, and I know that I will not be ashamed.’ When does God promise to help you? When you set your face like a flint.

SoulFood: Ex 39–40, Matt 8:10–17, Ps 84, Pr 2:16–19

The Word for Today is authored by Bob and Debby Gass and published under licence from UCB International Copyright ©

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Families in Vanua Levu (Fiji) affected by cyclone YASA received The Word for Today.

The Word for Today was distributed with food rations with the help of one of UCB Fiji's committee members (Amani Waqetia) who heads the response effort of OLA FOU Fiji in Vanua Levu. The families who received them were very appreciative especially after being devastated by the Cat 5 cyclone which left many of them without food and shelter. In the midst of such a devastating experience, their hope lies not only in the relief items but more-so with God and the encouragement that comes with the stories of hope in The Word for Today. More than 100 copies of the The Word for Today were given to people in Cyclone and flood affected areas of Vanua Levu. In Suva, a Methodist church minister distributed 2 cartons of the devotional to his congregation. Before that, the books were prayed over and delivered under the guidance of our team. He also distributed some to taxi drivers servicing the greater Suva area. Feedback I received is that some families are now using The Word for Today as their guide during the daily family devotion and is very simple and easy to understand. Our friends who were recipients of the The Word for Today in Vanua Levu said that the booklet has given them a sense of...

Finding God

Nikolau from Maliana is one of the Radio Voz' young listeners. Every night he listened to Radio Voz and consequently decided he wanted to learn more about God's Word. At the time of the JLND event he told me (Rio) of his eagerness of learning the Word of God. And now Ps. Samuel of the Nazarenu Church is following up with him.

Source of Encouragement

I am grateful to Message of Hope Nepal for this wonderful media ministry. I really enjoying and blessed to read ‘The Word for Today’ every day. This devotional book becomes one of the sources of encouragement in my life. I am a student so I don’t have much time to prepare the Word of God but from this devotional book, I encourage Christian youth in my circle. I belong to the Chaudhary community where fewer people are educated so the audio version of the daily devotional helps much to listen to all age groups in my community. So, every morning I share YouTube links to my circle. I really thank you and pray to God for this ministry for sustainability. Prasanna Chaudhary Western Nepal

Reaching Nepalese with Facebook

Jaimashi I'm regularly hearing The Word for Today from Facebook. I am really blessed that it covers up very practical everyday issues from a Biblical perspective. It is very simple and easy to understand so I am using this book in my ministry as well to encourage believers. The day I started hearing that I was really blessed like it has been now daily routine to start my day from God Words. It also helps me to share God's Word when I'm preaching and it also helps me to encourage my selves. I'm grateful to the team MOH Nepal who just doing great works. Again, Thank Message of Hope Nepal who always helped me in my spiritual journey. Junu Rolpa, Nepal

Listening at the Copra Buying Centre

Our UCB Solomon Island Board Chairman Coxwain sent in this report... “I went to a Copra buying centre this morning and noticed a number of people standing there waiting to collect their payment. As I got closer, I heard familiar music played from the office which is connected to the outside speaker. Yes, its Laef FM 93.5!! People enjoyed listening to the Radio while waiting to collect their copra money. I asked one of the senior staff about the station and she said,.." we have been tuning into this station for months." Coxwain - Solomon Islands

Receiving a Bible and Healing

In July Radio Voz received a welcome visit from two listeners. Melly and Fina witnessed to how God changed their lives as they listened to Radio Voz. They have both just come to know and accept Jesus and their Lord and Saviour.  They came to thank the team because they got to know Jesus through listening to Radio Voz and because Radio Voz is the medium that accompanies their daily life. Mrs. Melly also testified about the healing she was experiencing at this time. She could only clearly see about 1 metre so she wanted to have surgery on her eyes. She asked for prayer. Thanks to this prayer, her eyesight returned to normal. She was incredibly grateful They also needed a Bible and by chance we had a Bible in Tetun we could give her. They also bless Radio with the few blessings they have.

3 text messages

Dear Laif fm, I am texting all the way from Madang. Not listening to fm cos no Laif fm in Madang but I have The WORD FOR TODAY. The book is so inspiring. We give praise to God.. ~George. Thank you UCB for the booklet The WORD FOR TODAY. May the grace of Jehovah continued to guide Bob and Debby Gass. I reside in Hagen,I enjoyed reading your inspirational messages. Thanks Laif FM ~Alice Papua New Guinea

They lift up my spirit and motivated my life

Just letting you know of a testimony of a lady I met up with again on the road yesterday morning. She looked very happy and excited... This lady had gone through a very tough and rough time for a very long time. She shared a number of things (experiences) but this is one that I clearly picked up yesterday and I quote... "When I read the book each day, I felt as if those words are written specifically for me. The words and the Scripture references speak directly to my situation and needs. They lift up my spirit and motivated my life each day. They empowered my prayer life and I feel like sharing Christ to anyone I meet. Many work colleagues at the hospital really like the book. We have prayer &  fellowship time twice a week at the hospital's Conference Room. We also take some of our time ministering to the sick people at different wards. We really want to use this devotional book in our prayer & fellowship time at the hospital..." This lady is now strongly connected to a Church and is beginning to get actively involved in small outreaches, missions and prayer activities. Coxwain, Chairman, UCB Solomon Islands

Gaining Biblical Knowledge

Jaimashi, First of all, I would like to give thanks our heavenly Father for this wonderful time and also Message of Hope Nepal. In my daily morning devotion I use to listen "The Word for Today" which is broadcast from YouTube and Facebook. I usually participate the quiz competition organized by Message of Hope Nepal, through which I got the encourage to read Holy Bible. When I listen "The Word for Today" from Message of Hope Nepal, I felt so blessed because it is very meaningful and useful God's word in our life. It is very easy to understand and easy to relate those words in our life. Through this program I'm able to achieve Biblical knowledge as well as other things also. This program helps me to became strong in my Spiritual life. Once again thank you Message of Hope Nepal. Shanta Bharatpur, Nepal  

Ramesh from Jhapa

Praise the Lord! My name is Ramesh and I'm from Jhapa (Eastern part of Nepal). Currently, I am working in Malaysia. I am so grateful for The Word for Today, we are so blessed to hear this audio and sharing with my friends also. I am very much thankful to the Lord and Message of Hope Nepal’s ministry, I pray that may God gives you heavenly blessings to you all. Thank you.

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Latest News

The Word for Today for 2022

We are excited to let you know that all the 2022 editions of The Word for Today are on their way to their various Pacific Island destinations. We've printed just under 20,000 copies in total for the people of: The Cook Islands, Fiji, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Solomon...

UCB Family gets together

Today we enjoyed a digital Family Get Together. While COVID is ruining everyone's travel plans and, in some cases, our ability to get together with friends. Digital technology means we can get together! So today, our teams from Fiji, Vanuatu, Papua New Guinea,...

AGM in the Cook Islands

Over the weekend the UCB Cook Islands members got together for their Annual General Meeting (AGM). This is an important meeting for all UCB groups. At the AGM the Board is elected (or reelected) and all members get to hear about how their local ministry is performing....

The Old Becomes New

Repurposed for YWAM's Training and a Community Radio Station in PNG   Aerial view of the campus - originally built as a water sports complex for the South Pacific Games in 2015. A generator that once served our partner, Vision Christian Media’s studios in...

Licence Granted for Vanuatu

It was with great excitement that we received notification from the TRBR in Vanuatu that our application for a nationwide radio licence was successful! Praise the Lord! This is a huge step forward for our fledgling ministry. It is our hope that we can quickly...

What we do

Radio

Helping local Christian people harness the incredible power of radio to have a positive impact in their communites is the mainstay of our ministry.

Radio gets behind closed doors to bring the light, hope and encouragement of the Gospel message to people right where they are.

 We broadcast our youth focussed Life fm, (Laif FM, Laef FM) in Vanuatu, Cook Islands, Solomon Islands, Papua New Guinea, and soon Fiji and Nauru. You can hear what that station sounds like with this link or by using the “Listen Now” button at the top of our website.

The Word for Today

Thanks to your donations a special 200 page, 12 month edition was available for the first time in Papua New Guinea, Vanuatu, Solomon Islands, Cook Islands, Fiji, Samoa and Timor-Leste in 2020. Now the 2021 edition is also available and we’ve printed even more copies to meet the growing demand!

Contact your local UCB team – you’ll find their contact details when you choose them from the Projects in the menu above.

A quarterly edition is also available in Nepal as well as Australia and NZ.

The Word for Today is loved all around the world for its simple Biblical truths and relevant teaching.

We are thrilled to be able to introduce this powerful printed devotional throughout the Asia Pacific region.

Online & Social

Nearly everyone has a mobile phone or tablet, regardless of where they live. And they use social media. While their village might not have running water or elecricity they do have Facebook!

So if we are to reach them with ‘Christian media’, guess where we have to be.

Thanks to the support of people like you we are able to help by building websites and helping our local team develop Social Media strategies so they can effectively interact with their community.

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The Word for Today for 2022

The Word for Today for 2022

We are excited to let you know that all the 2022 editions of The Word for Today are on their way to their various Pacific Island destinations. We've printed just under 20,000 copies in total for the people of: The Cook Islands, Fiji, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Solomon...

UCB Family gets together

UCB Family gets together

Today we enjoyed a digital Family Get Together. While COVID is ruining everyone's travel plans and, in some cases, our ability to get together with friends. Digital technology means we can get together! So today, our teams from Fiji, Vanuatu, Papua New Guinea,...

AGM in the Cook Islands

Over the weekend the UCB Cook Islands members got together for their Annual General Meeting (AGM). This is an important meeting for all UCB groups. At the AGM the Board is elected (or reelected) and all members get to hear about how their local ministry is performing....

The Old Becomes New

Repurposed for YWAM's Training and a Community Radio Station in PNG   Aerial view of the campus - originally built as a water sports complex for the South Pacific Games in 2015. A generator that once served our partner, Vision Christian Media’s studios in...

Licence Granted for Vanuatu

Licence Granted for Vanuatu

It was with great excitement that we received notification from the TRBR in Vanuatu that our application for a nationwide radio licence was successful! Praise the Lord! This is a huge step forward for our fledgling ministry. It is our hope that we can quickly...

A Blessing for Christmas

2020 has been a year like no other and one that some people want to forget and many others want to quickly move on from. However even in the middle of all the disruption God has been working powerfully in the lives of people. This song has perhaps, been an anthem for...

Reaching people in Pukapuka

Reaching people in Pukapuka

The Island of Pukapuka is part of the Cook Islands and 1700km north of the main island of Rarotonga. Here they are receiving copies of The Word for Today for the very first time. (the 2021 edition) They were very excited to read and appreciated God words. Thanks to...

Prime Minister – Manasseh Sogavare

From Munda, Solomon Islands. The annual Lagoon Festival started a few years ago as the Wickham Festival. It was named after Alick Wickham, a half-caste Solomon lad from Munda who entered and won an Australian swimming competition using the Roviana crawl swimming...

Three Ways to Get Spiritually Refreshed

Three Ways to Get Spiritually Refreshed

By Pastor Greg Laurie I love the word refresh. It’s such a perfect word to describe starting again or returning to something. In fact, we even use it as a computer term. Sometimes when I’m working on my computer, leave it for a while, and then come back, things freeze...

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Self Care is not Selfish

Self Care is not Selfish

Self-care is important! It impacts our mental health as well as our overall well-being. By Bret and Kate Ryan - Focus on the Family Caring for ourselves is critical. We can’t give out of an empty well. If we’ve got no reserves, how can we be there for others?...

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Living in Purpose

Living in Purpose

By Author: Sabrina Peters When you hear the term ‘purpose’, what words come to mind? Success? Happiness? Meaning? Wealth? Marriage? Influence? Affluence? Talent? Relationships? As a Christian, I find my answer in God’s Word. Romans 12:1-2 (TM) puts it like this, “So,...

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Shining Light into a Dark and Desperate World

Dear friends, If you’re old enough you may remember the Beatles’ hit song in the 60’s called “Help”. John Farnham also did an impassioned version of it in the early 80’s. And if a modern day artist were to record it, I suspect it could become an anthem once again,...

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Changing Lives For Good

You are enabling God to do great things in the lives of people all across the Asia Pacific region.
Here are just three examples of the impact you are having:

James

I am from Eastern Part of Nepal called Khotang. Currently I am doing ministry at Kathmandu. I am very much thankful to Message of Hope for providing The Word for Today. I got to know about this from one of my Facebook friends. Since that day I am a regular listener of daily devotion of “The Word for Today“. I am very much blessed by this post, which is very short and sweet to understand and share to others friends. From this devotion post, I learned so many new things, which became very useful for my ministry. Similarly, the weekly quiz has developed my reading habit of Bible. I am very much thankful to Message of Hope Nepal.

The Word for Today reader

Nepal

Mrs A

…you have no idea, how much impact God has wrought in my life through those anointed messages.

Those messages are sent straight from the throne room of the Almighty down to his chosen. I truly owe it to you all and I believe nothing in this physical world could match the wealth of heaven that is distributed every day through the programs that are aired.

I count myself most privileged person to reap its benefits just by tuning every morning. My daily routine was dependant on those power packed messages.

Laif FM listener & The Word for Today reader

Papua New Guinea

Debby

Over Christmas, we had a big Franklin Graham event and 50,000 attended. At this event they showed our video which we made in three days about former addicts who had been set free by Jesus. Many were touched and encouraged by it.

When we put our same video online, it got 700,000 views. I learned that you don’t have to be a specialist. You can be a mom and learn how to use these tools and you can make media and send messages out to share the Gospel with people all over the world. We post one new little video each day. On my website, most of our videos get 200,000 views.

Medialight course graduate

Thailand

Our Team

Ian Worby

Ian Worby

CEO

The big cheese or ‘sir’! He’s the ideas man, dreaming big, coming up with “what if we…” and gathering the right people around him to make it happen.

Grant Kennedy

Grant Kennedy

Projects Manager

Actually he’s more like: photographer, designer, administrator, builder, plumber, maker of things unheard of and fixer of things broken.

Steve Monro

Steve Monro

Broadcast Development Manager

Fancy title, but really he’s a top bloke and tech whizz/geek who knows how to make the radio, studio, computers and stuff work really well.

Rudy Oei

Rudy Oei

Liaison Officer

Part technician, part Mr Fixit, but
all nice guy. And it really helps he’s fluent in Indonesian when it comes to communicating with our Timor-Leste team

If I had to sum up everything we do in a few words I would say…

We preach the Word and make disciples.

How? We use media.

Ian Worby
CEO