Throughout the Asia pacific region

Taking Responsibility And Risks (1)

‘The vision is yet for an appointed time; but at the end it will speak and it will not lie. Though it tarries, wait for it; because it will surely come.’ Habakkuk 2:3 NKJV

Missionary evangelist Daniel Kolenda writes: ‘We can easily become frustrated if we don’t understand that just as there are times and seasons in nature, there are also times and seasons in the process of fulfilling God’s will…’

Remember reading a few days ago about the group of experienced missionaries who got together and found God that had taken them each through the same five-step cyclical process? (See November 25) Solomon wrote ‘To everything there is a season, A time for every purpose under heaven’ (Ecclesiastes 3:1 NKJV) Bottom line: timing is all-important!

When executives at Decca Records told the Beatles, ‘Groups with guitars are on the way out,’ they signed up with EMI—and the rest is history! Don’t miss the lesson here. Each of us has been placed on earth as a caretaker of God’s business. And that’s true whether you are a judge or a cleaner. You’ve been given an allotment of life and charged with the responsibility of taking care of it, investing it, increasing it, and presenting it back to God. Simply saying, ‘I was afraid of failing,’ or ‘I was worried about being criticised,’ or ‘I didn’t think I was good enough,’ won’t work.

As Ralph Waldo Emerson said, ‘Excuses always replace progress.’ God will accept your trials and errors, but He won’t accept your excuses for not having tried. So pray, accept responsibility, and step out in faith. You may fail many times on your way to success, but if you keep trying and trusting God, you’ll eventually succeed.

SoulFood: Gen 14:18, Ps 110, Heb 5:5–11

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

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The Word for Today – Solomon Islands

A person from Rennel called on the phone yesterday and expressed his joy and excitement about TWFT. Plus a pastor from GIPOL also called yesterday and expressed his joy and excitement about TWFT.

A taxi driver – his friends, fares and family…

It is encouraging to know that many more people are becoming aware of Laef FM 93.5 on air in Honiara, Solomon Islands Allen, pictured here, drives a local taxi and he transported Coxwain (our Board Member) up to the Ebenezer house last week to try to get the radio back on air. As they were on our way, Coxwain introduced him to Laef FM and that day, he tuned in to the frequency on his car FM radio. Since that day he is locked onto the station and not only that but he has also introduced Laef FM to his family members, relatives and other Taxi Drivers who live and work in town. While Coxwain and he were on our way to the airport the other day to freight another carton of The Word for Today to Taro he said that a number of his passengers asked him about Laef FM 93.5 as they listened to it in his car. He encouraged them to tune into the frequency at their homes. Allen has just started his journey with The Word for Today. He is so happy to get a copy!

Practical

Jaimashi team of Message of Hope Nepal. Since one year I'm the regular listener of Message of Hope Nepal. In which day I heard about Message of Hope Nepal, from that day I use to listen "The Word for Today" which is broadcast from YouTube and Nepal Television every Saturday morning. From this program I'm able to know more about Him love, power, blessing etc. The explanation of Bible verse is presented in different way, which makes me to understand easily. I also found that this "The Word for Today" is very practical in our life. That’s why I also share about this program to my family members, friends, church members. Thank you God for this opportunities, I'm so blessed by this program. Prabin Dhungedhara, Kathmandu

A Pre-Believer

Rommy is a listener who has not yet accepted Jesus as the Lord but he feels that what we convey on Radio Voz is very appropriate and completely contradicts the customs of Timor Leste. He called Radio Voz, and he was so excited to hear the truth of God's Word. And influence his family and friends who like to follow the traditions that are misleading but are considered right to believe the truth of God's Word. He has not been able to let go of tradition and has not been able to accept Jesus as his personal Lord and Savior. Let us pray for this man so that he can make a definite decision to accept the Lord Jesus as his personal Lord and Savior.

The Word for Today in Tetum

Our team in Timor-Leste translate The Word for Today into Tetum and both read it on air and make it available on their website. They received this encouraging feedback... Lola's mother always feels blessed by this program.  He [Lola] not only heard, but he asked us to send it via WhatsApp so that he could share it with his children and his extended family. In his text message in Tetum on WhatsApp he is very grateful because his family is mega blessed.

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

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.

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...

Carry The Word for Today always

Being part of CY [Central Youth] Ministry I'm so blessed to have this special edition "the Word for Today". Although I did not attend the CY programs for a couple of months, this handy book  is very helpful ad become my motivation. I recommend CY members to have this and carry around wherever you are and continue to reach others! May God bless us all Suzie - Solomon Islands

Supporting

Dear Sir/Madam, I am happy to write here that I have reading this devotion book edition, The Word for Today from the month of March to April, 2021. It has really encouraging me. I happened to pick this edition 2020 from someone in our house, who placed it unattended and without reading it. But I took it for just an interest of local cover page. After reading through, I now took it with me a help to my daily devotion, using what you have written in. I am really blessed with the word. I am in support of your work and will support the work of the master soon. Can I access other articles? Willie Honiara, Solomon Islands

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But you can call us UCB. We’re part of the global family of United Christian Broadcasters International Ltd. that traces its roots back to the 1960’s and one bloke in New Zealand with a crazy idea.

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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