‘But they did not ask the Lord.’ Joshua 9:14 CEV
When you consult God before making decisions, it keeps you out of all sorts of trouble. Joshua learned this the hard way. He had just conquered Jericho, the biggest city in the Promised Land. Flushed with victory, the Israelites felt like they didn’t need to consult God concerning their next move. But over-confidence can be deadly!
The Gibeonites, one of the enemy nations in the Promised Land, realised they couldn’t win against God’s people, so they sent negotiators in to make peace with them. And it worked. Even though the Gibeonites were lying, Joshua presumed they were telling the truth and signed a treaty. And it proved to be one of the biggest mistakes of his life. From that day on the Gibeonites became a constant thorn in Israel’s side. Joshua lived to regret that he ‘did not ask the Lord.’
Some of the oldest hymns contain the greatest truths. Here’s one: ‘O what peace we often forfeit; O what needless pain we bear. All because we do not carry everything to God in prayer.’ Are you a ‘make-it-happen-in-your-own-strength’ kind of person? There’s a fine line between God-given assurance and self-sufficiency, and when you cross that line it can cost you dearly. If you’ve a tendency to move too quickly or operate in your own strength and skill, read these words carefully and prayerfully: ‘Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths. Do not be wise in your own eyes.’ (Proverbs 3:5–7 NKJV)
SoulFood: Judges 19:16–21:25, Luke 15:1–10, Ps 119:97–104, Pr 18:6–8
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United Christian Broadcasters Asia Pacific
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.
Then in 1988 another bloke with an equally crazy idea started UCB Australia…
What we do
Helping local Christian people harness the incredible power of radio to have a positive impact in their communities 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 right now with this link or by using the “Listen Now” button at the top of our website.
But these broadcasts aren’t without challenges. In today’s COVID crazy world we struggle to get expert technical support to our stations when they need it. It is hard enough just to ship replacement equipment when something breaks.
Please pray for our ministry and our local teams. We need God’s wisdom and provision as we seek to serve the beautiful people throughout the Asia Pacific region with the best Christian radio. And ‘the best’ is what they deserve!
The Word for Today
In 2020, thanks to your donations, we were able to launch a special 200 page, 12 month edition in Papua New Guinea, Vanuatu, Solomon Islands, Cook Islands, Fiji, Samoa and Timor-Leste.
We did it all again in 2021 and now the 2022 edition is available, we’ve printed even more copies to meet the growing demand and we’ve added Nauru to our Pacific nations receiving it!
Plus we have also been able to launch into Indonesia with an Indonesian language edition.
And not to forget our team in Nepal have been faithfully producing the Nepali edition for a number of years.
If you are in one the nations listed above and you’d like a copy, ontact your local UCB team – you’ll find their contact details when you choose the nation from the Projects in the menu above.
The Word for Today is loved around the world for its simple Biblical truths and relevant teaching. A quarterly edition is also available in Australia (from Vision Christian Media) and NZ (from Rhema Media).
Online & Social
Nearly everyone has a mobile phone or tablet, regardless of where they live. And they use social media. It is ironic that while their village might not have running water or grid elecricity, they do have Facebook!
So if we are to reach them with ‘Christian media’, guess where we have to be.
Thanks to support from 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.
We are also working on developing an App that can be customised for each nation with relevenat content. Ideally we would like a Telecommunications partner so that local people can use our app unmetered (without having to use paid data). Something for prayer.
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A quick update from around the nations where UCB Asia Pacific is working.
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Thanks to your prayerful donations the people of Indonesia have The Word for Today available in their own language. Pictured are leaders from Indonesia's JAPPRI community of Christian radio broadcasters, happy to each receive their copies. New for 2022, all the...
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...
Today we enjoyed another digital Family Get Together. While COVID is still 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...
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....
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...
“Hello God, are you there? Why don’t you answer me?” I’m sure that has come out of our mouths at least once in our lifetime. Sometimes the idea is that God has turned off or gone quiet. It’s not like He’s keeping silent to teach us a lesson in faith. The reality is,...
What are you really passionate about? Some people love sports. Some are really into food, while for others it’s politics. All of these things are fine to be interested in, but Pastor Greg Laurie thinks that Jesus Christ should be our main passion. The early church...
Seeing in the midst of life's challenges From one day to the next, major events and occurrences change the way we see and live our lives. Daily we hear of: • Another major disaster; • Another hourly murder, rape or life ending behaviour; • Another greedy and injustice...
Life around the world is different for everyone, so it's always nice to be able to get a bit of a look into life locally. In the video below we get to see what life is like for some locals in Butwal in Nepal. This video was taken by Sunil our station technician at...
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:
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
…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
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.
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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.
Actually he’s more like: photographer, designer, administrator, builder, plumber, maker of things unheard of and fixer of things broken.
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.
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 teams in Indonesia and Timor-Leste
Digital Content Specialist
Another fancy title, but if you want to talk websites and social media then this is your guy, also samoan muscles available for hire.
If I had to define ‘Trusted Christian Media’ and sum up what we do in a few words I would say…
We preach the Word and make disciples.
How? We use media.