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The Word for Today

Hi there, We are

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 60’s and one bloke in New Zealand with a crazy idea.

Then in 1988 another bloke with an equally crazy idea started UCB Australia…

Latest News

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

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 completion using the Roviana crawl swimming style....

Christian Radio in Butwal

Last week our Message of Hope Nepal team travelled to Butwal, near the Indian border, to renew Radio Chhimeki's broadcasts. Radio Chhimeki has been on air for many years but recently has been struggling to maintain it's broadcasts. So they have partnered up with...

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

It was new for 2020, and through the support of our donors, 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. 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.

God’s Recovery Plan For You

‘Pursue, for you shall surely overtake them and without fail recover all.’ 1 Samuel 30:8 NKJV

God’s Word promises that whatever you are addicted to today, you can be set free from. And there’s more! You can get back what you’ve lost, or something even better. How? By doing what David did when the Amalekite armies destroyed his home and took his family captive:

(1) He turned to God for strength to deal with his problem. ‘David strengthened himself in the Lord his God.’ (1 Samuel 30:6 NKJV) Face it; if you could have solved the problem by yourself, you’d already have done it, right? Don’t feel bad about that, feel good. Acknowledging that you are powerless is the first step to victory. ‘My grace is sufficient for you, for My power is made perfect in weakness.’ (2 Corinthians 12:9 NIV) Now, acknowledging that you’re powerless isn’t the same thing as giving in to hopelessness. It means acknowledging that you can’t, God can, and that He will when you surrender the problem to Him.

(2) God gave David a plan to deal with his problem. ‘Pursue, for you will surely overtake them and without fail recover all.’ Armed with God’s strength and His plan, David went after the enemy and kept attacking until he recovered everything that had been stolen from him. And God wants to do that for you too. He promised, ‘I will restore to you the years that the …locust has eaten.’ (Joel 2:25 NKJV) When you turn to God, He can give you more joy and success in the years ahead than in all the years behind you. That’s His recovery plan for you!

SoulFood: Gen 25:19–27:46, Matt 18:21–35, Ps 61, Pr 6:16–19

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

Your support is helping people this…

Patrick from Angoram

Patrick from Papua New Guinea’s East Sepik Province is encouraging all his friends and family to read The Word for Today. He says…
I encourage every fellow Sepiks to buy and read this devotional The Word for Today book printed by UCB Christian radio here in Wewak.
Its a pure Bible extract messages filling everyday life and challenges.
Right now it help me with the Story of Naomi in Ruth 1:20,,,Stating Your best days are still yet to come.
I’m Patrick Sumbre

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!

On the run from the police

Pictured is one of Laif FM listener’s from Kubalia in the East Sepik Province of PNG. He shared his testimony on how he got saved through listening to 98.3, Laif FM.

He was in prison in 2000 for rascal activities and being involved in some hold ups. He was on the run from the law enforcement for many years and was even on the shoot-to-kill list. Then, he landed up with Pastor Abraham Kumbia & his wife Anna. Pastor Abraham took him to Mr Kasieang the PSE at that time. The PSE was very angry but Pastor Kumbia & wife Anna covered told the PSE, “You didn’t find him, we found him and brought him to you… he will be under our custody”.

Now… what happened next?

He got changed, accepted the Pastor’s advise but didn’t attend a church. He was tuning his radio one day and suddenly, heard Gospel music, and later, heard a voice on the radio. Then he heard the Word of God, “wow” he said…. I think this is my “Church” coz this Christian radio is talking to me, encouraging me with the Word of God. Inspirational programs all throughout the day, with the Word of God. This is my FM station cause I got saved and love all the programs. I am a die hard fan for this Christian radio 98.3 Laif FM

He is now attached to the New Apostolic Church as an evangelist in his community.

He appeals to those on the run from law enforcement, please stop what you are doing, surrender for change and become a true citizen for your community, district, province, country and ambassador for Christ.

A visitor from Baucau

A listener and my friend CIMA Kaiwa from Baucau visited Dili for a week.

I (Rio) offered her to listen to Radio Voz. After hearing Radio Voz on the Program Voz Christa and she felt very blessed and she requested to meet with the purpose of hearing the Word of God and to be prayed for.

In the text message sent, she felt blessed and she wanted to keep listening to Radio Voz. After we prayed for a few days, later she returned to Baucau. I advised her to attend a church service at the IEVCTL church in Baucau city.  Let us pray for her seriousness to know the truth of God’s Word.

Timor Leste

Starting a Family

Back in June Amali called Radio Voz and asked for prayer so he and his wife could have children because they had been married for a long time but had not been blessed with children. Therefore he asked to be prayed for, and we prayed for him regularly.

In November when we had a meeting between announcers and listeners in the park. Amali came and thanked our Radio Voz team with tears. He happily reported that his wife was pregnant and had been three months.

At Radio Voz’s 17th birthday yesterday we invited him to participate and we shared the happy news he received from God to the congregation and to other listeners.

<em>Radio Voz</em> is name of <em>UCB Timor-Leste's</em> radio station based in Dili. Aside from the high powered station serving the people of Dili they also operate small stations in each provincial capital of Timor-Leste.

Salvation from hearing

Radio Voz (Timor-Leste) has a program called Jerasaun Los Nasaun Diak (JLND). The program also conducts outdoor events, namely gathering young people from churches, to conduct a kind of revival meeting.

There was a young boy named Fridonia who attended this program and he felt blessed, he was interested in continuing to attend the Revival Service and radio broadcasts.

Long story short, yesterday he wrote to me wanting to accept Jesus as his Lord and personal Saviour. And I called him to guide and direct him and pray for him. After the COVID-19 crisis is over I will invite him to join our church.

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.

Finding Jesus

Virna is a longtime listener. She sent a thank you message because through Radio Voz she and her family often heard the Radio and the introduction of Jesus increasingly led them to the decision of accepting Jesus. They are now worshipping in the GPWC church. They’ve been listening to the Radio Voz since 2014.

She was very grateful that every topic presented by our station always touches their lives.

Virna – Timoe-Leste

God and Grades

Junior with his school friends and PNG’s The Word for Today

Junior Pingu is a year 12 student @ Brandi Secondary High School. He started reading The Word for Today in 2018. He says since then, he can’t skip a day without reading. The encouragement & daily devotion is always guiding him in his studies & Christian faith.

He is loving this year’s special 12 month edition.
He says since he started reading, he always feels like God is always talking to him and his academic results have improved.

 

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

 

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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

Latest News

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...

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