‘A time to gain, and a time to lose.’ Ecclesiastes 3:6 NKJV
God’s Word neither ignores nor minimises the painful realities of life. Inevitably, we, and our loved ones, will experience life’s losses: illness, ageing, death, divorce, disability, loss of independence, unemployment, financial reversals, etc. Today’s culture prepares us for gain, but not for loss; to dance, but not to mourn (see Ecclesiastes 3:4). Major losses throw us into uncharted territory. So, we need to understand the dynamics of our loss in order to help us through it and back to living again. Life-changing loss begins with bereavement – the agony of feeling that something or someone indispensable to us has been ripped away, leaving us feeling robbed. Then comes grief – searing emotions of overwhelming sorrow that are often accompanied by anger, distress, confusion, and helplessness. Next, we move into the mourning stage and begin to express our grief and loss. This is the hard work stage of tears, memories, and heartrending spasms of weeping that shake us to our very core. We feel guilt and remorse over what we have said or done or not said or done. Our heartache gives those around us the opportunity to respond, offering the comfort and reassurance we need to begin healing. This is God’s protocol for healing broken hearts. At the age of 120, Moses, the Israelites’ beloved leader died leaving behind him a grief-stricken nation (see Deuteronomy 34). God allowed them thirty days to mourn their loss and to comfort one another before resuming the business of life. So take the time you need to do the work of mourning your losses because Jesus said, ‘Blessed are they that mourn: for they shall be comforted’ (Matthew 5:4 KJV).
SoulFood: 1 Kings 6-7, Matt 16:1-12, Ps 36, Pro 5:21-23
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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 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 of The Word for Today in Papua New Guinea, Vanuatu, Solomon Islands, Cook Islands, Fiji, Samoa and Timor-Leste.
We did it all again in 2021 and added Nauru and an Indonesian language edition called Renungan Hari Ini. And we’ve continued to do it every year since.
And not to forget our team in Nepal have been faithfully producing the Nepali edition for many years.
If you are in one the nations listed above and you’d like a copy of the current edition, contact your local UCB team – you’ll find their contact details when you choose the nation from the Projects in the menu above. Or use our contact form and well pass it on.
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
Even in the remotest island nearly everyone has a mobile phone. And while their village might not have running water or grid electricity, they do have YouTube and Facebook!
So if we are to reach people with ‘Christian media’, guess where we have to be.
Thanks to support from people like you we are able to build websites, develop a mobile App and help our local team develop Social Media strategies so they can effectively interact with their community.
Our App is free and customised for each nation. It has a custom radio stream and relevant content for that nation’s people including The Word for Today, the Bible in local languages, podcasts and a lot more.
Ideally we would like a Telecommunications partner so local people can use our app unmetered (without having to use paid data). Something we’d love you to join us in prayer about.
Stations on air
A recent Interview with our Projects Manager - Grant Kennedy on Vision's 20Twenty show. Vision's Andrew McLennan asked Grant about the work of UCB Asia Pacific and what has been happening lately.
For 2024 we are excited to have added Kiribati and Tonga to the nations where The Word for Today is available. The full list is: Cook Islands Fiji Indonesia (Renungan Hari Ini in Indonesian) Kiribati Nauru Nepal (Nepalese) Papua New Guinea Samoa Solomon Islands...
In 2019 we were privileged to help the Radio Voz team establish a number of stand-alone low-powered radio stations in the provincial capitals of Timor-Leste. Including a station in Baucau, the second largest city. Over the past 12 months they have been upgrading the...
Good News for the Cook Islands! The new UCB Cook Islands App has arrived!. Giving Cook Islanders around the world access to Life FM's Live Stream, a variety of inspirational podcasts, The Word for Today, and the Bible in Cook Island Maori (Bibilia Tapu) or English,...
A powerful earthquake measuring 7.0 has struck Papua New Guinea early this morning. Only few details were immediately available but there is no threat of a tsunami. The earthquake, which struck at 3:04 a.m. local time on Monday, was centered in Chambri Lake, about 37...
Dear UCB friends, Last Sunday afternoon we traveled to Baucau, and then to Viqueque, both Districts in the East side of Timor island, in order to install the new radio upgrade to the 100W Transmitter. In Baucau, the weather was really bad, but the Lord helped us and...
People fleeing their homes in the Ukraine have many urgent needs. One thing that God offers everyone is HOPE! and what better way to share this than through the reading of Scripture, or more specifically The Word for Today. Our sister ministry UCB Hungary asked for...
A quick update from around the nations where UCB Asia Pacific is working.
The following powerful testimony is from Tomu in Fiji… A women shared about her journey since she started receiving, her copies back in 2021. She shared with me how God came through for her during her most difficult time since being diagnosed with breast cancer two...
Picture Christmas as cozy rooms filled with warmth, playfulness, and abundant love. In this festive season, our hearts transform into these inviting spaces, radiating affection in every corner. Laughter and joy echo through these emotional sanctuaries, embodying the...
During this time Christians celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ. A little over 2,000 years ago, God sent his Son to the world to provide salvation for us all; the best Christmas gift ever given. You can receive this gift if you believe that Jesus died for your...
Our Message of Hope Nepal family is going to be celebrating a major milestone in their journey. Their 15-year Anniversary celebrating all that God has done in providing and encouraging His people. Their celebration will be taking place in December, so let's join them...
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.
Medialight course graduate
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.