MINISTRY GOALS for 2015: from Magadan to Moscow and worldwide
According to NEW LIFE RADIO, in 1996, NEW LIFE RADIO-FM became the first Christian FM station in Russia—proclaiming the Gospel to this city of 130,000 people and setting a precedent for the expansion of Christian radio in cities across the country. It soon became clear that thousands of communities throughout Russia and other ex-Soviet republics needed Christian radio as well. With this ministry goal and vision, the Lord blessed our efforts, and from radio studios located on Red Square in Moscow, NEW LIFE RADIO initiated nationwide satellite direct to home Christian radio broadcasts in December 2000!
During this Christmas season of 2014, we take a moment to thank the Lord for the last 14 years of satellite broadcasting, while looking once more at the calling we have to support the evangelism and discipleship efforts of the evangelical Church in Russia, Ukraine, Belarus, and many other former Soviet republics, even to Slavic congregations scattered across the globe.
Looking at our station’s logo, you might call us fishermen, because we are seeking souls for the Kingdom, using radio as our net to bring in the harvest. We are grateful for the privilege God gives us to serve him, and while it has not been an easy year, it has been one of fulfillment as we stay true to the ongoing challenge of Christ to proclaim the Gospel, day in day out to a people so needy and desperate to know the love of God and the gift of eternal life. That’s the Great Commission, and meeting it is our first goal for 2015.
What will happen in the coming year, and what do we hope to accomplish in God’s service? Let us list four things:
1. REMAIN ON THE AIR despite ever increasing government obstacles to our operations
2. INCREASE our monthly funding support by $5000, so we can properly take care of our missionary staff, including the addition of one more full time radio staff person.
3. SEEK a deeper partnership relationship with the many Russian evangelical unions that would lead to greater involvement in new programming and indigenous financial support
4. EXCELL in every aspect of our broadcasting so God may be pleased, new listeners reached, and the Kingdom expanded!
UPDATE on NLR reorganization plans
In October 2014, the Putin government forced through a new media law against foreign ownership that will force NLR to end its current non-profit organization, headed by Daniel Johnson. In January 2015, a new legal entity, titled Information Center for Radio Broadcasting-NEW LIFE will be registered in Moscow, by NLR station director Dima Vatoulya, along with three other individuals representing long time NLR ministry partners; Russian Christian Radio, Reach Beyond (HCJB), and the Russian Baptist Union. Once registered, the new entity will then apply for mass media organization status, as well as various broadcast licenses in order to continue satellite and FM transmissions. Pray that the Lord grants us His favor to succeed at these tasks.