WILLS POINT, TEXAS — Gospel for Asia (GFA) is celebrating World Radio Day on Feb. 13, acknowledging the value of a technology that brings the message of Jesus Christ to millions who may wait years to meet a Christian ministry worker in person.
“We believe that everyone should hear the message of hope in the Bible, and we know that radio has and still can carry that message today into the farthest reaches,” said K.P. Yohannan, founder and international director of GFA. “Radio remains a cost-effective, reliable and trusted tool to help isolated individuals and communities hear the good news of Jesus Christ and grow in their understanding of Scripture.”
GFA’s radio ministries began 30 years ago, and today they broadcast in more than 113 languages across South Asia. Yohannan’s weekly Road to Reality radio program can be heard on radio stations throughout the United States, Canada, Australia, New Zealand and the United Kingdom.
Each year, GFA Radio receives more than a million inquiries from listeners who want more information about Jesus Christ. Each inquiry receives a personal response from a specially trained staff member or Bible school student, who responds with compassion and prayer.
UNESCO, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, sponsors World Radio Day each year to acknowledge its power to reach the world’s most remote and vulnerable populations. In 2015, more than 320 events were held in 80 countries across the globe to celebrate World Radio Day, with 19 radio stations broadcasting live from UNESCO headquarters in Paris.
“We’ve seen radio change lives,” said Yohannan. “We know of prison inmates who found the Lord and of parents with sick children who found faith. And today, we give thanks for the technology that enables those transformations.”