But what does it say? “The word is near you, in your mouth, and in your heart;” that is, the word of faith, which we preach: (Romans 10:8 WEB)
On the day of our arrival, we were driven to the southern end of the island to the village of Malesso (Merizo). As we approached from the west we could see the impressive towers and antennas God used to reach into the Far East to over a third of the world’s population. Our hearts leapt with joy and tears welled up in our eyes to see these steel and aluminum behemoths rising from the ridge of Mount Schroeder.
We rounded the southern tip of the island, drove up the mountain, down a dirt road and arrived at the transmitter building. Here I would be working with other engineers and technicians to bring the saving message of the Gospel to millions of people at the press of a button. This was a new world. I worked in commercial radio for many years prior to God’s calling to TWR but not on the scale of these large antennas and not in the short wave world.
George took us on a tour of the building and the antenna farm. It would not be until later, when I was working that we’d hear the actual programs being aired. People from all over the USA and the world were gathered, no, brought together by God to use the wonder of modern electronics to make us fishers of men with a very long fishing pole.
As an engineer I have a special fascination and love for electronics and radio in particular. When we’re driving through cities I spot radio towers and antennas and then try to determine the type and purpose for each installation. This isn’t something on my Beth’s list of things to do when traveling. However, in this case the scientific purpose of the antennas was of no interest as my heart jumped for joy realizing their eternal purpose was more than the flow of electrons and wave forms. In these wires flowed the message of everlasting life and eternity to the hearts of the listeners.
The difference between my previous experience in radio and what lie ahead took shape. This wasn’t a job, this wasn’t an occupation to keep the family fed and clothes on our backs. This was a calling from God to do whatever the Lord called us to do in order for others to hear, understand, and respond to the marvelous message of salvation and love from God through his son Jesus the Christ.