Third Day- Ulan Batar

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Our first day to go out on the street after arriving the city, three days ago. We arrived Wednesday night, (Nov 7th, 2018) after a very long trip from Alabama, Atlanta, Seoul and Mongolia. I didn’t keep the number of hours, it was very long from Monday night flight to Wednesday night. Neither David nor I have been in this country before. Both our first time. We were relieved to meet by our FEBC Mongolia staff at the airport. Tomroo (photo in the red shirt), is the technician that David has been working with the past few months. Now they finally met face to face.

Day 2- Thursday, we were brought to the radio station, Wind FM 104.5 and met the staff. We hit the ground running and started our work right away. David met with the engineering team, and I met with the accounting team.

Day 3 -Friday- David shared his faith journey or testimony during the staff chapel.   We had a very good time of worship and fellowship. We felt the move of the Holy Spirit. I felt the Lord was saying, the Christians in Mongolia has a “pure devotion”.  We continued to work with the staff in the afternoon. And I also met with 5 workers  who are volunteering to do Children’s outreach for the staff. We had a good planning time.

We are thankful to the Lord that the weather is okay, it’s in the 20’s and 30s F, but bearable because it is sunny and not windy. Besides, when we are inside buildings it is usually very warm. Thankful for those who are praying for us. Grateful to the Lord for sustaining us.

The Creels Autumn 2018 Prayer Letter

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Greetings in the name of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ! We hope that you are enjoying this autumn season.  Soon, the fall foliage will be here in all its splendor, reminding us of our Creator God who changes the times and the seasons. May you also be reminded of His faithfulness in this beautiful season of the year.

In this prayer letter, we would like to focus on one of the countries that FEBC serves, Mongolia, since much of David’s recent work has been with this country.

According to Wikipedia:

Mongolia is a landlocked country in East Asia. It is sandwiched between China to the south and Russia to the north. At 603,909 square miles, it is the 18th-largest and the most sparsely populated country in the world, with a population of around 3 million people. The country contains very little arable land, as much of its area is covered by grassy steppe, with mountains to the north and west and the Gobi Desert to the south. Ulaanbaatar, the capital and largest city, is home to about 45% of the country’s population.

Approximately 30% of the population is nomadic or semi-nomadic; horse culture is still integral. The majority of the state’s citizens are of Mongol ethnicity, although Kazakhs, Tuvans, and other minorities also live in the country, especially in the west. Mongolia joined the World Trade Organization in 1997 and seeks to expand its participation in regional economic and trade groups.

History

The area of what is now Mongolia has been ruled by various nomadic empires, including the Xiongnu, the Xianbei, the Rouran, the Turkic Khaganate, and others. In 1206, Genghis Khan founded the Mongol Empire, which became the largest contiguous land empire in history. His grandson Kublai Khan conquered China to establish the Yuan dynasty. After the collapse of the Yuan, the Mongols retreated to Mongolia and resumed their earlier pattern of factional conflict, except during the era of Dayan Khan and Tumen Zasagt Khan.

In the 16th century, Tibetan Buddhism began to spread in Mongolia, being further led by the Manchu-founded Qing dynasty, which absorbed the country in the 17th century. By the early 1900s, almost one-third of the adult male population were Buddhist monks. After the collapse of the Qing dynasty in 1911, Mongolia declared independence from the Qing dynasty, and in 1921 established de factor independence from the Republic of China. Shortly thereafter, the country came under the control of the Soviet Union, which had aided its independence from China. In 1924, the Mongolian People’s Republic was founded as a socialist state. After the anti-Communist revolutions of 1989, Mongolia conducted its own peaceful democratic revolution in early 1990. This led to a multi-party system, a new constitution of 1992, and transition to a market economy.

The majority of Mongolia’s population is Buddhists. The non-religious population is the second largest group. Islam is the dominant religion among ethnic Kazakhs. Christianity in Mongolia is a minority religion. As of 2005, the United States Department of State reports that approximately 24,000 Christians live in Mongolia’s capital, Ulaanbaatar, which is around 2.5 percent of the entire registered population of the city.

Most Christians in Mongolia became Christian after the end of Mongolia’s communist regime in 1990. According to the Christian missionary group Barnabas Fund, the number of Christians grew from just four in 1989 to around 40,000 as of 2008.

Most Christians in Mongolia today are Protestant, and most have become Christians since Mongolia’s transition to democracy in the early 1990s.

FEBC Mongolia

For many years, FEBC had to depend on shortwave broadcasts to bring the Gospel to the people of Mongolia.

But in 2000, FEBC was given permission to build a Christian radio station in the capital city of Ulaanbaatar – the first Christian radio station in the country, known locally as WIND-FM. In early 2003, a devastating fire destroyed the station, but it was rebuilt and went back on the air in 2008. WIND-FM has received several accolades through the years including the 2016 NRB Media Award for International Radio Ministry and a commendation from the Mongolian government. A total of 10 stations have now been built giving the network a potential listening audience of around 1.5 million people, representing over half the population. More stations are planned in the coming years so that everyone in Mongolia will have a chance to hear the Good News of salvation through Jesus Christ.

Our broadcasts in Mongolia are having a tremendous impact in the lives of listeners such as 24-year old “Batchimeg” from Nalaih:

“I am Batchimeg…I live with my family in Nalaih town, about 45 kms from Ulaanbaatar. I have been a believer for 15 years and I listen to FEBC programs daily. The biblical teaching programs are a blessing and encouragement to many believers, because these programs talk about the one and only true God. I always pray that many others will come to know Him as well, like my family does.”

Please pray that many more people like Batchimeg will come to know Jesus through FEBC’s ministry in Mongolia. Pray for the Lord’s anointing on our programmers. Pray for David as he works with the local technician to resolve several technical issues. Finally, please pray for wisdom and guidance for David & Vicki as they make plans for travel to Mongolia in November. More items for prayer can be found in FEBC’s monthly “Prayer Target” which can be found at:

https://www.febc.org/take-action

In closing, we want to thank you for your faithful support of our ministry through your prayers and gifts.  Truly, you are a partner in taking “Christ to the World by Radio and Media.” If your church or Sunday School Class would like for us to come and speak about our ministry, please contact us. Thank you, and may God bless you!

In Christ,

David & Vicki Creel

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“Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.  I thank my God upon every remembrance of you, always in every prayer of mine making request for you all with joy, for your fellowship in the gospel from the first day until now, being confident of this very thing, that He who has begun a good work in you will complete it until the day of Jesus Christ…”   Philippians 1:2-6 NKJV

This greeting and prayer of the Apostle Paul echoes our hearts’ desire for you.  We are truly grateful for your partnership in the Great Commission, in taking “Christ to the World by Radio and Media.”

We would like to share with you some prayer concerns.  Thanks for joining us in prayer as the Holy Spirit leads you:

  1. Please pray for the people in Indonesia. As you may have seen in the international news, a few days ago, the islands of Lombok & Bali were hit by a strong earthquake. According to the news, about 300 people have died, 1400 were injured, and about 270,000 people are displaced or are in evacuation areas. Please see the latest news from BBC:  https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-45124972

We thank the Lord that our staff at FEBC’s station, Heartline Bali, are safe.  Please pray for them and the First Response Radio (FRR) team as they assess the situation.

  1. Please pray for David and the local technician in Mongolia, Tomroo, to have wisdom to solve problems with the transmitters at two stations in Mongolia. We thank the Lord that a third transmitter failure was recently resolved.
  2. Please pray for our shortwave staff in the Philippines to find a repair facility to fix the station’s audio analyzer.  Also, please pray that the staff will soon be able to repair the power modules in one of the shortwave transmitters.
  3. Please pray for our FEBC Thailand staff members as they go through a transition period with new leadership.
  4. Please pray for us and our IST colleagues as we make Fall travel plans.  May the Lord guide us, and may His will be done as we plan our travel schedules.
  5. Please pray that our staff in Jakarta will be able to repair the station’s antenna soon.

Again, thank you for praying with us. We appreciate your partnership and faithful support of our ministry with FEBC.

Some photos and stories from our recent trip to Asia .

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Trip to Asia- March 28- April 23, 2018

Stop in Singapore.
We praise the Lord for a good stop and rest in Singapore after a long flight from Alabama, to Houston, San Francisco & Singapore.  We were blessed to stay in an airport hotel near a fishing village.

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In Cambodia.

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Easter Celebration with an international church in Phnom Penh!

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Praying for our new director for FEB Cambodia during Staff Chapel Service.

Engineering Team (Guy, Mike & David) conducting

Amateur Radio License Exams with six personnel at National Polytechnic Institute.

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A total of three passed including our FEBC Cambodia technician, Pagnan.

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International Council – fellowship, prayer and ministry planning.

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FEBC- International Service Team (IST) ministry planning and retreat in Hong Kong.

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FEBC Philippines Shortwave Station in Iba.

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Meeting with the shortwave staff.

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Some photos and stories from our recent trip to Asia .

Trip to Asia- March 28- April 23, 2018

Stop in Singapore.
We praise the Lord for a good stop and rest in Singapore after a long flight from Alabama, to Houston, San Francisco & Singapore.  We were blessed to stay in an airport hotel near a fishing village.

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In Cambodia.

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Easter Celebration with an international church in Phnom Penh!

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Praying for our new director for FEB Cambodia during Staff Chapel Service.

Engineering Team (Guy, Mike & David) conducting

Amateur Radio License Exams with six personnel at National Polytechnic Institute.

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A total of three passed including our FEBC Cambodia technician, Pagnan.

 

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International Council – fellowship, prayer and ministry planning.

 

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FEBC- International Service Team (IST) ministry planning and retreat in Hong Kong.

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FEBC Philippines Shortwave Station in Iba.

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Meeting with the shortwave staff.

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Spring 2018 Prayer Letter

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“For lo, the winter is past, the rain is over and gone. The flowers appear on the earth; the time of singing has come, and the voice of the turtledove is heard in our land.” (Song of Solomon 2:11-12)

As winter turns to spring here in Alabama, we are enjoying the beautiful daffodils and the white blossoms of the Bradford pear trees.  Hearing the birds sing and seeing all the wonders of nature being re-awakened reminds us of the new life we have in Christ as we celebrate His resurrection in this Easter season.

At this point, we would like to share a brief update of our ministry.  The past couple of months were filled with travels as we participated in three mission conferences. We praise the Lord for these opportunities to share our ministry and the Great Commission, “Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations…” (Matthew 28:19) We enjoyed challenging everyone to remember that we are all called to obey Jesus’s Great Commission, whether through praying, giving, or going. There are still 3 billion people who need to hear the Gospel of Jesus.

David has been busy lately working with FEBC’s technician in Mongolia to resolve technical issues with their transmitters in Ulaanbaatar and Huvsgul. The transmitter in Huvsgul is now working properly.  Please pray that the issues with the Ulaanbaatar transmitter can also be diagnosed and resolved soon.

UPCOMING TRIP TO ASIA

We will be traveling to Cambodia, Hong Kong, and the Philippines, Lord willing, from March 28-April 23. In Cambodia, David plans to join our engineering team in giving amateur radio licensing tests to instructors and students at the National Polytechnic Institute of Cambodia (NPIC). In Hong Kong, our FEBC International Council will hold its annual planning meetings.  And in the Philippines, David will be visiting the shortwave transmitter sites in Bocaue and Ibato help the team with transmitter operations and maintenance.  He will also be training staff members in FM coverage studies.

LISTENER LETTERS:

“I have been listening to your program for a year…then last November, I went to the listeners meeting…in that day, I made the most important decision in my life, I received Jesus as my Savior.” (Listener from Mongolia)

“Because of my family, I cannot attend church. But with today’s technologies, I have access to you through apps on my mobile phone. Now I know why everyone is saying that God is the only true and living God!” (Listener from China)

PRAISE & PRAYER

  • FEBC Kyrgyzstan will soon open a fourth station in the city of Talas.
  • 500 Galcom solar-powered pre-tuned radios ordered for Heartline Bali were recently released from customs and are ready to be distributed.
  • Praise the Lord for successful kidney transplant surgery for FEBCambodia Director, Sopheary Hem.
  • Pray for safety, protection, and good health during our upcoming travel to Asia.
  • Pray for fruitful IC meetings in Hong Kong.

In closing, we would like to thank you for your partnership in our ministry. Late last year, our ministry account was in the red. But by the end of 2017, praise the Lord, we were back in the black! We thank the Lord for your faithful support, and we especially want to thank those who responded to our special year-end appeal. Thanks again, and may the Lord bless you in this Easter season.  Jesus is risen!  He is risen indeed!

In Christ,

David & Vicki Creel

For Support:  FEBC – P.O.Box 1, La Mirada, CA 90637-0001 Account # 1240 – Creels

Contact: dcreel@febcintl.org     vcreel@febcintl.org

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