Chapter 21 - "For It Is God Who Works"

 

Chapter 21 - The Gospel in Vietnamese

        Joe Phan had been a volunteer at KHCB-FM for many years. His heart's desire had been to air programs in Vietnamese so that his people could hear the Gospel in their own language. When KHCB-AM station was purchased, the Trustees offered the Vietnamese community an opportunity to participate with programs in their language. Joe Phan became Program Director and enlisted a number of volunteers to help in this task.

        The team of Vietnamese volunteers spent several months preparing music and recording programs. On July 15, 1991, Joe's dream was realized as the Vietnamese language programming debuted with a one hour program on Saturday and one hour on Sunday. Since a majority of the Vietnamese are Buddhist, the focus of the programming has been to present the gospel to non-Christians.

        Joe has found that short stories and simple messages are very attractive features. Testimonies of how God has changed people's lives through a personal relationship with Christ have also been effective tools for presenting the Good News. Having aroused the listener's curiosity with these short features, the programming concludes each day with a longer sermon that contains more spiritual "meat."

        Believers and non-believers have been challenged and encouraged by the Vietnamese language programs. Listeners ask questions and request Christian literature. One in Scarsdale writes:

I enjoy your program so much that I tape it every week so I can listen again during the week, but one day I had a visitor so I could not tape that day. Please send me a copy of your program.

The Lord has blessed the ministry and has brought more churches and individuals to help. In addition, Vietnamese listeners have been challenged by the teaching and some have decided to join local churches. Here is a letter from one such listener:

My Chinese friend gave me a tape of the Voice of the Gospel in Vietnamese on KHCB 1400-AM. I enjoyed the music and the Gospel short stories so much that I shared it with my friend. I am now worshipping in a local Baptist church and involved in church activities. The Lord is really with me!

Still others are using the broadcast as a witnessing tool.

Every weekend about 3:00 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, any rider in my car will listen to the Voice of the Gospel in Vietnamese on KHCB 1400 AM. That is the way I witness to other people about Christ. I also introduced your broadcast to my friends in the Clear Lake area.

        Since many Vietnamese are experienced fishermen, those who work on shrimp boats enjoy a clear reception of AM 1400 while working in the Galveston Bay. Shortly after the Vietnamese language programs began, a Vietnamese inmate in the prison wrote to KHCB wanting to know more about the Gospel. Joe Phan visited him and shared God's wonderful plan of salvation through Jesus Christ. The inmate and a friend who was also listening both gave their lives to the Savior. Joe gave him a Vietnamese Bible and visited him several times over the course of the next few months.

        Although Vietnam continues to be closed to open preaching of the Word, the Vietnamese programming is reaching many hundreds of people who have never heard of God's love for them. Praise God!

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Table of Contents

Foreword & Preface
1. From Houston to the World
2. A Seed is Planted
3. Getting Started
4. The Lord's Ways
5. God Reveals His Best
6. The Lord Provides Personnel
7. Remodeling
8. Financial Struggles
9 Ministering Servants
10. KHCB Goes to the Rodeo
11. Programming
12. Expanding
13. New Studio Building
14. The Tall Tower
15. Volunteers
16. Changed Lives
17. Trustees
18. AM Station Acquired
19. Hispanics Launch Friendship Radio
20. Chinese Language Programming
21. The Gospel in Vietnamese
22. Translator Takes KHCB-FM to Bryan
23. Reaching for the Stars
24. To the Ends of the Earth
25. And the Work Goes On