Posted by: calloftheandes | June 5, 2009

Christian Fathering Seminar Draws 300+ Listeners to Radio Station HCJB

Source: HCJB Global

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“FamilyLife Today,” a popular U.S.-based radio program that airs on Radio Station HCJB in Quito, Ecuador, received an added boost when more than 300 people attended the station’s recently sponsored seminar on fathering.

The Spanish version of the program is fairly popular in Ecuador, said Doug Weber, HCJB Global Voice’s radio director for Latin America. “We’ve received many good comments from listeners about it, so we wondered whether or not people would come to our station to attend a seminar on the family,” he said.

“FamilyLife Today” is a radio outreach of Campus Crusade for Christ International’s FamilyLife ministry. Weber’s production team handles the Spanish-language translation, production and distribution of the program throughout Latin America.

Initial response to ticket distribution for the event on Friday, May 29, was slow, but organizers were pleased with final attendance figures for the “What Every Father Needs to Know” seminar led by Armando Tamayo of Campus Crusade in Quito.
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“He kept the crowd right with him the whole night, and you could just tell that people were soaking up the information,” said Weber. “Armando talked about the importance of being a father to our children. He talked about how our children watch everything we do and learn to do the same things we do—whether good or bad. He also talked about taking time with our kids.”

Weber’s staff holds timely on-air and special events during the year and throughout Ecuador. Live broadcasts from Manta and Ambato featured listeners to HCJB Global Voice’s FM network of stations in the small South American country.

In addition, the station aired special Mother’s Day programming, and one special event featured one of its longest-running programs, “Himnos de la Vida Cristiana” (Hymns of the Christian Life).

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“These kinds of special events are one way that we try to give our listeners just a little bit more,” Weber added. “It’s a way that we can touch them a little more closely. It’s also a way that we can highlight other ministries in the community that can help them grow in their faith and relationship with God.”

“Pray for the families of Latin America,” he admonished. As a societal building block, family is emphasized throughout Latin America, but the family unit is under duress. Ecuadorian families face monumental stresses, partly brought on a decade ago when an ongoing financial crisis prompted some 700,000 Ecuadorians to migrate, seeking work in Europe and the U.S. Estimates run as high as 2 million out of 12 million inhabitants, or nearly 20 percent of the population.
“FamilyLife Today” airs daily across Latin America via the ALAS-HCJB satellite network and on 45 HCJB Global affiliate radio stations throughout Latin America.

In addition, an Australian version of the program airs on HCJB Global-Australia’s international shortwave station in Kununurra. The program is supervised by Derek Kickbush and produced by Mark Swinerton. Kickbush and Eric Skattebo also produce a new program called “Marriage and FamilyLife.” All three are former HCJB Global missionaries now serving with OZ FamilyLife in Australia.

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