Posted by: calloftheandes | December 18, 2009

Prayer Plays Essential Role During Radio Sharathons in Ecuador

Sources: HCJB Global, World Development Indicators 2008, Internet World Stats, ResearchandMarkets.com

photos by: M. Harrison, A. Graham, C. Chan

“Kaboom!”

Many times at Radio Station HCJB’s sharathon in Quito, program hosts excitedly announced “Kaboom!” when all the station’s telephone lines were jammed with donors pledging financial support.

Simultaneously at Misión Compartida, (Sharing the Mission) quiet conversations prevailed in another area of the station’s campus. Local believers were shaking kingdoms in unseen ways . . .through prayer.


Many visitors toured HCJB while others shared heartaches with those offering hope in a counseling room. Also, local believers arrived at scheduled times to pray for listeners who had shared via electronic mail, phone calls and in person their specific spiritual, emotional and physical needs.

Several program hosts of HCJB 690 AM and 89.3 FM connected with listeners via radio. Additional connections occurred face to face and on the social networking site, Facebook, where Internet users could become “fans” of the HCJB Global page. An estimated 13 to 20 percent of Ecuadorians have Internet access.

Though the stations’ Facebook fans still number in the hundreds, HCJB Global’s Doug Weber said “it’s a start.” His research showed that the fan numbers doubled during Misión Compartida and that 63 percent are between the ages of 18 and 34.

There are vast differences in cell phone development throughout Latin America, with Ecuador’s mobile penetration higher than the region’s average. A text message from Jenny Franco said “Christmas is a time to realize that this is the opportune moment to win souls for Christ.” Another wrote, “I want to find a church with good doctrine in [the province of ] Santo Domingo de los Tsachilas.”

The staff in Quito staged a four-day event with a theme of Voz y Manos que Hablan de Jesús (Voice and Hands that Speak of Jesus). In appreciation of the evangelistic and discipleship programs aired by the local stations in Quito and Guayaquil, listeners responded generously. Preliminary results show that donors surpassed by 20% last year’s event pledges to La Voz de los Andes (the Voice of the Andes) in Quito. Amounts donated to La Conexión (The Connection) in Guayaquil alsosurpassed last year’s, and exceeded the station’s stated sharathon goal.

“This year, more people are telling us that they aren’t Christians, but that they listen to the station all the time,” said Luis Mora, HCJB-2’s station manager in Guayaquil. “This is exciting because it means we are going back to our roots to once again be a missionary radio station.”

A listener to the repeater FM frequency in the northern province of Esmeraldas said she especially appreciated the station’s music and short devotional programs while hospitalized, according to Anabella Cabezas, Director of Media for the Latin America Region. The message of hope came shortly after doctors had informed the listener that she has leukemia.

Rosa León Cawaskí traveled to Quito from northern Imbabura province to take part in the event. From the greater Quito area, 27-year-old Marco listed Hola Familia (Hello Family) as a favorite program. Carlos Jarrín, 46, listed three favorite programs: A Través de la Biblia (Thru the Bible), Al Oído (Listening) and Oración (Prayer).

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