Our Voice of Hope Blogtalk Radio Show airs live every Friday at 6PM China time. You may wonder, How does that work?
Every Friday morning at 6AM or 7AM (USA time) I gather together on the phone with the show’s producer, Jo Ann, and our translator, Youyu. Jo Ann works her wonders on the Voice of Hope blogtalk website, and together we present the Gospel of Jesus and the teachings of the Bible over the phone and onto internet recordings to our Chinese listeners.
I write these scripts ahead of time, so our translator can insert the Mandarin translation. We actually have a great time, and last week an English listener from North Carolina facebooked us to tell us that she listens every week and is really blessed by the show. Who’d have thought?!
Since our first show aired on 11/11/11, we’ve had more than 76,000 listens! That’s quite a sheepfold! God is SO good! From October 2014 to June 2015, we ran a series of children’s shows that stressed learning English, phonics, and exciting Bible stories–one story for each letter of the alphabet! Some of you remember all this and you GAVE money and GAVE prayer to a group that took our shows into China this summer. That’s right, just TWO MONTHS AGO, our little team returned with such blessings to report!
Please go to my radio producer’s blog site to see pictures and read her story, as she compares it to a journey very much like the one that Hansel and Gretel took.
The story of Hansel and Gretel reflects a truth that I saw illustrated on our recent journey across China.
Germany, circa 1840, famine grips the land, and Hansel and Gretel’s stepmother determines to take the children deep into the woods and abandon them there so she and her husband will not starve to death. The brother and sister overhear the stepmother’s plan. As they are led through the woods, Hansel leaves a trail of bread crumbs to mark the trail and lead them home. Hansel assures Gretel that God will not forsake them.
Eventually, they discover a cottage made of gingerbread, cakes, and candy, owned by a wicked and cannibalistic witch who uses the candy to lure children in and eat them. The witch tries to fatten up and cook Hansel and Gretel, but some quick thinking on Gretel’s part lands the witch in the oven. The tables are turned! The wicked witch is dead, The children discover precious jewels in the house . . . (read more)