The Guidelines Legacy Project exists to establish community-based radio stations and to equip partners on the ground to provide Bible-based, people oriented programming, in completely unserved areas.
The Legacy Stations present an incredible opportunity to reach people that will listen. Some of these communities have few or no radio stations and no Christian voice at all. These are largely rural, impoverished areas with low literacy and little access to health care or services. The opportunity to finish their education through distance learning or improve the lives of their children through an understanding of health and hygiene is of great value. Solar or battery powered radios, pre-tuned to the Legacy Station, are distributed to the community without charge.
Guidelines is partnering in the Philippines with the Far East Broadcasting Company (FEBC) where Legacy Stations are being planted in “deaf” areas--no Christian programming of any kind is available. Seven initial stations will be built in the Philippines; several will reach Muslim communities.
FEBC first identifies an evangelical community partner currently working in the community who is a provider of health or educational services. A consortium of local pastors is put together to collaborate on Bible teaching programming. Guidelines funds the low-wattage FM transmitter and studio equipment with FEBC training volunteer technicians and providing a FEBC salaried engineer. After the first year, the community partner is responsible for operational expenses with FEBC retaining ownership of the station.
In addition to Bible teaching, programming is related to health and educational issues, maximizing community-building opportunities. Given that programming will be produced by community members, for the community, in the community, a high level of contextualization is possible.
The range of the stations, which cost approximately $25,000 to $50,000 per station, is approximately 5 to 10 kilometers or further, depending on terrain. See our first Legacy station on the Philippine island of Palawan in action by clicking the button below!
Completed & Upcoming Projects
Quezon, Palawan, Philippines: Guidelines’ inaugural station, DZRK FM, was dedicated February 2014. See it in the video above.
Slavyansk/Kramatorsk, Ukraine: Guidelines rebuilt this station in December 2014 which is was destroyed by war earlier in the year. Operated by our partner, FEBC Russia/Ukraine, the FM station is a desperately needed Christian voice in eastern Ukraine, reaching 500,000 people with the message of the Gospel.
Muslim Majority Country of the Balkans: Guidelines partnered with Radio 7 Albania to reach a Muslim community that contains a small number of Christ-followers. Pre-tuned, solar powered radios were distributed without charge and many have expressed interest in knowing more about Jesus. Station personnel meet with seekers one on one but because of risks, a prayer team covers this project, with each members praying one day a week for the safety of station personnel and for changed hearts.
Tacloban, Leyte, Philippines: Epicenter of Typhoon Yolanda. We currently have a community partner, ministerial consortium and provisional broadcast license but need a location for the station. Not many buildings were left standing after the typhoon, causing real estate shortages. Guidelines partner, FEBC, operated First Response Radio here, the only broadcast outlet available immediately after the typhoon.
Project Mindinao, Philippines: This station will be operated by an evangelical partner who has been doing community development in this Muslim area for over 10 years. FEBC works with this partner and will provide training and oversight. This area of the Philippines will soon be governed by Sharia Law. However, the community partner has seen multiple families come to Christ through love put into action in practical ways that the people can understand.