Why Zachries fetalt?
A Low German radio program connecting Low German speaking people throughout the Americas by informing, inspiring, encouraging and entertaining the listeners.
A key passage of Scripture for me has been, Ephesians 3:16-21 where the apostle Paul speaks about being rooted in doing good, and getting to know the power of God’s love.
My mission is to let people know that they:
- have worth or value
- are not alone
- are loved unconditionally
Galileo has an awesome quote: “We cannot teach people anything; we can only help them discover it within themselves.”
Why am I doing this? I have a love for the Low German people, which I see as a culmination of years of experience, beginning way back when I was just a kid. My parents were missionaries in Mennonite communities as I was growing up. We lived in Paraguay (3 years) and Belize (4 years). Later, my wife and I also served as missionaries in Belize (2 years) and later with our family in Bolivia (7 years).
During our term of service with MCC in Bolivia, we found that in order to reach the Low German speaking people in their colonies, a newspaper would be of great help. I began a newspaper (Menno-Bote) in 1991 which is still being produced today.
Many of my Low German friends are not permitted to have radios, but do anyway. And that’s when the idea of providing them with a wholesome Low German radio program came about. However, in this case that doesn’t mean that the program would be totally evangelistic, or based on preaching the Word of God.
I believe that the spiritual emphasis in the program is important, however, I am striving to talk about things which will interest them. I want to try and incorporate my faith into this program in some way or another.
The half hour program which I produce, consists of approximately 15 minutes of news/interviews, from countries where Low German speaking people live and work. This is followed by approximately 5 - 7 minutes of spiritual reflection or thoughts, and rounding out the half hour, approximately 6 - 8 minutes of stories and humour.
The funding for this program is coming together in several ways: corporate sponsorships and donations. I’m excited to have my local church support, in that they opened a “Low German radio ministry” fund, and will receipt donations for this program. And now the option to donate right here on line, is also a possibility.
My advisory Board has been very helpful in getting this program off the ground and thanks goes to John Janzen (MCC Winnipeg), Cornie Froese (ex-MCC’er) and Dave Thiessen (Kroeker Farms).
The program is being heard on about 30 stations in these countries:
- Nuevo Casas Grandes