Preach the word; be ready in season and out of season; reprove, rebuke, and exhort, with complete patience and teaching. For the time is coming when people will not endure sound teaching. . . . 2 Timothy 4:2-3a
St. Vincent's Village is a city in Brazil.
Forty percent of St. Vincent's Village is under the age of 18. According to OneNewsNow, most of those young people think it's okay to live a life on the streets where you can be a drug trafficker, a prostitute, a thief, or some other kind of criminal.
Oh, there's one other thing you should know about St. Vincent's Village: most of the people there believe the Bible is filled with lies and the church is primarily made up of corrupt, pretend Christians.
You don't have to be a rocket scientist to figure out it's pretty hard being a Christian in St. Vincent's Village. It's even harder making a Christian witness to those who don't think you've got anything to say.
This is why the believers in St. Vincent's Village are building an FM radio station. Manned by volunteers from the church, they hope to share the Savior's story with anyone and everyone who might listen. The Christians are hoping that when people can hear about Jesus in the privacy of their homes and they are able to hear the story over and over again the Word will accomplish great things.
And if someone responds, what then? The local church will have some trained individuals to help answer questions.
If Walter A. Maier and the others who founded The Lutheran Hour 80 years ago were around to hear that news, they would be on their feet applauding.
And me, I've got a pretty big smile as I invite you to join me in praying for the Christians of St. Vincent's Village and all who are dedicated to telling a sinful world about the love of Jesus.
THE PRAYER: Dear Lord and Savior, today I ask that You will bless these committed Christians. Keep them from foul play and allow Your message to be heard and hearts be brought to faith. Indeed, I ask You to be with all of our brothers and sisters, wherever they may be. Grant that they may not grow weary. Instead, in every circumstance let them preach the Word and share the Savior. In Jesus' Name. Amen.
In Christ I remain His servant and yours,
Pastor Ken Klaus
Speaker emeritus of The Lutheran Hour®
Lutheran Hour Ministries