A boy stood on the bank of a lake tossing bread crumbs into the water.
Small minnows and larger fish came to the surface to grab the crumbs. I thought of Ecclesiastes 11:1 which says, “Cast your bread upon the waters, for after many days you will find it again” (NIV).
The Church’s radio and television ministries are like that boy and the bread. We are “breadcasters;” we cast the Bread of Life onto the waters of the world and pray for “hungry fish.”
Augustín Martinez had been struggling for years to understand the book of Daniel. One night he dreamed that a figure dressed in white told him that soon he would understand these messages.
Augustín awoke and turned on the radio. The first words he heard were, “As it says in Daniel 7. . . .” The program was La Voz de la Esperanza, the Spanish-language Voice of Hope. Augustin listened carefully and found answers to many of his questions. In time he wrote to La Voz and said that he, his wife, and his son had been baptized as a result of the message he had heard on the radio.
Sometimes the bread of life arrives just in time to save a desperate soul. Elena was a teenager when she left home to find the love she had never known from her father. What she found was heartache and AIDS. Too sick to live alone, she returned to her mother, the only person who had loved her unconditionally.
Maria’s heart broke to see her daughter wasting away. She felt she had failed the one she loved most, and she decided to end her daughter’s suffering and then kill herself. She went to the dresser and got the gun she kept there. But as she walked toward her daughter’s bedroom, the radio on the bureau turned itself on, and a voice said, “Even through your suffering and pain, Jesus understands.”
Shaken, Maria sat down and listened as the speaker’s words brought comfort to her suffering heart. At the end of the program the announcer gave a phone number. Maria dialed it immediately.
A member of La Voz staff visited Maria and Elena and comforted them with God’s promises of eternal love. Elena died knowing she’d see Jesus again. Maria was baptized. Maria is convinced that an angel turned on the radio so she could hear the words of life and hope.
Your mission offerings help support Christian media around the world. We may never know this side of heaven what blessings will come from the bread we cast upon the waters through our offerings and prayers, but God knows.
Frank González is speaker-director of La Voz de la Esperanza, a Spanish Adventist radio and television ministry based in California.