In 1987, Sionh Chan was appointed FEBC International’s Khmu-language program producer at FEBCanada – thus fulfilling the ministry’s ongoing desire to reach tribal people-groups in Southeast Asia with Gospel radio broadcasts.
A personal message from Sionh and Khamyeng Chan:
Khamyeng and I want to thank the Lord for bringing us to Canada, and opening the door for us to become FEBCanada missionaries.
The first Khmu-language radio broadcast began in October 1987 in Canada, with three 15-minute weekly broadcasts – commencing at 5 a.m. After three years, the programs were broadcast daily.
In December 1993, our family moved to Asia – to be “closer to our listeners”, and we have been there till the present.
Our 30-minute daily program is now aired from 8:30 to 9:00 p.m., each evening. Our days are busy and full … however, 9:00 p.m. is a special time for us – because, that’s when the phone rings, and people contact us about the broadcast that they have just heard on the air!
We also have a 7:00 a.m. morning broadcast that airs for 15 minutes. There are three national workers who assist us in producing these programs … as well as editing recordings, answering letters, and performing other tasks. Khamyeng is also involved with programming, and organizing seminars for women listeners.
At the time the radio broadcasts began, there were reportedly 6,000 Khmu Christians, who had survived the previous 12 years of Communist rule.
During that time, all churches were reportedly closed, and many Christian leaders and pastors were imprisoned – some were also placed in “re-education camps”. Since those early days of the radio broadcasts, there are “today” an estimated 60,000 Khmu Christians living in Laos. Praise God, and to Him be all the glory!
Each year, we receive approximately 2,000 letters from our listeners. It is our joy to know that many people have become Christians, by listening to our broadcasts – while many others are growing in their spiritual walk with the Lord, and churches are being formed. All praise to the Lord!
In 1986, Robert and Peggy Choy leave for Hong Kong as FEBCanada missionaries. Robert has been involved in the areas of engineering and music; and Peggy in listener response, script translation, and program production.