A strong start for new Kashmiri broadcast effort

By July 1, 2004

Pakistan (MNN)–Violence continues to stalk this week’s peace efforts between India and Pakistan over the disputed Himalayan border area.

Despite the volatility and remoteness of the Kashmiri area, Words of Hope teams are encouraged by the start of the new Kashmiri broadcast effort. Words of Hope’s Lee DeYoung says they’re hoping to see that ministry grow in the near future. “The programs are heard once a week, and we have plans to increase that. We hope to eventually become daily. There are now three programs a week that are on, and we hope to increase that to a greater number soon.”

WOH teams are working with Srinagar, where the Kashmiri program is heard, Jammu which hears the Dogri program, Dehra Dun which hears the Tibetan broadcast, the Bhutan border area which hears the Dzongkha program, Ranchi, and New Delhi.

DeYoung says early reaction has been encouragingly positive. The teams found an openness to their Gospel broadcasts. “It’s all being done in the name of jihad, and that has really created a weariness among the Muslim population. I think that a growing number of them are much more open to something other than Islam because they just don’t see any hope for peace.”

Pray that many Kashmiris would be receptive to the new gospel programming initiatives that have begun.

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