Working for the Lord

By Robert Ables

“Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters, since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward. It is the Lord Christ you are serving.”

—Colossians 3:23-24

Through the years of volunteering and now working full time with WFR Relief Ministries (now part of One Kingdom), I have been blessed to work with some of the best people in our Lord’s church. One of those is Mark Robbins.

I first met this good man a couple of years after Hurricane Katrina. He was in Bayou La Batre, Alabama helping in long term recovery. Mark has a past that included addiction, but God rescued him from that. His work is his gift of thanksgiving back to the Savior. So, he gives it his all.

Mark works a regular job between disaster events, so that he has money and time available when each disaster strikes. Every time we have contacted him with a need, he is ready and willing to go. He has helped internationally in Mexico, Haiti, Dominican Republic, and the Philippines.

He was in Union Beach, New Jersey after Super Storm Sandy intending to stay a couple of weeks, but it turned into six months. From there, Mark went directly to help after the terrible tornado in Moore, Oklahoma. He has worked most recently on long-term recovery projects in Monroe, Louisiana and West Virginia after widespread flooding. He once asked me if another coat of paint was needed. I told him it was good enough. He said “I’m not doing this for you. I’m doing this for God.” So he painted it with another coat. Like the verse in Colossians says, he works for the Lord.

Mark, like so many that volunteer throughout this world, realizes that the thing people need most when disaster strikes is hope. As 2 Corinthians 1:3-4  says, “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort those who are in any trouble, with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God.”

When God’s people show up after a disaster with chain saws, water, food, or whatever is needed, what they really are doing is offering hope. Once, I was watching the news a few hours after a tornado had destroyed and claimed several lives. The news anchors reported that the local churches had responded already. It has been my experience that they always do, without having to wait for bureaucracy. 

Mark Robbins is a unique man with a clear sense of purpose. He is just one of many, though. God has blessed us as a people with an abundance and it is our mandate to give back.

One Kingdom, as an umbrella organization for World Radio and WFR Relief, has been blessed to facilitate the giving from so many through the years. By doing this, we can share in the hope and love of God in the most desperate of times throughout the world.

Many times our staff is not able to quickly get to a location in urgent need. But, because of our past connections with speakers with World Radio, we are able to connect with men and women who can go and help. Just recently, we have been able to help with the recent drought in Kenya through Charles Cheruiyot (one of our ambassadors). We were also able to help after an earthquake in Nepal, with the help of Asee and Sanjay Darla from India. These are just a couple of examples of how the these ministries have worked together throughout the years.

Mark’s example to me and others is that he works not for his own comfort, but to be able to give to others. Ephesians 4: 28 says, “Anyone who has been stealing must steal no longer, but must work, doing something useful with their own hands, that they may have something to share with those in need.”

Thank you to our Brothers and Sisters everywhere for going and giving. In Jesus’s name!

Ginna's Story

By Ryan Lee

The story of how a World Radio broadcast brought one Colombian woman to Christ.

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After Ginna put her kids to bed each night, it was her time. She spent most of it crying. She felt many emotions: anger, sadness, frustration. But mostly she felt rejected. She felt alone. While her 2-year-old son and 6-month-old daughter peacefully slept in their beds, Ginna was beset with the realization that she was now a single mother. She was on her own, by herself…alone.

Her husband had been tangled up in an affair, and (after divorcing Ginna) married his mistress. He started a new family, abandoning Ginna and their 2 children. Not only did she feel rejected by her ex-husband, but because she was now a divorced woman, she felt rejected by her family and her community as well. How could her life possibly continue? 

It was 2011, and Ginna was working in a law office in Bucaramanga, Colombia. Her friends and co-workers told her she needed to seek God. She didn’t quite understand what this meant. “Where is He? How can I find Him?” she pondered. So at night, after she put the kids to bed and after she composed herself, she began reading the Bible. Not sure even how to do it, she started reading Scriptures. In no particular order, Ginna just opened up to any chapter, any verse, and started studying.

Eventually, she came to know who this man Jesus was. Captivated by the fact that he would leave his throne to become like us, she fell in love with him. Why would he become human when humanity was so complicated? When everyone around her was rejecting her, Jesus accepted Ginna and loved her unconditionally. She was amazed and perplexed by his love all at the same time.

Soon after, during her study, she read the story of the Ethiopian eunuch. The eunuch asked the question “What prevents me from being baptized?” That question started to rattle around in Ginna’s mind. At the time, she wasn’t going to church, but some of her co-workers were religious, and she started asking them about baptism. Ginna sought counsel from her co-workers, she went to several different churches, and she talked to her family and friends. However, the advice she received was conflicting, and she never received a straight answer.  Nobody could tell her why she had this deep longing to be baptized, and why it was or wasn’t important. 

One afternoon, as Ginna was driving in her car, she turned on the radio to listen to music. After skipping around a few stations, she landed on a World Radio broadcast, led by One Kingdom speaker Ricardo Torres. Ricardo and his guest that day were talking through Acts Chapter 8 and happened to be talking about the eunuch. Ginna almost had to pull the car over. They were talking about the eunuch’s decision to be baptized, and what it meant to be baptized. They discussed how some religions confused the idea of baptism and often promoted incorrect practices. Ginna felt as if they were telling her story over the radio. She got to her office and immediately called the radio station. 

Ricardo Torres preaches at a local church in Bucaramanga, where most of the members have come to know Christ through World Radio. He says that it often takes people several years to get engaged through the radio, but when they do, they buy in quickly. So the program gets a lot of ‘long-time listeners, first time callers.’ Ginna was quite the opposite: a first time listener, first time caller. This was actually quite shocking to Ricardo. As she called the program, she told him her story and said, “I want to be baptized.” 

Before the end of the day, Ricardo and his team were at Ginna’s office. They studied together for several days and a week later, Ginna was in the water being baptized. 

Before her baptism, Ginna’s story was one of questions: “Why am I alone? Who could love me? Why is this happening to me?” Now, her story is one of affirmation. Those trials were there for her to grow, mature and to find Jesus. She may have lost a lot of things along the way, but she gained a Savior and brothers and sisters in Christ all over the world. Today, Ginna lives in Medellin, Colombia, is an active member in her church, and can’t wait to tell her story to anyone who will listen. Sometimes, after she puts the kids to bed, when it’s her time, she finds herself in tears. This time, however, they’re tears of joy.

An Interview with Daniel Setiabudi

Interview by Ryan Lee

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Daniel Setiabudi is a World Radio speaker for One Kingdom. He is based in Jakarta, Indonesia and has been preaching the Gospel via World Radio for 15 years. Daniel, along with his wife Naomi, leads a church out of his home and teaches English through studying the Bible. We caught up with Daniel recently so he could share a glimpse into his work and ministry in Indonesia.

What kind of role has the radio played in your work?
Since I began speaking with World Radio, hundreds of people (including most of our church members) have been baptized after first hearing the good news on the radio. Our church members have taken that knowledge and have been spreading the good news, bringing more people to our body. Some of them have come because they want to learn English. But they learned English through learning the Bible and that has prompted many questions about the Bible.

How does Indonesian law affect how you preach?
I have to be careful how I preach, because I cannot proselytize people. But, I can ask them about their background and ask them where they come from. Once they mention their religion, I can slowly approach them until they meet the truth of Jesus. It is very hard, but gaining close relationships first is the best way to go. I just really want to know a person’s story. This can open up a dialogue about religion once we get to know each other.

When I am talking to a Muslim, I want to know how dedicated they are to their faith. I talk to them and ask them questions about their faith—which often prompts new questions—bringing up thoughts they cannot explain. This opens a door to talk about Jesus. 

In the Koran, it says that Mohammed follows Abraham’s religion. Often I will ask a Muslim, “What is Abraham’s religion?” They cannot answer this, because Mohammed started Islam and Abraham lived long before. Then I can explain through Genesis who Abraham was and it pokes some holes in what they were taught. I am simply trying to reveal truth to them through the Bible, but without a relationship, this is not possible.

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What about your work with kids in Indonesia?
I realized that most members who become faithful in Christianity become faithful because they learn truth as a child. Parents have a great impact, but also working with children is a great ministry to start teaching truth at an early age. I also open up my home with my family to have children stay with us and treat them as my own children, showing them God’s love and grace. I decided long ago that my house should be used for the Lord’s service.

Why do you care so much about showing truth to Muslims?
The only way to have eternal life is Jesus, through the Gospel. I realize that. I have my own experience; I feel joy and peace through Christ. I feel God’s presence on a daily basis. In my life, I’ve experienced God in powerful ways and know He is there with me always. I want this for everyone. 

It seems like your church members have a very grateful heart.
I give examples of God’s love at every opportunity. I have been very generous with my brothers and sisters and in turn, they have shown grateful hearts and generosity to others. Christianity is not just theory to me, it is my life. And by living that way, it is the greatest teaching tool I have. People will follow leaders who are sold out for Christ. 

How do you see the church in Indonesia growing despite political pressure from the government?
We still have opportunity to spread the good news albeit through small holes. We need workers. Honest workers. There are so many challenges. We need prayer for strength to continue His work. Pray that we can spread the good news, not only in our area, but across Indonesia and every corner of the world.

Thanks so much for sharing with us!
Thank you.

The Scandal of the Gospel

By Ben Adkins

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How many times did Jesus offend those who thought they had it all together? How many times does that happen today? Better yet, how many times has he offended you with the call to follow him and him alone with a heart abandoned?

To the Jews, an invitation of salvation to the gentile dogs seemed like heresy. Not only did God offer salvation, but He also offered us the opportunity to be a part of His Kingdom in the roles of ambassadors, priests, and kings. This was crazy talk to the chosen people of Israel. It was heresy. They did not understand God’s view of who Israel really is (including us gentiles as well).

He came in the most humble way to provide a way for us sinners to be with Him forever.

He ate with tax collectors.

He let women be His followers.

He hung out with sinners.

He elevated lowly prostitutes.

He healed the broken, inside and out.

He offers to do the same today through His body, the church.

The teachings of God’s only Son turned everything that was understood on its ear in such a way that frustrated the closed-minded and self-righteous. Yet, the one with open eyes could see the truth of this kingdom invitation.

What an offer! We can now experience life in the Kingdom of God, cleansed from our past sin, freed from the present struggle with sin through the power of the Holy Spirit within us, and freedom from the presence of all sin when we are with Him face to face at home in heaven.

So, when you are feeling like you are not worthy to be a part of this and your sin is too ugly, you are wrong; it is much, much worse.

You have been separated by your own sin that you did on purpose in order to follow your own way and you turned up your nose at your creator. You deserve your paycheck: death and hell.

But, this is the beauty of God’s grace. You don’t deserve it, yet He made a way through His perfect sacrifice for you to be an integral part of His Kingdom. 

The Gospel of the King

By Derek Poole

It’s been quite a year. Back in January, we launched One Kingdom with the intention of drawing World Radio, WFR Relief, and future ministries together under one banner that clearly and boldly states that we are disciples of the one true king. This was no easy task. While our entire team had their own obligations with this transition, I was responsible for completely re-branding an organization that has been familiar to its community for over 50 years.

While World Radio is still a huge part of this ministry, that logo and brand only tells that one part of the story—broadcasting. The same is true for WFR Relief. So, while we are involved in missions, relief, and Gospel broadcasts, we do much more. All of this Christ-centered work needed to be brought together under a single name and vision that we can carry into the future.

We chose the name One Kingdom because, in reality, there is only one real kingdom for us to take part in. It’s why we’re here. It’s our purpose. You and I are created to speak life into others, to  live selflessly, and to love without condition. We’re called to build and shape this world into something beautiful, instead of letting it fall into darkness.

For our logo, we were drawn to the crown of thorns. This indicates not only Christ’s authority, but also his humility and sacrifice. After all, our king is a very different one...not concerned with earthly, material riches, but with what is far more valuable.

Personally, I had been drawn to the red and white color scheme for years. Several brands use it successfully: Chick-fil-a, Puma, Target, Red Cross, etc. In our culture, it represents both passion (red) and purity (white). Studies show that human beings respond more strongly to red than any other color. For Christians specifically, I felt that the color red was symbolic of the blood that was shed for our redemption.

With all of this in place, we wanted to be bold about this new direction, with absolute clarity about who we are and what we’re about. We didn’t want there to be any question about what kind of organization we are. I think we’ve achieved that.

Branding and graphic design aside, we are also proud to welcome a new team member, Kyle Gilmore, who is our new videographer. Kyle is a Texas native and Full Sail University alumnus with extensive experience in the media industry. We are extremely excited about having him on board to help us tell people’s stories and share the Gospel. You may have already seen some of his work on our app, YouTube, or social media pages.

Speaking of which, it is our sincere hope and prayer to reach people with the Gospel in each of their unique cultures, and that includes our own. To do this, we are serious about connecting with believers through newer mediums such as video, the Internet, apps, social media, and more. As you may know, this increased connectivity has allowed us to share the stories of those in the mission field from around the world in a way that has never been possible before.

No matter the method, we are committed to this work. Our goal is to collaborate with our ambassadors, World Radio speakers, and contacts to let you know what is going on in each region of the globe and how your support is enabling countless lives to flourish and follow Christ.

There’s no limit to how the Gospel can be spread. We’re extremely humbled and passionate about the opportunities God has provided. We hope you’ll join us in this awesome calling to fulfill The Great Commission for our King.