Thursday, September 29, 2005

Christian Radio in Denmark

Twenty-four hour Christian radio every day of the week, as it is known in the U.S. and other countries, is not an option at present in Denmark. This does not mean, however, that Christian broadcasts are not available throughout the country. Most of the air-time for Christian radio emanates from low-power "lokalradio/nærradio"" studios that transmit only a few hours a day, among them Arkens radio, Esbjerg; Helsingør Kristne Radio; Københavns Nærradio; LUMI-radio, Bornholm; LUMI-radio, Nordvestsjælland; LUMI-radio Syd; LUMI-radio, Aalborg; Norea Radio, Haderslev; Kristne Lokalradio/Lumi Radio, Århus; and Radio Adalen. LUMI-radio is an important project in the evangelistic and renewal outreach of the Luthersk Missionsforening. Per and Kirsten Nielsen work with a small radio station (actually two small stations) in Copenhagen under the banner of UCB Denmark, affiliated with the charismatic UCB Europe network. Currently, the Nielsens' UCB Denmark station is on the air from 6:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. and from 9:00 p.m. to midnight. They are now working full-time in Christian radio, but they are not satisfied with reaching Copenhagen alone. They want eventually to be able to reach all corners of Denmark. They hope soon to be able to cover the whole of Sjælland. The Nielsens are people with a vision for what Christian radio can accomplish, a long-range vision that aims for a license for the very first national 24/7 Christian radio for Denmark. On the air in a number of locales in Denmark is the Bible-teaching program, Vejen gennem Bibelen, a version in Danish of J. Vernon McGee's Through the Bible broadcast that has long been aired by stations in North America and now has an international outreach in 84 languages. Vejen gennem Bibelen is a series of 2,267 13-minute broadcasts covering all 66 books of the Bible. The first 395 broadcasts are the work of Lektor Jens Olsen, while the rest were completed during the years 1994 to 2001 by J&oslashrgen Olsen. Pray for Denmark will attempt in future postings to stay on top of developments in Danish Christian radio. Bible teaching through the media supports this website's vision for evangelism, revival/renewal, and church planting throughout the country.

PRAY for the opening of greater opportunities for Christian broadcasting in Denmark that will contribute to and support evangelism, revival/renewal in all of the churches, and result in the strategic planting of new evangelical churches.

PRAY for Per and Kirsten Nielsen and their work of "telling the story of Jesus" through UCB radio in Copenhagen and for God's direction in pursuing and funding their vision for 24-hour Christian broadcasting reaching all of Denmark.

PRAY for the Holy Spirit's empowerment through the life-changing outreach of Vejen gennem Bibelen broadcasts that so ably provide sound teaching to help believers comprehend the unity of the Word of God and His saving purpose for all of mankind through the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ.