February 14th 2012
Good News Center Celebrates its Tenth Anniversary
“God has no crises,” Remigijus Jucevicius says as he reflects on the sometimes turbulent past of the Gerosios Naujienos Centras (Good News Center/GNC) in Lithuania. Remigijus or “Remis,” as he is more commonly known, is the director of GNC, TWR Europe’s Partner ministry, which celebrates its tenth anniversary this year.
With ten years behind, GNC is thankful for where the Lord has brought them. Today, the organization broadcasts every day on FM stations that reach into all of Lithuania. Beyond radio, they host music festivals for youth and various other children’s ministries. “It’s really a huge blessing for this nation,” Jucevicius says.
In 2004, GNC launched a children’s radio program called Little Evening Star which broadcasts over the entire country. It airs from 19:30 to 20:00 on Saturdays—just when children are settling in for bed. The program combines radio theater, practical lessons, and scripture passages, and presents them in an entertaining and educational way for pre-school to younger school-aged children. Producer Daiva Baueriene says that over 5.000 radios tune in to the program each week and that the show is not only popular with children, but with parents and teachers as well. Little Evening Star received so much positive feedback that GNC began producing the Little Evening Star magazine which prints 2.000 copies on a quarterly basis. Each magazine has a unique theme that contains stories, poems, and art sent in by children. Additionally, the magazine comes with a CD of selected radio programs and a compilation of songs—a favorite for the kids.
GNC is facing many challenges. The Lithuanians are mostly silent in their support—especially financial support. Audra Bareikiene, the fundraiser for GNC, says that there is very little help from Protestant churches in Lithuania. Likewise, advertisers are reluctant to invest in the children’s magazine because it is not sold in mainstream media venues.
Despite their feelings of insufficiency, the Lord is using GNC. He has broadened their ministry within the past ten years and they have big dreams for the future. It is hard for the organization to hold on to these big dreams when they are still in “survival mode,” says Jucevicius, but every little encouragement is a reminder of God’s provision. Eventually, Jucevicius would like to see GNC cover more mediums beyond radio, namely television and Internet. The team also dreams of beginning a children’s TV program, but because of the additional staff and finances needed, it remains a dream for now.
GNC knows that “God has no crises.” They trust the Lord, for His provision, His timing, and His work through the ministry. “God is really with us. All these ten years we walked on water and now we’ll see how God will lead us another ten years,” Jucevicius says.
By Claire Riss
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