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By David Townsley
The great missionary the Apostle Paul gave
his life to plant churches around the known
world. Concerning the church plant at
Ephesus, he said, But I will tarry at Ephesus
until Pentecost. For a great door and
effectual is opened unto me, and there are
many adversaries (1 Corinthians 16:8–9).
permission to have a low-power FM
radio station! This opportunity would
mean we could broadcast the Gospel 24
hours a day for a distance of three to five
miles. However, not having the money or
knowledge to construct a radio station, we
waited on the Lord.
A younger Christian would probably think
that since seeing people saved and starting
churches is a good thing, most
people will then be saved
and churches will grow and
grow. Yet, this is not the way
missions works. Paul was
saying that the opportunity to
minister was great, but there
were enemies working against
the new church plant in Ephesus. In Acts
chapter 19, Paul tells of battling false
prophets, strong occult worship, and the
envious silversmith guild. He summarized
this as I have fought with beasts at Ephesus
(1 Corinthians 15:32). However, behind
these enemies is the devil as a roaring lion
who deceives and devours. It is as if the
devil can sense opportunity and rushes to
oppose God’s church-building work.
Then in late February, I had to take my
wife to the emergency room because of
numbness and spasms in her
arms. She increasingly lost
strength in her arms, while
losing control to muscle
spasms. At the same time, the
wife of a key couple in the
church began having seizures.
For the next year, I struggled
to find answers to what was happening
to my wife. Through the Lord’s leading,
we eventually got a diagnosis of Lyme’s
disease. The following year, my wife and
I traveled to a special clinic in Scottsdale,
Arizona, for one month of specialized
treatment. God used this so my wife could
turn the corner on her health and begin a
In February 2014, God gave us the Federal
Communications Commission’s (FCC)
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God brought an older couple to the church
in early 2015 who put us in contact with
the Fundamental Broadcasting Network
three antennas and two crane
rentals, WJYC was fully
functioning in December
2017. Almost 1 million
people could tune in to hear
the Gospel 24 hours a day!
We have already seen two
people regularly attending
the church because they
heard the radio station.
(FBN). The couple also put us in contact
with the church that eventually gave us
most of the equipment we needed to start
the low-power FM radio station.
After a week and a half of intense work
alongside David Robinson, the FBN
engineer, we came on the air for the first
time on November 12, 2015. After another
week of programing, trouble-shooting, and
adjusting, WJYC-LP was operational just
days before the deadline!
Our antenna was a temporary setup;
however, the town surprisingly approved
Riverside Baptist Church’s zoning
application for a one-hundred-foot
freestanding tower in the summer of 2016!
Then a church fire on July 30, 2016, shut
down the station for a month
and slowed work on the tower!
Unfortunately, some people left
the church at the same time.
While the building was slowly
being repaired from the fire,
God provided the funds
necessary to purchase the
freestanding aluminum tower.
Over the next year we slowly
progressed by digging the
tower foundation, pouring
concrete, trimming trees, and
assembling the tower. After
In the end, the church was
rebuilt from the fire much
better than it was before.
The lady with the seizures
has been seizure free for
two years. My wife’s health has improved
to the point where she is doing more
than she was before! Continue praying
for her energy and strength to increase.
The attendance has again increased and
believers are growing spiritually.
Once again, Jesus Christ has built His
church and the gates of hell have not
prevailed against it. I am reminded of
Isaiah 43:2–3a: When thou passest through
the waters, I will be with thee; and through
the rivers, they shall not overflow thee: when
thou walkest through the fire, thou shalt not
be burned; neither shall the flame kindle
upon thee. For I am the Lord thy God.
David Townsley is the pastor of Riverside
Baptist Church, a new church plant in