Residents of Maroantsetra on the northeastern coast of Madagascar are tuning in to new local radio station Radio Feon Janahary—Radio the Voice of the Creator God—in the local dialect. Volunteers have been manning the station since it went live late in 2016 under the first Christian radio license to be issued legally in the country since a 2009 coup.
Reach Beyond, a media- and medical-based missionary organization headquartered in Colorado Springs, Colorado, played a key role in the project by providing funding and assisting with the installation and training of local broadcasters. Radio Feon Janahary is the fifth local radio station partnership Reach Beyond has helped establish in Madagascar in the last 10 years. Only around 12 percent of the country’s 23 million people are evangelical. More than 100,000 people have access to the broadcasts, which run 16 hours daily starting at 6 a.m.