The Sandbeks are missionary repesentatives with Global Outreach Mission.
In 2004 they undertook the task to build the first Christian radio station in southern Belize, Central
America. Miraculously, the station was built from the ground up and was operational within seven months.
Since their return to the US, they've sought out ways they can assist in furthering this powerful means
of sharing the Gospel. Below is a brief description of the projects they've been involved in.
DOMINICAN REPUBLIC MISSION'S TRIP: January 10 - February 3, 2014
It's hard to believe it's been over 5 years since we've been on a mission's trip. We've been willing,
but nothing presented itself until an old friend of Dale's from church (his dad was our founding pastor),
Wayne Lynch, and his wife, Carol, came to visit. They are volunteer missionaries with Crossworld and work
and live, most of the time, in the Dominican. Their daugther and her husband have been there for 19
years. He is the pastor of a Spanish church.
Wayne is an incredible facilitator, keeping abreast of the ministry needs there and connecting various
people based on their abilities with those needs. Knowing Dale is gifted with fixing and figuring things
and I can minister in song and teaching, he asked if we would be willing to spend 3 weeks doing just that.
The real draw for us, though, was that a Christian school for impoverished children was in the process
of being built and they needed physical labor to help get it ready in 7 months.
So we did all of the above. Dale worked with a team to install a sound system in a church, tweeked the
air conditioners at an existing Christian school, met with Wayne and several Christian business men
to encourage them with ideas to improve their business, assisted with a Bible study in a prison and
prepped/painted walls in the new school.
Barb sang in 5 church services (one of the three songs in Spanish), conducted a Bible study, read to
kids in the Christian school, did some admin work and was asked to give tips to 2 praise teams.
That was the highlight of her trip. They really wanted to know how to improve their presentation.
Years ago she had given a seminar on something similar so she had a lot of helpful info to share. It had
to be translated, which was different, but it worked out fine.
Here's what we learned.
- The Believers there are passionate about the Lord and their faith. Church is their life. It was
refreshing to see this. Though we didn't understand what they were saying, their love for Jesus came
shining through. Long services were not a problem for them.
- Everyone hugs and kisses - even strangers. And they don't care if you just 'drop in'. Miss that
in the US. We could get used to that.
- We felt loved and appreciated even though most of the people were young. Miss that in the US, too.
- We met Maria, who fed one of the pastors while his wife was away. She fed us, too. We didn't
know much Spanish, and she didn't know any English, but somehow we connected. She prayed the most beautiful
prayer over us. We gave her gifts as a thank you for feeding us, but she turned around and gave
us both a gift. We will treasure them always. What a Godly woman she is.
We were kept busy all the time except for 2 days when we went to Susua by the Sea. The weather was
great, the flowers were lovely, the people were so gracious and Wayne & Carol were wonderful hosts.
Our prayer is that our work and words blessed everyone we came into contact with. We feel our ministry
is geered to encouragement and we are very comfortable in this capacity, even in difficult living
conditions. Praise God for opportunities!
AFRICA MISSION'S TRIP: September 9 - October 7, 2008
We spent almost a month in South Africa working with Trans World Radio. It was truly a blessing to meet
and fellowship with many of their missionaries. They are totally dedicated to the task of ensuring
that the equipment is up and running and the broadcasts are of good quality. Since the Johannesburg site is
the main office for all their operations in Africa, we were privileged to be able to talk with and work
alongside more missionaries than ever before. There are 40 people on staff, some are paid nationals -
but all have a real heart for the work.
Hearing the broadcasts being transmitted and watching how hard the folks worked to get God’s Word out to
the millions of people, gave us a renewed sense of the importance of the work we do to produce our radio
programs. It’s a small window of time, but we pour much Scripture into it. God’s Word is what changes lives.
We are thrilled to be a part of such a fine organization’s schedule, and most of all to be part of God’s
plan to reach the masses.
We could tell people were praying, and believe us, we were glad. The Lord kept us safe, even though the
crime there is very high and most of the time, violent. In fact, on the way to church one Sunday, we passed
a man laying partly in the street with the paramedics working on him. He appeared to be dead. Then a few
blocks further a house alarm was going off, the front door was open, and a robbery was taking place. It
definitely was something we were not used to. At times having to deal with all the security issues
really got to us – like unlocking all the locks, setting/unsetting alarms and opening/closing gates,
looking over our shoulder, driving in such a way so the car didn’t get hijacked, etc.. This was in
addition to having to drive on unmarked roads, (on the left side of the road), in a car with a temperamental
alarm system. Anyway, we say all this, just to let you know that we also developed a heightened awareness of
the need to pray for SAFETY for the Missionaries there. They sacrifice just to be a missionary in a foreign
field, but the security issues can be overwhelming. One missionary couple had their car hijacked, their
house robbed, and a poisonous 9-foot snake in their home – all in a matter of a few months!
We spent some time in Swaziland. During our stay there, a new $150,000, 100,000 watt transmitter was
delivered. It had been nine years since they’d had a new one, so the excitement level was high. They were
trying to save money, so instead of renting a crane, they unloaded it the hard way. Several times we thought
they were going to lose it. It was something to realize that God’s Word is going to go out from that piece
of equipment and that many people’s eternal destiny will be affected by it. We all prayed hard over it. We
worked on several projects there and then returned to Johannesburg and did the same.
GUAM MISSION'S TRIP: October 28 - November 16, 2007
Our trip to Guam to assist Trans World Radio with several projects has left us with long remembered
blessings of sweet fellowship, great teamwork, well received concerts, pleasant people, breath-taking
scenes of God’s magnificent creation, and a renewed excitement for the work of the Lord. It was indeed
more than we expected.
The thrill of actually working at the TWR site where five 100,000 watt FM short-wave transmitters are
beaming God’s Word to millions of people is beyond description. What an awesome privilege it was for us
to work alongside such dedicated and gifted missionaries and feel their heartbeat for the work, not only
at the site, but in their respective churches as well. Our Grace Notes radio program is actually aired
from this location.
We were able to conduct four concerts there, which was something unique for this land. They had never
experienced a full presentation of music coupled with Scripture before. It was humbling to be received
Working at the site was a real blessing, too. We helped them complete several projects they couldn’t
get to for lack of personnel. One was the moving of a large stretch of fence around the transmitter
field. This involved heavy labor in the intense sun. They needed to complete this before their FCC
license could be renewed. The transmitter room needed a face-lift. Nothing had been done to it since
the 70’s. We helped them bust up the tile and painted walls and doors. They were so pleased with the
new look and will be completing the laying of the ceramic tile shortly. Dale also worked on the
transmitters and I responded to some listener letters and shared the Gospel message with them.
BELIZE MISSION TRIP: January 7, 2004 - July 22, 2004
The following is a journal of the events that transpired over the seven month period
in which the station was built. It is best to read from the bottom up to get the whole picture.
We’ve been extremely busy and have enjoyed every minute of it. We developed a job
application form, program schedule, procedures for operating the station, rules for screening
music/programs, and requirements for submitting programs including a formal doctrinal
statement with a signature requirement. Programs are coming in the mail on a regular basis, so
we set up a logging/tracking system to aid in selecting/registering the programs used each day.
Over 100 music CD’s were donated and we spent several months screening the songs. We even
got a PO box- which was a real miracle in that it was the postmaster’s idea and he doesn’t like
Americans! The first week we gave out the station address we received 5 letters. Enjoy some of
these with us…
…Thanks for the great selection of music! Old & young will be touched.
…I listen all day. The youth of Toledo are blessed to be exposed to the new music God has ordained
for this time & season.
…Thanks for having a radio station down here. My friends and I are very blessed to have
Christian music available.
…The radio station has been a blessing to me – it’s very interesting. (17 yr. old.)
…I enjoy your station, especially the story times. Everyone in our family loves the stories.
We listen everyday – all day.
I really love teachings in the mornings. Everybody I talk to really loves it – my mom especially
because she was praying for this for a long time.(16 yr. old)
Early on in the project, a young Belizean Christian School teacher, Wallace Edwards, expressed
an interest in working at the station. He received a call from the Lord four years earlier to be a
station manager – even when there was no station! While we were building the station, he was
busy learning the automation system our son had loaded on the computer. We began operation of
the station on June 8th, running from 7AM – 7PM most days. Wallace joined us on June 22nd and
really knew what he was doing. He took the 7-2 shift and we ran it from there. He loaded programs/music
in the computer and we began to run it automated on our shift shortly thereafter. We then realized
we had worked ourselves out of a job!
We are now at home in the USA, having completed what we set out to do in Belize. We didn’t expect
to be able to return so quickly, as we figured it would take at least a year, but you all prayed and God
worked it out for His Glory so that we were able to finish up in record time. It was amazing how He
orchestrated everything so we’d know it was time to leave. In retrospect, we now see why it was important
for us to be in Belize in January. It was perfect timing for station to be built. Had it started later in the year,
the rainy season, which started in June, would have delayed it for a very long time.
We know the teaching of God’s Word will make a difference in the lives of radio listeners anywhere it is
broadcast, as was evidenced by the 4 letters we received from listeners to our Grace Notes program in
Nigeria and India, saying how much they were blessed by the message - especially the Scripture. God’s
Word is powerful! A recent article, entitled ‘Radio Brings Surrender’ in the January, 2004 Focus on Family
bulletin insert stated…
Christian radio is bringing more than eternal peace to its listeners in Columbia. Eleven
guerillas surrendered to Christian workers after listening to a local Christian station. The
station then sent radios to many of the guerillas’ friends, and many of them are said to be
about to surrender.
PLEASE DON’T STOP PRAYING. You can be assured there will be adversity and the
cults will be knocking at the door to get air time. The biggest prayer need we have is for the
station to remain doctrinally sound and for people to tune in and have receptive hearts.
We sort of feel like the title to the book entitled…’Forever ruined for the ordinary’, but we need
to remember that ordinary tasks are just as needful and just as important to God.
God has used many of His people to work together in unity to build this station
for His Kingdom. We couldn’t have done it ourselves for sure. Please continue
to pray faithfully for the ‘forgotten’ people of southern Belize, as well as
the unbelievers and persecuted Believers overseas.
DATE: JUNE 21, 2004
Greetings from not as rainy as it usually is Belize.
We know you have been praying – we have needed it and
we have felt it. It was difficult to find laborers that
could actually do what they said they could do. Hanging
the doors was a really big ordeal. In the US you just buy
pre-hung doors, frames and all, and install them in your
plumb/square door frame. (Are we laughing??) Nothing in
this place is plumb/square! We hired one guy who said he
was great at it – and expensive, too. He just pointed to
things for our young laborer, Hondo, to do. Needless to say,
nothing much was accomplished that day. But, we prayed and
God directed us to a place that makes furniture so we
were able to get 2 young men who really knew how to hang doors.
They did a great job reinstalling the frames (one for the
third time), hanging the doors and putting on the locks.
We couldn’t get the building secure without doors/locks!
I had decided to stain and varnish the doors since they were
wood, so I put sand/sealer on them, only to find that the paint
brush I used still had left over white paint hiding inside.
The paint sealed to the doors. I was really upset because I
wanted God’s station to be as perfect as we could make it in
Belize. I knew I would have to paint it cream white like the
walls, but I didn’t think it would look as pretty as the wood.
One night God gave me a visual picture of a beautiful creamy
white door with brass knobs and sort of directed me to paint
it until it looked that way. Sure enough, after 3 coats of paint
– they look just like the visual!!!! I also had used oil base
paint on the outside of the door and it ran, plus the bugs
decided to party in it after it was painted, so the next day it
looked horrible. I didn’t think I’d be able to get it to look
good, but again, God showed me a steel door in the same color
in a store we were at. Hondo, our dear worker, sanded it down
for me and I used only a little paint at a time. It looks lovely.
Praise God. The station is absolutely beautiful.
The building is completed, except for putting some Cahoon leaves
on the roof for shade. Now we can concentrate on the programming.
On Tuesday, June 8th , we brought all the equipment to the
studio and Dale wired it up. We began preliminary broadcasting
and Dale rode around to see how far it would reach. He heard it
loud and clear into Punta Gorda town, which we weren’t sure it
would go because of the mountains! We haven’t gotten our
schedule worked out as yet but have been playing a lot of music
and some programs in between for now. I have been reading
Scripture and devotionals. We have very limited support for the
ongoing costs of the station at present, so we are unsure as to
how many hours a day we can operate and be able to pay for it.
The air conditioner has to be on in the room with the transmitter
to keep it cool and electricity is very expensive here. Please
pray that God will give us insight as to whether we should step
out in faith again in the financial area.
Oh, by the way, Dale just said I have to sign off for now.
There are FROGS in the air conditioner in the transmitter room
and it needs to be cleaned out…only in Belize!
Still busy selecting music for the station – and trying to get
hold of some other ministries to send their programs and music
down. Need to learn the software programs and begin loading
Will begin working with 2 young Belizean Christian school
teachers after they finish up teaching. Please continue to pray that
the right workers will come by. We are also looking for a station
The hard physical work is now over, but the real battle will begin
for the souls of these dear ‘forgotten’ people of southern Belize.
PLEASE DON’T STOP PRAYING. We just met a lady this morning,
who was from the states, married a Belizean man, and moved to the
bush country north of here. She became a Believer after hearing a
Christian radio program. This helps assure us that radio will make
a difference. Like she said, “Faith comes by HEARING and hearing
by the WORD OF GOD’.” Thank you for sowing seed and investing
yourself in Christian radio.
DATE: April 28, 2004
No, we haven’t disappeared from the face of the earth.
We just haven’t had access to the internet with our laptop.
We hope you’ve been wondering what’s going on. A LOT!
It’s been almost 4 months since we’ve been in Belize and we
are astounded as to what the Lord has allowed us to accomplish.
In fact, the owner of the place where we are living said that
what has been done in the last 2 months would have normally
taken a YEAR. It reminded us of when Nehemiah rebuilt the walls
of Jerusalem in only 52 days. It was said that his enemies were
astounded and afraid, because they knew it was the hand of
Almighty God! What a testimony to God’s faithfulness.
YOUR PRAYERS WERE ANSWERED for our housing. We moved to Punta
Gorda (1 ½ hours south of where we were) on March 1. The people
who helped us locate the site for the station offered us a really
nice house to rent at a ‘missionary’ rate. They have been very
kind. It is made of cement and has a thatched roof to keep it
cooler. It is located in their development with 11 Mayan families.
It is somewhat Americanized inside, in that it has several
amenities (like WARM WATER for a shower - that deserves an AMEN!)
yet it still has a Belizean flare to it. We feel very blessed.
Here’s where we are with the station.
We are working together with ‘River of Life’ on the project.
Two teams have come and gone – one from Texas and one from
Canada. They were both diverted from where they were originally
going to minister. The men worked diligently as unto the Lord. There was indeed
great unity among all the workers
ANOTHER ANSWER TO PRAYER. No one was hurt, either.
The building is up and under roof. The electric has been run
to the building.(That’s a miracle in itself!) When we went to put
in the work order, the lady said it would take a month to get
approved. We STARTED PRAYING as the discussion was going on. Then
she stopped and pointed to a man standing outside and said that
we could check with him. It turned out that he just happened (sure)
to be the one who installs the poles and was a ‘Believer’! When
we mentioned that it was for a Christian radio station he said he’d
be there the next day and HE WAS!!!! PRAYER WORKS.
The base for the tower was hand dug, 9 ft. deep and almost 7 ft
square. It took 75 bags of cement to fill it. When it was done we
etched Proverbs 18:10 in it…The Name of the Lord is a strong tower!!
It’s about 90 ft. high.
On March 31st, with the help of 15 men and a wench, THE TOWER WAS
RAISED and the following day, while the cement roof was being
poured, Dale and the President from Galcom, Rev, McGuirl, performed
a TEST TRANSMISSION for about 2 hours – telling people about HARVEST
RADIO – 99.9 FM – where they can find ‘Food for Life’.
We now have 16 ministries who have agreed to be a part of this
outreach and have begun sending programs.
We’ve had some set backs, but have seen God’s faithfulness in
providing our needs as He has promised (Phil. 4:17).
The mixer and amplifier that were donated didn’t work. With all
the expenses for the building, we didn’t know how we could get
replacements. Praise God, the monies have been promised for these.
Our son, Kev, upgraded the donated computers and installed
software to run the station. The Lord provided shipping costs for
them, but when they got here one of the computers didn’t work.
AFTER MUCH PRAYER, we found someone who works on computers and he
just happened (sure) to notice that the Video Card was dislodged.
It works like a charm now!!!!! Thanks TO PRAYER and to all the
people who played a part in their arrival.
We’ve had some problems getting qualified workers since the
teams left. We are praying that God will give us direction in who
to hire so we don’t waste precious time and money.
Select music for the station - doctrinally sound songs with a
good balance of style as there are many different ethnic groups
Learn the software programs and begin loading ministry programs.
If all goes well with workers, we plan to be able to occupy the
building within a month. (Left to do..windows/doors, burglar bars,
spray ceiling, tile floors and shower, install bathroom fixtures,
paint, put on zink roof to cool down cement, electric, furniture,
septic…install programs on computer – the list goes on.
Hire Believers to be DJ’s and program managers. We want what
Nehemiah was looking for (Neh. 7:3)…men/women of integrity who
fear God more than most men do.
It appears as if the hard part is over, but really it has only
just begun. PLEASE DON’T STOP PRAYING – there’s a war here for
the souls of these dear people. The radio will make a difference,
because God’s Word is POWERFUL. There will be resistance from the
evil one so FIGHT WITH US for the ‘forgotten’ people of southern
DATE: February 6, 2004
It's our one month anniversary since we arrived in Belize.
Much has happened in this short time. We thank you for your
prayers as they have surely carried us on Eagle's wings!
Here's what we're praising God for accomplishing...
arrived safely w/o incident
bought a reliable, comfortable and inexpensive car
(we named 'Bessie') and got insurance/tags the next day!
moved into the home of some missionaries on furlough
3 days later we met Bob Farley, who had secured a license
(after 4 years), had most of the studio equipment & a tower
was on the way. He'd been praying for someone to come & put
it all together!
Met Gayle/Dona Scabe who offered us housing in the area where
the station needs to be & went with us to find a site for
Just happened (sure) to see some men revamping a building as we
were driving around. In talking with them we found they were a
Christian ministry (River of Life), & were very interested in
radio. They offered us part of their land & a small building we
Met Wallace, a Christian School teacher, who had a calling from
the Lord 4 years ago to be a station manager. (Even when there is
none in that area!) He tentatively agreed to be a part of the station.
After visiting many locations & waiting & waiting, we got our
temporary WORK PERMIT!
Contacted Galcom who will provide an engineer to fine tune antenna
for maximum output and has a work team we can use.
Began contacting various ministries to see if they would send programs.
Have gotten all favorable responses so far. (Turning Point, Unshackled, Hope for the heart, Living Way,
Karen & Kids, Truth for Life, Trans World Radio(Spanish/English programming) Kek'Chi programming for the Indian population)
Meet with River of Life to solidify our agreement, develop procedures
to ensure that solid teaching is maintained once we complete our
Develop work plan for the site. We have a possibility of using 3 work
teams who are already planning on coming down in the next month.
Determine where to live and move there. There are 2 possibilities.
Continue contacting ministries for their programs. Develop program schedule.
Buy software for the computers, work with Kev(our son in the US) to install
and set up system for running the station. Begin converting/loading programs.
Isaiah 43:18 says...
...I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up, do you not see it?
I am making a way in the desert; and streams in the wasteland.
The amazing thing about this verse, is this...
It is indeed a new thing as there is no Christian radio in Punta Gorda.
The ministry we'll be working with is called 'River of Life'.
The building site used to be a dump.
DATE: January 28 2004
We have been in Belize for over three weeks - arriving on January 6th as planned. For those
of you who have been praying about the car - your prayers were answered. Can't say it's what
we figured on, but it is reliable and less expensive than a 4x4 diesel. It's a 1989 Crysler
Fifth Avenue, with supposedly only 83,000 miles. (Owned by a little grandma and garage kept.)
Certainly more comfortable than we thought we'd have. We figure our Lord knows what we need.
We call her 'Bessie'. Everything works on her, too. Now that's unheard of here! We figured
she's very much like us - a little worn but not in too bad shape.
We were here only three days when our missionary friends, Jim & Lois Moore, got a call
from a former coworker of theirs, Bob Farley. In the course of the conversation, Jim
mentioned that we were here to start a Christian radio station in southern Belize. Bob was
overjoyed. He had received a call from the Lord to start a station here some 5 years ago. It
took him 4 years to get the license and since that time he had been given some equipment for
the station and a tower. He'd been praying for someone to come and put it all together! We
knew we were supposed to be here in January but didn't really know why that month was so
important. As it stands, when Bob received the license on January 7, 2003, he was supposed
to have the station up and running within 6 months.We received the call to go to Belize in
June 2003. It has been a year and he is having trouble stalling the licensing board.
(They can take the license away if the station is not up and running within a reasonable time.)
Bob thought we also had a place with an existing building that could be finished off for
the station. We, and several pastors who are on the radio station board, met with one of
the Board members from the US group that oversees the work there. We thought everything was a
'done deal' but they have not been able to agree to let us use their facilities.
We are now in the process of looking for another site. We may have to build a building,
which could take a while, but we also met up with a couple in the construction business who can
get the work done.
We've met with several pastors in the area and most are skeptical about getting involved in
any new work. Please pray that the Believers will have faith to believe in this most needed work and
commit to see it through. We are reminded of the Scripture that said that even Jesus
could do no miracles in his own home town because of the peoples' lack of faith. May this
not be the situation here.
As far as housing is concerned, we will have to relocate further south - about 2 hours
from where we are now. We have one definite place to rent and another possibility. The
more important issue at this point is finding a site for the station. Please make this
a real matter of prayer for us.
Personally, we are adjusting well. (I'm even getting used to the cold showers and lighting
the gas stove.) The temperature and humidity are not near as bad as when we were here in
October. We thank the Lord for easing us in! We have met many fine people and are getting
used to making ends meet. It's great to NEED the Lord in ways we never relied on Him in the
We are still in need of funds for building, labor and some equipment for the station. Please
pray that the Lord will burden the heart of those He wants to be involved in a financial way.
We can't raise more support from here - but HE CAN! Someone once said 'Work done God's way
will always be provided for!' We are commmited to walk in His way and do His will in everything.
We refuse to be disappointed - it is HIS WORK and whatever He does is GOOD and RIGHT.
DATE: October 2003:
We just returned from our fact-finding trip to Belize. The Lord had led us to pray that
He would make our paths straight, and He did just that! With only eight days to gather all
the information we needed, it was imperative that He direct our ways.
We marveled at how He even brought people to us, since we had limited transportation.
We met with 2 Christian radio station owners and discussed how to build/operate a station
and select a listener-friendly format. A Belizean Believer who knows the ins and outs of
expediting paperwork, just happened to be visiting one of the missionary couples we were
having dinner with. When we went to search for land for the tower and a house to rent,
someone was always there who could tell us the price. Everyone we met assured us that
they would be more than willing to help.
While we were there we ministered in the only prison in Belize. The living conditions
are poor but getting better. A few years ago a Christian businessman took over the
administration of the prison and has been making major changes so that the inmates are
treated in a civil manner. He built a chapel and set up a PA system through which he
continually plays Christian music and teaching. Many of the prisoners we spoke with said
that the environment has dramatically changed in the prison since the PA system was
installed. God has changed their hearts, too. One prisoner shared one of his poems with us.
I sit and look at these bare walls
Remembering the events that caused my fall.
Looking around at all the faces
Filled with bitterness found in such places.
The fence and walls hold the prison in
But the genuine prison is a life of sin.
Held in bondage by Satan's attack
The key to seal freedom most people lack.
As we open God's Word, it is easy to see
That the Lord & Savior holds the key.
Whether in the world or a prison within
We all fall prey to Satan and sin.
To be able to endure the prison of life
Hand God your troubles, burdens and strife.
For prisons are not the only one held tight
Jesus is our answer and guiding light.
So if you're in the world or prison
Open your heart, hear and listen.
God is our salvation from Satan’s attack.
Don’t be caught in a prison where Jesus you lack.