THE REFORMED WITNESS HOUR
The Reformed Witness Hour is a program sponsored by the Young Men’s Society of the First Protestant Reformed Church of Grand Rapids, Michigan. It can be heard each Sunday over four stations of the Wolverine Network in Michigan and Chicago. The technical details of the program are handled by a committee of six young men, elected by the society. Twenty minutes of the broadcasting time is allotted to the speaker and the remaining ten minutes are divided between music and announcements. The speaker is our pastor, the Reverend Herman Hoeksema. Three out of four weeks a choir of seventeen voices under the direction of Miss Doris Van Dellen provides the music. The fourth Sunday the music consists of solos, organ music, and once the Men’s Chorus has been heard.
Response to our program has been fine and for this we praise God. Already this season seven states have been heard from. Following is a sample of some of our mail:
M.L.M. of Chicago writes:
“I have been listening to the Reformed Witness Hour and enjoy the preaching and music very much. . . .in our shallow thinking age one seldom hears the gospel of salvation by grace, irresistible grace, over the radio. May your Reformed Witness Hour continue to uphold the true, Reformed, Calvinistic faith. . .”
M.N.H. of Alabama writes:
“Heard your program today. Enjoyed it very much. . .Keep up the good work.”
H.B.J. of Chicago writes:
“I was driving my car and tuned in on your broadcast. The music and sermon lifted me. God bless you, and may you keep up the great work. This sad world needs the True Gospel more than ever.”
And from Mrs. L.R. of Grand Rapids we hear:
“Just listened to your message and music and it proved such a real blessing. Would love to have a copy of this sermon. Oh, how I praise God for a ministry such as yours. I will be praying for your hour.”
As far as we know these listeners are all strangers to our churches. We indeed rejoice in the Lord that He has so richly blessed our efforts as reflected by these and many other similar letters.
THE SOVEREIGN GRACE HOUR
Sunday, January 2, marked the 70th broadcast of the above-named hour. For those of you who are not acquainted with the Sovereign Grace Hour, I would like to make the following introduction.
Sponsored by the Western League of Protestant Reformed Young People’s Societies, the gospel message can be heard each Sunday afternoon from 6 to 6:30. For the winter months (Nov., Dec., Jan., and Feb.) we are on the air from 8:15 to 8:45 A.M. The messages which one hears from time to time are delivered by our ministers from N. W. Iowa and also Minnesota; the music is rendered by the Radio Chorus consisting of young people from our various churches. The music consists entirely of numbers from our Psalter and the choir under the direction of Mr. John Keuning, principal of the Rock Valley Chr. School, adds much to the effectiveness of the program. Many have inquired whether or not our choir has any paid talent but we are proud to say that the voices heard are those of our young people only.
The Western League is very thankful for the open door it has found over Station KSOO, Sioux Falls, S.D., 1140 on your radio dial.
Copies of the messages are offered to our listeners upon request and are also sent to men in the armed forces. In addition to this we also send these sermons to all our own servicemen each week. At present we have a regular mailing list of about 75 weekly, among which are several addresses of servicemen outside of our own denomination.
As it is with all religious activity, it is especially difficult with radio work to ascertain the extent of the blessings derived from this type of work. However, we believe that it is our duty to bring the unadulterated truth of God’s Sovereign Grace over the ether waves and that also in this work God’s Word will never return to Him void. It will be either a savor of life unto life or of death unto death.
Our servicemen do not hesitate to write to us about the lasting values these sermonettes have for them now that they are deprived of their regular church services. In another article I would like to quote in part a few letters which we have received from listeners and service men outside of our own denomination.