From 9 to 11 p.m., the local radio in Talanga broadcasts a special children's program conducted by pastor Iris, with the participation of Olvin (above).
It is 6 a.m. in the community of Talanga, just 28 miles from the Honduran capital city of Tegucigalpa, and the radio program for children, Oasis of Love, is about to start. One of the commentators is getting ready in his humble home. A 12-year-old boy named Olvin has become the voice for the children in this special program produced by the local church pastor, Iris Belinda Alvarenga.
Pastor Iris picks Olvin up at his home, and they rush to the radio station while the technician sets up the equipment. Olvin grabs the headphones and microphone. The radio controller gives the sign,"You are on the air." Pastor Iris and Olvin start the show with a varied program that has blessed the lives of many children and their families.
Young Olvin comes from a hardworking family. His mother works six days a week and comes home late, around 9 p.m. His uncle is a street vendor. There are only three people living in their small house. Olvin's father abandoned him when he was a year old. He has a 10-year-old sister and a 5-year old brother.
A Chance to Know Love
In spite of their few economical resources and the absence of a male provider for the family, Olvin has been able to continue with his studies and he is now in eighth grade. When Olvin was 8, he was registered at a Compassion-assisted child development center. Then, he was a very shy and isolated boy.
"We were moved to see the need in this family, and I think that God brought us to this place," says Pastor Iris. "He has received support through the provision of school supplies, and a uniform, and I'm so pleased that we have been able to recover his nutritional conditions."
According to the pastor, many children are found to have several needs once registered in the Compassion program.
"I still recall one time that I had the opportunity to read one of his letters and it was sad to see how depressed he was for the death of his grandmother and a little brother," she says. Right away Pastor Iris decided to get involved. "I took the responsibility of looking after him in several areas of his life."
Moving Closer to God
The best moment in this boy's life was when he opened his heart to the Lord, and from that moment on his self-esteem improved noticeably. He was so excited to participate in the church activities and always willing to collaborate at the center.
"His enthusiasm was contagious, so I decided to invite him to a children's radio program that I have been directing for six years," says Pastor Iris. "I was amazed how well he did in his first radio program." Two years have passed, and Olvin has become the voice for the children.
This young boy has become a well-known voice in his home town and he is happy to be part of it. He enjoys reading the Bible and praying. "I do really enjoy praying," says Olvin, who at this stage of his life knows that praying is very important to get to know more about God.
Now that he has become a Christian he spends more time at church. "I like to come here because I feel closer to God and it makes me feel happy and complete," Olvin says. One activity that he enjoys is memorizing Bible verses, which has become very useful when he is expressing his comments on the radio program.
His testimony has brought his uncle to the feet of Jesus, but he is still praying for his mother. "She has not become Christian yet but I always encourage her to attend church. But the problem resides on her tight working schedule." Olvin is confident that the good seed will give its fruits and very soon he will see his mother accepting the Lord as her Savior.
Broadcasting a Message of Love
The radio program continues touching lives and gaining audience in this community. It is organized by the Iglesia de Dios de la Profecia and intends to spread the message of love from God to every child, through children's music, Bible stories, praying time and a question-and-answer segment. An important part of the program is when Olvin comments on the questions and later prays for the needs.
He has become very confident about his role during the program. "I will tell you that I feel comfortable with the microphone because nobody is watching me," he says. "It is just me and my pastor, so it is great." His mother is a loyal listener and very proud of her son's achievements.
Olvin is quite sure that God has special plans for him. "God has placed me in this situation because I can help others through this radio program," he says. His life is a true inspiration for many boys and girls in his center, a boy who has been able to overcome sadness and loneliness through the love of Jesus and the precious life of his pastor.
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