Imani Radio Ministry was born out of a need to spread the gospel of our Lord through media. The vision was born when two missionaries: Scott Beigle, John Cappelen and a native Kenyan; Ptallah Butaki got together and envisaged to begin a radio ministry in Kenya and by extension to the East African Region.
In the winter of 2005 April 4th after all the paperwork and the acquisition of the frequency; Imani Radio hit the airwaves exciting the sleepy rural towns of Kitale, Eldoret, Webuye and several satellite towns.
It was the first Christian Radio Station in Western Kenya and the first radio signal to reach the pastoral Community of Pokot. Within the first few weeks of broadcasting, we were bombarded with numerous congratulatory messages from the body of Christ in and around the Kitale area. Most people were excited that God had brought an Instrument of spiritual nourishment and particularly ministering to those whose souls were tormented by the enemy and setting them free through his word.
In yet another miracle, God gave Imani Radio favor to begin another station in the eastern part of Uganda, a predominantly Muslim region. Since then, Imani Radio has continued to receive testimonies even from the Muslim community how God has used this ministry in the programming of its broadcasts to touch and transform lives.
In order to equip and empower pastors, many of whom have not had any formal theological training, Imani Radio has partnered with other Christian organizations to host conferences for pastors and church leaders to impart critical practical skills to these committed servants of God.
Mt. Elgon inhabited by the marginalized community and a region which witnessed the good news only about 10 years ago has a big population of pastors who have not gone to any training but have had the call to pastor churches. This is the region that was in the news during the post election violence and even before. The militia had terrorized and cowed people in this region that a majority of the people had run away for safety.
A year ago, Imani radio partnered with an organization called changing lives to begin 2 pastoral classes in Mt. Elgon and to date, the attendance is over 90% with over 80 pastors enrolled for this two year programme. Even despite the poverty in this region, the pastors have been very faithful in paying for their course books through chicken, bananas, and a host of all manner of foodstuffs just to make sure they don’t drop out of class.
Through it’s outreach ministry, Imani Radio has visited schools to share the good news of Jesus with the student community. During this visits, Imani Radio distributes bibles, school books and other Christian literature.
In our Outreach ministry, Imani radio is also burdened to reach out inside the prison walls. God has given us favor from the government who has allowed us to minister in the prison. After witnessing and encouraging the prisoners, many have surrendered their lives to Christ. We also give out the “mini missionaries”, these are small solar powered radios that are pre-tuned to our frequency and the prisoners can listen to the gospel 24 hours. During such visits, we also distribute soaps, bibles and sanitary towels to the inmates, items they hardly get inside prison walls.
Imani Radio often visit the hospitals to pray and encourage patients while giving the management the little solar powered radios for the wards to enable patients listen and be encouraged by the powerful word of God as ministered through Imani Radio. Out of these visits and giving away of radios, we have had numerous testimonies of those that had despaired but God had visited them in a special way and restored their health.
We also take to the road within our area of coverage to meet our listeners and share the good news with them face to face. Many of whom have only heard us on radio. It is usually a crowd puller and gives a vantage opportunity to minister the gospel to them. Many of them have either re-dedicated or given their lives to Christ.
Apart from ministering spiritual nourishment to our listeners, we have also ministered to the physical needs in communities; particularly in West Pokot, where for the last couple of years there has been persistent drought. We have involved well-wishers to contribute food and clothes which we have taken to this community while sharing the love of Christ with them.
Imani Radio through the outreach ministry has also been burdened to reach out to the widows and orphans in the society. Over 400 widows have been blessed by this ministry with sheep and more than 10 orphanage homes have been given corn, bibles, books and cows to help the orphans in their care.
After the 2007/2008 Post Election Violence, Imani Radio was among the Christian organizations that continued to support the victims with counseling and provision of food and clothing having initially played a key role in preaching peace, love and forgiveness, a role that was widely appreciated by the authorities and the community.
With another organization that majorly does peace building and reconciliation, Imani Radio has sponsored workshops to rehabilitate and give the militia a second chance. From these workshops many have given their lives to Christ. After ministering to them, we also gave them bibles and other Christian literature while recommending them to churches where they would be spiritually nurtured.
Imani Radio with various teams from the United States has also organized medical camps to treat the vulnerable in the community. In the villages, medical care is hardly there forcing people to turn to traditional medicine men for their treatment that is never effective. Many lives that would otherwise been saved with good medical care is lost because of lack of health facilities.
A year ago, Imani Radio began vigil night prayers that are hosted once every second Friday of the month. People come from as far as 200 km away for these special prayers. We have seen God work miracles in this vigil nights which we also use to take live prayer requests from people who call us as they listen from their radios.
At our campus, we also have Monday to Friday lunch hour prayers for the staff and the surrounding community. We are so much encouraged by the huge response of people who have come to this faith lifting hour prayers. People’s spiritual lives have been nourished and they have also grown tremendously.
Further, Imani Radio have dedicated one hour every evening at 6pm – 7pm for people with needs to make live calls to our studios and request prayer requests, which are prayed for by a dedicated team of intercessors. From these prayer needs, people have called back and told us how God had answered their prayers and how their faith had been strengthened.
In all these, we give God the glory and honor for using Imani Radio ministry in reaching out to the lost and bringing them to Himself. We are proud and joyful that we have been given an opportunity to be a small part of what the mighty king is doing in the midst of so much anguish, terror, diseases, disappointment, broken marriages and all manner of evil in this fallen world. It is our prayer that God will touch many hearts to be a apart of this ministry so as to give hope to those that are on the brink of dying without knowing the true hope in our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.