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11 November, 2015
Dear supporters and prayer partners,
Greetings in the wonderful Name of our Lord, Jesus Christ! A verse that I have been meditating on recently is Nahum 1:7 The Lord is good, A stronghold in the day of trouble, And He knows those who take refuge in Him.
I have gotten way behind in my correspondence which has caused prayer letters to be later and later in the month (sorry!). So to do a bit of catch up work, I would like to make this my "personal" thank you note to you for your prayers and gifts and at the same time make it the November prayer letter, too!
From time to time we receive visitors here at the radio station. Sometimes they are invited but sometimes they just pop (or hop) in without letting us know. But we always enjoy our guests - people guests, that is. Recently when I arrived at the station early on a Sunday morning, I found this froggie fellow wistfully looking out the front glass door. I guess he realized this was not the place for him! In the past few months, we have had listeners visit us from Grenada, Carriacou and this group of retired teachers from Carriacou and Grenada! All of them have listened to the Harbour Light but many of them are regular listeners. It was a pleasure to show them around and watch the expressions on their faces as they viewed the facilities for the first time.
Many people have no idea what most radio stations look like on the inside - and the Harbour Light does not look like most! The radio station is situated on the side of a gentle hill and has a beautiful view of Mt. Pleasant and Grand Bay.
The interior of our buildings are set in a nautical theme; simple, clean (well, mostly :) and practical. Our facilities are now 25 years old! The studio, office, and generator buildings are steel frame and sheet construction. The transmitter building is concrete with a 40-foot shipping container "lean-to" shop attached. Because we are only a few hundred yards from the Atlantic Ocean, we are having trouble with rust spots both on the roof and exterior walls. Some repairs have been made but more needs to be done. We cool the buildings a few degrees below outdoor temperatures with high-efficiency "inverter" type air conditioners. Our only water source is rain and is collected from the roof and stored in a 5000 gallon cistern set in the ground between the studio and office buildings. The school building is new steel frame and sheet with a 15000 gallon cistern under the assembly room.
In addition to the buildings, we have three towers on this property here at Tarleton Point which require constant maintenance. There is a 175-foot series fed AM broadcast tower, a heavy-duty 50-foot tower for the 4 bay FM antenna, and a 60-foot light utility tower for our weather instruments (formerly the wind study tower). Our FM translator/repeater is housed at rented facilities up on Grand E'tang mountain in Grenada. Our AM signal is 5000 watts. We have to reduce power to 4000 watts during the heat of the day so we don't overload the small generator (that's why we are praying for solar power boost). The AM signal extends outward 250 miles in every direction serving a potential audience of 2.5 million English speaking listeners in the Windward Islands - from Dominica to Trinidad. We have the pleasure of hearing from dozens of listeners each month. The FM transmitters are 250 watts and serve the local communities here in Carriacou and parts of Grenada. Live Internet streaming goes out 24/7 to many listeners around the world.
There are only 4 of us here at the radio station. My mother (Arlene Cornelius) continues part-time and my older children also help some with various jobs. Richard and Francina have faithfully laboured here with us for many years - Francina has been here since before we went on the air! There are 5 teachers (including the principal) teaching the 35 students (one is special needs) at our Christian day school. My wife, Sharlene, is the principal and Secondary teacher. Roxanne is lately back from Bible school and is teaching first grade. Jane is back this year from University and is teaching fourth and fifth grades. My daughter, Angelia, is teaching various classes and Hestelle has just joined us this school year from Grenada to teach second grade.
We praise the Lord for the dozens of of churches and individuals here in the Caribbean, in the USA, Canada and England who we are privileged to work with in obedience to God's divine command to go and make disciples of all the nations.
Thank you very much for your participation by prayer, giving and encouragement! Pray that the Lord of the harvest will continue to provide each need and send forth labourers into His harvest to work with us in this greatest of all tasks of...
Spreading the WORD,
Randy Cornelius & Staff