Nelson says he will continue to help with their radio broadcasts
By COLE BENZ | Record Editor
Pastor Ron Nelson spent his life spreading the gospel in Cameroon. And on Oct. 31, he will make his 13th trip back to the west African country, since retirement, as he continues to assist the efforts.
Nelson originally left the United States and spent a year learning french in France in 1959. From there he went to Africa where he worked among the tribe called Dowayo before helping set up a radio station and recording studio in 1965.
“We decided the best way to reach Muslim people was through radio broadcast, because a preacher can’t go around into the Muslim villages,” Nelson said.
Initially, Nelson and his group set up the recording studio and would record messages to be sent out for broadcast. Radio Sawtu Linjiila started with a single, powerful, transmitter located in Ethiopia. Now they broadcast with 20 transmitters
The broadcast in the Fulani language. With roughly 17 million, the Fulani make up a large population, which is why it was decided to broadcast in their language. Nelson said that an estimated 1.5 million are reached by their efforts.
His trip this year will take him from North Dakota, to Minneapolis, to France and then finally to his destination, Cameroon. This trip will last three weeks and he will help with the radio station and then spend a week with a Christian Village of the group Fulani.
Nelson has continued to help people in Cameroon while he lives in Hettinger. Throughout the past year he has helped raised enough money to allow Paula Ja’e to purchase a vehicle. Donations have come from a wide range of community members in the Hettinger area.