Daily Topic for May 02, 2016
Joy Ridderhof named her fledgling organization Spanish Gospel Recordings. Soon the recordings were finding their way all over Latin America. But the vision was limited to one language, Spanish, and this was reflected in the name. Then someone came to Joy with a request that would drastically change her focus.
In her book, Faith by Hearing, Phyllis Thompson tells about some missionaries who asked Joy if she could make recordings in the Navajo language. If recordings for Navajo could be made, why not records for other peoples as well? Where would it end? Larry Allmon, who succeeded Joy, wrote, “Joy Ridderhof’s decision to record the second language (Navajo) in 1941 was a landmark in the history of world evangelization. This change in focus enabled [GRN] to extend the good news to peoples speaking thousands of languages!”
So the name was changed to Gospel Recordings, and later to Global Recordings Network. The new name signified that the work had reached into all countries and had decentralized into a network of organizations under one umbrella. Branches were opened in various countries with Los Angeles as the headquarters.
Far more important than the name of the organization are the people from every language, tribe, and nation that will be inscribed in the Lamb’s Book of Life. Many will be there because they listened to a recording in their own language.
Pray that as we enter the second half of this decade that the Holy Spirit will do far greater things through GRN than we could imagine.