History of the SDG Multi-Media Ministry
The SDG Media Ministry had its humble beginning in 1991 with a 30-minute radio broadcast aired over the radio station DXFE, the AM station of the Far East Broadcasting Company (FEBC) in Davao City. The name of the radio program then was Bread For You with the Bread of Life – Davao being the programmer. The name was changed to Shepherd’s Voice when Bread of Life – Davao became Soli Deo Gloria Christian Ministries in July 1996.
Its history is an amazing story of blessing and expansion by the Lord. The positive feedback from its listeners led the radio staff to expand the radio mission work in Mindanao, extending up to the Visayas and Luzon. In partnership with the FEBC, the Shepherd’s Voice program covered the air lanes of Davao, Cotabato, Surigao, and Zamboanga in Mindanao. Its coverage in the Visayas included Bacolod City and Bohol; and in Luzon – Metro Manila, Bulacan, Cavite, Laguna, Zambales, and the Bicol region.
The fast growing advancements in the Information and Communications Technology (ICT) necessitated an expansion of the broadcast medium to other forms of communication- sermon manuscripts, audio disks, and the website, to disseminate the gospel message more effectively and globally.
Through the years the recorded pulpit messages of Pastor Jurem U. Ramos, Senior Pastor of Soli Deo Gloria Church originally produced in cassette tapes for the radio audience underwent constant updating and up-grading to cater to the needs of the listeners and viewers.
What started off as a single, half-hour, week-end radio program aired locally became what is now the full-pledged Multi-Media Ministry doing several affiliated services including counseling and conducting of seminars.
The rapid advance in communication technology made it possible to reach out to as many audiences as possible even with the limited resources available.
This 2011, the new name of the radio program is Shepherd’s Call. It recently added radio coverage in two FM stations, one in Davao City, and another in Kidapawan City with The Edge Radio of the United Christian Broadcasters (UCB) while maintaining prime-time programs over the FEBC network in DZAS - Karuhatan, DyVS Bacolod, and DXKI Koronadal.
All these can only be attributed to the immeasurable grace of God… this is HIStory… Soli Deo Gloria indeed!
"Not to us, O Lord, not to us, but to your name give glory, for the sake of your steadfast love and your faithfulness!" Psalm 115:1
Zamboanga Sibugay Stations Air Shepherd’s Call
In the past six months, three community radio stations in the towns of Ipil and Siay in the Province of Zamboanga Sibugay air Shepherd’s Call Monday to Friday.
The Shepherd’s Call is a 30-minute English and Tagalog program that features Scripture-based messages where listeners can get new insights, fresh revelation, information and personal application. It is produced by the Media Ministry of the Soli Deo Gloria Christian Ministries (SDG) in Davao City. It broadcasts recorded messages delivered by Brother Jurem Noel U. Ramos, Senior Pastor of SDG and by guest preachers.
Since September 2011, this program has been heard over 100.5 Igsoon FM (DXRT) from 12:30 to 1:00 in the afternoon. DXRT is managed by the 102nd Brigade of the Philippine Army based in Ipil. Its coverage is approximately 100-kilometre radius reaching as far as Pagadian City in Zamboanga del Sur.
In the same month, 98.5 Radio Suhnan FM also started airing this program from 7:00 to 7:30 in the evening. Radio Suhnan is operated by the local government of Siay. The residents of Siay and the neighboring towns of Payao, Diplahan and Kabasalan are being blessed by the messages.
This February, Shepherd’s Call started to be heard over 98.1 Lumad Radio FM (DXLR) from 7:00 to 7:30 in the evening. The Lumad Radio is funded by a UNESCO grant to the Community Media Council headed by Timuay (Chieftain) Hon. Perfecto Guinosao, Indigenous People’s Representative to the Sangguiang Bayan of Ipil. The local government of Ipil administers this station. It is an affiliate of the Radyo ng Bayan.
Likewise, the Far East Broadcasting Company (FEBC) has been bringing Shepherd’s Call (then called Shepherd’s Voice) and its message of hope to the hearts of the Zamboangeños for more than 20 years now. For almost ten years in the 1990s, SC was aired over DXAS, FEBC’s station in Zamboanga City. When FEBC upgraded its facilities causing the programs aired over DZAS in Metro Manila to be heard in Zamboanga, the airing of SC over DXAS was stopped to eliminate duplication. Currently, 702 DZAS (702 AM band), brings Shepherd’s Call over the Zamboanga Peninsula at 7:30 to 8:00 in the evening on weekdays.
The airing of Shepherd’s Call by the community radio stations in Zamboanga Sibugay was made possible through the initiative of Pastor Jose Cambel Policarpio, Jr.. Pastor Jun has been an avid online listener of Shepherd’s Voice since 2006 via febc.ph. At that time he was taking a Post-Graduate Diploma on Governance, Democratisation and Public Policy at the Institute of Social Studies (ISS) in The Hague, The Netherlands. He since found the messages of Brother Jurem doctrinally sound. He is now an outreach minister of the Harvestime Christian Outreach Ministries. He also oversees the Consortium for the Development of Western Mindanao Communities, Inc. as its Executive Director.
The Zamboanga Sibugay Province was created in 2001 with the Municipality of Ipil as its capital. It used to be the Third District of Zamboanga del Sur. The languages used include Cebuano, Ilonggo, Chavacano, Subanen, Tagalog, and English.