One evening last year on the island of Saipan, Wanes Joab was listening to his radio at home. He was skimming through the stations and happened to stumble upon someone preaching. The preacher was speaking about the book of Revelation. This intrigued Wanes and he continued to listen.
More and more, Wanes kept tuning in and his curiosity grew. He liked the stories this particular radio station was sharing. “These were real stories, about real people,” said Wanes. “They came from really messed up lives and now they were stress free,” he said. Wanes particularly liked a series call “Unshackled” that was broadcasted on the station. “I was feeling what these people were feeling before they met Christ and I was comparing my life to their life.”
Wanes had also been telling his girlfriend, Maria, about this new radio station. During that time Maria had been experiencing depression and was yearning a difference in her spiritual life. She was raised as a Catholic. And he was raised as an Evangelical. During their courtship, Wanes showed her all of the new things he was learning in the Bible. She saw that he was different than all of the other guys that she had dated in the past. He was genuinely interested in what he was learning and wanted her to know as well.
During one of the times Wanes was listening to the station, he heard an advertisement about an evangelistic seminar called The Revelation of Hope. Because he was interested in the programming that the station was offering, he thought it would be interesting to go to the seminars. “The seminars were going to speak about the book of Revelation, and I was interested,” he said. The evangelistic seminars lasted for about three weeks.
One of the things Wanes kept hearing on the radio was the term “Happy Sabbath.” His curiosity led him to ask a friend what the term meant. His friend explained to him the meaning of the Sabbath. Wanes and Maria both worked for a local hotel, which caused them to work on the Sabbath. Because of their new fund belief, both prayed about their dilemma. The results? Wanes was offered a job in the accounting office, which did not cause for him to work on the Sabbath. Maria was allowed to adjust her schedule, however, she had to work graveyard shifts to make up for her being off on Fridays and Saturdays.
Because of the biblical prophecy information shown to them during seminars, they both decided to get baptized in May of 2011. It was at the conclusion of the seminars that they found out that the seminars were a part of the Seventh-day Adventist Church. They both became members of the Central Saipan Seventh-day Adventist Church. The members of the Central Church welcomed them with open arms. One of the things both Maria and Wanes liked about the members was their warm hospitality.
So, do you wonder what the name of the radio station is that Wanes tuned in to? It is JOY FM, a radio stationed operated by the Seventh-day Adventist Church that broadcasts to Guam, Palau, Saipan, and Tinian. According to the website, “JOY FM has been an important influence in many giving their hearts to Christ and is a daily encouragement to thousands more. As Isaiah states ‘Let us give glory unto God and declare His praise in the islands!’ Let’s continue to use JOY FM as a tool to reach as many lives as possible before Christ returns.”