Christian Group Breaks UK Radio Barrier

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STROKE-ON-TRENT, England - For years, Christian radio stations in the United Kingdom were prevented from airing nationally, but a Christian broadcasting group has changed that.

United Christian Broadcasters International operates on nearly every continent to make Christian radio and television available in closed countries.

This week, the group put an end to the 23-year journey of Ian Mackie's vision to bring national Christian radio across the UK. It was an historic victory after facing major challenges since the long journey first began in 1986.

Ten years later UCB moved into their broadcast center in Stoke-on-Trent, while still lobbying the government to change legislation to allow national Christian radio.

Mackie said there were many times when he was ready to give up on the vision, but a significant word from the Lord kept him going.

After 23 years, Mackie's persistence finally paid off when he was told by Ofcom, the British radio authority, that he'd finally been granted a national digital radio license to begin Dec. 1.

His story acts as an inspiration to many of what one man's perseverance to fulfill God's vision for his life can achieve.

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