Reds and Redemption - Podcast
“Reds and Redemption,” the two-podcast saga of OKC native Dave Robinson and a courageous band of American missionaries taking the gospel of Jesus Christ behind the 1980s Iron Curtain of what President Ronald Reagan called “The Evil Empire,” the Russian-based Soviet Union. Their audacious feats would change the history—and the map—of the world.
Join John and KTOK/iHeartRadio star Gwin Faulconer-Lippert to hear how Oklahomans spearheaded Christianity’s historic confrontation with atheistic Communism on its own blood-drenched turf. They’re the 74th and 75th episodes of our original OKLAHOMA GOLD! radio program and podcast. Go HERE to listen to them all! Future episodes explore more great heroes, events, and movements of Oklahoma History.
Audacious native Oklahoman missionary Dave Robinson introduces Campus Crusade for Christ’s Jesus, the most widely translated and viewed evangelistic film in the world, to a large group of government leaders, actors, and media in Budapest, Hungary, while Soviet armies still occupied much of Eastern Europe.
1980s Europe, the free and the enslaved, separated by the dreaded Iron Curtain. Hungary, where Dave Robinson and company secretly operated, was the lynchpin.
Tamara Gelnar of Edmond led young Hungarian Füstös Erika, who later became the first National Women’s Coordinator for Campus Crusade in Hungary, to Christ, and did the ministry’s first six-month missionary “stint” in Hungary, all as brutal, atheistic Communists still ruled the country.
Dave Robinson (blurred, in aisle) blows like an Oklahoma prairie tornado through a training session with some of the many thousands of Hungarian teachers to which he and other Campus Crusade missionaries presented Youth at the Threshold of Life (YTL). Robinson called it “not a curriculum, but a movement” to address the social and health problems of the nation’s youth.
By the early 2000s, Dave Robinson and his Campus Crusade, renamed Cru, missionary team were spreading their game changing Youth at the Threshold of Life (YTL) program through Communist China, the world’s largest nation, ruled by a virulently atheistic government. Robinson stands on the Great Wall of China between his Hungarian ministry colleague Gabor Grész and Hungarian National AIDS Coordinator Dr. Bánhegyi Dénes.
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