Project Hope kicks off in PNG

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Koiari Park, Papua New Guinea

This is the single largest Project Hope ever undertaken by HopeChannel to date.

Imagine shooting 300 half-hour television programs in the span of one month. Well, that is the scope of MEGA Project Hope—a large-scale production project currently underway in Papua New Guinea (PNG).

MEGA Project Hope PNG was launched on January 20 at Pacific Adventist University (PAU). The initiative has brought together a team of 30 HopeChannel technical experts from across the globe, as well as hundreds of volunteers. Together, they will help produce programs featuring local talent, sermons and other content.

“By God’s grace we are making history in the Adventist Church,” said MEGA Project Hope PNG project manager Edgard Lopez.

The size of this project is immense, even for a seasoned television producer.

“This is the single largest Project Hope ever undertaken by HopeChannel to date,” said Kandus Thorp, vice president for International Development of HopeChannel.
 

Editing on the fly: Footage from the morning shoots are passed on to the post-production teams to edit in the afternoons an evenings.

The purpose of MEGA Project Hope PNG is to serve as the foundation for the development of HopeChannel in the country, and to aid in the spreading of the gospel in Papua New Guinea and the rest of the South Pacific.

Geraldine Przybylko, Media Ministries director of Adventist Media Network, says the initiative provides “a great opportunity for our church to connect with local people by uplifiting Jesus through media.”


“We are so thankful for our experienced international team and our local talent who are stepping up to do something great for the Lord,” she says. “Please keep this the project in your prayers so that it is everything God wants it to be.”

Papua New Guinea Union Mission (PNGUM) Communication director, Pastor Andrew Opis, says everybody involved in the project is incredibly “excited” and “supportive”.

“Our members and pastors believe God will do something very special with Project Hope in our nation,” he said.
 

A MEGA Project Hope PNG volunteer manages the switchboard during a shoot.

That’s not to say there haven’t been challenges. The team had trouble sourcing a generator early on, and the cost of hiring equipment is quite high in comparison to Western standards. 

“We tried to hire the original generator quoted, but there was none available,” said Mr Lopez. “So we went elsewhere and God had a bigger, better generator at almost half the price from our original quote.”

A fuel shortage around Port Moresby is also a concern. Ongoing tensions in the villages surrounding the LNG plant has meant fuel deliveries are currently not possible. PAU—which is serving as base camp for MEGA Project Hope PNG—also had to suspend their diesel and petrol sales to ensure the campus’ generators continue to operate.

Despite the challenges, MEGA Project Hope PNG leaders believe they will see many unexpected miracles, and are asking church members to continue to pray for the project.

Hands up if you believe in miracles . . .

The involvment of PAU has been a miracle in itself. Since filming began nine days ago, the university has done everything it can to cater for the project, including providing meals from the campus’ produce.

PAU has also provided the MEGA Project Hope PNG team with other blessings.

“This campus has stunning landscapes and the amazing chorus of birds were refreshing and beautiful to see and hear daily,” said Mrs Thorp.