Honiara, Solomon Islands
Twenty-four volunteers from Seventh-day Adventist churches in Solomon Islands and Vanuatu are currently undergoing a week-long intensive training in radio broadcasting in Honiara.
Here in the Solomon Islands, we will be using each of the trainees graduating from this workshop to assist in the opening of a new FM radio station for the Adventist Church within the next six months.
The training is organised by the Solomon Islands Mission (SIM), and facilitated by various experienced radio and television broadcasters from the Adventist World Radio (AWR).
SIM Communications director and training coordinator James Bouro told The Solomon Star the intensive training, which covers a wide range of different topics in radio broadcast journalism, will help further the knowledge and experience of the participants. He also said the Church is grooming up its radio broadcasters to help preach the gospel throughout world.
“The training covers sessions both in theory and practical work, ranging from sketching, drafting, producing and presenting of radio programs,” said Mr Bouro.
A volunteer works the soundboard during the week-long intensive training in radio broadcasting in Honiara. [Photo courtesy: Greg Scott]
The training is being led by various experienced broadcasters working for AWR. Some of the facilitators include: Kevin Krueger, general manager of Washington Adventist University’s WGTS 91.9 FM, US; Greg Scott, vice president of AWR; Professor Surachet Insom, director of AWR in the Asia-Pacific region; Anniston Mathews, program director of AWR in the Asia-Pacific; and pastors Cristian Copaceanu and Wayne Boehm.
Mr Bouro said that the training would help the young people from Vanuatu and Solomon Islands acquire new skills and techniques in effectively spreading the gospel in their respective countries.
“The training which is also for our ni-van (Vanuatu) neighbours and friends is a bonus to the Church’s plans on expanding our arms in doing God’s ministry.
“Here in the Solomon Islands, we will be using each of the trainees graduating from this workshop to assist in the opening of a new FM radio station for the Adventist Church within the next six months,” Mr Bouro said.
ALL SMILES: WGTS 91.9 FM general manager Kevin Krueger with a couple of volunteers. [Photo coutesy: Greg Scott]
Mr Bouro added that the Church sees that the most effective means of reaching souls within the most remote areas in the country is to use radio.
“We think that it is time our young people are giving these types of training so that they can be instrumental in spreading the good news of God to our people in the rural areas who do not have access to television or are illiterate,” he said.