Work begins on new Hope radio station in Kiribati

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At the ground dedication service on September 2.

Work has begun on the construction of a Hope FM radio station at the Kiribati Mission headquarters at Korobu, South Tarawa.

On September 2, volunteer station manager Tarratake Angiraoi led out in a ground dedication service at the site for the 50-metre radio transmission tower. A team of 40 workers has since dug the foundations, constructed the footings and poured the concrete slab for the tower base.

“The devil did not want this tower to go ahead,” said Pastor Colin Dunn, who has been managing the project, an initiative of the Trans Pacific Union Mission.

“One cement mixer broke down after three hours, the biggest cement mixer did not turn up and the local gravel and sand company had to be called out at 1:30am because they under delivered our order and we ran out.”

Pouring the concrete slab for the tower base.

Fortunately, God intervened, he said, otherwise “there would have been a $37,000 blob of useless concrete and no radio station”.

“There have been many prayers answered and we solicit your continuing prayers as there are many hurdles to jump,” he said.

Kiribati Hope 91 FM is aimed at reaching 60 per cent of the 103,500 citizens of Kiribati, where the Church has historically struggled to find a voice.