A Kiribati government minister was among more than 300 people gathered to commemorate Hope Radio’s third anniversary on December 16, 2021.
The ceremony, held in front of the Kiribati Mission office, began with a formal parade by Adventist Youths (AYs), Pathfinders, Adventurers and church members from seven churches from around the Kiribati capital, Tarawa.
Over the past three years Hope Radio has become not only an informer, educator and entertainer, but a powerful evangelistic platform that has changed lives—seen through the baptism of a considerable number of new families into the Seventh-day Adventist Church.
In his welcome remarks, Kiribati Mission president Pastor Taabua Rokeatau said Hope Radio has made a significant contribution to the Kiribati government and especially to government ministries needing to disseminate important announcements to local people in situations like the COVID-19 pandemic. Hope Radio has assisted the Ministry of Health by airing radio spots promoting hand washing and cleaning the environment.
Minister of Health and Medical Services, Dr Tinte Itinteang, representing the Kiribati Head of State and the vice president who are away on official trips, said the government thanked the Adventist Church for its valuable contribution in many areas, especially in promoting better health through the Tarawa wellness centre and programs aired on Hope Radio.
Dr Itinteang confirmed that he is a keen listener of Hope Radio and said radio is very useful in keeping people informed, educated and entertained in matters not only to do with their physical, social and mental health, but their spiritual wellbeing as well.
The Minister’s speech was followed by the cutting of an anniversary ribbon holding the anniversary balloon. This was followed by a performance of a special Hope Radio song by the group Echoes of Hope, then a march-past by the AYs, Pathfinders and Adventurers. With the formalities over, the special guests were taken on a short tour of the radio tower and studios before being served refreshments.