Adventist Media Centre opens in Vanuatu to share hope

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The Seventh-day Adventist Church in Vanuatu celebrated the opening of its first media hub, introducing Adventist Radio Vanuatu 107.5 and Hope Channel TV on February 25. 

Vanuatu Mission (VM) president Pastor Charlie Jimmy emphasised the launch as a step forward in spreading hope and faith across the islands. He highlighted the church’s commitment to working alongside the government to promote cultural identity and improve healthcare.

The new Adventist Media Centre is expected to be a key resource in meeting community needs by offering a range of programs that focus on spiritual growth and health awareness.

Prime Minister Charlot Salwai, present at the opening, emphasised the government’s support for church initiatives, reflecting on the country’s values of faith in God and Christian principles. He praised the Adventist Church’s efforts to launch media outlets as a milestone for Vanuatu.

Adventist media in Vanuatu started with the establishment of the media communication department in 2011, with assistance from ADRA Vanuatu, and the subsequent milestones such as the broadcasting license granted to Hope Channel Vanuatu in 2012.

The journey faced challenges, including Cyclone Pam in 2015, which led to the destruction of TV disks, transmitters and broadcasting equipment.

VM sent a production team to Fiji in 2016, resulting in the acquisition of 300 local content programs for Hope Channel. A temporary studio was constructed in 2017, and in 2021, the mission applied for funding for a proper media centre building, with construction commencing in 2022.

Hope Channel International president Dr Vyacheslav Demyan welcomed Vanuatu to the global network of Hope Channel stations. He expressed support for Vanuatu’s unique cultural identity and the potential for its media to have a positive impact on society.

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