More than 300 people attend and mark Hope Radio Kiribati’s third anniversary.
Published on: 01-06-2022
A Kiribati government minister was among more than 300 people gathered to commemorate Hope Radio Kiribati’s third anniversary on December 16, 2021.
The ceremony, held in front of the Kiribati Mission office of the Seventh-day Adventist Church, began with a formal parade by Adventist Youths (AYs), Pathfinders, Adventurers, and church members from seven churches throughout the Kiribati capital, Tarawa.
Seventh-day Adventist leaders said that during the past three years, Hope Radio has not only an informed, educated, and entertained but also has served as a powerful evangelistic platform that has changed lives. It is something that can be seen through the baptism of a considerable number of new families into the Adventist Church, they emphasized.
In his welcome remarks, Kiribati Mission president Taabua Rokeatau said Hope Radio has made a significant contribution to the Kiribati government. He said it has especially supported government ministries that needed to disseminate important announcements to local people in situations such as the COVID-19 pandemic. Hope Radio has assisted the Ministry of Health by airing radio spots promoting handwashing and a clean environment.
Tinte Itinteang, Kiribati’s minister of Health and Medical Services, represented the Kiribati head of state and the vice president, who were away on official trips. Itinteang said the government is thankful to 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.
Itinteang confirmed that he is a regular listener of Hope Radio and emphasized the key role of the medium. “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 well-being as well,” he said.
The minister’s address to church members, special guests, and visitors was followed by a ribbon-cutting ceremony, musical performances, and a march involving AYs, Pathfinders, and Adventurers. Special guests were taken on a short tour of the radio tower and studios.