13th April 2018
London residents now have a brand-new radio choice, a station unashamedly sharing the Good News of Jesus Christ.
Following months of planning, preparation and testing, Adventist Radio London (ARL) finally went live on digital audio broadcasting (DAB) on Sunday 8 April with a ‘Sunday Breakfast’ show hosted by two of its millennial presenters, Lynette Allcock and Sam Gungaloo.
In anticipation of going live, Sabbath, 7 April, the 1,000-plus capacity Brixton Seventh-day Adventist church hosted a special dedication service and a special time of prayer. The service attracted visitors from across London including invited guests, Richard Daly from the British Union Conference who offered prayers for the radio team, Victor Hulbert from the Trans-European Division who prayed for the equipment and Ray Allen, newly elected VP for Adventist World Radio, who prayed for the radio programming.
ARL director, Michael Hamilton, emphasised that the purpose of the radio station is to “share the everlasting gospel commissioned to this Church with the multicultural population of London, with emphasis on millennials, empowering them to make Christ their choice.”
South England Conference President, Pastor Emmanuel Osei, in his address to the congregation, quoted from the book of Romans 1:15,16 the Apostle Paul’s statement that “I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ; for it is the power of God unto salvation.” He likened the ancient city of Rome that the Apostle Paul visited to London. Rome, he said, was a city of intellectuals, yet a city where everything that was grotesque was practiced. God wants to touch lives in such places.
The Apostle Paul longed to go to preach the gospel in Rome even though he knew he could face his death there. Osei noted that Rome was never an easy place to win souls for Jesus Christ. Equally London, he said, is described by some as a secular and a difficult place to share the gospel. However, he added, “we are also called to proclaim unashamedly the Adventist message to Londoners because God has given us the means to do so through Adventist Radio London.”