Adventist TV network is connecting across religious and geographic boundaries.
From a rural community that starts their small generator at 7:45 p.m. every Wednesday to catch the 8:00 p.m. discussion on the Bible study for the week to the Fijian diaspora watching in many countries, Hope Channel Fiji is steadily gaining widespread attention, leaders said.
In recent months, Hope Channel in Fiji has received positive news from across the country about the reach of their television programs to both rural and city communities. The stories below were shared with Adventist Record that show the impact the local Seventh-day Adventist television network is having across that island nation.
A Self-appointed Hope Channel Ambassador
A senior Methodist reverend is now a big fan of Hope Channel Fiji.
He disclosed this information in a letter sent to an Adventist district close to Nausori (eastern Viti Levu), saying that he encourages the 12 churches under his care to watch the channel. He even invited Navitalai Ligaitamana — the host of the Fijian Sabbath school discussion segment — to preach at some of his churches and gatherings of the 13 villages in the district. Some of the churches have asked for copies — both old and new — of the Sabbath school lesson booklets.
After watching Hope Channel, the minister — who was found responsible for the physical assault of some Adventist church members in Fiji some years ago — also announced that he had taken the bold step of quitting kava drinking and smoking. He now calls himself a self-appointed “Hope Ambassador.”
Representatives from Hope Channel Fiji say they are grateful to God for his change of heart.
“Pastor, please baptize us!”
A landowner in the Kalabu village near Suva, Fiji, named Josaia Droka, recently asked for baptism for him and his family after watching Hope Channel.