New Adventist radio station is making waves in that South Pacific island.
Hope Radio in Kiribati can count the country’s president and a Cabinet secretary among its listeners.
An Adventist church member and senior police officer was the official driver for President Taneti Mamau recently. The officer noticed that the radio in the president’s car was tuned to Hope Radio and a 40-minute Bible health presentation was being aired. According to Hope Radio announcer Tarataake Angiraoi, the president “listened attentively and marveled at many of the Bible facts.”
- Aerial shot of the 50-meter (164-foot) transmission tower recently built on South Tarawa, Kiribati, for the new Hope Radio service in that South Pacific nation. [Photo: Adventist Record]
- A radio listener (pictured above left) attended his first Sabbath service as a result of tuning in to Hope Radio. He is pictured with church members from Bikenibeu Adventist church. [Photo: Adventist Record]
Cabinet secretary Naomi Biribo is an exceptionally keen listener. This was discovered by Kiribati Adventist pastor Taabua Rokeatau, who was attending an official function and had an opportunity to speak with Biribo.
“She said she has been enjoying listening to our radio [station]. It is her favorite radio station, and [she] commented on the uplifting music and good programs aired,” Angiraoi said.
Already, a member of the community has attended church twice as a result of listening to Hope Radio, which only launched in December 2018. Another listener recently turned up at the studio to speak with Angiraoi.
“I must admit, I had not seen this man before, and I really had no idea who he was,” Angiraoi said. “I let him in, and I said hello, then I invited him to talk. He quickly introduced himself as one of our listeners from Tabonibara, one of the villages toward the end of North Tarawa.