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    Update: August 10, 2010

    U.S. Visit Helps 'The Voice of Hope' Radio Representatives Learn New Marketing Methods

    From the Texas Annual Conference

    Tours of two diverse radio stations were among the highlights of a recent visit to Texas by Madame Lydie Acquah, director of “The Voice of Hope” radio station in Cote d’Ivoire, and Isaac Broune, conference communicator and translator.

    Read more about the Cote d’Ivoire communicators in Texas.


      Update: July 16, 2010

    Bienvenue, Lydie et Isaac!

    By Tim Tanton


    Lydie Acquah, director of The Voice of Hope


    Lydie Acquah, director of The Voice of Hope, and Isaac Broune, Cote d’Ivoire Conference communicator, are visiting the United States July 16-25. They are meeting with partners in the Texas Conference in Houston and at United Methodist Communications in Nashville, and they will be connecting virtually with leadership at Centenary College in Shreveport. Welcome, Lydie and Isaac!


    Update: March 15, 2010

    Ivorians Celebrate Radio Station of Hope

    By Tim Tanton


    Bishop Benjamin Boni (left), the Rev. Celestin Akaffou (center) and
    Lydie Acquah sing outside the new station.

    United Methodists showed how to throw a party with the daylong celebration of a new radio station—a celebration so joyful and energetic that it could not be dampened by downpours outside.

    “We are happy that God has inspired the church to build this radio station to serve the glory of his name,” Bishop Benjamin Boni declared, standing outside the station’s brightly polished wooden doors March 14.

    Read more about the celebration of hope


    Update: March 12, 2010

    Radio Station Impacts Ivorians

    By Tim Tanton
    The director of Dabou Methodist Hospital, Degny tells of an elderly man from a nearby village who was suffering an attack of hypertension. Rather than take him to the Dabou hospital, his children took him farther away, to the country’s commercial capital, Abidjan, for treatment. There, he died.

    If the man had been taken to Dabou hospital first, he could have been stabilized before going on to Abidjan, and he probably would have survived, Degny says.

    “This is the kind of information that radio can help us send across,” he says. He hopes the new United Methodist radio station in Abidjan will help reduce such incidents by broadcasting information about health matters and the hospital’s services.

    Read more about life-changing radio



    Update: February 17, 2010

    Lenten self-denial aids Côte d’Ivoire

    By Barbara Dunlap-Burg

    United Methodists are being encouraged to respond to a Lenten/Easter challenge to help Radio Methos, the church’s newly launched radio station in Côte d’Ivoire. The goal is $70,000, the cost of broadcasting for one year.

    In Côte d’Ivoire, West Africa—where electricity and the Internet are unreliable, where many people cannot read or write, and where roads are often impassable—it may take weeks or even months for people to get news and information. Communication is a matter of life and death.

    Read more about Radio Methos

    Get involved in the Lenten/Easter challenge   


    Update: February 2, 2010

    Radio Methos is broadcasting from 5 a.m. to 10 p.m. every day. Programming includes Sunday services, preaching, music, news and educational teaching.

    Radio Methos currently has a director, director’s assistant and four technicians on staff.  Journalists and/or anchors are being recruited and will be mentored by the Cote d’Ivoire Conference communicator.

    As partners, the director is organizing fundraising in Cote d’Ivoire with a goal of ultimately making the station completely supported by the conference.

    People are responding positively to Radio Methos. A lot of people have turned their dial to 101.6 FM. Some have bought radio sets just to listen to Radio Methos; even people who do not share the Christian faith.




    Update: December 28, 2009

    Church lanches 'Voice of Hope" radio in Côte d’Ivoire

    By Tim Tanton

    People in this West African country are receiving messages of hope along with information to enhance their lives through a new radio station launched by The United Methodist Church.

    Read more about the launch of "Voice of Hope"radio

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    "Song of thanks, expressions of joy"

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    Overview

    The Voice of Hope (101.6 FM), A Radio Ministry

    In Côte d’Ivoire, West Africa

    Check out the progress of the radio station:  

    Communication is a matter of life and death.

    Imagine unreliable electricity and Internet,
    Not being able to read or write,
    Impassable roads.

    How does information make its way through the human family in a time of crisis?

    Radio

    Amplify Hope by giving some of the earth’s poorest and most isolated people the ability to communicate and to become better educated. Put power back into their lives.

    The Voice of Hope (101.6 FM) will shape content around the community and its needs, in the residents' own social and cultural context, and deliver it in their languages – reaching as many as 1 million people in Abidjan and 3 million in rural areas.

    Amplify Hope through programs that matter

    • The comprehensive fight against malaria demands education on prevention and treatment of this leading killer of children younger than age 5. The Voice of Hope will be a powerful weapon in this fight.
    • Peace and reconciliation are essential to heal this country recently torn by civil war, which divided families, friends and neighbors. The Voice of Hope will be a means of peace-building and reconstruction.
    • Women suffer greatly in war, often victimized through rape and abuse. The Voice of Hope will help women to regain their dignity and find their true worth.
    • Bible studies, sermons and uplifting music will amplify hope that resounds and echoes in the hearts of generations to come.

    Learn more

    FAQ

    Why radio?

    Radio is a primary means of communication in countries with high illiteracy rates.

    Do people living in poverty have access to radios?

    Each year, excellent radio programming aimed at assisting the poor goes unheard because they lack access to radios. They miss hearing critical information that can:

    • prevent disease and save lives;
    • increase skills for livelihood and family sustainability; and
    • improve community through peace and reconciliation.

    How will listeners get radios?

    Women in rural communities will be given self-powered Freeplay Foundation LIFELINE® radios.

    Why women?

    Women often are communication “hubs” in rural Côte d’Ivoire – sharing information with family members and the greater community.

    How will they power their radios?

    Operation is free because the solar panels and hand crank provide the power.

    How can I supply a radio to someone in need?

    Your $60 (USD) gift will provide a LIFELINE® radio to a family in rural Côte d’Ivoire.

    How can I support messages that improve health, nurture faith, and increase the standard of living through education?

    $100 (USD) will provide one-half hour of life-saving, life-changing messages.

    How can I support in-depth programming on topics such as disease prevention, peace and reconciliation, modern farming techniques and women’s issues?

    $200 (USD) supports one hour of in-depth programs that will transform individuals and communities.

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