In the United States, instant messaging is a way of life. Within minutes of a 7.0 earthquake reducing Port-au-Prince, Haiti, to rubble, for example, we heard about it.
That’s not the case for the people of Cote d’Ivoire. In that west African country—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 the news. Because radio is the primary means of communication, United Methodists launched The Voice of Hope (101.6 FM) on Christmas Eve 2009.
But we need you and your congregation to keep The Voice of Hope on the air.
Our goal is $70,000. That is the cost of broadcasting for one year. By next year, The Voice of Hope hopes to become self-sustaining.
We’ve prepared a flier (PDF) for you to print and distribute to your congregation. By giving up something as simple as candy, soft drinks and a night at the movies, United Methodists can make a huge difference.
Cote d’Ivoire is the world’s largest chocolate-producing country, churning out more than a million tons of the delicacy per year. We’ve compiled a list of 12 fund-raising ideas (PDF) around the chocolate theme. It’s a way to teach your members a little about Cote d’Ivoire and to encourage them to help their sisters and brothers.
Jesus said, “I came that they may have life, and have it abundantly.” - John 10:10b, NRSV
We’re counting on you to lead your congregation to help us reach our goal of $70,000. Generous gifts will enable life-saving, life-changing programs to reach those most in need. Together, we will ensure a more abundant life for the people of Cote d’Ivoire!