Keeping the Voice of Hope on the Air in Cote d'Ivoire
During the post-election violence that erupted in the West African nation of Cote d’Ivoire following the November 2010 elections, the Voice of Hope radio station of the United Methodist Church of Cote d’Ivoire brought the good news of Jesus Christ to millions of people in the midst of the conflict. As the violence engulfed the city of Abijan, the home of the Voice of Hope radio station, radio station employees chose to stay on the air, despite great risk to their own lives, knowing that people needed to hear the Gospel message of comfort and hope in the midst of the death and destruction.
“We knew it was critical that we remind listeners that God is an ever-present help in times of trouble and would never leave them or forsake them, but would redeem even this horrible circumstance,” says Sam Koffi, an Assistant to Bishop Boni of the Cote d’Ivoire United Methodist.
Since the Texas Annual Conference helped launch the Voice of Hope radio station in December of 2009, the radio station has served as one of the most important means of communicating the Gospel to the people of Cote d’Ivoire. The station also brings educational, healthcare, agricultural, weather, and community news, which allows this ministry to provide life changing information to a widespread audience.
“Radio is the easiest and sometimes the only means of communicating with much of the population of Cote d’Ivoire,” says Diane McGehee, Missional Excellence Director for the Conference, “yet the Voice of Hope needs our help to stay on the air.”
Adds McGehee, “For only $165 a year, or $13.75 a month, an individual, a Bible study class or UMW or UMM group can sponsor a day on the radio, which will extend a voice of hope to millions of people who need to hear the Gospel. As an added blessing, the station employees will pray on the air for their sponsor of the day each day. Thank you in advance for your extravagant generosity in keeping this vital ministry alive.”
To sponsor a day, go to:
Download the brochure, and mail the completed form with payment, made out to “Texas Annual Conference” for “Cote d’Ivoire radio sponsorship,” to the attention of Rev. Diane McGehee, Texas Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church, 5215 Main Street, Houston, Texas 77002