March-past salute by Betio young people. [Photo Courtesy of Adventist Record]
Kiribati | Tarataake Angiraoi/Record staff

A Kiribati government minister was among more than 300 people gathered to commemorate Hope Radio’s third anniversary on December 16, 2021.

The ceremony, held in front of the Kiribati Mission office, began with a formal parade by Adventist Youths (AYs), Pathfinders, Adventurers, and church members from seven churches around Tarawa, the Kiribati capital.

Over the past three years, Hope Radio has become not only an informer, educator, and entertainer, but a powerful evangelistic platform that has changed lives,as evidenced through the baptism of a considerable number of new families into the Seventh-day Adventist Church.

In his welcome remarks, Pastor Taabua Rokeatau, Kiribati Mission president, said Hope Radio has made a significant contribution to the Kiribati government, especially government ministries needing to disseminate important announcements to local people in situations like the COVID-19 pandemic. Hope Radio has assisted the Ministry of Health by airing radio spots promoting hand-washing and cleaning the environment.

Dr. Itinteang addresses the crowd. [Photo Courtesy of Adventist Record]

Dr. Itinteang addresses the crowd. [Photo Courtesy of Adventist Record]

Dr. Tinte Itinteang, minister of Health and Medical Services, representing the Kiribati head of state and the vice president, who is away on official trips, said the government thanked the Adventist Church for its valuable contribution in many areas, especially in promoting better health through the Tarawa wellness center and programs aired on Hope Radio.

Dr. Itinteang confirmed he is a keen listener of Hope Radio and said radio is very useful in keeping people informed, educated, and entertained in matters not only associated with their physical, social, and mental health, but their spiritual well-being as well.

The minister’s speech was followed by the cutting of an anniversary ribbon holding the anniversary balloon. This was followed by a performance of a special Hope Radio song by the group Echoes of Hope, then a march-past by the AYs, Pathfinders, and Adventurers. With the formalities over, the special guests were taken on a short tour of the radio tower and studios before being served refreshments.

This article was originally published on the website of Adventist Record