November 7, 2007

1531 Church News 2

Adventist World Radio Plans TV Series
capA group of Tibetan residents recently trekked on foot for four days along the Nepal border to be baptized in a rocky, isolated mountain stream outside of Katmandu -- far from anti-Christian radicals—after learning about God on the radio.
Their story and others like it will soon be available to viewers of Making Waves, a new television program by the Seventh-day Adventist Church's international radio ministry, Adventist World Radio.
The series is meant to help church members in North America understand AWR's work around the world, said Ben Schoun, AWR president. Because AWR doesn't broadcast in North America -- choosing instead to concentrate its programming in areas where the world's "hardest-to-reach" people live -- "few church members here are aware of what we really do," Schoun said.

REMOTE BAPTISM: An Adventist World Radio film crew records interviews with radio listeners in Nepal. Their stories will be included in Making Waves, a new television series by the Adventist Church's international radio ministry. [Photo: AWR]

The first series of broadcasts will focus on Asia with future programs featuring other parts of the world.

Established in 1971, AWR now broadcasts thousands of hours of programming every day in 70 languages. People around the world tune in to AWR programming using AM/FM and shortwave radio, Internet podcasts and satellite transmitters.
Major media are reporting an upswing of interest in Christian shortwave broadcasts. On Oct. 7, The Washington Post, one of the leading U.S. newspapers, ran a front-page news article about such stations, and mentioned the Seventh-day Adventist Church as a leading sponsor of such programming. Post reporter Kevin Sullivan, writing from a remote village in the southern African nation of Mozambique, noted that for rural dwellers, “Radio is the only entertainment.”
This kind of impact for shortwave radio is part of the impetus for the new AWR television program. Schoun, along with AWR vice president for advancement Jim Ayer and a film crew recently spent several weeks taping interviews with AWR listeners in India, Nepal and Myannmar.
Along with stories reporting the real-life impact of AWR programming in the lives of people who live where missionaries cannot go, most episodes of 'Making Waves' will include a travelogue segment, exploring each region's local culture, religion and economy, producers said.
For 'Making Waves' airing dates and times on the church's Hope Channel, visit the Web site,
                                                   —by Shelley Nolan Freesland, AWR Communication Director, with AR Staff

CUC Student Killed in New Jersey Car Accident

Garvey King

G. King [Photo: CUC]

Students, faculty, and staff members at Columbia Union College are morning the death of Garvey King, a sophomore respiratory therapy major, who died in a traffic accident on October 18.

According to reports from the CUC public relations office, the accident occurred as King and his sister Chakakhan Davis, were traveling to their family’s home in Brooklyn, New York. An unknown driver who left the scene near milepost 69.4 of the New Jersey Turnpike hit King's vehicle at about 10:55 p.m. When King exited the disabled car, which partially blocked two lanes of traffic, he was struck and killed by a passing tractor-trailer. Davis, 25, was not injured.

King was a well-known student. Campus officials made available two buses to take students, faculty, and staff, to his funeral service at the Ephesus Seventh-day Adventist Church in New York City. The school also held a memorial service at Sligo Church on November 2 and provided grief counseling.

Please pray for the King family’s strength and comfort.