24-26 April 2017, United Methodist Radios (and radios to be), met in Abidjan during the 3rd meeting of the United Methodist Radio Network (UMRN). For the third time, I was humbled to be part of the team leading preparations, execution and post event activities which brought United Methodists from across the world.
This year, Nigeria, Philippines and Sierra Leone joined the four founding members – Angola, Cote d’Ivoire, DRC and Liberia, increasing the membership of the body which seeks to bring together United Methodist radio practitioners. Discussions revolved around the following theme: The Role of the Radio in the Life of the Conference: Methodist Radios, Instrument of Development.
The gathering was marked by reflection workshops on the theme of the meeting. Mr. Eric M’boua, spoke on the importance of a broadcast schedule, for a radio station to stand out of the crowd of existing radios. On the last day of the UMRN meeting, the seven delegations had a general assembly to organize the work of the Network for the years ahead.
By God’s grace, it all started and ended well despite a cancelled flight and a case of minor indigestion.
Participants went back to their respective UMC annual conferences with a better understanding of the role of United Methodist Communications, the main partner and sponsor of the event.
A lot of work has been identified to strengthen the existing radios and much more is yet to be done for The UMC to remain in touch with faithfuls, while disseminating the Gospel through radio broadcasting in the exciting process of making disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world.