ATCU Prepares for HC Inter-America

ATCU Prepares for HC Inter-America
By John Garcia, ATCU

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The communication department of the Inter-American Division of Seventh-day Adventists (IAD) hosted its first Hope Channel (HC) Advisory in Miami, Florida during March 4 and 5, 2015 as it unveiled plans to establish Hope Channel Inter-America comprised of three satellite HC channels, broadcasting in English, French, and Spanish. Pastor Leon Wellington, IAD communication director, explained that each of the three channels will air programs in a different language in order to present the gospel in a culturally relative context.

While HC is the official television network of the Seventh-day Adventist World Church, offering programs on wholistic Christian living, Brad Thorp, president of HC, emphasized that HC is not a church.

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“The objective of the programming is not to encourage people to forgo attending church and church activities and stay home and watch HC, but to lead them to a local Seventh-day Adventist church.”

Pastor Thorp further explained that there is work that the local pastors, leaders, and congregations do which HC cannot and will not attempt to substitute.

At the advisory, the union representatives from the media houses throughout the twenty-
three territories of the IAD received guidelines and ideas for program production and submission. They also were challenged and inspired to create quality, relevant content that would enable viewers around the IAD territory to grow spiritually, mentally, physically, and most importantly, to make a commitment to Christ and become baptized, practicing Adventists.


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HC has committed to supporting the media houses in the various fields, through the communication department of IAD, with all that they possibly can in order to see HC Inter-America fulfill its mission within the territory and beyond.

Attending from the Atlantic Caribbean Union (ATCU) were Pastor Andrew Burrows, communication director, and John Garcia, IT and media coordinator.

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At its last executive committee meeting, ATCU voted to adopt HC as the official television station for the union, and it can be viewed throughout most of the territory. On March 2, 2015, HC was included in the basic cable TV package offered by Cable Bahamas in The Bahamas. To view HC on a computer or mobile device and for further information, go to
http://www.hopetv.org