TV station to share Good News
The free-to-air Adventist television station in Samoa has officially opened its new studio.
Good News TV was started by the Ryan family to share the Adventist message through television in Samoa. Early in 2011, with the lease ending on their rented premises, they decided to build their own dedicated television and radio studios and offices.
Tatou Owen Ryan hopes to start broadcasting Samoan language radio soon.
The dedication service saw the spacious studio filled to capacity by the station’s supporters, Samoas-Tokelau Mission (STM) administrators, a number of Samoan pastors from overseas, who had come for ministers’ meetings, and the Vailele church choir, who sang during the program.
The station has been broadcasting international Hope Channel as well as locally produced Samoan language content, such as a Revelation panel discussion, morning devotions, church services and sermons. The station was established in 1999. The radio and satellite set-up were made possible through a 13th Sabbath offering from the South Pacific Division (SPD).
With their own studio now open, Good News hopes to begin local radio broadcasting on Good News 92.9 FM.
The dedication began with a welcome from Owen Ryan, who funded the project and on whose land the studio has been built.
STM president, Pastor Uili Solofa, opened the program with a prayer before Anna Ryan led the guests through a brief history of the station.
Pastor Uili Solofa, president of the Samoas-Tokelau Mission, opens the dedication with a prayer.
“The sacrifices have been numerous but you do it for God,” she said. She also thanked the STM office, local churches, Kiwi Plumbing and Vailele church, among others, for their support.
SPD president, Dr Barry Oliver, who also attended the ceremony, said, “I want to congratulate all who have worked and prayed for this day. God always has a great future in store for those who trust Him.
“As Adventists we are committed to sharing our values through the media.”
Dr Erika Puni, Stewardship and Sabbath School ministries director for the General Conference, brought a message of congratulations and affirmation from GC President, Dr Ted Wilson.