The Voice of Hope, a radio ministry of The United Methodist Church, has transmitted vital information about spiritual needs, health and legal matters to more than 1 million people in 18 languages daily across Côte d’Ivoire.
The station, La Voix de L’Esperance in French, was begun in 2009 after church leaders decided radio was the best way to communicate with a rural population with high rates of illiteracy and poor access to the Internet or television.
The station was central to the denomination’s efforts to inform the public during the Ebola outbreak, which killed more than 11,000 people in West Africa.
The station’s mission is to promote hope through Jesus Christ. However, the station’s staff, like its listening audience, includes Christians and Muslims.
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