Moody Radio Indiana listeners have donated over $55,000 to build a new radio station in Mali, West Africa. The station has the potential to reach over 1 million people.
“One of the objectives of Moody Radio is to build global partnerships,” said Ray Hashley, Moody Radio Indiana station manager. “This project was a great opportunity to connect our listeners with something that they could appreciate, because they understand the value of Christian radio.”
Working with Tim Wright, a missionary with Christian Missionary Alliance, Hashley and Joel Wright, Operation Next engineer, traveled to Mali in November 2012. Tim Wright, grew up on the mission field and has been using radio to share the Gospel in Mali for many years. He proposed building a new station in the town of Sikasso, located in the southern part of the country.
With the help of Moody Radio Indiana listeners, the construction funds were raised and work on the facility began in November. Equipment that had been shipped earlier was installed and a temporary tower was erected.
“The process to put a station on the air in Mali is vastly different then here in the U.S.,” said Hashley, “Even getting consistent electricity was an issue which made it difficult to get enough power to the station to operate the equipment.”
Named Radio Ticenme, which means Radio Grace, the station was completed in December. However, Radio Ticenme has yet to begin broadcasting. They are waiting for the Mali government to approve their license. With the recent political unrest in the country, no one is certain when this approval will come.