Moody Radio recently completed their second Global Partners Project training conference. Held June 18-21 at the Hephzibah Christian Center in Aburi, Ghana, West Africa, it was attended by more than 200 Christian ministry and broadcast leaders from 15 African countries.
In partnership with Theovision International and Africa by Radio, a team of professionals from across Moody Radio, Moody Bible Institute and HCJB Global led training sessions in radio production, biblical programming, social media, writing, emerging technology, fundraising, leadership and other areas.
"Our purpose was to focus on our main thrust at Moody, and that's Bible and media training," said Bruce Everhart, Moody's vice president of Donor Development and Channel Strategy. "I think we accomplished that very well during this conference and it ended up being one of the largest media training conferences in Theovision International's history."
Afternoon sessions were devoted to hands-on learning. Participants used the tools and training to produce short features and other content for broadcast. Each day concluded with lively worship along with teaching by Dr. Winfred Neely, professor of Pastoral Studies at Moody Bible Institute in Chicago, Ill. Dr. Neely took the group through the Old Testament narrative in Ruth, exhorting them to faithfulness in their daily routine and encouraging them that God would fulfill the bigger picture of their lives.
"This conference has been very helpful," said Kwame Nkrumah who serves with Wycliffe Bible Translators and Seed Company in Ghana, West Africa. "Spiritually, I've been blessed through the devotionals and the discussions." Nkrumah participated in the conference's leadership track and learned about the biblical foundation for stewardship during sessions led by Everhart. "All that I have heard has changed my attitude and my mentality toward fundraising," stressed Ancroma. "I used to considerate (fundraising) as going there to ask, but today I learned the principle of fundraising as being ministry."
Moody Radio will be following up with the conference attendees in several months to find out how they are applying what they learned at the training in their ministries. "We want to serve our brothers and sisters involved in broadcasting the gospel around the world well," added Collin Lambert, vice president of Moody Radio. "As we move forward with future Global Partners Project Training conferences, this crucial feedback will help us determine the effectiveness and scope of the training."
Moody Radio's Global Partners initiative is designed to forge relationships with media ministry groups and to train others to advance the gospel through radio. A similar four-day conference was first held in Sofia, Bulgaria, in Nov. 2012.
For more information about Moody Radio's Global Partners Project, including brief summaries and short video recaps of each day in Aburi, Ghana, West Africa, please visit www.moodyradio.org/globalpartners.