Tibet Gets First Adventist World Radio Broadcasts
After a two-year search for a producer, Adventist World Radio is thrilled to begin airing its first shortwave programs in Tibetan.
AWR has two six-month broadcast schedules, which change in the spring and fall, and new languages are usually introduced at the time of the schedule change. “In this case, we are departing from our usual procedure and starting these new programs in the middle of our season,” said Dowell Chow, AWR president. “We have wanted to start Tibetan programs for many years, and now that we have a producer, we are eager to begin reaching listeners as soon as possible with the voice of hope.”
TIBET OPPORTUNITY: Scene of a Buddhist temple in Tibet. The autonomous province in China is now getting broadcasts from Adventist World Radio.Tibet is a mountainous province or “autonomous region” in China, with no organized Seventh-day Adventist Church structure and only a handful of church members among a population of 3 million people.
When AWR began spreading the word that it was looking for a Tibetan radio producer, a few leads came through contacts at other supporting ministries. Eventually AWR contacted—through e-mail—a man named Nurpu. He traveled to neighboring Nepal last fall to meet Chow at AWR-Nepal’s first listener reunion, and began training with AWR’s longtime Nepali producers and technician. Having learned the equipment and voice announcing skills, Nurpu returned home with a supply of radio scripts from the Nepali team, which he began translating by hand and contextualizing for the Tibetan people. Since then he has made the journey back to Kathmandu, Nepal, three times to do more recordings in the AWR studio. As programs were produced, AWR started airing them once a week on an FM station in Nepal near the Tibetan border.
Nurpu’s trips require considerable perseverance: a long walk from his hillside home to a larger town, a bus ride, at least a full‐day’s walk to the Nepali border, and another long bus ride to Kathmandu. The expedition, one way, can take between three and six days. Even at home Nurpu’s life is not easy. Although his small house does have electricity and he is able to use the laptop computer provided by AWR, to access e-mail he must hike down the mountainside to a lower village to visit an Internet café. His days are very full as he raises some animals and food for his family and also works as a Gospel Outreach pioneer.
“Please pray for Nurpu as he continues the hard work of producing programs for his people,” Chow says, “that he may be encouraged in this ministry, which is in its infancy.”
—Shelley Nolan Freesland, Adventist World Radio