Novo Tempo Inaugurates Milton Afonso Studios
CONGRATULATIONS: South American division president Erton Köhler presents a plaque to Milton Afonso, patron of Adventist communications in Brazil, for his contributions to the church’s broadcasting ministries. New studios at Novo Tempo Network in Jacareí, São Paulo state, are named in his honor.
Seventh-day Adventists in South America are expected to triple the production output at the Novo Tempo network headquarters in Jacareí, São Paulo state, Brazil, following the December 2012 opening of four new television production studios and other facilities in a building named for noted Brazilian Adventist and entrepreneur Milton Soldani Afonso.
Afonso, founder of the Golden Cross health insurance company, celebrated his ninety-first birthday on December 12, 2012, the day the studios were dedicated. He attended the ceremony.
Antonio Tostes, Novo Tempo’s general director, praised Afonso “not only for his support, but also his influence and example.”
EXHIBIT: Wall of pictures and memorabilia notes the life and work of Dr. Afonso.On the same note, Erton Köhler, South American Division president, emphasized the difference one man can make in society, noting Afonso’s support in the areas of education, communication, professional training, and church construction.
Calling Afonso “a man used by God,” Köhler noted that while most business owners invest in things only for their own benefit, Afonso found a third investment option: God’s work.
The ceremony concluded with a screening of Novo Tempo’s documentary about Afonso’s life, tracing his route from a boy selling candy in the street to the highest levels of business success. As for the honoree, Afonso simply said: “I put myself in God’s hands. He did the work!”
—reported by Lisandro Staut, Márcio Basso Gomes, and Franciele Mota, ASN News