The church’s official television network continues to expand worldwide. This week Carmen McMurdy has Hope Channel updates from a media center in Brazil and a research base in Antarctica.
Hope Channel is celebrating the opening of a new production facility in Brazil. Located near the city of Sao Paulo the new four story office and studio complex will serve Hope Channel's South American based channels Novo Tempo and Nuevo Tiempo which broadcast in the Portuguese and Spanish languages. The new building is located next to the existing headquarters complex which will be converted to additional studio space. Various dignitaries from around the world attended the event including several pioneers in Adventist television.
Hope Channel is now truly global with viewership in all seven continents. Since its beginning in 2003, Hope Channel has been committed to sending its signal to every corner of the globe by going into as many countries and people groups as possible. Today Hope Channel is more than a dozen international channels in many different languages. For several years it has been possible to view Hope Channel on all six inhabited continents, but the network has broken new ground with a loyal band of viewers at a research base in the Antarctic. Twice a week, on Sabbath and Sunday, a group of South African scientists watch "Hope Sabbath School" on this perpetually frozen continent. While working at the bottom of the world is a lonely job, one on the viewers writes that "Hope Sabbath School" makes all the difference. "Here in the cold and isolation of Antarctica," he writes, "you do get depressed and need a message of Hope -- especially now in winter when we do not see the sun at all." For Hope Channel, I'm Carmen McMurdy.