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80,000 Experience Pentecost '98 Live by Satellite

Soweto, South Africa … [ANN] At least 80,000 people are experiencing the satellite outreach program ‘Pentecost ‘98,’ a gospel-based broadcast from the stadium of Vista University, Soweto that began on April 25.

"We were delighted with the overall way in which the meetings have begun this first week," says Brad Thorp, president of the Adventist Global Communication Network and program coordinator for Pentecost ‘98. "Many organizational details had to be finalized and thank God everything has come together in a wonderful way."

Speaker Fitz Henry’s presentations are uplinked live by satellite to hundreds of sites across Africa, including Angola, Botswana, Cameroon, Ivory Coast, Lesotho, Malawi, Namibia, Rwanda, Swaziland, Tanzania, and Zimbabwe. Large numbers of participants attended the first night in Rwanda (16,000) and Malawi (30,000), reports Jean Emmanuel Nlo Nlo, communication director of the Seventh-day Adventist Church’s Africa-Indian Ocean Division.

Warren Judd, technical producer for the series, says that the technology is working well and the programming is very successful.

"The transmissions have been successfully received as far away as Windsor, England as well as in most of the countries of Africa," says Judd. "There is a lot of excitement over the series and there are some churches in Rwanda where 300 people are inside a church watching the broadcasts and another 1,000 people are standing outside the church just listening to the sound only!"

Pentecost ‘98 runs daily until May 23, and is being broadcast in 16 languages. [Jonathan Gallagher]