BBI News - Hope Radio Storm Damage
Many of you are aware that several months ago the area where Hope Radio is located was hit by an unusually strong storm. This storm caused damage throughout Mango, including the Hope Radio property. The extremely high speed winds destroyed the roofs on the studio and transmitter buildings. In the process of ripping the roofs off, one of the pieces of roofing material struck one of the guy wires supporting the antenna tower, cutting it. This caused the tower to twist and collapse, destroying it. We have been raising money to rebuild what the wind destroyed. The cleanup is finished and the rebuild has begun.
We are thankful for the project manager from the Association of Baptists for World Evangelism (ABWE) who arrived in Mango in August. On-sight assessments have been completed along with consultation with the project office to confirm new truss designs and materials to begin to rebuild the roof systems of the Hope Radio studio and transmitter buildings. Construction has begun to repair columns and materials have been ordered to manufacture steel trusses that will require a crane to install after the rainy season is over. Pray for the availability of an adequate crane to complete the task.
The preparation of a support structure for solar power will soon begin with installation of the solar panels planned for January, 2018.
A new tower has been purchased and loaded into a container which will be shipped from the United States in October. New anchor points are being prepared to be poured upon arrival of the tower (about two or three months from now). Once the anchors are set and cured, the new tower will be erected.
We are pleased to report that the license has been secured from the government of Togo which will allow us to begin broadcasting as soon as the rebuild is complete. Hope Radio Mango will go on the air at 93.1 FM!
Continue to pray for the safety of all workers and for the Lord to provide the funds needed to complete the rebuild project. Many have already responded with generous gifts. As the Lord leads, you may give to the Hope Radio Disaster Fund.