Seventh-Day Adventist Church

West-Central Africa Division Seventh-day Adventist Church


Novo Tempo Bissau radio realizes its first baptism in evangelistic campaign

Posted on Oct 25 2018

The campaign was held from September 29 to October 13, 2018, by Pastor Same Vincent Roger, Director for Evangelism and Sabbath School Ministries of the Central West Africa Division (WAD). It was crowned with the baptism of a Novo Tempo Radio listener.

Nicolas Gomes publicly accepted the gospel  message to join the Seventh-Day Adventist Church last Saturday, October 13.  Pastor Same Vincent Roger was the preacher and it was broadcasted through Novo Tempo radio and its surrondings. 

Nicolas and his family listened to the radio daily and accepted the interactive Bible study. "At first, I thought it was a foreign radio, I had never heard those songs before and the message was very good, but when they advertized their phone number, we noticed it was in Bissau. My wife decided to call in to get more information and we accepted the Bible study," he says.

The family understood the Bible better after studying at home and listening to the radio. They were especially interested in learning about the Commandments and the heavenly sanctuary. 16 people were baptized at the end of the evangelism, as a result of the work of the local members, personal ministry and Novo Tempo radio. Pastor Gaspar Gomes, president of the Guinea-Bissau Mission, said the radio has been a great blessing to the church and the country. "It is with great joy that we witness the first fruit of evangelism through the radio. My expectation is that, we will go further, where pastors and members have difficulty reaching, after all, we only have five pastors for the whole country.  We hope to reach people we do not have access due to territorial and religious issues”, says Pastor Gaspar.

The radio station is still in its experimental phase but it has been fulfilling its role of sharing the gospel message with the Guineans even though the country is predominantly Muslim. In addition, the station focus has been to broadcast programs about health and education.

[Photo: Moments before the baptism]

Pastor Same Vincent Roger stresses the importance Novo Tempo radio has today: "The apostle John says angels are crossing the sky as a part of the third angel's message - And that message is reaching Bissau. We must engage the whole church. God asks each of us to be witnesses, first of our own lives and then in sharing the gospel. I think in doing that we will be building a relationship with the Lord, preaching the gospel with our testimony and preparing for Heaven”, he concludes.

[Photo: Novo Tempo radio sympathizers during Interactive Course]

Novo Tempo radio has been operating for only three hours a day within a 80km range, but the results are visible. Several people have asked for Bible studies, two Bible classes were implemented and the church was mobilized to raise funds for the radio through the campaign “Angels of Hope”.


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