MEDIAlliance International, headed by Dr. Ron Harris, is in its second year of ministry but has already played an integral role in a number of new initiatives around the globe.
“It is always exciting to see God at work through His dedicated servants,” shared Dr. Harris, who launched MEDIAlliance after serving nearly five years as NRB Senior Vice President for Strategic Partnerships. “We are grateful that the Lord allows MEDIAlliance to be a catalyst to expand His work around the world.”
Included in the ministry’s praise report is the March 15 launch of the Indian Christian Media Association (ICMA) in New Delhi, which took place after three years of development, planning, and prayer. MEDIAlliance was one of the organizations that helped with the formation of the new association as was NRB and a number of NRB member organizations, including CBN, In Touch, and HCJB Global. Furthermore, a gathering of Christian broadcasters and communicators in India in the fall of 2012 was funded in part by the donations made during the 2012 NRB Convention worship service. This coming fall, ICMA will host another media training conference September 3-5 in Mumbai, India. A leadership team, headed by the new President of the ICMA, Sanjiv Edwards, is steering the association to unify and strengthen Christian media in the largely Hindu nation.
Also in March, MEDIAlliance participated in a strategic meeting of dedicated evangelical broadcasters, including some from SAT-7 and Radio 7 Albania and Kosovo. Together, the team began the process of providing Christian children’s TV programs for use in Albania and Kosovo.
“God has opened an amazing opportunity to place these programs on the most popular secular television station in Kosovo,” reported Dr. Harris. “SAT-7, which has a full channel dedicated to children’s programming, is helping to meet this need by supplying select programs from the thousands of hours already produced. The process of translation and dubbing is now underway.”
MEDIAlliance also helped with the expansion of Radio Voice of the Gospel (RVE), which recently added a new radio station, bringing their network of Christian radio outlets to ten stations. MEDIAlliance assisted in funding the newest addition to RVE’s group in Moldova Noua, on the border between Romania and Serbia. According to Dr. Harris, the station’s border location opens up opportunities to minister to the potential Serbian listeners as well as the Romanian audience. Sasko Bogeski of ELION Media Ministry in Belgrade, Serbia, is reportedly assisting in acquiring music and programming in the Serbian language.
Most recently, MEDIAlliance completed a $100,000 matching gift challenge in 10 weeks. Financial support from across the U.S. and around the world helped the ministry reach the $100,000 goal, securing an equal amount from a generous donor.
“There are many opportunities for MEDIAlliance to help other Christian broadcasters be more effective in sharing Christ and His Good News,” stated Dr. Harris. “This challenge was not about dollars, it was about the Gospel, making it more accessible to millions around the world.”
Based in Texas, MEDIAlliance International is dedicated to the training, mentoring, connecting, and encouraging of Christian media ministries around the world. Aside from India, training seminars are in the works for Eastern Europe, Haiti, and Indonesia.
PHOTO ABOVE: Leaders of the new Indian Christian Media Association meet with NRB President & CEO Dr. Jerry A. Johnson. From left to right: Mr. Ashvin Dhyriam, Mr. Luziano Falario, Dr. Johnson, ICMA President Mr. Sanjiv Edwards, and MEDIAlliance President Dr. Ron Harris. Photograph courtesy of MEDIAlliance.
Published: May 15, 2014