Media Training Event Plants Hope in India

Dr. Wright India Media SummitNRB leaders and a team of media experts helped train over 100 Christian media professionals and college students in Allahabad, India, last week in many areas of broadcasting, including single-camera shooting and editing.

“North India is dark spiritually, and needs the Light of Jesus,” remarked Ashvin Dhyriam, who helped organize the September 19-22 media training event with support from NRB and its members.

“Media will help us reach the people of north India,” added the Chennai native, who has been deeply touched by the spiritual darkness of areas like Allahabad, and has a desire for the Gospel to penetrate the darkness.

Last week’s four-day gathering, called the “All India Heavenly Kingdom Media Conference,” drew delegates from all over the country and included attendees from Nepal. While Christian radio is not well-developed in India due to some government constraints, conference workshops taught the value of community radio stations – a strategy that can open the door for more Christian programming in radio.

NRB member organizations CBN, In Touch, and HCJB Global provided instructors for some of the workshops in radio, TV, and management. The faculty included Krista Sederwall and Priti Choudhry from CBN. HCJB Global was represented by Ty Stakes from the Asia Pacific region and Dale Staggs from Australia. Dr. Ratna Sajja, the International Director for In Touch Ministries, served on a panel discussing the many facets of Christian broadcasting. And independent film producer Edward McDougal from the Chicago area worked with some of the advanced students and helped them produce effective video productions in just one day.

Dr. Ron Harris Dr. Frank Wright, NRB’s President & CEO, was also present and taught several management courses, and Dr. Ron Harris, NRB’s Senior Vice President for Strategic Partnerships, taught workshops in several areas.

“NRB is delighted to partner with Christian broadcasters in other countries like India,” commented Dr. Harris. “There are many gifted people that God has called to Christian media. We want to take the experience God has given us and assist others in their desire to reach their country for Christ.”

Plans are underway for a similar conference to be held next year, expanding on this year’s experience, which was funded in part by the donations made during the 2012 NRB Convention worship service.

“The 1.3 billion people of India need the hope found only in Jesus. Media can help take that message of hope and salvation to the masses,” concluded Dr. Harris.

PHOTOS ABOVE:  (1) Dr. Frank Wright, NRB President & CEO, teaching during the India media summit. (2) Dr. Ron Harris, Senior Vice President for Strategic Partnerships, instructing attendees at India media summit.

Published: September 27, 2012