82 Islands , including several volcanoes, spread over 12,300 square km make up The Great South Land of the Holy Spirit, the New Hebrides or, as we call it today, Vanuatu.
Bilslama is the national language (similar to pidgin) however French and English are also commonly spoken – which one is spoken depends on where you are in Vanuatu.
Our radio ministry here is in its infancy. There was a UCB Vanuatu established a number of years ago and it established 90FM in the capital of Port Vila. But unfortunately the radio station leadership decided they wanted to split from the UCB family. Since we still have a vision to see the whole nation reached we now find ourselves in a rebuilding stage.
The good news is that we have made a fresh start with the Vanuatu Christian Council (VCC) and we already have a four small, test stations on air bringing Christian radio to new communities for the very first time.
Grid electricity is still unavailable in many places, however solar technology has enabled us to install two standalone, solar powered radio stations. This is an exciting development and their success opens many new and exciting opportunities. They are proving the only radio service able to be received by the people living in these communities!
We are looking forward to re-establishing studio facilities and high powered FM services to better serve the 280,000 wonderful people who call these beautiful tropical Islands ‘home’.
The Word for Today
We are delighted to include Vanuatu in the launch of our special 12 month edition of The Word for Today. 1,000 copies of the Vanuatu edition are available for the very first time. And with your support we will be able to grow this number in future years. Email us if you’d like to know more.
Our UCB Vanuatu team
We currently have our application registered with the Vanuatu Financial Services Commission as our first step for UCB Vanuatu to become an officially registered and recognised Not-for-Profit association.
Pictured is the team in Tanna who helped us put on Laef FM in Lenakel.
if you’re interested in helping out please get in touch with us today or see our Vanuatu website for more details.