Theovision international has successfully hosted a 4 day Global Partners Training at Hephzibah Christian Center, Aburi, Ghana. 50 participants from across 14 African countries joined their Ghanaian media counterparts to number 215, for this Media training which was facilitated by Moody Radio, one of America’s largest and oldest Christian radio networks in partnership with HCJB and Africa By Radio.
Responding to Reverend Theodore Asare’s call that African needs training, Moody radio dispatched 15 of its most skilled and experienced management and staff including two Vice Presidents and a Member of their Board of Trustees to Ghana to drive this landmark event. Attendees to this event which comprised radio presenters, Journalists, radio Pastors and other media practitioners were upbeat about the knowledge gained from the various sessions of Radio Production, On-Air Work, Social Media and Leadership treated.
Of particular relevance were the training received in interview skills, writing for media, developing catchy tease for radio, integrating an online web presence, harnessing emerging technology, effective fundraising strategies and conflict resolution. The interactive and reciprocal nature of the sessions helped facilitators to see the actual needs of participants and address them. Feedback received from surveys collected after each session were also employed to adjust training contents where necessary. Clemet Boateng, a participant at the training sums it all up when he said, “I think I met God at GPT 2013, He thought me new things. They were revelations.” Indeed, this training fit the world class tag that participants put to it.
To make the training even more meaningful, the afternoon sessions were devoted to actual practice on-site. Facilitators guided participants to use the tools and training received to create short features and develop real contents for broadcasting. When the works were played to the audience on the final day, everyone was amazed at the quality of work produced within such a short time.
The songs of praise and worship, coupled with the energetic dance by attendees that characterized the evening sessions had everyone looking up to those evenings. Our partners from Moody were amazed to see such selfless worship being exhibited. Dr. Winfred Neely, a Professor of Preaching at Moody Bible Institute, led the attendants with his exposition of the book of Ruth. He showed through God’s word how Ruth progressed from emptiness, to a servant, to an available bride and finally a wife. He admonished the participants to remain faithful to God in their daily routine as that will propel God to fulfill his bigger picture for their lives.
The gathering which was a mix of professionals from diverse cultural backgrounds, also set the platform for networking and sharing ideas on best practices of the industry. Many people who had traveled long distances shared the problems they faced in their areas and welcomed suggestions to solve them. Facilitators also showed an admirable willingness to connect with participants and even share correspondence beyond the training. Bruce Everhart stated in a meeting between Theovision and Moody staff and management that the meeting had far exceeded their expectation and he was full of praise for Theovision for the work done.
To climax the training, participants received a certificate of participation from the organizers. Addressing participants at the closing ceremony, Rev. Theodore Asare charged them to go and make good use of the knowledge and skill gained to promote their ministries and organizations. He stressed that with the right training, Africans can be empowered to do even more than what their counterparts in the west are doing. He pleaded with Moody Radio to come again, reechoing the cry of each and every participants at the training.