While in Haiti, Pastor Mioche asked if I would follow up on a lead he received 2 years ago… while visiting Minnesota he had learned that a local radio station could possibly have an “extra” FM radio transmitter. Pastor Mioche wants to upgrade his small radio station and a newer, higher power transmitter would be essential. After 2 years, the lead was a bit vague. But after some gumshoe detective work the pieces all came together. Amazingly, local radio station KNLW did have an extra transmitter and they were willing to donate it to Pastor Mioche. That transmitter is now on its way to Pastor Mioche.
KAAL news story …
Local Radio Station Sends Transmitter to Haiti
Posted at: 06/05/2013 9:47 PM
Updated at: 06/06/2013 9:23 AM
By: Jenna Lohse
(ABC 6 NEWS) — Nearly two and a half years after the earthquake that devastated Haiti, some local groups are still doing what they can to help. In this case, a local radio station is stepping up to make a donation, but it’s what they are donating that’s unusual.
On top of a cross at New Life Worship Center in Rochester sits an antenna. An antenna that transmits to radios across the area.
For 5 years, Pastor Bob Bernard and local volunteers have run 98.9FM KNLW, a Christian radio station, from inside the church. But they no longer need their backup transmitter.
“Better that it gets some use, than just sit up in the attic,” said Pastor Bob Bernard, New Life Worship Center.
Instead, they’ve decided to donate their barely used backup to a radio station in Haiti.
“I’m going to put it in a box and I’m going to ship it to pastor Mioche. Pastor Mioche has a small radio station, very low power, it’s in a very small room. He would never be able to afford a transmitter, so getting a gift like this is tremendous for him,” said Dennis Foster, who is sending the transmitter to Haiti.
The new transmitter will help Pastor Mioche Rock’s ministry in Haiti reach close to a half of million new listeners.
“This is just a blessing to us and to our town and villages in Haiti,” said Pastor Mioche Rock.
Which is crucial in Haiti, where radio is one of few channels of communication.
“You don’t have power everywhere, you don’t have newspaper everywhere, so this is the key to be able to connect with people,” said Mioche.
In a country that has so little, Pastor Bernard says a radio connection means everything.
“Who it really impacts is the person who hears the message and maybe has a child who hasn’t eaten in a few days and they can come to Pastor Rock’s ministry in Haiti and they can be fed,” said Bernard.
The transmitter is more than just a box of electronics, it’s a way for those in Haiti to receive the signal they need to stay connected.
Pastor Rock’s station in Haiti is currently running on 50 watts and his equipment is failing due to the climate. The newly donated transmitter is 300 watts and it should arrive in Haiti by Tuesday.