Around 10 pm on Tuesday, November 8, 2011, Eternal Love Winning Africa (ELWA) radio station in Monrovia, Liberia, went up in flames.
Late into Tuesday night, ELWA staff and others fought hard to fight the fire. As soon as the emergency call went out teams of soldiers from the UN peacekeeping forces, three branches of the police, and even an armoured tank arrived, as well as the Liberian Fire Service. Despite all the help, they were unable to save anything.
The radio station has been broadcasting from a temporary building since the fire. Rebuilding of a new studio is now underway.
ELWA Radio, began in 1954 and over the following 35 years grew into a well-respected Christian radio, broadcasting God’s Word into the unreached areas of much of West and North Africa. During the 14 year civil war in Liberia the radio station was bombed and looted. Since the end of the war, the radio has been relocated to an old ELWA garage building.
SIM Liberia’s vision is to restore ELWA Radio and enable the people of Liberia, and countries further afield through internet radio, satellite and other technologies to hear the gospel, be discipled and see their lives transformed.
Will Elphick, Director of SIM Liberia, explains: ‘We need to construct a new studio. Equipment, such as the computers, microphones and the main sound board need to be replaced. We wish to provide a newsroom, studios and control rooms for live programmes and the facility to record in a number of different languages. A rough estimate for this work is £190,000.’
We have the technical advice, a construction manager and £84,000 already raised. Construction began in November 2012.