Three Angels Broadcasting Network exists to bring the three angels’ messages of Revelation 14 to the world, and now we’ve been blessed with a new network—3ABN Français!
“This is the most exciting outreach to the French-speaking world I’ve ever seen in all my years of ministry,” says 3ABN president, Jim Gilley. “We are delighted to begin broadcasting to this new audience, and we praise the Lord for this blessing!”
Hundreds of millions speak French either as their official language or lingua franca (a language used among people of different mother tongues), and just as He’s done before, God has chosen a special couple to lead out in the work.
Simon and Rose-Hélène Bolo live in Martinique, a French region of the Caribbean that shares the French language with the nearby island of Guadeloupe, and French Guiana, on the northern coast of South America. Simon first discovered 3ABN while installing a satellite dish in 1999, and although he couldn’t understand English, he recognized our Seventh-day Adventist programming by watching a prophecy series.
Soon he contacted Moses Primo, 3ABN’s director of broadcasting and engineering, to obtain permission to rebroadcast and translate 3ABN programs into French.
“From the beginning, I saw the great potential to preach the gospel in French, and it has been a burden on my heart to offer the three angels’ messages in as many different languages as possible,” Moses says.
A Dream Comes True
In 2009, Simon secured a channel on Numéricable, the French-owned cable company serving Martinique, Guadeloupe, and French Guiana.
“My dream was to preach the gospel through television,” Simon says, “but I thought it would be by building a television station, not an entire network! However, God convinced me I should be working with 3ABN, and we are excited to do so.”
The work has required great sacrifice from Simon and Rose-Hélène, but God has faithful supplied their needs. Recently they traveled to our headquarters to set up the network and train in network operations and production.
“Lay ministry work is somewhat new in our region, but we are blessed to have the support of the church,” Simon adds. “Pastor Thelor Lambert, the communications director for the French Antilles-Guiana Union Conference of Seventh-day Adventists, shares in our excitement and has agreed to serve on our board of directors.”
“We’ve been blessed by a group of 20 volunteers who translate programs and help in the production of events like the recent Ten Commandments Weekend in Guadeloupe,” Rose-Hélène adds. “New French programs will soon arrive from Canada’s Mieux Vivre (Better Living) ministry, as well as from other areas, like France, Nigeria, Guadeloupe, and French Guiana.
“As I watch, I feel the power of God’s blessing on 3ABN, and I want all French people to experience this power!”
“French has been one of the dearest languages to me for a long time because of the challenge of reaching a secular society,” Moses concludes. “Once again, I see God’s perfect timing, and I’m excited about what’s in store!”