JERUSALEM, Israel – The State of Israel took another step in its prophetic calling to be a light to the nations by licensing the Voice of Hope radio network to broadcast from Israel to Syria, Lebanon, Cyprus, Jordan, Egypt and Turkey.
By providing a radio broadcast frequency to the evangelical Christian network, Israel is helping Voice of Hope reach out to Arab Christians suffering intense persecution in many Middle Eastern countries.
Israeli Communication Minister Tzachi Hanegbi said the programming will be “an uplifting tool and a benefit to our neighbors.”
“This radio station exemplifies the deep connection and unique bond that Israel has with the American people and between Jews and Christians. We are certain that the message of hope that will be brought by the station will be an uplifting tool and a benefit to our neighbors,” Hanegbi said. “The State of Israel supports any message of peace to the people in neighboring countries and this is why we decided to support the reestablishment of the Voice of Hope.”
CBN News has a special connection to the outreach.
In 1979, the late George Otis founded the Voice of Hope, which broadcast from southern Lebanon for nearly 20 years. Otis also founded Middle East Television (METV), which he later passed on to CBN.
When the Israeli military left southern Lebanon in 2000, METV relocated to Cyprus.
Today, Voice of Hope is owned and operated by Strategic Communications Group, a global evangelical radio network reaching Latin America and Africa.
Founder and President John Tayloe said the programming will feature Christian Arab presenters, Arabic Christian music, news, education, drama and inspirational messages.
“I am excited that this powerful Christian radio station was licensed by the State of Israel to deliver a message of hope and encouragement to the people of the Middle East,” Tayloe said in a press release. “The Voice of Hope is established in support of Christians of the Middle East and is a gift of love from Christians in the United States and Canada.”
This article originally appeared on CBN News, April 3, 2017, and reposted with permission.