Radio shows are often used as a means to save souls. A group of Christians in Burkina Faso are using their show to save an entire village from an unfolding disaster.
Local radio phone-in competitions are usually pretty trivial affairs. Guess a piece of music or a famous celebrity’s voice and you could win a CD you don’t really want...
Today’s phone in, in Koumbri, Burkina Faso has prizes on offer and they’re clearly good enough to get the switchboard buzzing with calls. But this isn’t pop trivia – the answers to these quiz questions could save the whole village.
The RED revolution
This is Radio Evangile Development (RED). It was set up as an evangelistic tool by the international organisation Youth For Christ. As they put it 'The radio reaches everywhere... The testimonies that reach us are moving.'
However RED, supported by Tearfund, has been persuaded to broaden the scope of its work. This isn’t just straightforward evangelism. Koumbri has a major environmental crisis and the residents need to act fast.
Koumbri has lost large numbers of trees because of excessive logging and mining in the area. Also, the climate has changed and the rains are no longer regular.