By Michael Ireland, Chief Correspondent for the ASSIST News Service (www.assstnews.net)
BELIZE (ANS – July 22, 2017) — With the slogan, “Shining the Light on Darkness,” Lighthouse Christian Radio 101.3 FM in Belize has been providing a variety of Christian-based programming and music for 24 hours, seven days a week.
On Sunday, July 16, the radio station celebrated its 13th Anniversary.
Pastor Clive Welsh spearheads the station, and is optimistic that his ministry will continue to positively influence the community of San Pedro, Caye Caulker, and across parts of Belize, according to a report in The San Pedro Sun (www.sanpedrosun.com).
Lighthouse Christian Radio is a non-commercial station that currently hosts half-hour teaching programs, and a variety of Christian music, including contemporary, praise and worship, Reggae, Spanish and Caribbean. They also provide daily local, national, international, and Central American news broadcasts, while occasionally airing two segments, “Daily Devotional Thought” and “Who’s Who?”.
In an effort to accommodate the majority of Lighthouse Christian Radio listeners, a Spanish broadcast of teaching programs and music is played daily in the evenings and early mornings.
Welsh said the radio station has evolved over time.
“In 2003, the only Christian-based radio station was Radio Emmanuel. On July 16, 2004, I became the director, and changed the name to Lighthouse Christian Radio.
“The role a lighthouse plays is to provide direction for those who are lost at sea, symbolizing security and hope as they maneuver through life’s storms and rough waters.
“Yet the darkness of sin is prevalent as both residents and visitors seek to fill their emptiness with the vices of the world. Thus, we officially turned on our transmitter by noon, and began broadcasting the next day. The radio station has expanded throughout the years from 12-hour broadcast to 24-hours to date,” he said.
Welsh told The San Pedro Sun that he originally started his media career in television.
“I’m a Belizean native, but I moved to Los Angeles, California, where I was able to obtain an Associates of Arts degree in Radio/ Television/ Film at Los Angeles Junior College.
“As television was my main passion, I never thought I would become involved in Christian radio. However, God called me to this type of ministry and I was able to see the impact Christian Radio has in reaching the lost and equipping the believers for the work of the ministry.”
Aside from directing the radio station, Welsh is currently the San Pedro president of the Justice of the Peace and Commissioner of the Supreme Court, president of the He Intends Victory (HIV) Ministry, and a member San Pedro’s Evangelical Alliance. He continues to offer support/mentorship to fatherless youth. In his future plans, he hopes he can be able to introduce media broadcasting as a career option for students.
Welsh said he praises the Lord for completing another fruitful year, and looks forward to the years ahead.
Welsh told the newspaper he particularly thanked Chip and Larissa Lusko, Dennis Requena, Leon Berger, Charles Murphy and Elmer Montero, for their contribution toward running the station, and also to the various teaching programs that sponsor airtime. He also thanked the Honorable Manuel Heredia Jr., and all of the local Belizean community for their ongoing support.
Lighthouse Christian Radio is located on Buccaneer Street and Pescador Drive, San Pedro, Belize. For questions, comments, or programming information, you may contact Welsh by email at firstname.lastname@example.org
(Editor’s Note: This reporter first met Clive Welsh at a National Religious Broadcasters (NRB) Convention in Anaheim, California, in 2001 and we have been roommates at several NRB Conventions since then).
Note: Belize is a nation on the eastern coast of Central America, with Caribbean Sea shorelines to the east and dense jungle to the west. Offshore, the massive Belize Barrier Reef, dotted with hundreds of low-lying islands called cayes, hosts rich marine life. Belize’s jungle areas are home to Mayan ruins like Caracol, renowned for its towering pyramid; lagoon-side Lamanai; and Altun Ha, just outside Belize City.
Photo captions: 1) Clive Welsh at the microphone. 2) Lighthouse Christian Radio logo on the outside of the broadcast studio building. 3) Michael Ireland.
About the Writer: Michael Ireland is a volunteer internet journalist serving as Chief Correspondent for the ASSIST News Service, as well as an Ordained Minister, and an award-winning local cable-TV program host/producer who has served with ASSIST Ministries and written for ANS since its beginning in 1989. He has reported for ANS from Jamaica, Mexico, Nicaragua, Israel, Jordan, China, and Russia. Please consider helping Michael cover his expenses in bringing news of the Persecuted Church, by logging-on to: https://actintl.givingfuel.com/ireland-michael
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