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Caribbean Radio Lighthouse, Antigua
By Nathan Owens
Most storm preparation messages will advise one to have a battery operated radio on hand
in order to get information during and after a storm. The Caribbean Radio Lighthouse
(CRL) on Antigua is on the flip side of that message. With an AM radio broadcast that
covers over 20 populated Caribbean countries and a potential listening audience of over
two million people, it is our job to broadcast storm updates as well as the message of peace
only found through Jesus Christ.
The Lighthouse’s original studio building, over 40 years old and located on government
land, was eaten away by rust, termites, and rats and would not withstand a direct hurricane
hit. We started a construction project in the spring of 2016 to remodel one of our ministry
buildings to be the new location of CRL radio station facilities. We began hearing that a
hurricane may be headed our way as the project was nearing completion. Rather than
risk losing our radio equipment at the old location, we decided to go forward with the
move September 1–3, even though a few finishing touches were yet to be completed.
Hurricane Irma, a Category 5 storm, arrived on September 6 and directly hit Barbuda, our
sister island, only 39 miles to the north. During the storm, Ken
and Nancy Kirkland and I stayed at the new facility, while my
wife, Renee, and her visiting parents stayed in the other ministry
house. Due to poor internet service during the storm, we were
unable to stream our radio signal or get storm updates via email
or online. Family in the States would call or text information to
us so we could provide listeners with storm updates.
4 BIMI WORLD
Number 1, 2018