Media Studio Esperanza
How did Media Studio Hope come about?
The ministry of Media Studio Esperanza began in 1989 with the vision of engineer Jerry Jeske, who joined Rio Grande; showed skills for radio, print, and video. Both he and Bob Kracht had in their hearts to start a video ministry. There was a missionary in Weslaco named: James Monsey who had a professional video crew.
Having everything necessary for the recording, the first course was carried out: the book of James. The edition was taken by a volunteer who helped to have the 16 lessons ready. Another publisher at that time was Bob Kracht and years later Jose Martinez. Each missionary on the campus received a copy and they began to show interest in other courses. This is where the idea of having a video ministry is contemplated and funds are channeled for this project.
The first years were of experimentation, test, and error until improving the audio-visual ones to begin to distribute them. The first courses were: Santiago de Rafael Contreras and Juan de Otto Arango, seeing the results they began to invest in cameras and editing equipment. The next step was correspondence courses with credit; Worked in conjunction with the academic department, also conducted the edition of books with the content of each course. By 1999 Rio Grande Bible Seminary already had accreditation.
During this period (approximately 15 years), an average of 12 classes were recorded and edited, including Synopsis of the Old Testament and Synopsis of the New Testament, Counseling, Discipleship and Bible matters. For several years Jerry Jeske and part of the team went to an annual exhibition in Miami called "Expolit", where they presented the audio-visuals that were made in Rio Grande, the same place where he met the Colombian, Jaime González, who had fifteen to twenty thousand Students in their country who needed training.
This event was the guide to begin the correspondence courses to send to other countries, Colombia being the pilot. When Jerry Jeske became seriously ill, the video department stopped a considerable time without producing material.
In 2013 the supervisor José Marco in cooperation with the media vice president Keith Heppner began to revive the video department with a view to becoming a Media Ministry (Studio Media Esperanza), counting on the advice of Jesus Lozano who also armed Part of the technological equipment of recording and editing. Funds began to be invested in technology and human resources.
They also train students in different areas, prepare a classroom to do a recording studio and classroom at the same time. Now God has given us the insight our institution has: "Developing Christ-centric leaders, with a biblical worldview for the local church" based on 2 Timothy 2:2.
We believe that audio-visual media can be used to expand the gospel that we embrace through transformed lives, submitted in obedience to Jesus Christ to fulfill his eternal purposes. The training of workers is fundamental to this task, as an average department we commit ourselves to this Realizable for the glory of God.
At present, work is being done to record and edit the entire curriculum of the Rio Grande Bible Seminary (four emphases: pastoral, Christian education, women's ministries and missions) so that students can be trained at a distance, thinking not only of leaders or missionaries, But in the church in general. Apart from recording classes we also broadcast live the annual conferences (missionary and leadership) of the Seminary and the chapels.