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First day at the AbR Media CC 2015

Conference hall in Saint George Hotel started filling up before 9.00 am this morning with delegates coming from over 19 African countries and also from Europe and North America.

The Chairman, Jan Erik Nyman opened the meeting by welcoming the delegate ato the conference. Delegates from different nations were asked to stand as their country was announced. AbR steering committee was introduced as they stood on the platform. A South African singer, David Jooste led the worship with his music.

A new name for AbR was unveiled and from now it will be known as AbR Media. A video was shown about the activities and function of AbR Media. A modified website AbRMedia.org will soon replace the existing website.

A story was told as to how Media is making an impact. A man was going to join Boko Haram but on the way he heard about Jesus that changed his life. He did not join the group, but decided to follow Jesus Christ.

A video showing live streaming device for offline distribution of media showed how one small box can distribute videos, audio and Bible to a number of feature phones without internet.

First plenary spiritual session was led by Errol Naidoo of Family Policy Institute, SA highlighting the theme, Walking the Talk. He highlighted how Christians are called to be salt and light of the World, so as Christians we should help make societies better by being bold and keeping God's Word in the forefront.

Second plenary session was led by Professor Brian Kammerzelt of Moody Bible Institute talking about Media Giants of today. How social media had become the main media connecting people.

In the afternoon there were two breakout sessions where delegates could choose from three different options. Unfortunately one of these breakout on Intellectual Property Rights had to be cancelled.

The evening was full of fun as delegated interacted with one another in a number of activities led by Lee Sonius. People shared their extraordinary stories. There was opportunity to network as Technical people, presenters, management and trainers got to their corners interacting with one another.
The day came to an end with people retiring to their rooms after a fruitful and busy day.
By Chris Singh

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