Red AD Venir
2.1.Who are we?
The Red ADvenir TV Network is part of a non-profit Christian satellite communication
organization. Our signals are broadcast 24 hours a day and 365 days a year.
With God’s blessing, the ADvenir Network has been expanding in the proclamation of the gospel by
satellite, cable, and air signal throughout the Americas (North, Central and South), Europe and parts
of Africa, as well as by global coverage through Internet streaming.
Our mission is to broadcast the everlasting gospel in the context of the three angels’ messages
to the world through mass media communication.
Our vision is to be a lighthouse of God’s glory throughout the earth in these last days;
proclaiming the coming of Jesus Christ to the very end of time.
In October, 2002, Pastor David Gates acquired a television network to spread the gospel to
homes in need of Christ. This network was operating six stations in different cities of Bolivia, South
The business transaction was done by faith, committing to pay 1.5 million US dollars for the
purchase of the network. Two hundred thousand dollars were paid during a period of two years,
while the (former) owners patiently waited. Eventually, a deadline was set for the payment of the
outstanding amount. It was agreed that if the deadline was missed the network would return to the
Believers around the world met in prayer for the Lord to manifest His power. Indeed, on
December 30, 2003, the Lord did a great miracle to preserve the network. He inspired one
consecrated individual to pay for the outstanding principal amount. From that time, the network has
grown reaching other Spanish speaking countries in the Americas, and Europe. And serving as a hub
for broadcasts in English, Portuguese and French audiences.
The Networks in these languages were also started as a project of faith. Global Family
Network, is an English speaking Network, based in the Caribbean. It has started broadcasting in
2009, following a preparation period of several years. Operations are split between the US, the
Caribbean and Bolivia, from where the TV signal is uplinked. Various Adventist Media Centers in the
Caribbean will cooperate producing material. A very good working relationship has been
established with Seventh-Day Adventist leadership in all islands. This will ensure an optimal
cooperation for evangelistic campaigns. These will combine the TV signal with local outreach.
Contacts have also been made with a large cable company and we are confident the Lord will open
doors for the signal to be broadcast by cable in several locations in the Caribbean. There are plans to
broadcast the signal in the US and in Africa. The programming carries a distinct Caribbean flavor,
with the enthusiasm and reverence characterizing religious expression.
Another English speaking TV Channel is uplinked from Bolivia, called Mission TV. It is
managed from the US and its aim is to spread the vision of mission. Its programming has a heavy
focus on mission projects far and wide. As the Lord’s work carries forward, this channel should
serve as a wonderful teaching assistant to spread the vision of the Great Commission.
Red AD Venir Portuguese was in operation for several years in Brazil as Rede AD Vir.
Operations were moved to Bolivia in 2008 and the Portuguese team was merged with the local
Spanish speaking team. The move has increased cooperation between the two teams. The Portuguese
Channel has started up-link operations in 2009 from Bolivia. The Network broadcasts material
produced in Brasil and elsewhere. Expansion is planned across the Portuguese speaking world.
Famille TV, is the newest addition to the TV Channels, and it broadcasts in French. It holds a
license from France, and is spearheaded from the Martinique in the Caribbean. Expansion is
planned for the Americas, Africa and Europe.
Daily, millions of viewers around the globe are touched by the rich spiritual programs
broadcast, and what started by faith, continues to grow in the same way and, by God’s grace, will
continue till the Lord comes.
2.5.Part of a greater Organization
The Red ADvenir Network operates as a project among other projects in Bolivia, and many
more worldwide. All of these projects are coordinated and driven by the vision of Gospel Ministries
The mission of GMI is to fulfill the Gospel commission, by caring for the poor and needy,
educating them and doing evangelism. Currently, the organization manages the following
institutions: seven schools, two children’s homes, two prison ministries, five media production, and
five teams of medical aviation. These projects are located in all continents. GMI is governed by
administrative and directive boards and spearheaded by David Gates, its founder. Operations are
financed through prayer and faith. Funds are all voluntary donations from people whose hearts God
has touched and are impressed to contribute.
GMI is staffed predominantly by volunteers. They are motivated by God’s love to work in
The mass-media activity is carried forward at different centers in the world. The center in
Bolivia, is home to the Red ADvenir Spanish TV Network, and also up-links networks in Portuguese,
English and French. Other centers around the world, host European and Asian languages.
The ADvenir TV network is the oldest and most established satellite network in the group. It
has been used heavily in several regions of Latin America to spread the Gospel. Its infrastructure has
been expanded to cost-effectively integrate TV networks in additional languages, and the experience
has been used to replicate media centers at other venues.
In Bolivia, GMI serves as an umbrella organization not only for TV broadcasting but for other
projects as well, amongst others: an expanding medical aviation program, prison ministries, a
technical school and orphanages. As an important synergy with the TV ministry, there is also an
expanding radio ministry. It uses part of the infrastructure from Red ADvenir to prepare its
2.6.Evangelism and Red ADvenir
Traditional evangelism is centered around the preparation of public campaigns and the
follow-up of the results. Potential audiences are targeted either with word of mouth or public
Since the entrance of Red ADvenir’s TV signal in several regions of Latin America,
evangelistic efforts in these areas have changed significantly and have created a number of
Building upon the TV Signal: The earliest efforts in this area were to conduct surveys to
measure the impact of the TV signal in the area. The findings of these surveys were then used to
adapt local evangelistic campaigns.
For example, since 2004, evangelistic campaigns were run in Colombia where the ADvenir
Network has the largest viewer audience. These efforts took into full consideration the silent work of
our network. And it is not uncommon today, to find churches that carry the ADvenir Network logo
on their building. This is a witness of the impact the TV signal has had in opening doors for sowing
and reaping souls for the kingdom.
Local Campaigns with TV Evangelists: Latin American countries have also requested the
presence of tele-evangelists broadcasted by the network. Furthermore, the network is actively
involved in some of these projects. Pastor Parada, who heads evangelistic and pastoral activities at
the Network, has participated and led first-hand, several of these campaigns. The results remind us
of Pentecost. On one such campaigns in Bogotá, Colombia, (2008) Pastor Parada was invited as one
of the speakers (several evangelistic campaigns were conducted throughout the city) and over a
hundred pastors (from several countries) assisted in the efforts. The Lord blessed the efforts and
more than 2,500 persons were baptized.. The campaign was coordinated by Pastor Aicardo Arias,
who had been also airing Bible studies on our Network .
Bible Studies: Since 2008, a new type of campaign is being aired jointly with the Colombian
Union of Seventh-day Adventists. It features “The faith of Jesus” Bible study course as a TV program,
shown at different times, three times a week. Viewers follow the courses per television; local workers
assist in the integration of the viewers to the local churches. The Bible studies also aid in nurturing
existing church members who can review and deepen their biblical understanding.
Initiate evangelistic efforts: in Bolivia and, at times in other countries, the TV Network has
initiated a local evangelistic effort. Once the effort is broadcast, it helps the host country to reach its
own audience. Currently, in Bolivia, four campaigns are planned in major cities of the country. The
coverage provided in these cities by the TV signal, highly increases the outreach potential of the
campaigns. Many TV viewers come in touch with the Seventh-day Adventist Church through this
media and decide to join the church.
The Lord has used these types of efforts together with the TV signal, to transform the spiritual
“landscape” of entire regions, where citizens have decided to adopt biblical standards.
In turn, these combined evangelistic efforts have created an even greater demand for the TV
signal. As a result, some local cable distribution companies have offered to pay to rebroadcast the
signal. The signal however, is always rebroadcast free of charge. This is part of the network’s
2.7.GMI in Bolivia
The areas of ministry of GMI in Bolivia are as follows:
There is an orphanage named “Familia Feliz” in Rurrenabaque. It’s a home where orphan
children of different ages find a happy family. They have a school, are fed and receive love and
GMI also operates a technical school at Guayaramerin called “Richard Gates
Technical School” where youngsters between the ages of 13 and 18 have the opportunity to be part
of the campus there. They receive an academic and technical education.
Aviation and Health
The work done by mission pilots and volunteers is to evacuate the sick from different
communities. These are transferred to places where they receive medical help because in their
communities there are neither means nor medical personnel to assist them. So, the missionary
volunteers supply those needs through personal care and donations. The needs are many and of all
kinds, personal, medical and financial. But, loving the people in need is the principal motor to press
forward, helping and learning to value health and life in view of all the needs that exist.
Also, the aviation team transport volunteer personnel to different fields of work, mainly to
the academic and technical schools in the country.
Radio Altiplano ADvenir, broadcasts from La Paz, the Bolivian capital, across the Bolivian
Andean plateau. The radio station was used for commercial purposes before being purchased to
spread the gospel. The radio is staffed by a very dedicated local team in La Paz and supported by a
team working at the TV studios of Red ADvenir, in Santa Cruz. The programs are broadcasted in
Spanish and two of the local languages spoken in these areas: Aimara and Quechua. Through
programs of health, family, preaching, music, and testimonies, listeners are inspired to face daily
trials, while they look forward to the second coming of Christ.
This network operates from the city of Santa Cruz, Bolivia, delivering a message of hope,
peace and love to the public in general and reaching different Spanish speaking countries: It also has
expanded to include production or uplink additional channels in other languages (English, French
The programs at Red ADvenir deal with the whole sphere of human life and aim at targeting
every age group.
Programs of a spiritual nature call for earnest reflection and teach biblical truths. These
include sermons and live events, like evangelistic campaigns or weeks of spiritual emphasis,
produced locally and /or overseas. We also broadcast popular programs such as “It is Written” and
“Amazing Facts.” The main feature program in this section is called “Source of Living Water” where a
number of different speakers are presented.
Some programs highlight prophecy and current events. Speakers show how the Bible has
foretold key historical events in the great controversy between Christ and Satan. Our aim is to help
viewers understand the signs of the end through the Bible and the Spirit of Prophecy (Rev. 19:10).
Viewers are encouraged to study and ponder these fulfillments in the light of history and present
happenings, and thus be motivated to prepare for the return of Christ.
A segment of our spiritual programming includes documentaries and dramatization of
historical figures and periods of the Christian Church.
Other programs explore the harmony of biblical faith in the light of current scientific
discoveries. We also highlight contemporary mission projects around the world, and how volunteers
are impacting the world for the better.
Other features want to encourage peace, relaxation and a meditative mood. These are music
based programs and are often placed after the airing of a sermon or of a series calling for earnest
reflection. There are programs with music and nature scenes (“Moments of Peace”) while other
music programs present choirs and singers (“Melodies of Praise”) and finally, there are programs
where the audience is encouraged to sing along (“Together in Praise”).
Movies with a moral background and devoid of objectionable content are also broadcast.
Another area that receives attention is that of relationships, mainly in the contexts of
marriage and parenting. Programs can run in segments of half an hour but also as tips that last just
Lifestyle issues are included in our programming– mostly nutrition and cooking. The viewers
enter the “kitchen” and learn how to prepare delicious and healthy food. Through these programs
they are encouraged to switch to a wholesome and balanced plant based diet. On the same venue,
health programs feature professionals who talk about different diseases and their prevention. Some
programs look at traditional medicine, and others consider alternative natural methods (like
There are gender specific programs. For example there is a series dealing with women only,
where topics such as health, beauty, children, work, and married life are discussed.
Our programming targets children as well. These programs focus on instruction coupled
with entertainment; and use a palette of programs such as cartoons, music, teaching and children’s
2.9. The ADvenir Network Growth
With God’s blessing the message is growing in Bolivia and throughout the world. The
network at a national level began its activities in October of 2002, in the most important cities of
Bolivia in Santa Cruz, Cochabamba, La Paz, El Alto, Sucre and Tarija. Later it expanded to smaller
cities in the country.
The spreading of God’s message through this means of communication has extended to cable
television companies reaching most towns in Bolivia, but also other countries like Peru, Columbia
and Venezuela. And currently across the Americas and Europe.
The broadcasting TV Channels in additional languages is taking the outreach to a truly global
dimension. Each channel is starting strong in their native areas of operation and expanding where
the same language is spoken.