December 11, 1933
In the Dec. 11, 1933, issue of Time Magazine, an article called "Missionaries" highlighted a new weekly short-wave international broadcast for missionaries. "Nkol Mvolan, meaning 'Hill of Help,' is a Presbyterian station in Cameroon, West Africa. There, deeper in the jungle than any other Presbyterian missionaries, Dr. & Mrs. George W. Thorne (listened).... Last Sunday night and the Sunday before, a short-wave broadcasting station in Pittsburgh took a half hour of worship to the thousands of Presbyterians, Baptist and Methodist missionaries in every land. "The Thornes in their house of thatch heard the words of scripture and a prayer in their own language; and also a sermon by Bishop Adna Leonard who concluded that the U. S. in the midst of all its troubles needed, even more than new laws, 'the . . . spiritual note which will lift up Jesus Christ as the burning centre of the Church's faith to you devoted missionaries who are carrying the gospel of the Son of God to the Christless millions of the earth.'"The Thornes waited expectantly through the service, and presently they heard: 'To Dr. & Mrs. George Thorne. . . . Fred and Mary join us in wishing you a happy Thanksgiving. It is our prayer that you may be able to carry your heavy load with faith and courage.' " Thirty-four years later on December 11, 1957, The American Presbyterian Mission became the Presbyterian Church of Cameroon. "Over ten thousand people attended the celebration,” according to The Drum Call, April 27, 1958.