Doris* (not her real name) decided to commit suicide after discovering she was HIV positive. She lost hope in any future as the solution required dramatic change! What would the future even look like? How could she live a normal life? At this point, Doris began listening to TWR’s Women of Hope programme in the language of her heart - Zulu.
Through practical wisdom and spiritual discipleship, the programmes have saved, inspired and grown many listeners around the world. Women have even formed listener groups around the programme. During these sessions, parenting and family-oriented programmes in the Zulu language are played on audio players and the women discuss how to apply the Bible-based lessons to their lives.
One of the TWR Women of Hope facilitators visited Doris during her time of crisis. She had no idea that Doris was contemplating suicide. Doris gave her life to the Lord and received an audio Bible. She now attends prayer meetings. Doris’ life-changing story has encouraged the care supporters in her listener group and also encouraged prayer groups leaders in other groups to keep going.
Doris is one of millions of women throughout the world today who are facing life challenges. They have lost hope. She learnt that not only is the world a dark and dangerous place for countless women, but the spiritual darkness in which these women live in is even greater than their physical plight. She knew that she had an unshakeable burden to help suffering women all over the world.
Zulu is the most widely spoken home language in South Africa (24% of the population), understood by over 50% of its population. It became one of South Africa's 11 official languages in 1994. According to ethnologue.com, it is the second most widely spoken of the Bantu languages, after Swahili.
Article written by Jon Hill
Some refer to TWR Africa's annual Shine event as a fundraiser, but it's a lot more than that.
The third edition of Shine took place Aug. 24-28 and once again was a time of live and prerecorded special programming, of celebration for how the Lord has blessed gospel broadcasting in sub-Saharan Africa, of sharing and prayer by both listeners and on-air guests, and of mutual encouragement throughout this ministry. And yes, the fundraising portion also was important, with more than 130,000 rand (over US$7,800) donated.
Matthew’s gospel records a beautiful truth which Jesus shared with His disciples, namely that by shining their light before others, they give glory to God! (Matt 5:16).
How wonderful is the thought that our witness glorifies our Father! This is what ultimately lies behind TWR’s motivation to host the annual Shine initiative – we wish to see God glorified!
This year’s Shine annual fundraising event carries the theme “Giving Hope”.
Written by Seth Dotson, Journalist Summer Intern
While any reader in 2020 is undoubtedly familiar with the COVID-19 pandemic and its associated lockdowns from personal experience, each country has dealt with the virus in a different way, and how the virus has affected the people of any given country depends largely on what constitutes the standard way of life in that particular country.
In a majority of countries, efforts to halt the spreading of the virus placed a temporary hold on many day-to-day public activities in an effort to curb crowds and close proximity social interactions known to exacerbate the spread of viruses. Often falling among such activities is weekly church attendance.
by the TWR Canada Team
Today, we have the opportunity to hear from Zachary, TWR Canada’s newest missionary intern who is currently serving in Eswatini. Zachary is from Winnipeg, Manitoba and is pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics at the University of Winnipeg. He has a love for patterns and has been fascinated by math since he was young.
Why did Zachary decide to go on mission to Africa? One of the first verses God led Zachary to as a child was Habakkuk 1:5 which says, “Look among the nations, and see; wonder and be astounded. For I am doing a work in your days that you would not believe if told." (ESV) Zachary memorized the verse when he was young and continues to return to it and learn from it.