Sounds of joy and jubilation were heard from different areas visited by TWR staff in Malawi when distributing radios to beneficiaries. “Women were ululating and dancing,” says Victor Kaonga, National Director of TWR-Malawi, “and people were greeting us with smiles and tears of joy.” He added that a woman, probably in her late 50s, expressed her joy saying, “It’s rare to have someone come just like that and give such a precious gift. God bless you”. Another listener said she felt like she was dreaming to be owning a radio.
LASTING FRUIT PRODUCED BY TWR
TWR initiated the radio distribution project to enable people to hear the Word of God so that lasting fruit is achieved. Victor said they worked through traditional leaders in choosing the beneficiaries who neither had cell phones nor a radio in their homes. Almost every beneficiary in the 16 selected districts could not believe receiving a Tecsun Green-88 radio. The distribution by TWR Malawi staff happened over a four-week intensive stretch. It took the team to the hilly, plain, forested, remote and beautiful places of Malawi, covering about 4,000 kilometres. The radios were distributed in 16 different districts from South to North. A few other places had already been blessed likewise in 2018.
EAGER TO RECEIVE THE RADIO
In another location, the TWR team arrived at 9 am and found the chief and the radio beneficiaries already gathered. Most of the people that received the radios were elderly people who shared their joy of receiving the radio. Some indicated that this was their first time owning such kind of a property. People from other religions repented when they heard the Good News, saying they will start listening to TWR programmes.
IMPACT OF RADIO DISTRIBUTION
Apart from using the beneficiaries as good programme listener response, TWR hopes to strengthen its presence by initiating and strengthening radio listening communities. The producers will go back to each of these sites to engage listeners into recordings for programmes. A group of listeners in Malawi’s northern most and hard-to-reach locations have formed a WhatsApp group to discuss and encourage one another about the Word of God. Most of the people who received radios indicated that they listen to TWR and have learned a lot through its programmes. One lady said she has "learned a lot through TWR programmes such as Kumanga Banja.” She has learned how to take care of her family while children’s programmes help her children. The group’s Village Head said most people in his area enjoy listening to programmes like Litala Lya Umi (Word of Life), and Mesi Gha Umi (Water for Life).
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 Women of Hope 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.
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.