“When the global COVID-19 pandemic started in March 2020 I got more messages from Italy!” Lorraine Stavropoulos, TWR’s DX-secretary told us. “People who were locked down with nothing to do seemed to begin listening to foreign radio stations.”
DXing, for those unfamiliar with the term, means listening to far-away — usually foreign — radio stations. "D" is said to mean distance and "X" refers to the unknown.
Photo: Lorraine, TWR’s DX-secretary with her husband, Steve
“Transworld Radio did not only change my life; it shaped my life.”
Throughout 67 years of media broadcast, TWR (formerly Trans World Radio) has changed many lives from darkness to light through Biblical teaching and Gospel messages. However, sometimes we receive message of Godly lives shaped by listening to the Good News on the radio.
A listener from Zimbabwe recently sent us this amazing story of his journey with God through TWR broadcasts:
“I still remember those days in 1982 when I used to carry our portable radio to the fields, or while herding cattle and goats, mainly because I did not want to miss all the programmes on TWR. It used to be on 49 meter band on Short Wave in the morning and 90 meter band in the evening.
“We are calling for prayer for TWR Woman of Hope in Central Africa. The security situation is serious as we write to you. The rebellion made its foray through coordinated attacks from the city of Bangui. Several people died, mostly in the southwest and north of the capital Zone where our prayer groups are located. Some phones don't answer calls. All activities are blocked. No news. Urgently pray for us. According to reports, children are traumatized by the detonations of heavy weapons.”
This message which we recently received from a TWR worker in the Central Africa Republic (CAR), is a confirmation of the staggering statistic, released by Open Doors last week, that Christians in Sub-Saharan Africa faced up to 30 percent higher levels of violence than the previous year, while other parts of the world saw a decrease in violence during the Covid-19 pandemic.*
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.
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.