Association of Christian Media Conference Inspires Christians Media to Claim Culture
TWR's Anthony Barkhuizen, the Broadcast Centre Manager at the TWR Africa Regional Office, recently attended the annual Association of Christian Media (ACM) conference that was held in June in Cape Town. The conference seeks to inspire and encourage Christian media workers in South Africa and the broader African continent.
"We as Christian media should set the tone and culture of society through our programming and media activities so that the Christian culture is assimilated as the prevailing culture of our times," said Anthony Barkhuizen.
Staff Story: Creatively & Diligently Serving God Together
David and Flora Rittenhouse are a powerful yet humble husband and wife team that have been working as missionaries with TWR for over three decades. David has served with TWR Africa since 2005 in various roles, most notably as TWR Africa’s accountant and Zimbabwe Ministry Director for several years. Flora served the region first as Communications Coordinator and in recent years as Project Hannah assistant. She also used her skills of writing and photography where opportunities arose.
After having served in the Africa region for eight years, the Rittenhouses are relocating to serve at TWR’s International Corporate Offices later this month. We asked colleagues who worked with them closely, to share about the David and Flora’s life and work in Africa.
You Changed my Life!
"As the agent of Jesus, you changed my life!" says a listener to TWR from East Africa describing his life today. But things were very different 23 years ago.
In 1989 Wakshuma was a youth living in a communist-governed country. "Life was very difficult for me," says Wakshuma. "My mother was very poor and couldn't care for me. My father had died."
Into this setting he found comfort and encouragement from TWR radio broadcasts and the letters received by a TWR missionary in the listener response department. "The letters changed the course of my life. The letters encouraged me to follow Jesus," Wakshuma says as he found comfort reading the Bible and Bible study materials sent to him by TWR.
MARVELLER & STEWARD OF GOD'S CREATION
Staff Story: Matthew Burnett
"If I can't walk outside for the day then I am in the wrong line of work."
Put on your good walking shoes, a hat, and grab your binoculars! If you're visiting Matthew Burnett, of TWR West Africa, you'll need to be ready to spend lots of time outdoors!
Meet Matthew Burnett. He may have grown up with missionary parents, but isn't your typical missionary. Matthew is active, practical and loves the outdoors. He is a short term (one year) missionary serving at the TWR transmitter station in West Africa. He began his mission in January 2013 and will be there until the end of 2013.
Meet Hannah Pops
Hannah Pops never imagined herself as a missionary. She didn't think it was something she could do. "I mean, I'm not educated as a pastor. I'm not Amy Carmichael. I'm not that great with apologetics. Actually being a missionary always seemed a bit daunting," says Hannah, who moved from Edmonton, in Alberta, Canada to join TWR in their Africa Regional Office in September.
Hannah is a missionary with a twist; she has joined TWR as assistant graphic designer. "I work in an office and design stuff! It's awesome. I love the impact TWR has in Africa, I love what I do and who I work with and most importantly: Who I'm working for."
This talented young graphic designer embraced the challenge of raising her own financial support to move to South Africa. Only 22 years old and one of nine children, Hannah's desire is to touch people's lives with the love and the goodness of God.