Ministry is often associated with preaching and teaching. How then, would you ask, can a tractor become a ministry tool? Read on, and you will be surprised.
The TWR transmitter in Benin is located in one of the poorest countries in Africa. Geographically, Benin sits on the southern edge of the Sahara desert and food shortages are common. The people there practice subsistence farming, and a hard year has long-reaching consequences. TWR owns a large parcel of land in Benin, and only a small portion of it is used for the transmitter. The staff in Benin can't ignore the needs of the people around them, and have created some innovative means to help.
United in their love for Africa
Staff Story: The Kimbers
TWR is thrilled to have a seasoned missionary couple, Graham and Jean Kimber, and their two young daughters, Jessica (6) and Bernice (4) join the TWR team in Swaziland.
"We were very encouraged at the way the Lord prepared the way for us to work with TWR," says Graham.
Missions work has been a theme in their lives since their love story began. They first met in the early 1990s when they were both working as missionaries in the Seychelles, and they later married in 2006.
TWR Hosts Nutrition Workshop and Medical Outreach in Mocuba, Mozambique
Over the past few years TWR, together with the Foundations for Farming organisation and other partners in Africa, has broadcast a series of conservation farming audio programmes. The programmes have been used across several media platforms in Africa to help ensure food security for communities and income generation for families.
The farming of crops and raising of animals have been identified by TWR as a strategic means for poverty eradication in Mozambique. This programme incorporates farming from God's perspective and proven farming methods to address the issue of food insecurity and stewardship.
Judy's Testimony: Saved by Radio
Judy became a Christian through a Trans World Radio programme aired on a local radio station in Durban. Although it happened more than 10 years ago, hers is a powerful testimony that is worth repeating.
Judy was born in Durban, the fourth of seven children. "As I grew up, I diligently followed a life patterned by what my parents had taught me and had practised themselves," she says. Her parents had taught her be respectful to everyone around her and to follow all the rituals of their religion. "I learnt that we needed to do penance to help pay for our sins and to win merit or favour with God. As a teenager, I often lay awake at night terribly afraid. I tried hard to be a good person, but all that I said and did still troubled my conscience daily as I was never sure if 'good' was 'good enough'.
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.