AmaZioni means "the people of Zion." They are religious groups that trace their history back to an evangelist who came from Zion, Illinois. The Zion Evangelical Ministries of Africa (ZEMA) is a mission organization working to teach and reinforce God's word among them. Before 2012, their nineteen Bible school classes across Swaziland have been their main point of contact with the amaZioni. Since then, they use an additional tool to reach out even further to the thousands of adherents in Swaziland: FM radio.
“The first sounds coming from the Trumpet of Zion, a radio programme created by ZEMA missionaries and local Zion church leaders, were heard on Sunday, March 4, 2012 echoing across the hills of Swaziland and into the ears of siSwati-speaking people.
TWR Country Focus: Botswana
We learned by email of a family living in a diamond-mining town in southern Africa that listens to TWR’s broadcasts. The town is wealthy in comparison with surrounding towns, said the writer, with good medical care and housing. The mining company “takes good care of its employees.”
“Contrasted with the material wealth of the town, the spiritual poverty of the people living here is appalling,” the writer continued.
TWR Country Focus: Turkey
A 43-year-old father got in touch to tell us that his daughter had introduced him to a new way of life.
My daughter was listening to your programmes when I first heard about you. She’s 21 years old, and I was a bit angry with her because she [belonged to different religion] and was listening to a Christian radio programme.
TWR Country Focus: Spain
An Ecuadorean woman who moved from New York to live with her daughter and grandchildren in Spain had her eyes opened when she listened to a Bible program.
Angela (not her real name) said she had halfheartedly tried listening to various preachers online at the urging of her daughter, who had accepted Christ a couple of years before.
TWR Country Focus: Saudi Arabia
I am a person committed to my religion. I memorize our [scriptures] and preach them.
Two years ago, some kind of doubts started to trigger in my soul about my own religion. Then I found your program, and many things started to come into place.