Forty-five years to this day, on 1 November 1974, the first 25,000-watt short wave transmitter was switched on in the secluded location just outside of Manzini, Swaziland, now Eswatini. The joy and excitement brought about by this milestone was overwhelming as TWR launched its fourth international transmitting site. The biggest blank spot on the missionary radio map was covered at last!
Programmes went out in English, Afrikaans, German, Zulu, and Portuguese throughout sub-Saharan Africa. The Gospel reached ears that had never heard its sweetness before. Four letters were received from people who had heard the first broadcast and had decided to follow Christ as their Saviour. God was already at work in this small, humble beginning.
Prince Mabandla Dlamini, Prime Minister of Swaziland, 1981, who attended the dedication of the transmitter, said at the time: “We feel that, although we are a small nation, God has selected us to serve Him in this capacity - just as He selected the small village of Bethlehem to be the birthplace of Christ, and thus to become an important centre of the message of peace and salvation to mankind. We believe that where there is Christ, there is always peace and harmony.”
Today, after 45 years of bringing Gospel content to listeners, TWR Africa brings hope in more than 80 languages and dialects and engages millions of people in more than 50 countries. With new technology, we reach sub-saharan Africa through Internet streaming, the TWR Africa App, Satelite and on medium wave.
Our purpose is to create ministry that is sustainable and effective. TWR has a vision to continue growing God’s family on the African continent through increasing media engagements, focusing on specific people groups, expanding broadcasts, and connecting with people passionate about helping the ministry in Africa. We are not an isolated media organisation. Instead, TWR continues to seek ways to shape the whole media industry to glorify Christ and to make His name known. We continue to work with partners and supporters to take advantage of the extensive reach of our broadcasts to get into difficult-to-reach areas of Africa as well as to countries with restricted access for the Gospel.
We thank God for His faithfulness in providing many people who prayed, worked and partnered with TWR Africa over the past four-and-a-half decades. He is faithful, and His goodness endures forever. And above all, we can stand on His promise: “And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.” (Matthew 28:19-20).