The world is mourning former South Africa President Nelson Mandela who passed away on the 5th December 2013 aged 95 years. Many acknowledge that Mandela changed the course of modern history. Indeed, his tireless struggle for freedom earned him the respect of the world and his humility, passion and humanity, earned him the love of millions across the world. Others have described the late Mandela as not just a hero of our time, but a hero of all time. Indeed, those who will continue to listen to his speeches will continue to draw true inspiration...
Forty years ago, a young James Burnett went with his father to see a presentation by a TWR missionary. The impact of this encounter sparked an interest in missionary radio in James, giving direction to his future with TWR.
James and Lyn married on 1st May 1982 and started with TWR a month later on 1st June. While serving in Swaziland their three children were born. James, as Chief Engineer and Lyn, as hostess to many visitors, responder to DX listener requests and continuity announcer, spent twelve years in Swaziland.
In 2016, James stepped down as the Technical Director TWR Africa but continues to serve as Technical Project Manager and is enjoying getting back into using his engineering to expand God's Kingdom. Lyn is TWR Women of Hope coordinator for South Africa.
Gottfried and Verona Schiele's relationship with TWR began when Verona met Martin Frische, a gentleman seconded to start TWRs German ministry (ERF) in South Africa. Gottfried's first contact with TWR was as a volunteer in the early 1990s.
Gottfried, the TWR-Africa Systems Administrator, has served TWR in this capacity for nearly 17 years first in Swaziland, then in Pretoria and currently in Kempton Park, South Africa. For three years the Schiele family resided in the USA where Gottfried helped design programme software for the mission.
Verona is currently helping TWR in an outreach area, burning CDs and DVDs for TWR-SA. But she is quick to add that most of her time is focused on being a Godly wife, mother and friend for other TWR missionaries.
Becky's home church supports several missionaries. Becky first heard about TWR through the visit of a TWR missionary family. She made a commitment to go wherever God asked at a mission's conference at her church. Becky's sister joined TWR in 1973 and she followed a few years later as a short-term worker.
Today, Becky is the TWR-Africa Region Finance Director. In her thirty-two years with TWR, Becky has served as bookkeeper and accountant in Monte Carlo and The Netherlands as well as her present position in South Africa as Finance Director.
Holly and Andrew Haas discovered TWR seeing TWR missionaries in action on the field. Holly's grandparents, while serving as volunteers on Guam and Bonaire, had an impact on her life realizing, "God can use anyone – engineers, accountants, broadcasters, etc...God can use even me." Andrew, on the other hand, as a Campus Crusade for Christ missionary, was influenced while walking alongside TWR missionaries who were organizing the airing of the radio version of the JESUS film.
Holly, TWR-Africa Staff Development and Human Resource Director, has experienced the full spectrum of service with TWR: Intern, short-term and long-term. After ten years with TWR, Holly has experience as: on-air announcer, sports broadcaster, programme producer, studio tech, and trainer.
God brought Holly and Andrew together in Africa while on assignment under separate mission organizations. Today, Andrew, who was recently appointed as long-term career missionary with TWR, now serves as the TWR-Africa Program Development Team Leader following a two-year period seconded to TWR from Campus Crusade for Christ.