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.
Exciting things are happening in Africa through the Gospel via the ministry of TWR! In this article we go to the beautiful land of Kenya to hear about David and find out how he encountered Jesus and experienced lasting change in his life. This is his story:
David worked on a farm in Kenya and spent most of the little money he earned on alcohol. One night, while walking on the road in a drunken stupor, he was struck by a car and seriously injured. After the accident David woke up in hospital, fortunate to be alive but found that he was paralysed for life. After months of treatment, he returned home a very bitter man and cursed God for what had happened to him. He heaped verbal abuse on his wife and children until they could take it no longer. In desperation they asked a pastor to visit him, which he did several times - while enduring David's bitter verbal abuse.
But one day the pastor brought a radio with him and tuned it to a TWR programme in Swahili - David's own language. He turned up the volume and put it out of David's reach and left. David had no choice but to listen, and was challenged by the speaker who told of God's love for him, even though he may be walking through the valley of the shadow of death.
The next day David listened again - and then again and again. At last he surrendered to Christ and his life was completely changed! Today he plays his guitar in his church and participates as much as he can. With tears in his eyes, David thanks TWR for its programmes and the change Christ has made in his life.
Because somebody paid for this programme to be aired, David's life has been changed forever. In Romans 1:16, Paul asserts that the gospel is the "power of God for salvation to everyone who believes." It is through the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ that people in Africa are experiencing lasting life change. The best part is that you can take part in transforming people's lives in Africa. Your gift of R100, R200, R500 or whatever the Lord leads you to give, will make it possible for us to broadcast more programmes to East Africa to some 50 million Swahili speakers.
Matthew 16:18 - " ... I will build my church, and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it."
Published: 26 November 2010