The TWR radio programme, Batir Fondement Solide (Building on Solid Foundations) is constructing a sure foundation, brick by brick, as one local pastor gives testimony, "An old religious leader from a nearby village who had listened to the whole series told me that there is more logic in our [Christian] religion than in theirs. He said that they have been mistaken in believing that Jesus didn't die."
As part of its mandate to reach unreached people groups in Africa, TWR's West Africa Station (1566 AM) has started airing two Tem language series. Produced by SIM, a missionary partner organisation in West Africa, the radio programmes are effectively reaching the Kotokoli people group who are mostly Muslim and who have very few missionaries in their region. The Kotokoli are primarily agricultural people growing corn, millet, rice, beans, yams, manioc, ground nuts and okra. They also keep animals including cows, goats, sheep and chickens. In more urban areas, they tend to be small merchant traders.
TWR Partners with global children's ministries for more effective evangelism in Africa
TWR sent their Health, Youth and Children Coordinator, Hanna Boakye-Yiadom to Nairobi, Kenya at the end of April 2013 to take part in the Global Children's Forum (GCF) meeting held there. It was a meeting of globally focused children's ministry agencies that focus on evangelism and discipleship of the world's children.
The Global Children’s Fund brought together worldwide children’s ministries with the aim of finding more effective evangelism and discipleship tools and methods for reaching children with the Gospel of Christ. The Forum also explored the potential of Africa’s church and children to bring about long-term change. African-based partnering initiatives were also discussed.
Staggering statistics show that Nigeria is a nation of 158 million people, totaling 443 people groups with 56.5 million people listed as being unreached from 119 Unreached People Groups (UPG's)1 . These facts present us with an enormous opportunity and obligation to develop a comprehensive media ministry strategy for Nigeria, alongside well established ministries like Serving in Mission (SIM), Evangelical Church of West Africa (ECWA), Campus Crusade for Christ (CCC), Radio ELWA, Wycliffe as well as newer cutting edge groups such as T4 Global.
In June 2013, John Ragsdale and Andrew Haas, Programme Development Director and Unreached People Group Director of TWR-Africa, visited Radio ELWA in Jos, Nigeria. The purpose of this visit was to meet with management and staff to review current projects, specifically the OneStory Kanuri-Yerwa and OneStory Fulfulde-Kano projects.
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.