TWR’s 2TWR’s 200,000-Watt Transmitter Brings Gospel to Nigeria and Surrounding Areas00,000-Watt Transmitter Brings Gospel to Nigeria and Surrounding Areas
CARY, N.C. (Jan. 30, 2020) – Think of this Saturday’s official launch of TWR’s Oasis broadcasts as an answer to the prayers of a Yoruba-speaking man who lives in turbulent northern Nigeria.
A couple of years ago, the man emailed TWR (also known as Trans World Radio) after listening to the world-renown Thru the Bible programme: “I really appreciate your programme, sir. The Lord will strengthen the ministry. Continue to pray for us in the north. We are facing terrible persecution here.”
TWR supporters and response ministries have been praying for people like this listener. And now expanded gospel programming that brings messages of encouragement, discipleship, reconciliation and hope will be able to reach all of this country known as the “giant of Africa.”
“It is our strong belief that Oasis, a wellspring of living waters given freely to all who thirst, will be a place of restoration to the languishing souls of this great nation,” said Abdoulaye Sangho, TWR’s international director for West Africa. “Through its transmission of the pure Word of God, not only will millions have the opportunity to hear God speak in their own heart languages, but also the disillusioned pilgrim will find hope again.”
For many years TWR has broadcast into Nigeria, which is ideologically divided into a largely Muslim north and largely Christian south. With its official start date of Feb. 1, 2020, the 200,000-watt Oasis transmitter newly installed at TWR’s West Africa Transmitting Station (WATS) will soon cover the entire country and several surrounding areas, with a strong, clear AM signal.
That’s especially important in the north, where abductions of schoolgirls and frequent deadly attacks by Boko Haram militants and nomadic herdsmen make international headlines. Tens of thousands have died, and hundreds of thousands have been chased away from their homes, leading a Nigerian human-rights lawyer to call his home country “the most dangerous place in the world to be a Christian.”
WATS Station Director Garth Kennedy said a number of technical details still need to be worked out to bring Oasis equipment up to its optimum operational status. The Feb. 1 launch has a special and familiar significance for Kennedy, who was working at WATS during its inaugural broadcast on the same date 12 years ago. This Saturday, Oasis will take to the airwaves with a complete broadcast schedule, including some new programmes, in six languages widely spoken across the country: Yoruba, Igbo, Fulani, Hausa, Kanuri and African English.
In addition to longtime favourites like Thru the Bible, a diverse range of regional and international programmes will make up the schedule. TWR leaders have particularly high hopes for two programmes, The Way of Righteousness and The Prophets, which effectively share the gospel with Muslim listeners by emphasising biblical figures recognised in Christianity and Islam.
TWR announced earlier this month (January 2020) that the $1.45 million required to make Oasis a reality had been raised through about 4,800 generous donations. Ministry leaders believe those supporters share their desire to elicit more responses like this one from a Christian listener in Nigeria. The Hausa speaker phoned in recent weeks to tell how a programme broadcast during the Christmas season had a positive impact on neighbours who belong to another faith:
“The Story of Jesus has troubled the minds of my … neighbours, and they are always asking me questions. It has become a wonderful avenue for me to tell them more about Jesus Christ. Please pray for their salvation.”
Speaking fluently in more than 230 languages and dialects, TWR exists to reach the world for Jesus Christ. Our global media outreach engages millions in 190 countries with biblical truth. Together with international partners, local churches and other ministries, TWR provides relevant programming, discipleship resources and dedicated workers to spread hope to individuals around the globe. Discover more at twr.org.
On behalf of Branko Bjelajac, International VP for Africa, CAMENA & Europe