Goats for Radios

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TWR Africa's Marketing and Communications Director, Brent Bartlett, recently sent out an email to several national partners informing them of the availability of funds for the distribution of windup radios in their region. Little did he know that upon sending this email, TWR Kenya's National Director, Bernice Gatere, would respond so quickly and so excitedly, as follows:

"I just returned from a trip to a remote part of Kenya in the north called Marsabit. We are running one of our FM stations there and God has honoured this work in a marvelous way. Yet the people do not have enough radios. Poverty levels there are so high that buying a radio is a luxury they can hardly afford. Some travel to the shopping centres or their neighbours' homes to listen to the radio programmes. One pastor who preaches on the radio in one of the local languages, told us of his visit to one of the villages. The villages expressed their joy for his ministry but regretted the lack of radios and made of him a special request; 'We will give you our goats in exchange for radios.' A request that he could only smile about knowing how this particular tribe values their livestock.

So I shared this request at our staff devotions and we prayed. And then I received your email. So yes, please send to TWR-Kenya a batch of 200 for listeners in Marsabit. I hope there will be opportunity to request for more."

Praise God for answered prayers!

Brent explains that there are two reasons why we distribute windup radios in Africa:

  1. In most parts of Africa, radio is mightier than TV. TV's are in short supply and so they are for the rich. In addition, the quality of television is low due to a lack of funds. So far more people listen to the radio than those who watch TV.
  2. Most people cannot afford radios or batteries, and electricity is often inaccessible. So the windup radios give them a means of generating their own power so that our main goal can be achieved: more people listening to our programmes and hearing the Gospel.

Brent has handed out many windup radios in Africa and he explains, "Nothing is more satisfying than to visit someone in some rural African village and give them a radio and see their face light up with appreciation and a desire to listen to the Gospel." He describes the individual's response as the same level of excitement as if someone in the first world were to receive a new motor car!

Approximately 800 radios will be distributed shortly to Malawi, Kenya, Angola, Swaziland and Mozambique. Later, radios will also be sent to Côte d'Ivoire and Benin. Please pray for these shipments as getting the radios through customs can be a lengthy and difficult process. Also pray that the radios will find their way into the hands of the people who need them most.

Published: 28 July 2011