TWR sent Beth Pearson, a student from the United States, to join a team of people who annually visit villages in southern Mozambique.
Each year the Samaria Mission, Boksburg Baptist Church in Johannesburg and Lorraine Baptist Church in Port Elizabeth, sends a team of people to villages in southern Mozambique. The goal is to share the Gospel, help with developing infrastructure for farming and distributing radios so that the local people can hear the Gospel regularly in their own language. This year Beth joined the team.
"While interning with TWR this summer, I was thrilled at the opportunity to go on a mission's trip to the villages of Panhame and Nwamavicky in southern Mozambique. I arrived not knowing anyone but I felt welcome and part of this new family. It was a great blessing to get to know more people from South Africa who have worked to establish a relationship with the two villages we visited.
"This was the first time I had seen this side of Africa. The villages, the lack of infrastructure, the poverty and the simple way of life suddenly impacted me. In comparison to Jo'burg, this is the Africa I have always heard about. I found out before I arrived that most of the world lives in these conditions; not in the stereotypical American middle-class that I thought most of the world lived in. While I wasn't bothered that there were no shops, electricity or running water for these people, I was bothered that they may die without knowing about Jesus Christ.
"At the church services held each night, I saw a passion for Jesus that I have rarely seen. People were dancing, raising their hands and yelling all in praise of Jesus. It was beautiful, and I felt privileged to be a part of it. Yes, I danced and worshipped the Lord in this way, too!
"While the villagers have a great desire to learn about Jesus, there are obstacles. Many are illiterate because of oral traditions. So how do you minister to this oral society that doesn't require literacy? RADIO!
"TWR sent 21 radios along with me to Mozambique to give to the villagers. I told the people the frequency and times they could hear programmes about Jesus. Even if they can't read the Bible, they can listen to others reading or discussing it on TWR. Handing out radios was the most exciting thing on the trip for me.
"As soon as I handed over the first radio, it made everything that I knew TWR was doing come to life. I understood that people's lives really were changing as a result of tuning into TWR on that little radio." The gratitude in their faces for this simple ministry tool and the look they gave me made me ask myself two important questions:
- Am I thankful and hungry for God's word in my life like these villagers or do I take it for granted?
- What am I doing in my life to make sure others know about Jesus Christ?"
Beth experienced firsthand what many people do not get the opportunity to see for themselves - how the gift of a radio and Christian programmes can reach people in remote parts of Africa and change lives forever.
Published: 31 August 2011