A Solid Foundation in West Africa

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girlwThe 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.

The centre of the Kotokoli culture is in the African country of Togo, with the majority of the Kotokoli living in the city of Sokodé and its 60 or so surrounding villages. Over the years, the population has spread out to neighbouring Benin and Ghana. TWR's two radio programmes reach the Tem-speaking Kotokoli.

The first series, entitled Batir Fondement Solide (Building on Solid Foundations) is an Old Testament story series with over 300 episodes. Starting from Genesis and ending with Christ's ascension into heaven, it is a method of evangelism which tells the stories of the Bible while teaching God's character and the need for a Saviour through them. It's currently being aired every weekday.

The second series being aired three times a week by TWR is called La Voie de la Justice - a 105 episode version of another chronological Bible series based on TWR's The Way of Righteousness programme, which works through the stories of the Bible in a way that specifically touches Muslim listeners.

A local pastor shared the following testimony about the series:
"There was a Togo religious leader who listened to our broadcasts of The Way of Righteousness. He said that the depth of what we say, the truth of the Word of God and its power in speaking to people, causes him to believe that one day we [Christians, or probably even more specifically, the actual radio programme] will destroy [his religion] in this country ."

TWR's radio programmes in the Kotokoli language are playing a pivotal role in cutting through the barriers to the Gospel in this culture. The high illiteracy rate, combined with the powerful Muslim input, prevents Kotokoli from accessing the available scriptures, either in Tem or French, making radio the perfect medium for reaching this group.

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