TWR-KZN – Using media to change communities

Posted in OLD The Archive

The passion to see Zulu ministry touching more lives through the Word of God, has motivated the TWR team in KwaZulu-Natal to produce more programmes that bring messages of hope to listeners.

Humble beginnings

A meeting held at Pinetown Baptist church in 1983 between former Director of Programmes, Andrew MacDonald and a committee of senior pastors from different denominations paved the way for the establishment of the TWR Zulu ministry in 1984. Reverend Ernest Mcambi was chosen by church leaders to be their delegate at TWR. “We started by recording 15 minute-programmes which were broadcast by TWR. The Zulu ministry grew over the years through the teachings of Thru the Bible (TTB) in Zulu, called Amazwi Okuphila, an expository teaching of the Bible from Genesis to Revelation.” In 2012 the Lord called pastors Vusi and Busi Radebe to grow the ministry further.

Zulu language Ministry Focus

The Zulu ministry has been privileged to produce programmes focused on transforming the lives of individuals, families and churches, with the purpose of influencing others through a biblical worldview. “We produced discipleship programmes addressing the spiritual and health needs of children, women, men, church leaders and families,” says Petros Gwala, TWR’s current Zulu Ministry Director. The ministry has developed affiliations with local radio stations like Good News Community Radio Station, Ikhwezi FM and Umgungundlovu Community Radio Station. The Zulu programmes are also aired on TWR Medium Wave 1170 kHz.

Community Projects

Petros and his wife, Zoë formed discipleship and prayer groups in partnership with churches. TWR-KZN produced Hope for our Children in Zulu as a first step to reach vulnerable children with the Word of God through distribution of media content on audio devices. “TWRKZN also built relationship with the churches in Durban and partnered with them in reaching the large Indian community in KZN for Jesus,” says Petros.

Current ministry

TWR-KZN ministry has grown its ministry by introducing some interesting changes in its programming. They have among other things, introduced a Whats App number for the TTB Zulu programme, through which listeners can interact with the team. For women, they have introduced Ethembeni, a programme aimed at bringing hope to women. Abesifazane Abanethemba, (TWR Women of Hope), is also made available on audio players to the many prayer groups across the province. Other programmes include, Phambili, a leadership programme which equips church leaders to grow in their leadership and Sakha Ikhaya, a family programme that seeks to share discipleship content with families.

Future plans

According to Petros, TWR wants to broadcast on Internet radio to reach out to Zulu speakers across the globe. “We want to make use of social media platforms to increase our reach and to also connect with beneficiaries of Zulu language programmes all over the world. We want to see the Zulu ministry touch more lives through the Word of God,” he concludes.

German and Afrikaans Ministry

Eberhard Haberkorn serves at TWR-KZN as the Office Manager, but is also involved in editing the German programmes received from Germany and adapting it for the large German community in South Africa. These programmes are also made available to Namibia, with a high population of German citizens. “I liaise with listener groups and radio stations mainly in Namibia. I will be visiting Namibia in the beginning of August together with Pastor Martin Stobwasser. We will attend church meetings and seminars in various locations, representing the ministry,” he concludes. TWR also broadcasts programmes on DStv, Channel 7, Namibian Broadcasting Corporation and Hitradio Namibia. TTB in Afrikaans is broadcast on various affiliate radio stations in South Africa.