Q&A with Steve Stavropoulos
Name: Steve Stavropoulos
Born: Pretoria, South Africa
Position: Chief Engineer
Qualification: BSc Electrical Engineering (Natal University 1976)
TWR Years of Service: 33
Family: Married to Lorraine (1979) and they have 3 adult children (Esther, Duane, and John)
Where located: TWR Swaziland
Tell us about your calling to TWR?
When I was in my second year of studying for an electrical engineering degree I felt challenged to use my engineering skills in missions. I felt challenged from Acts 1:8. I was involved very much in my local church in the youth and Sunday school but I felt called to go beyond my Jerusalem and Samaria to the ends of the earth. My verse for my first prayer card was from John 9:4 (As long as it is day, we must do the work of him who sent me. Night is coming, when no one can work).
What do you do as chief engineer?
Being Chief Engineer means being available 24/7, 365 days per year, pretty much. I need to plan for the future and keep the transmitter station running efficiently - people-wise, finance-wise and equipment-wise -that's good engineering and also being a good steward for the Lord and His work.
What is your vision as chief engineer?
To reach as many people as possible with the gospel and disciple them through radio programmes, and, as an engineer to do it efficiently and keep the cost of broadcast operations to a minimum by harnessing the best technology available.
What is the best part of your job?
Being able to put ideas into practice. To be able to have major input into shaping the future of how the Swaziland transmitter station operates.
What have been some of your highlights over the past 33 years?
* Turning transmitters on for their first broadcast (particularly Angola and Benin).
* The response from listeners expressing how they have found Christ as Saviour and their testimony of His work in their lives never fails to stir and excite me.
What advice would you give to a young person wanting to live a life of meaning in the Kingdom of God?
100% commitment. Jesus' disciples forsook all and followed Him. Jesus said, “seek first the kingdom of God and all these things will be added to you”. We have to trust God fully - it's an act of faith. The Lord has always met our family needs and even far beyond that. You must feel sure that God has called you otherwise when it gets tough you will give up - it is wonderful but not necessarily a picnic to be where you know God wants you to be. However I am convinced that there is no better place to be, and moving to something outside of God's will is definitely going to be worse.
If you could pray for one thing for the person reading this article, what would you pray for?
That God would challenge them to serve Him whole-heartedly at home or beyond.
If you're an engineer or are studying to be an engineer, consider using your skills to serve the Lord with TWR.
Steve and Loraine Stavropoulos with Hout Bay, Western Cape, in the background.
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