Passion for the Unreached!

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Passion for the Unreached!  

Paul and Donna Cox have been missionaries with TWR since 1999, with a four-year detour for seminary. Since May of 2007, they have been serving in Benin, West Africa, where Paul is the station director and Donna is an educator.

Why Benin?
Paul explains that TWR operates in different places under different "motifs." When he and Donna asked what the motif in Benin was, they were 100% sold on going! This motif is a sentence which Paul can't say without choking up - "To reach unreached people groups who have never heard the gospel." It's like a stabbing pain in Paul's heart to know that there are many (around 45 million) in West Africa, who if God instructed them to find out more about Him, there is no church they can consult, and there is no Bible they can read. Yet, now there is a radio that they can tune in to hear the gospel! I am reminded of the Apostle Paul's words in 1 Cor. 9:16, "...For necessity is laid upon me. Woe to me if I do not preach the gospel!"

The 1st Transmission...
Donna reminds us that God's timing is perfect, and that He has a sense of humour too. It was during a festival celebrating one of Benin's national religions that the gospel went out over the airwaves for the first time. Paul had worked all night at the transmitter site, and Donna and the kids woke up early feeling excited, like on Christmas day! As they quickly turned the radio on she says, "We all started weeping. The kids were dancing and singing and saying, 'Praise God! It's finally happened!" After years of effort, from the team setting their own cement bricks, to making their own screws, to the moment the gospel aired, it was... Well, how do you describe that moment? It's impossible! Donna herself was speechless.

Life in Benin...
Donna puts life in Benin into context for us: "If we were not sure of the call, we would've left a long time ago." Life is challenging - from getting malaria regularly to not being able to communicate heart-to-heart with neighbours who speak a foreign tongue. She says that if they had written down the pros and the cons, they wouldn't have chosen Benin! Yet, they faithfully followed God's call and live with the motto, "God has called us to be here and He will provide for us and equip us."

"There have been struggles, but there have also been tremendous joys," Paul says. His eyes well up as he ponders the joys, and I think of Hebrews 12:2 which says "Jesus ...for the joy set before him, endured the cross..." Paul goes on to say,

Serving the Saviour is not easy, but obedience brings joys and rewards that far outweigh the struggles... There's a song with a line that goes, I want to be like Daniel in the lion's den so I can see a miracle. You don't see the miracles unless you're in the lion's den. You don't see the miracles unless you have the struggles in which God can be victorious. And over and over we've seen the faithfulness of our God do what we could never do on our own.

Donna pipes in to tell us an example of one of those joyful moments,

One day while we were running our kid's club, we were singing, and a man heard us and came to ask what we were doing. The Beninese lady that leads this club, said, 'This is a good news club.' And he started crying! He got so excited that children were being taught God's Word. Then he asked what I was doing there, and I told him that I work for TWR. He got even more excited and said, 'I love TWR. I listen every day! Thank you, thank you, thank you, thank you for coming!'

Please pray for them, and pray for the millions of unreached people in West Africa - that God will reach out to them through TWR missionaries and Christian radio broadcasts.

Go to {} to find out more about TWR's work in West Africa, or {} to find out more about the Cox's ministry, or get a copy of the book, {Reaching Beyond Barriers}, to learn about TWR's history in West Africa.

Published: 31 August 2010

Paul and Donna Cox  
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