Holly and Andrew Haas discovered TWR seeing TWR missionaries in action on the field. Holly's grandparents, while serving as volunteers on Guam and Bonaire, had an impact on her life realizing, "God can use anyone – engineers, accountants, broadcasters, etc...God can use even me." Andrew, on the other hand, as a Campus Crusade for Christ missionary, was influenced while walking alongside TWR missionaries who were organizing the airing of the radio version of the JESUS film.
Holly, TWR-Africa Staff Development and Human Resource Director, has experienced the full spectrum of service with TWR: Intern, short-term and long-term. After ten years with TWR, Holly has experience as: on-air announcer, sports broadcaster, programme producer, studio tech, and trainer.
God brought Holly and Andrew together in Africa while on assignment under separate mission organizations. Today, Andrew, who was recently appointed as long-term career missionary with TWR, now serves as the TWR-Africa Program Development Team Leader following a two-year period seconded to TWR from Campus Crusade for Christ.
Training in preparation for what they do today:
Andrew: Born in Baltimore, MD, USA, attended a Christian prep-school and Oral Roberts University receiving a degree in Film, Radio & TV. Andrew served with Campus Crusade for Christ for twelve years with assignments in over 40 countries before coming with TWR.
Holly: Born in Grand Rapids, MI, USA, attended Moody Bible Institute receiving a BA degree. Holly adds that her training also includes, "a willing heart, lots of on-the-job training and experience in other school activities."
Andrew: The year Andrew raised support to become a missionary he was an extra in a film made near his hometown. Andrew says, "I'm clearly visible for five seconds in the comedy For Richer, or Poorer." He loves movies and has made some 60-second shorts for the Damah Film Festival.
Holly: Met Andrew in Bamako, Mali, not far from the famous city of Timbuktu, otherwise known as 'the end of the earth.' Holly also enjoys playing her electric guitar.
Likes and Dislikes:
Andrew: Likes international foods from places he has been such as Szechuan China, Thailand and India. Very hot, spicy foods are a plus to Andrew. He dislikes pudding, whipped cream and other 'gooey deserts.'
Holly: Likes to play practical jokes. She enjoys hiking, camping and astronomy. Holly enjoys talks on cosmology and discussions on the origin of time and the universe. Holly dislikes cockroaches.
Advice to future candidates with TWR:
Andrew: There is no better way to worship God than by giving Him your life and talents without reservation."
Holly: "Flexibility and willingness to learn – two key elements to being a missionary. Actually, we're all missionaries; it's just that some are missionaries in a cross-culture context. Proverbs 3:5-6 says, 'Trust in the Lord with all your heart; do not depend on your own understanding. Seek his will in all you do, and he will show you which path to take.'" (NLT)