Forty years ago, a young James Burnett went with his father to see a presentation by a TWR missionary. The impact of this encounter sparked an interest in missionary radio in James, giving direction to his future with TWR.
James and Lyn married on 1st May 1982 and started with TWR a month later on 1st June. They daughter was born while they were at Radio 540, and the two boys while they were in Swailand. James, as Chief Engineer and Lyn, as hostess to many visitors, responder to DX listener requests and continuity announcer, spent twelve years in Swaziland.
In 2016, James stepped down as the Technical Director TWR Africa but continues to serve as Technical Project Manager and is enjoying getting back into using his engineering to expand God's Kingdom. Lyn is TWR Women of Hope coordinator for South Africa.
Training in preparation for what they do today:
James: Born in Port Elizabeth, South Africa, received his B.Sc Engineering degree at the University of Cape Town.
James: Worked for FEBA Radio in the Seychelles for a short time and has held the position of chairman for the Radio Society of Swaziland.
Lyn: Trained as a General Nurse in Cape Town and did Midwifery in Port Elizabeth. Lyn also served with Healthcare Christian Fellowship in Kempton Park.
James: Enjoys mountain biking and staying up-to-date with what is happening in the world of technology and is learning Ubuntu Linux and is very involved with his local church.
Lyn: Enjoys being outdoors, hiking. She also enjoys reading and doing handwork in her free time.
Since the sudden death of Andrew, their 18 year son, James and Lyn encourage others as they lead Griefshare, a grief recovery program in Kempton Park, South Africa.
Advice to future candidates with TWR:
TWR is a wonderful way to use your technical gifts and talents in media to spread the Gospel.