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Meet Hannah Pops

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Meet Hannah Pops

Photo for Website BioHannah Pops never imagined herself as a missionary. She didn't think it was something she could do. "I mean, I'm not educated as a pastor. I'm not Amy Carmichael. I'm not that great with apologetics. Actually being a missionary always seemed a bit daunting," says Hannah, who moved from Edmonton, in Alberta, Canada to join TWR in their Africa Regional Office in September.

Hannah is a missionary with a twist; she has joined TWR as assistant graphic designer. "I work in an office and design stuff! It's awesome. I love the impact TWR has in Africa, I love what I do and who I work with and most importantly: Who I'm working for."

This talented young graphic designer embraced the challenge of raising her own financial support to move to South Africa. Only 22 years old and one of nine children, Hannah's desire is to touch people's lives with the love and the goodness of God.

Meet Waldo Badenhorst

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P076-C023Waldo is one of those guys in the office who can speak "machine." While the rest of us bang our heads on our keyboards when things go wrong, he swoops in and negotiates a cease fire and gets everything back to "normal" for us. He says that the best part of his job at TWR is, "to see the relief on people's faces when things get fixed for them!" My face has been one of those faces!

One of the coolest places TWR has sent Waldo has to be Cape Verde, an island off the coast of West Africa. As a qualified international trainer, he went to teach a group of volunteers how to produce radio programmes. While he was there he heard about a listener in one of the remotest parts of Cape Verde, who gets up every morning to listen to TWR because his life has been changed through the programmes. That's the kind of stuff which keeps our spiritual batteries charged at TWR – knowing someone so isolated is being reached right in his home!

Waldo is a classic South African guy. He loves rugby and meat! His favourite rugby team is the Sharks (from the KwaZulu-Natal province) and of course, the Springboks, South Africa's national team. Waldo is also plugged into his church and is constantly involved. When he's not reading big thick text books on networking (paper weights for us non-technical types), he likes to play computer games, or go fishing.

Meet Garth and Fiona Kennedy

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It was the year after high school. Garth really liked Fiona. There was a "problem" though. During their courtship, God called Garth into full time missions. So with great trepidation, he sat down to write Fiona a letter. At the time she was in Thailand as an exchange student. So, he wrote this monumental letter, confessing his missionary calling and wondering how it would impact this relationship he cherished so dearly. Little did he know, Fiona, sitting in Thailand, was doing the exact same thing! Their letters crossed paths mid-air and a great sigh of joyful relief was expressed on the two continents – Africa and Asia!

Brought together by divine scripting, Garth and Fiona, along with their two children, have been in West Africa for the past six years. We caught up with them recently and asked them a few questions.

Meet James and Lyn Burnett

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0158Forty 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. 

Meet Gottfried and Verona Schiele

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070Gottfried and Verona Schiele's relationship with TWR began when Verona met Martin Frische, a gentleman seconded to start TWRs German ministry (ERF) in South Africa. Gottfried's first contact with TWR was as a volunteer in the early 1990s.

Gottfried, the TWR-Africa Systems Administrator, has served TWR in this capacity for nearly 17 years first in Swaziland, then in Pretoria and currently in Kempton Park, South Africa. For three years the Schiele family resided in the USA where Gottfried helped design programme software for the mission.

Verona is currently helping TWR in an outreach area, burning CDs and DVDs for TWR-SA. But she is quick to add that most of her time is focused on being a Godly wife, mother and friend for other TWR missionaries.