César lives in Ecuador and listens to the Quichua language version of Women of Hope. He got in touch to share his testimony with Project Hannah, which, in addition to the radio broadcast, sponsors a movement that brings together volunteers to pray for women in difficult circumstances around the world. This story also highlights the advantage that TWR’s audio outreach has in meeting the needs of the roughly three-quarters of a billion people in the world who are illiterate.
I didn’t know how to read or write, but just by listening to the Bible teachings, I have learned to read and now can do it quite easily. When I listen to the programs, I feel like I am in the Lord’s presence – in other words, in heaven. I can’t begin to describe the great joy that I feel.
Does it make sense to thank someone for causing you to be in prison – especially if the sentence was unjust? A woman inmate who wrote to the TWR Project Hannah staff in Paraguay, next door to her home country of Bolivia, suggests that sometimes such a course of action may be appropriate.
Project Hannah teams have organized prison ministries in many countries, including Paraguayl.
I am from Santacruz, Bolivia. I have four children – two boys and two girls. Six years ago, I ended up here in jail because of what was done to me by a certain person. I have hated this person and wanted revenge. For three years I planned how I would pay her back, do damage to her where it hurt her most.
TWR Celebrates Milestone by Building on Foundation of Expanding Outreach
TWR is celebrating its 60th anniversary of Gospel broadcasting by expanding its reach to even more people needing hope in places like Cuba, China and Afghanistan.
Not content to rest on yesterday’s accomplishments, TWR officials offer thanks for six decades of God’s blessings but insist on keeping the spotlight on the media ministry’s newest initiatives.
“It’s a privilege to be living under the call of God for 60 years,” says Lauren Libby, president of TWR International. “Not only a privilege, but also a legacy that we go into the future with. Our founder, Dr. Paul Freed, believed God for big things. We’re still doing that. And the goal is still the world, the gospel of Jesus Christ and producing lasting fruit by mass media.”
Signing on the air from Tangier, Morocco, on Feb. 22, 1954, the ministry that would become TWR relied on one 2,500-watt Army-surplus transmitter for broadcasting to Spain in three languages. Today TWR uses 20 high-powered transmitting sites, 2,000 local stations worldwide and other media to speak hope in more than 230 languages to a potential audience of roughly 4 billion in 160 countries.
Country: South Africa
The media are TWR’s primary points of contact with listeners, but face-to-face interaction, when possible, frequently helps new believers as they begin their walk in the faith.
TWR South Africa recounted the experience of Xolani, who lives close to the ministry offices in KwaZulu-Natal. Natural surroundings of lush valleys and hills supposedly promise a life of peace and tranquility. Not so for Xolani. Her little home has only the bare necessities for daily survival.
Seven years ago her husband suddenly died. During their marriage he was mostly absent from home, was not really interested in the children and did not look after the family well. The only things he left her were rebellious children, struggles and pain.
"Unfortunately, I got married before I met Jesus. Both my husband and I were wicked. We have two daughters together and my husband had seven lovers. He mistreated me, and for revenge I did not feed him.
"One day, I had enough and went looking for something that would help me forget my problems. I thought buying capuca [a homemade fermented drink in Angola] would numb my pain. But deep within my heart, a voice asked, “Will you ruin your life because of one man? What if you become addicted to the drink?” I went home and slept until the next day. The ladies of a TWR Project Hannah prayer group prayed for me and told me about the love of Jesus. Then I accepted him, and by the grace of God I was converted!