Since 1997 when Marli Spieker founded Project Hannah, the Women of Hope programme and the Project Hannah ministry has been greatly blessed. Women of Hope is heard in 69 languages and over 50,000 faithful prayer warriors in 125 different countries pray through the Project Hannah Prayer Guide.
In January 2015, Marli expressed a desire to slow down a bit and spend more time with her husband and family. Marli said, “I believe that a ministry is only as strong as the people who carry it – not its leader alone.”
Picture: Peggy Banks (left) with Marli Spieker
TWR Country Focus: Turkey
“I’m so glad that I found you on radio,” a 23-year-old woman in Turkey wrote to TWR, echoing a common observation included in letters to the ministry. Many listeners say that they discovered TWR programs when they stumbled over them while scanning the radio dial and that they kept tuning in to hear what these speakers of their native languages were talking about.
When she was younger, the woman in Turkey said, she knew nothing about Christianity and her family wouldn’t allow her to research the unfamiliar faith.
TWR Country Focus: Mozambique
A listener in Mozambique wrote TWR’s Project Hannah women’s ministry and global prayer movement to tell her poignant life story. In addition to producing the ministry’s flagship radio programme, Women of Hope, Project Hannah facilitates the meeting of groups in which participants support one another while learning and praying about issues facing women around the world.
"I came to the Project Hannah with the worry of having been abandoned by my husband. I was not aware that this was a concern for other sisters who were part of the group.
TWR Country Focus: Eritrea
The beginning of the story is all-too-familiar: Mom holds the family together, keeps the household afloat and points the children to God’s Word. Dad has different priorities.
The 17-year-old daughter of this family, Ayana,* got in touch with TWR in Africa to tell about her family and its connection to TWR radio programming.
Mom looked after the children and the house, and Dad worked to earn a living.
TWR Country Focus: Venezuela
A Venezuelan woman named Maria sent email to tell how she became a second-generation rider on the Bible bus – the plot device J. Vernon McGee used in presenting his Thru the Bible series. Her story brings to mind the oft-quoted verse Proverbs 22:6.
"I wanted to tell you that your programme is a great spiritual help to me. My mom always turned on the radio to hear your programme many years ago and made her decision to commit her life to Jesus and follow him.