Oasis in a barren land

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africa by radioIf Jesus is the only way to God, what about all the innocent people who have never heard about Christ? Would God really punish them for something that wasn’t their fault? So, what is the plight of those who are so isolated (geographically or culturally) that they have not heard the gospel message or been given any opportunity to respond? This is how it is for millions of people in West Africa, living without hope and having never heard of the living water promised by our Lord Jesus. It is like the wanderings of Israel in the desert, again, a dry, thirsty, and a barren land, but it also calls attention to God’s faithfulness to take them out of the desert and into an inhabited city, a place of blessing with food and water.

THE POWER OF RADIO TO CHANGE LIVES.

How can the millions in West Africa hear about the living water that Jesus offers? What better way than to use radio to reach inaccessible places? TWR has initiated an exciting plan to install a second powerful transmitter in West Africa. This will make it possible to add more content and extend the reach across barriers of darkness, fear and hopelessness, while engaging people of West Africa with breakthrough radio programmes that bring hope and the Gospel of peace. Therefore, the Oasis Transmitter Project, as it is called, aims to install a 200-Kilowatt Transmitter at the TWR West Africa Transmitter Station along with a suitable antenna system to cover Nigeria, including the north east ‘corner’ which is not reached presently.

ACTION PLAN

The project has involved a lot of planning, designing and has made use of local staff and volunteer work teams. The installation process, including the construction of two towers has begun, which includes the shipping of the transmitter and the antenna system. Electrical generators are being sourced which will enable the station to generate its own power. This is the first time that TWR has two Medium Wave Transmitters using one Antenna system.

OPPORTUNITIES TO REACH OUT TO NIGERIA

There is an urgent need to broadcast more discipleship programs to strengthen the church in Nigeria and to develop and air more programmes. In collaboration with Radio ELWA from Nigeria and other local partners, TWR is currently producing and delivering content in five languages. Beside the English broadcasts, the station airs its programmes in indigenous languages like Hausa, Igbo, Twi, Yoruba, Fongbe, Jula, Bambara, Kanuri and Lukpa to name but a few. Even in the most remote and dangerous of locations, TWR quickly and effectively reaches a potential audience of millions.

FUTURE GROWTH

TWR, by the Grace of God aims to mobilise local radio stations and local churches to air and support its programmes. With active partnership between TWR and local ministries or ministers with sound Biblical teachings, more Biblical content will be produced in the heart languages of the indigenous population. Please pray for the smooth installation process, the technical team involved, and for the support for this great ministry in Nigeria.

TESTIMONIES

TTB Hausa

Thank you for the good work! I am a blind man and you are my source of the Word of God. I am your regular listener and asking for your prayers. Could you please pray for our area as people call themselves Christians, but they are using charms to destroy people’s farms.

Hausa is one of the most spoken Nigerian languages.

Turning Point Igbo

Man of God, please pray for this Country, we are facing a challenge that only needs God's intervention. We do not want it to be destroyed.

Igbo is the main language spoken by about 24 million people (primarily of Igbo descent) in Abia, Anambra, Ebonyi, Enugu and Imo states. Igbo is also spoken in some parts of Akwa Ibom, Delta and Rivers states. Significant Igbo speakers are also found in Cameroun while in Equatorial Guinea, it is a recognized as a minority language.

TTB Portuguese Guinea Bissau

I am from Guinea Bissau. I had never listened to anything concerning Christianity and the Holy Bible. It is the first time I listen through this program and really like what I am hearing!