Facebook - Twitter - YouTube. In a world where social media piques the interest levels of people in most major cities, there are millions more people living in the same world, in the same cities, where one-to-one contact and personal socializing remains the means of communication and relationship-building. TWR builds relationships by both means.
Here in Africa, the connection with people by radio is very affective. This communication paralleled with on-the-ground connection with people, is seen in many testimonies TWR receives. One example is voiced by a widow in the city of Luanda, Angola, carrying several burdens: mourning her loss, caring for her fatherless children and dealing with her husband's family.
"The uncles of my late husband did not give words of comfort or even speak to me and my children because the family could not agree on where to bury my husband, in the village or in Luanda. When I told the TWR Project Hannah volunteers my burden, they left me words of peace and consolation, and promised to pray for this situation.
The next day, after the Project Hannah ladies visited us, one of the uncles of my late husband came to my house and greeted me! I then got the courage to meet with the family and the family asked for forgiveness and asked if we would not oppose their will to bury the body of my husband in the village, if that was God's will. An uncle of my late husband also apologized for his actions and said they would take care of the body. So it was agreed.
The following day they took my husband's body to the village and this uncle was the only one to accompany the body of my husband. My children and I could not go. So he left Luanda without us.
When the uncle and my husband's body arrived at the airport in Lubango, family members were astonished because on the plane were two caskets, but only one casket was loaded in Luanda. They complained to the airline staff, but could not open the caskets to identify the body of their nephew. It had to return back to Luanda.
But back in Luanda, when the officials opened the plane, they were even more amazed, because there was just one casket, not two. By this time the body was no longer in good repair to make another trip, so I decided it was no longer possible to bury the body in the village where the aunt and uncle lived.
After all these events happened, we called all the volunteers from Project Hannah to testify that God had heard all their prayers! My late husband was not buried where the family wanted or where we wanted but it was where God wanted. Continue to pray for me and my late husband's family, because the problems have not yet been resolved. One of the uncles of my late husband is now threatening his own children with death because they disagreed with him on where the body should be buried."
Photo credit: Harleys & Thunderstorms. Used with permission
Published: 30 April 2011