Journey to Hope

TWR Canada President Ray Alary blogs each Thursday, telling behind-the-scenes stories and ministry updates you won't find anywhere else.  Come back weekly to read the latest, or sign up to get Ray's blog delivered directly to your email inbox.
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  • Things Left Behind

    March 21, 2019 By TWR Canada President
    As I am now in my 65th year of life, I often think about the past. As I think specifically about my journey, one of the things that stands out is the number of times I have moved. I have moved a lot!! 

    Interestingly, during the time I lived at home with my parents, I often told my father that I didn’t need to learn another language,...
  • Divine Appointments

    March 14, 2019 By TWR Canada President

    For anyone that knows me or has heard me speak, they know that I share a lot of stories. As I have travelled and collected these stories, I have always carried a camera. Telling the story verbally is great, but there is truth to the saying, “A picture is worth a thousand words.” Today, I was going through some of my pictures....

  • Growing Up in a Cross-Cultural Family Helped My Ministry

    March 7, 2019 By TWR Canada President
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    Working cross-culturally is non-negotiable in ministry. The reality is that if you can’t work in that environment, your chances of success are limited. It’s a necessity in a ministry like TWR, which is cross-cultural in every way. Our foundation is built on it as our media footprint spans the globe, and most of the people we...

  • Perfect Timing

    February 28, 2019 By TWR Canada President

    I wake up at 3:50 a.m. to start my day. It is cold, minus 21 degrees Celsius kind of cold. My first thought before I step outside is to wonder if the car is going to start. This morning it did start, but it is cold for 21 of the 42 kilometers I drive to the airport. I arrive at the airport, and fortunately my first flight is on time. When I get...

  • The Life of a Leader

    February 21, 2019 By TWR Canada President
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    For many people, being a leader sounds exciting. It is not uncommon to hear someone say, “I would just like to be in charge.” Another common phrase I have heard is, “If I was in charge, things would be different.”

    I was 38 years old the first time I was asked to take on a leadership role. I have to confess, my view of...
  • Neon Lights

    February 14, 2019 By TWR Canada President
    “Neon lights” is a familiar saying in our house. Our daughter, Erin, is the one who came up with the phrase. Even though there are not as many as there used to be – unless you are in Las Vegas – most of us know what they are. In our minds, they are something that cannot be missed; they light up the sky and get your...
  • Happy To Be Sent

    February 7, 2019 Guest blog by TWR Canada Communications Manager
    In December , you heard from our communications manager Nicki, about her excitement for the work of TWR Canada. This week she shares about her recent ministry trip to Sri Lanka.
    I sat in a boardroom at the YMCA in Singapore. I had no idea what I was about to be part of. The devotion for the day was on Jonah. We heard how even if we don’t...
  • A Trip Down Memory Lane

    January 31, 2019 By TWR Canada President
    This blog is going to be a trip down memory lane. I landed in South Africa at 2:45 a.m. By the time I left the airport, it was almost 4 a.m. There were no real problems; it simply took that long to get through immigration, pick up my luggage, pick up my car rental and get out of the airport. The first few kilometers of driving on the...
  • My Beloved Swaziland

    January 24, 2019 By TWR Canada President

    On my recent trip to Swaziland (who recently had a name change to eSwatini), I decided I wanted to drive there from South Africa. You wouldn’t think I would want to do this as I had done it at least one hundred times in the past. The fact is that I never get tired of the drive, especially once I get off the highway and onto secondary...

  • Not Your Average Tourist Destination

    January 17, 2019 By TWR Canada President
    As we started our descent into Burundi, the sun was coming through the clouds, and I had this thought: “There is now light where there was once great darkness.”

    In 1993, Burundi experienced a genocide that saw many people lose their lives. We are not talking about a hundred or a thousand people; we are talking hundreds of thousands....