Earlier this year, we shared with you about the Oasis Project
in West Africa. The aim of this exciting project is to reach into Nigeria with the hope and good news of Christ through radio broadcasting.
Nigeria, the most populous country in Africa and the seventh most populous in the world, is home to 182 million people speaking 21 major languages. This West African nation’s northern population is predominantly Muslim and practises a very strict form of Islam. It is also the development ground for the Boko Haram and other groups that pose a great threat to Nigeria and to the rest of West and Central Africa. We have a great opportunity to speak hope into this country with the message of God’s love.
After multiple years of fundraising and building, the Oasis transmitter launched on February 1st
, carrying gospel broadcasts in multiple local languages that reach all of Nigeria and surrounding areas.
This was the first response TWR received from a Nigerian who began listening to a program broadcast from the Oasis Transmitter once it went live: “We appreciate you. Just calling to let you know that we listen to you every morning and we hear you. Thank you very much and God bless you.”
Since then we have continued to receive responses to the programming:"I listen to your broadcasts, even this morning. I have been looking for good Christian radio, preaching the truth of the Word of God. I am a gospel musician.”“I am calling to thank you all for the great work you are doing, bringing the Word of God to us. I am one of the listeners every morning. May God bless and strengthen you for your great work.”“I listen to your broadcasts every morning. I am very grateful; it is indeed a blessing. Please put me in your prayers. I am 86 years old and very sick. I need your prayers.” “I like the messages because they present the message of God and not the doctrines of the churches. Christ saves, not churches.”
We are excited to share with you how the Oasis transmitter is providing hope and good news to listeners in West Africa. After an initial period operating at reduced power, the team has been able to push the Oasis Transmitter to 100kW and broadcast at this power level. We praise God for the engineers and technicians who have put in a strong effort to make this happen.
TWR’s transmitter site in West Africa is ideally located to be a beacon of hope to millions of people who are in spiritual darkness. We thank you for your continued prayers for the Oasis project and the people of Nigeria.