TWR Swaziland has been transmitting hope to Africa since 1974. Programs offer practical information and advice along with sound biblical teaching to a large portion of Africa. TWR runs three transmitters in Swaziland, broadcasting in 34 languages to Swaziland and the surrounding area.
Recently, TWR Swaziland began praying for an engineer to join their technical team. The Lord provided a missionary, Mike Lambert, to fill this role. However, the only housing on the TWR compound, known as Singing Pines, was a two-bedroom house that had been used as a guest apartment – insufficient for his family of five that includes three growing boys.
The family debated whether to move into the house, which was too small for their family, or move into a private rental house. Living in rental housing was not a viable option due to safety concerns, lack of reliable telephone and internet and the difficulty travelling between the transmitter site and the home. However, with the help of TWR Canada, TWR Swaziland was able to renovate the existing house, adding a third bedroom and expanding the existing living room area.
TWR staff asked a local contractor for a quote but were able to cut costs by having onsite TWR staff and trusted local contractors complete the project. They were able to cut over 30 percent off their costs! Additionally, because the missionary family now lives in TWR-owned housing instead of renting, their living costs are significantly reduced.
Missionary Mike Lambert was extremely grateful for this project. He writes: “We would like to thank you so much for providing us with the addition on our home. With our family of five, not having it would have either meant living in a house closer to town, separate from the rest of the TWR missionary staff or being all squeezed together in the house here. With all of the stress involved with uprooting our family and moving to the other side of the world, allowing our children to have their own space, where they can get away for time alone, is really helping with the transition. Having room to spread out also helps them with their homeschooling. Being able to have that and be close to the other missionaries means being a part of a support community that has meant so much to us.
"Being able to be in a community with other missionaries who have years of experience with the country and culture has been invaluable. Being able to share and learn from them has made this transition a little bit easier. Plus, having other families nearby has meant an easier transition for our three boys, too. Our youngest son, Jackson, is particularly enjoying time playing outside with his new friends. Thank you for blessing us in this way!”
We praise God for the funds to complete this project, which has improved the living and work environment for the Lambert family and will increase sustainability of missionary staff into the future.