For years, TWR Canada's ministry has brought hope to many in Asia, Africa, Europe and the Middle East, but the question remained, how can we reach our own country, province and city?
Traditionally, our ministry has been focused overseas, often because we are partnering with other North American broadcasters to be their international partner. We broadcast in more than 230 languages and dialects in at least 160 countries. We use media, radio, internet, SD cards and other formats to reach as many people as we can with the gospel. And when the ministry grows, our focus has been on other nations, other areas where people are unreached.
As the world has grown and changed, we have started to see those people we are reaching – people from all nations around the world – begin to move here, to Canada. At the same time, we have become increasingly aware of the difficulties faced by Canada’s Aboriginal population and of the spiritual poverty of our Quebec compatriots. Now God has paved a way forward for TWR Canada to speak hope to our neighbours as well as the people across the globe!
Quebec is considered one of the least-reached people groups in the Americas; less than one percent of the population is evangelical Christian. Our partner, Aujourd’hui l’Espoir, shares the hope of Christ through evangelical programming on FM radio, television and internet to French-speaking Quebec and beyond. Local churches are also engaged for an extensive follow-up ministry across the province.
A listener of the La Parole Vivante (The Living Truth)
radio program reports, “I accepted Christ as my Saviour while listening to
La Parole Vivante…At the end of one of his sermons, the pastor invited those listening who were not born again to give their lives to the Lord Jesus. At that moment, I felt intensely convicted. The Spirit showed me that I was lost. Alone in my room, I told the Lord that I knew I was a guilty sinner, and that I needed Jesus to be my Saviour and my Lord. That’s how I got converted. I immediately felt warmth radiate throughout my body, and a sense of complete well-being bubbled up from the bottom of my heart. Since then, the Lord has helped me in my Christian walk. My life has been transformed, and every day, little by little, changes are taking place. I thank God from the depths of my heart for coming to seek me. Without him, I am nothing
TWR Canada is also working to reach out to Indigenous peoples in Canada in a culturally-sensitive way by partnering with other Aboriginal-led initiatives. In addition, we are developing tools to help Canadian churches share the hope of Christ to immigrants and refugees in their neighbourhoods.
As technology advances, we are able to make available much of the multilingual and multicultural media content that was developed for use in different parts of the world. On TWR 360
, an increasing amount of content in a growing number of languages (currently we’re at 52!) has been loaded for use by anyone, anywhere in the world.
We are excited to see God’s hand at work. We have seen our desire to reach out to our neighbours move move beyond simply a vision and start to become reality. We give God the glory as people are born again in Quebec, and we are eager to hear how he is working in the lives of Aboriginals, immigrants and other Canadians as we strive to follow his lead in loving our neighbours – both here at home and around the world.