Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path. (Psalm 119:105 ESV)
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TWR Canada is considering developing a new resource called PathLight. We are seeking comments, recommendations
and advice on the samples we have developed so far. If you've been given this webpage link, you have
been identified by us or someone you know as a mature believer in Christ who has a heart for helping
people who are hurting.
You may or may not have professional training in this area, but we are looking for feedback from people with a wide range of education and experience, both here in Canada and around the world.
Who is TWR Canada?
TWR Canadais part of the largest Christian media network in the world. Together with our partners, we use all forms of media to speak the hope of Christ in over 275 languages around the world. Our on-the-ground teams and church partnerships allow us to connect listeners with on-the-ground believers for community and discipleship.
What is PathLight?
PathLight is a tool to prepare and assist ordinary Christians when afflictions arise in the lives of others. It provides a biblical understanding of various spiritual issues, paired with practical suggestions and short Bible studies. It encourages people to remember that our hope and healing come from Jesus Christ, that we have choices to make even in our affliction and that we are capable of change. Read more.
Is it a counselling tool?
Yes. And No. First and foremost, it's a discipleship tool. It's counselling in the broadest sense of the word, using the Bible to provide guidance to address personal, social or psychological difficulties. But it is not professional advice. It provides guidance for supportive Christian friendship, Bible study and prayer. We recognize that these things are helpful for many people, but we similarly recognize that some situations may also require professional advice, medical interventions or the assistance of local authorities. We don't provide this level of support, but recommend that people seek it when needed and where available. That said, we also recognize that professional advice isn't always available in the contexts where we work, and hope that PathLight will serve as first-responder training, a sort of spiritual first-aid.
Why is this resource needed?
As a media ministry that can reach over four billion people in their heart language, TWR regularly hears
from listeners who are hurting. Through our follow-up teams, we connect those listeners to local churches,
but these churches aren't always equipped to identify issues and help in an effective way. English speakers,
especially in North America and Europe, are blessed with a multitude of resources on any topic we're
interested in. But in many languages, there are very few resources available. Those that are available
may not be accessible or practical due to cost, security or other factors.
PathLight will be a free text resource made available in as many languages as possible, with a goal of 20 languages within two years of completion of the English resource. As the text is translated from English, it should also be noted, that in some cases it will be contextualized for its intended users.
Why do we need your help?
TWR Canada has been creating content for over 35 years. One of our resources, Discipleship Essentials, is now available in 15 languages, and is being used by more than 17,000 small groups around the world. As we saw the need for a resource like PathLight, we also knew we needed to take additional care as we created it. We want to ensure that, if we proceed following this feedback period, we create PathLight to be as helpful and effective as possible.
What do we need from you?
We want to know if you feel the sample resources we've created would be useful and effective. Using the links on the side menu:
Questions? Contact Us!
If you have any questions as you go through this, I'd love to talk to you. You can contact me via mobile phone or email (in the footer of the email you received) or click the email link on my web profile and I'll get back to you.
Director of Ministry Initiatives and Engagement