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  • Dec29Fri

    Learning to Howl the Right Way

    December 29, 2017 by the TWR Canada Women’s Ministry Team
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    Living in a Vietnamese village sprawled along a wide, brown river, Linh* has a 6-mile walk every Sunday to reach her nearest church. For the rest of the week, she has little contact with brothers and sisters in Christ.

    “We are all spiritually thirsty,” she writes. Protestants are few and far between, and though the house-church movement is growing, the greatest response has been among the ethnic minorities. This tends to further isolate believers since Christianity has long been associated with foreign interference.

    But radio, speaking in the heart language of the listener, is reaching women where they are. And TWR’s Women of Hope program speaks to the practical needs of believers and unbelievers alike. Linh writes, “It is a blessing to tune into your radio program after a hard day’s work. We received a radio to listen to the Word of God through your program at night. It’s so useful to my family, because as they say, ‘He who keeps company with the wolf will learn to howl.’”

    Linh’s father was a shaman, and she writes that her house always smelled of burning incense. When her parents died, she continued to live in their house, worshipping the idols, until the day she believed in Jesus. “I got rid of the offerings and the altars. I got out of superstition, idolatry and the practice of the ancients. I feel I have escaped a prison of darkness.”

    She asks the TWR Women of Hope team to pray for her to be stronger in her faith. “My education is not high. So I only learn by listening to you.”

    The Vietnamese saying that Linh quoted sounds a lot like Proverbs 13:20: “Whoever walks with the wise becomes wise, but the companion of fools will suffer harm.” When cut off from other Christians, believers likely will find that their environments drag them down. But radio can help overcome that isolation. Women of Hope listeners learn that they are not alone, that thousands of women around the world are praying for and with them. Thank you for your partnership in rescuing women like Linh from their prisons of darkness.

    *Name changed for her protection.

    (article originally published in “The Heartbeat,” Volume 20, Number 3)