Women of Hope Blog
Read stories from listeners of TWR Women of Hope.
Oct27FriOctober 27, 2017 by the TWR Canada Women's Ministry Team
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Praise and Thanksgiving
Looking back over 20 years of ministry brings shouts of praise and thanksgiving to God for truly he has done great things! For years we have prayed for women isolated and abused because of their cultures, religions, and poverty. Reports from our global teams tell us once again that women are finding hope and salvation in Jesus. The TWR Women of Hope audio programs are providing practical and spiritual knowledge, and the monthly prayer calendars and group activities are helping women learn to pray in a personal way to the God who sees and hears them.
Women in Kigoma, Tanzania, are very hungry for God. When they heard there was going to be TWR Women of Hope training for leaders, they came to learn. The first day of training, there were 220 women. Women learned the role of TWR Women of Hope and how to pray together. Nine women gave their lives to Christ. Word spread. The following day, 500 women and men arrived for the training. Eighteen more came to Christ. They told the trainers that they would like to come earlier the next day so that they could have more time to praise God and pray together!
A listener in Calcutta, India, said, “I have been listening to the Bengali Women of Hope program. This program is truly an inspiration in my life. My life is full of sorrow since my husband married another woman. But your program has taught me that prayer brings peace and happiness into one’s life. It has taught me how to keep faith in the Lord no matter what. I like every aspect of the Women of Hope ministry, including the prayer fellowship and prayer calendars, which have helped me a lot in the refinement of my views about life.”
Give praise and thanks …
1. That women around the world are glorifying God with their lives even when their difficult circumstances do not change for the better. A listener born in Vietnam and now living in Cambodia shared, “I cannot read and write, but through listening to the Women of Hope program, I get knowledge about health and encouragement through the Word of God.”
2. For safety and God’s presence while TWR Women of Hope Global Ministry Director Dr. Peggy Banks travels in Africa, Asia, Europe, and the Americas to minister to intercessors and listeners, mentor our global teams, and speak hope and healing in Jesus.
3. For TWR Women of Hope members providing tools that enable women to make a difference in the lives of those around them, encouraging, equipping, and engaging them to pray, listen, learn, grow, and give through media, small-group interaction, and leadership development.
4. For Philile Bhengu, TWR Women of Hope regional coordinator of Southern and East Africa, who was appointed Nov. 1 and is working from the TWR Africa Regional Office in South Africa.
5. For the Hidden Treasures audio drama, which will help sexually exploited and trafficked women experience God’s love and forgiveness. Pray for those translating and preparing to produce Hidden Treasures in Albanian, Bulgarian, Czech, English, Hungarian, Romanian, Russian, and other languages.
6. That TWR Women of Hope Leadership Trainer Ruth Mbennah is researching, creating, and developing a global leadership training manual.
7. That Flora Rittenhouse, TWR Women of Hope content manager and liaison, traveled to encourage those serving in South Africa and provide training in reporting and media content. Also, give thanks for the opportunity for Flora, Pilar Torras, and Valerie Smith to present Hidden Treasures at a conference in Germany.
8. That the Women of Hope radio program is heard in 71 languages on the radio, internet, CDs, and other media outlets. Give praise also that the audio drama Healing Voice (for victims of fistula) in the Ari language continues to touch many lives in Ethiopia. Please continue to pray for production in the Amharic and Oromo languages.
9. For TWR Women of Hope’s 20 years of ministry reaching out to women through awareness, prayer, and radio programming. “Look at the nations and watch and be utterly amazed. For I am going to do something in your days that you would not believe even if you were told” (Habakkuk 1:5).
10. For women in Central Asia, the Middle East, South Asia, North Africa, and other countries who have given their lives to Christ even when they know that family members may kill them for doing so.
11. That TWR Women of Hope Europe Regional Coordinator Eeva Vähäsarja and Denmark Coordinator Anette Jensen traveled to the Faroe Islands to meet with intercessors and present the ministry at different events including a women's conference.
12. That as women pray through TWR Women of Hope’s monthly prayer requests, they begin to see others through God’s eyes and their attitudes, actions, and feelings become more like Jesus’. “Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit, but in humility consider others better than yourselves. Each of you should look not only to your own interests, but also to the interests of others. Your attitude should be the same as that of Christ Jesus” (Philippians 2:3-5).
13. For the hundreds of TWR Women of Hope staff and volunteers on every continent – program producers, ministry coordinators, team and prayer-group members, intercessors, radio technicians, and scriptwriters, as well as those who visit and write to listeners.
14. That through TWR360 (twr360.org/twrwomenofhope), Facebook, Skype, Twitter, and Instagram, women are hearing the truth of God in Arabic, English, Farsi, Portuguese, Somali, Spanish, Turkish, and many other languages. Some of these channels enable many to upload both the Women of Hope programs and the monthly prayer requests in the users’ languages. Thousands have reported that they are grateful that someone cares and takes the time to listen and pray with them.
15. That 500 women and men attended TWR Women of Hope training in Kigoma, Tanzania, and that 27 gave their lives to Christ. Also, more than 500 attended the TWR India women’s conference and were encouraged to continue to offer hope in Jesus to the women of India.
16. That God’s truth and love are proclaimed by radio in Central Asia, China, India, the Middle East, North Africa, North Korea, and other areas where Christians are persecuted and missionaries are not allowed to enter. Lives are being changed and churches are forming.
17. That the TWR Women of Hope team in Korea provides the monthly prayer calendars in several languages so Cambodian, Chinese, Filipino, Japanese, Thai, and Vietnamese women living in South Korea can pray with us.
18. For the thousands of people involved in TWR Women of Hope prayer groups that meet regularly to pray, reach out to women, and evangelize in prisons, maternity wards, hospitals, orphanages, and refuge centers. Many of them distribute food, clothes, mattresses, or other needed items, giving hope to women and their families.
19. That women are learning to sew, make jewelry, and grow crops to sell so they can provide for their families and gain dignity and respect in their communities.
20. That mothers are sharing God’s love with their children. Nellie’s husband left her for another woman when Nellie was eight months pregnant. She listens to the Women of Hope Ilocano program in the Philippines. Nellie said, “Your program gave me hope and encouragement to go on. Without Women of Hope, I don’t know what would have happened to me. Your encouraging text messages are also a great help to me. I am sending them to my children. I am also sharing the prayer calendars with my children. I want my children to get closer to God.”
21. For women and men who have found salvation through Jesus Christ and strength to make it through each day with the help of the Women of Hope program and TWR Women of Hope prayer groups.
22. For those who volunteer to translate TWR Women of Hope’s monthly prayer calendars so that others can pray with us in more than 85 languages. Give thanks for those who distribute them, sometimes traveling from village to village on motorbike, by bus, or on foot.
23. For the many pastors, husbands, and TWR staff who support and serve TWR Women of Hope’s staff and volunteers around the world.
24. That thousands of prisoners have received hope through the love shown to them in practical ways (such as gifts of clothes, soap, and baby items); through the Women of Hope program; and in Bible studies led by those who visit them in Albania, Angola, Cambodia, Democratic Republic of Congo, Ethiopia, Ghana, Indonesia, Ivory Coast, Korea, Liberia, Nepal, Paraguay, South Africa, Tanzania, and Thailand.
25. For the continued financial support of Women of Hope programs by individuals; foundations; ERF in Germany, Switzerland, and Austria; Norea in Denmark, Norway, and Sweden; Sansa in Finland; and TWR partners in Asia, Brazil, Canada, the Netherlands and Belgium, and the United Kingdom.
26. For opportunities for Peggy and other team members to visit churches and women’s groups to speak hope and healing into the lives of women around the world and across the generations.
27. That thousands of Women of Hope listeners have shared testimonies about how the program has helped them understand how to better raise healthy children, treat their spouses, prepare healthy food, and live to honour God.
28. That community leaders and the media are exposing rapes, child marriages, trafficking, and harmful cultural practices and that they are encouraging leaders to do more to end these horrible abuses.
29. That widows and orphans have been given radios, food, clothes, health care, and education fees.
30. That our great God shows us his mercy and love each day. “I will praise you, O Lord, among the nations; I will sing of you among the peoples. For great is your love, reaching to the heavens; your faithfulness reaches to the skies. Be exalted, O God, above the heavens; let your glory be over all the earth” (Psalm 57:9-11).