Jun17WedJune 17, 2020 by the TWR Canada Team
The TWR global family continues to produce hope-filled content amid the COVID-19 pandemic. We recently received a report from TWR East and Southern Africa detailing how their ministry is speaking hope into the current crisis.
TWR has adapted content provided by World Vision and created 60-second clips which were then translated and produced by TWR into languages used in Africa. So far, the content has been broadcast in seven languages on 33 outlets—TWR’s own platforms and FM stations in the region. In addition, inspirational messages by three TWR leaders are being distributed. Early on during the pandemic, they produced a 26-minute special program in the form of an interview with a Christian doctor who talks about the disease and how to stay safe as well as the hope of the gospel. This was recently followed up with another special program called Season of Hope.
The original 26-minute special program has reached far and wide. We were moved when we received the news from Pastor G. in Uganda about its effect there.
“Today I was visiting some people desperate for food—we need God's mercy. I almost cried when I saw some families. People are now depending on the gospel more than ever before. The audio we recorded has made a great impact—even Muslims are now requesting the program. One family told me, ‘now we see your God.’
“Just today I received five phone calls for audio players from Muslim families. We will be playing the TWR Coronavirus message on one of the FM stations here. I downloaded it and gave it to them.
“The program has been played on a local FM station. People called in to ask questions and it was amazing. About 30 people called in. I was in the company of a Christian military doctor. He handled questions regarding the disease, and I handled the biblical part. The district health officer called and requested for the message to be aired again tomorrow. People in Kampala (the capital city) can hear it and call in.
“I met with another station which will air it on Sunday. The health authorities have given me platforms to share the message. Today the town council in a village outside of Kampala gave me free airtime to air the program on the town megaphone speakers.”
In the following days, Pastor G received a meeting request from the Minister of Health for the Republic of Uganda. This worried him at first, but he went to the meeting. The Minister had heard about the program and liked it; she wanted to know more about TWR. She explained that she came to know about TWR from a Nubian friend in Kenya, a people group that TWR has been ministering to with our media player project. In the meeting, she thanked TWR for the foresight to have such a program that educates the community. She prayed for the TWR president and all staff around the world and pledged her support for operations of TWR in Uganda. She also said she would introduce the program to the president of Uganda because there has not been any local content like this, especially with a doctor involved.
Responses from other parts of Africa:
“Thanks to TWR for the wonderful and encouraging message of hope. May God continue to bless and use you to encourage and give us hope through the Word of God. Please pray for me and my family not to lose hope or give up on God in these challenging times, but to help our faith grow, to lean not on our own understanding but to trust him with all of our hearts. Thank you!” - C, from Lilongwe, Malawi.
“Thank you for the message of good news. Our prayer is that God will see us through these times of Noah. We shall overcome, let us have faith in God. Thank you for offering to pray. We need God’s protection for good health and for God to give us peace in all conditions we are facing in the world today. Above all, pray for us to know God deeply.”- G, Kenya
“Two of my grandsons are in high-risk COVID-19 situations. One is a paramedic in contact with untested patients and his twin brother is in Milan, Italy, one of the badly affected places. Thanks for praying.” -A, South Africa
“Thank you, TWR. You are such an encouragement to us in disturbing times, always pointing us to the only real source of encouragement—Jesus Christ Himself. May He bless you all at this time, for continuing to help, encourage and pray for your listeners. Thank you!” – B, South Africa
We praise God for how far this program has reached and the connections that were made with government officials because of the program. Pray that TWR can continue to be a blessing to the region during this difficult time.