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TWR Canada believes in the power of stories. Stories grip our imaginations and transform our hearts. We also believe in the importance of teaching and discipling children in the faith. That’s why we’ve partnered with A Visit with Mrs. G Ministries to translate, produce and distribute Bible stories for children in Arabic, Mandarin, Persian, Spanish and Swahili. With our partner in Denmark, we have begun translating and producing these children's Bible stories into Somali for refugees in Ethiopia.
A Visit with Mrs. G stories were written and produced for radio in the late 1970’s. These 50+ books by Kitty Anna Griffiths are dramatic retellings of Bible stories intended to "come alive” for children. The books follow the lives of Adam and Eve, Joseph, Abraham, Isaac, Moses, Jesus and more. A Visit with Mrs. G stories in English are broadcast across the United States and around the world via shortwave and satellite radio, and they can also be found on TWR360 and the Speak Hope Android app.
The Arabic, Mandarin, Spanish and Swahili stories are now available on TWR360 and the Speak Hope Android app, with more to be added as they are completed.
In Kenya, the Bible Stories Alive program is translated from English into Swahili and aired on SIFA FM’s Voi and Maata radio stations in Turkana county. This year, the program was added to a third station in Marsabit.
The radio show is geared toward children between the ages of four and eight and is aired every Saturday between 8 a.m. and 9 a.m. Children often join the program live in the studio and interact with the host. Due to the pandemic, this has not been a possibility. This has brought a significant change to the program, as now the broadcasters must rely solely on interactions through phone calls and text messages. Hosts are encouraging the children to wash their hands, avoid crowded places and to stay home as much as possible. “The children are really enjoying the Bible Stories and they appreciate the effort we are making,” said one of the station managers. “We are also praying very hard that COVID-19 will come to an end.”
Due to the pandemic, children and their parents are spending more time together. This is the case of Mr. Kane and his daughter. Sarah, age 9, is the youngest of eight siblings and has a love and passion for music. “She wakes up the earliest every morning, turns on the radio and starts singing along with the gospel music,” explained Mr. Kane. “This is her way of doing devotions.” Sarah has come to love listening to SIFA FM Marsabit from her parents, who listen to a broad range of programs offered by the radio station.
Before COVID-19, Sarah faithfully attended Sunday school each week. According to her parents, Sarah has been lamenting about the closure of Sunday school in the wake of COVID-19. Now, Sarah has been eagerly listening to the Bible Stories Alive program being aired on Sifa FM Marsabit. The program gives her the opportunity to learn Bible stories that she would normally hear in Sunday school. Praise God for this new station broadcast!
Ms. Padre, also from Marsabit, reported that she listens to Bible Stories Alive with her daughter Mesret. Mesret loves the program and reported that it always leads to a biblical conversation between her and her mom.
We rejoice in sharing how Bible Stories Alive is positively impacting children in Kenya. Please pray for the continued safety of staff as they translate and produce this program.