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    • Aug14Wed

      Removing Barriers To The Gospel

      August 14, 2013 by TWR Canada
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      There are so many barriers to learning more about Christ and studying the gospel. Political barriers prevent people from having access to learning tools and teachers. Wars and revolutions force people to leave their homes and flee across national borders. Geographic barriers keep people isolated, devastated by natural disasters, food shortages, etc. Educational barriers such as illiteracy make reading near impossible. Infrastructure, or more often a lack of infrastructure such as reliable electricity, is a barrier. Physical barriers affect people all around the world whether it's something as simple as needing reading glasses, or a physical deformity or disability that keeps people trapped in their homes.

      In addition to these barriers are cultural obstacles.  

      People in different cultures learn in different ways. Some cultures are oral and tell stories to teach. Content produced for a North American society may not resonate with another culture with different values.

      Radio Knows No Barriers
      Radio signals have no respect for political boundaries, or social preferences. It's much cheaper to produce radio content than many other types of media, and it bypasses barriers posed by geography, physical disabilities, illiteracy and many others.

      For example, the Islamic world stretches from Africa to Asia and Muslims live in many different cultures and histories. A Moroccan lives in an entirely different setting from a Syrian or someone in Indonesia. When considering cultural nuances and differences, radio content is easily adapted and transmitted. Solar-powered radios are affordable and overcome frequent electricity shortages in mountainous or desert regions. Christians in Central Asia are restricted in their faith and foreign missionaries have been expelled, yet the local Church continues to grow through teaching available via radio broadcasts. In North Africa, radio broadcasts reach people in urban and rural communities, as well as illiterate and oral peoples.

      Please pray for all those who work as translators, writers, and on-air personalities who work diligently to present Scripture-based content in a culturally relevant format to spread the Gospel around the world.