Women of Hope Blog
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Oct26FriOctober 26, 2018 By the TWR Women of Hope Ministry Team
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Give Praise and Thanks for 21 Years of Ministry
For 21 years TWR Women of Hope has confronted the painful and traumatic circumstances that many women face daily. Cultures, families and religions around the world marginalize women by ascribing little worth to them. Domestic violence, forced marriages, illiteracy, polygamy and lack of health care cause an unending cycle of poverty. The women suffering amid the horrible circumstances of a sinful world need to know that God sees them and cares. Psalm 34:18 declares, “The LORD is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit.”
We thank God that he allows us to be a part of what he is doing. The message is clear: Christ has come in great compassion and love to minister healing and hope to those who are broken and abused. What a wonderful message to proclaim to women who desperately need a Saviour!
We give praise to God that as women share their own burdens and pray for the burdens of others, they experience peace. As they sit quietly and listen to the Word of God proclaimed over the radio or media player, they discover truth. As they receive practical help through the skills training, they gain independence. As they visit and encourage prisoners, the sick and the lonely, God is glorified. And as women meet Jesus, they experience the unconditional love of Christ.
The TWR Women of Hope audio programs (Women of Hope, Hidden Treasures, Hope Has a Name, and Healing Voice) provide practical and spiritual teaching. More than 62,000 intercessors in 120 countries pray the same prayer requests in 100 languages. As we pray, God changes our attitudes and leads us to reach out to those who are isolated or rejected by society.
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. “Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus” (1 Thess. 5:16-18).
2. For safety and God’s presence while TWR Women of Hope’s global ministry director, Dr. Peggy Banks, traveled in Africa, Asia, Europe and the Americas to mentor our global teams to go deeper in their walk with God.
3. For TWR Women of Hope members providing tools that enable women to make a difference in the lives of those around them. They use media, small-group interaction and leadership development to encourage, equip and engage women in prayer, listening, learning, growing and giving.
4. For new volunteers, interns and staff who help carry the many TWR Women of Hope responsibilities. In Korea, 35 volunteers distribute prayer calendars in nine languages and produce the Women of Hope programs in Korean and Vietnamese.
5. For the Hidden Treasures audio drama, which helps sexually exploited and trafficked women experience God’s love and forgiveness. Give thanks for those providing the funds needed to purchase the audio devices and for the Christian organizations that distribute them.
6. For the women and men from around the world who voiced the English audio prayer calendar program in its first year. Give thanks to God for the prayer programs that are also heard in Albania, Brazil, Malawi, South Africa and other countries.
7. For the restoration of the TWR Cary office building after the fire in December 2017.
8. That the Women of Hope radio program is heard in 73 languages on the radio, internet, CDs and that other media. Give praise also that the audio drama Healing Voice (for victims of fistula) in the Ari language continues to touch lives in Ethiopia.
9. For TWR Women of Hope’s 21 years of ministry.“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 regions who have given their lives to Christ even when they know that family members may kill them for doing so.
11. For the opportunity for women leaders to attend the first TWR Women of Hope Unite conference, held in Bratislava, to unite the participants with the Lord and with each other.
12. That mothers have learned how to better care for their children, teach them God’s truths and guide them to be Christ followers. The ladies in Albania gave solar radios to mothers of children with disabilities so they could hear the Women of Hope program.
13. 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).
14. For the hundreds of TWR Women of Hope staff and volunteers on every inhabited continent – program producers, ministry coordinators, team and prayer-group members, intercessors, radio technicians and scriptwriters, as well as for those who visit and write to listeners.
15. That through TWR360 women can hear the truth of God in Arabic, English, Farsi, Somali, Spanish, Thai, Turkish and 10 other languages. Also, Facebook, Skype, Twitter and Instagram 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 to and pray with them.
16. With women in Ethiopia as they rejoice in having a new prime minister who is a Christian. These women had participated in a 40-days-of-prayer event for peace in their country, which comprises 80 ethnic groups with different religions, values and practices. Pray for the prime minister’s wife, Zinash Tayachew, also a believer, who released this statement: “The Office of the First Lady, in collaboration with the concerned bodies, plans to work in areas that need attention, especially child malnutrition, early marriage, abduction, rape and female mutilation.”
17. 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. God "is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us" (Ephesians 3:20).
18. That the TWR Women of Hope Croatian team saw an increase in visits to their Facebook page and website, where listeners from Croatia, the USA, Canada, Australia and European countries receive hope.
19. 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.
20. That women are learning to sew, make jewelry or shoes, and grow crops to sell so they can provide for their families and gain dignity and respect in their communities.
21. That with the help of TWR Singapore, the Nepal team was able to care for about 800 people, mainly women and children, in slum areas, offering checkups, medicine and vitamins.
22. That our great God shows us his grace 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).
23. 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.
24. For those who volunteer to translate TWR Women of Hope’s monthly prayer calendars so that others can pray with us in more than 100 languages. Give thanks for those who distribute them, sometimes traveling from village to village on motorbike, by bus or on foot.
25. For the pastors, husbands, village chiefs and TWR staff who support and serve TWR Women of Hope’s staff and volunteers around the world.
26. 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.
27. For the continued financial support of Women of Hope programs, prayer ministry and leadership training by individuals, foundations and TWR partner ministries. Continue to pray for funds to start programs in new languages. A listener in Mozambique wrote, “I am already a Christian, but the way that you are using the Word of God in your program is amazing, and it touches my heart. But I am writing because my mother does not understand the Portuguese language. Is it possible to make the program in the Tsonga language for the women who never went to school?”
28. That thousands of Women of Hope listeners have shared testimonies about how the program has helped them to better raise healthy children, treat their spouses, prepare healthy food and live to honour God.
29. 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.
30. That widows and orphans have been given radios, food, clothes, health care, education fees, as well as being taught about God’s love. "Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world" (James 1:27).