Though TWR had its beginnings in the heart of one man, Dr. Paul E. Freed, it became the heartbeat of many men and women worldwide. Some of these people whose lives were intertwined with TWR’s ministry since it began have contributed much, but they remain unnamed or their work is unseen by human eyes.
Two weeks ago, I visited a longtime friend of the ministry, 94-year-old Bob Charvoz. It’s always a source of joy for me to fellowship with those who have a passion for God and who desire to make a difference in our world. Bob is such a man. He still shares the hope that God has put in his heart with all who will listen.
Bob’s vocational ministry was in the movie business. For years, he would show reel-to-reel Christian movies in an auditorium setting. One of the featured films was titled “The Tangier Story,” which described the fruitful outreach of TWR’s first radio station, located in Tangier, Morocco.
In 1954, from this initial transmitting site, known as “The Voice of Tangier,” TWR aired its first gospel program in two languages to Spain. By 1956, TWR had expanded its broadcasting to 40 countries in more than 20 languages. After the Moroccan government announced that all radio would be nationalized by the end of 1959, the Lord provided an opportunity for TWR to pursue a new broadcast location in Monaco, Monte Carlo. The rest is history.
For many years, through regular showings of “The Tangier Story” and other Christian films, Bob introduced multitudes of American Christians to the vital role radio plays in getting the gospel of Christ to a needy world. I’m very grateful to men like Bob and other unseen heroes who have faithfully invested their God-given resources to tell others about what God is doing throughout the world. You may be one of them. I’d love to hear your story.
If you would like to read more about TWR’s early years, contact me and I’ll send you a free copy of “Towers to Eternity,” written by TWR’s founder Dr. Paul E. Freed. Because of postage costs, this offer is only valid for U.S. JudyBlog readers.
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