Have you experienced a thirst that you were desperate to quench? That situation intensified for me recently when I took a medication for which a side effect was dryness. In jest, I stated the proverbial, “Water, water everywhere, but not a drop to drink,” because it wasn’t available when I needed it. I didn’t want to become dehydrated.
Though real dehydration resulting from drought is a reality for many in our world today, spiritual dryness is widespread and ultimately more perilous. Jesus understood this concept when he spoke to the woman at the well: “Everyone who drinks of this water [from the well] will be thirsty again, but whoever drinks of the water that I will give him will never be thirsty again. The water that I will give him will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life” (John 4:13-14).
Providentially, the Lord has provided TWR with an opportunity to reach spiritually thirsty souls in the region of Pakistan, Afghanistan, and North India (PANI). Interestingly, “pani” is a Hindi word that means “water.”
Several years ago, God opened a door in this region of the world for TWR to increase its signal strength from shortwave to AM radio. More than 200 million people live under the reach of the new 500,000-watt AM PANI transmitter. While TWR has shortwave programming in some of the languages of the region — Panjabi, Pashto, Sindhi, Urdu, Farsi and Dari — the new AM transmitter will allow more time each week for programs in these languages.
Right now the four antennas have been installed and the transmitter is ready to be shipped. The next step is to complete the construction of the transmitter building. Lord willing, we’ll be on the air by July 2013 to the “heart of the unevangelized world,” as the seventh edition of Operation World describes the area.
We’re at 95 percent of our total funding goal of $1,494,000, with a remaining need of about $66,000. TWR’s International Director for the Americas Tim Klingbeil wrote the following: “I continue to be amazed to see how God is providing for this project. Let’s pray together for God’s provision to meet the goal and begin broadcasting by the middle of 2013!”
The PANI project is especially on my heart, and its purpose brings to mind this relevant, powerful verse from Revelation 22:17: “The Spirit and the Bride say, ‘Come.’ And let the one who hears say, ‘Come.’ And let the one who is thirsty come; let the one who desires take the water of life without price.”
Please join me in interceding for this significant work and outreach to the thirsty people of Pakistan, Afghanistan and North India. Pray for those who will hear the gospel, that they will joyfully receive the spiritual water of life that Jesus offers.
Photo Credit: “Water”, Zsuzsanna Kilian, photographer