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With its powerful radio transmitters, busy recording studios and high-tech Web presence, sometimes it’s easy to forget that TWR is chiefly about missions and building the worldwide Church.

For some, TWR’s image is all about mass media and not about planting churches. But once in a while something happens to make the ministry’s essential purpose undeniably concrete. This recent photograph from Bonaire is a perfect example.

The explanation begins with a Cuban couple who listened to a broadcast from the TWR transmitter station on Bonaire one night and got down on their knees to accept Christ. Before long, Pastor Alex (as he came to be known by many in the TWR family) and his wife were sharing their faith with neighbors, a number of whom made professions of faith.

There were no Bibles to distribute as the fellowship grew, so Pastor Alex and the others relied on a spiritual resource always at hand: the gospel programming from TWR Bonaire.

In Cuba, when a church is accepted into the national Baptist convention, a certificate of recognition is presented not only to that incoming congregation but also to its parent church. As Pastor Alex and the embryonic church applied to join the convention, the name to write in the space for “founding church” must have seemed obvious: the ministry of Radio Trans Mundial, or Trans World Radio.

In March, Alberto González, who is TWR’s representative in Cuba and also happens to serve as secretary-general of the Baptist convention, delivered the certificate for TWR Bonaire to the Americas Partners Conference in Bolivia. Back on the island of Bonaire, Joe Barker, TWR’s Americas ministry team leader, officially presented the certificate to Station Director Dick Veldman (on left in photo).