Since Jan. 2, the Central Asian nation of Kazakhstan has experienced some of its most significant turmoil and violent unrest since achieving independence from the Soviet Union in 1991. However, amid these troubles, hope shines through. TWR is beaming out uplifting gospel-centered programs that can be heard via medium-wave (AM) signal without skipping a beat. Power shortages, internet shutdowns and blockages of mobile phone services highlight the strategic relevance of medium-wave radio.
Fourteen different program series with a total of more than 21 hours of content per week are being broadcast to young and old across Kazakhstan. They have been translated and produced by speakers of Kazakh and other regional languages. TWR seeks to be the voice of a friend who is also there in times of need so that the seeds of the Good News of Jesus Christ can be planted and grow.
A listener responded recently by sharing with TWR: “Hello, I received the radio. You have no idea what a gift you gave me. Thank you very much. I am so glad; I cannot even hold my tears. Thanks.”
Another listener asked: “Can I share these programs with others? I have friends who live in the villages; I want them to know about Jesus too.”
As obstacles for holding religious events away from state-registered places of worship appear to be increasing, the availability of radio programs is very significant. For numerous Protestant churches and groups, gospel content via medium-wave signal may well be one of the few reliable sources of responding to questions by seekers and nurturing the faith of local believers.
The scope of TWR’s diverse programs to Kazakhstan can be found here.
After days of uncertainty with the communication connections being unstable, TWR’s ministry director for Central Asia gratefully shared that the local friends of TWR are all safe and doing well, given the circumstances. He added: “Please also join us in praying to the Lord for stability and peace to return to Kazakhstan soon.”
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