What is TWR?
TWR is a global media organization that exists to reach the world for Jesus Christ. The ministry encompasses high-powered radio broadcasts, online streaming, portable media devices, satellite delivery, printed publications and various digital platforms.
Founded in 1952, TWR today is being used by God to engage millions in 160 countries in more than 230 languages. Together with international partners, local churches and other ministries, TWR provides relevant programming, discipleship resources and dedicated workers to spread hope to individuals and communities around the globe.
Is your name TWR or Trans World Radio? I’ve heard both.
Both are right. We used to be known almost exclusively as Trans World Radio, but today we mostly use TWR. Why? Mainly because we’ve expanded into so many other avenues of communication that the “radio” in our name no longer fully captures what we do. Please don’t misunderstand, though: Radio is still a huge part of our ministry. It’s just that along with the audio, we distribute gospel messages in video and text formats, and if you prefer, you can even receive them on your smartphone. As for the choice of names, lots of people still remember us affectionately as Trans World Radio, and that’s fine with us.
What are TWR’s core values, faith principles and doctrinal beliefs?
We believe this is a critical subject and hope you’ll take a few minutes to get to know us better by looking over the “Doctrine & Values” page and the “Strategic Directions” page. Our calling is simple and direct: to reach the world for Christ by mass media so that lasting fruit is produced. Our mission statement emphasizes how central the Church is in everything we do. And finally, there is no statement that more succinctly explains what TWR is all about than the Great Commission (Matthew 28:19-20).
What are TWR’s organizational strengths?
Translating, producing and providing solid biblical content around the world in more than 230 languages languages is TWR’s core competency. Additional strengths include quality, experienced staff, partnerships with local organizations across the globe and assisting the global church to help make disciples of all peoples.
What is TWR’s tax ID number?
Our number is 22-1690564. TWR strives to maintain the highest standards in financial integrity. You can read more about our financial affairs in the FAQs about TWR funding and how to donate.
How is TWR staffed?
Our staff comprises supported missionaries, part- and full-time salaried personnel, and volunteers in various regional offices around the world. To learn more about our workforce, missionary mobilization process, and paid and volunteer opportunities, we invite you to check out twr.org/serve.
How is TWR funded?
As a nonprofit ministry, TWR depends on God and the voluntary contributions of individuals, churches and other organizations. Additionally, funds provided by cooperating media partners help cover costs of transmitting, producing, translating and airing or streaming programs. To help assure good stewardship of the funds entrusted to the ministry, TWR belongs to the Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability (ECFA). See our audited financial statement here.
What is the best way to donate to TWR?
You can donate any of several ways. Give online to a particular project, staff member or where needed most (additional donation options are also provided here). Call toll-free and make a tax-deductible credit-card gift over the phone at 1-800-456-7897 from 8-5 p.m. EST. Mail a donation to TWR at P.O. Box 8700, Cary, N.C., 27512-8700. If you live in another country and wish to contribute, we are deeply grateful and direct you to our office in your region – TWR Africa, TWR Asia or TWR Europe – or to the website of one of our faithful national partners, TWR Canada.
How come I can’t find TWR broadcasts on my local radio station in the United States?
Actually, scores of U.S. stations do broadcast some of our programs, but most of these broadcasts are in Spanish, so you might have missed them. Our main focus, though, has always been to reach out to other countries – in particular, places where gospel broadcasts aren’t as readily available. Since there are a large number of Christian broadcasters already serving U.S. audiences – we partner with many of them, in fact, to translate and distribute their programs to the world – we have directed our resources to the millions and billions of people who have not had the chance to hear about Christ.
We’d love for you to sample some of our content, however, and there are a variety of ways to do that today. A number of radio stations across the U.S. carry two of our short English-language features, Footsteps and Get Hope. Footsteps host Andy Napier shines the spotlight on interesting ministry developments around the world, and the host of Get Hope, TWR President Lauren Libby, offers encouragement to face life's challenges. Both of these can also be heard alongside a huge amount of diverse audio, video and text content – including live streaming of a sampling of TWR stations in different countries – on our growing website TWR360. If your favorite local station isn’t carrying Footsteps or Get Hope yet, why not give the managers a call and suggest that the features be added?
Isn’t radio kind of “old school” today? Why not use other media?
You’re on to something there, but please don’t sell radio short. Our most important mission is to share the gospel with people who need to hear it around the world, and we will use any medium that enables us to do that. That’s why we’ve branched out into emerging digital technologies like the Internet, smartphones and other mobile devices. We even have a growing Visual Media department, some of whose work you can view here.
Now back to radio. It’s still our biggest work by far, and the Lord has blessed us with a vast infrastructure around the world that provides a platform for reaching out to a potential audience of nearly 4 billion people. In much of the developing world, television and the Internet have yet to achieve anything near the level of audience engagement that radio has.