The tiny Pacific island of Guam, home of TWR's powerful shortwave station, once again faces being caught in the crossfire between North Korea and the United States.
As reports emerged of the North Korean government's announcement that it may launch a missile strike on the U.S. air base on Guam, KTWR's soaring antennas on the island were beaming back gospel messages of love, peace and forgiveness. Collaborating with its national partner in South Korea, the TWR station transmits nearly 10 hours of Korean-language programming every week into the country often called the Hermit Kingdom.
With threats ratcheting up between the U.S. and North Korea over the latter's growing nuclear-weapon program, Guam's governor on Wednesday, Aug. 9, sought to downplay the danger to the island. Gov. Eddie Baza Calvo also emphasized that such an attack would be on thousands of civilians as well as on the military.
The Associated Press quoted a Guamanian bus driver as saying, "I'm a little worried, a little panicked. Is this really going to happen?"
TWR has been broadcasting from Guam since 1975, and KTWR's Bible-based programming also reaches China, Indonesia and other parts of Asia.
In North Korea, according to the InterMedia consulting group, foreign radio broadcasts continue to be an important source of outside information. And this is the case even though people caught accessing information not approved by the government can be imprisoned or even executed, Radio World magazine reported.
For this reason, some Christians bury their radios in the ground when not listening to them. You can listen to a brief audio report about this personal security measure at twr360.org/nkradios and watch a moving video featuring responses from TWR listeners in North Korea on YouTube.
"Together we raise our voices in worship when the radio plays hymns, and we draw near to God when we listen to the messages," a North Korean listener wrote to TWR.
Amid the unfolding geopolitical standoff, TWR president Lauren Libby said, "TWR speaks hope to North Korea every night. Join us in praying for this sensitive situation."
TWR staff on Guam and around the world offer these suggestions for how to pray during this uncertainty:
- Pray for Guam and its 160,000 people as they navigate this tense situation over which they have little control.
- Pray for government officials to have the composure and wisdom to bring about a favorable conclusion.
- Pray for KTWR’s staff and broadcast ministry to North Korea, that they would remain strong and be spiritually and materially well-equipped to provide listeners with the life-giving gospel.
- Pray for the people of North Korea, that the Lord in his providence will improve the harsh conditions in which they live and that they will hear and respond to Jesus Christ’s message of eternal life.