Listeners are at the heart of everything we do, and we simply can’t get enough of their feedback – who they are, what kind of impact TWR programming is having on them, how God is working in their lives. For 2014 we have assembled 60 compelling, representative responses into a special booklet and will feature one response online each week in celebration of our 60th anniversary.
Eritrea is on the east coast of Africa with Sudan on its left and Ethiopia on its right. A short boat ride over the Red Sea will take you to Saudi Arabia or Yemen, depending on whether you steer left or steer right. It’s a country of more than 5 million people, roughly half of whom are non-Christians, according to the Joshua Project research group.
One day, a listener in Eritrea was persuaded by his children to tune in to TWR. He did so reluctantly at first, but things changed. Here’s his story:
It is through the radio ministry that I came to learn what a sincere Christian life is. I have been blessed with a new hope, new life, new understanding and new Christian friends.
I am 36 years old and a father of two. I used to go to church on some special occasions, such as Christmas, and for some ceremonies, such as weddings and baptisms. But every week I sent my two little children to attend Sunday school classes.
A concerned woman from the neighborhood came every Sunday morning to take the kids with her own children. When they came back from Sunday school, instructed by their teachers, they tried to brief us on what they had studied, but we did not pay much attention to what they had to say.
One Sunday they came home with a flyer containing information about the radio ministry. They insisted we turn on the radio, search for the station and listen. They pleaded earnestly with us, and finally we accepted their request. Following the instructions on the flyer, I searched for the station, and after a while I found it.
I did it simply to obey my children and make them happy. I listened without any intentions or interest, but because of my children, I kept listening. Gradually, my interest began to develop. To my surprise, the words in the Bible lessons started to work in my life, and I began to experience a change inside me. I kept listening and began to read the Bible references, and then I started going to church with my children!
This is the wonderful way God worked in my life, I have experienced a great deal of change I never thought possible before. God has extended his mercy and opened a way of life to me, through my little ones.
Therefore, I am sharing my experiences with others so they will be alert and watchful – God is speaking through different ways, ways that you may not expect. The Lord is saying, “Here I am. I stand at the door and knock. If any one hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with him, and he with me” (Revelation 3:20).
May God bless the radio ministry and give his servants strength.
You can also order these stories as a free gift booklet delivered to your home. To request your copy, sign up here. Unfortunately we cannot guarantee delivery outside of the continental U.S. at this time, but stay tuned for a free digital download as well.