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Recently, I spoke with the leader of TWR Colombia. Last year at the partner conference held in the United States, we were both anticipating the installation of the new 450-kW transmitter on Bonaire. It is still early to know how big the impact will be of the upgraded signal in Colombia, but this brother in Christ shared today that last week a pastor from Arauca department contacted him to tell that in his city he can hear the signal!


This pastor lives in a very violent area that is often terrorized by guerrilla groups and drug gangs. The pastor almost lost his son when a terrorist group threw a bomb in a store where his son was located. The village where the pastor lives can only be visited with permission from the guerrilla groups. Without this permission, a person risks being kidnapped or murdered.


The leader of TWR Colombia said that there used to be a 2.5-kW transmitter radio station in the area where this pastor lives. However, this station was overtaken by the guerrillas. The listeners asked TWR Colombia, “How can we listen to you?” Online radio was not possible since the internet connections are really slow in the rural areas of Colombia.


Thanks to the new transmitter, listeners in this rural area of Colombia will have access to the message of hope. To let people know how to tune in, TWR Colombia will distribute promotion cards to promote Shine 800 AM Bonaire. The pastor also plans on helping by promoting the signal among the congregations of the 10 churches he serves. This is so important, as in rural areas there is often nothing for the people to listen to. We pray that we will reach the guerrillas too! For God nothing is impossible.


Mariette Oosterhoff

TWR Marketing & Communications for Latin America & the Caribbean