With a new name, new look and new leader, TWR’s worldwide women’s ministry is revitalizing and expanding its mission to take on a third decade of service.
TWR Women of Hope is the new name of Project Hannah, which in nearly 20 years of ministry has established a global prayer network of more than 50,000 intercessors in over 120 countries and a broadcasting presence in 71 languages. The new name more clearly connects the ministry with its flagship radio program, Women of Hope, and with the parent organization that supports it with partnerships and media infrastructure around the world.
“TWR Women of Hope will continue to speak hope and healing to women around the world and across generations,” said Peggy Banks, who became the global director of the ministry just over a year ago. “We have refined our mission to focus on encouraging, equipping and engaging women to pray, listen, learn, grow and give. In other words, we shine a spotlight on the hope and healing that Jesus Christ makes available to broken souls and then we provide tools to help listeners make a difference in their own lives and those around them.”
Some of the new developments in the ministry are immediately evident. A totally redesigned website prominently displays the ministry’s redesigned logo – three interlinked hearts (representing women connecting with one another and with God) next to the name. Inspiring video, blogs and audio programs are also featured on the website at twrwomenofhope.org. The popular monthly prayer calendar, which focuses on issues especially important to women, also has an eye-catching, easy-to-read format that makes it suitable for posting on an office wall, refrigerator door or other handy location.
Other growth at TWR Women of Hope is just as significant if not as visible. Leadership development is becoming a major emphasis alongside existing ministry objectives. Banks’ doctoral dissertation addressed women’s leadership issues, and she has trained leaders in the United States and abroad.
“When we started praying about God’s plans for TWR Women of Hope’s future, it didn’t come as a surprise that he was leading us to put more emphasis on developing the leadership capacity of women,” Banks said. “This enables them to take the initiative and transform their communities.”
The ministry is organizing international leadership-training events known as Unite Conferences, the first one slated for Brazil later this year. Also planned are Speaking Hope to Women Events, which will comprise smaller, intimate gatherings in churches, businesses, restaurants and similar settings to introduce participants to the ministry’s mission and the people whose lives it touches.
“It’s a privilege for us to have TWR Women of Hope as an integral part of our overall outreach,” said TWR President and CEO Lauren Libby. “Every day around the world, women are encouraged and finding hope in Christ thanks largely to the advancements of this wonderful ministry.”