Less than six months after reacting to another earth-shaking event along the Ring of Fire, TWR Asia is preparing to broadcast special disaster-relief programming to a different group of survivors.
More than 400 died in the Dec. 22, 2018, tsunami that resulted from the eruption of Anak Krakatau, or Child of Krakatoa, in Indonesia. Thousands in the provinces of Banten and Lampung were injured and thousands more left homeless as waves washed across popular tourist areas with a total population of about 4 million.
“News about the horror of the disasters haunted most of Indonesian people,” said Utomo Santosa, a native of Indonesia and TWR’s international director for Southeast Asia. “But as there is no adequate training or information about the disasters, people just helplessly hope that they will be spared. The trauma was so deep so that until now, so many of the survivors still live in the refugee camps or in government buildings, schools, and mosques. They are too afraid to go back to their own homes, as the volcano is still very active until today.”
The special radio program, Therapy for the Soul, is intended to address these trauma-induced anxieties, offering Bible-based hope to stand strong amid the devastating challenges. The program's 70 episodes, each 15 minutes long, drew positive responses when they were aired after Lombok and East Bali were rocked by a deadly earthquake in August. Lombok is roughly 700 miles southeast of the area damaged in the December tsunami.
“Every morning, I listen to your programs in my shop with some helpers and sometimes with other people who come to buy things from us,” one Lombok listener said. “Your programs really encourage us to stand strong during these difficult times and help us to see that there is indeed hope for the future.”
Santosa said Therapy for the Soul will be broadcast into the area from TWR’s powerful shortwave station on Guam and over two local FM stations. TWR Asia will work with its national partner in Indonesia and with local churches and nongovernmental organizations to help minister on the ground and distribute shortwave radios. Pastors will be asked to tell their members about the programming and urge them to pass along the word.
The broadcasts probably will begin by mid-February, when the government lifts its state of emergency and the recovery phase gets underway, Santosa said.
Do you feel led to lend a hand with this outreach to the Sunda Strait tsunami survivors? Below are several specific requests cited by Santosa that we would appreciate your prayers for, and you can help by making a secure contribution to the effort here.
Please join us in praying for:
- Mutual understanding about the details of each party’s role as TWR collaborates with the Indonesian national partner and local ministries.
- Safe travel as TWR staff travel to the area Anak Krakatau continues to be dangerous.
- Therapy for the Soul to be received into open hearts by the people in the area, especially the Banten and Lampung Pesisir unreached people groups living there.
- TWR’s audience-care team, asking the Lord to give them wisdom to answer the listeners’ questions and offer counseling.