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TWR has signed two partnership agreements, expanding  its presence in Latin America with new affiliates in Honduras and Ecuador.

The official signing took place May 1, 2013, as representatives of TWR partners across the Western Hemisphere met outside Toronto, where the Canada office of the international media ministry served as host. The five-day Americas Region Partners Conference was slated to close May 3 with a ceremony celebrating the 40th anniversary of TWR Canada’s inauguration.

Venancio Mejía Cartagena joined Americas Region International Director Tim Klingbeil in signing a partnership agreement to represent TWR in Honduras. Mejía is the director of two FM stations, HRVC (which in Spanish stands for Christ Redeems Life Today) and Stereo Luz 103.7 (luz means light), with multiple repeaters ranging from 3,000 to 15,000 watts around Honduras. Both stations are based in Tegucigalpa, Honduras.

“We want to honor God with this signing,” Mejía said. “And I want to honor TWR and to honor the ministry we will have. We will work together to assure that the message of Jesus Christ reaches as many people as possible through radio.”

Dairo Rubio Gamboa is based in Quito, Ecuador, and previously worked with TWR at the ministry’s major transmitter site on the Caribbean island of Bonaire. Rubio will be TWR’s representative in Ecuador and be involved in program production and distribution, as well as in overseeing the distribution of the popular Latin American devotional book “Alimento para el Alma.” He signed the cooperation agreement alongside Lemuel Larrosa, TWR international director for Hispanic ministry.

“I look forward to working with TWR with much anticipation,” Rubio said. “… Things are even better organized toward having an effective media ministry since I was with TWR 10 years ago.”

Rubio is host of a 20-year-old program called Especialísimo, which in English conveys the idea of something “very, very special” and which he developed with TWR missionary McDaniel Phillips. A two-minute daily program he and his family have developed is called Motivacion and offers encouraging words to listeners.

HRVC comes aboard TWR as a full national partner, whereas Rubio signs as an individual representing the international media ministry in his country. TWR maintains similar relationships with individuals in other countries.

The Americas Region of TWR now comprises 14 national partners.

In the first photo above, Venancio Mejía Cartagena, left, signs the partnership document with Americas Region International Director Tim Klingbeil. In the second photo, Dairo Rubio Gamboa is congratulated by International Hispanic Ministries Director Lemuel Larrosa.