As the coronavirus pandemic continues to unfold, TWR360 is providing online resources specially geared toward helping people cope with the global crisis.
The increased use of digital tools over the past few months has led many people to turn to the internet for answers during these uncertain times. In response, this multilingual digital arm of TWR (also known as Trans World Radio) is featuring content that provides biblical perspectives on life’s hardest questions.
“People are either suicidal or depressed or they have anxiety because of the turbulent times, so they start typing search terms along the lines of ‘is god real?’ or ‘god, help me,’” TWR360 Operations Manager David Creech said. “We actually use those key terms for our search results in 360 so we get matches and provide content that maybe helps them through their anxiety and through times of crisis.”
With the help of ministry partners, TWR360 has put together two pages, “From Despair to Hope – Coronavirus & COVID-19” (available only in English) and “COVID-19 From Turmoil to Hope” (available in 29 languages). Both pages offer relevant programming to help visitors find comfort and encouragement during the pandemic. Also specific to current circumstances is the “Guidance in Crisis” topic collection, which provides audio and video messages that address timely and relevant topics such as death, fear, grief, stress and other issues people are struggling with in this crisis.
TWR President Lauren Libby said, “The COVID-19 crisis is a terrible catastrophe affecting the entire world. But it’s also an opportunity for people to discover the God who gives comfort, assurance and salvation in times of distress. We believe God opens doors at just the right time. TWR360 is poised to reach millions of people where they are – in their distress and confusion. Now is the time to dispel the darkness and bring the light of God’s truth to a suffering world.”
Launched in May 2013, TWR360 transcends language and geographical barriers to minister to individuals all over the world. Currently, TWR360 works with more than 260 ministry partners to produce Bible-based messages, sermon podcasts, videos, audio Scriptures and other resources in 90 languages and is working to introduce more languages. These resources draw about a half-million visits each month from people in 225 countries and territories. Visitors can access the free resources on twr360.org or on the TWR360 mobile app anytime and anywhere.
TWR360 is committed to reaching the world for Christ through digital means. This year, the ministry needs to raise an additional $187,000 to continue producing content. To learn more about this effort or to get involved, visit twr.org/give-360.