When Jesus issued the Great Commission to go into all the world preaching the Gospel,(Matthew 28: 19-20) the most advanced technology the disciples had were the sandals on their feet. And, maybe a donkey or a camel.
More than eighteen hundred years later, Charles Spurgeon said, “It is the whole business of the whole church to preach the whole gospel to the whole world.” By then, the technology had advanced to steam engines, mostly in locomotives and ships. The world had gotten smaller and it was easier to bring the whole Gospel to the whole world.
In 1954, a man named Dr. Paul Freed had the idea to bring the Gospel to enormous areas of the world via radio. He wasn’t a radio expert, but he had a deep, abiding passion for saving the lost through the power of the Gospel of Jesus Christ and he learned all he could about radio.
God made a way for the ministry Freed envisioned. His book, Towers to Eternity details how the LORD miraculously provided all that was needed (often at the last minute) in the early days of Trans World Radio (TWR).
Today, TWR broadcasts signals to areas occupied by over four billion people in 190 countries in 300 languages. Over half the population of the world has access to the Gospel at no charge. The average cost to deliver the Gospel is one cent per person.
On Tuesday and Wednesday of this week, (February 7- 8) our Kinship Radio Family will have the opportunity to partner with TWR. It’s a natural connection. Kinship listeners already know radio is a powerful and effective way to deliver the Gospel while uplifting, supporting, encouraging, and equipping people who are already believers.
Representatives of TWR will be on-air with Kinship staff with details about Radios for Africa. In some parts of the world, many people already have radios. But in some parts of Africa, there’s no electricity and no radios. TWR provides durable radios with built-in generators to these people.
They just turn a crank, charge up the radio, and listen for hours with no need to plug it in or buy batteries. In many cases, whole families or whole villages will gather around the radio and hear the life-giving message of the LORD Jesus.
It’s like putting a full-time missionary in an African village. And, even though we still need and love human missionaries, a radio missionary never gets sick and doesn’t need to eat or drink or sleep –and the cost is $50 per radio!
Pastor John Piper has said, ”There are only three kinds of Christians when it comes to world missions: zealous goers, zealous senders, and disobedient.” While that assessment may seem a bit harsh, TWR makes it possible for virtually anyone to be a zealous sender –for one cent per person reached.
And that’s miraculous indeed.
You can donate here: https://twr.org/project/radios-for-africa-radio-campaign-21?t=RP23RXKJLY&c=RP23RXKJLY
But how can they call on him to save them unless they believe in him? And how can they believe in him if they have never heard about him? And how can they hear about him unless someone tells them? (NLT)