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TWR’s Silk Road Transmitter Project
02 Jul

TWR’s Silk Road Transmitter Project

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Leading people from doubt to decision to discipleship

Speaking fluently in more than 230 languages and dialects, TWR exists to reach the world for Jesus Christ. Our global media outreach engages millions in 190 countries with biblical truth. Since 1952, God has enabled TWR to help lead people from doubt to decision to discipleship.

Together with international partners, local churches and other ministries, TWR provides relevant programming, discipleship resources and dedicated workers to spread hope to individuals and communities around the globe. Whether using high-powered radio to reach people in the Middle East and Latin America, streaming content to Internet users in Asia and Europe or visiting face-to-face with listeners in Africa, TWR leaves a lasting spiritual footprint.

 

Our Calling

To reach the world for Christ by mass media so that lasting fruit is produced

 

Mission Statement

To assist the church to fulfill the command of Jesus Christ to make disciples of all peoples by using and making available mass media to:

  1. Proclaim the Gospel of salvation to as many people as possible,
  2. Instruct believers in biblical doctrine and daily Christ-like living,
  3. Model our message through our corporate and cooperative relationships.

 

Fast facts about TWR

  • Founded by Dr. Paul E. Freed, TWR began broadcasting in 1954
  • Major transmitting locations include Bonaire, West Africa, Central Asia (3 locations), Moldova, Guam, the Middle East, Monte Carlo, Sri Lanka, Estonia, Swaziland, and Uruguay.
  • TWR programs are aired on 2,000 media platforms including, AM, FM, shortwave, satellite, and our digital app called TWR360.
  • TWR is heard in 230 languages. Potentially over 4 billion people can turn on their radios and hear TWR in a language they can understand.
  • With offices, partners or studios in over 80 countries, TWR logged more than 18 million interactions with audience members last year.
  • TWR is headquartered in Cary, North Carolina, a southwest suburb of Raleigh, the state capital.
  • As a 501(c)(3), gifts are tax-deductible and TWR is a member of ECFA and NRB.

A 200,000 watt transmitter in the middle of Asia!  Are you crazy?

We did a short interview with our TWR team working on this incredible project.  Due to the sensitivity and security concerns, the interview has been sanitized to protect you from saying something on air we all might later regret.  In the TWR world of acronyms, PANI stands for Pakistan, Afghanistan and North India, a 500,000 watt AM transmitter.  And the acronym CAMENA stands for Central Asia, Middle East, and North Africa.

Q: Why is replacing this transmitter so imperative?

“In January 2017, our regional ministry was forced to reduce many of our programs being broadcast into Central Asia due to a 150,000 watt AM transmitter being taken out of service.  As a result we placed many of the programs onto the PANI transmitter, but at later listening times, and we went from broadcasting 3 hours per day down to 2 hours of programs per day into Central Asia.  This change meant that if people wanted to hear the programs they would need to stay up late into the night, and many of the programs they were dependent upon were no longer accessible.  Now, God is leading our ministry to install a powerful 200,000 watt AM transmitter that we are calling the “Silk Road Transmitter”, which will increase our coverage area to Central Asia during prime time and provide increased capacity for more programs that listeners want to hear.” – Nathan Anderson, International Director – TWR CAMENA

 

Q: What is the spiritual condition of this region and how critical is it for TWR to be the voice of Jesus to this part of the world?   

“Since the collapse of the Soviet Union and the countries that gained their independence in Central Asia, there have been many opened doors for ministries to work in some of the Central Asian countries.  In recent years however, there has been a tightening of regulations and new restrictions placed on churches and their activities.  Islam is the predominant religion people adhere to in these countries and with this comes increased oppression from the community and even from within families.  For many believers, especially in rural areas, one of the only ways for them to receive biblical teaching and spiritual direction for their lives is through listening to radio programs.  The programs that are planned for broadcast from the Silk Road Transmitter will bring messages of hope and life-saving truth from the Word of God – truth that transforms and strengthens those who hear Him.” – Nathan Anderson, International Director – TWR CAMENA

Q:  What spiritual markers has the Lord revealed?

March 30, 2003, TWR started broadcasting on a 150,000 watt AM transmitter into Central Asia.   At the time, when TWR purchased in Germany the transmitter for the PANI project, several used 100,000 watt AM transmitters were offered for sale by German state-owned broadcast companies.  TWR purchased 3 of them at a very good price. One of those transmitters was installed at our transmitting site in Swaziland, Africa about 2 years ago.

 

At the end of 2016, the 150,000 watt transmitter in Central Asian was taken out of operation.

 

From TWR’s ministry point of view, we need a 200,000 watt transmitter.  That would cover the most populated areas in Central Asia with a strong signal.  This would only be possible by combining the two 100,000 watt transmitters (with a combiner) into one 200,000 watt transmitter.

 

We praise the Lord that the owner of the transmitting site accepted the concept we suggested for the replacement of the old transmitter.  We see this as nothing less than a miracle from our Lord and a major breakthrough after years of negotiations to renew the Silk Road Transmitter.

 

Another spiritual marker is the additional demand for airtime on the PANI transmitter for Afghanistan.  In recent months other ministries approached us requesting airtime.  After completing the Silk Road Transmitter project it will be possible to transfer Central Asian programs from PANI to the Silk Road Transmitter freeing airtime on PANI to be used for Afghanistan.  An additional advantage is that the Central Asian programs will then be aired at prime time in the Central Asia countries resulting in greater spiritual impact.

 

 

Q:  AM radio gets bad press in the US.  Is AM a good investment? 

It’s the best investment.  Radio Free Europe broadcasts currently on AM into the Eastern part of Central Asia.  This confirms the medium continues to be viable to reach intended target audiences in that part of the world.  In addition, AM radio has the ability to travel vast distances on the nighttime sky wave making it much more conducive to use than FM, especially with the rugged terrain.

 

 

 Q:  Can you tell us a little about the ministry target? 

The 200,000 watt AM transmitter covers the major parts of Central Asia including Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan, large parts of Uzbekistan, large parts of Kazakhstan, and northwestern China.  We plan to put programs in the following languages on the Silk Road Transmitter:

 

  • Kazakh
  • Uzbek
  • Kyrgyz
  • Uyghur
  • Tajik
  • Central Asia Russian

 

 

 

Q:  What has been some of the strategical thinking moving forward? 

Reaching Central Asia with the Gospel is very difficult.  The people are scattered in the vast steppes of Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan as well as in the valleys of Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan, as well as in Northwest China.  In all, about 60 million people are living in the coverage area of the Silk Road transmitter.

 

Kazakhstan has the highest percentage of urban people, 56.5%.  The Lord is giving us a strategic opportunity where 10 of the 12 largest cities of Central Asia are located in the coverage area of this transmitter.  Tajikistan has the lowest percentage of urban people with 25.9%.  Interestingly, most of the population of Central Asia lives in rural areas.  Through the radio we are able to bring the Good News of Jesus, even to the remotest farms and villages.

 

The Muslim countries of Central Asia could not be reached with the Gospel for centuries. The Bible has been translated into those languages only in the last 20 years. The Kazakhs received their Bible in 2010.  The Uzbek Bible was completed in 2017 but it is not possible to legally bring the Uzbek Bible into the country.  Radio makes the perfect tool.  Radio is able to proclaim the truth about God and the salvation through Jesus to the people of Central Asia.

 

The Church is quite young.  In 1990, there were only about 100 known followers of Jesus throughout Central Asia.  Then God gave a revival resulting in churches being established in all countries of Central Asia.  Often they are small house churches.  Today, it is estimated that there are about 20,000 to 30,000 believers.  This first generation of Christians experience rejection and persecution.  According to the world persecution index from Open Doors, the countries of Central Asia are ranked as follows:

 

Uzbekistan – 16

Kazakhstan – 28

Tajikistan – 22

Turkmenistan – 19

 

In addition to those extremely difficult to reach countries, the Silk Road Transmitter gives us the possibility of ministering to the Uyghurs, the Kazakhs and the Kyrgyz living in Northwest China.

 

 

Q:  What 10 countries will the 200,000 watt signal cross into? 

Afghanistan

China

India

Kazakhstan

Kyrgyzstan

Pakistan

Russia

Tajikistan

Uzbekistan

Mongolia

Safe and Secure
04 May

Safe and Secure

A Practical Workshop on Church Security

 When: Friday, June 8 – 7:00 – 10:00 PM

Where: First Church of the Open Bible

2200 Beaver Avenue, Des Moines, IA 50310

Tickets are FREE but registration is required

Our Keynote Speaker

John McLaughlin

former KCCI Meteorologist

 

 

 

Breakout Sessions

  • First Steps for Your Church
  • Active Shooter Training
  • Insurance – Risks & Issues
  • Emergency Medical Response Training
  • Counting the Cost of Church Security

Register for tickets at HERE

Testimonial
15 Mar

Testimonial

Thank you so much! 
Yesterday a woman called us looking for an abortion.  There was a contractor working on her apartment that heard about the PRC on the radio recently and told her to call us.   We explained that we don’t refer or provide for abortion but she scheduled an appointment for Monday anyway 🙂  God is so good!
Thank you for your support!

Truth Network:  Saving lives, one baby at a time, one listener at a time…

Please pray for this situation, as this is just happening and Monday coming is the appointment.  Pray that she goes and sees her baby, with ten fingers and ten toes…and chooses life.

Shepherding a Child’s Heart Seminar
26 Jan

Shepherding a Child’s Heart Seminar

Vertical Church is hosting a LIVE Shepherding a Child’s Heart seminar on March 9 & 10, 2018. This seminar features Dr. Tedd Tripp, author of the best-selling book Shepherding a Child’s Heart. In writing this book, Dr. Tripp drew on his thirty-plus years of experience as a father, counselor, school administrator, and pastor. He now also includes his ten years of insights from teaching this material in his conferences offered around the world.

We would like to encourage you to share this event with your faculty and staff. For more information, email info@verticalhpgso.org

$35 per individual  |  $50 per couple

CLICK HERE to register and get more details!

The Greatest Wrestling Hold: The “Overcomer”
24 Jan

The Greatest Wrestling Hold: The “Overcomer”

In Jacob’s all night wrestling match with the ‘man’/’angel’/ “God” way down in the details I believe we can glean the secret wrestling hold he used to overcome. Truly amazing is that as he overcame then God bestowed on him the gifts He promises to us in Revelation 2 and 3… The way I read that we will get at least:

  • A New Name
  • Power over the Nations
  • Name not blotted out but confessed before the Father
  • A Pillar in the Temple of God with the God’s Name, your new name, New Jerusalem
  • Shall sit on the Father’s Throne
  • Inherit All Things

Clearly, Jacob’s new name was made Israel and Israel is all that and then some isn’t it……

Four things God showed me about this super wrestling hold of Jacob’s.

  1. Let Go Of Your Brother’s Heal:As Jacob/Israel hung on he received his own identity finally letting go of his brother’s heal. The details in the verses following the match seem to make no sense unless you go back to the two blessings Jacob got before he left. The first he stole from his brother note the end of the blessing Genesis 27:29 “May the nations bow down to you, may your mother’s son’s bow down to you” Check all the bowing Israel and his wife and their children and servants did when they met Esau in Genesis 33-3-7. Israel was giving back/letting go the stolen blessing so he  grab hold of his rightful blessing Genesis 28:3-4 The Abrahamic covenant that changed the world… JESUS. Yes Jacob, heal grabbing, hairy arm poser, let go of his brother’s heal and grabbed on with all his life to God and overcame…
  2. Hang on: Simple, but so very hard especially all night. How many times have I tried wrestling with God in prayer all night and like, Peter, James and John then fell asleep… “The Spirit is willing but the flesh is weak.”
  3. Harness: Matthew 11:12 “Since the time of John the Baptist The Kingdom of God is forcefully advancing and forceful men take hold of it.” As John Bunyan portrayed in the house of the interpreter about this verse in The Pilgrim’s Promise, we are in for the fight of our life if we grab hold of the advancing Kingdom and we are going to have to harness ourselves to that advancing violence. So if we wish to hang on we had better harness ourselves in as it will be a violent ride, thus the word “Chazak” was given to Joshua in Joshua 1:6 “Be Strong” a Hebrew word picturing to lash or tie down.
  4. Hip: Here is the real secret I believe; it was Jacob’s hip, his weakness. Like Paul tells us all over 2 Corinthians, his thorn in the flesh, power is perfected in weakness. Picture yourself wrestling with this man/angel/God, your standing will all your might and he touches your hip…BAM..You have to hang on tighter than ever with no leg or legs to support you.

Think about the results of this match and things come even more clear. Israel is remembered to this day for his weakness, according to Genesis 32:33 the Children of Israel don’t eat of the tendon of the hip to this day. My own story, when I survived cancer is how many remember me for my weakness, the point where I had to hang on with all I had. James 1:2 “Consider it pure joy when you fave various trials” Yes, you will hang on tighter than ever and don’t let go till He blesses you.

We too may need to let go of our brother’s heal in order get the overcomer grip on God with our weakness providing the extra harness of nothing else to hold us up or hang onto, harnessed in to the Forcefully Advancing Kingdom of God.

Pre-born Ministries
13 Dec

Pre-born Ministries

Dear Friend,

“I can’t have an abortion after seeing that!”

There it was. The decision made between life and death. And all it took was seeing.

She stared at the ultrasound screen taking in the image of her unborn child. Until now she had thought it was just a lump of tissue. A mass of flesh. A product of conception. A potential life. Anything other than a baby.

But how could she argue with her own eyes? In this case seeing was believing. And what she saw was a baby. Or, as she put it, “a BABY baby.”

Can you think of anything more beautiful than a woman realizing — in a flash of reality — that she is going to be a mom? You are part of this beauty. Every day, you make it possible for women to meet their pre-born baby for the 1st time on an ultrasound.

You save unborn lives. Every single day.

And today you have the opportunity to save twice the lives you normally do. Why? Because this year is special. This year your gift is being doubled by some very dear friends of Pre-Born.

Every gift given toward our year-end appeal will be matched up to a total of $250,000! Your gift to save 1 life becomes a gift to save 2.
Your gift to save 5 babies becomes a gift to save 10.
Beautiful isn’t it? Please make your best gift toward saving lives this year-end!

Sincerely,

Dan Steiner, President
P.S. Please make your gift before December 31st, so you can double your impact!

Your Gift Of:

$28 Provides 1 ultrasound
$56 Provides 2 ultrasounds
$112 Provides 4 ultrasounds
$140 Provides 5 ultrasounds
$15,000 Provides an ultrasound machine

Click HERE to make a gift.

Humility – James 4:10
23 Oct

Humility – James 4:10

“Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will lift you up.”

Humility should be one of the primary marks of an authentic Christian, and it is repeated throughout both the Old and the New Testaments. The Psalmist says, “One who has a haughty look and a proud heart, him I will not endure” (Ps. 101:5), while James reminds us that, “God resists the proud, but gives grace to the humble” (4:6). I think John the Baptist put it most succinctly when he said, “He must increase, but I must decrease” (Jn. 3:30).

Read more, via Called 2 Action: http://bit.ly/2z1R72Z