Who Are We?
Speaking fluently in more than 230 languages and dialects, Trans World Radio (TWR) exists to reach the world for Jesus Christ.
Our global media outreach engages millions in 160 countries with biblical truth. For nearly 60 years, God has enabled TWR to help lead people from doubt to decision to discipleship.
Watch the following video to learn more about why TWR exists.
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 AM/MW, shortwave or FM radio, streaming content to Internet users or visiting face-to-face with listeners, TWR leaves a lasting spiritual footprint.
TWR is a media ministry reaching beyond the limitations of geographic isolation, political boundaries, religious repression, or a person’s physical disability to share the Gospel of Christ. More than 2,000 TWR broadcasting outlets exist around the world.
More than fifty years ago, TWR aired its first program from Tangier, Morocco, and soon after relocated to Monte Carlo, Monaco. The 100,000-watt shortwave transmitter in Monte Carlo was housed in a repurposed transmitter station built by Adolf Hitler during World War II to broadcast Nazi propaganda. Never used for its original purpose, TWR utilized the facility to transmit the Good News of Jesus Christ to millions of listeners. Fast forward to March, 1973, and TWR Canada opens its first offices in London, Ontario. Today, long-time missionary Ray Alary serves as TWR Canada President.
Together with international partners, local churches, and ministries, TWR Canada supports broadcasts in various languages, unique ministry projects, and sends Canadian and national workers around the world. With partners like the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, Joni and Friends, Luis Palau, Chuck Swindoll, Charles Price and The Peoples Church in Toronto, the Gideons, and others, TWR is taking the Gospel to all corners of the globe.
How Hope is Spoken
TWR Canada leverages the best and most appropriate new technology to reach a world desperate for the hope of the Gospel. Through the Internet, solar-powered MP3 players, wind-up and solar-powered radios, shortwave, medium wave, FM and AM broadcasting, a global network of 13 high-powered transmitter sites and over 2000 radio stations, plus training materials, discipleship conferences and personal listener follow-up, TWR is reaching the world for Christ.
Why Still Use Radio?
In developing countries radio is accessible to everyone, while the Internet requires a fee-based connection and a computer or mobile device, and print materials require distribution and basic literacy skills. Radio does not respect political borders and can reach people isolated by war, geography, physical disability, or social pressure. In Africa, 1 in 3 people own a radio. Even in our own culture, radio continues to be an important tool especially in emergency situations where information needs to reach people within a specific region quickly.
For more information about TWR Canada, you can read through our overview brochure here:
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Trans World Radio's programs and projects fall within six strategic areas.
Strengthening the faith of new believers and preparing new leaders are trademarks of TWR's work. Daily programs provide training and systematic teaching to pastors and lay leaders who would not otherwise have access to them.
Oral cultures around the world communicate through stories, narratives, songs, and proverbs. To reach these people groups, TWR developed narratives (like The Radio Bible) to imitate the way Jesus told His stories.
Children and Youth
Globally, there are nearly 3 billion young people under the age of 25 — over 1.8 billion of them are younger than 15. Studies show that early exposure to Christ dramatically increases the possibility for children to experience a lifelong faith. TWR programming aims to capture the attention of this age group.
Suicide, sexual slavery, poverty, and abortion are tragedies that disproportionately victimize women. TWR's programming reaches millions of women worldwide with a message of hope. Bringing the Gospel to families through women's programming has the power to dramatically improve the circumstances of millions.
Health conditions plaguing millions of the world's poor often make it difficult for them to be concerned about spiritual development. TWR has developed broadcasts addressing basic health and sanitation needs to reach suffering people and assist health care workers with God's message of unconditional love and forgiveness.
Extending The Reach
As the urgency of reaching the world for Christ in this generation grows, so does the need to use new technology in a timely manner. When cost-effective and appropriate, TWR seeks to expand and leverage its technical capacity for greater ministry impact.
Ways To Get Involved
Prayer is a significant part of TWR Canada’s ministry. Sign up for our monthly prayer guide featuring a different missionary, program, project, or need each month. Subscriptions to the Project Hannah monthly prayer calendar with daily items for prayer, and TWR Canada’s weekly ministry e-updates are also available. These informative prayer tools help you pray more effectively.
We have many opportunities for individuals to serve as a volunteer, or in the mission field from four weeks to two years to full time. We are always seeking skilled professionals in the areas of engineering, journalism, broadcasting, administration, and other related disciplines. Our missionaries and volunteers become the hands and feet of Jesus by meeting everyday needs of regional importance.
TWR Canada receives its funding from generous individuals, churches, and organizations who choose to sponsor a ministry project or a TWR missionary. TWR Canada receives no government funding.
Stay informed by signing up for TWR Canada’s weekly emails highlighting projects, missionaries, and new initiatives. Connect with TWR Canada on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, LinkedIn, and on our website for updates and news that can be easily shared with friends and family. We also look for people to coordinate local events and TWR presentations across Canada to help share the work of TWR.
To learn more about serving with TWR, read the following booklet: