Speaking Hope To Africa
"I lost my brother, and a year later my older sister. A year after that I lost my younger sister, and that following summer both my parents. That's when I decided to kill myself. I thought everything was finished for me, but thanks to the TWR programs in my own language, I am alive. Your prayers have made me turn away from that dark time and turn my face to the Almighty God."
Listener in West Africa
"With only a meagre income provided by my husband, I longed for the day I could find a job and help supplement the family income. But I cannot read or write.
One afternoon I was depressed. One of my children was ill and I couldn't afford medicine. I switched on the radio to cheer myself up and heard TWR. My heart filled with joy and I burst into tears. It had been a few years since I'd been to church. I couldn't read the Bible, so I had stopped going. Now the Scriptures were being read on the radio in my language. God was speaking to me, and almost at once I felt His love fill my heart."
Listener in Swaziland
"I am 27 years old and am writing this letter to share my experiences and testify to the changes that took place in my life while I was confined in a prison.
I was an immoral person exercising all the unlawful or illegal things and even sometimes committing crimes: robbing, stealing, burglarizing, abusing sexually and verbally, fighting and so on. I am not here to mention all the crimes I committed. Indeed I have the intention to share my experience, which is not pleasant, so that others may learn from me.
For now, I will just share my experience since the time of my imprisonment. It was not my first experience of being seized and placed in a prison, but this one was seriously putting me into severe stress and frustration. I was sentenced to five years that made me feel hopeless and helpless, spending my days weeping and wandering in my thoughts. My health was deteriorating day by day. I was suffering from nightmares and flashbacks during the night, getting scared and shouting.
There was a prison mate in the next cell, worried about my situation and trying to approach me. I refused to open myself to him, but he never gave up. Finally his efforts brought about results. He was talking to me, referring from the Bible, and his words were unusual to me, a different approach and a different way of speaking. Carried away by his approach, I gave up, disclosing myself to him, telling every detail about myself and my feelings.
He was a believer and was imprisoned because of a false accusation. I felt sad for him when he shared his experience with me, but learned a good lesson from the story. My perceptions and understanding of life has completely changed, my mind and soul edified.
He began to teach me basic Bible lessons and witnessed the good things God did in his life, introduced me to the radio ministry, and then requested a radio for me.
One may not believe the tremendous changes that happened in my life. The radio I got through my prison mate became my intimate friend. The Bible lessons are instilling new life, new thinking; and a new attitude in my life. I became a new creature in the Lord Jesus Christ. It does not matter where I am and how long I may stay here in the prison, what matters is the life I have now. I am praising the mighty Lord God for all the miracles He has done in my life."
Listener in Ethiopia