TWR Canada sponsors first Cuban program produced in-country
TWR has been funding and producing Christian programming for a Cuban audience for over four decades. From the TWR transmitter on the Caribbean island of Bonaire, the life-saving message of the Gospel penetrated the iron curtain of the cold war and the Castro government, and offered the hope of Jesus Christ to the Cuban people who had no other way to hear it. Today, TWR Canada is funding the first evangelical programming ever produced in Cuba. Cuban Christians, some who have been listening for 40 years, can now hear programming written and produced in-country for the first time ever.
Reaching Younger Generations
One believer, a woman in her 30’s, shared that her grandmother listened to TWR many years ago and eventually accepted Christ as her Saviour — when it was still dangerous to profess new faith in Christ. Her family was hostile initially, but one by one each member of the family accepted Christ as their Saviour because of her example and TWR. Today, in the emerging climate of religious freedom, there’s an evangelical church in that village because this one woman and her family came to faith through TWR.
TWR studio in Havana, Cuba
TWR's Cuba Ministry is directed by Pastor Alberto Gonzalez. His passion and commitment to the people of Cuba help drive this amazing ministry. Alberto is a front line Gospel ambassador with an inspiring life story:
I was born in 1943 into a Christian family. In 1953, Fidel Castro began the revolution and overthrew President Batista’s government on January 1, 1959. I was 10 years old. After that, everything changed in Cuba.
Before I could graduate from seminary (I was 22 years old), I was taken to a forced labor camp. We worked long hours surrounded by high wire fences, and soldiers with guns prevented anyone from leaving while we worked in the sugar cane fields. Prisoners were permitted to have portable radios and this gave us the opportunity to listen to the Spanish transmission of Radio Trans Mundial (TWR) from Bonaire, Dutch Antilles.
That radio brought us hope every night, and helped us face our circumstances. I never imagined at the time that years later I would be a preacher for TWR. My radio program, also transmitted from Bonaire, but recorded completely in our Cuba studio, is entitled “Messages of Faith and Hope,” which is precisely what TWR signified for us listening in those hard places and in those tough moments.
Today I receive hundreds of letters from Cubans thanking us for the strength and learning they received through this program.
- Alberto Gonzalez
Alberto Gonzalez in his Havana studio.
Alberto reading one of the hundreds of listener letters he receives in response to his program, "Messages of Faith and Hope"
A listener in Cuba writes:
"My mom got sick with cancer, but she had a small radio and she marked the dial position of the TWR signal. Night by night, I watched her listen to the radio program and pray. She would call me to listen with her. She said she had life in the position of the dial. I always remember how she treasured that radio, the position of the dial, how she marked the position. I want to say thank you and give thanks to God because through your program God answers a lot of my questions and I understand more about Christianity."
Another listener in Cuba writes:
“I work as a custodian in a school. I was looking for something to listen to one night and found your station. I thank God that we are surviving because he is the One who sustains us. Please continue with these transmissions of blessing for those of us who listen. I thank God and you for this. May the Lord allow these programs to be heard until he returns.”
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