I really enjoy writing this blog (though I do have help), but this blog is not the only way you can hear about what’s going on with TWR Canada. I am a storyteller. Spend more than 20 minutes with me and I will be telling stories. So, I share lots of stories on this blog.
One of other things we do is write an Email Update each week called Speaking Hope. These emails are shorter and have fewer stories, but we have faithful readers each week. One of the new series we have shared on the E Updates are interviews with some of our missionaries.
Each of our missionaries write monthly or quarterly prayer updates, but those only go to their own supporters. We know that many like to pray for our missionaries but aren’t able to financially support them. TWR Canada was built and remains steadfastly committed to prayer. We begin each day in the office by gathering together as a staff and praying through our own prayer calendar, the Project Hannah prayer calendar, our ministries and missionaries, and any prayer requests we receive from supporters.
I wanted to share some of the most popular E Updates we have written in 2016 and it turns out the top 5 E Updates were all interviews with our missionaries. You can read short snippets from those E Updates below. Click the image or the headline to read the full interview.
The Penners – Bolivia
When the Penners first approached TWR about becoming missionaries, they were warned that typically raising support takes 1-2 years.
Raising support to go to Boliva seemed like a mountain to cross, Henry said. “We just simply had to completely trust God. I prayed ‘If You want us there, You’ll have to make this happen.’ Humanly it was impossible.”
When the Penners raised their support in only four months, everyone was surprised.
Jonathan Griffiths – Vienna
Jonathan Griffiths, a Canadian, has been a TWR missionary for over twenty years and serves in Vienna, Austria as the director of specialized content for Member Care Media…
“Member Care Media was nominated for our networking with missionary and sending agencies, care and support networks, in support of cross cultural Christian workers,” says Jonathan Griffiths when he recently visited the TWR Canada office. Member Care Media was nominated by the professionals who partner with them to create content. “For us, it’s recognition from all those people – the professionals: the counsellors, psychologists, doctors, who have contributed to Member Care Media to encourage, enhance, and enable workers in their place of calling.”
Dunlops – South Africa
Nathan and Megan Dunlop, from High River, Alberta, arrived in Johannesburg, South Africa two years ago. They’re home now, their term complete, they’re raising enough support to return as career missionaries…
Pam Wise – Humility and Accountability
In your time as a missionary, what experience has changed or challenged your faith?
I would say the best thing that I’ve learned has come when I find myself in situations I couldn’t possibly control or attempt to control, that having the opportunity to be totally dependent on God is wonderful. It’s exciting to see God orchestrate my life. It’s always in your head, a lifetime as a Christian, that God will provide. It’s not until you’re in the middle of nowhere with two guys and a motorcycle that this truth is pushed farther and farther into your heart and changes who you are. We saw God at work, not necessarily always in good things but in horrible situations too, and knew He was in control.
The Hawkins – Netherlands
What has been the most rewarding part of your 23 years on the mission field?
Rick: For me, it’s seeing TWR change with the times as far as the media is concerned. As people have stopped, in our region, listening to shortwave and move more towards AM and FM, the internet and satellite, TWR is moving to downloading content and continually learning. It’s hard for me, because you have to be continually changing. That’s been one of my challenges. It seems like we’re always learning something new.
Carol: When we first went there were only five [international transmitting] stations. TWR is growing all the time and learning all the time. We have learned a lot about storytelling as opposed to linear book learners. In many cultures, people learn more through storytelling and memory so we don’t air a program once. We air the same program three times in a week so they can memorize it and share the story. TWR is always adapting to new cultures and how people relate to the Gospel.
Read more of this interview where the Hawkins share about changing media and their upcoming retirement.
We have more missionary interviews planned in the next few weeks from Steve and Barb Shantz, McDaniel and Blossom Phillips, Jeremy and Heidi Mullins, William Tsui and others.