Many times on this blog I’ve written about how, as a technician and electrician working behind the scenes, it was difficult to understand the Kingdom impact you were having. I would be up in the middle of the night tinkering with a cranky generator trying to keep the broadcasts on the air and all the while wondering – is anyone listening? As TWR Africa Operations Director and now TWR Canada President, I have raised money for equipment and tools and other things, but I never want to forget that the real work we’re doing is sharing the Gospel. The rest of it, all of the behind-the-scenes stuff, just enables us to do it through media.
A Bit Of History About Generators
TWR Canada has a long history with the TWR transmitter in West Africa. I was part of the team that negotiated for the broadcast license, the land, raised funds, and constructed the actual site. (read some of that story here). I’ve told the story of how I was on a ministry tour in Alberta when I learned the two high-powered generators we had purchased for the transmitter site sank in the English Channel. It was Canadian donors who stepped up and made sure two Canadian generators got to West Africa in time for the launch, and these generators were better equipped for the work than the two that we lost in the ocean. (read that story here)
In 2013, thanks to some dedicated volunteers, a container was sent to West Africa. These guys should win an award for packing because what they were able to fit in this container was amazing. They sent over a red Massey-Ferguson tractor with a couple of attachments, an ATV, a caterpillar, and a dozen other things. This was the last time we saw that tractor…
These Are Just Tools…
We know all this gear and equipment was needed and is being used, but you don’t really understand the impact it’s having because it’s all behind-the-scenes. We don’t get listener letters thanking us that those solid Canadian generators are still working, that the grass gets cut, or any other number of activities that these machines equip and enable staff to do. Tools wear out and equipment eventually fails and needs to be replaced, but sharing the Gospel has eternal value and that’s the real work we’re doing.
This video really touched my heart and brought tears to my eyes. This video captures the story of TWR in 3minutes. Garth Kennedy is featured in the video, and I still remember the day when Garth came to me and asked to be involved in building the West Africa transmitter station. I vividly remember sitting over lunch during that ministry tour in Alberta with donors about new generators – generous people of faith who wanted to make sure that West Africa heard the Gospel over the radio. I met the woman featured in the video in Cote d’Ivoire – you can read more about her story here.
How do generators and tractors help share the gospel with 200 million people? Watch this video and see. THIS is what TWR is about and why I remain passionate about this work even after 29 years.
Watch This Video
P.S. Summer is a busy season for everyone. I will be taking a blogging break in August, and posting as I’m able in July. I’ll be back to a regular posting schedule in September.