Earlier this month, Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari ordered extremist Islamic schools to dissolve. Trans World Radio’s (TWR) West Africa Transmitting Site Director Garth Kennedy says some of these schools held students hostage.
“There are plenty of Islamic schools around us [that] are continuing and not taking an extremist point of view. We see that as a good point because it does mean that the outside world is seeing what’s happening, and the president is there to do something about the situation in this country,” Kennedy says.
“People are suffering. Not only the Church is suffering, but there is a lot of suffering amongst the general Nigerians in the country.”
Extremist groups often offer status and financial stability to vulnerable youth (Read more on Nigeria HERE). TWR is offering something better; the opportunity for a relationship with Christ.
Broadcasting Hope in Nigeria
TWR has broadcasted Christ’s hope into the area for years using an omnidirectional antenna. Broadcasts are shared in local heart languages such as Hausa, Yoruba, Igbo, and Kanuri, to name a few. TWR broadcasts Christian content, including devotionals, audio teachings, music, Christian encouragement, and more. (Learn more about TWR’s content HERE.)
“People are looking for outside news outlets. People want to hear outside news and so when…anybody…is listening to the radio, [who] just want to hear what is going on in the world. He will stumble on our radio station, and he will listen to something in his heart language,” Kennedy explains.
“But if somebody’s listening to their heart language, they tend to hang around and say ‘Okay, what’s this about? Why are they speaking to me in my heart language and sharing something and then talking about the Gospel and salvation?’”
TWR has received enough feedback from listeners in Nigeria to to justify dedicating a second transmitter on a high-power level for the region. This project is called the Oasis Transmitter Project.
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SOURCE: Mission Network News, Bethann Flynn