Trans World Radio Ministry Provides Comfort, Encouragement, and Hope from the Word of God to Persecuted Listeners

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The story of Makhset, a Central Asian pastor who was forced out of his country, is one of many examples of why TWR enthusiastically celebrates World Radio Day every February 13.

UNESCO established World Radio Day 10 years ago to champion the medium’s valuable role in disseminating information, reaching mass audiences, and allowing for free expression – all at a comparatively modest cost.

TWR (also known as Trans World Radio) joins in acknowledging those strengths and thanks God for this technology that enables the 67-year-old media ministry to overcome countless barriers and help grow disciples in every nation.

One of those barriers is persecution, which Makhset’s fellow believers know firsthand because authorities there discourage Christian practices.

Believers in this Central Asian nation often wait to gather for worship and fellowship until after 11 p.m. because police have usually gone home by that time, said Makhset, whose last name is withheld for security reasons.

“When we had no Bibles, we heard preaching from Trans World Radio and encouraged each other,” he said. “Media and Trans World Radio, I think, are very important to our country.”

TWR’s broadcasts in over 275 languages around the world introduce listeners to Jesus Christ, provide in-depth Bible study, and offer scripturally-based advice and encouragement for life. By phone, text, and letter, TWR follow-up teams answer questions and interact with listeners.

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SOURCE: Mission Network News, Lyndsey Koh


  • Pray for remote and isolated people to meet Jesus through radio.
  • Ask God to strengthen the faith of persecuted Christians via biblical radio programs.
  • Pray for TWR’s radio ministry to reach more people for Christ.