Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Listener Letter from North Africa

TWR receives countless listener letters, text messages, and Skype calls each month from every region of the world. The contact information of a local TWR office is given to listeners in broadcasts, then every single letter is responded to, translated, and sent internally among TWR to encourage its workers. Here is one from North Africa that TWR received this past month.

"A few years ago, while I was serving in the military, I was depressed and disgusted with my life. One day when I was on patrol duty around the barracks, I resolved to take my life with my weapon of service. Suddenly, a friend arrived to relieve me of my patrol. Seeing my depression, he held out a small radio receiver and said,'Take this receiver. I received a broadcast from abroad; somebody was speaking our language. Go take a rest and listen well to what the speaker says.'

"I turned on the small receiver and a few minutes later I heard a voice read Acts 16:27-31: The jailer woke up, and when he saw the prison doors open, he drew his sword and was about to kill himself because he thought the prisoners had escaped. But Paul shouted, 'Don't harm yourself! We are all here!' The jailer called for lights, rushed in and fell trembling before Paul and Silas. He then brought them out and asked, 'Sirs, what must I do to be saved?' They replied, 'Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved—-you and your household.;

Through this verse, I believe I heard the voice of Jesus tell me, 'Do not give yourself over to death, believe only! I am here to give you life. I will give life to you and to your family, and to your friend that is with you!'

"After hearing this, my purpose in living was restored to me because Jesus gave me His life. I told my friend about this event, and he gave his heart to Jesus also. When I shared the story with my family, who are devout followers of another religion, they gave glory to Jesus. They also accepted Jesus as their King and their Savior Who is able to give them life."

You can also click here to watch Grace Burnham, a missionary held captive by separtist terrorists in the Philippines with her husband, explain how TWR reached out and encouraged them in the jungle.