TWR broadcasts two weekly programmes in Burundi: Good News for All and Jesus is the Answer. Good News for All has been airing since 1993. The programme consists of 30 minutes of listener greetings and encouragement being read on-air to family and friends followed by a 30-minute evangelistic sermon. Because of the greetings, it continues to be widely listened to and many stay tuned to the programme as it continues. Christian music is also played, as it is often requested in listener letters.
Jesus is the Answer airs weekly on Sunday afternoons, as it has since 1994. The programme primarily targets youth, as it deals with topics covering their common challenges. The content comes from the testimonies of people who come to the office to share how Jesus has been a solution to their life struggles.
Hundreds of people respond each month through phone calls, text messages, visits and encounters in the public. In 2020, staff received over 2,600 calls from listeners! They share that they are strengthened and encouraged by these programmes.
Filde lives in the capital city of Bujumbura. He shared the following: “I am happy to tell you that the programme Good News for All is very helpful to me. As a worker in a shop, I often cannot attend church. The programme is a good opportunity for me to be blessed with the Word of God on a regular basis. May God bless you so much!”
A listener named Emery called into the programme to share her testimony. “I like this programme of Good News for All because it has changed my life. Beforehand, I thought it would not make a difference in my life if I followed the Word of God or not. But as I listened to the programme, I learned so much in a short amount of time! I now realise the importance of this programme and I really enjoy hearing the Word of God.”
“This programme Jesus Is the Answer has been a life-saving opportunity for many people who were traumatised by different problems in their life. It is amazing to hear so many testimonies of how Jesus has been a solution to life’s issues.”
“I greet you in the name of Jesus. I am really blessed by the programme Jesus Is the Answer. I like to listen to all the testimonies on the programme. I am encouraged to hear of all the people to whom Jesus was an answer during hard times.”
A listener shared the following story: “I was caught up in intense hatred for the people who killed my father. I spent many years sleeping poorly due to my constant plans for revenge. I had no peace in my heart. But one day I was listening to your programme and I heard someone testifying how Jesus saved her and how she forgave the people that had harmed her. I asked Jesus to change my heart and he did it! Since then, it has been easy to forgive, and I have the peace of Christ in my heart.”
Praise God for these incredible stories of hope! Please pray for the team as they continue to produce these two programmes for the people of Burundi.