Wednesday, December 11, 2013
Ministry Report from the Field
I write from time to time about the enthusiastic listeners to TWR Bonaire that live on a certain large island to the north of us. Our TWR representative there recently made a trip to some remote areas on the eastern edge of the country. Here are some excerpts from his report.
"Just last week, we travelled to meet listeners and have a preaching workshop at xxxxxx, the eastern municipality of our country. People live across the mountains in humble and very small wooden houses. It is a very isolated and deserted area, almost entirely without running water. Houses do not have bathrooms or anything like that. Roads don’t exist in some areas. But thousands of people live there! The good news is there are churches everywhere and almost every person has been a TWR listener for many years. Many of them became Christians just by listening to radio programs. They also have electricity service and have radios (TV and DVD players, as well. How it is possible?).
In some places there are modest but good church buildings, but the majority of churches meet in homes, led by new pastors, many of them without seminary training. You can see a church or a home isolated on the mountain, but at night, it is exciting to see how the people get down from their places with flashlights and you can see a crowded temple or home church every night everywhere. It is really marvelous!!
Thinking about the way that people live, it is exciting to know that even though they have almost nothing, the Gospel has reached them giving salvation and hope. They were very excited because of our visit. “Nobody visits us ever”, they said constantly. “It is unbelievable to have people from TWR visiting us!” They came to see me and touch me. They were proud telling me: “I am a TWR listener, do you imagine what it means to listen the word of God every night in that mountains?” Although they have radios, TVs and DVDs players, they are really forgotten and abandoned people with a lot of need.
How many people live on the mountains? It is impossible for me to say. But I thank God for being a part of a ministry which is touching and reaching people for Christ everywhere."
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