Cuba: TWR see big increase in response from listeners
Cubans listening to regular programming from TWR (TransWorld Radio) have been asking for prayer and literature in increasing numbers since the pandemic.
Since 2009, TWR has been producing radio programmes in Cuba for Cubans to speak encouragement into their hearts, despite difficult circumstances.
Back in December, the team were working hard to edit and record 12 new programmes of Our Home, all focused on the theme of worship. They also recorded 20 new programmes of Messages of Faith and Hope, our five-minute daily devotional programme. Over the lockdowns, Alberto and his team still continued to write new scripts from home and are looking forward to when they can be recorded and aired again.
Prior to the pandemic, the team received one or two phone calls from listeners each day. In recent months, the team has received an average of 10 to 25 daily phone calls from listeners, asking for prayer and literature. The team also continues to receive phone calls from some inmates in the province of Camaguey and Santiago de Cuba, who hear RTM programmes on portable radios inside the prisons.
In October, the Facebook page “Messages of Faith and Hope” was created. It now has 1,400 followers. There, the team posts the radio programmes and a weekly written message. Here is a response to one of Alberto’s posts: “This post is very special, pastor. Much needed during these times. Thank you, Pastor Alberto, for encouraging us to testify about Christ.”
In January, Alberto was invited to post a weekly message via a WhatsApp account that reaches about 1,000 evangelical pastors in Cuba. “All of these new possibilities help us feel useful and reach more people at this time when we can barely move from home because of measures to control the pandemic,” Alberto explained.
Please pray for the Cuban ministry, that the team will be able to overcome challenges created by the pandemic. Pray for Alberto as he responds to calls and interacts with people on social media. Join us as we pray more people would hear the Word of God in Cuba.