22 October 2015
Trans World Radio Reaches Migrants
As hundreds of thousands of migrants from the Middle East and elsewhere stream into Europe, international Christian broadcaster Trans World Radio (TWR) is hastening to mobilise its media resources to address their needs.
Europe is experiencing one of the most significant migrant influxes in its history as huge numbers of refugees flee terror and war in the Middle East and Africa. It has been called the biggest humanitarian refugee crisis since World War II, with 3,000 people already having died this year trying to reach asylum in Europe across the Mediterranean Sea, and many more on the way from dangerous areas such as Syria, Afghanistan and Eritrea.
TWR Europe plans to complement the work of refugee-relief ministries by providing them with Gospel-based media content addressing the needs of the migrants in their own languages.
Dirk Mueller, International Director of TWR Europe says: “We are responding because of this need and the opportunity that we have in Europe to use media to speak hope into the lives of those coming to our countries. We traditionally reach unreached people groups by using radio, but now these people are coming to Europe or are already in Europe. This represents an open door, and the door is open now.”
The next phase of TWR Europe’s long term plans call for the recruitment of a script writer and a coordinator of refugee ministry to produce tailor-made programming, addressing specific issues facing the migrants and introducing them to Jesus Christ.
TWR broadcasts in over 230 languages and dialects around the world, including over 40 languages through the online portal. These resources are being made available immediately for outreach to the migrants.