Monthly Archives: May 2009

Letter From Mark Blosser

In and attempt to avoid plagiarism, I have to give credit to this post to Mr. Mark Blosser – one of our lead staff in Swaziland. His personality, kindness and hospitality played a large role in my decision to stay on with TWR full time. Once again he’s shown me kindness and written a letter explaining why Trans World Radio needs me. I would greatly appreciate you taking the time to read his kind words.

In Christ,

Dear friends of Ryan Seal,

This letter is to inform you and ask you for your help and support in regard to Ryan. Ryan has come to work in Africa for Trans World Radio twice: once in Swaziland and then the second time in Johannesburg, South Africa. Ryan’s expertise has been in computer programming. In this area he has done extremely well and we are pleading for him to come back as soon as possible, as we are very short staffed in this area.

Our need for Ryan to arrive in South Africa is huge, to the point where we are afraid we will have problems with burnout in other staff members if Ryan does not come and help us soon! A large part of our work is done with computers, all the way from finances to playing out of our programs over the air. Trans World Radio relies on technical people to keep operating and sending the Good News of Jesus to literally thousands of people. Our radio broadcasts reach more people than the Apostle Paul was ever able to speak to in his life time. This is one reason I’m so excited about what Trans World Radio is doing around the world.

Trans World Radio is a faith-based mission, broadcasting in over 72 languages in Africa, with technical missionaries who are supported by churches, friends and relatives. This letter is a request to you to lend a hand in whatever way you can to help Ryan raise his support needs. “How can I possibly help?” might be your first question. There are two ways:

The first is the most obvious and direct way. And that is to become a member of Ryan’s support team by supporting him both financially and in prayer. I have been involved in this work for 29 years and I’ve found that the Lord uses the most unlikely people. People whom I expect will help don’t, and those whom I least expect often do. And I find that many times the Lord uses the principle of the widow’s mite to answer needs. I’ve also been amazed at how the Lord builds bonds between my supporters and me. So if you become involved, be ready for some surprises! Just give Ryan a call and ask for details if you want to do this.

Secondly, you could help by becoming an advocate for Ryan. This is often the most valuable way, but the least obvious. Your efforts can be multiplied as his needs have the potential of being met by a larger number of friends or churches. To do this, all you need to do is introduce him or recommend him to friends or churches and let them know that Ryan needs financial support. It could be as simple as inviting a friend or a number of friends over to meet Ryan when he is in your area in the near future. Or it could be that you know a pastor or person in another church who would be interested in knowing more about the work of Trans World Radio. Bottom line is: it is much more natural for a friend like you to recommend him, than for Ryan to try to do this himself. Without advocates like you, the job of finding his support team can be very discouraging and time consuming.

Again…Ryan is needed in Africa now! If you have ever asked, “What can I do that will make eternal benefits in God’s kingdom?” all you need to do is activate one or both of the above suggestions. The eternal effects will probably never be realized until we join our Lord in heaven. You see, the radio waves reach into far-flung corners where missionaries would never think of going!

May the Lord give you wisdom as you contemplate how you can be used to bring people into the Kingdom of God.

In the Kingdom Work with you,

      J. Mark Blosser
      Human Resources & Station Director
      Trans World Radio – Swaziland

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May 2009 Prayer Letter

Dear Friends and Family,

       It’s hard to believe that I’ve been back in the U.S. for nearly ten months. Time is going by quickly and it has been good to be close to and spend time with many of you. On the other hand, it seems that returning to South Africa cannot come quickly enough. My heart longs to again be working with Trans World Radio in Johannesburg. As more time goes by, I’m more and more excited about what can be done with mass media. All kinds of programs and shows are consumed daily and hourly by our world and so much of it contains nothing about Christ. Radio, TV and the Internet are powerful tools ready to tell Jesus’ story. That idea excites me and makes me eager to work again with TWR.

Along with my work, I miss the many friends I made and the youth ministries of which I was a part. Every letter and e-mail from them puts a smile on my face. I miss talking to the high-schoolers and seeing the younger kids at AWANA. Being a part of their lives was truly a blessing.

In the meantime, I’m working for MITRE, who generously offered me a job as long as I am here in the U.S. Aside from work, I’m busy with fund-raising activities. I am at about 33% of my monthly support, and also at 43% of my equipment fund support. I’m grateful for those of you who are supporting me now. Please continue to pray for the funds to come in. My goal is for 100% of my support to be in by August.

If you have not already, please take some time to ask for a purple commitment card. These cards are how I keep track of people who want to be included on my prayer letter list and who want to support me. You can e-mail me at for more information.

Thanks for taking the time to visit my blog and read what I have to say.
Until Next time, keep well.

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