Monthly Archives: March 2013

The Way of Righteousness- a braodcast helping us to tell Muslims the gospel of Jesus

The gulf between Christian and Islamic cultures usually seems far too wide to be bridged. As a result, few Bible-based radio programs are focused on addressing the unique interests and needs of Muslim seekers.

But a program produced by TWR Africa appears to be successfully crossing that divide. The Way of Righteousness not only is finding a way to help Muslims understand the gospel in their own cultural context but also is appealing to their natural curiosity about the faith

The Way of Righteousness has a track record as the most popular radio program among Muslims in many languages in West Africa. The program is based on a chronological Bible-teaching style borrowed from the “Firm Foundations” series published in 1985 by New Tribes missionaries Trevor McIlwain and Nancy Everson.

The program was originally developed by Paul D. Bramsen as a series of 100 15-minute episodes for the Wolof people of Senegal. Printed scripts in 11 languages have guided translation and radio production into more than a hundred languages.

The Koran, the holy book of Islam, hints at many figures from the Bible such as Adam, Noah, Abraham and Daniel but gives little detail. Muslims are often curious about these biblical characters, and The Way of Righteousness satisfies this curiosity while providing listeners with an opportunity to find out more about who Jesus really is.

Building on the strengths of The Way of Righteousness, TWR Africa is striving to form closer ties with community FM radio stations and other interested partners to open doors for relevant, life-changing content to Muslim listeners.

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Where are we?

March has been a month of traveling.

We had the privilege of going up to Fort Collins where we were able to re-connect with old friends, visit supporters, and become addicted to Dr. Who.

We also drove over 3,000 miles from Colorado to Mississippi and back without killing each other. 🙂 We listened to books on tape to keep ourselves sane for the 18 hours of driving each way. We discovered that in Dallas it doesn’t matter if you have a GPS or a map because neither can help you with all the construction going on. We drove aimlessly through downtown Dallas at rush hour with no hope of finding a destination until our friend called us and got us through the chaos to his house. We also discovered that we have some pretty mad map reading skills that happen to be better than Google Maps. Thank God or we might have been lost several times.

One of Ryan’s cousins got married in early March so we went down to celebrate with him and his new bride. We traveled all over Mississippi. This was only the 2nd time that I (Elyse) have ever been down South. My impressions of people in Mississippi are that they are some of the most friendly and hospitable people I have met in the USA. They are also passionate. When they do something, they go all out. If you don’t believe me, all you have to do is watch their football games and marching band competitions. We had the honor of watching a cousin perform in a marching band competition. It was so complex and amazing. I was very impressed at the practice, dedication, and professionalism of the performance. They also like to eat out a lot.

After all that traveling, we are happy to be home and to get back into the regular routine.

However, today we helped Ryan’s parents to move the last bits of their belongings into a Uhaul, give them both one last hug, and send them off to Nebraska where James will be preaching his first sermon on Easter Sunday. It is hard to see them go but wonderful that they are getting back into the ministry.

 

We wanted to share with you a story from TWR Africa. We have told many of you about the Muslim targeted broadcast called The Way of Righteousness. We are so excited for this broadcast because it opens a door for sharing gospel with Muslims.

http://www.twr.org/news_and_blogs/2013/03-25/radio-program-opens-door-to-sharing-gospel-with-muslims

 

 

 

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