Trans World Radio-Philippines, Inc. was registered at the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) office on August 19, 2002 as a branch office of Trans World Radio, a foreign company that was licensed to establish a branch organized under the laws of New Jersey, USA. From the time of its registration as a branch office, it has grown into a non-profit Christian radio production organization broadcasting in both AM and FM stations that is now developing dynamic partnerships with mission-minded individuals, churches, organizations and the like.
Name it and we have ridden it – shaky planes, wobbly ferry boats, long bus rides, and noisy tricycles - all except for the smelly water buffalo (although we would not mind doing so if the situation calls for it!) And who can forget the colorful jeepney which is unique to our country?
The environment can change drastically from fog-filled mountains and enchanting pine trees of Baguio City to the tempting and warm coastlines of Palawan, but the travel is always a challenge!
We knew that airing on local stations, instead of on a satellite network, would be a lot more work. We scanned the map and breathed a prayer. According to the Kapisanan ng mga Brodkaster sa Pilipinas (KBP), (the national association of broadcasting companies in the Philippines), there are more or less 151 radio and TV organizations nationwide.
Each major cities has at least one radio station. The challenge is to ensure that we are broadcasting on stations which people listen to most. And that goes not always happen when you are on a satellite network with repeater stations. So, we had to negotiate each broadcast separately with the most appropriate local station in our target areas and thus the extensive traveling.
Broadcasts from outside the province can also sometimes be heard. But in our observation, local folks would rather listen to local broadcasts which register more clearly on their radio sets. This is the exciting part, especially when you offer a quality Bible teaching program on a daily basis. People will definitely hear the truthful preaching of God’s Word. But the story does not end there.
In TWR’s Philippine ministry, God has brought together a team of people who share the same passion – to see listeners become strong believers and active participants of the church. This is evident in the long hours, bright ideas, and intense effort put into production, administration, and radio negotiation.
Almost every day, we find ourselves together begging the Lord of the Harvest to provide church partners who will do follow up with listeners in each area of broadcast. And He has answered.
In our travels, we meet wonderful men and women of God who share the passion of TWR and who have made the Great Commission of Jesus their own. But the Lord is not content with bringing just one pastor or so. He sends us leaders of church associations who are willing to share the vision to other churches in their community. We have made it our mindset that with no church partnership, we have no ministry.
My excitement does not mask the fact that we are still far away from our goal. And so we pray --- like crazy. And in so doing, we prove how generous our God is.
It is true what the Lord Jesus said of His Father: “If you, then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good gifts to those who ask him!” He enjoys listening to and answering our prayers. He has provided a suitable home-office, sent skilled men to construct the studio, and called the right people to join our team.
In most areas of broadcast, station managers have agreed to giving very suitable airtime for “Ilaw ng Pag-asa” (Women of Hope - Tagalog), Absolutely 24/7 (youth program), and “Mumunting Kutitap” (children program – Tagalog). He has been the inspiration behind the vision, the ideas, and the creativity for these programs.
Our ministry is not merely an assembly line of pressing buttons, digital technology, and impressive marketing. Our ministry is immersed in the reality of poverty and hopelessness; religion without relationship; the bondage of vices; cultic messages dominating mass media; and fathers raping their daughters.
The Filipino people need the Lord’s touch. And this touch has to start with truth that transforms. Our call is not just a noble idea; it is a loving realization that hurts and burdens. So, whether editing recorded material or island-hoping, may we become faithful vessels of God’s truth – and models of His message.
The purpose of TWR is to assist the church to fulfill the command of Jesus Christ to make disciples of all peoples, and to do so by using and making available mass media to:
- Proclaim the gospel of salvation to as many people as possible.
- Instruct believers in biblical doctrine and daily Christlike living.
- Model our message through our corporate and cooperative relationships.
To provide Filipinos a relevant, clear and effective presentation of God's word and the opportunity to become active participants of the body of Christ.
To reach the world for Christ by mass media so that lasting fruit is produced
God's Word (2 Timothy 3:16) - We believe in the verbal and plenary inspiration of the Old and New Testaments; that they are infallible, inerrant in the original writings, and the final authority for faith and life.
Prayer and Faith (Jeremiah 33:3) - We are committed to God’s direction for our ministry through prayer, which is our most fundamental demonstration of worship and dependence on the Lord. As a faith mission, our planning and daily work is permeated by fervent prayer as we discern and submit ourselves to God’s leading.
Integrity (Psalm 41:12) - We are committed to the development of Christian character and a Christlike manner in all that we do, living and working above reproach.
Church (Colossians 1:24) - We believe the local church is the unique and divinely ordained instrument on earth in God’s purpose to glorify Himself.
Excellence (Philippians 4:8) - In all our ministries, we seek excellence that is reflected in the quality of our personnel and in the efficient use of the most appropriate technology in ministry.
Accountability (2 Corinthians 8:21) - We are committed to pursue the highest ethical standards to ensure the stewardship of time, resources and relationships entrusted to us are responsibly accounted for before God.
Partnerships (Romans 12:4-5) - We are committed to partnership with like-minded mission organizations, indigenous and sending churches for follow-up, discipleship, leadership, multiplication and church planting.
Respect (Romans 12:10) - We are committed to the dignity of individuals. We are committed to our stakeholders (employees, partners, cooperative broadcasters, individual investors, churches, listeners) who are both our equals, and whom God has called as His choice servants to join in the Kingdom work.
Servant Attitude (Ephesians 6:7) - We are servants of our Lord Jesus Christ. We give ourselves to the highest good for our brothers and sisters in Christ, enabling them to advance the vision and strategies which God has entrusted to us and them in their communities, cities, countries and regions.
Innovation (Psalm 96:3) - We are committed to a collaborative spirit characterized by creativity, appropriate and innovative technologies, openness to risk, aggressive expansion, proactive attitudes, and application of biblical truth to changing needs.
© 2016 TWR Philippines
P.O. Box 332, Baguio City, Philippines