One of my very first speaking engagements as Chaplain to MediaCityUK was at TWR (Trans World Radio) down in Altincham.
I was amazed to find some of the most confortable radio studios set in a discreet office block with open plan offices giving plenty of scope for creative connections with other staff as ideas were bounced back and forth.
I was even more surprised to find a team of dedicated staff spanning the gamut of age, denominations and skill-sets, quietly spreading the Word around the World. Smoe via Radio, some via the website and others via their publications. Some staff have dedicated blogs to their charitable work.
They warmly welcomed the idea of chaplaincy here at MediaCityUk and were quick to offer their 1-3 person studio and group discussion studios as a facility for me and other Christian Groups to work from.
As I'm usually invited into other people's studios it hasn't been an invitation I've needed to take up, but they really are a secret little jewel down in the South of the City.
TWR-Europe broadcasts in over 60 languages to Europe, Russia, Central Asia, North Africa and the Middle East. Broadcasts are aired on local FM stations, nationwide and regional networks, shortwave and AM stations and via satellite. TWR-Europe also works closely with some 30 national partner ministries from across the region in order to multiply gospel-spreading efforts.
Their website gives further information about their work worldwide including charitable activies, and we at The Anchor are very grateful for TWR's support when we were in our infancy and had little to show but ideas.
Finally, I just wanted to note that these people's characters really struck me because of two defining responses the staff made;
Firstly, in response to my presentation their immediate reaction was for my welfare, resources, support and all that I would need in order to pioneer this work. In true Christian love their first thought was for the wellbeing of the other, not how they might benefit most from our connection.
Secondly, they use a lot of American speakers on their shows, particularly those planned to play through the night as manning the station 24/7 is not financially viable. In order to do this, there are editors sitting, listening and cutting every offensive and inappropriate line from pastors whose passion sometimes gets the better of them.
They don't through the baby out with the bathwater by ditching them altogether, and they don't cut corners by risking the pain of others through harsh and often contested words. I found that truly remarkable, and hope that I learned something about what it means to give a clear Christian witness within the media not just by what we produce, but how we communicate our integrity, love and compassion in the way that we work.
If you are all about evangelism and need further resources, have a look at TWR's resource page here. Their website contains details of all of their radio programming, charitable work and evangelistic opportunties worldwide as well as giving access to their online and hard copy publications.