Partnerships with local churches and FM stations are an important part of TWR’s ministry to Indonesia, which is spread across more than 17,000 islands. Its vast diversity makes it a challenging place to share the gospel.
The ministry in Indonesia began in January 2000 and has since grown to reach most of the bigger islands. TWR Indonesia is also known as Yayasan Terang Warta Rohani (YTWR), which roughly translates into English as “Light of Spiritual Message.”
Topical discipleship programs, such as Thru the Bible and Women of Hope, are aired in the Indonesian, Javanese, Madurese and Sudanese languages to encourage and counsel believers. YTWR also broadcasts programs to introduce Indonesians to the love of Christ while addressing their day-to-day life issues.
Other radio programs include Figure, Harmony, Hope, Hope My Story, Inspiration, Images, Lightness, The Word Today and Way of Life. They are broadcast in Balinese, Javanese, Indonesian, Madurese, and Sundanese.
TWR Indonesia has more than 380 listener groups across seven provinces. In some areas, especially Muslim areas, it is more difficult to connect with people. It partners with 65 local FM stations across Indonesia. It also broadcasts over shortwave, which covers almost every part of the country.
TWR Indonesia plans to build more partnerships with churches to have more listener groups. Most of the listener group coordinators are pastors.
TWR Indonesia has a microloan ministry, which is designed to help women develop their business so they have income for their families. The team has a ministry for the children of the women who receive microloans. They sing together and share God’s word.