A New Creation
January 19, 2015
Eritrea — Peer pressure can be a beautiful thing – that is, when your peers are pressuring you in the right direction! Yet in the case of one high school student in Eritrea, her friends were determined to see her waste her life. Their voices were loud and persuasive, and they were pushing her deeper and deeper into immorality. As she accelerated downhill, she recalls, “No one was around to help me.”
However, a moment arrived recently amid the cacophony of voices when a true friend and peer appeared, introducing her to TWR’s radio ministry. The girl is now listening regularly and says, “These days, things are changing.” Through the broadcasts and under the ministry of God’s word, she is “developing the strength and confidence to resist – and even to protest” against her peer group.
The apostle Paul describes our encounter with the living Christ like this: “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come!” (2 Corinthians 5:17). Our young Eritrean friend has experienced this, and as she grows and listens to the broadcasts, she says, “The lessons on the radio broadcasts are creating a new person inside of me – a new person with a new view of life and new way of thinking. The merciful Lord has visited me in my troubles and tribulations and is setting me free from sin and bad influences.”
Once again the radio waves have served as a channel for redirecting a troubled life. Now Eritrea has one more voice that can call out in the darkness and lead others to the one who changes lives. And this is exactly what this girl intends to do: “I am determined to reach the ones who are suffering from the same problems I had experienced. The ministry has a lot to do: to save lives, to bring people out of the darkness and to set the youth free from immoral practices.”
Our Eritrean friend ends her letter with encouragement: “May the Lord help you to reach people with his Word.” Her blessing very simply sums up TWR’s purpose and reflects Paul’s point in Romans 10:14: “How, then, can they call on the one they have not believed in? And how can they believe in the one of whom they have not heard? And how can they hear without someone preaching to them?”