Love Asia By Radio
August 1, 2013
Three years after we commenced the project to replace the transmitters on Guam, we rejoice and celebrate as Transmitter 7 goes on the air!
This is a significant milestone in KTWR’s history, and the beginning of a new opportunity to broadcast the gospel throughout Asia. Each and every step of the way, we could see God’s hand at work.
Prior to this, TWR had been broadcasting to Asia via the same transmitters ever since our Guam site began operations in 1977. Over the years, accumulated wear and tear, as well as a difficulty in procuring spare parts for repairs, meant that maintenance of these transmitters had become increasingly challenging and cost-inefficient.
Through much prayer and with much faith, God opened the door for TWR to acquire two refurbished transmitters in August 2010. These transmitters more than doubled the current broadcast power across the Asian continent, allowing our radio signals to reach farther and be clearer than before. In addition, they were also capable of broadcasting digitally, enabling TWR to leverage new technology and continue broadcasts many years down the road.
The transmitters would not be able to begin broadcasting until funding for the project was completed. God provided through faithful and generous supporters, and by January 2011, the $690,000 needed for the transmitter replacement project was not only met – but exceeded!
While the funds were being raised, the team on Guam worked hard, upgrading and making modifications to the transmitter building to accommodate the new transmitters. Along the way, there were challenging situations and technical hiccups, but God saw the team through each and every one.
In April 2011, the transmitters were finally brought in and connected. In November 2011, Transmitter 6 went on the air, and the live broadcast of the dedication service was aired on Moody Radio, Northwestern Radio and via internet streaming.
However, there was a lot more work to be done before the final transmitter could be brought on-air. So it was doubly exciting for the team to finally be able to switch on Transmitter 7 in February 2013, see the lights come on, and watch it come alive.
In May this year, the team performed a successful on air test broadcast, and at the end of July, the team commissioned and dedicated Transmitter 7.
These words alone are not enough to do justice to the hard work of the men and women of KTWR, as well as the sacrifices they continue to make in His service on Guam. To get a fuller picture, and a better idea of the work involved, you can recount the entire journey on this blog.