September 13th 2010
Frequently Asked Questions
What does TWR do?
Speaking fluently in 230 languages and dialects, TWR exists to reach the world for Jesus Christ. Our global media outreach engages millions in 160 countries with biblical truth. Since 1952, God has enabled TWR to help lead people from doubt to decision to discipleship.
Together with international partners, local churches, and other ministries, TWR provides relevant programming, discipleship resources, and dedicated workers to spread hope to individuals and communities around the globe. Whether using high-powered radio to reach people in the Middle East and Latin America, streaming content to Internet users in Asia and Europe or visiting with listeners face-to-face in Africa, TWR leaves a lasting spiritual footprint.
What is the strategic plan?
TWR’s strategic plan is a combination of six key focus areas on which we are concentrating our ministry efforts. The six areas are leadership development, children and youth, women, HIV/AIDS and holistic health issues, oral communicators, and extending the reach of God’s word. For further information about these things, click here.
Where can we hear you?
Visit our broadcast search by clicking here.
Is TWR associated with a church?
TWR is an inter-denominational, non-government organization and as such is not affiliated with a specific church or denomination.
From where do you receive funding?
As a non-profit organization, TWR receives funding from individuals, churches, and foundations all over the world who believe in the ministry the Lord has called us to accomplish.
Does TWR ask for contributions during their programs?
No. In order to avoid any possible misunderstanding as to our motives for broadcasting, our policy has always been never to ask for contributions over the air.
What is the easiest way to give?
It is easiest to give online by clicking here. You have the opportunity to give to a specific project, to a missionary or missionary family, to TWR’s general fund, and others.
How many people work with you?
In Europe, TWR has a working staff of 82 professionals from 14 countries.
In what countries does TWR-E work?
TWR Europe has offices in Austria, Slovakia, Switzerland, Germany, and the Netherlands. Additionally, we partner with more than 30 ministries in Europe, Russia, Central Asia, the Middle East, and North Africa.
What’s the difference between shortwave, medium wave and FM?
Shortwaves do not follow the earth’s surface. Rather, they are aimed at the ionosphere (a layer of air which has been electrically charged, or “ionized”) with special antennas to bounce signals from one point to another, effectively enabling worldwide coverage 24 hours a day. The ionosphere “bends” radio wave beams which enter it and sends them back to earth. A major factor in shortwave broadcasting is the constantly changing ionosphere. It changes height and density, sometimes in a matter of hours.
Medium wave is the standard AM. It generally follows the earth’s surface until the signal grows so weak with distance that it is no longer receivable. How far the signal travels depends upon the frequency, the transmitter’s power and whether the route is over water or land. The performance of AM is predictable, but the distance to which the signal can reach is rather limited by time of day: short distances during the day and long distances at night.
FM is local line-of-sight broadcasting only–-the higher the tower, the better the coverage. Due to its limitations, it is not suitable for long-range broadcasting.