How can Christians reach out to refugees through smartphones? This is a question that TWR has been trying to answer this year.

 

The TWR Refugee Media Ministry

Even within Europe, it can be difficult to minister to refugees, due to language/culture differences, complicated asylum procedures, and the sheer number of refugees. However, smartphones are indispensable for many of them. What if we can turn smartphones into a tool for showing Christ’s love to refugees?

 

TWR has developed its Refugee Media Ministry, which reaches out to them primarily through the “Refugee Bridge” smartphone app. Any refugee who has an Android smartphone can download this app and instantly access audio programs in Arabic, Farsi, and Dari. (TWR has recently secured the funds to develop an iOS version for iPhones as well.) Currently we offer ten audio programs and over 330 episodes. These programs have been selected for their use in addressing the trauma and other difficulties that refugees face in Europe, as well as speaking of the only true Hope—Jesus Christ. New episodes are added every week for many programs, so that refugees always have something new to look forward to on the app. We are also constantly looking for relevant content, and are even producing a tailored series for Arabic-speaking refugees!

 

How can you be involved?

We want this app to be a tool for ministries and individuals who are reaching out to refugees. If this could be useful to you, please feel free to download it and show it to refugees and those who work with them. Anyone anywhere with an Android smartphone can install it by searching “Refugee Bridge” in the app store. Alternatively, one can access www.refugeebridge.com and click on the banner to download the app. You can also contribute financially, by clicking on the “donate” button below. Please feel free to send us any questions and feedback at refugeebridge@twr.org.

 

Together, we can show Christ’s love to refugees, using the very smartphones that are in their pockets!

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Hope for Syria Receives National Religious Broadcasters Award

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Hope for Syria, an Arabic-language radio program produced by TWR (also known as Trans World Radio), was selected by the National Religious Broadcasters (NRB) to receive the 2017 International Strategic Partnership Award. TWR’s director of Arabic Ministries, whose name and image are withheld for security reasons, accepted the award at the NRB International Christian Media Convention in Orlando, Florida. “On behalf of TWR, I am grateful and humbled to receive this award,” said the ministry director. “I am also honored to be part of such a vital program to reach Syrians for Jesus Christ, and I believe what we are doing now will resonate for decades to come.” The International Strategic Partnership Award is presented to an organization that has forged an effective partnership with an indigenous ministry. The partnership must be marked by strategic planning and cooperation with indigenous co-workers, sensitivity to cultural distinctives, and an impactful Christian outreach. Back in 2013, TWR launched Hope for Syria to help provide biblical hope, peace and comfort to the people of strife-torn Syria. The 15-minute Arabic program airs twice a week from a powerful, strategically located AM transmitter and focuses on the psychological effects of trauma and fear; medical-related matters; and spiritual encouragement. Thanks to the partnership of TWR’s Arabic department with the local church in Syria, many are being reached for Christ.  Phone calls, SMS messages and emails from listeners provide evidence that Hope for Syria is making an impact. Syrian refugees can even use a mobile app (www.refugeebridge.com) to access programs. Speaking fluently in more than 230 languages and dialects, TWR exists to reach the world for Jesus Christ. Its global media outreach engages millions in 160 countries with biblical truth. Discover more at [www.twr.org](https://www.twr.org/). 
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