Rachel Muhorakeye is the leader of our partner, Trans World Radio, was so encouraged by the feedback received from their radio programmes, ‘Abakunzi b’Amahoro’ (Lovers of Peace) and ‘Amahoro Iwacu’ (Peace in our Home), that she wanted to share the stories of some of the listeners.
One listener tells of how he makes sure he always tunes in to ‘Abakunzi b’Amahoro’: “I hardly ever miss listening to it, unless I am not in the country.” He tells of how the programme has changed his life. He had been struggling with an ongoing dispute with his neighbours and he had allowed this to cause problems. He talks of the shame he felt regarding his previous behaviour and he decided to leave the issue behind and live peacefully with those around him.
A young mother got in touch from prison, where she had listened to the station. Separated from her children, the woman found her situation hard. She had borrowed money and had not paid it back. But, listening to the story of how Joseph himself remained faithful to God in appalling circumstances in prison whilst in Egypt, she is determined to reconcile with the lender and, with God’s help, change her life.
Another listener tells of how much they love ‘Amahoro Iwacu’: “I don’t doubt that this programme is helping many Burundians, especially young people.” The listener goes on to share his sorrow that he had previously supported ethnic division. All that changed when this radio programme inspired him and led him to faith.
With very few owning televisions and literacy levels low in Burundi, radio is the most strategic and popular medium for reaching the masses and has tremendous potential to impact countless unseen lives. Trans World Radio are currently upgrading their equipment to ensure best quality and sustainability for years of broadcasting to come.