Mrs Valentine Gitoho (TWR International Board member), Tish Munga (Sifa), Pamela Omwodo (Sifa General Manager) & TWR Kenya Executive Director Bernice Gatere cutting the 40-year anniversary cake.
In 1976 on a brisk September, knowing no one but having heeded to the Lord’s call, a young Ghanaian man landed in Nairobi. Rev. Stephen Boakye-Yiadom’s assignment was to set up Trans World Radio in Kenya as a springboard for the growth of the work in Africa.
Fast -forward 40 years- and what 40 years it’s been! Forty is a significant number and 40 days or 40 years are usually referred to as times of trials and testing. TWR-Kenya has had its fair share of trials and tests both internal and external but through it all, TWR-Kenya has helped transform lives in the East African region many ways. That is why 28th October 2016 was a time to celebrate 4 decades of the Lord’s faithfulness. On that Friday evening TWR board, staff, friends and partners reflected on these 40 years. The gentlemen looked dapper in their well fitting suits and ruby red ties and the ladies went all out in their ruby red outfits. It was a ruby red TWR at 40 party.
Among the guests were Archbishop of the Anglican Church of Kenya The Most Reverend Dr. Jackson Ole Sapit who was the Chief Guest, Mrs Grace Boakye-Yiadom, Dr. Sam Gordon (Truth for Today, UK), Mr. Egide Bandyatuyaga, TWR area director for East Africa, Victor Kaonga, Director of TWR Malawi, former and current TWR-Kenya board members and TWR-Kenya former employees, partners and listeners.
Part of The TWR Kenya Staff Present at the celebrations
Pastor David Mungai, the first radio producer at Trans World Radio recalled how TWR Kenya grew from a room in Reverend Stephen’s apartment, to now a fully-fledged office in Nairobi boasting of 5 production studios.
TWR Kenya Director Bernice Gatere
Bernice Gatere, the Executive Director spoke of how God has been faithful to Trans World Radio Kenya since she joined TWR Kenya and as the first woman National Director. She recounted how Trans World Radio grew from a few radio programs to now more than 30 radio programs produced and broadcast in 16 different languages and broadcast in many different outlets within and beyond Kenya. She talked about the leap of faith that Trans World Radio-Kenya took to begin SIFA FM, TWR-Kenya’s network of FM stations that broadcast in Lamu, Lodwar, Marsabit, Garissa, Voi and Wajir and a dedicated board and staff providing encouragement, information and education from the bible to thousands of East African listeners everyday.
ACK Archbishop The Most Reverend Dr. Jackson Ole Sapit
In his speech, the guest of honour Archbishop of the Anglican Church of Kenya The Most Reverend Jackson Ole Sapit shared from Romans chapter 10:11. He challenged TWR-Kenya to give God’s word in a fresh message in new and innovative ways because there is always something new that the world wants to see and to hear.
Mrs Grace Boayke-Yiadomgave a moving speech, remembering the days that her late husband served in TWR Kenya with their then young family. She was very happy and proud to see that TWR Kenya is exceeding her husband’s expectations. It was a very humbling and proud moment for TWR Director and staff when they honoured Mrs Grace Boakye-Yiadom for being the strong support behind her husband to ensure that the ministry in Kenya grew to what it is now.
Mrs Grace Boakye-Yiadom being adorned by TWR-Kenya team
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By Winnie Onyimbo