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“Good Morning and welcome to Rauka na Hekima morning devotion.” This may sound just like a normal ordinary radio presenter greetings but not so for majority of our listeners in the Northern part of Kenya, as we found out during our listeners’ engagement. That prompted us to want to find more about these children who wake up very early just to listen to the morning devotions. To them the greeting is an indication that the morning devotions are about to start.
Ann Mwende’s Children “:My children who are aged 11 and 10 years wake up at 3:30 AM to listen to the dawn devotions…..” That is the statement that struck us with curiosity during our phone conversation with Ann Mwende* (not her real name). Ann was among the many listeners who had requested if the ministry can support her family with a bibles. It’s during the phone call that she shared more about her family and why they love listening to Hekima FM.
“I have 2 children John* and Mary** and together as a family we love listening to God’s word. Every morning I wake up by 3:30 AM in readiness for the morning devotion on the Station. I also act as the de facto frequency monitor of the station because the first thing I do after waking up is to call the show host brother Vincent, just to confirm him that frequency is loud and clear in my area. The morning call is also my children’s alarm because immediately they hear me talking to Vincent, they also wake up knowing that the morning segment is about to start.
No words can explain how your programs have been of great blessing to my children and me. A program like ‘Neno Litaendelea’ that runs during the segment has helped me grow spiritually by having a deeper understanding of God’s word. Dorothy’s Devotion Swahili gives us a lot of hope and spiritual nourishment. Being a single mother all that I can say is that God is using you to plant seed in my children, it’s not normal to have children waking up at 3:30 to wait for the three hours morning devotion program considering that we listen to the Radio through my mobile phone. They listen and call in to send prayer requests, pray for others and participate in the bible questions that Pastor David and Brother Vincent ask. Just the sight of them putting the mobile phone between them so that they can both get the audio clearly is evidence enough of God’s presence in my family.” Says an overjoyed Mwende*.
“Despite the one-year age difference, my children are like twins and when it is time to listen to God’s word, they always listen together. During the school days, Mary and John will still wake up by 4 AM listen to the Rauka na Hekima as they prepare to leave for school. Hekima FM is our church and when I look back I can only thank God and wish you more blessings as you continue to reach us with gospel in this area with limited options of accessing the gospel.”
Mwende* has also endured some hardships in life
“Life was not easy, when I first came here in Garissa, I had to quit my job to save my family and later we parted ways with my husband but despite the struggles, your programs have given me hope. “
During our recent phone conversation, she said that her grandchild really loves and understands the word of God and it amazes her that at only 10 years she can listen and later share what she learnt with those who didnt listen.
It’s not an everyday occurrence to hear of testimonies of Children who are thirsty for the Word of God that they can wake up at 4 AM every morning just to be able to listen to the Morning devotions. Truly, this is the work of the Lord and we thank God for the opportunity to serve His people through Radio. We also thank God for ministries like CCIM’s Dorothy’s Daily Devotions for enabling TWR Kenya reach listeners with the Word and going beyond radio to provide listeners and their families with spiritually enriching books like Quest for God, Food for Faith, The Love of God and most importantly bibles.
How are our programs changing your life? We would love to know and share your Testimony. Talk to us on email@example.com or SMS 0707 032 060
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By Geoffrey otieno