Trans World Radio Celebrates 50 Years, 180 Languages

( [email protected] ) Jan 16, 2004 12:43 PM EST

Trans World Radio, the international Christian broadcaster, celebrates its 50th year of ministry this year. TWR now shares the gospel in more languages than BBC, Voice of America, China Radio International and Voice of Russia combined, with 180 different languages available to millions.

TWR president Dr. David Tucker said the ministry is working on developing the latest technologies to reach the world’s people – especially those who are illiterate.

"How are we going to reach these people? We've built the foundation. The shortwave radios are out there, the medium wave radios are out there. The computers are now out there, the handheld telephones are out there. We can reach people of every strata of society, whether they are very poor and cannot read, or whether they are very educated and are looking for a purpose in this world."

When Tucker was asked if founder, the late Dr. Paul Freed could have envisioned the scope of Trans World Radio's ministry today, he answered, "Paul Freed was a visionary. He would have wanted to reach every boy, girl, man and woman throughout the world. So, I think that he would have been thrilled with what he's seeing today, because that's what he set out to do."