TWR (aka Trans World Radio)

The information in this column was provided to MinistryWatch by the ministry itself. It was last updated 9/1/2021. To update the information in this column, please email: info@ministrywatch.com


Summary

Many people around the world are separated from God, living without hope. We believe in the redemptive power of Jesus. That's why we use media / radio / apps / video so individuals across the globe can hear the good news.

For more than 65 years, God has enabled TWR (also known as Trans World Radio) to be a faithful friend and to provide hope in a dark world.

TWR is a long-time member of the Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability, so you can be assured of TWR's commitment to the highest standards of financial accountability. At least 85% of TWR's operating expenses each year goes directly to fund our global media outreach.


Contact information

Mailing address:
Trans World Radio
PO Box 8700
Cary, NC 27512-8700

Website: www.twr.org

Phone: (919) 460-3700

Email: info@twr.org


Organization details

EIN: 22-1690564

CEO/President: Lauren Libby

Chairman: Mr. Jeff Jones

Board size: 14

Founder: Dr. Paul E. Freed

Year founded: 1952

Tax deductible: Yes

Fiscal year end: 09/30

Member of ECFA: Yes

Member of ECFA since: 1987


Purpose

Our calling: To reach the world for Christ by mass media so that lasting fruit is produced.


Mission statement

We exist to assist the Church in fulfilling the command of Jesus Christ to make disciples of all peoples, and to do so by using and making available mass media to:

  • Proclaim the gospel of salvation to as many people as possible.
  • Instruct believers in biblical doctrine and daily Christ-like living.
  • Model our message through our corporate and cooperative relationships.

Statement of faith

Trans World Radio uses the following to express its faith:

WE BELIEVE:
1. In one Holy, Almighty God, eternally existing in three persons, the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit, co-eternal in being, co-identical in nature, co-equal in power and glory, each with distinct personal attributes, but without division of nature, essence or being. (Biblical Reference: Deuteronomy 6:4, Matthew 28:19, John 1:1-2, II Corinthians 13:14, Philippines 2:6)

2. In the verbal and plenary inspiration of the Old and New Testaments; that they are infallible, inerrant in the original writings, and the final authority for faith and life. (Biblical Reference: II Timothy 3:16, II Peter 1:20-21, Matthew 5:18, John 16:12- 13)

3. That the Lord Jesus Christ, the eternal Son of God, without ceasing to be God, became man by the Holy Spirit and virgin birth; that he lived a sinless life on earth; that he died at Calvary as a satisfactory substitutionary sacrifice for sinners; that his body was buried in and arose from the tomb; that he ascended to Heaven and was glorified as a man at God's right hand; that He is coming again for His own and then to set up His Kingdom. (Biblical Reference: John 1:1, Matthew 1:20-23, II Corinthians 5:21, Hebrews 1:3, Hebrews 10:12, John 16: 7-11, Matthew 19:28, Matthew 25:31, II Timothy 2:8)

4. That the Holy Spirit is a divine person who convicts the world of sin, of righteousness and of judgement; that He is that supernatural agent in regeneration by whom all believers are baptized into the body of Christ; that he indwells and seals them until the day of redemption. He is the divine teacher and helper who guides believers into all truth; it is the privilege of all believers to be filled with the spirit. (Biblical Reference: John 16:7-15, 1 Corinthians 12:13, II Corinthians 1:22, Ephesians 1:13)

5. That God created man in His own image and in the state of innocence. Through Adam's transgression "sin entered the world, and death through sin;" and consequently, mankind inherited a corrupt nature, being born in sin and under condemnation. As soon as men are capable of moral action, they become actual transgressors in thought, word and deed. (Biblical Reference: Genesis 1:26-27, Romans 5:12, Romans 3:23, I John 1:8, Ephesians 2:3)

6. That salvation is a gift of God brought to men by grace and received only through personal repentance for sin and faith in the person and the finished work and atoning blood of Jesus Christ. (Biblical Reference: Ephesians 1:7, 2:1-10, John 1:12)

7. In the bodily resurrection of all men, the saved to eternal life and the unsaved to everlasting punishment. That the souls of the redeemed are, at death absent from the body and present with the Lord where, in conscious bliss they await the first resurrection when spirit, soul, and body are reunited to be glorified forever with the Lord. (Biblical Reference: Revelation 20, Acts 24:25, John 5:28-29, Luke 16:19-31, II Corinthians 5:8, I Thessalonians 4:14-17, I John 3:2)

8. That the church universal is a spiritual organism composed of the regenerated who are baptized into that body by the Holy Spirit at the time of the new birth and that the local church, the visible manifestation of the body, has the responsibility to provide for the fellowship and edification of believers and to propagate the Gospel into the world. (Biblical Reference: Acts 2, I Corinthians 12:13, Ephesians 5:27, Mark 16:15)

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Transparency grade

C

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Financial efficiency ratings

Sector: Foreign Missions

CategoryRatingOverall rankSector rank
Overall efficiency rating760 of 94084 of 105
Fund acquisition rating816 of 94289 of 105
Resource allocation rating349 of 94241 of 105
Asset utilization rating774 of 94090 of 105

Financial ratios

Funding ratiosSector median20202019201820172016
Return on fundraising efforts Return on fundraising efforts =
Fundraising expense /
Total contributions
6%17%13%14%16%16%
Fundraising cost ratio Fundraising cost ratio =
Fundraising expense /
Total revenue
5%9%7%7%8%8%
Contributions reliance Contributions reliance =
Total contributions /
Total revenue
98%53%54%54%49%49%
Fundraising expense ratio Fundraising expense ratio =
Fundraising expense /
Total expenses
5%9%7%8%8%8%
Other revenue reliance Other revenue reliance =
Total other revenue /
Total revenue
2%47%46%46%51%51%
 
Operating ratiosSector median20202019201820172016
Program expense ratio Program expense ratio =
Program services /
Total expenses
82%85%87%87%86%86%
Spending ratio Spending ratio =
Total expenses /
Total revenue
97%98%96%98%95%95%
Program output ratio Program output ratio =
Program services /
Total revenue
79%83%83%86%82%82%
Savings ratio Savings ratio =
Surplus (deficit) /
Total revenue
3%2%4%2%5%5%
Reserve accumulation rate Reserve accumulation rate =
Surplus (deficit) /
Net assets
6%2%5%2%5%7%
General and admin ratio General and admin ratio =
Management and general expense /
Total expenses
10%6%6%6%6%6%
 
Investing ratiosSector median20202019201820172016
Total asset turnover Total asset turnover =
Total expenses /
Total assets
1.280.730.790.800.630.88
Degree of long-term investment Degree of long-term investment =
Total assets /
Total current assets
1.271.912.092.171.931.87
Current asset turnover Current asset turnover =
Total expenses /
Total current assets
1.851.391.651.731.221.65
 
Liquidity ratiosSector median20202019201820172016
Current ratio Current ratio =
Total current assets /
Total current liabilities
17.814.365.445.275.385.21
Current liabilities ratio Current liabilities ratio =
Total current liabilities /
Total current assets
0.050.230.180.190.190.19
Liquid reserve level Liquid reserve level =
(Total current assets -
Total current liabilities) /
(Total expenses / 12)
5.866.675.955.628.015.87
 
Solvency ratiosSector median20202019201820172016
Liabilities ratio Liabilities ratio =
Total liabilities /
Total assets
9%31%30%31%37%40%
Debt ratio Debt ratio =
Debt /
Total assets
0%0%0%0%0%0%
Reserve coverage ratio Reserve coverage ratio =
Net assets /
Total expenses
74%95%89%86%100%68%

Financials

Balance sheet
 
Assets20202019201820172016
Cash$13,707,923$8,781,497$9,837,540$9,300,294$10,447,543
Receivables, inventories, prepaids$4,249,624$5,734,004$3,560,189$3,886,576$3,401,060
Short-term investments$8,538,141$8,611,189$8,603,111$8,777,303$8,188,433
Other current assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total current assets$26,495,688$23,126,690$22,000,840$21,964,173$22,037,036
Long-term investments$943,362$1,161,176$1,013,445$915,334$1,010,681
Fixed assets$15,068,367$15,690,276$16,092,053$11,014,800$10,090,931
Other long-term assets$8,109,819$8,399,647$8,614,533$8,560,025$8,075,607
Total long-term assets$24,121,548$25,251,099$25,720,031$20,490,159$19,177,219
Total assets$50,617,236$48,377,789$47,720,871$42,454,332$41,214,255
 
Liabilities20202019201820172016
Payables and accrued expenses$3,179,492$3,100,852$2,844,508$2,773,128$3,003,066
Other current liabilities$2,900,869$1,146,989$1,333,028$1,312,752$1,223,968
Total current liabilities$6,080,361$4,247,841$4,177,536$4,085,880$4,227,034
Debt$3,060$13,522$22,075$37,419$61,030
Due to (from) affiliates$0$0$0$0$0
Other long-term liabilities$9,785,919$10,191,435$10,814,441$11,409,078$12,098,612
Total long-term liabilities$9,788,979$10,204,957$10,836,516$11,446,497$12,159,642
Total liabilities$15,869,340$14,452,798$15,014,052$15,532,377$16,386,676
 
Net assets20202019201820172016
Without donor restrictions$21,110,321$19,177,666$18,241,342$12,972,453$11,297,972
With donor restrictions$13,637,575$14,747,325$14,465,477$13,949,502$13,529,607
Net assets$34,747,896$33,924,991$32,706,819$26,921,955$24,827,579
 
Revenues and expenses
 
Revenue20202019201820172016
Total contributions$19,683,475$21,367,763$20,907,112$13,655,398$18,577,304
Program service revenue$16,215,718$17,416,521$16,895,274$12,614,312$17,601,722
Membership dues$0$0$0$0$0
Investment income$429,351$213,063$293,602$861,201$1,108,371
Other revenue$1,130,474$590,759$516,248$985,463$884,720
Total other revenue$17,775,543$18,220,343$17,705,124$14,460,976$19,594,813
Total revenue$37,459,018$39,588,106$38,612,236$28,116,374$38,172,117
 
Expenses20202019201820172016
Program services$31,167,713$32,961,613$33,052,868$23,037,443$31,397,169
Management and general$2,261,969$2,244,473$2,125,419$1,611,388$2,081,293
Fundraising$3,288,285$2,843,913$2,854,375$2,146,374$2,904,150
Total expenses$36,717,967$38,049,999$38,032,662$26,795,205$36,382,612
 
Change in net assets20202019201820172016
Surplus (deficit)$741,051$1,538,107$579,574$1,321,169$1,789,505
Other changes in net assets$81,854($319,935)$5,205,290$773,207($114,885)
Total change in net assets$822,905$1,218,172$5,784,864$2,094,376$1,674,620

Compensation

Compensation data for this ministry has not been collected.


Response from ministry

No response has been provided by this ministry.


The information below was provided to MinistryWatch by the ministry itself. It was last updated 9/1/2021. To update the information below, please email: info@ministrywatch.com


History

Paul Freed was NOT interested in Spain. He would have much rather traveled to any other place in 1948. He was an American who had grown up in the Arab world. Spain was an unlikely country for him. He had no idea what he was doing there.

He'd agreed to go after meeting two Spanish men at an international conference in Switzerland. They pleaded with him to go to Spain and bear the massive burden of reaching their 30 million countrymen with the good news of Jesus.

"Finally, I had said I would go-a very puny, reluctant 'yes'-but I was on my way," Freed said. "Little did I realize then that God was building the studding for my whole future work during those few days I was in Spain." And, as it happens, for the future ministry of TWR (Trans World Radio).

After traveling to Spain and meeting people eager to learn about Jesus, the question that continually filled Freed's thoughts was: How can more of them hear of the goodness of God? Millions had yet to hear the good news of Jesus' finished work on the cross. The picture was so vivid, yet so complex. In the second most mountainous country in Europe, the Spanish terrain was intricately woven with hard-to-reach communities.

"There was only one answer in my mind to the problem. Radio," Freed said. "Like nothing else, radio could blanket the nation from peak to valley, from inland Madrid to coastal Cadiz. I did not have a dime of support. I did not know what steps to take. But one thing of which I was sure-the Lord had unquestionably linked my heart to the heart of Spain."

It wasn't an easy call with a clear path (these things rarely are). Freed didn't have money, personnel or know-how when it came to radio. And God opened a door that puzzled Freed-a radio station was available to broadcast from in Tangier, Morocco.

Why would God open a door in Africa-even if it was only separated from Spain by a 26-mile waterway? Why not in Spain?

Freed didn't want to go-this time to Tangier. But as he and his team stood on Moroccan soil and looked over at Spain, they realized there was freedom here to build, whereas there might never be an opportunity in Spain.

Even then, it wasn't an easy road, but they continued to pray, and God continued to provide.

"We were so sure that our vision was rooted in Christ," Freed said. "We would not turn back. We were reassured at the point of each discouragement that this was our peculiar task. And we were not in it alone."

Though Freed wasn't a radio enthusiast, his mind and heart were gripped by the potential of the airwaves. People encouraged him to learn more about radio before beginning, but he trusted God had people ready to manage those areas.

"It seemed that radio could move across all boundaries, over the walls, through the 'curtains,' like nothing else," Freed said. "I thought of the the world's masses of people as 'one world,' with the same basic needs of the heart. I knew that every individual had the right to be reached. I was sure that in God's perspective all people were beloved by him, that with him there were no barriers, no differences. The issue had emerged clearly. Our goal as believers comprising the church of Jesus Christ was to reach people everywhere, without exception...

"Here was a force that could move across the mountains, into the valleys, through the hamlets and olive groves and vineyards. Here was the force that could slip into the minds and hearts of the shopkeepers, the matadors, the dockhands, the vendors, the artisans, the farmers. Here was the signal that could penetrate the Lavish mansions of the nobility, and the earthen homes of the peasants and bring life to all who would take it."

In 1954, what was then known as the Voice of Tangier broadcast the first program from Morocco into Spain. And the rest is history, as they say. From there, God began opening other opportunities to broadcastfrom strategic locations into some of the least-reached areas of the world. Today, we engage millions of people in 190 countries with biblical truth in their heart language. For more than 65 years, God has used our content and vast network of on-the-ground partnerships to lead people from doubt to decision to discipleship.


Program accomplishments

Speaking fluently in more than 190 languages and dialects, TWR exists to reach the world for Jesus Christ. Our global media outreach engages millions in more than 190 countries with biblical truth. For over 65 years, God has enabled TWR to lead people from doubt to decision to discipleship. Whether through high-powered radio, emerging digital platforms or face-to-face interactions, TWR leaves a lasting spiritual footprint.


Needs

In addition to numerous overseas opportunities, Trans World Radio has several needs for volunteers. Another way to get involved would be to become one of TWR cooperating broadcasters. If one presently has a radio ministry and a desire to expand into other languages, he or she can contact TWR. TWR will have information on the types of programs TWR is looking for and give a general idea of the cost involved in initiating an international broadcast.

TWR also has other special projects one can get involved with. More information on these projects may be found on their website.