TWR’s Corporate Office Building Catches Fire

TWR building burned in fireA devastating early morning fire at the international corporate office of TWR damaged the ministry’s facilities in Cary, North Carolina, just days before Christmas.

At around 6:30 a.m. on December 22, local firefighters responded to the blaze that started on the loading dock of TWR’s office building and quickly extinguished it.

According to TWR, no one was injured, and nobody was occupying the building at the time. Damage was mostly contained to the loading dock and adjacent area, with “significant” smoke damage throughout much of the building.

“The loading dock, workshop areas, mail distribution, and related work areas are ruined,” the ministry reported. “Upstairs, our Spanish group and TWR Women of Hope areas are blocked off entirely — this part of the building is structurally unsound and completely unsafe.”

The cause of the fire is not yet known, but a criminal investigation is underway, as is the building restoration process.

Meanwhile, the staff is maintaining operations in temporary quarters. TWR offices is hoping to reopen its main office for normal business in late January or February.

“Could I ask you to continue to pray for stamina, and begin to pray for our staff because they’re working under very closed circumstances in Cary,” said TWR President Lauren Libby in a video update to friends and supporters on December 27.

While TWR is covered by its insurance policy, the ministry reports that to restore its facilities will require it to satisfy its high deductible, cover expenses not included in its policy, and pay a number of other unexpected expenses. The ministry therefore anticipates its out-of-pocket expenses to be more than $100,000.

To offer financial support, call 1-800-456-7TWR or visit

To support the ministry in prayer, consider the following praise and prayer requests from TWR:

  • Give praise and thanks to the Lord that the fire, which could have been far worse, caused no injuries and no more structural damage than it did.
  • Praise the Lord that the ministry's global operations are continuing to spread the gospel with little or no interruption. No broadcast time was lost because of the fire.
  • Pray for Chief Financial Officer Steve Hippe as he works with TWR's insurance company on the details of our claim.
  • Pray for the effectiveness of our first-rate disaster-recovery contractor and the ongoing criminal investigation led by Cary Police.
  • Pray for Paul Stobbe and his Ministry Services team, working with corporate and departmental leaders, as they hasten to arrange improvised workspaces for staff members who work in the section of the building most impacted by the fire.
  • Pray for God's provision to cover the unplanned for expenses resulting from this fire including our insurance deductible, security upgrades needed and other costs not covered by insurance.
  • Taking hold of one of his many promises, ask the Lord once again, as he has done so often in TWR's 66-year ministry, to go ahead of us and provide the resources needed not only to overcome this crisis but also to enable us to speak hope into the lives of millions around the world. "For I know the plans I have for you," declares the LORD, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future." Jeremiah 29:11

“Pray that God will guide us through the many logistical issues,” the ministry concluded. “Pray that many will be inspired along with you to give generously. Most importantly, pray that TWR will not miss a beat in sharing Good News with millions worldwide!”

By NRB Staff

Published: January 4, 2018


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