Marli Spieker

I was reading Marli Spieker’s testimony this past week and was captured by these words:

“ God is able to bring Beauty out of ashes and hope out of despair. If He can use a simple mother and grandmother from South Brazil to go around the world in His name and for His sake, he certainly has a plan for you today. He wants to open your horizons and take you out of your comfort zone so that you will stand in the gap.”


Marli Spieker grew up in Brazil where as a teenager she began working in slums, brothels and bars offering hope, feeding, bathing, loving and telling about the love of Jesus.
It was there that she and her husband Edmund, began what is now more than thirty years of service with Trans World Radio. They moved to the States to join the international team and Edmund served for more than ten years as TWR’s International Director. Since 1983, Marli has been leading women’s ministries in The United States and Canada.
With their three children grown and independent, Marli was finally able to join her husband for the extended periods of time he spent in the Asia Pacific region.  Although she went without any clear picture of what ministry opportunity she would have there, God soon began to lead her in a very different direction than she had imagined. It was while she was in Singapore that she was challenged by the needs of the suffering women in Asia, Africa and Latin America and really saw the power of radio to reach, even in to the privacy of their own homes, these women so isolated by poverty, despair and fear.
From this passion and years of prayer and hard work, Project Hannah has grown into the ministry that it is today.

I am very much looking forward to attending a three day Project Hannah Consultation in Chiang Mai, next week where I will finally get to meet with Marli and explore the details of my new role as Project Hannah Facilitator for Southeast Asia.