Announcing New Tharu Language Broadcast

April 10, 2013

In 2004 The Tide expanded its boundaries into Nepal with the start of “Prasasta Jiwan,” The Tide’s Nepali language broadcast.  In response to the success of the Nepali broadcast and the great need among the people in Nepal, The Tide has decided to launch a new language broadcast in Nepal! Beginning in June 2013, a Tharu language broadcast will begin airing for 15 minutes once a week. Currently, there are no other major Christian broadcasting ministries producing a program to target the Tharu people, so this is a much-needed addition.

NAMASKAR and Greetings to you. I am a Policeman. I am a regular listener to your program which you broadcast through F.M. station, BIRATNAGAR. I like your program very much and it is helping me in my day-to-day life. Thank you very much for broadcasting such a wonderful program. By this short program we are receiving many blessings, therefore please lengthen the time of your program so that we may receive more blessings. – Mr. S, Nepal

The Tharu are a gentle and quiet people who have traditionally lived as forest dwellers in the Tarai, a narrow strip of land extending the southern border of Nepal and South-East India. They make almost everything they use themselves with a touch of art in it all. Even the walls of their houses are decorated with a relief plaster created from mud and cow dung.

Traditionally of an animist religious belief, they have been heavily influenced by Hinduism. Recent studies project that Tharu speakers are 98% Hindu with a small 1% Buddhist and less than 0.5% professing Christians. For a glimpse of the sweet spirit in the Tharu people, watch this video of a Christian song being sung in the Tharu language.

Recently I listened to your radio program, ‘PRASASTA JIWAN’, aired through FM 91.2, Biratnagar. The program was very good and the message blessed my heart. I want to listen to such a good message through that broadcast again, but the time is very short. Kindly extend the time of your broadcast –Mr. M, Nepal

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