Chambersburg, Pa. — As terrorist groups ravage Nigeria in a years-long campaign targeting Christians that some leaders deem a genocide, believers are clinging to their hope in Christ as The Tide® (www.thetide.org) ministry brings them the gospel in their native languages.
“In the past five years, thousands of Nigerian Christians have been killed by Boko Haram jihadis and Fulani militants. As Christians seek to remain faithful in their persecution, The Tide ministry encourages them in their walk with Christ through radio broadcasts,” said The Tide Director Don Shenk.
Nigeria is ranked 12th on Open Doors’ 2020 World Watch List for Christian persecution. Nigerian Christians witness burning homes and churches, receive threats and beatings, and some are martyred for their faith.
Amid the atrocities its listeners face, The Tide broadcasts encourage them with God’s Word, relevant to their volatile circumstances. In an episode on suffering, the speaker discussed Romans 5:3-5, which says, “Not only that, but we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces character, and character produces hope, and hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us.”
“The Christians in Nigeria trust in and live out these words from Paul as they are persecuted,” Shenk added. “The message of the hope of Jesus Christ and encouragement of the Holy Spirit emboldens them to stand for their faith, no matter the cost.”
More people are able to hear this message of hope because of The Tide ministry’s presence in Nigeria. What began in 2009 as one radio program in a single language has now expanded to 11 weekly broadcasts, each in a different language. The Tide ministry promises to continue working diligently to fulfill the Great Commission and support Christians throughout Nigeria with God’s Word.
Nigerian Christians desperately need prayer and support from the global church. More than 6,000 Christians have been targeted and killed in Nigeria since 2015, with little protection from military and police or from international leaders, in violent campaigns many members of British Parliament say could meet the definition of genocide.
For nearly 75 years, The Tide ministry has recorded and broadcast Gospel programming in nine countries on three continents in 27 heart languages spoken by millions of people in multiple regions, including Albania, Bhutan, India, Kosovo, Nepal, Nigeria, Pakistan, Thailand and Zimbabwe. With more than 7,000 languages spoken worldwide and more than 2,000 people groups yet unreached with the Good News of Jesus, the opportunities are tremendous.
For more information about The Tide broadcast projects, history, radio programs around the world, special yearlong campaigns, the weekly Global Update radio features or other news, visit its website at www.thetide.org or its Facebook page. Read more about The Tide ministry and Director Don Shenk here.
The Tide ministry is actively looking for people godly and manly enough to take up the 2021 Year Beard® challenge. Visit www.YearBeard.org for background and to meet some of the participants who are growing out their facial hair to raise awareness and financial support to help The Tide ministry reach an additional 1 million people with the name of Jesus next year.
To schedule interviews with Don Shenk, director of The Tide global radio ministry, contact[email protected], Jeff Tolson, 610.584.1096, ext. 108, or ext. 102.