CHAMBERSBURG, Pa.—The people of Zimbabwe have many challenges—from economic difficulties and rampant inflation to high unemployment and the prospect of a low harvest because of inadequate rainfall.
Don Shenk, Director of The Tide® (www.thetide.org) global Gospel ministry, says that while the fears and apprehensions of people worldwide may be different—especially now during the COVID-19 pandemic—the search for hope is universal, and Christ is the only solid foundation.
Many listeners to the “Amagugu Evangeli” program, which means “Precious Gospel” in English, are finding hope in Jesus, thanks to a program recorded in the languages they were born to speak by local, indigenous pastors.
“Since 1983, The Tide ministry has worked to reach the many potential believers in Zimbabwe,” Shenk said. “A large percentage do identify as Christian, but a significant number still participate in traditional African religious practices including ancestral spirit worship and witchcraft. Even though Zimbabwe has been fairly extensively evangelized, there are still many who need to hear the Gospel message. From the regular feedback we receive from listeners, others are hungry to learn more about Jesus Christ as well.”
Uplifting feedback from listeners in Zimbabwe include the following sentiments:
- “Your preaching blessed me, and I learned a lot.”
- “Thank you for the preaching on radio. Kindly pray for me and the whole family.”
- “I received Jesus. I am happy because of the preaching.”
- “Thank you for the preaching. I hope to have my salvation till the end of days.”
- “Thanks for the Word. I was touched by the radio service. I need to change my life because I was living in sin.
- “I heard the Word, I want to receive Jesus as my personal Lord and Savior.”
- “Your messages lift my soul.”
For nearly 75 years, The Tide ministry has recorded and broadcasted Gospel programming in nine countries on three continents in 27 heart languages spoken by millions of people in multiple regions of 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 that have been unreached by 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.
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.