HARRISBURG, Pa.— Through its broadcasts, The Tide® global Gospel radio ministry reaches listeners by ‘speaking their language’ – both literally and spiritually. Through its radio and online programming, the Gospel message reaches nine countries in 27 different languages. By using local languages, which it calls “heart languages,” the ministry spreads the life-altering message of Christ’s hope and wisdom in Mozambique. Thus, it reaches not only those who already put their faith and trust in Jesus but also those who may be far from Christ or not yet introduced to His love and grace.
In partnership with native missionaries, The Tide ministry has been instrumental in bringing many around the world, including Mozambicans, into a relationship with Jesus Christ and establishing healthy, growing indigenous churches.
Local leaders in Mozambique have initiated a Bible training radio program in the Chichewa language. This indigenous-led initiative was initially started to overcome obstacles like economic stress, hazardous travel conditions, and political unrest that hindered the ongoing training and development of pastors through regional seminars. The pilot program began airing this year and is already receiving a positive response from listeners.
This feedback from audiences indicates that radio is the most effective way to meet the great need for increased Bible knowledge and gospel proclamation, but the need in Mozambique extends beyond the current broadcast range.
“Mozambique is a country where there is such a great spiritual hunger that churches are growing faster than leadership can be developed,” said The Tide Director Don Shenk. “Consequently, many congregations are led by pastors who are illiterate and have very few resources to turn to. Some don’t even have a Bible!”
The Tide ministry plans to expand the program onto two additional radio stations in 2021. As this initiative gains momentum, the potential exists to extend into other regions and languages of Mozambique.
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 Deborah Hamilton, ext. 102.