Through its broadcasts, we have reached 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, called “heart languages,” we are sharing the life-altering message of Christ’s hope and wisdom in Mozambique. The broadcasts are not only reaching 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 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. However, 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 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!”
We plan to expand the program to two additional radio stations in 2021. As this initiative gains momentum, the potential exists to extend into other regions and languages of Mozambique.