The Tide® is now offering Gospel programs in its 25th heart language—Isaan, spoken by 19 million people in Thailand. This initiative allows Thailand to join multiple regions of Albania, Bhutan, India, Kosovo, Nepal, Nigeria, and Zimbabwe, where we have already been active in broadcasting Gospel radio programming—in the languages people were born to speak.
“When we think of Thailand, the words ‘tourist destination’ may come to some people’s minds nowadays,” said Director Don Shenk. “But Thailand has become significant to the ministry in a different sense. We’ve recently begun sharing Gospel radio programming in the Isaan language, spoken by 19 million people in Thailand.”
Isaan is the 25th heart language in which The Tide is sharing Gospel radio programming. Each show in this new language is about 45 minutes long and includes music, testimonies, and passages from the Bible. Local villages in Thailand have received storyteller devices and are now able to listen to the program in the Isaan language. Soon, The Tide hopes to broadcast over radio airwaves as well, with the construction of a new studio there now underway.
“Our broadcast has also been airing in larger areas such as Bangkok,” Shenk added, “where one listener reported that he ministered to a local celebrity as a result of The Tide’s radio program. Even though the most widespread religion in Thailand is Buddhism, it’s inspiring to see how God’s Word is impacting this heavily populated nation. We hope and pray that more people in Thailand decide to grow closer to our Savior, Jesus Christ!”
Read more about our efforts and updates in Thailand here.