CHAMBERSBURG, Pa.— On August 11th, 1946, the people of Chambersburg, Pennsylvania gathered around radios all over town to hear “The Gospel Tide Hour,” a new radio program led by Reverend Charlie Byers. For the first time in their lives, they heard the Gospel of Christ on the airwaves—something that had never been done in the area before. The excitement felt by the people was undeniable… but it was just the beginning.
75 years later, “The Gospel Tide Hour” has grown into The Tide® (www.thetide.org) ministry, an organization that utilizes the power of radio to spread the Good News to people all across the world. The Tide® ministry shares the Gospel daily in over 30 different languages on three continents, reaching millions of peopleincluding those in Afghanistan, Albania, Bhutan, India, Kosovo, Mozambique, Nepal, Nigeria, Pakistan, Thailand, and Zimbabwe.
Don Shenk, director of The Tide® ministry, is continuously awed by what God has done throughout the years. “God has utilized this Gospel-sharing ministry in so many ways. Here at The Tide® ministry, we believe that the Gospel has the power to change lives all around the world, and our passion is to help as many people as possible find new life in Christ by telling them the Good News about Jesus in their own language.”
Hearing the truth about Christ is what compels people to listen to more. One listener stated, “I have been listening to your programming for over 2 years. One year ago, I decided to give my life to Jesus. My life has changed and I’m so full of joy and peace. There is no church in my village, but we have the radio. I have shared the Gospel with my friends and relatives and now we are a group of 8 believers that listen to the preaching on the radio together and read the Bible together.”
Another listener wrote in, saying, “I come from a non-Christian (Hindu) family and listen to your program very curiously. I am indeed very much blessed by listening to the word of God and good songs. Now I have a desire to know more about Jesus Christ.”
It’s comments like these that drive Shenk and the rest of the The Tide® team to continue the work that they are doing. Even while celebrating the past seven decades, The Tide® ministry is prayerfully looking forward to what God has for them for the future.
Looking ahead to the next 75 years, The Tide® ministry and its partners will focus on the core foundations of
“The Tide Diamond Vision”:
- Amplify – The Tide ministry will increase ministry initiatives so that more people can experience God’s grace.
- Magnify – The Tide ministry will work to grow its support base to an expanded demographic.
- Solidify – The Tide ministry will develop and supply more resources to help new believers to grow in their faith and live in right relationship with God.
- Verify – The Tide ministry will measure the effectiveness of its activities to both manage them well and to demonstrate the efficient stewardship of resources.
- Glorify – The Tide ministry will strive to ensure that all it does to achieve its vision will bring glory to God.
For more information about The Tide broadcast projects, history, radio programs around the world, special year-long 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.
In addition, The Tide® ministry is always actively looking for people godly and manly enough to take up the 2021-2022 “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], Beth Harrison, 610.584.1096, ext. 105, or Deborah Hamilton, ext. 102.