There is a global thirst for knowledge of Christ all around the globe. Places full of darkness that have never heard of the light of Christ are seeking the truth of the Gospel like never before. However, it is difficult to discover God’s word if it isn’t told in a language people can understand.
This is where The Tide® ministry comes in. Celebrating 75 years of service for Christ, it is our mission to spread the Gospel to people through radio broadcasts all around the world, all spoken in “heart languages” or the local languages of a given area. The Tide® ministry shares the Gospel daily in over 20 different languages in 38 countries on three continents, reaching millions of people including those in Afghanistan, Albania, Bhutan, India, Kosovo, Mozambique, Nepal, Pakistan, Thailand, and Zimbabwe.
In India, there are 12 different radio programs in 11 different languages, all designed to reach those in the region who have not yet heard the Good News. By offering so many language options, we hope to widen our reach of people tuning in to hear about Christ. In addition to the radio broadcasts, our ‘boots on the ground’ partners conduct “seeker meetings” in India. Each meeting has around 50-60 people attending who expressed their interest in learning more about what they heard on the “Good News Hour” broadcast and who Jesus is.
The Tide® director, Don Shenk, commented on the success of the meetings, stating, “It is so encouraging to hear that despite the current events of the world, peoples’ lives are still being touched by the Gospel being preached. We hope that it reminds the locals that they are important to us—and even more important to our heavenly Father. Hopefully the ‘seeker meetings’ will continue to grow and change lives, all for the betterment of the Kingdom.”
Over the past three months, various sessions of the “seeker meetings” touched on different topics. Topics flowed from creation, sin, the fall of man from sin, confession and then repentance. One reverend used the example of the Prodigal Son to illustrate turning from sin and running to God for salvation. Time was given for personal testimonies of what God has done in the lives of the people who had accepted Christ. There was even a session dedicated to discussing gardening, COVID-19 and village cleaning. After three months of meetings, 41 people accepted Christ as their personal savior!