CHAMBERSBURG, Pa.— 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® (www.TheTide.org) ministry comes in. Celebrating 75 years of service for Christ, The Tide® ministry has made it their 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, The Tide® ministry hopes to widen their reach of people tuning in to hear about Christ. In addition to the radio broadcasts, The Tide® conducts “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® ministry 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!
The Tide® is currently celebrating the past 75 years of global missions, while also looking forward to the next seven decades with their plan called “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 actively looking for people godly and manly enough to take up the 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.
To inquire about airing any of The Tide® ministry radio broadcasts, contact Michael Hamilton, 610.584.1096, ext. 101.