CHAMBERSBURG, Pa.— Christians in Afghanistan are suffering severe persecution, with 99.8% of the country’s population reported to be Muslim. Due to this heavy oppression, Afghan Christians cannot worship openly and are forced to worship in homes or other small venues. Christian evangelism is forbidden, and Christians and those interested in learning more about Christ are highly secretive about their faith or interest in Christianity.
However, people are still learning about the love of Christ in the midst of such severe persecution. The Tide® (www.thetide.org) ministry, a unique global outreach ministry that sends evangelical radio broadcasts in local languages to over 20 countries around the world, is incredibly encouraged to hear stories and testimonials from listeners who have heard the radio broadcasts and found hope in Christ.
The Tide® Director Don Shenk stated, “If only one person heard the Gospel through our radio broadcasts and was saved, it would be worth it. Praise God, people are responding to the message, despite the persecution, and this is just the beginning. We will continue to be diligent in proclaiming the Gospel throughout the region until every last person has heard the Good News or Christ returns.”
The Tide®ministry receives dozens of responses from listeners across the region, thanking them for sharing the Gospel and commenting on how their lives have changed.
One listener wrote in, “Me and my friends are listening to [your radio broadcasts] every week and it’s been months. We wanted to say thank you to you — we live in a village in remote area, and we don’t have access to phone.”
Another commented, ‘“The Window of Love’ radio program showed me the real love I needed to know because I always felt I was not loved by my god but now I know that real God loves me.”
“Anytime I listen that Jesus had to suffer for me I start crying. I love Him,” said another listener.
For more information about what The Tide® ministry is doing in Afghanistan and the surrounding region, click here.
The Tide® ministry is currently celebrating its 75th year of global mission, all while 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.
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.