In 1946, Reverend Charlie Byers set out to spread the Gospel via his radio show “The Gospel Tide Hour.” Broadcasting from Chambersburg, Pennsylvania, Byers started locally but with a vision of sharing the Good News around the world. In 1978, the ministry began producing global broadcasts recorded in the languages of listeners across Southern Africa. Fast forward 75 years later, and the ministry has extended programming with partners to be able to share the Gospel daily with millions in 30 different languages in 39 countries on three different continents including those in Afghanistan, Albania, Bhutan, India, Kosovo, Mozambique, Nepal, Nigeria, Pakistan, Thailand and Zimbabwe.
The effect of The Tide global radio ministry is undeniable, with multitudes coming to Christ over seven decades by hearing the Gospel daily through various radio stations and media players around the world. One listener stated, “I listen to your radio program regularly. My life is changed through your radio program, and I have received a new hope in my life. I had been disturbed in my life but now my life is changed. I trust in the Lord and want to live for Him. Please pray for my spiritual growth and send me some literature.” Another wrote in, saying “Last week for the first time, I got an opportunity to listen to your radio program in my own language. It is an interesting program, and I will try to listen to it again. I want to know more about Jesus Christ.”
Director Don Shenk, commented, “The longevity of this ministry is astounding and we give all glory to God—it really shows that there is a hunger for the Gospel all around the world, and we here at The Tide® are humbled by the fact that Christ has used this ministry over the past 75 years to reach the lost. Our mission still remains relevant, and we are seeing an ongoing impact all around the globe.”
In order to celebrate our inspiring milestone, we are hosting a 75th anniversary dinner on November 5, 2021 to show our gratitude to key donors. The dinner, which will be held at a local Chambersburg restaurant, promises to highlight some of the fascinating history of the organization. The dinner will also feature videos from partners all around the world who will discuss how the Lord is moving in their particular region.