The Indian government recently added new restrictions to existing anti-conversion laws and legislation surrounding non-governmental organizations (NGOs) operating throughout the country. Though these laws were designed to discourage Christian ministries like The Tide® ministry, which broadcasts the Gospel message in local languages around the world, the message of God’s love will not be stopped.
Amendments to the Foreign Contributions Regulation Act (FCRA) now restrict the transfer of money between NGOs, which negatively affects possible collaboration. It also restricts administrative expenses to 20 percent of contributions. This means some NGOs may no longer be able to pay employees.
Additions to the Freedom of Religion Bill, 2020, a law regulating religious conversions, recently signed in Madhya Pradesh as well as two other Indian States, require a 60-day prior “declaration of the intention to convert.” The bill is presented as an action against forceful conversions, but the new ordinances make it difficult for new Christians to fully embrace and practice their faith.
“Impacting the heart through Gospel radio programming is a wonderful privilege,” said Director Don Shenk. “It is edifying to see the Great Commission carried out against all odds. The Lord has continued to be faithful month after month, and we’re excited to see how He blesses our listeners in the next year.”
As a way to follow up with listeners who contact the programs throughout India, The Tide distributes literature and Bible study courses to help them develop a lasting relationship with the Lord. A listener named Gopal wrote to say, “When I listened to your program, I was blessed. My family members have also been listening, and we are interested in learning more about Jesus Christ. Would you please send us some literature so we can know more?”
Though the FCRA and the Freedom of Religion Bill have tightened restrictions, and COVID-19 still threatens the health of people everywhere, The Tide broadcasts are continuing their life-altering mission through radio programs in India. The ministry is working to spread Christ’s hope and wisdom to believers as well as those who may be far from Christ or not yet introduced to His love and grace, broadcasting 12 different programs in 11 different languages across the region of India, Nepal, and Bhutan.
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