Brave Men Grow Their Beards for a Year to Help Share the Story of The Tide® Radio Ministry

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Brave Men Grow Their Beards for a Year to Help Share the Story of The Tide® Radio Ministry

Men Committing to Grow Their Beards for All of 2019 Will Help Even More People Worldwide Hear About Jesus and His Love for Them

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa.—Men who want to do their part to help people around the world hear the Gospel of Jesus Christ have officially stopped shaving for the entire year of 2019.

On Jan. 4, The Tide® ( radio ministry’s unique “Year Beard” challenge kicked off and gathered guys who are willing to stop shaving and grow a beard for a full year to raise awareness and funds for the ministry. Through the “Year Beard” campaign, the bearded men will each have a fundraising goal that will help purchase more airtime for The Tide ministry’s Gospel radio broadcasts in Asia, Africa and Europe.

Several of the brave men are excited about allowing their beards to serve as a conversation piece for The Tide ministry and its work around the globe.

  • “Year Beard gives me a reason to grow for a full 12 months—something I’ve always wanted to try. I’m a big fan of missions work, and I like supporting these kinds of causes.”—David B.
  • “I have done a lot of things to serve, and growing facial hair seemed like a new, easy and unique way to help promote the Gospel.”—Brad G.
  • “I’m looking forward to this year, as my beard will hopefully become a conversation starter about how more people can hear the Gospel all over the world. It’s great to know I can do something small to make a big impact.”—Dave M.

Participants in the Year Beard challenge can still sign up to grow out their beards for a shorter time period than one year, with the goal to raise money each month for The Tide ministry. A motivating factor is the knowledge that for every dollar given, 20 more people worldwide can hear about Jesus.

Depending on the time they commit to growing their beards, participants have received t-shirts, beard combs, beard oil and a devotional book called “Bearded Gospel Men,” along with conversation starters such as country fact sheets, a testimony sheet and a pocket info card so they can speak to potential donors about The Tide mission. Those who raise the most money for The Tide ministry throughout the year will be eligible to win sporting event tickets and gift cards.

Sponsors of the Year Beard challenge include Del Martin Inc. Screen Printed & Embroidered Sportswear and Thrivent Financial. The Tide ministry is a Thrivent Choice® Charity. For more information, visit

The Tide ministry records and broadcasts Gospel programming in eight countries on three continents in 25 heart languages spoken by millions of people in multiple regions of Albania, Bhutan, India, Kosovo, Nepal, Nigeria, Thailand and Zimbabwe. With more than 7,000 languages spoken worldwide and more than 2,000 people groups that have been unreached by the Good News of Jesus, the opportunities are tremendous, but The Tide helps make it possible for multiple people groups to hear the Gospel in the languages they were born to speak.

For more information about The Tide broadcast projects, history, radio programs around the world, the “Every Knee, Every Tongue” campaign, the “Have You Heard?” initiative, the weekly Global Update radio features or other news, visit its web site at or its Facebook page. Read more about The Tide ministry and Don Shenk here.