The Tide® Ministry Builds Personal Relationships to Share the Gospel with Multiple Generations of Thai Family Members
September 21, 2020
CHAMBERSBERG, Pa. — In the middle of the pandemic, The Tide® ministry expanded its gospel outreach in Thailand through an avenue only God could ordain: a Buddhist monk who broadcasts the “Life’s Answers” gospel radio program in his temple 2 ½ hours a day.
Paw “TL”, an elderly Buddhist monk, called The Tide ministry after he began to listen to the radio broadcast of “Life’s Answers” two times each day. The call prompted the first of several visits from The Tide ministry partner G., and intern P., in May.
“TL is an elderly monk,” one ministry worker reported. “He had heard about Jesus prior to becoming a monk, but there was no church nearby and no one to follow up with him. He said he listens to both the morning and afternoon broadcasts of ‘Life’s Answers.’
“G. and P. explained more about Jesus and gave him a New Testament along with some other literature.”
Old age and his own need for salvation may not be the only factors that make TL an unlikely purveyor of the gospel. He is nearly blind, requiring him to have his children and grandchildren read the New Testament and other gospel-centered material left by G. and P. God may be using TL’s blindness to remove the scales of unbelief from the hearts of TL’s family.
Two months after their initial contact with the elderly monk, G. stopped by TL’s temple to continue to build a relationship that may lead this monk to accept Jesus. G. reported that TL is unwittingly sharing the gospel with his family through more than just the daily readings. They now listen to the broadcast with him each morning.
“TL said that he continues to listen to the two daily programs on the radio station from Muang Sam Sip, and that he also found the additional daily broadcast on the government station from the city,” G. said. “So, he now listens to the broadcasts three times a day. He said that his relatives — children and grandchildren — visit him each morning and listen along with him. They also read some of the devotional and Bible resources our team had given him two months earlier.”
According to Don Shenk, Director of The Tide ministry, this is an example of divine intervention.
“Once again we see the practical demonstration of a simple truth,” Shenk said. “When we are faithful in declaring the gospel message, God can use our efforts in wonderful ways beyond what we may have imagined — and even use unconventional paths — to deliver that gospel to people throughout Thailand where we might otherwise have restricted access.”
Though not yet converted himself, God is using TL to bring the hope of Jesus to the Buddhist community.
“While TL is elderly and seems to have some memory challenges, we believe God is using this man to bring the good news to his relatives and others who may be visiting the temple. Our ‘Life’s Answers’ programs are played on the radio in this Buddhist temple 2 ½ hours per day,” a worker reported. “Our hope is that the next time G. makes a follow-up visit, he can try to do so when TL’s relatives are visiting him in order to meet them and share more clearly with them, too.”
For nearly 75 years, The Tide ministry has recorded and broadcast gospel programming in nine countries on three continents in 27 heart languages spoken by millions of people in multiple regions, including Albania, Bhutan, India, Kosovo, Nepal, Nigeria, Pakistan, Thailand and Zimbabwe. With more than 7,000 languages spoken worldwide and more than 2,000 people groups yet unreached with the Good News of Jesus, the opportunities are tremendous.
For more information about The Tide ministry broadcast projects, history, radio programs around the world, special yearlong 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.
The Tide ministry is actively looking for people godly and manly enough to take up the 2021 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.
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