Gospel Spreads Beyond Poverty Line with The Tide® Ministry’s ‘Radios for Nigeria’ Project
Initiative to Place Radios in Every Village Aims to Carry God’s Word to Every Citizen in Native Tongue
August 10, 2020
Chambersburg, Pa. — Many Nigerians suffer two kinds of poverty — material and spiritual — and the challenges of one compound the other as people lack the resources to learn of and grow in their knowledge of the God of the Bible.
That’s why The Tide ministry aspires to give radios to every village in Nigeria.
One-third of the Nigerian population are too poor to buy a radio, which means they’re too poor to hear the life-changing truth of the gospel on The Tide® (www.thetide.org) ministry’s radio broadcasts. Don Shenk, director of The Tide ministry, created the “Radios for Nigeria” project as a tactical strike on Nigerian material and spiritual poverty.
“Regardless of how many hours of programming we produce and air, the gospel message will only impact those who have the ability to tune in and listen,” Shenk said. “Gifting a radio to a community adds value, opens up opportunities, and makes people feel more connected, but most importantly, it creates an avenue for God to speak into their hearts through our radio programs.”
“Radios for Nigeria” is fully supported by specifically designated donations, allowing donors the privilege of seeing their contributions turned directly into a mouthpiece for the Word of God. Because of their generosity, this program provides radios for more villages each year.
“The need is huge, and we are grateful for the many generous people who help fund this project,” Shenk said. “You may not be able to travel to Nigeria and share your faith in person, but with a relatively small financial contribution you can tangibly participate in reaching remote communities and telling people about Jesus in their own language.”
With more radios, more Nigerians are able to hear The Tide ministry broadcasts, meaning more people hear the gospel of Jesus Christ. The ministry’s broadcasters invest directly in their listeners’ lives and in the community around them by sharing God’s Word in the native tongue of each listener.
Listeners often write to The Tide program workers and express their gratitude for sharing the love of God with them.
“I was involved in a ghastly motor accident,” one listener said. “However, I decided to follow Christ since I didn’t die in that accident. I listen to your weekly radio program and I am benefitting a lot.”
Over the past decade, The Tide has launched 11 broadcasts in eight different Nigerian states. By distributing more radios and looking to provide more broadcasts, The Tide plans to continue reaching more and more Nigerians with the gospel of Jesus Christ.
Nigerian Christians desperately need prayer and support from the global church. More than 6,000 Christians have been targeted and killed in Nigeria since 2015, with little protection from military and police or from international leaders, in violent campaigns many members of British Parliament say could meet the definition of genocide.
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 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.
To schedule interviews with Don Shenk, director of The Tide global radio ministry, contact Media@HamiltonStrategies.com, Jeff Tolson, 610.584.1096, ext. 108, or ext. 102.