‘Have You Heard?’ Challenge Helps Christians Obey Jesus’ Command to Make Disciples


For Immediate Release
January 9, 2017

Jen Retallick, Hamilton Strategies, 610.584.1096, ext. 100, Media@HamiltonStrategies.com, or Deborah Hamilton, 215.815.7716, 610.584.1096, ext. 102

‘Have You Heard?’ Challenge Helps Christians Obey Jesus’ Command to Make Disciples

Initiative from The Tide® Ministry Encourages the Faithful to Ask Just 10 People in 2017 if They Know What Jesus Did for Them

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa.—About 45 percent of Americans make New Year’s resolutions, but only 8 percent achieve success in keeping them through the end of the year.

In fact, reports Statistic Brain, just 64 percent keep their resolutions past one month, and only 46 percent stick to them for six months. 

But The Tide® (www.thetide.org) global radio ministry has a suggestion for a resolution worth keeping in 2017.

This year—and every year—The Tide ministry is focused on obeying Jesus’ command to make disciples, which is why it has issued a creative challenge for Christians. The “Have You Heard?” initiative urges Christians to be aware of all those who cross their paths every day and may be without the hope of Jesus Christ.

“How many people do we pass by every day who do not know Jesus?” asked Don Shenk, director of The Tide ministry. “The answer is probably too numerous to count. That’s why The Tide ministry is reminding people to speak up about Jesus by urging them to accept our ‘Have You Heard?’ challenge. Hundreds have already signed up, promising to ask just 10 people over the next 12 months, ‘Do you know what Jesus has done for you?’ This simple question can open up a great conversation about Jesus and his free gift of salvation!”

Those who take the “Have You Heard” challenge commit to asking just 10 people this year if they know about Jesus’ love for them. It’s a simple question that can have eternal impact. For more information on the challenge, including how to sign up, click here. 

The Tide ministry broadcasts the Gospel of Jesus Christ through radio programming in heart languages around the world, bringing the truth and hope of the Savior to people in the language they were born to speak. Spreading the Gospel in multiple regions of Zimbabwe, India, Nigeria, Nepal, Bhutan, Albania and Kosovo, The Tide global radio ministry praises God for the many doors He has opened in the seven decades it has been in existence.

For more information about The Tide projects, history, Gospel radio programming around the world, the “Have You Heard?” Campaign, the weekly Global Update radio features or other news, visit its web site at www.thetide.org or its Facebook page.  


To schedule interviews with Don Shenk, director of The Tide global radio ministry, contact Jen Retallick at 610-584-1096, ext. 100, Media@HamiltonStrategies.com, or Deborah Hamilton at 215-815-7716 or 610-584-1096, ext. 102.

For more than 70 years, The Tide radio programs have been changing lives by telling people about Jesus in the language they were born to speak. Founded in 1946 as the Gospel Tide Broadcasting Association, The Tide ministry has transitioned from a domestic radio program to a versatile multi-national outreach focusing on the least reached regions of the world. Through radio broadcasts in 24 heart languages, thousands of lost people are coming to know Christ. Driven by a sense of urgency to rescue the world from false teachings and pagan religious practices, The Tide board of directors is constantly working to introduce evangelistic radio programs in additional languages so that an ever increasing number of people can hear the good news about Jesus and His love for them.

The Tide outreach includes discipleship seminars, literature distribution, Bible correspondence courses and leadership training. This combination of ministry elements has proven to be extremely effective in changing lives and planting churches where believers are nurtured in their faith so that whole communities are drawn into the Kingdom of God.