In the Face of Religious-Based Violence, Nigerian Christians Uplifted by The Tide® Radio Programs
Said One Transformed Listener: ‘I Am Now Free’—My Vow Is to Live and Die with Christ Jesus
November 11, 2019
CHAMBERSBURG, Pa.—Especially over the past year, Christians in Nigeria have faced grave dangers because of their faith, with recent headlines declaring that Evangelical leaders, women and even schoolgirls have been attacked, kidnapped and even executed for their faith in Jesus.
For over a decade, The Tide® (www.thetide.org) global radio ministry has broadcast Gospel radio programming in Nigeria and today reaches millions of listeners in 11 languages with the hope of Christ. With nearly 500 people groups and more than 470 languages spoken in Nigeria—the most populous nation in Africa—the potential for Christ to change lives in Nigeria is tremendous.
“Our hearts break for those Christ-followers in Nigeria who are facing heavy persecution daily, simply for believing in, praying to and worshipping Christ,” said The Tide Director Don Shenk. “For this reason, The Tide ministry is committed to reaching these believers in many ways, including radio updates, church visits, newsletters and the media. It can be difficult to identify with people who are so far away and who are experiencing strife we may never see. However, we all have one thing in common—we are children of God, and He commands us to go out into the world and share the Gospel of Jesus Christ.”
Many Nigeria listeners report to The Tide ministry how their lives had been transformed by the gospel.
“I want to thank the Lord for his is mercy towards me,” said a listener named Okon. “One day, I listened to your radio program. I took down the phone numbers mentioned … and happily we arranged a visit to my home. After the prayers, I confessed … I am now free. My vow was (that) I would live and die with Christ Jesus. Silver and gold, I have none, but I will (tell) others what He was done for me and (is) still doing for me.”
Likewise, a listener name Etim listens to The Tide programs in the Ibibio language area. He said he was recruited to create unrest during the recent Nigerian elections by fighting at polling stations, scattering crowds and causing “mayhem” while armed with guns and machetes. But after the elections, the promises of jobs were not fulfilled, and Etim turned to drugs and violence. But all that changed because of Jesus.
“I am praising God for liberating me from the useless life I once lived,” he said. “I owe this to the invitation I received from (The Tide ministry). From your sound advice, I declined further invitation from the murderous group. I am grateful.”
Finally, a listener named Effiong was struggling with alcoholism until he made a phone call to the local leaders broadcasting The Tide gospel programming in his region.
“(I called) in response to your radio program titled ‘being filled with the Holy Spirit,’” Effiong said. “We prayed together for about two months and today I am free from drunkenness. I praise the Lord.”
The Tide ministry currently offers audio programming in 25 heart languages spoken by millions of people in multiple regions of Albania, Bhutan, India, Kosovo, Nepal, Nigeria, Thailand and Zimbabwe, making 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 www.thetide.org or its Facebook page. Read more about The Tide ministry and Don Shenk here.
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.