Museum of the Bible to Display The Tide® Ministry’s Historic Radio Artifacts; Tour Planned
Washington, D.C., Museum Will Exhibit Antique Microphone and Songbook from 73-Year-Old Ministry Still Sharing the Gospel of Christ
CHAMBERSBURG, Pa.—Next month, The Tide®(www.thetide.org) global radio ministry is hosting a tour to the Museum of the Bible, which is dedicated to telling the worldwide story of the spread of the gospel.
On Oct. 17, The Tide ministry will take its second annual bus trip to the Museum of the Bible in Washington, D.C. For the trip, travelers will again engage in a self-guided walking tour of the Museum of the Bible and enjoy an evening meal together on the way home.
The trip will be meaningful, The Tide leaders say, because of the shared commitment of the global radio ministry and the museum—to be an avenue to spread the truth of the Bible around the world. In fact, earlier this month, missionary leaders from 34 countries convened at the Museum of the Bible to launch the “Global Year of the Bible” in 2020, a first-of-its-kind evangelical initiative, reported The Christian Post.
Earlier this year, The Tide staff received the exciting news that two artifacts from the history of the nearly 75-year-old radio ministry, one of the oldest Christian ministries in America, were accepted for inclusion as part of a display at the Museum of the Bible.
The Tide Director of Development Mark Story began the process nearly a year ago, when he visited the Museum of the Bible and was pleased to see that, in additional to biblical texts and artifacts, the museum included organizations that have based their existence and mission on sharing the truth and hope that comes from the Bible.
In The Tide archives, Story said, the ministry retained a stunning microphone that was used to record gospel messages and songs. The ministry also secured an original printing of the namesake hymn in a 1939 songbook. Story was correct in his thinking that the artifacts were worthy of public conservation.
“The Tide ministry certainly has an interesting story to tell,” Story said.
The microphone from The Tide ministry is the actual microphone used by Tide staff to record in-studio. It is an RCA ribbon type 77DX supplied from Atlas Sound in Brooklyn, first purchased and put into use in 1963. Still in working order, the microphone is mounted on a stand. The first song in the songbook is “Let the Gospel Tide Roll In,” copyrighted in 1939 by Stamps-Baxter Music and Printing Co., Inc. The Tide staff purchased the songbook from an online book retailer; and three academic libraries also hold copies, but they are not available for purchase or lending. No additional copies of the book have been located.
The museum was appreciative of the artifacts, Story added.
In fact, Chief Curatorial Officer Dr. Jeff Kloha remarked: “The Museum of the Bible thanks you for generously contributing the 1950’s RCA ribbon microphone and the 1939 Gospel Tide songbook along with the historic pictures of these items in use by The Gospel Tide. Our staff thinks that your items will be a good addition to our collection plan. Because of your thoughtfulness, the museum can continue to educate and impact people. Please accept our sincere appreciation for your contribution to our collections.”
While The Tide artifacts have not yet been displayed in a permanent exhibit, Story and Shenk hope that perhaps attendees on the next trip to the museum will be able to see the pieces of history for themselves.
The Tide radio ministry began on Aug. 11, 1946, when the Rev. Charlie B. Byers broadcast live on WCHA in Chambersburg, Pennsylvania. His goal was to teach the Bible using the radio and to include choir music on the broadcasts. He named the ministry “The Gospel Tide,” after the title song in the book. Since that time, The Tide radio broadcasts have expanded to reach eight countries on three continents in 25 languages, with more than 870 million people within listening range.
“Truly, the spread of the Gospel has been a tide,” said The Tide Director Don Shenk.
Six floors of exciting biblical exhibits await visitors to the Museum of the Bible. Marking its grand opening to the public in November 2017, Museum of the Bible’s 430,000-square-foot building is located just three blocks from the U.S. Capitol and aims to be among the most technologically advanced and engaging museums in the world. The grand entrance welcomes visitors with two 40-foot high bronze panels flanked by an architectural re-creation of the printing bed of the first page of Genesis from the Gutenberg Bible. Showcasing rare and fascinating artifacts spanning 3,500 years of history, the museum offers visitors an immersive and personalized experience with the Bible, and its ongoing impact on the world.
Read more about The Tide Museum of the Bible bus trip here. Transportation will begin from Chambersburg, Pennsylvania, and The Tide ministry is also suggesting that the trip would be a wonderful gesture for church leaders for Pastor Appreciation Month in October.
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 aboutThe Tide broadcast projects, history, radio programs around the world, 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.