Listeners Share Stories of Hope and Healing Despite Religious Persecution
May 17, 2021
CHAMBERSBURG, Pa.— The U.S. State Department officially designated Nigeria as a “country of particular concern” in December of 2020 for its offenses against religious liberty. Despite a government that claims to uphold religious freedom, Christian groups and individuals face abductions, bombings, attacks and executions from anti-Christian groups such as Boko Haram and Islamic State in West Africa Province (ISWAP). Even in such a perilous environment, Nigerian Christians know that the Lord is in control.
The Tide® (www.thetide.org) global broadcast ministry echoes this sentiment as they encourage Christians with Gospel programming recorded in 11 different Nigerian languages. One segment called “Supernatural Empowerment” is a time of prayer for physical and spiritual healing. Many listeners have written to The Tide ministry to share how they’ve seen God work miracles during this segment.
“I was listening to this program with my small radio. I heard the man of God praying that those who lost their sight should regain their sight,” one listener wrote. “With faith I shouted, ‘Amen!’ and the amen worked for me. For the past five years I couldn’t see. Now I can see clearly. Praise God.”
Another listener shared that he had been laid off from work. He was due to pay rent but had no money to do so and no one to help him. “When I heard [The Tide ministry’s] message, it was as if someone poured cold water on my body. There was a company I applied for work. Two days later I was called to come and start work without interviews,” he said. “What God cannot do does not exist.”
God has made himself evident to The Tidelisteners through these and many other miracles. But through His Word shared via The Tideradio programs, God has brought even more spiritual healing to the hearts of many Nigerians since they began broadcasting in the country in 2009. 11 people groups throughout Nigeria now have access to the gospel and Light in a time of fear.
“We here in North America tend to highlight the persecution of our Christian brothers and sister around the globe above all the other issues they may be facing,” said The Tide Director Don Shenk. “I am encouraged to see how people in Nigeria choose to pursue their relationship with a God who gives them hope and makes provision for them in the face of trials and hardships. Their primary focus is on what God does for them as opposed to what people bring against them.”
The Tide ministry is celebrating their 75th anniversary of recording and broadcasting Gospel programming. Millions of people in multiple regions on three continents can hear Gospel content recorded in 30 heart languages, including those in Afghanistan, Albania, Bhutan, India, Kosovo, Mozambique, 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.
To schedule interviews with Don Shenk, director of The Tide global radio ministry, contact Media@HamiltonStrategies.com, Marjorie Pratt, 610.584.1096, ext. 107, or Deborah Hamilton, ext. 102.