The Tide® Ministry Calls for Prayer for Afghanistan

Amidst Current Crisis in the Middle East, The Tide® Ministry Urges Believers to Pray Without Ceasing for Brothers and Sisters in Christ

August 23, 2021

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa.— As people around the world gather in shock at the latest news coming from Afghanistan, The Tide® ( ministry encourages Christians to turn to the Lord in prayer, particularly for the people of faith trapped in the war-torn country.

Don Shenk, director of The Tide® ministry, stated, “It’s easy to feel overwhelmed by the tragedy going on across the world, but we as Christians know that God has a plan and a purpose for this situation. While the crisis seems extreme, nothing is impossible for God. We need to be on our knees praying for our fellow believers.”

For Shenk, it’s a testament to God’s divine purpose and planning that The Tide® ministry just recently started working in Afghanistan. An organization that utilizes the power of radio to spread the Good News to people all across the world, The Tide® ministry shares the Gospel daily in over 30 different languages on three continents,reaching millions of people including those in Afghanistan, Albania, Bhutan, India, Kosovo, Mozambique, Nepal, Nigeria, Pakistan, Thailand, and Zimbabwe. The ministry has only been in Afghanistan and the surrounding area for just over a year.

In Afghanistan, The Tide® ministry utilizes the Dari language, the local dialect of the area, to teach the people about Christ in their own vernacular. The timing of The Tide® ministry’s entrance into Afghanistan might seem like a fortuitous circumstance, but Shenk knows otherwise. “God knew that this current crisis would happen, and it was part of His divine plan to have The Tide® ministry on the ground, supporting the believers and sharing the Good News through the radio. In an environment of increased danger, where meeting and worshipping together is risky, radio may be the only source of nurture and encouragement for their faith. When everything seems so uncertain, believers in Christ can stand on the hope and promises of God that He has a plan and a purpose for everything.”

The Tide® ministry celebrates its 75th year of ministry in 2021. Looking ahead to the next 75 years, The Tide® ministry and its partners will focus on the core foundationsof “The Tide Diamond Vision”:

  • Amplify – The Tide ministry will increase ministry initiatives so that more people can experience God’s grace.
  • Magnify – The Tide ministry will work to grow its support base to an expanded demographic.
  • Solidify – The Tide ministry will develop and supply more resources to help new believers to grow in their faith and live in right relationship with God.
  • Verify – The Tide ministry will measure the effectiveness of its activities to both manage them well and to demonstrate the efficient stewardship of resources.
  • Glorify – The Tide ministry will strive to ensure that all it does to achieve its vision will bring glory to God.

For more information about The Tide broadcast projects, history, radio programs around the world, special year-long campaigns, the weekly Global Update radio features or other news, visit its website at or its Facebook page. Read more about The Tide ministry and Director Don Shenk here.

In addition, The Tide® ministry is always actively looking for people godly and manly enough to take up the 2021-2022 “Year Beard” challenge. Visit 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, Beth Harrison, 610.584.1096, ext. 105, or Deborah Hamilton, ext. 102.