The Tide® Ministry Celebrates New Radio Studio in Zimbabwe—Project Will Help Sustain Community
12 Ministry Representatives Traveled to Zimbabwe to Dedicate Studio and Conduct Training for Local Pastors and Lay Leaders
October 7, 2019
HARRISBURG, Pa.—The construction and dedication of a new radio studio in Zimbabwe was a long time coming, but that made the completion all the more celebratory.
The new studio will enable The Tide® (www.thetide.org) global radio ministry to reach even more people—in Zimbabwe and beyond.
For many months, The Tide ministry has been working with its radio partners and pastors in Zimbabwe on the studio project, and those efforts came to fruition at the end of this summer. In August, a team of 12 leaders and volunteers from The Tide ministry traveled to Bulawayo, Zimbabwe, for the official dedication and ribbon cutting ceremony. The summer ceremony capped off a local ribbon cutting this spring at The Tide ministry’s U.S. headquarters in Chambersburg, Pa.
Now that the studio has been up and running for several weeks, The Tide ministry leaders are grateful for the fact that the studio will mean so much more than broadcasting to the community.
“The goal of this new radio studio in Zimbabwe—besides spreading the Good News of the Gospel of Jesus Christ—has always been sustainability,” said The Tide Director Don Shenk. “The studio will also serve as a potential source of income and a new source of sustaining funds through audio and voice production services that were once only offered in South Africa. Today, the studio will help this community financially, as those who need studio services will be able to stay closer to home and purchase these services locally.”
A special element of the Zimbabwe and Pennsylvania studio dedication ceremonies is that the same red ribbon—cut once in Pennsylvania and again in Bulawayo—was used in both locations, signifying the unity between the leaders in this joint venture. In fact, six of the 12 mission team members were present at both ribbon cuttings. After the Zimbabwe celebration, the team traveled to the Matopo Mission station to help facilitate a three-day “Leader to Leader” seminar for pastors and lay leaders.
“It was a special honor to celebrate this new studio on two continents,” said Mark Story, The Tide Director of Development. “We enjoy broad support from our constituents in the Chambersburg area, and our mission team was proud to represent them in person in Bulawayo. This relational structure exemplifies the core of The Tide ministry approach as we do our work, together, to creatively share the Good News of Jesus Christ worldwide through media and partnerships.”
In 1983, The Tide ministry began working with a church group in Zimbabwe to produce and air a Ndebele language radio program called “Amagugu Evangeli” which means “Precious Gospel” in English. Since then, the ministry has also assisted in the production of Christian radio programs in the English and Shona languages.
Shared one Zimbabwe listener, “I would like to thank you for the Word of God you are preaching in our lives. I am now born again because of your radio messages. I hope we will be blessed. May the Mighty God richly bless you.”
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 Deborah Hamilton, ext. 102.