The Tide® Ministry Staff Traveling to Zimbabwe in August to Officially Dedicate New Radio Studio
One Thankful Zimbabwe Listener Commented: ‘I Am Now Born Again Because of Your Radio Messages’
CHAMBERSBURG, Pa.—It’s been a long time coming, but a new radio studio is up and running in Zimbabwe so the Gospel programming from The Tide® (www.thetide.org) global radio ministry can reach even more people.
In August, several representatives from The Tide ministry will travel to Bulawayo, Zimbabwe, for the official dedication and ribbon-cutting ceremony for the new studio. Earlier this spring, a local ceremony was hosted by Chambersburg Brethren in Christ Church here in the U.S.
Traveling to Bulawayo for the Aug. 18 dedication ceremony and studio tour will be The Tide Director Don Shenk and his wife, Becky, Development Director Mark Story, and Chairman of The Tide Board of Directors John Walden. At least eight others will help facilitate a three-day “Leader to Leader” seminar hosted for pastors and lay leaders in Zimbabwe later that week.
“The Tide ministry first began broadcasting Gospel radio programming in Zimbabwe through a partnership with a local church group in 1983,” Shenk said. “Since that first program called ‘Amagugu Evangeli’ in the Ndebele language, we’ve added programming for English-speaking listeners as well as those who speak Shona. Many Zimbabweans identify as Christian, but a large number still participate in traditional African religious practices including ancestral spirit worship and witchcraft. Even though Zimbabwe has been fairly extensively evangelized, there are still many who need to hear the Gospel message, and others who are hungry to learn more about Jesus Christ.”
The new studio in Zimbabwe houses a control room with recording equipment; an audio console to control, adjust and mix sound; a “jack field” with a series of connector sockets allowing various pieces of equipment to be linked to the console; announcer and producer turrets; a precision stop watch; compact disc player; digital audio tape recorder; and audio monitor.
Additionally, the studio has applied for a 24-hour radio license, which will allow for further programming and the opportunity to invite Christian organizations or churches to air their programs or advertise events such as conferences, revivals and crusades. Along with the studio and recording equipment, the new Zimbabwe location will also have an office from which listener follow-up and correspondence will be coordinated.
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.”
Listen to sample “Amagugu Evangeli” programs from Zimbabwe here.
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.