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For Immediate Release January 3, 2017
Jen Retallick, Hamilton Strategies, 610.584.1096, ext. 100, Media@HamiltonStrategies.com, or Deborah Hamilton, 215.815.7716, 610.584.1096, ext. 102
The Tide® Ministry Will Begin Sharing the Gospel in Thailand in 2017
Predominantly Buddhist Nation of Thailand Will Be Home to The Tide Ministry’s 25th Heart Language for Radio Programs
CHAMBERSBURG, Pa.—In Thailand, Christians make up less than 2 percent of the population, but God has opened a door for The Tide® (www.thetide.org) ministry to share the Gospel in this predominantly Buddhist nation.
In 2017, The Tide ministry plans to add Isaan as its 25th heart language, after entering into an agreement with a partner there to produce and air Gospel radio messages in the Isaan language, which is spoken by 19 million people in the country.
“The Tide global radio ministry recently celebrated 70 years, but we’re not slowing down!” said Don Shenk, director of The Tide ministry. “And the new development in Thailand is evidence of this. Besides always working to reach more people with the Gospel in all corners of the world, The Tide ministry has a renewed focus in 2017 to plant more churches around the globe with the help of our worldwide partners. A first step toward this goal will be to reach the people of Thailand with the Gospel, especially those who speak Isaan. A majority of these programs have already been recorded, and research is being done on how to reach the people of Thailand with the Good News of the Gospel through a smartphone app. We praise God that He allows us to use technology for the spreading of His Word!”
Currently, The Tide ministry broadcasts the Gospel of Jesus Christ through radio programming in 24 heart languages around the world, bringing the truth and hope of the Savior to people in the language they were born to speak. This year, The Tide ministry’s initiative to offer programming in Isaan will allow Thailand to join multiple regions of Zimbabwe, India, Nigeria, Nepal, Bhutan, Albania and Kosovo, where The Tide ministry is already active with Gospel radio programming.
For more information about The Tide projects, history, Gospel radio programming around the world, the “Have You Heard?” Campaign, the weekly Global Update radio features or other news, visit its web site at www.thetide.org or its Facebook page.
To schedule interviews with Don Shenk, director of The Tide global radio ministry, contact Jen Retallick at 610-584-1096, ext. 100, Media@HamiltonStrategies.com, or Deborah Hamilton at 215-815-7716 or 610-584-1096, ext. 102.
For more than 70 years, The Tide radio programs have been changing lives by telling people about Jesus in the language they were born to speak. Founded in 1946 as the Gospel Tide Broadcasting Association, The Tide ministry has transitioned from a domestic radio program to a versatile multi-national outreach focusing on the least reached regions of the world. Through radio broadcasts in 24 heart languages, thousands of lost people are coming to know Christ. Driven by a sense of urgency to rescue the world from false teachings and pagan religious practices, The Tide board of directors is constantly working to introduce evangelistic radio programs in additional languages so that an ever increasing number of people can hear the good news about Jesus and His love for them.
The Tide outreach includes discipleship seminars, literature distribution, Bible correspondence courses and leadership training. This combination of ministry elements has proven to be extremely effective in changing lives and planting churches where believers are nurtured in their faith so that whole communities are drawn into the Kingdom of God.