March 23, 2015

As Critical Nigerian Election Approaches, The Tide®  Ministry Shares Gospel in Terror-Torn Nation

According to a recent report in the New York Times, although the Nigerian government claims to have chased fighters from the Islamic terror group Boko Haram from much of the country’s northern territories, hundreds of thousands of Nigerians remain unable to return to their homes. Yet, Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan recently said he hopes all territory taken by Boko Haram will be retaken within a month.

As uncertainty looms, The Tide® global radio ministry is reaching this terror-torn nation with the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

“Nigeria is a nation that, tragically, is facing terror, violence and daily threats of the unknown,” said The Tide Director Don Shenk. “But there is Someone who is faithful, true and never changing: Jesus Christ. We have a passion for sharing Him with the people of Nigeria so they can experience peace, hope and security even in the midst of danger and destruction.”

The Tide ministry is a global radio ministry that produces programming in heart languages, meaning programming produced on-site, using indigenous speakers who tell people about Jesus in the language they were born to speak. As one listener in Nigeria said, “Finally, a God who speaks my language!”

The Tide radio programs began broadcasting in Nigeria in 2009 in the Efik language, spoken by approximately two million Nigerian people. Today, The Tide radio programming can be heard in eleven languages in Nigeria: Efik, Hausa, Ijaw, Igbo, Annang, Yoruba, Tiv, Ibibio, Nupe, Amo and Agwagune

One listener to The Tide programming in Nigeria wrote, “The knowledge that there is a purpose to my life is helping me to survive all the pressures coming from Satan and [his] agents. God has given me the stamina to overcome my circumstances. My dream within that will never be extinguished is fueled by fire through this message from your radio message taken from Roman 8:18.”

Another wrote, “I am a Nigerian soldier with the 15th armored brigade. I have been a regular listener to your radio program. I am just back from the war front where I joined my colleagues in the war against Boko Haram insurgents. Thanks for your prayers. God has brought me back home alive. By God’s grace Boko Haram will be defeated and the northeast border will witness the flushing out of the terrorists.”

“Many Nigerians may be looking to this week’s election results to bring them peace and hope for the future,” Shenk continued. “But the truth is that the only real, soul peace comes from knowing Jesus Christ and accepting His sacrifice on the cross for our salvation. We pray for God’s will to prevail in the elections, and we pray that the people of Nigeria will be open and receptive to the truth of the Gospel, which has the power to save souls.”

In addition to producing programs in heart languages, The Tide ministry gives radios to people in remote villages in Africa and Asia so they can listen to the programs. An alarmingly high number of people across the globe have never heard the message of God’s saving love, due to lack of a simple $40 radio. At the same time, Christianity is growing worldwide, partly because of programs like The Tide radio programs. Thousands of generous people across the United States have enabled The Tide radio programs to thrive and expand into even more countries through the “Sponsor a Radio” program that helps further projects like The Tide Radios for Nigeria and Radios for India.

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Thanks to listener requests and your support, our Nigerian outreach includes Christian radio in eleven major languages in Nigeria.

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