Plans to expand ministry in Zimbabwe are coming along well. With shortwave radio becoming more and more obsolete in that area of Africa, the transition to FM radio is in progress. Most popular radio stations in Zimbabwe are now using FM towers and shortwave radios are less available making them more difficult to purchase. At this point, The Tide in Zimbabwe is airing one program on Sundays on an FM station as well as a five minute daily morning devotional. The Tide has responded to the lack of availability of shortwave radios by piloting a project to distribute solar-powered media players loaded with sermons, encouraging music, and devotionals to individuals in more desolate areas. After completing a test-run in five different locations, The Tide partners in Zimbabwe have received great feedback and report a positive response from the trial experiences. Plans will continue on in this project as well as pursuing FM radio stations in hopes of reaching more individuals with the saving knowledge of Jesus Christ.
The plans to build a new studio with updated equipment are still underway as well, but have been slow moving by delayed permit approvals on the new building. The Tide partners in Zimbabwe are hopeful that the new government constitution that was recently voted in, will lessen restrictions on building licenses, and bring about a better situation for ministries attempting to advance. The new building will be constructed in a prime location beside the Theological College of Zimbabwe and the National University of Science and Technology, opening many doors for ministry and potential resources.
The Tide partners in Zimbabwe report that more and more people are seeking God, so they are seeing fruits of their labor, even while government restrictions delay their projects to expand. They take to heart the scripture in Matthew 28:19-20 as a daily reminder of their purpose and effort for their work. It says, “Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” Starting in their home nation of Zimbabwe and reaching out to neighboring countries where radio waves also expand, they are serving the Lord faithfully even amidst difficult situations. Continue to lift up the ministry happening daily in Zimbabwe, praising the Lord for His faithfulness, and praying for breakthrough to come so growth projects can continue to move forward.