The Tide® radio ministry is celebrating 70 years of impacting people around the world with the good news of Jesus Christ, now offering programming in 23 languages. The Tide ministry is seeing the fruits of God’s goodness around the globe, and has exciting, new initiatives planned for this special anniversary year. But that worldwide reach started from something very small.
“Reflecting on the past 70 years of The Tide ministry, we marvel at the way God took a vision for a local radio ministry reaching one small town and transformed it into a global outreach that is bringing people around the world into relationship with Him,” said The Tide Director Don Shenk. “Discipleship activities and radio programs in 23 languages change thousands of lives. The song and saying is so true: ‘Little becomes much as you place it in the Master’s hand.’”
The Tide ministry began in 1946 as a 30-minute local radio broadcast in Chambersburg, Pa., known as “The Gospel Tide Hour.” Founded by Rev. Charlie Byers, pastor of a church in Chambersburg, the initial mission of “The Gospel Tide Hour” was to reach the Chambersburg community for Christ. Within a few years, the success of the program opened doors to expand into other communities in North America, and by 1963 it had grown into an independent ministry incorporated as the Gospel Tide Broadcasting Association.
In 1975, the ministry became international when it began airing across Southern Africa through short wave radio transmission. This expansion initiated a gradual shift in emphasis from domestic radio programming to a strong emphasis on global missions. In 1978, the Gospel Tide Broadcasting Association began producing programs in other languages in both Africa and India, using indigenous speakers to share the Gospel message in their own language. By the time Charlie Byers passed away in 1996, The Tide ministry was involved in the production and airing of Gospel radio programming in nine languages, and by 2009 that number had grown to 13.
Thanks to The Tide radio programs, thousands of people in remote villages around the world are hearing the Gospel—often for the first time. The Tide missionaries also deliver radios and share Christian radio broadcasts in the languages local people were born to speak.
One example of a life changed is Edita, who wrote to The Tide ministry to say that the new Albanian-language radio program has been God’s answer to her hungry heart. “The programs have encouraged me to be obedient to God and walk in righteousness,” she wrote.
With almost a quarter of the world’s population living within the current range of The Tide radio programming, and nearly 7,000 languages spoken in the world today, the opportunities are tremendous.
We made great progress in 2015, and throughout 2016 and in the coming years until Christ returns, we will continue to press forward to tell more and more people about Jesus,” said Shenk. “Our ultimate goal is to bring hope to the millions of people out there who don’t yet know that there is a God who has made provision for their eternal salvation and that He is worthy to be worshiped.
Today, The Tide ministry’s vision for 2016 includes:
- Add another day of programming in the Albanian language
- Implement the Isaan language in Thailand
- See the completion of a new studio in Zimbabwe
- Establish a church planter in Bangladesh
- Welcome a discipleship worker among the Tharu in Nepal
- Initiate a Telugu language radio program in India
A special celebration event has been scheduled on October 16. For more details check our calendar. You may also find more information and register using the form below;