For many, summer is a time to schedule vacations and take a break from work, but The Tide ministry activities around the globe continue as our partners engage to spread the Gospel.
The regular recording and production of fresh radio programming for each of the 25 languages is a constant process, and so is the accompanying work of helping curious listeners become committed disciples of Christ through correspondence, literature distribution, personal contact and organized events.
In many of the eight countries where The Tide ministry is active, there is an increasing trend of listeners preferring to make contact through phone calls and text messages instead of traditional mail. This opens the door to build closer relationships for discipleship, but also increases the need for more people who are available for face-to-face interaction with seekers. We are grateful that God has been helping our partners on the ground to build increasing networks of pastors and laypeople willing to volunteer alongside our staff to meet this crucial need.
“The Good News Hour,” our partners in India, conduct an average of 25 monthly seekers conferences, but with a 200% increase in personal contacts over the past two years, they have also been mentoring and training numerous village workers to help meet the opportunities for one-on-one discipleship.
Similarly, our radio pastors in Albania and Kosovo have been successfully raising up co-workers from within their congregations to assist them in ministry. Pastor K’s congregation in northern Albania now operates the Up coffee shop (pictured at right) where listeners can drop in for spiritual conversations with church members who can help lead them into a personal relationship with Jesus. Turn to the inside page to read how Pastor J’s congregation is reaching out through The Tide radio ministry in Kosovo.
We are also grateful for the many pastors who work alongside the “Amagugu Evangeli” radio ministry in Zimbabwe to meet with listeners there who need prayer, counseling and spiritual guidance. The radio programs are still the “first volley” that open the door for the Gospel to impact so many lives, but it is most often the accompanying follow-up that cements the belief and expression of faith in Christ.
Our boots on the ground in each country cannot afford the financial burden of the radio ministry and related costs, and giving their time and energy is a way for them to tangibly fulfill the Great Commission. Thank you for helping to carry the financial load for The Tide ministry, and for augmenting your support by upholding your global co-workers in other regions in your thoughts and prayers.