Radio ministry in native languages brings many to Christ
Wednesday, January 28, 2015
Bill Bumpas (OneNewsNow.com)
A global radio ministry reports that the gospel is having a powerful impact in the world's second-most populous nation.
The Tide has been sharing the gospel in India since 1978. But in the span of just three months, thousands of villagers have received Bibles and other resources as many were introduced to Jesus for the very first time. Tide director Don Shenk tells where this is happening and the difficulties faced in those areas.
"It is in the eastern portion of India in the states of Odisha and Chhattisgarh and some of those surrounding areas,” he explains. “A lot of those responses have also come out of West Bengal. In some of those areas that I mentioned it's illegal for people to change their religion without getting permission from the magistrate. And it's technically illegal to do any type of proselytizing."
Shenk says The Tide is unique in that it broadcasts "heart language" radio programs to remote villages.
"They are hearing the gospel proclaimed in their language by somebody who is one of their own,” he says. “That's what makes an impact. And they are finding that it's not just another god to put on the shelf, but this is a God who makes a difference in their lives."
The Tide currently broadcasts seven languages in India with an eighth soon to be launched.
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